THE AP­PREN­TICE

Fashion Quarterly - - Inside -

What hap­pens when the stu­dent be­comes the mas­ter?

Sara Tetro founded mod­el­ling and tal­ent agency, 62 Models & Tal­ent, in 1994. In 2003, she hired An­drea Plowright as a ju­nior model booker. In 2014, An­drea bought the busi­ness off Sara, and stepped into the role of di­rec­tor. Sara re­tained own­er­ship of the busi­ness’s celebrity man­age­ment divi­sion, 62 Man­age­ment, and this has since been her sole fo­cus.

An­drea Plowright

@an­dreaplowright When I first started at 62, I didn’t know much about Sara. I imag­ined a woman who owned a mod­el­ling agency would have big hair and drive a red con­vert­ible. Sara was com­pletely dif­fer­ent, in the best pos­si­ble way. She was vi­brant, smart, funny and re­ally cool. She even man­aged to over­look my hi­lar­i­ous in­ter­view out­fit.

Not long af­ter I started book­ing, a se­nior staff mem­ber left and I grabbed the op­por­tu­nity to take on more re­spon­si­bil­ity. I walked into Sara’s of­fice and asked to man­age fash­ion week, solo. She said, ‘Go for it’. When Sara started giv­ing me more of her big clients, we started grow­ing ex­tremely close.

Sara’s great­est gift has been her be­lief in me. The busi­ness had been go­ing for nearly 20 years when she de­cided to sell it. I’d been there for more than half that time so I knew the place inside out, but Sara gave me the con­fi­dence to take it on. She taught me that pas­sion and cul­tural fit are more im­por­tant than in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence. She also taught me to own my mis­takes and deal with prob­lems then and there.

The big­gest mis­take I ever made at work was crash­ing Sara’s brand new Audi and mo­men­tar­ily think­ing I could con­vince her it wasn’t my fault. I rang my hus­band Craig, freak­ing out, not know­ing that Sara – who had seen it hap­pen – had al­ready called him. She thought it was hi­lar­i­ous and kept the joke go­ing.

Sara has a wicked sense of hu­mour. She’s also ex­tremely gen­er­ous – al­ways will­ing to lis­ten to my prob­lems, whether big or small. She’s not afraid to share her opin­ion, but will back you to the hilt if you’re on her team. She makes me feel like a mil­lion dol­lars.

Phoebe Watt speaks to three fash­ion in­dus­try pro­tégés and the masters who men­tored them ev­ery step of the way

Sara Tetro (left) and An­drea Plowright.

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