New on TBM: Guide to Book-Building Markets

A strong portfolio is a crucial component of a model's career. Your pictures help sell you to a client and showcase your potential when you're seeking agency representation. The stronger the book you have, the more likely you are to get those lucrative jobs or to get signed by that top agency. The Business Model regularly receives emails from readers asking, "Where can I build my portfolio?"

Asia is home to nine of these book-building markets. Read all about them here.

Original image by Onur Dag for Marie Claire Turkey

Original image by Onur Dag for Marie Claire Turkey

Ave Management warns against impostor scouts

Attention all models, there have been fake "scouts" claiming to be working for top Singapore agency, AVE Management. If you have been contacted by anyone from Ave on Facebook, it is not them. Be careful and stay safe! 

A post from Ave on their facebook page reads:

Dear all,
Thank you for your support in liking our page. 
Recently, we have been informed that there have been 'scouts' and impostors using our name to approach models on Facebook and request for skype sessions, even using our website as a reference.
Pls know that is not us, and be careful in responding to these people, we do not know or have any association with them.
Please take note, and be careful.
AVE team


Guide to Singapore - Asia & Oceania

Spotlight on Changi - Asia & Oceania

How to deal with cockroaches

By Natalia Zurowski

If you plan on traveling to Asia during the summer months (June-August) you'll likely encounter a cockroach or two. Cockroaches can become a real nuisance, and nothing bonds an apartment full of models more than their synchronized shrieking over the spotting of a cockroach in their kitchen or bedroom.

At TBM, we've become experts when it comes to dealing with these pesky bugs and are here to help! We have compiled a list of useful suggestions to make sure your apartment stays cockroach free. 

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Spotlight on Changi



The Wall Street Journal shines a light on Singapore's Changi Airport, one of the best airports you will ever pass through.

It’s like any average mall in Singapore – bustling with shoppers and replete with restaurants and eateries. There are also lots of suitcases and luggage, because this isn’t a mall, it’s Changi Airport.
Singapore’s Changi is one of the few airports in the world where people go to just hang out, even when they’re not traveling. In fact, not just visitors but Singapore residents too are actually encouraged to shop and dine there, with several promotional offers and a loyalty program from the airport operator to boot.
Ample parking and an efficient public transport system that provides easy access to the airport add to its allure. But more than that, diners are attracted by the vast array of choices offered by the nearly 100 cafes, restaurants, bars and fast food joints at Changi’s three terminals. From chains eateries to specialty restaurants to food courts, Changi has it all.

Read the full piece here.
Have you travelled through Changi? What did you think?