Images Model Management
Pat CollinsCalgary. September 7th, 2005. 10:00 a.m. A motorcycle rolls to a stop in front of a well-known breakfast joint in the trendy Kensington district.
Two minutes later, inside the restaurant, I'm sitting at a window-side table peering out as the rider approaches. Head-to-toe in black, helmet at her side, the petite redhead is also coming to this restaurant. This is who I'm here to meetů this is Pat Collins.
Okay, I knew it was her. I knew her fondness for her bike, but that doesn't take anything away from how cool it is that Collins - one of the most respected people in the Canadian modelling industry - is a motorcycle enthusiast that beats stress by hitting the open road and heading to places like the Laguna Seca raceway in California to watch bikes perform at the highest level.
When she's not motoring across North America with the wind in her face, Collins can usually be found in her Northwest Calgary home where she runs Images Model Management, the agency that took Lisa Cant from a shy 14-year-old to the top of the modelling world.
Images is also the reason Collins started making trips to Asia, annually since 1987 when she placed her first model in the Far East. Those yearly treks have so endeared her to Asian clients that agencies in eight countries have charged her with their Canadian scouting duties while many more are happy to receive her when she comes calling with photos in hand.
"I'm one of the only agents that actually travels to the Asian market on a yearly basis," she tells modelresource, "and I think that's very important because you see the changes, you see the models' apartments, you see what the models have to live through. You get a feel for the safety factor and what they're going through on a day-to-day basis, and you get to see the agency." She has become such a specialist in the Asian market that she is frequently requested to speak on the matter.
Her career is now a balancing act that sees Collins the manager promoting Images' models internationally, while Collins the scout is poring over the rosters of other Canadian agencies on behalf of Asian clients. As recently as this past weekend she was sitting on the judging panel of a model search for another agency in her own city.