Monthly Archives: December 2007

Exposure

Model: Cris Quizon

Last night, I met a casting agent – not the garden variety caster but the one who herds them young men off to bikini shows and contests in metro bars. He was saying that the average talent fee for the “models” would be around Php 1000-1500 per night, which is a paltry sum considering that the boys would usually go on stage wearing skimpy and cobwebby bikinis to a delightful crowd. Their talent fee, the caster says, is not their actual take-home pay as the boys’ managers would sometimes take off as much as 50 per cent of that sum. When asked why the boys bravely put up with such show considering the small fee, caster readily answered that the boys and managers just wanted “exposure.” I nearly burst out laughing.
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