ABOUT MONA MATSUOKA
Q. How old is she?
A. 15 years old.
Q. How many years she has been in modeling field?
A. From 9 years old.
Q. Can she tell us more about her background? Where was she born and raised? How did she start up her modeling career?
A. She was born in the U.S.A. and after few years, moved to Japan. It was her mother's recommendation to start modeling.
Q. Is ANTEPRIMA S14 her first show for fashion week? had she been in other show before?
Any plan for her in this year? Will she be staying in Japan or?
A. ANTEPRIMA's show was her the first and the only show for her.
She is planning to challenge for the next February's fashion week in Milan!
Daniel Peddle, Casting Director for Anteprima Spring Summer 2014 fashion show in Milan
Q. Could you tell us about the casting direction for Anteprima Spring Summer 2014?
A. Unique faces, quirky but beautiful, doll-like girls. Accessible beauty with a twist special mention of Japanese Model, Mona Matsuoka, who opened the show, debuting in Milan Runway for Anteprima.
Q. Do you cast more Asian models now than before?
A. We have always cast Asian models in our shows! We prefer to see diversity on the runway that is reflective of the international customer. Fortunately there are now more Asian models to choose from now!
Q. How do you become a casting director?
A. I became a casting director by accident! While I was a graduate film student at NYU, I started to cast my films by finding people on the street as talent. At the time this was a highly unusual approach and friends of mine in the fashion industry were very receptive to this technique and encouraged me to start scouting for potential models as well since they could see I had an interesting eye. However, our business did not really get going until I met Mr. Drew Dasent, my business partner, who really brought a professional dynamic to the company. Drew was coming out of the styling world, so he was very aware of how important casting is to any project and especially how crucial good client relations are. Together we built a company that is internationally known for its fresh, elegant, interesting, diverse and cool casting. Some of our clients, we have been collaborating with for over ten years! This record speaks for itself!
A. I would say New York City is still the easiest largely because the season starts in NY so all the models from around the world gather there first. It makes it easier because we can see everyone in several large castings and then we already know the models before we depart for Europe. And we have a good idea of who will do well. Our clients appreciate that we "are ahead of the curve" which means we have our finger on the pulse of the modeling industry.
Q. What is the Secret behind The Secret Gallery Inc?
A. Haha! There are too many and they are all secrets so I can not say! I guess one secret is that we have an amazing track record for predicting who will be a star model. We discovered the actress Jennifer Lawrence when she was only 14 years old! She had never even thought about working in media until we scouted her one day on the street. When we have a strong feeling about a model, we will share this with our clients even if it is a secret feeling that may take many years before it is proven true!