David Todd: The Man Behind DT Model Management Speaks
It’s a typical day at the Hollywood home of uber photographer Tony Duran; the music is blaring, with super-hot models stripping down between fittings of fab designer duds. Hair and make-up make impossibly gorgeous guys even hotter, while the equally beautiful Riker twins, Drew and Derek (ex-models themselves turned fashion photographers) set the shots. In the middle of all this, I’m trying to decide if Joel or Jake look better in teensie Parke and Ronen swim trunks...
David Todd walks in, DT Model Management’s super-agent/president and the models, all of whom David reps, greet him warmly with hugs and kisses. This isn’t your typical agent/model relationship; David’s boys love him and are genuinely happy to see him-excited even-and you can tell. Each model donated his time and talent to shoot the pictorials accompanying this story; they are happy to do it because David cares about these guys both in business and personally. He is invested in their success as he builds their careers. Friend, confidant and even a sort of Svengali, David chats with The Rage Monthly about his agency, the business of fashion and what makes a DT Model.
Before we start; is there anything that’s off limits?
Well that depends (Laughs)... I don’t know what the questions are!
I want the truth-I want to provide a well-balanced profile of you!
Look at you, Oprah! You’re really diving in... (Laughs) We can talk about everything-but keep it classy!
So how’s your day going?
My day is going great! Happy. Busy. Last week we had an amazing seven days, with the guys booking up a storm. Plus, I was on set with you and the boys shooting and that was fun. It’s exciting because I remember when I was a kid watching TV, seeing model agents like John Casablancas or Nina Blanchard; all these major agents with their models doing photo shoots. So just to be here, with models whom I love and have been working with... It was just fun!
You seem to have a great relationship with your boys. As booker and president of the agency how important is that?
It’s extremely important. I have such close relationships with the models I represent, it’s kind of like a family. Some of them I’ve repped since the beginnings of their careers, since they were kids. Some of them were still in high school, so I know their mothers... their fathers.
What’s the key to your success as a model agent?
It’s a business all about communication. If you don’t have good communication and an understanding with models, then the business relationship isn’t there. You must start off by getting to know them on a personal level; each one is unique and that’s what I find so interesting about my job.
Do you prefer established models or do you like "discovering" talent?