Mr. Ronald Byrd and The Savvy Event Guru
The Savvy Event Guru: Thank you Mr. Ronald Byrd for doing this interview.
Mr. Ronald Byrd: Your Welcome! Thank you for this opportunity.
The Savvy Event Guru: Your very welcome. So let's begin.
The Savvy Event Guru: A lot of people that I meet in and area Washington, DC are rarely from the Washington Area. Where are you originally from?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: I'm a native Washingtonian
The Savvy Event Guru: Okay wonderful!
Mr. Ronald Byrd: I was thrusted into the fashion industry when working soon after high school for a men's clothing store and it was on from there!
The Savvy Event Guru: What influenced you to get into the fashion Industry? Did you have a mentor?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: I think it was 1984 when I got my big break by landing a sales position working at Gucci Watergate in Washington DC. After working with the influential, rich and wealthy from all over the world, who would also travel to shop at Gucci, I would say that it was some of the best experiences one could have especially as a young black man from DC. I had always had an infinity for style and fashion but being apart of this operation and learning so much, I thought that this was the professional direction I wanted to go in.
The Savvy Event Guru: So when did you begin your Blog “Style Speaks”?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: Style Speaks came about after working as a concierge temporarily; one of my tenants in the office building would always speak to me and we'd compliment each other all the time on our attire and I loved talking about fashion with him. He suggested that I should take my questions and answers to the streets and create a video blog acting as a roving reporter on the streets of DC. The objective was just to approach people while he recorded me and talk style and fashion. I was like "are you crazy" and then I thought if he thought I could do it and it was a good idea then maybe others would too. He never got the chance to record me but I got a friend to stand in for him and it was on and Style Speaks was born!
The Savvy Event Guru: What did your BlogStyle Speaks include?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: Style Speaks was just something that I felt that people or maybe just myself was missing. I had always been complimented on my fashion choices but no one would ask why I selected what I did or what makes me comfortable in certain looks and the colors etc. So for me it was just about the dialogue, the back and forth with real conversation about fashion. I never felt I was any expert by no means but I considered myself kinda of a deep person and a conversationalist so why not engage people whether they were into fashion or not. Everyone has a since of style whether they know it or not and Style Speaks was just based on that premise, "let's get the conversation started". I began with talking to people on the streets and that blossomed into meeting people in cafe's and coffee shops and even meeting people at their businesses and homes. I've had the luxury of interviewing random people, special guests, doctors, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, models, actors, designers and blue collar workers alike.
The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, so it sounds like your Style Speaks Video blog really took off!
The Savvy Event Guru: How many years did you do this blog? Why did you walk away from this brand?
The Savvy Event Guru: That is completely understandable. Sometimes it's just time to move on!
The Savvy Event Guru: When exactly did you begin your modeling agency “Proof Modeling Agency”?
The Savvy Event Guru: Where is your agency based?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: My agency is based in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia areas. I've also had clients in New York and Boston and now I currently have clients in Atlanta and Delaware.
The Savvy Event Guru: Okay, wow so your modeling agency reaches a lot of major Cities! That's impressive!
The Savvy Event Guru: How many models to date, have you worked with at Proof Modeling Agency?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: That's a hard question but maybe 30 - 35 clients including my current 13 clients.
The Savvy Event Guru: What is your vision and mission behind Proof Modeling Agency?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: My vision for my Modeling Agency is only to be the best all exclusive male modeling agency in the area. I like to think that I have the best of the best model /actor clients. Of course I want to work with clients who have a sense of professionalism, drive and passion. PROOF is a very eclectic group of men who may or may not be deemed industry savvy. I employ not your average size models who would sometime be viewed as the industry standard. My mission is to change the face of male modeling and continue to fight and advocate for not just my models but for all models to get what they deserve in compensation whether it be monetarily of otherwise.
The Savvy Event Guru: What influenced you to start your all guys Modeling agency?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: PROOF Modeling Agency isn't currently affiliated with any other companies or organizations at this time but in the past we have been blessed to have sponsors for shows that I've put on through my Agency!
Mr. Ronald Byrd: Yes, there are a few annual benefit events and fashion shows that I like to support and so does my clients; such as your annual benefit, with Stephanie White Events and DCFW and a few more.
The Savvy Event Guru: How has having your modeling agency changed you as a person? Think to when you first started up until now.
Mr Ronald Byrd: I don't think that starting the agency has changed me much, I've been around a long time and having such incredible clients over the years has just given me more gratitude, also coupled with being humble, this has allowed me to strive to be the best agent I can be and the best person I can be.
The Savvy Event Guru: What advice would you give to someone wanting to enter the Fashion industry as a model?
The Savvy Event Guru: Thats great advice! With all the competition out here for models, some sound advice from a Veteran Fashion Industry trail blazer is perfect!
The Savvy Event Guru: What’s next for the Proof Modeling Agency?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: I can't predict the future but even with the Pandemic, we've gotten off to an amazing start for this year, with some amazing new clients, working with producers on all types of projects outside of modeling also. We're a very flexible and talented group of guys and there's nothing out of bounds!
Mr. Ronald Byrd: That is correct!
The Savvy Event Guru: So what’s next for Mr. Ronald Byrd?
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The Savvy Event Guru: How can someone who wants to join Proof Modeling agency get in touch with you?
The Savvy Event Guru: How can people learn more about Proof modeling agency?
Mr. Ronald Byrd: People can go to the company website at www.proofmodelingagency.com.
The Savvy Event Guru: Okay wonderful!! Thank you, thank you so much again Ronald for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with me. I am grateful to you!
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