Saturday, March 12, 2011

Had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking pickle juice right now!!

Sooooooooooooo it's 5:57am, and the MTV Nicki Minaj Documentary is on. I think the documentary was very well done!!! The reason for me writing a post about the documentary is because of something Nicki Minaj said that I agree with fully. She stated that you have to be a beast in this industry, and do what's best for you because not everyone has your best interest at heart!!! One quote that she used that I will continuously use forever is “had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking pickle juice right now,". To me that Quote speaks volumes!!!!! Something she also said that made me think was that you shouldn't take moments for granted. I agree because in a moment so much can be lost or gained. It all just depends on the person, their drive, and their ambitions in life. I think about moments all the time especially with decisions pertaining to my life and career. Watch this clip from the documentary and tell me you you're not entertained as well as informed!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Booker Ben Oduro gets Interviewed by "The D'anise Show" on

Kicking off the beginning of the new year, I was invited to do an interview for the 1st episode of the new year for The D'anise Show for in Canada.
It was a great experience and to be asked to do an interview was an honor. I had a great time, and we spoke about updates in my career, current bookings, etc. I was called the celebrity guest which I thought was really funny because I'm not at the level of a household name, but I am surely trying to make strides to get there. You can check out the interview below. My part of the interview is near the end of the video.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Benjamin's Music Video Bookings: Kanye West ft Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver

   During a time where I was at my busiest I was allotted the opportunity to submit models for the Kanye West "Monster" Music Video featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver. During the month of November I was not only handling bookings for LA, Canada, and my celebrities, but I was also handling the work of my co-worker who handles a good chunk of the New York bookings, but was on vacation. I remember it was a Friday night, no one except me in the office, and I was swamped when I was given a call by legendary Casting Director Ulysses Terrero. He had told me that he needed models for the Kanye West “Monster” Music Video. When he told me that I was doing back flips! To work with a Casting Director like Ulysses, who I have looked up to, and has gained his respect in this industry from his excellent work it is truly an honor to possibly help him complete his project as well as become a part of Hip Hop History. For me, when it come to any music video dealing with Kanye West, Nick Minaj, or Jay-Z everything drops and that becomes #1 on the list of things to do! On top of the bus load of bookings I was handling that month, I made sure to give time and priority to that video in particular.  I quickly as possible sent him a package of the "Model Artillery"(Model Artillery means the models that play no games, and get the job done!). This is a Kanye West Music Video....You always have to make sure you send out the top of the top for a video like this because the exposure will be amazing, very controversial, and chart topping. When I was told the concept I was in awe and told myself there are no if's, and's, or buts.....I HAVE TO GET THIS VIDEO.
In the end Kanye's people decided on using two of my best models Saglara Lidzheeva, and Hawa Diawara (Supermodel).

Supermodel Hawa plays the evil twin model in red.

Saglara plays the dead asian model in Jay-Z's Couch.

Both models said they had an excellent time on set. Saglara in particular who almost couldn't make the shoot (due to a previous engagement) told me that she had an excellent time and that Jay-Z was a gentleman, very easy to work with, and he even made a name for her calling her "Jay-Z's Model". The video and another shot of my models in the video are below:
Saglara and Jay-Z (pictures courtesy of