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

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