Amanda Marcum hasn't graced any magazine covers or strutted the catwalk for Ralph Lauren or Oscar de la Renta.
But considering that the 20-year-old model moved from Mustang to New York just two years ago, she's doing quite well.
So well, in fact, that she doesn't have to supplement her income by waiting tables or passing out fragrance samples. Even more impressive is that she can accept lengthy modeling assignments in Japan without subleasing her Upper East Side apartment.
That's success - even without the magazine covers.
Marcum, who modeled for two years in Oklahoma, admits the first few weeks in New York were rough. She didn't like the agency; she quit and came home.
Four months later, she was back in New York talking to other agencies. For five days, she lived in a cheap hotel that catered to models and actors. There was no phone or TV in the room.
She signed with another agency and moved in with a friend until she found her own apartment. Finally she could sleep at night. And dream.
She had heard stories about models who seemingly went from unknowns to superstars in months. Could it happen to her?
The reality is that the modeling business for most is a slow process. Marcum goes on several castings and go-sees a week - to get to know the clients, to see if she's got the right look for a product or service.
Her two-year investment has gotten her plenty of catalog work, as well as runway jobs in London, a print ad for Con Air, a restaurant commercial in Canada and an Armani jeans ad campaign in Milan.
Oh, and a bit part in the movie upcoming "Town & Country," starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty.
"I'm just an object he's (Beatty's character) looking at," she said. "I'll probably get cut, but it was fun."
Marcum is with Zoli Management in New York, as well as agencies in London, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. She hopes to sign with an agency in Milan soon.
Marcum is serious about modeling. It's what she wants to do now, and she's willing to invest the time and energy. She loves living in New York, though she wants to work in Milan this summer.
"In another year, I hope to still be modeling and doing well," she said.
Not necessarily supermodel status. Just earning enough to put herself through college without any loans.Archive ID: 748554