Ember: Well, it doesn't matter. Even by the middle of November, I won't have room for her. I think it's better if she stays with you. You have more room for her than I do.
Henna: Yes, but I have company over sometimes.
Ember: Umm. Not to be crude, but your company is usually in your room.
Henna (laughing): That was crude. True, but crude. I don't need Mom coming into morning after breakfast and giving someone the third degree.
Ember: Henna, she knows you're grown.
Henna: Perhaps. (sighs and pauses for a minute) Okay, she can stay with me. Work may keep me busy though.
Henna: It will be once I get another primary contractor. My secondary contractors are okay, but they tend to work around other schedules and I need someone good and focused. Sorry, but I'm worried about having to turn down new jobs and not ready to lose any current design jobs.
Ember (thinks for a few seconds): Hey, remember Avery's brother? Umm (thinks for a minute) P..Pete. No, Parker. I guess I was thinking Peter Parker. Anyway, what about him? He's looking for something steady. I don't know how good he is, but maybe he's available.
Henna: Well, I could meet with him at least and see what he can do. Do you have his number?
Ember: No, but I have Avery's. Didn't you get it after the party?
Henna: Oh! Yes, I do have it. It was my idea to get numbers and we have yet to get together.
Ember hears the doorbell, followed by Erwyn announcing that someone is at the door.
Ember: Hold on, Henna. (yelling to Erwyn) Okay! I'll get it! I'll be up in a minute! (back to Henna)
Sorry, I have to go. One of my models is here. Give Avery a call and get Parker's number. We'll work on holiday dinners later. Okay?
Henna: Yes. I'll talk to you later. Goodbye.
Ember heads upstairs to greet her guest. Jye is the first to arrive. Ember brings her back to the office.
Ember: Thank you for coming and arriving early. That's always good, especially when you have to arrive for a shoot.
Jye: Thank you. I was so happy to hear from you about meeting. I was thinking it has to be something good.
Ember: It is, but I don't want to get into that until Zenia arrives. Please have a seat and let's catch up.
Ember: How are things with school?
Jye: They are going well. I'm going to cut back on classes next semester, but that's just to give me a chance to see how things go with modeling assignments.
Ember: That's a good idea. But don't give up on the finishing your degree. Keep taking those courses.
Jye: I plan to finish my degree.
Ember: Good. I do think you will have plenty of assignments in the coming months, so we'll work together to see how to make things work.
Jye: Thank you. I will need some guidance. My parents were a little worried, but still excited that I have this opportunity. Although not everyone is excited.
Ember: Really? Is someone discouraging you? Don't let anyone keep you from working toward your goals.
Jye (sighing): Well, it's Lisa. It was her idea to bring me here. When you told her that you would pass on her she was upset. But then she found out you wanted me to work with you and she was very upset.
Ember: Oh. I know she was excited and hopeful. Unfortunately, modeling is not for everyone. Hopefully she will be able to move on. I don't want to get in the middle of your business, but I can say that a real friend will support you. So give her some time. Maybe she will come around.
Jye: I hope so.
Just as Jye is finishing her sentence, the doorbell rings.
Ember: Please excuse me. That should be Zenia.
Ember goes upstairs and after a couple of minutes, she returns with Zenia.
Ember: Jye, this is Zenia. Zenia, this is Jye. You are both my first two employees.
Zenia: Hello, Jye. That's such a unique name. I like it.
Jye: Hello. Thank you. I actually think your name is pretty.
Zenia: Aww. Thank you.
Ember: Well, you both have something in common already. Two pretty girls with pretty names. Zenia, please have a seat and we'll get started.
Ember: Ladies. First, I am very excited that you have had a chance to meet each other. I'm also happy that we are having our first meeting. But most importantly, even with the limited photos I have of you, I was able to land you both an assignment for a catalog shoot. You will be at the same shoot together on November 1.
Zenia and Jye utter sounds of excitement.
Zenia: It's all very exciting! Thank you.
Ember: Yes. I do have plans to get a photographer to help put more professional portfolios together for you both. We'll get that done soon. However, your portfolios will really start to fill up and out with photos from paid work, because that's your resume. Plus, I want to select photos from a professional shoot to add to one of the frames behind me.
Zenia: I don't mean to interrupt, but I would like to know if you have any tips and things we should be aware of for shoots?
Ember: As a matter of fact I do. No drastic changes to you diet. No changes to soaps that could affect your skin. Be on time, if not early. Actually, I did list out several expectations on a document I am giving you this evening, along with the modeling agreement. Let me give you those now.
Ember hands folders to Zenia and Jye.
Ember: These will do for now to hold documents. I'd like you to read over the information and ask any and all questions you have.
Jye: Will you go to the photo shoots with us?
Ember: Good question. I will not be able to attend all of your photo sessions, but I do plan to attend as many as I can. I'd like to see how you work, see what tips I can offer based on performance and also make sure I can be there to support you whenever possible. You're my commodities, so I am investing a lot in you. Plus, I mean it when I say we are going to be like family. So I'll be there for you every chance I get.
Ember: I have your files right here. Please make sure you keep me updated with any plans you have so I can plan accordingly. If you have to travel home or you have holiday plans. Whatever they may be, I need to know when you're not available.
Jye turns to Zenia.
Jye: Have you ever modeled before?
Zenia: No, I haven't. My aunt is a model, but I rarely see her and she hasn't exactly been open about modeling with me.
Jye: Who is your aunt? Would I have seen her in something?
Zenia: Probably lots. My aunt is Chambray Andrews. She's a supermodel.
Jye (gasping in awe): Wow! I know who she is. She's stunning! No wonder you are getting into modeling. It must be in your genes.
Zenia: Thank you. Well, I'm doing this on my own. But I'm glad Ember believes in me.
Jye: Me too. At least we'll be able to be together at this first shoot. We should exchange information. We could try to meet up and go together or at least we can be there for each other.
Zenia: Yep. That sounds good.
Ember: I do hope you two start working well together. You may not always get the same jobs, but when you do, I expect you will at least show solidarity as you represent Journey Talent Agency. I know you want to talk, but I think we should go through some items I want to review.
Zenia and Jye both agree and they listen as Ember reviews her expectations, the details of the catalog shoot, what they should bring, how to present themselves and some other contract and communication items she wanted to cover.
After the meeting, Zenia and Jye exchange numbers.
Ember: Ladies, this is just the first of many meetings. As we grow, we'll probably have to find another place. But when that happens and we're larger, you'll be able to say you remember when. I know I will.
Zenia: Thank you so much for this. I am so excited.
Jye: Yes, Thank you. This is going to be great. I hope I can do a good job.
Ember: I have confidence in both of you. You'll be fine. I appreciate you both. Let's show the fashion world that Journey Talent Agency is here and here to stay. Right?
Jye and Zenia both cheerfully agree. Ember says a few more encouraging words and then walks Jye and Zenia out so they can go home.
Side Note: I finally got decent lighting for all of the rooms in Ember's townhome and the day care center. I am using 20 bulb Christmas lights for now. They don't stay plugged in, but they are lighting up these rooms pretty well.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye