It might not seem like modeling and selling real estate have a lot in common. As it turns out, there are more similarities than differences. For these uber-fashionable Realtors, it took just the right mix of hard work, strong work ethic, and killer personal style to make it big in both arenas.
Kodi Nelson and Maggie Parks, Rogers Healy and Associates
Who said life is fair? These two Kim Dawson Agency veterans have it all: beauty, brains, and a sense of humor.
“When we came up with the name MODEL REALTOR for Instagram, we were making fun of ourselves,” says Kodi. “We wanted to keep it fun.”
While both still model on occasion, real estate is their top priority.
“Modeling jobs are just a couple of hours here and there,” says Maggie. “This works perfectly. Because we’re a team, the other can take the helm if one of us gets a booking.”
They also cite many cross-overs between the two professions. For starters, both are sales-based.
“Whether it’s clothing in a luxury department store or the luxury home itself, you’re selling something,” says Kodi.
And then there’s the fashion element. Check out one of Kodi and Maggie’s walk-through videos. Their outfits coordinate with the house.
Both jobs also require being a self-starter and having a tough skin.
“There’s no crying in real estate,” says Maggie.
Britt McGee, Walsh & Mangan
Flexibility was the impetus for Britt McGee to get her real estate license.
“I can be busy shooting all day and still work both jobs. No boss is going to be that lenient,” says the Midland native.
Britt currently sells property in the College Station market. The Kim Dawson beauty credits modeling for opening up a whole new world.
“It brought me in contact with people who were very different than everyone I grew up with,” she says. “But that’s what I love about real estate. You’re always meeting new people. Every day is different.”
Diane Johnston, Allie Beth Allman and Associates
Just five months after taking her real estate exam, Diane Johnston already sees how it relates to her earlier career.
“Becoming an agent is such a natural transition for models. You have to be self-motivated, prepared, and always ready to show up,” she says. “Modeling gives you the confidence to get out and meet people.”
Choosing the right agency is also important.
“Kim Dawson was great for me and my type of look. Now, as a realtor, Allie Beth is the right fit.” says Diane. “I’m lucky to be mentored by the best.”
Gene Schule, Compass Real Estate
Whether you’re modeling or selling homes, it helps to be funny. So it’s no surprise that Gene Schule is a master in both endeavors.
“I guess you could call me the silver daddy of the modeling world. I get booked because I still have hair,” says the Campbell Agency veteran.
Gene oozes charisma. Networking has always been instrumental. Many of his modeling buddies are clients.
“They feel comfortable with me. I was one of the first to piggy back the two careers,” he says.
His best advice? “Look the part and play the part. In both roles, you’re constantly on an audition.”
Jen Davis Long, Bill Griffin Real Estate
Jen Davis wants to debunk the stereotype that models aren’t smart.
“It’s actually just the opposite. You have to know what to do at the snap of the camera,” she says.
Real estate isn’t all that different. “Whether it’s about the designer you’re modeling or the house you’re selling, you have to be smart and know your product.”
With an acting role on the horizon, the Clutts Agency stunner is taking a hiatus from her Realtor role. Yet her best advice applies to every job and every industry.
“Find someone who believes in you and work your tail off. Then you can kill it on your own.”