Modern Talent takes pride in their Models. Everyone who joins the Modern Talent team (no matter what market they are in) are interviewed by the Operations Manager before they begin working, go through online training, as well as a shadowing shift with an experienced Model before being on their own. Modern Talent also stands out by having well-dressed and presentable Models who are passionate about what they do and what they are educating consumers about.
For most of Modern Talent’s In-Store Product Demos, Trade Shows, and Wine Tastings, the Models are assigned all-black business professional attire. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find cute and trendy black clothing that is a good value and will last a long time. From experience with shopping for plenty of black professional clothes that are cute as well as comfortable while standing, I have some ideas of places to shop that has the best selection for black tops and bottoms (shoes too, of course!)
Express is such a great option for shopping for black clothes for both men and women. They always have great deals and an amazing sale section in the back of the store. Express does an incredible job of keeping up with trends, rotating their clothes quickly (they go on sale fast!). One of the best part about Express as a store is that their clothes are of good quality, and won’t hurt your wallet either. It’s important to wear clothes that fit just right to get the most out of the style of clothing and to be comfortable, and there are a wide range of sizes that Express provides to make sure you find the right size.
If you’ve ever been inside of a Forever 21 store, especially if you’ve been brave enough to go inside the Mall of America location, it’s a HUGE store. Although it can seem overwhelming and crowded, the silver lining is that there are so many clothes to choose from to fit the dress code for all kinds of promotions and events. They often separate their clothes by style and color, making it easier to spot the section of black professional clothing. They have a great selection of trendy and form-fitting blazers that are set at a very reasonable price point, and are perfect for wine tastings! Most of the time there is also a large amount of employees working that are happy to help point you in the right direction so that you are able to find what you are looking for. Another plus about Forever 21 is that they have an abundant jewelry selection, which includes subtle earrings and necklaces that are subtle and trendy.
DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) is a great option for a store to visit when shoe shopping. Owning a pair of black pumps, black booties, and black flats are all necessary staples for your professional wardrobe for Modern Talent events and bar promotions. DSW is an amazing store because it’s wide open, and you’re able to spot what you’re looking for from a distance! It’s hard not to miss the sale section toward the back, where you can find some great deals on different styles of heels and boots. The best part is all the shoes are designer brands at a lower price point!
Of course, there are other great options for stores to shop at to make sure you are always looking your best when working your next event. Some other stores that are worth stopping in to check out are Banana Republic, H&M, Zara, and Target!
Although Modern Talent is a Minneapolis-based agency, we provide Promotional Models, Trade Show Models, Brand Ambassadors, Wine Professionals, and Samplers in many parts of the United States. One of our biggest markets besides Minneapolis and Chicago for Promotions and Liquor Samplings in particular is the beautiful city of Fargo, North Dakota.
What exactly is in Fargo, North Dakota? The answer is…. A lot of things! There is actually a lot to do and great perks about living in the city of Fargo. Our lovely Promotional Models who live in Fargo are in love with the North Dakota city, and we understand why they are!
North Dakota State: Many of our Promotional Models and Brand Ambassadors live in Fargo because they are college students at North Dakota State University (Home of the Bison) This D1 University is the home of a legendary football team, has a fun and lively atmosphere, and provides many options for different majors and career paths. Having a job with Modern Talent is a great resume builder for college students who are looking pursue a career in sales or marketing upon graduation!
Golf Courses: There are a total of five different courses to golf on in Fargo. Although the state is known for being flat, the golf courses are a beautiful and scenic spot to spend the day with friends, coworkers, and family! Most of these courses are open to the public, so if you are looking to stop in Fargo for a few days, golfing is a wonderful option for something to do! (In the spring, summer, and fall of course)
Recommended: Edgewood Municipal Golf Course
Downtown Fargo: There are countless options of dining, shopping, salons, breweries, and more located in downtown Fargo. There are two breweries that are highly recommended by the locals, which are Drekker Brewing Company as well as Fargo Brewing Company, which is Fargo’s oldest and largest brewery. There are many restaurants that have delicious options for pizza, sandwiches, small plates, and everything in between. One of the favorite restaurants in Fargo is The Toasted Frog. They are known for their fried pickle appetizer, as well as their long list of incredible martinis. If you are planning on traveling to Grand Forks while in Fargo, there is another Toasted Frog there as well!
Nightlife: Believe it or not, Fargo has quite the nightlife scene, especially on the weekends. Like I had previously mentioned, downtown Fargo has plenty of options for bars and restaurants to go to to be a part of the social scene. Some of the popular nightlife bars in Fargo that are popular among college students, especially before Bison Football games (which are located at the Fargodome) are Rick’s Bar and Chub’s Pub & Package Place.
Next time you are planning a road trip, or want to take a weekend getaway somewhere you’ve never been before, consider traveling to Fargo, North Dakota. You may even be lucky enough to spot one of our Promotional Models working hard at the local liquor stores such as Happy Harry’s, and at some of the best bars in town!
There are many different occasions and gatherings where everyone drinks wine. Holidays, birthdays, bachelorette parties, graduations…the list goes on and on. Whether you are a wine “expert” or just beginning to start trying different wines, it can be overwhelming to be in a liquor store, bar, or at a wine tasting and looking at all the different types of wine and different colors that they all are. When wandering and getting lost through the isles of the liquor store, looking at all of the countless bottles perfectly lined up on all the shelves, it can be intimidating, time consuming and even frustrating at times to figure out the perfect wine to bring to a party, or to just enjoy with your dinner that you’re making at home.
Each type of wine can be “paired” with different types and flavors of food. Whether it’s meat, cheese, pasta, soup or anything else you can imagine to eat, there is the perfect type of wine that will go perfectly with it. The concept and knowledge of “Wine Pairing” is the process of pairing different food dishes with different kinds of wine to enhance your “wining and dining” experience!
Our Wine Professionals at Modern Talent would be more than happy to help out a fellow wine lover find that perfect wine to go with their meal. Wine pairing is like an art that can easily be mastered. Basically, pairing wines with food that goes well with it will have complementary components, richness, and textures. If you don’t already have any background knowledge on wine pairing, I have some of the basic pairing tips for popular types of wine to help figure out what wine will go best for your next gathering or a night in with a homemade meal.
Champagne: For an event such as New Year’s Eve or a graduation celebration, champagne and sparkling wines are extremely popular amongst the guests. Champagne complements the best with salty foods like pretzels or chips, especially if the champagne is dry like a brut. The saltiness in the food will make the champagne taste more refreshing.
Recommended: Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
Sauvignon Blanc: If you’re planning on having a “lighter” meal such as a salad with a tangy vinaigrette, light fish, or green vegetables, a sauvignon blanc is the wine to go for. The citrus flavors in this wine complements best with grassy flavors, tart flavors and a zesty spice!
Recommended: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay: A lightly oaked Chardonnay is a great choice for a “crowd pleaser” wine. A crisp Chardonnay pairs very well with a buttery salmon meal, as well as chicken, pork, and/or pasta with a creamy sauce. When choosing a salad with this type of wine, go for a cheese-based salad, such as the always popular Caesar salad!
Recommended: Château St. Michelle Chardonnay
Pinot Noir: A pinot noir is a great option to bring to a gathering, because it is known to be versatile for pairing with a variety of foods. Another great thing about it is that it can be served room temperature or chilled. The light-bodied Pinot Noir pairs well with roasted chicken, pork, and vegetables, especially mushrooms.
Recommended: Josh Cellars Pinot Noir
Cabernet: This full-bodied, rich, and complex red wine is perfect with meals that are meaty and richer sauces in texture. Bring a bottle of Cabernet to a steak dinner, or enjoy with a burger. Cabernet is a great choice of wine in the fall and winter because it pairs well with comfort food such as beef chili or stew.
Recommended: 19 Crimes Cabernet
To further educate yourself on the concept of wine pairing, there are many resources that are available online, as well as books at your local liquor store that are available to purchase. The book What to Drink with What You Eat is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble and is also a great source for recipe ideas and finding a wine that best pairs with your meals!
Working in the Promotional Modeling Industry takes energy. While working a promo, in-store demo, or event for Modern Talent, it’s crucial to keep energy levels high. It’s important that Promotional Models maintain a highly engaged, fun, productive and professional image for consumers and account staff. A spirited and peppy Promotional Model shows that they are taking their job seriously, and also raises the mood for everyone interacting with our staff!
At times, it is difficult to find that extra boost of energy after a day of being in class or at a daytime job. Events and Promos are most often in the late afternoon or evening, meaning that sometimes a Brand Ambassador needs to refuel with a little bit of caffeine to increase productivity, which then leads to higher sales.
There are multiple ways that we can energize ourselves with the help of caffeinated beverages. The most popular options to get ourselves energized is either coffee or energy drinks. Both the coffee and energy drink markets are large and growing. There are countless different options to choose from, including energy “shots” such as Five Hour Energy. Coffee and energy drinks are completely different products made from completely different ingredients that are supposed to have the same end result, which is higher energy and alertness.
When deciding whether to have a cup of coffee or to pick up an energy drink from the cooler at the nearest gas station, there are a few important things to consider when comparing the two beverages.
Ingredients: Most energy drinks contain ingredients that can be harmful to the body if consumed in high amounts. These ingredients include an excess of B Vitamins, Taurine, sugar and sugar substitutes, and Guarana. In comparison to the ingredients in most energy drinks, coffee comes from natural grown coffee beans, and contain at least 1,000 natural compounds in the beans, and 300 more are created in the roasting process. One of these natural compound ingredients in coffee includes antioxidants, which has many benefits for the body.
Side Effects: The most common side effects of energy drinks and energy “shots” are stomach irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and an abnormal heart rate. In serious cases, consuming energy drinks has resulted in hospitalization from the side effects. When it comes to drinking coffee, the most common side effects are heartburn, increase of anxiety, and insomnia.
Although these side effects aren’t experienced by every consumer, drinking either of the beverages in moderation will better the chances of not experiencing any negative side effects.
Everyone needs energy during the day to be productive and get work done. Getting a good night sleep and being well-rested is the most important factor in making sure that our bodies are energized and will do wonders for our energy levels. We all need that “pick-me-up” at some point in the day, especially before a promotion, tasting, tradeshow, or event. When choosing what to drink to get that extra boost of energy, consider what will be the best option for you and your health!