MESS New York Studios
MESS New York Studios

Brad Starks and MESS Studios Deliver What Newcomers Need Most: Professional Images That Get Them Work

MESS Studios now has the ability to provide high quality photos and headshots to image-savvy newcomers in the fields of modeling, acting and entertainment thanks to its newly appointed creative director, photographer Brad Starks.

New York, NY, July 20, 2005 --( “As anyone with any experience in this industry will tell you, successful promotional photos must be of exceptional quality, show variety, and be relevant to the model’s look,” says Roxanne Rizzo, head makeup artist at MESS Studios. “A portfolio filled with ‘test for print’ snapshots, outdated photos, or poorly lit headshots will make anyone look like less than an amateur. Without the right photos, clients, modeling agents and casting directors won’t take you seriously. The simple solution to this problem is to find a top professional willing to sit down with you one-on-one to organize and execute a photo shoot customized to your personal needs and strengths.” 

Brad Starks’ experience in fashion and advertising has made him well versed in the model selection and casting process. Knowing what sorts of photos can make or break a booking has given him a keen perspective in the areas of portfolio and talent development. (Hint: It’s never just about replicating the “hot” shots you saw in the latest magazine.) He has a knack for connecting with his subjects, and helps them understand how crucial it is to broaden their approach to this ever-changing industry by marketing themselves as multifaceted mini-brands. Starks guides portfolios toward a “total look,” which results in more model bookings or acting roles. 

MESS’s new photography division has been recognized as an industry leader in new talent portfolio production and promotional photography for models, actors and performers. The Studios’ team of photographers, makeup artists and stylists has collectively worked with over 50 international agencies, modeling conventions, casting agents and talent scouts. A complete creative team – makeup artist, wardrobe stylist, and hair stylist – is available to consult with customers. Headshots, fashion and beauty images are constructed with stringent attention to detail, unfalteringly mindful of what agents and casting directors are really looking for. 

“We’re thrilled that Brad has signed on as creative director,” adds Carrie Straus, head of MESS’s publicity department. “With his vast experience in the modeling and fashion world, his relationships and contacts with top agents, advertising companies, and other industry insiders, we’re in a fantastic position to launch a lot of careers and help a lot of talented people realize their dreams.” 

About MESS Makeup:
MESS Makeup was formed by a convergence of makeup artists and business professionals who wanted to fill a void in the makeup industry. While assisting makeup artists maximize their career potential, MESS Makeup maintains a personal touch and provides support and a much-needed community space for makeup professionals. MESS Makeup organizes professional makeup workshops, helps artists build their portfolios, designs customized websites, assists with job placement and bookings, and rents studio space. MESS Makeup has also created a full line of mineral makeup and supplies available at its retail store, located at 224 W. 30th Street, or on its Web site. For more information about MESS Makeup’s products and services, please visit

About Brad Starks:
Brad Starks is a renowned photographer, celebrated for his work in fashion and advertising in Chicago, Europe and New York City. His photographs often have a natural openness to them, reflecting the laidback ease of his own personality and approach to those he photographs. Starks has worked for 16 years on high-profile fashion and advertising campaigns with such well-known models as Heidi Klum, Chandra North and Shakara Ledard. Model agency clients include Ford Models, DNA, OHM and IMG. His work has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim and American Photo. Brad Starks turned down college football scholarships to specialize in fine arts and commercial photography at Columbia College, Chicago. After several years spent developing his style in Chicago, Starks moved to Europe, where his work was published in a number of leading Spanish and French magazines like Complice, Mujer and Marie-Claire. Starks moved back to the United States in 1992 and recently signed on as the creative director of MESS Studios.

Carrie Straus