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One-year anniversary photo shoot on April 12, 2014. (Angela Engram)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) — If you’ve ever thought about becoming a model, you’ll have the opportunity to make that dream a reality.

The Exotica modeling agency will conduct a perspective model search on November 15 at the Hampton Inn, located at 5585 Whitesville Road. Ages 3 to 14 will be seen from 9:00 a.m. to noon and ages 15 and older will be seen from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There is no charge for this event.

Exotica is owned by Americus native Angela Jackson Engram, who realized a dream a few years ago when she started the agency. Engram said she entered a few pageants growing up and was always fascinated by the modeling business.

“We’ve already signed a few models from the Columbus-Opelika area, and we want to keep adding to our roster,” Engram said. “People usually only think of runway models when they think of modeling, but models are needed in many other areas, such as print ads, commercials, and more. Exotica’s goal is to provide models in these niche markets and to maximize other opportunities for our models.”

Exotica is based in Atlanta, but Engram says there’s talent all over Georgia and it was important to have a model search in her native southwest Georgia.

“I was born and raised in Americus, and Dede Carlisle, our chief marketing officer, is from Columbus, so we know southwest Georgia and eastern Alabama very well,” said Engram. “We know there’s a lot of talent out there and we can’t wait to see what Columbus and the surrounding area has to offer. Now is the time to shine!”

According to Engram, Exotica’s philosophy is to provide high quality representation for its models and superior customer service to its customers.

“Exotica is growing very quickly, and we want to be able to attract talent from across the state, and this area is definitely a great place to visit,” Engram said. “We look forward to having a big crowd and it doesn’t matter your race, age or nationality. If you’re passionate about modeling, we want to see you there!”

Women are advised to wear fitted jeans or leggings, a fitted top and heels; no wedge heels. Hair should be away from face, and no makeup or jewelry. Men are asked to wear jeans, a fitted top and hard-soled shoes; no sneakers. Children are simply asked to dress comfortably.

For information about the upcoming event or additional information about the Exotica Modeling Agency, please call (404) 277-6937. You can also go to

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