Industry Model & Talent Studios Helps Young NJ Woman save for Graduate School

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Young woman from Hackensack, NJ recently worked as an extra in the film “Death in Love” and the television shows “Ugly Betty” and “Gossip Girl”.

“My friends always ask me what I’m going to do next,” says Devon, who would like to do more magazine photoshoots and runway shows in the future. “I would recommend Industry. Everything has worked out pretty well for me."

First discovered five years ago by scouts from Industry Model & Talent Studios (http://www.industrystudio.com) at the Rockaway Mall in Rockaway, NJ, Devon is a 20-year-old who has most recently worked as an extra in the film “Death in Love” and the television shows “Ugly Betty” and “Gossip Girl”.

“I really enjoyed my first photoshoot with Industry. I had interest from an agency or two, and my first job was ‘Inside Edition’, for a segment on prom dresses,” says Devon. “I got to go into the city and try on dresses at Betsey Johnson. I was interviewed and filmed trying on dresses.”

She’s come a long way since 2005. This month, she worked on “Mr. Tambourine Man”, an adaptation of Oliver Sacks’ “The Last Hippie”. The movie will star J.K. Simmons ("Law and Order", "Oz", and "Juno") and Julia Ormond ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"). Says Devon, “It was fun to play a hippie.”

For her role as a Jewish Holocaust victim in “Death in Love” (2008), Devon had to wear special effects makeup. She says, “They had to make a mold for my eyes. I had to keep my eyes shut for three hours. I’m pretty open to anything so it was an interesting experience. It was really different.”

“She had on a short brown wig, and her eyes were closed. She looked really terrible but perfect for the part,” says Devon’s mom Nancy. “On ‘Ugly Betty’, Devon played a model so it was exciting to see her dressed up. It was interesting to me.”

In high school, Devon worked with her teachers to find ways to manage acting jobs with school responsibilities. Now that she is a college student, Devon must work harder to juggle school and acting. As captain of the volleyball team, Devon takes a break from acting for three months in order to focus on volleyball.

“It’s been interesting from the standpoint of a parent,” says Nancy. “It’s nice to see Devon have these opportunities. Most people can only dream of being on TV or in the movies, and it’s been very nice to see her work and to make some money.”

Devon is saving the money for graduate school.

“My friends always ask me what I’m going to do next,” says Devon, who would like to do more magazine photoshoots and runway shows in the future. “I would recommend Industry. Everything has worked out pretty well for me, and I think Industry is a great place for people to get started.”

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