Jo Sheils is a former Australian model, MC and speaker who spent decades on the books of the most prestigious model agencies in Australia and many prominent ones throughout Europe.
Several years ago she decided to step on the other side of the desk and now owns and directs Hunter Model Management, an elite globally recognised and respected model Mother Agency, scouting and managing both Australian models and models in Europe and America. With some of her models signed to the most prestigious modelling agencies around the globe such as international power players like FORD, NEXT, Wilhelmina, Storm and Australian icons Dallysmodels and Chic Management.
With strong knowledge and history in the industry as a model and keen eye for recognising talent and those with an internal drive to make it in the industry, she has created a successful boutique agency sending her models all around the world for various fashion seasons working for top designers, clients and fashion houses.
Having spent many seasons modelling in Milan, Italy, Germany and London. With a career spanning two decades in the industry, she garnered a client list that read like the Yellow Pages, some of the more prominent ones being Myers, Westfield, Liz Davenport, Colorado, Sportscraft, George Gross and Harry Who.
Training at On Camera Connections in Sydney under the guidance of industry greats such as Lochie Daddo, she found her 'presenter's wings' and landed a TV presenting gig in Los Angeles airing on various HSN channels.
Years on, Jo Sheils found she was continually being asked to train young up and coming models. She finally agreed to take this on and formed a runway academy and quickly realised the thirst for knowledge and information as well as the desire to learn that these young girls (and guys) had. It also became very apparent that, in her position as a mentor, she was having an impact and influence on these young impressionable minds. She understood she had the ability to guide them one way or the other, and resolved she had much more responsibility on her hands than just teaching students to walk and talk. She could teach them to be merely attractive and autobotic, or, use the opportunity to really get to their core as well, helping them to make sensible life decisions – teaching them that they are gifted, but must also give, that first, they are a conscious human being, and THEN they are a model.
The modeling/media industry is a very rewarding place when your look is 'in' but you have to have the tenacity to ride it out when it is not your time, because that is when harsh realities set in and you must learn to develop character and exercise patience, and most of all, NEVER give up.
Jo Sheils is also not afraid to speak about the extreme importance of not doing drugs or alcohol. Impressing upon them that neither is necessary to succeed, that in fact the opposite is true, all of your faculties must be clear to pursue this kind of success. There are huge rewards watching teens blossom and develop over weeks and months, their confidence and self esteem sky rocket.
The secondary reward was grateful parents who could not believe the change in their children. How their sometimes painfully shy, and occasionally unresponsive teens had become lively and excitable, filled with an eagerness to learn and develop.
While living in London, Jo was approached by an organization that helped integrate underprivileged/abused and street teens back into society. These kids were broken and had suffered much more in their so far short lives than most of us could ever conceive of in our entire lives. Yet, when they are treated like their life matters, that they ARE good enough, and their dreams count… their whole personas changed. You could almost see them planning their lives right in front of your very eyes, knowing that they were at a point where they had some control and a lot of choices.
Once back in Australia, it soon became apparent that there was some amazing talent coming through her doors who really had what it would take to make it in the modelling industry, so she began approaching all the reputable modelling agencies she knew locally and globally to see if they were interested in signing these budding models. They were. Then Hunter Model Management was born. So Jo converted her runway academy to a full scale Mother and Management Agency, and now only manages and mentors the models she signs and represents.
Having developed her own company and implementing her own methods based on her many years of experience on exactly what is needed to communicate with the sometimes difficult to understand teenage years, she delivers the life skills along with the physical skills needed for models to move forward in life, she brings with her a strong sense of structure, sense of humour, complete involvement and an absolute desire to see people pursue their dreams, to constantly find new and innovative ways to succeed.
Jo Sheils is an experienced MC, host and speaker; she is warm, personable and extremely professional and she brings her natural charm to any event she is involved with. Jo can deliver a flawless pre-prepared speech but also has an innate ability to speak 'off the cuff.'
Client Comments for Jo Sheils
Jo Sheils travels from Queensland Australia
- I highly recommend Jo Sheils for any public speaking within the corporate or modelling industry, her sessions are carried out in the most efficient and entertaining way possible, maintaining a professional and friendly approach at all times. Her students of all ages adored her and have expressed their appreciation for such a delightful experience. Many of Jo's aspiring models have embarked on a very successful journey within the modelling industry.
- Joanne Sheils was contracted by CfBT Education Trust in 2007 to run "modelling and confidence building workshops". These workshops were for 13 to 18 year olds, both male and female, that had been excluded from school, were unemployed, working with YOT (youth offending team) or on ASBO's (anti-social behaviour order). Whilst most people would baulk at the idea of working with these teenagers, Joanne was excited and enthusiastic. She ran several sessions, which were of huge benefit to the young adults. As the Project Manager of three boroughs, I was extremely impressed with Joanne's skills and knowledge. The response from the young adults was incredible and they thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Joanne's workshops were one of the highest attendances for all sessions that we ran. Joanne dealt with all sorts of behaviours and personalities, including those suffering from low confidence, to those with a lot of confidence. She worked with teenagers who are involved in gangs and those that are victims of gang attacks. Joanne managed challenging behaviours, including threats and people trying to instigate fights. Joanne managed all of this independently, and was excellent at mediation when required. I would be more than happy to recommend Joanne to any future employer, for whichever role. She is an amazing, positive woman, and this is clear to see in the results that she achieves.
CfBT Education Trust
"Sandra is a complete delight to work with, and always comes through for us."
Australian Chamber Alliance
Subscribe to our newsletter