Shane SantaCroce operates his talent management business just like he does as a father – with passion. In fact, his introduction to talent management was through his own daughter, and surprisingly, just out of necessity. Following a 20 year track record as a results-oriented entrepreneur with sales, marketing, strategic planning, and leadership skills, his daughter, 13 years old at the time, was competing in her first beauty pageant.
Shane’s pep talks worked wonders, because soon after, his daughter won her first competition and, in just a few short months, would be headed to an International Pageant. She began to be scouted by model agencies and managers. It appeared that her dreams were headed towards reality.
Even though this was an entirely new venture for him, Shane always did and always does his research. After meeting with dozens of agencies and managers, he decided there was a need for a new level of work ethic, professionalism and transparency in the industry so SantaCroce Model Group (SMG) was born. Although his daughter decided not to pursue a long term career in the industry, he was able to move forward with his newly gained skill set, managing kids and eventually clients of all ages. Shane’s passion for helping others follow their dreams and his “Make it Happen” mindset is truly an inspiration to everyone that he meets.
Entering the modeling management industry was a perfect fit for Shane because of his emphasis on the power of working in a team environment. Working in this business, he believes, has reinforced that belief ten times over.
For the past ten years, Shane has been lucky enough to manage and coach hundreds of men and women in the industry. They have competed in systems such as Miss World America, Miss USA, Miss International, Citrus, NAM and World’s Perfect Pageant & Model Search. Shane himself has also held the title as Director for some of these systems.
In the new year, Shane looks forward to many more exciting opportunities. He is launching and hosting the SMG Model Search, a true model competition that will offer opportunities to every contestant. Winners are awarded contracts ranging from $250 – $1500 with a top prize of $25,000 for a contract in each of the 4 categories of competition. The overall winner will receive a 12 month contract as a spokesmodel for $100,000 with the top 10 taking home at least a $5,000 contract.
In addition, Shane is committed to launching 4 new courses in 2021 using his acclaimed “Make it Happen” system.