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Episode 60 with Phillip Gums

March 1st, 2020

From International Model to Agency Owner: The Power of Positivity

Agency co-owner, Phillip Gums, talks about what it was like to be a black male model in the late 80’s and the age of the United Colors of Benetton.  Exciting stories of how he persisted in the face of rejection and built the relationships that eventually evolved into founding, JE Model Management, of the most prominent agencies in San Francisco through a career spanning thirty plus years.

Music composed by Dan Cantrell (see his bio below)

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Phillip Gums is the co-owner/director of JE Model Management and has a career in modeling and acting spanning over thirty years.  He also loves to cook and was a contestant on the T.V. show, America’s Best Cook in 2014. Gums is passionate about healthy eating and is currently working on hosting and launching a YouTube cooking show sharing easy healthy recipes from his kitchen to yours.  Follow him on Instagram @pgiiikitchen


Holly Shaw, CHT got her first agent when she was 12 years old and has spent a lifetime in film, T.V. and on professional stages all over the world as an actor, dancer, and director. Now she shares her passion for the problems that artists face as a Creativity Coach and a Certified Hypnotherapist and has helped hundreds of artists, from Emmy award winning and Grammy nominated artists to world class choreographers overcome their stage fright, impostor syndrome, and creative blocks so that they can create original work and totally kill it onstage again and again without feeling like they're selling out or losing their sanity. In 2016, she wrote and released her book, The Creative Formula: Compose, Choreograph, and Capture Your Masterpiece  which has become an Amazon bestseller.  She teaches regularly at the SAG/AFTRA offices in L.A. and SF and runs creative laboratory workshops like the Comedy Lab Open Mic once a month at Monaghan's on the Hill in Oakland.


Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano and musical saw. “Hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” says the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  His extensive scoring catalogue spans a wide range of emotion and style.


Dan’s compositions for film and television have earned him numerous awards including an Emmy Award for KQED’s Home-Front,a Golden Gate award for the soundtrack to the documentary Divided Loyalties, and an Annie nomination for his work on three seasons of Cartoon Network’s the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.

His Orchestral music was recently featured by the Oakland Symphony, and his chamber music was performed at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the arts, and in Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.  Dan also recently composed a suite of choral music performed by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as part of their yearly concert series. Visit

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