“My name is Bettina Schaefer. I was born and raised in Bremen. On my 18th birthday I moved to Switzerland, where I still live today. At first I wanted to study medicine, but other than originally planned… I was discovered as a model. After five successful model years I founded the Option Model Agency in Zurich . Six years later I was driven to the world of photography and abandoned the agency business. Portrait and lifestyle photography became my specialites. In 2004 I started the build up of Scout Model Agency in Zurich. Some years later a new division was added: Scout People Agency. The creative challenge is a part of me. I still have a lot in mind..."
“As a native of Eastern Switzerland (which cannot be overheard) I got stuck in great Zurich 27 years ago. Coming originally from the world of furnishing and interiors, I had an accidental first encounter with the model business. The three days of "helping out" a booker turned into over eighteen years of booking experience. The constant challenge in this job has become my passion. Every day brings new challenges, this business keeps me young and flexible - but don't worry, even I have days when I'd like to escape the booking table for a while :)
After so many years I still do the job with all my heart, which I hope will continue for a long time.”
Why am I a model agent? Nelson Mandela once said: “It all seems impossible until it is done.” Sometimes this is what booking jobs for models feels like. Working through each challenge to the moment the model finishes each job leaves me with an amazing sense of achievement!
After finishing my general qualification in Biel, I originally planned to study Psychology at the University of Bern, but instead chose to study Marketing for 1 year in California. It seemed more beneficial to gain life experience in a different country and it certainly helped build great life skills ;)
What started out as an internship in Cape Town at Boss Models turned into 4 and a half years of booking - as well as learning the ins and outs of the modeling world. Working across cultural differences with people of all ages has taught me invaluable insights which I hope to build on further with Scout Models. These are the driving force behind the passion I have for the modeling industry. If you are looking for me when I am not around the booking table, you will find me on a yoga matt, in a coffee shop or just enjoying quality time with friends.
The French note of the agency.
Born in Paris, I started working as a model agent almost a decade ago, organizing national castings and managing models around the wide world of fashion. I am a whole and passionate soul driven by the bond with my models and the pleasure to see the images that reveal them.
In 2017, I settled in Lausanne to join Square Model Agency and completely fell in love with Switzerland.
5 years later my husband and I moved to the attractive city of Zürich, where I met the amazing scout family.
„Many people know me from earlier years when I worked for the Scout Model Agency as junior booker. After a gap year I started missing working with the models and the whole team. So all the great qualities and exciting tasks at Scout Model brought me back. However, you can no longer reach me at the booking table today. My new task is Scouting & Development. This means: I send our beloved models abroad, I scout new cool faces, I build books and organize castings etc. ;) Just remember email@example.com – you can almost always reach me there.”
With the passion to work as a stylist, my path led me into the modeling industry and finally to Scout.For new applicants, I take care of organizing appointments, accompany them when shooting polas and finally conclude the contracts with our models, as well as with our international models.
Furthermore I arrange test shoots, to build up the portfolios and keep them up to date.
If someone in the team needs support, I’m there!
Hello there! I'm Justin, a fresh face here at Scout. I'm thrilled to be part of the team, contributing my skills to the graphics and social media department.
This involves crafting, tweaking, and curating portfolios, along with engaging, posting, and refining content for our social media platforms.
From time to time, I also find myself behind the camera, capturing those perfect shots.
When it comes to my essentials, I can't imagine my work without the trusty Adobe Photoshop, and, of course, a comforting cup of ginger tea to keep me energized and inspired!
“Hi, I am the one who mostly hides behind the big, bright screen and is concerned with the picture world of our models. I slide the pictures from left to right, from top to bottom, and up and down again … Until everything looks wonderful (no, not the pictures on my skin - those in the portfolios I mean)!
In between I drink a coffee and sometimes I hold a camera in my hand and snap faces.”
“My main calling and passion is photography. At Scout I am, among other things, in demand at pipe burst, power failure and the procurement of spare parts. To my generalistic disposition I owe my secondary positions as baker, accountant, cook, janitor, father, studio manager and entrepreneur in the food business. The work in the team of Scout is exciting and very varied. Taking care of the models, be it as photographer or as ‘The Backoffice’ or ‘The Bookkeeping Department’, usually (always) creates joy and satisfaction … any questions?”
In 2004 Bettina Schaefer founded the model agency Scout. Ever since she has been setting trends in the national and international model industry with experience, passion and a keen awareness of trends. Today Scout Model is the largest and most successful model agency in Switzerland.
From the booker to the photographer and graphic designer: our long-standing employees combine three important qualities: absolute professionalism, a genuine passion for the modelling business and enthusiasm for working with people. We support you in all your needs and requirements – from the initial idea to the perfect result. At Scout Model you always have a clear and consistent point of contact. This makes working together highly efficient but also very personal. And of course the whole team operates in the background to ensure that everything runs smoothly for each and every job.
Whether you are planning a film or photo shoot, casting or show: we make use of our experience and expertise to take as much work off your hands as possible. We not only find the right model for you, but will also be happy to support you with a comprehensive range of services from a single source. This includes running our own well-appointed photo studio on location. You can rent our “Studio 6a” to hold castings or shoots yourself – or you can leave everything to our photographers and casting professionals. As you wish.
With Scout Commercial, founded in 2008, we are one of the most important and renowned commercial agencies in Europe. Whether teen beauty or character in the 50s, international model or professional actor - at Scout Commercial you will find the right face for your message, your product or your story.