When Fredrik Eklund, a managing director at Prudential Douglas Elliman, was cast in the reality show "Million Dollar Listing," his background as a former male porn star was part of his character bio—it was an easy attention grabber sure to gain publicity for himself and the show. But the New York broker community is filled with people drawn from different creative professions—models, actors, musicians—who sought a second career after their first ones ran their course. The NY Times found and profiled a few of these people, including Haviland Morris, who played a blonde bombshell high school student in John Hughes' "Sixteen Candles" starring Molly Ringwald; Terrence Harding, who was a member of Notorious B.I.G.'s rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. (under the nom de rhyme Kleptomaniac); and musician/singer Laurie Lewis, who was the voice of Baxter the cat in Meow Mix commercials (Baxter said "Meow" a lot in an insistent sing-song voice). Being a broker is apparently a natural career for people comfortable in the spotlight and dealing with rejection. Because what is an apartment showing, really, other than a a real estate audition that gets turned down more often than not?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012