A star hasn't been born--yet. But clothing maker Slates is auditioning entrepreneurs for its fall 2001 advertising campaign.

Slates says it's looking for "passionate entrepreneurs." Mark Thornton figures he qualifies. The 27-year-old studied conservation in Tanzania for five years, then co-founded Livingstone Expeditions, a San Francisco-based African safari company. "We're fairly attractive guys," says co-founder Sam Cimino. "It's worth a shot in the dark." Which they hope will lead to a shoot under the lights.

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