The Model Model

The Model ModelWithin the fashion industry lie a plethora of types of models. Because of this, virtually anyone can capitalize on their physical attributes so long as they know which type is best for them.

Fashion

Fashion is the pinnacle of live modeling and what many aspire to achieve. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most selective with the majority of models required to be 5’10 or taller and to have a thin frame. Once in this category, you might be invited to walk the runway, pose for a catalog shoot, model for editorials in magazines or be hired directly by a designer.

Commercial Print

This subsection encompasses advertisements. From lip gloss to tennis shoes, print is a bit more forgiving in terms of look as different looks sell different products. The options are as varied as the models are, ranging from corporate sales to alternative clothes so common online. It may not be haute couture, but it is abundant.

Body Parts

Finally, even if your main features don’t fit the ideal in the above categories, there’s always the chance you have one breathtaking asset, like your hair, legs, hands or feet. Not all runway models are gifted with photographic digits, leaving it up to these models to sell rings, watches, sandals, hair products and anything else that requires extreme close ups of body parts.

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Selecting an Audition Monolgue

Selecting an Audition MonolgueInstead of interviews over tables explaining your strengths and weaknesses to potential bosses, the acting audition is the monologue. Even with so much noise surrounding how to pick the perfect piece or how to write the monologue that’s sure to land you a role, it’s important to be able to look past this at the truths that never change no matter what generation of theater it is.

The Mini Play

Above all else, you need to find a monologue that tells a story from start to finish. Think of it as a miniature play that you’re the star of. It needs at least three beats where the last beat clearly shows a change your character has undergone since the start of the piece. Remember this if you choose to write your own as well. You need a solid beginning, a solid middle and a stellar end.

The Perfect You

As for age appropriateness or same gender, don’t worry too hard. Instead, focus on monologues that bring out your best. This could come from a character that is your exact opposite in every way – it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re able to tap into your emotions and bring to life a character better than anyone else that auditioned before you.

The Subject

Shock pieces are not great choices. The judges judge you based on what subject matter you decide to share with them. If it’s offensive or full of graphic violence and sex, you’ll more than likely put off your interviewers more so than welcome them into a story you’re telling on stage. Anyone can grab attention with crude material. Only masters can sell the mundane as fantastical.

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A Model’s Portfolio

A Model's PortfolioLike the actor and their roles or an artist and their paintings, a model must have a portfolio. A showcase of all of their best work, it is a resume of potential designed to sell the model by catching the eyes of the agents. Build one correctly, and you’ll find yourself hired in no time.

Know Thyself

Before you even begin looking through your photographs, know what type of model you are. Much like a book needs a common plot to make sense, so, too, does your portfolio. By this point, you should have a wide selection of types of modeling and know the one that suits your strengths. Whether it’s commercial or fashion, do what you do best to get a foot in the door.

Be Versatile

Don’t have just one look. Have many. Fill your resume with just as much. Convey a rainbow of emotion. Include a variety of types of shots, like headshots and beauty shots. Wear different outfits. Showcase different make up designs. Tell a story with your portfolio so that the agents understand you aren’t just some one-trick pony. Show them you have the talent necessary to realize their artistic vision.

Focus on the Few

Keep it simple. Even though you have 20 shots that make you look better than at any point in your life, less is more. While exhibiting your potential, a model’s portfolio is also there to simply show those hiring that you’re pretty and you have an attractive body shape. Because of this, only go for 6 to 12 amazing photos. More can be added once you begin booking gigs. Much like acting, anyone can get attention by screaming loud enough, but only the truly talented can hold attention standing still.

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WunderBrow

WunderBrowWhile women spend a lot of time on mascara, well defined eyebrows can make all the difference in a woman’s appearance. Eyebrows not only frame a woman’s face and accentuate her bone structure, but when they’re done right, they add a youthfulness to one’s look that no mascara, eye shadow, or eyeliner can.

Along with gorgeous unmarred skin, full healthy-looking eyebrows are a characteristic that’s pretty much standard amongst young Hollywood’s most famous starlets.

In Hollywood, many women are now spending up to $12,000 for a surgical procedure called “The Megan.” It delivers full eyebrows by transplanting hair follicles from the back of a woman’s scalp to her forehead. Clearly, this approach is not for everyone.

But, it does point to a problem- if only getting full, beautiful brows were an easy task. It’s unfortunate, but most of the pencils, powders, and gels on the market are not only complicated to use … they just don’t look natural. Nobody wants to walk around looking like they’ve been drawn on with a sharpie. Now, however, for those of us who aren’t so handy with the eyebrow pencil, here is some really good news. There’s an exciting new product on the market called Wunderbrow that is flying off the shelves at an amazing rate. It will forever change the way you look at eyebrow makeup for many reasons.

  • Firstly, Wunderbrow is super-easy for anyone to apply—and that’s only the beginning.
  • Wunderbrow is also waterproof and semi-permanent—so it will stay on for days at a time. But, even better than the easy application are the results!
  • Wunderbrow can turn even the sparsest of brows into gorgeous, supermodel-quality arches. And whether you’re a brunette, a blonde, or have all black hair, there’s a shade that’s perfect for you.
  • Wunderbrow features innovative brow gels with hair-like fibers that transform your eyebrows without having to use brow pencils, brow powders, or permanent cosmetics. It enhances eyebrows that have lost their shape due to over-tweezing, and helps them appear healthier, fuller, and natural-looking. Its exclusive Permafix Technology is designed to give eyebrows their perfect shape with long-lasting results.

You spend so much time on your mascara—see what a huge difference a tiny bit of effort with Wunderbrow can make. Check out their 30-day money back guarantee, risk free offer at www.wunderbrow.com.

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To Smile or Not To Smile on the Runway?

To Smile or Not To Smile on the Runway?Most fashion designers typically require their models to not smile when walking the runway. The idea is that the audience should look solely at the fashions and not concentrate on the model’s face or personality. Models become walking mannequins; period! The exception would be a designer like Betsy Johnson whose fashions are all about having fun with lots of craziness on the runway.

Commercial print modeling is all about selling a product and most models are required to smile and look friendly. Local department fashion shows are more relaxed and you will see lots of smiling models walking the runway. The same applies to promotional models where it’s all about personality before looks (THINK QVC).

If you are booked for a runway show, the designer and/or choreographer will tell you precisely what type of facial expressions they want you to project on the runway. Of course, you can also consult with your agent for their advice too!

And lastly, when presenting yourself for any type of audition, be sure to smile and show your personality!

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Clothes Shopping Etiquette

Clothes Shopping Etiquette In our on-going series of shopping etiquette blogs, we will tackle the “do’s and don’ts” of shopping.  See our tips below on how to be a considerate clothes shopper!

  • Be polite and patient (especially at check-out)
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Your sales associate really does want to help you find what you are looking for.
  • Avoid taking beverages or food into the dressing room – it’s an accident waiting to happen
  • Be respectful of the clothes and try not to leave deodorant residue or makeup on the garment when putting it on and taking it off

How many times have you entered a dressing room only to see clothes piled up all over the floor or bench? This occurs when a previous shopper is lazy, inconsiderate and just plain messy (imagine what their bedrooms look like!). Another reason is that the sales associates are so busy with customers they haven’t had the time to go into the dressing rooms and do “recovery”.

Once you are done trying on clothes, please shake the garment, re-hang is on the hanger and either return it to the special area just outside the dressing rooms or better yet, put it back on the rack where you originally found it. If the price tag comes off, be sure to hand the garment to a sales person so they can reattach it to the garment.

Today, most stores encourage you to take their store survey. This is the store’s way to better understand if they have provided you with great customer service. Providing you were satisfied with your shopping experience, your sales associate that helped you will truly appreciate your positive feedback. It’s important to be honest in the surveys and if you weren’t satisfied, let the store know so they can improve and possibly offer coaching to the sales associates so that you next experience is a positive one!

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Do Famous Actors Take Acting Classes?

Do Famous Actors Take Acting Classes?Typically, anyone interested in acting is spending a lot of time, energy and hard work learning how to act. But, what about famous actors? Do they every brush up on their professional acting skills? The answer is a YES!

Famous actors (and even the not so famous) hire acting coaches for specific acting roles, take on-going acting workshops and are always perfecting their craft. Actors do not rely on their past accomplishments but instead are always learning how to be better in their next audition or role.

A sought after acting coach has taken acting classes, performed professionally and has tons of experience along with their acting credentials. Acting coaches have mastered the technical and emotional elements of acting before becoming a coach.  Many acting coaches have trained with the very best acting companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Julliard School of the Arts, Actor’s Studio NYC, to name just a few.

So, learning how to be the very best you can be in front of the camera and audience is a long-lasting career effort (but well worth it)!

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Fashion Tech Buzz And Innovations

Fashion Tech Buzz And Innovations

  • Neiman Marcus “Memory Mirrors” capture images and video to compare outfits side by side with 360-degree views.
  • Crew, Shopbop and Zara are adding a TRY button to checkout that lets you order up to five items for free and try them on at home before buying!
  • Beacon tracking technologies by Apple and Google, retailers  can send you instant discount codes based on what you’re browsing in-store.
  • Instagram’s Like2Buy lets you purchase items in your feed with a single click.
  • Stitch Fit (subscription services) uses your Pinterest page to shop for you, sending outfits monthly based on your taste.
  • COM: Thanks to visual search technology and real-time try-on capabilities, augmented reality apps like ShadeScout let you experiment with every color of lipstick, eyeshadow you name it, from more than 50 major beauty companies – from your smartphone! Take a photo of a color you love, then choose a brand. Similar hues comes up, which you can see on yourself with your front-facing camera!
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New Beauty Buzzwords

New Beauty BuzzwordsThanks to Women’s Day, March 2016, for defining these new beauty buzzwords!

FACIAL AID  – You’ll find this word in everything from cleansers to creams, specialty masks and treatments. These aids contain glycolic acid which aids in collagen production; salicylic unclogs pores and hyaluronic traps water to help hydrate.

HAIR OIL – In shampoos, conditioners and deep treatments, even styling products like hairspray. Hair oils contain fatty acids to seal and condition hair. Try coconut oil if your hair’s textured, argan oil if it is dry or marula oil if you have fine hair.

BLUR TECHNOLOGY – This is one of our favorites! You’ll see it on primers, foundations, setting powders and bronzers. The light-diffusing particles in these products help even out skin tone and reduce the look of fine lines and blemishes.

BEAUTY TIP:  Jessica Scantlin, director of artistry for Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge, suggests taking your concealer and lightly dab it under eyes, then tap out toward your hairline in an upward motion. The halo of the softer tone reflects light and makes your eyes appear less droopy.

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How To Walk The Runway In High Heels

How To Walk The Runway In High HeelsFashion designers require models to wear high heels for a reason. If the recent global Fashion Weeks are any indication, heels are here to stay! Heels will make a model taller, her legs will look longer and her body will appear thinner. Popular opinion says the clothes will look more appealing.

A stiletto heel forces you to balance the majority of your weight on the ball of your foot. Your calf muscles tense up and your hamstrings shorten and you butt sticks outward. Walking in stilettos exposes your feet in a very small space of the front of the shoe which causes blisters, calluses, corns and ingrown toenails. Now, you are precariously balancing yourself on 5″ “spikes”, disrupting your posture and putting seven times more pressure on the ball of your foot. This can easily put at risk for sprained or broken ankles. So, it’s imperative you learn how to walk properly in high heels!

The first question to ask yourself is “Are your heels too tight? Too wide? too narrow or too big? Does the arch of the shoe fit your arch? If you answered yes to  one if not more of these questions, you need to reevaluate and invest in proper fitting heels.

Definitely consider insoles for added comfort. A model’s trick for walking on a slippery surface is to apply the anti-slip, non-skid adhesive tape on the bottom of the shoe, underneath the sole.

Do exercises to strengthen your calves and ankles. Stretching exercises are a must! Learn how to stand without wobbling. A simple exercise is to simply stand tall and straight for a few minutes. Once you learn how to balance your body, smooth walking will be easier.

PRACTICE walking in your heels! Start out slow with a short step and straight back. Walk toe to heel which helps to distribute your weight better. Remember to walk with your toes pointed straight in front of you. Practice walking on different types of flooring (carpet, tile, hardwood, concrete). Wear your heels at home so the shoe can mold itself to your feel. Practice will make perfect!

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