Hygiene for Auditions

Hygiene for AuditionsNever underestimate the importance of hygiene when auditioning. Everyone at those interviews is trained to judge you as soon as you walk in the door. By entering the space clean and ready to go, you’ll be noted as a professional and already have the benefit of the doubt that you know what you’re doing, giving you an edge that, in any performance art, benefits your chances of landing a role.

Look First

The first thing anyone notices about you is how you look. How well put together you appear has an immediate influence on opinions floating around the judge’s bench. Your clothes should be ironed and fitted. Your hair should be clean and held back from your face in a stylish fashion. Nails should be trimmed and clean. If they’re painted, the color should be unassuming. Makeup should be neat and hardly noticeable. If you don’t know how to do makeup, don’t use auditions as your first attempt.

Smell Second

Because odors take a few seconds more to register in the nose, it can come as either a pleasant or rather disgusting surprise when your scent does eventually waft over. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that any possible bad smells are eliminated prior to the audition. This is especially important if your ride a bike to get around. Even a small sweat can have disastrous consequences. Make sure you shower the day of, and if you do bike to the audition, don’t bike in the clothes you’re auditioning in. Head to the bathroom and use a wet towel to wipe away sweat. Wear deodorant and make sure your mouth is clean. Brushing isn’t enough. You’ll want to floss regularly as any food left between the teeth causes horrible breath.

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Spring Nails 2017

Spring Nails 2017What’s a better way to celebrate your new spring fashion than to decorate your nails with a style to match?

Pretty Pastels

Still feeling a few chill days of winter but not quite suffering through the blaring heat of summer, spring is the perfect time to bring out the soft, muted pastels of the colors you love. Whether it’s a classic pink or more festive purple, nothing celebrates spring more than calm colors to match the calm temperatures.

Cuticle Jewelry

A rather new addition to nail accessories, fashion forward Morgan Taylor Lacquer lead artist Tracylee is working to enhance the beauty of the nail real estate by adding golden flourishes to the skin around the outside of the nails. Just be careful not to overdo it.

Metallic Hue

Metallic looking nails are definitely an in this season with a number of designers going for that special shine. While silver seems to be the most popular, any color that has that unique shimmer is being touted as trendy.

Minimalism

Maybe it can be pinned on the resurgence of the 80s in clothes fashion, but nail fashion seems to be following suit when it comes to designs. Instead of extremely elaborate creations, it’s all about negative space and how simple shapes play with the look of the nails overall.

All One Color

While differing colors across the nails were popular not too long ago, this trend is dropping off for 2017, giving way to a more traditional practice of unity. Even with different colors being used, it’s important to keep the design the same across all of the nails. That being said, one nail having a special look for a pop effect is still pretty sharp.

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Spring 2017 Fashion Trends

Spring 2017 Fashion TrendsSpring is just around the corner as we finally begin to see hints of that wonderful thaw sweeping across the world. Now is the best time to welcome fun, fresh styles that embrace this warmer weather.

Athleisure

A combination of athletic wear and leisure suits, fit fashion is back in style. While certainly fun, it’s definitely an unsurprising trend given the influx of fitness fads that sync up with the New Year and our many resolutions.

80s Glam

Complete with overly large shoulders, frills and bold colors, the 70s is being left behind in favor of a more fashion forward 80s. Luckily, it seems the hair and makeup won’t be resurrected with it.

Big Bags

The XXXXXL hand bags are back. Even if you don’t have enough stuff to fill them with, it’s more about having a very stylish accoutrement hanging off your shoulder or from your fingers. Unlike the 80s look, though, choose neutral colors like black, brown or white.

Platform Shoes

Remember the platforms the Spice Girls used to rock? The style is back. Perfect for the girl that hates heels but loves to be taller, platform shoes are reviving in full force and in many styles.

Big Jewelry

Large earrings and gaudy necklaces are only adding to the 80s influx that will be taking to the streets when spring hits. Where last year was the year of the choker and smaller pieces, 2017 is exploding onto the scene with loud jewelry.

T-Shirt Slogans

A more casual and comfortable trend coming forward is the statement t-shirt. Emblazoned with large letters and strong words, if there was ever a year to take a stand for something, 2017 is it.

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Headshots and Comp Cards: Who Gets What?

Headshots and Comp Cards: Who Gets What?As modeling and acting have merged more and more, so, too, have their means of communicating information. Where the headshot was once strictly relegated to the actors and the comp cards belonged to the models, the line between the two has become more blurred, making their use even more confusing. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be a puzzle provided you know the purpose of each and how that ties into what each audition is looking for.

Comp Cards

Short for ‘composite cards’, comp cards are a quick way to advertise a variety of looks and personalities. Typically paired with your name, body stats and contact information, the comp card is the business card of the arts. Because of this, they are deemed perfect for jobs revolving strictly around modeling or commercial print. They contain the information a modeling company needs to determine if you have what they need for the shoot – a photographic resume in a sense. As a general rule of thumb, if the gig involves any acting, do NOT send a comp card.

Headshots

Headshots are single photos of the performer’s face with their resume attached to the back. In the same way a spread of your best photos speaks to a photographer, a spread of your roles speaks to your acting prowess and capabilities. It answers the question of if you could potentially fill a specific character. However, because you are relegated to a single picture, it’s virtually useless for modeling and print gigs. Due to this, only use headshots for acting gigs.

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Figuring out Fashion Weeks

Figuring out Fashion WeeksIn the fashion world, there are four main capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. While they’re fashion celebrations are known as weeks, the big four actually celebrate multiple times a year. In February and September/October, they reveal womenswear for the year, and in January and June/July, they showcase menswear.

New York Fashion Week

Founded in 1943 by Eleanor Lambert, New York Fashion Week occurs in America’s most well-known metropolis. This week is often considered to be the one held in the highest regard historically as it is the oldest of the four. It is also unique in that it features “resort/cruise” and “bridal” shows during the celebrations.

London Fashion Week

London is the last of the four to join the festivities, having only been an event since 1984. Of the four, London’s celebration of fashion is the most traditional. That being said, it has an astounding number of off-season shows that occur throughout the year.

Milan Fashion Week

The third youngest of the group, Milan Fashion Week began in 1958 after being founded by the Italian Chamber of Commerce. It is host to well over 40 different shows each season and moves their venues yearly throughout the city to spotlight beautiful locations of historic note. Because of this, Milan Fashion Week is often the one most populated with tourists.

Paris Fashion Week

Coming into existence in 1945, a mere two years after New York, Paris’ celebration is one that evolved from a long standing tradition of French pride in their fashion. There’s even a special style unique to France, known as Haute Couture, shown only here. Designed originally as a way to signify well-made clothing, it has since evolved into a cultural point of pride for the Parisians.

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Overcoming Stage Fright

Overcoming Stage FrightWhether you want it to happen or not, there’s no denying the increased heart rate and sweaty palms that signify every performer’s greatest demon – stage fright. It’s a frustrating feat that keeps many away from ever auditioning for anything, but not you. No. You’re different. You’re going to conquer this and you’re going to succeed. Here’s how to turn that monster into an ignorable nuisance.

Breathe Deep and Breath Regular

As soon as you let your breathing get out of control, everything falls apart. By allowing the heartrate to keep increasing through faster breathing, your mind is being told by your physical reactions that something is very wrong. It will then trigger even more crazy reactions in response to a fictional danger. While you can’t control your exact heartrate, breathing deep allows you to breathe slower. Breathing slower forces your heart to slow down, a reaction that then signals the brain there isn’t an immediate danger.

Protect Your Posture

In the fear of the moment, it’s not uncommon to want to slouch the shoulders or look less intimidating. This is because your brain is being told there is danger around. By coiling up, you reduce the chance of being noticed by this danger. Don’t cave in. There is no danger, and the longer you hold the strong posture, the more you convince your brain to let up on the anxiety.

Start with a Bang

The nerves never go away entirely. Every audition will yield stressful feelings. Because this is physically a buildup of energy, get yourself into a better place for the audition by opening with a piece that explodes into action at the start. Following this, you’ll find the calmer moments much easier to achieve now that your body has experienced the release it needed.

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The Beauty of 2017

The Beauty of 2017Beauty products trend because they work. Instead of sticking with the same makeup you’ve used for years, branch out in 2017 with some of the hottest new beauty products around.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

For most of us, curling the lashes is a hit or miss process. Luckily, this little product makes curlers obsolete. The secret is in the formula. As the liquid goes onto the eyelashes, it shrinks as it dries, causing the lashes to curl upward on their own. Special hooks on the brush help with this shaping, resulting in a fuller, more beautiful look in less time than before.

Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact

Liquid foundation now comes in a compact. The trick to this is that the bottom of Lancôme’s container is a sponge that releases the foundation when it’s pressed. Because of this, you can now bring with you a superior, lightweight foundation that doesn’t cake and allows for an incredible amount of versatility previously unknown to compact lovers.

Maybelline New York Colorblur by Lip Studio

If you’re aiming to go for a trendier look this year, look no further than the recent phenomenon of lipstick blurring. Keeping the pigment dark in the center of the lips but fading it outward, it’s been a huge fashion hit making its way across the world. This stick allows you to do just that by including a built-in smudger.

Temptu Air

Airbrushing has been a part of the fashion world for a long time, but the process made it virtually impossible to realistically bring into the home. Enter Temptu. What originally released as a two pound, plug-in required mechanism has now been refashioned into a cordless, quiet, lightweight airbrush-makeup machine unlike any other, allowing for even more pristine levels of makeup application.

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The First Walk

The First WalkIt’s every performer’s dream to take to the stage for the first time. Instead of a background model, however, you’re walking down the runway, starring in your own portion of a fashion show. A big responsibility, it’s a moment that could make or break your career. Here’s how you turn it into a star addition to your portfolio.

Perfect Practice

They say that practice makes perfect but this is only a half truth. If you want to perform at an elite level, there can be no mistakes. Everything must come off perfectly and effortlessly. This is why during your practice runs, you should always aim to do everything without error. Messed up the turn? Try again. Slip during the walk? Start over. With this method, you cultivate a performance that exemplifies you as a professional that respects the time and talent put into the event.

Stay Trim

Just because you have a scheduled show does not mean you can let your figure go. If anything, it means you need to work harder to make sure your body is picture perfect as you make your way down the runway. Like with bodybuilders, it takes about six weeks to go from an off season body to a stage ready physique. This includes upping the activity level and maintaining a strict diet.

Have Fun

As a final word of advice, never forget to remember why you got into modeling in the first place. While you certainly work hard to be the best, the best work comes from those that truly enjoy the experience as a whole. If things are getting too stressful, do a silly walk and practice absurd poses. Smile and otherwise take satisfaction and pride from the time and effort you’ve put forth leading up to this day.

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Signing with an Agency

Signing with an AgencyAgencies are passports to regular, scheduled work. They hook you up with professionals that know both how to market your talent as well as how to secure gigs in the modeling and acting world. When you’re ready to be picked up by one, here’s what to expect.

Interest and Signing

Agencies don’t have time to lead you on. If they’re interested, they’ll let you know either in person or via email or phone. Once this happens, they’ll immediately want to schedule a contract signing with you as soon as is convenient. This meeting is typically informal, so dressy casual is the way to clothe yourself. You’ll next go over how your job will work and how they plan on using your talent.

Once completed, you’ll receive the contract and any related documents. You will not be asked to sign immediately, so feel free to take the documents home to read over before signing. Just be sure to give the talent agency a timeframe of when you’ll have the contract back to them. Before handing it in, be sure to make copies to keep for your own reference.

Starting the Work

Now that the contract is complete and returned to the agency, you will work closely with the staff as they set up test shoots. This is when they’ll put together a small portfolio for you that they then use to get companies interested in your talent. This process can take 1-2 weeks but can be shorter for those that already have the desired materials.

Once this is all done, your booker will begin reaching out to clients with your packet and lining up gigs for you to audition for. From here on out, you’ll be contacted by your booker each time something comes up. After this, it’s all up to you to land the job.

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Mastering the Callback

Mastering the CallbackWhat is a callback?

In any performing art, there are auditions. These are where you put your best foot forward in the hopes of interesting the project leaders enough to hire you. When they end up liking more than one person for a job, they hold a second audition, formally known as the callback. It’s at this that you are paired against the other runner ups in a bid for being cast.

What do you do?

Typically there is no prep work for the callback itself. You are simply asked to return and then perform whatever actions they ask of you better than anyone else there. This is done so that all auditioning are on equal footing and can show off innate talent. While there, do what the directors ask to the best of your ability. Sometimes it will be complicated, other times it will be to simply stand and smile before you’re taken back off stage.

What can you expect?

Expect other people there that are all vying for the same gig you are. Be courteous and cordial to everyone there since you might run into them again at later gigs. Expect the judges to be curt and very straightforward about what they want from you. Expect that they very well may ask you to do something then stop you in the middle of the action. Expect to get little to no feedback in regards to how you’re doing compared to everyone else there. Regardless of this, never fail to give it your all so that you walk away feeling proud of yourself and not wishing you had done something differently.

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