How to Cry on Cue

How to Cry on CueIt’s the dream of every actor. Not a single role goes by where a good tear couldn’t make the moment even better, especially on camera. While not all actors can let loose when told, it’s a skill that certainly comes in handy when trying to get cast.

Stay Hydrated

Before tackling the emotional aspects of crying on command, it’s of the utmost importance to know that you can’t expel water from the body unless the body has water to expel. For this simple little concept to work, you have to drink lots of water.

Don’t Force It

For those of us that have cried and do cry when the feeling strikes, we know that it’s never forced in those moments. Our emotions are simply too strong to hold the tears back, resulting in an overflow. If, on stage, you’re obsessed with analyzing how to make that happen, you’ve already severed your connection to the sadness that would have led to tears. As soon as you tell yourself you have to cry, you won’t.

Accept Your Sadness

Odds are society has taught you to push your sadness away. Whether you needed to keep a straight face at home or were teased at school for crying too much, we, as humans, develop many ways to alter such a negatively received response. To open that outlet once again, it takes time, patience and practice. You must reteach yourself how to react to sadness. You have to learn not to cover it up but to let it out. This alone can take years of work as you figure out the “what” behind the block. Only then, however, can you hope to recondition yourself to accept crying as a normal, natural response to an emotional state to extreme duress.

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Different Mascara Wands for Different Looks

Different Mascara Wands for Different LooksThere are a lot of mascara brushes out there. From the usual straight wand to balls and curves, choosing the right one has never been so confusing. Fret no more. Here’s the down low on what to choose when deciding on a look.

Straight Wands

For beginners, straight wands are the best. They add natural length and separation to create a fuller look. Perfect for every lash type, they are the most common option since they offer little room for error.

Curved Wands

When you’re ready to move on to a more challenging application, curved wands offer just that. The shape follows the natural curvature of the eye, lifting the lashes to create a soft yet voluminous curl.

Orb Wands

Hard to find due to their relative newness to the marketplace, orb wands were designed with precision in mind. This makes them the top choice for perfectionists. The orb shape covered in bristles allows users to apply mascara to difficult lashes in harder to reach areas.


For the previous three options, there are types of bristles you can choose from. The most common is nylon. This material is suite for virtually all lashes. The bristles are also numerous and close together, making it easier to apply a lot of mascara in one go, keeping clumping to a minimum.

Plastic Bristles

Plastic bristles are made from molds and are the single best way to achieve a perfect mascara look without any clumping. The molding process means high precision bristle arrangement. Because of this, most are designed to coat each lash, resulting in superior length and definition.

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Mistakes to Avoid as a New Model

Mistakes to Avoid as a New ModelTo err, human. We all make mistakes. That doesn’t give you an excuse to make mistakes that professionals warn about time and time again. Educate yourself on the modeling industries top beginner blunders so you can appear more professional than your competition.

Unflattering Photos

Every great artist is able to critique their own work. They know immediately when something isn’t up to industry standard. Why, then, would models even dream of keeping unflattering photos in their portfolio? The goal of modeling is to always look flattering. Two great shots are better than a book of mediocre options. Do not be afraid to toss photos that look bad.

Short Correspondence

Nerves make us do weird things, especially in email correspondence where facial expression and aural tone are non-existent. Do not be tempted to fix this through emojis or overly-wordy emails. Simply provide the information asked for, ask any questions you have and move on with your life. Professionals are busy and only seek out the information they need when they need it. It’s important to practice being a professional that respects everyone’s time and money now rather than later when it might be too late.

Wide Exposure

You should never do a job that challenges your integrity, but you should be open to all jobs that don’t. How are you going to figure out your niche if you’re unwilling to try out different genres of modeling? Just because Paris turned you down doesn’t mean you can’t kick start your career elsewhere. An enormous part of finding true success is knowing an opportunity when you see it and then accepting said opportunity even if it’s not exactly what you had in mind. There are many roads to getting what you want out of life.

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Parent 101

Parent 101

What to Expect When your Child Enters the Entertainment Industry

Child stars are introduced to the world every day. Some fizzle out while other manage to maintain healthy lives. Behind all of this madness are the parents. Whether driven mad by the unexpected pressures of childhood fame or adapted will to the new rigors, here’s a peek into the reality of being the parent of a child entertainer.

You Are the Balance

The entertainment industry is not a parent and, if it is, it’s one of the worst ones out there. As the family leader, it will be up to you to remain aware of the happiness of your child. Though working, they still need to be kids, have kid hobbies and know that it’s okay to stop when they want to. Remember, though, that they look to you to give them direction in these matters, making it that much more important to be an example of a healthy work and life balance.

It Affects Everyone

When your child enters the entertainment industry, so does the family. This is even more challenging when there are other siblings involved. You and your spouse must continually communicate about what needs to be done so that none of your children are overshadowed by a career that, naturally, overshadows others.

Always Be On Guard

For as many wonderful people as there are out there, there are just as many underhanded creeps trying to take advantage of both your child and you. There will be offers from people that claim they can transform your child into an Academy Award winner, and you have to be smart enough to know how to weed out the liars from the honest workers. It’s always okay to say “no” to something if the situation feels wrong. Your child deserves all the protection they can get.

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Streetwear: What is It?

Streetwear What is It?A surprising entry into the high fashion industry this past fashion season, streetwear is beginning to gain a reputation for being respectable in its own genre. As to what it is… people are still trying to put it into words.

What is Streetwear?

In a nutshell, streetwear is what normal, non-fashionable people wear every day. Including baseball caps, hoodies and, most importantly, t-shirts, it’s the fashion of the common folk. However, fashion streetwear is the more expensive stuff pumped out by brands like Tommy Hilfiger. Most of those designs are of a higher quality and of a higher price.

To many younger fashion fans, though, streetwear is anything that isn’t a part of the larger industry. Maybe it’s all clothes that spawned independently. Maybe it’s clothing focused on a culture. In the end, even the most in-depth research is showing that streetwear is simply a term trying to force a definition onto something that is far too varied to have one. After all, it is the clothing of those that don’t follow fashion shows and fashion trends.

Dressing Down

If streetwear is something you’re looking to pursue, simply look around the area you’re in. Observe what the more casual people are wearing. Most of it isn’t fitted and a lot of it is comfortable. It is clothing made for function rather than form. You’ll find that the more practical woman avoids heels and overly tight clothing, choosing instead to wear flats and pants. Streetwear men opt for hoodies, t-shirts and sunglasses.

To make all this more fashionable, the steps are pretty straightforward. Make sure everything is fitted and clean. In the end, this is what ultimately differentiates Streetwear from streetwear.

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How to Transition from Student to Professional Actor

How to Transition from Student to Professional ActorAfter leaving school, the real world is quick to remind you that things are different now. There are no schedules, no grades and if you want to succeed, it’s entirely on you. This is an experience that leaves many aspiring actors lost as to what they should do to become what the industry would refer to as “professional”.

Go Big or Stay Home

Once school ends, you’ll be faced with a big question: do you stay in a small town and build up a resume or do you head to a major city and try to make it big? Even if you’re a student in a major city, like New York or LA, the question is still there and both choices come with their own set of pros and cons. If you stay in a small town, you’ll build connections faster and have a greater chance at landing lead roles. Unfortunately, you’ll probably outgrow the area very quickly and either move or stagnate. If you head to a major city, you’ll learn from some of the greatest talent currently working and possibly get the chance to become a star. Unfortunately, you’re up against people that have been training since they were five.

Hone Your Craft

The only thing that separates a student from a professional is how you think of yourself. In fact, the greatest professionals refer to themselves as lifelong students. Learning is the only way we continue to improve. To truly have a shot at making it in your field, you have to seek out mentors to train you so that each time you audition, you have something new and better to offer. With little jobs here and there coupled with continued study, you’ll find yourself with the success you always wanted.

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Winter Beauty Trends 2017

Winter Beauty Trends 2017The air is getting colder, the nights are getting longer and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Fall is in full swing but winter is not far off. Prep your glam with this year’s favored looks.

Muted Makeup

With the more muted colors of winter comes a more muted makeup look. Smoky eyes are still en vogue but instead of going for that charcoal pencil, choose a taupe or a gray. Couple this with a shimmering creamer for eyes that continue to draw attention without being too loud. Pair this with a more pink and natural looking lipstick and you’ve found a practically perfect look.

Wavy Locks

Long, wavy hair is still fashion forward but the types of waves this winter have grown to cover both large curls and small kinks. That being said, each type requires its own set of tools. To be ready for both, invest in a curling iron for the large ringlets and a straightener for the small kinks.

Natural Knots

Another hair craze arriving just in time for the holidays are the knots. From large knotted buns worn loose and at the base of the head to smaller knots along the top of the head, be sure to get your bobby pins and hairspray ready for some exciting new experimentation.

Give Me Glitter

Be it eye shadow or lipstick, glitter is back in full force. Though the general makeup trend has gone more conservative, no one can stop the influx of glitter in both muted tones and loud hues. Just remember that if you’re going loud and proud to only do that to one area of the face. Glitter should always be used responsibly.

Eye-catching Eyeliner

For those not fans of glitter, colorfully loud eyeliner was also used a lot during the winter fashion shows. From reds to blues, no color was off limits.

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Winter Fashion Trends 2017

Winter Fashion Trends 2017Already parts of the world have seen their first snowfall, heralding the coming of this year’s cozy winter. Don’t fall behind in your wardrobe planning. Start putting together your outfits now to be ready for the holiday rush.

Shiny Silver

Though runway looks aren’t always outfits we can pull off in everyday wear, there are trends that can be adapted. This year’s biggest crowd pleaser was silver. Whether used on padded outerwear or made into pants, this season is all about silvery glam.

Nice Knits

This year, knitted tops are back in. Worn as sweaters, wraps or jackets, knitted garments aren’t just for the elderly anymore. Be sure to opt for designs that incorporate frays or other interesting knitted textures for a truer adherence to this year’s fashion.

Sweet Suits

Whether you work in the corporate world or not, business attire is on the rise. With a skirt or with pants, fitted suits are a fancy way to dress yourself for success. In addition, shoulder pads maintained their appeal, proving to be this year’s longest lasting fashion forward choice.

Pretty Polkas

A trend that comes and goes quickly, polka dots were in high demand on the Parisian runways. Word to the wise, however, it’s only black and white that’s acceptable for this year’s variant.

Tempting Turquoise

A color seen commonly in jewelry but not in clothing, turquoise has actually be pulled forward to become more than just an accent. From top to bottom, entire outfits were made of this stunning blue hue. Blacks, browns and reds proved to be the more popular accent colors in these ensembles.

Flattering Flannel

It seems the Pacific Northwest had an impact on designers this year with the influx of flannel. Button up tops were the piece of choice when it came to rocking the multi-colored square prints.

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How to Stand Out in an Audition

How to Stand Out in an AuditionLet’s face it. At an audition, it’s you versus the world. Countless individuals show up to give it their all in the hopes they’ll prove their worth as a potential employee. Though the area of expertise may be different, it’s not so dissimilar from any other job interview. Here’s how you stand out.

The Entrance

You have approximately ten seconds to make a lasting impression. In those few moments, the judges will collect virtually all they need to know about you. Because of this, you need to enter the audition already fully charged. This doesn’t mean come up with some awkward shtick that may or may not backfire. It simply means that your performance begins as soon as your number is called.

The Audition

Now that you have the attention of the room, it’s time to show off that you’re worth investing time and money into. This better be practiced and perfect before the audition because last minute cramming is worthless. Ideally you’ve put in months of back work with critiques and coaching from professionals. As for choice of work to audition with, only your best will suffice. Don’t try and save up your best and most impressive for later. Do it now. Prove that your entrance deserved their attention with this payoff.

The Dress

It’s never a bad idea to dress the part. Whether you want a specific role or not, dress for a role and give it your all. Such amount of focus will give you a much more interesting audition than trying to cover every possible character. Type cast yourself and have fun. Based on your looks and voice type, there are roles you could fill halfheartedly and still be seen as doing them ten times better than another actor.

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Nutrition for the Holiday Season

Nutrition for the Holiday SeasonHoliday treats don’t start with the holidays. They start with the release of all things pumpkin spice. However, that doesn’t mean you get to go wild and still keep your figure. If you’re looking to lose weight, you can’t keep telling yourself that you’ll start after the holidays. Build good habits now and you’ll be able to achieve what you want.

Sugars & Fats

Your biggest dietary enemies this season are the sugars and fats lurking in every single holiday treat. From the whipped cream used on coffees to the butters used in cookies, these two ingredients are calorically dense and nutritionally empty. This means they don’t give your body the vitamins and minerals needed to remain healthy and active. Instead, they fill up your stomach, making you feel bloated without feeling satiated. This leads to eating even more to try and not feel hungry.

Veggies, Veggies, Veggies

In the end, only a balanced diet will help you avoid the traps of the holiday season. If you’re full on healthy things, like spinach, chicken breasts and olive oil, it’ll be easier to turn down unhealthy treats since you’ll be more aware of how bad those treats will make you feel after eating them. Ideally you’ll want a diet rich with a variety of veggies, some whole grains and some protein. For your drink of choice, stick to water. You can also have black coffee or tea with honey as a sweetener.


While basic nutrition remains the same regardless of the seasons, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a little bit. After all, when else does egg nog hit the shelves? To enjoy treats without sabotaging your dietary hard work, give yourself two days each month to enjoy what you want.

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