Summer Jewelry Trends

Summer Jewelry TrendsClothes aren’t the only thing gushed over during fashion week. After all, what’s an ensemble with the perfect jewelry to tie it all together? Here are this summer’s hottest trends.

Big and Bold

This season calls for one aspect of your jewelry set up to be big and beautiful. To make the jewelry a bit wieldier, opt for plastics. More specifically, clear plastics do the best job making big statements with a lot less weight. Clear also goes with every outfit.

Animals on Display

From necklaces to brooches, animal designs were all the rage. Butterflies and lizards were only a few of the designs proudly worn across the runway. Some were colorful, others monochrome. The only major thread was that the colors of the animals matched the clothes worn by either enhancing an already prominent color or complimenting many.

Bold Brooches

Definitely a jewelry piece of older times, brooches still manage to make their way back into fashion from time to time. If you like pinning little accents to your clothes, this summer is yours. Aim for bold, large brooches that can either be used to clasp something or decorate a lapel.

Little Layers

Coming to the world from California, thin necklaces layered over plain button-up shirts and deep V-necks are perfect for jewelry lovers not too keen on single, loud items. Typically there are three necklaces with each one shorter than the last. Big earrings are a great addition but by no means necessary.

Perfect Pearls

What’s a season without its favorite expensive piece of seasonal jewelry? Rejoice lovers of pearls! Bring out those necklaces and earrings and adorn yourself with your favorite gemstone. While small pearls are still acceptable, this summer is all about being bold so the bigger, the better.

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How to Style Your Box Braids

How to Style Your Box BraidsAchieved by separating the hair into boxes and then braiding the sections with either the natural hair or extensions, box braids are a fantastic way to achieve length and fullness while allowing for a myriad of design options.

Buns

Arguably the most popular way to style the braids, buns can be as elegant or as casual as you want them to be. The rule of thumb is that the fewer braids that are out of place, the fancier the bun is. For maximum effect, opt for buns that add to your profile by accentuating the best features of your face. Where one might find elegance in a bun that rests on the crown of the head, another could absolutely rock a side bun decorated with an accent.

Ponytails

Unlike buns, ponytails become more elegant the less they look like there are bobby pins or hair ties holding them in place. To achieve this, many add braids to the braids and then wrap those around where the hair tie sits. If you go for a half up, half down look, make sure the hair left down has body or decoration to keep it from looking flat and bland.

Braids

For casual appeal, a simple braid down the back or pigtails are a great way to add design to your hair without needing to spend a full day at the salon. However, if you’re aiming for a “wow” factor, asymmetrical braids that push the hair over one shoulder or braids that wrap around the head in some way are fantastic ways to try out bold and beautiful looks.

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Reputation Management and Respecting Schedules

Reputation Management and Respecting SchedulesTime is money. If you understand this phrase, you understand why always being on time is necessary when working to manage a positive professional reputation.

The Bigger You Are

As you become more successful, your time becomes increasingly more limited. The sheer number of projects coming in means you have to be able to pick and choose those that will be worth your time due to their financial or promotional potential. This is why you should never disrespect casting directors or their time. By arriving ready to go as soon as you are called, you are showing maturity and professionalism, two things that are often very rare in this field.

Managing Your Reputation

The most important reputation you have is the one shared between the professionals in the line of work you pursue. Be a carefree, feisty individual publicly, but always be a respectful, hardworking individual to those you actually have to work with. Fans will think what they want and draw their own conclusions but your fans won’t get you jobs. Only those you’ve interacted with behind the scenes will. They’re the ones that know other directors and other professionals. They’re the ones that have invitations to events where you can network with higher-ups. They’re the ones that will support your career. So long as you can keep the media separate from the work, you can find great success regardless of the character you give the world.

Despite all of this, if you find you don’t have time to publically manage your reputation, it’s okay to hire others to do it for you. There are many agencies willing to help you craft a public persona to your liking.

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How to Make Your Lips Look Bigger Naturally

How to Make Your Lips Look Bigger NaturallyPouty lips are in. Unfortunately, not all of us were blessed with full, large lips. Luckily makeup lets us sidestep our genes. Here’s what you need to make those lips look luscious.

The Base

Like the base coat on your nails or the foundation on your face, all good beauty work starts with the first layer. For lips, you’ll want a peppermint balm since peppermint is a great way to increase blood flow to the lips, making them naturally redder and plumper. This balm also moisturizes, helping separate dry skin from healthy skin.

The Brush

Probably the strangest part for those of us that are learning lip work for the first time is the toothbrush technique. The idea behind this is that the smoother the lips are, the more light they reflect. The more light they reflect, the fuller and thicker they look. After allowing the moisturizer to sit for about five minutes, take a toothbrush, dip it in water and gently brush your lips in concentric circles. This will pull away the dead skin, leaving only the fresh, smooth stuff behind. In addition, the stimulation will cause blood to rush to the lips, again creating a fuller, darker look.

The Shape

Now you’re ready to go big. For the most part, models that pose with those larger lips don’t actually have lips that big. It’s all movie magic in that the lips are painted on. To achieve this, concealer is applied to the lips to make them the same color as your skin. This increases the canvas size, letting you draw on whatever lip size you want. Most use a lip liner to create the outline and then color it in. As for color, choose nudes and pinks for a fuller look.

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Questions for Your Photographer

Questions for Your PhotographerThough we do accrue photographers we prefer to work with, seeking out new talent is a great way to expand our portfolios and abilities. When it’s time to go on this hunt, here are the four major questions you’ll want answered before deciding who to work with.

What do I bring?

Though a pretty obvious question, you’d be surprised how many different things photographers can expect their clients to bring. The more seasoned professionals will no doubt have this information listed publicly, but newer names may not yet have this figured out. In addition, asking this question means both of you are on the same page come the day of the shoot, drastically reducing miscommunication that could result in a bad session.

What kinds of photos do you specialize in?

Every artist has an expertise. Know the photographer’s. Are they great at headshots? Have they mastered action shots? Finding this out means you can use the photographer to the best of their abilities to obtain shots you don’t have for your portfolio yet or shots you want to practice. In addition, this reduces the chance of you paying for something they simply can’t provide.

Will these be on location or off?

As with specializations, some photographers prefer to meet up at specific locations while others prefer studios where lighting and environmental challenges don’t exist. Be sure to find out what they work best with to verify your ambitions match up with their capabilities.

How are the pictures sent?

Finally, confirm how you will receive the photos. Most photographers nowadays provide digital copies but will these be on a disc, through an online service or will there be something else? In addition, will you receive access to all the photos or just some of them? Often times this single question determines if the price point is worth it.

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Creating Your New Character Role

Creating Your New Character RoleCharacter creation is one of the most challenging aspects of any actor’s career. Not only do you have to create physicality for this person or thing, you then have to give them a voice and understand the forces that drive them to act the way you’ve chosen. While daunting at first, there are steps you can take to develop a strong character without burning yourself out.

Gather Information

Read the text you’re given. If the text mentions anything outside of its world, look into that material. Find out what you can about the character. If you aren’t given specifics about age or where they were born, come up with something. When were they born? What was their family like? Where there any events that shaped them growing up? These are all important questions that provide you the color palette from which you will paint this character.

Find Mannerisms

To keep the scope limited, find three physical ticks this character has. The best place to look is the script. Often time, other characters will comment on how this character acts. Maybe they even mention some physical things. If it’s a short and you need to develop a strong character really quickly, what are three words that define your character? How do you then embody those traits? If they’re happy, your character will most definitely smile. If they’re not confident, maybe then slouch.

Talk

Finally, add your voice. Feel how all of the physicality has affected your thinking. Look at the words you character uses. Is it mostly positive or negative? Are you young or old? Is it verbose and grandiose or short and sweet? Though this may be the least developed aspect of the character, it’s the icing on the cake when it aligns with everything else.

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Summer 2018 Fashion Trends

Summer 2018 Fashion TrendsDitch the jackets and ban the boots, summer is here in all of its fierce, fiery fashion.

The Beach is Back

Floridians will rejoice this year to hear their daily wear is this year’s hottest summer trend. Bold patterns with bright colors and swaying palm trees lit up the runways on everything from wrap dresses to three piece fashion suits.

Fielding Flowers

Along with images of the beach, flower prints proved just as prominent. Unlike the beach theme, the floral patterns proved to be much smaller in size and muted in color. A sheer look featuring briefs on display ended up being one of the higher fashion uses of this style.

Rainy Days

Those that live in wetter climates will enjoy the return of the clear plastic raincoat so popular in the 1960s. Also like that time period, current coats come with colorful linings designed to match the outfit worn underneath.

Suit Shorts

A fashion faux pas up until this summer, suit shorts are quickly become the higher end version of cutoff jeans. Perfectly matched with heels and a nice blouse, many women are breathing a sigh of relief for such a comfortable and breathable look for the dead heat of summer.

Puffball

Celebrating the 80s, puff sleeves are back. From large and in charge to barely there, women of all shoulder types can enjoy the reemergence of this trend. Paired with high-waisted jeans and different types of boots, it’s a great look fit for any level of style requirement.

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Preparations and Expectations for Commercial Auditions

Preparations and Expectations for Commercial AuditionsOne of the most common auditions on an actor’s docket, commercials are a great way to make money and hone acting skills in front of a camera. Unfortunately, the process can seem wild and unpredictable with more failures than successes. Luckily, there are things you can do to vastly improve your chances.

Fix Your Looks

With about 30 seconds to tell a scripted story, your looks are everything. Many times whole auditions aren’t watched with casting directors making their choices a mere six seconds in. To work this to your advantage, you have to absolutely make yourself look the part. If the role calls for a mid-30s housewife, dress like a mid-30s housewife. If it needs an energetic force of will, let loose. Beyond that, talk how the script dictates. If it wants an accent, practice your accents. The closer you are to the desired character, the better chance you have of being noticed.

Listen and Adapt

At the audition, you’ll receive a script and you’ll probably also receive direction. Aside from your looks, the director needs to know if you can even adapt to his demands and coaching during a reading is imperative to gleaning this information. Where many people often start a string of “yeahs” before the director finishes, don’t do that. If the director is talking, be quiet and listen until they are done. Only after they finish their thought should you ask clarifying questions.

Think Small

Remember that commercial auditions are not for the stage. It doesn’t want big movements, it wants smaller, more true to life reactions. Act as realistically as possible in front of the camera to show off your capability as a film presence. While you may not book this job, if you’re good enough, you will be remembered.

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Choosing the Right Men’s Formal Suit

Choosing the Right Mens Formal SuitAs women must research for that perfect gown, men must research the type of formal suit they’ll need to pull off a stunning look. Here are the facts to find the perfect fit every time.

The Basics

Though there aren’t as many formal suit types as there are dresses for women, there are very important fashion distinctions that cause a formal suit to lean more business versus more gala. Once you figure out the formality of the event, it’s time to take in the two main factors that determine a suit’s dressiness. The first is the lapels. Thin lapels are formal while the thicker ones are executive. The second, pockets, are where the style flairs really shine. Jetted or flapped are standard for any formal look. Rounded pockets, also known as patch, are less formal. Peaked are rarely acceptable but notched are considered a classic.

The Colors

For any suit, there are three colors you can choose from regardless of any prints added. Gray is a universally liked color that’s not too formal but not too relaxed. Blue is a bit more serious but certainly not formal. Black is as classy as it comes.

The Fitting

Much like women, the best suits are tailored. Depending on the store, you may be fitted there. If you’re not, head to a local seamstress and have it done. Just remember that material can always be subtracted but it can never be added, so buy loose rather than tight.

The Cost

Accept that a great suit, one that will last you the better part of a lifetime, will cost money. You might luck out and find a solid choice in a discount store but when it comes to clothes, money often matters a lot more than you might think.

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Plus Size Modeling

Plus Size Modeling

Models come in all shapes and sizes and nowhere is this truer than in the burgeoning plus size modeling market. Having exploded in the last few years, here’s what you need to know to make the most of this fashion phenomenon.

The Basics

To be considered a plus size model, there are physical requirements that must be met, just like with any sphere of modeling. The desired bodies are typically a size 12 or larger with aesthetically proportional measurements. The rule of thumb is that the waist should be around 10 inches smaller than the hips. If you want to work fashion, you should be 5’9” to around 6’. Fit models are a bit smaller at 5’6” to 5’9” and commercial models are the most lenient in that height doesn’t matter. Finally, be sure your hair, skin, nails and teeth are all healthy looking.

The Representation

Most major modeling agencies have representation for plus size models and there are even some that work solely with this clientele. Who you choose is ultimately up to you and who offers to take you on. To get started, you’ll want to submit your information to various agencies to see if you spark interest. Luckily, no experience is necessary to begin this process, but continually adding to your resume in the background does help.

The Jobs

Plus size modeling covers virtually every sphere that regular size modeling does. From runways to centerfolds, you can pursue any avenue you want. That being said, it is important to recognize your best features and pursue the avenues that exploit these. Putting your best foot forward is the strongest way to make the fastest progress toward your dream modeling career.

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