Finding Your Signature Model Expression

Finding Your Signature Model ExpressionA model’s look is their calling card. It’s the one thing that sets them apart from every other pretty face on the planet. Though it may take time to find yours, here’s how you can start figuring out the best look for you.

Cement Your Ego

How confident you are in yourself shines through clearer than any smile you could send at a camera. Long lasting models have a fiery belief in their worth that can’t be faked. Before you can settle on an expression, you have to absolutely believe that you are the best and are willing to do what it takes to rise through the ranks. Once you have this down, the rest is easy.

Judge Your Face

What kind of expression do you want to be known for? Is it happiness? Anger? Sadness? What emotion truly brings out the most interesting look on your face? It may not be the one that makes you look the most beautiful. Spend time in front of a mirror every day practicing different looks. Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like? Why don’t you like them? Why do you like them? The more answers you can dig up, the more objectively you can shape your style.

Pose for Everything

When you go in for photo shoots, work through all of the faces you’ve practiced in the mirror, regardless of if you liked them or not. Try out things you’ve never tried before. Experiment for as long as you can. When you get the photos back, you can then compare your thoughts on your mirror faces to how they actually look in a professional setting. Show these photos to artists you trust so they can tell you which ones they like the best, and build your best expression from there.

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Fall 2018 Fashion Trends

Fall 2018 Fashion TrendsAnd, just like that, fall fashion is on the horizon. Get an early start year with the latest and greatest showcased down this year’s runway.

Oversized Outerwear

Go big or go home with your fleece and your parkas. Though it doesn’t have to be as loud as some of those runway looks can be, bold colors coupled with the larger look are a no-brainer. The usual fall color options are favored, such as deep reds, golden browns, and beautiful blues.

Quality Quilts

Hearkening back to America’s heartland, quilted clothes and quilt patterns proved to be one of the more surprising choices this year. Excitedly accepted, look for long dresses made in this style or comfy shawls perfect to protect you from the chilly breezes.

Bringing Back the 80s

A fashion slant we’ve seen for the past few runway seasons, the modern 80s inspiration is still going strong. Broad shoulders, angles, and faux leather all made their way into the hearts of fashion lovers across the world. Still, even with the variety of shapes, the colors remained limited to black.

Tall and Thin

If the 80s wasn’t your favorite silhouette, there is still another choice. Seen in very calm colors, including off-white, clothes long in length but thin in shape were also incredibly popular. Dresses and pantsuits dominated this genre with simplicity being this style’s keyword.

Faux Fur

Fur always makes a reemergence. There’s something elegant in look in addition to its being incredibly warm during these colder months. It’s definitely preferred to go faux if you enjoy coats that have the longer fur, but if you want actual animal fluff, sheep’s wool was just as popular, if not more. The best coats were long but a few mid-length options had a positive showing.

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How to Conquer a Dance Audition

Like the actor and cold reads, dancers have auditions full of learning demandingly fast-paced sequences in the span of around 30 minutes (and sometimes less). As with all arts, though, so long as you know the basics, stringing them together in different orders is easy.

Lessons and Practice

If you’re not already enrolled in a class and practicing regularly, don’t wait any longer. Teachers run drills and push you to your limits while practice helps you memorize the moves. If you’re auditioning for a role in a ballet, it’s much easier to pull off a sequence asking for a grand jeté and pirouette when you know both what those are and how to perform them.

Take Directions

Dancing is a visual medium. This means your directors want a specific look. If they say they want the battement at 90 degrees, don’t go higher than that. If they tell you to fix something, know how to fix it immediately. This all ties back in to your practice and physical upkeep. A great performer understands his or her body enough to know how to make those adjustments quickly and precisely.

Listen, Don’t Talk

Your fellow dancers are no doubt gifted with gab. Use this to your advantage. Listen in to what they say about their auditions. Do they mention anything about the floor? Do they mention anything about the role or what the director is looking for? Do they hint at things that will be asked of you that you could practice before you head in? Knowledge is power. Use it.

Be Okay With Mistakes

You are auditioning for other people. They know full well about mistakes. They’ve made plenty. They’re not here to see you perform your audition flawlessly, they’re here to see you react to any number of unexpected things that can happen in a live performance. Show them you know how to cover those and you’ll earn a lot more respect that the dancer that danced perfectly but froze when they were told to fix something.

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Best Tech for Acting

Best Tech for ActingIn this ever-advancing tech world, auditions and everything tied to them is shifting with the sands of change. Don’t be left behind. The better tech you have to manage your career, the better chance you stand to succeed.

Smartphone

Do not underestimate the power of portable internet. Giving you a way to interact with the world at large and immediately follow-up with inquiries, this little device is what connects you to your audience, be they fans or producers. Beyond the internet, your phone also acts as a camera for you to take high-quality headshots of yourself on a regular basis. While you should always hire a photographer to deal with the major shoots, it doesn’t hurt to learn a bit about photography yourself.

Social Media Accounts

Tied to tech more so that being physical tech, social media has allowed for a world of self-branding that has revolutionized the arts. You don’t need everything, but you should choose at least two platforms that best help you connect with others and sell yourself. For many actors, it’s a combination of Twitter and a visual medium (typically Instagram). If you want to push the envelope further, you can start your own YouTube and collect video of your performances or script reads for potential employers to peruse.

Camera and Mic

If you don’t live in a major hub of acting, like LA or New York, you can still audition across the country with a decent microphone and camera. The advancements in tech mean that you can put together professional audition tapes without needing to spend a lifetime’s savings on equipment. Most webcams are all you need for a high-quality video capture and even a $50 mic has with it incomparable sound quality.

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YouTube Channel 101

YouTube Channel 101It’s the new era of entertainment in the digital age. A collection of videos that can lead to monetization, YouTube offers creative people the chance to build their own entertainment empire with little more than a video camera and an internet connection. However, as in any job market, YouTube is a fierce place that requires a keen understanding of some of the downplayed rules.

Posting to YouTube

Creating for this online platform is technically easy. You can make anything you want. Unfortunately, that alone can be a turn off for many. Luckily, there are specific rules you can follow when producing content to better your chances for success.

  • Keep what you post short. Fifteen minutes or less is the ideal. Any longer than that and you lose viewers.
  • Remind viewers to like and subscribe. Your videos will not be monetized unless you have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watched hours within a 12 month period. Though it might seem like a hassle, including that reminder is a proven way to help you hit that goal faster.
  • Keywords are king. For each video, make sure you fill it full of as many keywords as possible to increase your chances of being listed in a YouTube search.

With these three things in mind, go wild with your creative side.

Chosen Content

If you’re looking to have a hassle-free channel on YouTube, keep your content around a PG-13 rating. While you’re certainly allowed to say what you want, ad revenue is not as generous to those channels that toe the line. In addition, content is often best when it offers value to the watcher. This can be through comedy or education. Regardless, so long as you keep posting your videos regularly, you can expect to see a decent return on your investment as time goes on.

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Acting Resume 101

Acting Resume 101Writing any resume is hard, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be easy. Understanding what directors search for is the key to unlocking the apparent mysteries when it comes to landing a role. Here are the tips you need to pull back the curtain of casting.

Ask Directors

The chance doesn’t come often, but when it does, grab hold and never let go. Ask every director or their assistant why you weren’t cast. Only they have the feedback you need to understand how to make your resume look better. They can see the holes you can’t. Pursue knowledge and you’ll be rewarded.

End in Mind

Why are you putting together this resume? What role is it for? What information are you trying to get across? Answer these questions and you’ll give yourself a barebones outline of what the resume should look like. Your most important information? List that first. Afterward, go back and fill in the blanks with extra stuff that makes your important stuff look even more impressive.

Don’t Waste Space

If the casting director does not care about your height and weight, why would you put that on your resume? Not only would adding that take up space, it would show a direct disregard of direction (and in acting, that’s a bad thing). On the bright side, if they don’t ask for one thing, that means more space to gloat about another.

Embellish

You should never lie on a resume, however how you say something doesn’t have to be fully accurate. Saying you were the leader of a troupe of four in your last show carries more weight than going with the title you had, Soldier 1. Though this isn’t possible in all place on the resume, definitely have fun trying out new ways to describe the more lackluster titles.

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Best Bronzing Lotions

Best Bronzing LotionsYou don’t need to bathe under the sun’s rays in order to get a beautiful bronze glow to your skin. In fact, you can even invest in a slight shimmer that lasts for a single event. Whatever it is you’re wanting to look your best for, here are the top tans currently on the market.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze

On the cheaper end of the spectrum is a company that has long produced high-quality beauty products for less. Ringing up at around $10, the L’Oreal bronzer goes on easy and tinted (to make it easy to see those missed spots). In addition, it also avoids the pitfall of transforming you into a carrot instead of a sun-baked beauty.

Fake Bake Flawless

Another cheap steal, Fake Bake’s Flawless spray-bottle tanner is perfect for those with fairer skin. Made with a red undertone, it brings out a beautiful glow instead of a fake one. The scent is coconut and the color is immediately noticeable. Expect to pay around $12 for this modern miracle.

Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelette

Coming in a 10 pack, these towelettes are the perfect alternative for those that don’t want to deal with lotions and sprays. Unfortunately, the liquid has to dry before the tan color reveals itself. Even so, it’s a great product in terms of portability with no fear of this $30 pack ruining purses or clothes.

Skinerals Self Tanner

If you’re like a lot of people, rubbing chemicals on the skin doesn’t sound as appealing as a fake tan. Fear no more! With the push for more natural beauty products comes the natural tanner in this Skinerals lotion. At around $22, it’s hardly expensive and well worth the five days it lasts on those with more active lifestyles.

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Best Quick Fixes for a Wardrobe Malfunction

Best Quick Fixes for a Wardrobe MalfunctionWe’ve all been there. A strap breaks. Pants split. Buttons burst. As much as we like to play it down with the term “malfunction,” it’s a disaster that can sideline a performance in a heartbeat. Don’t be a victim. Your outfit will fall apart. Here’s how you limit the carnage.

The Falling Hem

Someone stepped on your outfit and as you moved, the hem lets loose its horrifying cry. Don’t panic. Find a stapler and get to work. While it’s much nicer to stitch it back together with a needle and thread, you don’t have that luxury. No staples? Safety pins. No safety pins? Strong tape. You can always make the seal stronger later.

The Loose Top

Your shoulder straps keep falling off or your bra cups open themselves to the world, much to your mortification. Make the top tighter in the same way you fixed your hem. Safety pins are a great way to hold together extra fabric in a concealed fashion.

The Burst Button

Buttons are not adverse to pressure, but they still can give, offering your group an embarrassing display. If there’s no needle and thread to quickly reattach it, there are still some options available. If it’s a decorative button, double-sided tape will do the trick. If it supported you, use a paperclip to close the buttonhole.

The Coffee Stain

Stains happen, no matter how careful everyone tries to be. There are plenty of stain pens out there that are easy to carry and conceal, but if you don’t have one, find a vending machine. Buy club soda or seltzer water. Put a dry paper towel under the stain and dampen another with the liquid. Dab at the stain until it lessens. It won’t go away entirely, but it will severely minimize the damage.

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Best Photoshoot Foundation and Concealer

Best Photoshoot Foundation and ConcealerCameras have come a long way. From pixel messes on earlier cell phones to high-quality masterpieces complete with built-in blemish removers nowadays, it might seem like makeup doesn’t matter. However, this is hardly the case. Selfie pics are far different from photoshoot shots. With the lights and the cameras, makeup becomes even more important. Here are the top foundations and concealers loved by working professionals.

Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani

Arguably the pick for any makeup artist, this $62 foundation is easy to blend and leaves a beautiful finish when set. As a bonus, it also manages to make the skin appear healthily hydrated, adding a youthful glow to the subject regardless of age.

Radiant Creamy Concealer by Nars

A big test for most concealers is how well it works covering eye bags and this $30 concealer by Nars performs very well. It also does a great job staying in place throughout the course of the face’s many movements during the day.

Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation by Dior

Around $62, Airflash is a fun way to apply foundation without needing a super brush or feeling like it’s been caked on. Simply spray on the face for a light finish that dries matte, meaning less powder. If you need a little more, spray on the back of the hand and use a brush to transfer.

Complexion Palette by Kevin James Bennett

Ideal for the true artists out there, this $80 pack of different concealer colors is, hands down, the best when it comes to building and creating natural shades and tones. From all major skin colors to a solid collection of corrective colors, you can bet you have exactly what you need to look perfect for the camera.

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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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