Dress to Impress

Dress to ImpressWhile you might think you need a full wardrobe to even hope to have enough clothes for every type of modeling audition, the fact remains that you really only need one look. In truth, modeling auditions are not gaudy affairs. The judges are there to see the natural you in order to then determine if you fit the look they’re aiming for.

Good Skin

Before looking at your clothes, it’s imperative your skin is in order since, regardless of the amount of makeup they put you in, blemishes are hard to cover up. If your face is healthy and shining, it will come through in photos. Be sure to drink plenty of water and go light on the makeup if you wear any at all. The more natural the look, the better your chances.

Simple Clothes

As a rule of thumb, it doesn’t matter what you wear so long as it’s fitted. Keep the clothes clean. Make sure they are free from any wear and tear. Keep patterns quiet and pants plain. Dark, form fitting jeans and a simple fitted top is often the best choice. As for cleavage, keep it covered up as much as possible. If you’re aiming to show off your legs, stilettos are a great way to increase height and create an appealing look.

Controlled Hair

Like everything else, keep the hair muted. So long as the look is simple and keeps the hair from hanging in your face, it’s a great choice. Remember, the judges want to see what you look like as a blank slate so they can picture your potential. The crazier you go with your look, the less they can envision you in the idea they have for the job you’re auditioning for.

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2016 Winter Fashion and Trends

2016 Winter Fashion and TrendsWith winter arriving in full force, it’s time to start dressing for the colder weather. If you’re planning to look your best this year, here are the trés chic trends sweeping the fashion industry this season.

Hoodies

Starting with the most casual haute couture, hoodies are in style this year. No matter the material and no matter the design, it seems comfort is a part of this year’s look.

Velvet

Once out of style, velvet is now back in. Soft and highly versatile, velvet has reemerged as a power material that is being shaped and used for a variety of pieces, including coats, dresses and pants.

Metal Details

Though minimal, metal details are nevertheless becoming important aspects to tie a look together. Most are being used as clasps though occasionally longer, gaudier pieces of metal make their way onto an ensemble.

Pinstripes

Pinstripes have always been cool, but that doesn’t mean they’ve always been in fashion. Luckily, this winter is your year if you’re a fan of suits with stripes. Vertical or diagonal, stripes are in.

Chokers

Women with long necks will rejoice to hear that chokers are now back in season. However, it should be said that the most fashionable chokers are those that are loud and cover almost all of the neck.

Embellished Guitar Straps

For purses, invest in a style that comes with a big strap that is overly decorated. While the actual handles used to carry the purse remain plain, having the accent strap is a must.

Capelets

In winter, any type of covering is appreciated. Luckily, this year comes with smaller cover ups as well. While large coats will always be fashionable simply because of their practicality, capelets allow those in warmer climates to keep cozy without having to bundle up.

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Gifts for Your Model or Actor

Gifts for Your Model or ActorYou’re not a photographer. You’re not a director. You can’t offer your model or actor friend the gig they want. Luckily, though, both models and actors do need practical things that you can gift them with to help them get that much closer to touching the stars.

More Makeup

Both actors and models rely on good makeup for stage and film. Even if you can’t afford a full Ben Nye set, most have two or three things they’d like to add to an already large set they’ve amassed over the years. Ask them if they’re in need of a new brush or a special foundation. More importantly, though, be sure to ask them what brand, if any, since makeup can be a very personal choice.

Headshots

Like makeup, headshots have to be traded out regularly to capture the current look. While a good one might be able to last a maximum of three years, headshots are an investment that can really set an actor or model back financially. If you are a generous gift giver, headshots are a fantastic way to help them curb a big expense.

Better Equipment

Actor or model, professionals always have equipment. For the actor, that could be a camera or microphone used to film auditions. For the model, it could be a camera used to practice poses at home. Either way, there are probably a few things they would enjoy upgrading during the holiday season. Like with the makeup, talk with them about what they use and if they’re hoping to upgrade. In the end, it might be that they aren’t looking for upgrades so much as inexpensive add-ons to make their work easier.

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The First Movie Stars

The First Movie StarsThe film industry is relatively young, really only getting going in the early 1900s. Despite this youth, major movie stars arose almost as soon as there were audiences to fill seats. By the 1910s, Hollywood was already pumping out household names.

Florence Lawrence

Born in Ontario, Lawrence began performing on the vaudeville stage with her mother at the young age of three. In 1906, she was cast in her first movie role because she knew how to ride a horse. From there, the rest is history. She is now recognized as the first movie star and went on to appear in over 300 films during her lifetime.

Mary Pickford

Around this same time emerged Mary Pickford, born Gladys Louise Smith. Awarded the second ever Academy Award in 1929, she did much to set up the Hollywood we know today, including acting as co-founder of United Artists and as one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

King Baggot

King Baggot carries the title of the first male lead America celebrated even though he would evolve to become a popular name across the globe. Like Lawrence, he would appear in over 300 movies, but unlike Lawrence, he dabbled in screenwriting and directing during his time in Hollywood.

Judy Garland

With the influx of sound, many silent film actors felt themselves unable to keep up. It was in this vacuum of power that Garland entered and stole the world’s heart. Trained in the vaudevillian arts like so many early film stars, she was unique in that she had a contralto voice unlike any other. Able to dance, sing and act, Garland remained a prominent Hollywood figure until her death at the young age of 47.

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Learning Lines

Learning LinesMemorization is an essential for every actor, whether you prefer to perform on stage or in front of a camera. Many, however, also find this to be the most challenging part. Luckily, technology is changing all of that with apps designed specifically for line memorization.

Script Rehearser Free – Android

For those in need of a more economical script memorization app, Script Rehearser Free is arguably one of the best on the market. Once a script is loaded, you have access to a text reader that will recite your partner’s lines to you so that you can practice speaking back. You can even skip areas you know very well or repeat scenes that are giving you trouble. Like most free apps, there are a few bugs but nothing that can’t be overcome.

Off Book! – iOS

Another free app, Off Book! is a great option for the iPhone users of the acting world. What makes it unique, however, is its reliance on aural memorization rather than text. To set it up, you simply record the scene you want to practice. Once done, you now can add your own unique edits by either muting your lines, cueing your lines or just letting everything play through to the end. While the set up may take some time, it’s the perfect companion for the actor that learns best by listening.

My Lines – iOS

Costing only $1.99, My Lines is a tool developed specifically for actors. In it, the entire script is shown with your parts highlighted. When ready, these lines can then be turned off so that the script is still there but you see blank space where your lines should be. On top of this, all lines can be recorded to provide you with both a visual and aural means of practice.

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How to Learn Accents

How to Learn AccentsHaving at least one or two accents under your belt increases your marketability. Luckily, there are ways to learn and practice accents without needing to dump money into a language coach. So long as you can master the basics, you’ll have no trouble picking up new accents.

Find a Phrase

Actors enjoy a certain level of mimicry. This is the key to unlocking an accent. In order to put themselves into the mindset of a specific accent, voice actors have single lines they say that help them easily jump into a specific way of speaking. Find a line you like, mimic it and then continue talking for as long as you can hold up the accent for.

Study the Face

Speaking is an extremely physical activity. Not only does it require the inner workings of your larynx but also your lips, tongue and jaw. Once you have a few accents you feel you’re decent at, watch native speakers and mimic their facial movements. Do they open their mouths wide? How do they move their lips? Can you see any peculiarities with how they hold their tongues? All of these minute changes only add to how legitimate the accent sounds and looks.

Record Yourself Reading

The key to pulling off a convincing accent is knowing it so well it seems natural. To reach this level, however, you’ll need to actually be that comfortable with the accent. At least once a week, record yourself reading the newspaper or a book in your new accent. Listen to the take and note what you like and what you don’t like. The next time you use it, practice improving the weaker parts of the accent until you reach a level of proficiency you’re happy with.

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Your Acting Type

Your Acting TypeAs an actor, you’re expected to be able to fill virtually any role presented to you. It’s the ultimate game of pretend. Yet even with this requirement, we have all worked with those that can only seem to do one thing. Sure, they do their one thing really, really well, but it doesn’t exactly provide them with a diverse roster to choose from. On the same note, there are those that never seem to get the lead and are forever filling out side parts. That’s because, in the acting world, there are really only two types of actors – the straight actor and the character actor.

Playing it Straight

When you think of a straight actor, you think sought after lead roles like Hamlet or Lady Macbeth. These actors have perfected the art of being able to apply gravitas to any situation regardless of how absurd it might appear to the outside world. They are master wordsmiths that can evoke tears or relief simply by changing the inflection of how they say one word in a line. Of the greats, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judy Dench top this list.

Acting the Character

If a straight role isn’t your thing, then you’re no doubt a character actor. Everything you do is big and creative. You can take a single line and craft a role around it so entrancing that the audience goes wild every time you come on stage. It’s a gift as much as it is a curse. Character actors rarely find themselves in leading roles. They become craftsmen of altering their appearance to fit whatever creation they’re currently mastering. In today’s film industry, Gary Oldman stands as one of the best in the business.

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A History of the Supermodel

A History of the SupermodelSupermodels are those women that define a generation’s fashion. They are the face of that era’s haute couture. Originally coined back in 1890, the term as we know it today didn’t take on its modern appearance until the 1940s when the first true supermodel proved just how influential a beautiful face could be.

Lisa Fonssagrives

Born in Sweden, Fonssagrives is credited as the world’s first supermodel. She was paid double the industry’s typical fare and worked with the most influential photographers at the time, including Richard Avedon and Erwin Blumenfeld.

Twiggy

Up next was the world renowned British androgynous model. She was the first to popularize a tiny frame and doll-like features. To speak to her success, there was even a Barbie made in her likeness.

Jean Shrimpton

Even with Twiggy’s tiny figure, though, Shrimpton found no trouble forging on ahead to be referred to as “the face of the Swinging Sixties”. Tall and slim, she popularized the mini skirt and appeared in a British Vogue editorial that still resounds throughout the fashion world to this day.

Margaux Hemingway

The great granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway, Margaux shattered all financial expectations in the modeling world in 1975 when she landed a million-dollar contract with Faberg, the first ever. She even found partial success as an actress for a brief period of time.

The Big Five – Campbell, Crawford, Evangelista, Schiffer, Turlington

Throughout the late ‘80s and on into the new century, the world stood at the forefront of a perfect storm of fierce feminine beauty that forever redefined the supermodel. Boasting six-figure paychecks, flaunting beauty moles, destroying the race barrier and showing versatility that had never been seen before, these five women took over every aspect of the modeling industry and beyond. Their faces, to this day, remain recognizable the world over.

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Body Types: Dressing the Male Form

Body Types: Dressing the Male FormDressing for your shape is not just a fashion term for women. Much like females store their bulk differently, so do males, and knowing how your shape is the key to finding a look that is impossible to ignore.

Rhomboid

The more masculine of the shapes, rhomboids have wide shoulders, a wide chest and hips that are almost as wide. Congratulations, you can pull off pretty much anything. Just make sure that you have your outfits fitted for maximum haute couture.

Inverted Triangle

Inverted triangles are much more extreme than rhomboids with broad shoulders and a broad chest but a noticeably smaller waist. V-neck tops and slim-cut bottoms are the best since one will draw attention to the top while the other will add mass to the bottom. Avoid skinny pants and any tops that over emphasize your already wide shoulders.

Rectangle

A straight line down the side from top to bottom, your shoulders and hips are the same width. Ideally, you’ll want a fashion that widens the shoulders and thins the hips. Layered shirts with circular necklines do a lot to create this illusion. Drop clothes that emphasize rectangular looks, such as double-breasted jackets.

Triangle

Narrow at the shoulders but wide at the hips, triangles can feel challenged when trying to find a fashion that fits. In this case, your goal is to slim the bottom and widen the top for a more classically masculine profile. Step one is to always have good fitting clothes. Make sure you have a trusted tailor for this. Next, structured tops, like certain blazers, add a lot of strength to the upper body. Avoid horizontal stripes and do not invest in skinny jeans since these will only emphasize your larger waist.

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Body Types: Dressing the Female Form

Body Types: Dressing the Female FormBodies are different from person to person. Some of us were blessed with large breasts, a small waist and large hips while others merely got the large hips. Luckily, fashion is on your side. So long as you understand the shape category your body fits, you can use clothes to accentuate your assets and hide your hang ups.

Apple

As an apple, you are wider up top with a bust that runs bigger than the hips. To make the most of this distribution, wear clothes that pull attention away from your stomach. V-necks are a must as are flared pants since both add attention to the top and bottom. If you want to cover up curves you don’t like, avoid anything tight at the waist in favor of tops that drape.

Pear

The opposite of the apple, pears are thin at the bust but wide at the hips. To make this look work, clothes that add to the chest and upper body will be your goal. Avoid pants that draw attention to the hips (such as those that flare) and definitely invest in a bra that enhances the bust.

Rectangles

As the most common body type, shopping is not very challenging. With this shape, your bust, waist and hips are all about the same size. Because you lack a waist, anything that pinches there is a great option since it creates the illusion of curves. Avoid boy clothes. Ruffles and frills are your friends.

Hourglass

The rarest of them all, hourglass bodies have busts large enough to match the hips complimented by a narrow waist. Embrace these curves by avoiding anything that would hide them. Wear form fitting clothes and invest in a good bra to keep the girls from appearing to sag.

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