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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Working the Runway

Working the RunwayIn every art, there are styles practiced by all and mastered by few. Though often used as signatures by different models, how one walks down a runway and turns is also a style choice that can be based on the type of outfit being worn or the show being performed at.

Walks

The Crossover

Great for when you’re in a tight skirt, the crossover is not one to be attempted by models with poor balance. While the hips remain centered, the legs come forward and slightly over to the opposite direction, creating an elongated crossover of the legs.

The Grunge

When you’re in a show or outfit that needs big attitude, nothing screams “look at me” more than the grunge walk. Taking long steps forward, the weight of your body is shift from one side to the other to create a dramatic hip sway and even more dramatic steps.

Turns

One and a Half

Great for models that choose to offer the audience an encore, the one and a half allows audience members two chances to take in the look. At the end of the runway, you pose for the audience then turn and head back. Halfway down the catwalk, you turn forward, walk back to the front, pose again, and then do a final turn to walk back to the stage.

Full

Not as dramatic as the one and a half, the full turn, like the crossover walk, is one that relies on balance to pull off correctly. Halfway down the runway, you place your feet so that you can pivot around in a full circle before completing the journey to the end of the runway. Walking back, you do one more full turn before heading to the stage.

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Strong Resolutions

Strong ResolutionsAs the new year begins, so, too, does our focus on reflecting over the past year coupled with preparing for the new year. As you face down the end of 2016 giving way to the opportunity of 2017, don’t take your resolutions lightly. Instead of aiming for a lofty dream that’s near impossible to reach at your current level, plan smart so that your new year turns out to be one of measurable progress.

Be Realistic

If you are just starting out as an actor, don’t make winning an Oscar in 2017 your resolution. While a great goal to ultimately aspire to, it’s unrealistic based on your current skill level and situation. Instead, aim for something that isn’t so far away. Resolve to be cast in x number of shows. Resolve to audition for more types of performances. Resolve to practice more. All are doable and still push you to your dream without leaving you depressed next December.

Be Specific

Never be too general with your resolutions. Exercising more is not a plan. It’s a statement. Exercising three times per week is an achievable goal. While you shouldn’t be too specific, you should be specific enough so that the goal is something that can be tracked. This will then fill you with a sense of accomplishment that spurs you to keep going.

Be Ambitious

While resolutions should be achievable, they should also be lofty enough that you’ll need to push yourself to reach them. Success is hard work, and if you want to one day reach the top, you’ll need to make sure that one goal achieved doesn’t mean you get the rest of the year off. What it should mean is that you now get to move to your next goal ahead of schedule.

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Working Off The Holiday Weight

Working Off The Holiday WeightNo matter how much you promised yourself you would resist those holiday treats, your willpower broke. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, it’s nearly impossible to fully say no to all of those decadent sweets that make their appearances once per year. Fear not, though. While you might fear for your waistline, the extra pounds you put on won’t be permanent if you work hard to sweat them off.

Lift Weights

While cardio is often portrayed as the weight loss exercise, lifting weights is actually far better in that arena. The reason for this is that it gets your body working even while you’re not working out. During weight lifting, you are damaging your muscles so that when you aren’t working out, your body is burning fuel to repair and rebuild them. With cardio, the work only happens during the workout itself.

Swim

A mixture of resistance training and cardio, swimming is a little bit of both worlds. In addition, it’s the best exercise when it comes to preserving joint integrity. Where running puts continued, sudden pressure on the body, the weightlessness of swimming means far less shock even though the water resistance amps up just how hard the body has to work to move.

Exercise Self-Control

Finally, you won’t lose any weight if you don’t go back to exercising self-control in regards to your diet. No amount of exercise will help you lose those pounds if you can’t say no to unhealthy foods like soda, candy and burgers. While you might think of this as a copout, self-control is something you have to practice as much as, if not more than, physical exercise. Abs, after all, are made in the kitchen.

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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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