How to Break into the Industry past your 30s

How to Break into the Industry past your 30sThey say it’s never too late to pursue what you love. What they don’t tell you is how difficult it is to make a late-in-life change, regardless of the industry. However, don’t fret that you’ve lost out on your youth to younger models. There’s always a chance.

Think Connections

You’ve no doubt amassed a large network of people from a wide array of jobs. Use this to your advantage. Maybe you know someone that knows someone in the fashion industry. Ask to set up an interview. Gather what information you can in terms of where to start and the best path to take. Realize that no success is achieved without a lot of time and dedication, but by starting now, you’re going to reach that goal sooner.

Think Transference

So you don’t have any modeling skills. That’s okay. What skills do you have that you’ve shown expertise in over the last few decades? Are you a fast learner? Are you adaptable? Are you driven? Don’t ignore the skill set you’ve put together because you don’t think it has anything to do with modeling. In fact, a vast number of your current skills are applicable in any industry. You just have to understand how they transfer over. Use that to your advantage as you focus on what you can do versus what you can’t.

Think Volunteering

If you’re truly set on pursing modeling, offer to volunteer for fashion companies. Though they may not be modeling gigs, such a position gets you on the inside where you can see the realities of the life of a model. While there you can determine if such a career is still one that you want to chase down.

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Pantone Colors 2018

Pantone Colors 2018Begun in the 1950s as a commercial printing company, Pantone evolved to become the world leader in color matching, developing a system used by brands of every industry across the globe. Ever since 2000, they have declared a color of the year, one that matches the needs of the emotions of the world. In addition, they provide runways with a yearly color palette.

Ultra Violet

This year’s color of the year turned out to be Ultra Violet. A combination of red and blue, it spans genders and speaks to past royalty. Loud expressions of it, especially through makeup, can mean defiance while muted versions imply secret creativity.

Cherry Tomato

What good is a fashion color palette without a bold red? This year’s choice is an orange red that exudes energy. It is bright and daring, one that excites viewers before they can register what color they’re even looking at.

Palace Blue

To balance such a bold color, this more muted blue still remains energetic but doesn’t try to steal the red’s spotlight.

Meadowlark

Yellow with a touch of blue, Meadowlark is as outgoing as the Cherry Tomato but far less aggressive. It is a yellow that challenges even the sun in its brightness.

Nile Green

Interestingly enough, the Pantone palette didn’t forget to include muted colors to counteract the loudness of the primes. This green, for instance, is very much a pastel. It is calming to look at and works as a strong base to branch out from with the other colors.

Ash Rose

Next to this is an earthy red that walks the line between red and brown. Like the green, it is a very calm color chosen to act as yet another base on which to build.

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How to Cuff Shirts

How to Cuff ShirtsA universal look that indicates work is about to be done, the cuffed shirt has since transformed into a fashion statement for those that aren’t actually going to be doing any hard labor but still want to appear active. It’s also a great way to stay cooler on hot days and otherwise come off as more casual than a button-up normally allows. That being said, there are three ways to do it, each serving their own purpose.

The Basic Roll

Perfect for actually doing work, this takes the sleeve back past the elbow. First, unbutton all the buttons of the cuff. Next, flip the cuff back and keep flipping, using the cuff to set the width of the fold. Do this until the sleeve is back past the elbow. It can go higher if need be.

The Casual Roll

If you’re aiming for a casual look, this is the easiest and quickest way. As like the first roll, unbutton the cuff. As for the gauntlet buttons, those can be left buttoned or unbuttoned based on preference. Fold the cuff back and fold it back once again. Tuck in any loose material.

The Master Roll

For the fashionable roll, you can’t go wrong with this. It may take some practice, but it is deemed the most acceptable when choosing to do this for style rather than purpose. Unbutton the cuff and unbutton the gauntlet buttons if you need to. Flip the cuff back once. Next, pull the flipped cuff back to either just below the elbow or just above it. Take the bottom of this folded sleeve and fold it up until it covers the cuff about halfway or three quarters of the way to show off as much or as little of the cuff as you want.

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How to Practice Improv

How to Practice ImprovPracticing improvisation is no different than practicing anything else. With time, diligence and hard work, you can become gifted at the art of creating live performance on the spot.

Find a Teacher

Just getting together with your friends to practice improv is great, but it won’t teach you anything unless you have access to a professional in the field. Your teacher is there to pass on wisdom and help you learn to see your own weaknesses while providing ways to improve. Their guidance is a great way to help you find a path when it seems like you could head in any direction. As an important note, never be afraid to move on to a different teacher when your current one has taught you all that they can.

Study

Alongside your teacher, study. Watch interviews with improvisers you find talented. Read about the theory behind improvisation. Try out new exercises you come across. Study is what allows you to gather the information you need to ask questions, make improvements and grow as a performer. It teaches you the language of the industry and warns you against useless pursuits.

Practice

In the end, though, practice makes perfect. You can train improv by yourself in an empty room or you can do so in front of an audience and learn more in that one night than a lifetime by yourself. To do is to progress. Each time reveals some new strength and some new flaw you could never hope to find on your own. The public, for as cruel as it can be, is a fantastic resource for learning. Their responses teach you how to read the air of a crowd and how to shut down hagglers. In short, live performance is what refines your practice into a profession.

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Natural versus Stage Makeup

Natural versus Stage MakeupThere is a big difference between natural and stage makeup. Where one is to be enjoyed in natural lighting, the other must be bold enough to be seen from across a room as you are showered in very intense lighting. Never should the two be swapped.

Natural Makeup

In general, lighter is better when it comes to natural makeup. The colors used are there to accentuate your natural features while smoothing out some of the less desirable parts. Tones that match your skin color are favored and when you go heavy for a bold look, it’s only done on one area. Be it smoky eyes or red lipstick, every girl gets a favorite feature she can emphasize without any backlash. Too much, however, and the gossip begins.

Stage Makeup

For stake makeup, take what you know of natural makeup and throw it in the trash. On the stage, it’s all about extremes. How big is the venue? What color are the lights? Will you be using period makeup? Are you playing an animal? What age are you? What does your costume look like? Is the production realistic or fantastical? All of these questions and more go into designing your makeup for a stage show. In general, you are required to have your own makeup kit to achieve the costume designer’s dream. This typically means a box of colors to be mixed and matched. While Ben Nye is usually the brand stage performers turn to, there are other options out there. You’ll find these makeups are more like pastes and the colors are bright, even when going for the more natural shades. On top of such a heavy makeup, there’s the outercoat that is then applied to lock the makeup in place so that it doesn’t run when you inevitably begin sweating.

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Ways to Connect with a Scene Partner

Ways to Connect with a Scene PartnerWe all dream of the perfect partner. Emotionally you connect and the energy is passed back and forth on stage as if you were soulmates. The reality, however, is much different. Instead of instant clicking, there’s a lot of awkward fumbling and dropped lines. As for the emotional connection, it’s even more of a mythological tale. Even still, there are things you can do to force a connection on stage when all else feels lost.

Don’t Try Too Hard

If you’re getting upset over the lack of connection with your scene partner, you’re building up emotional walls that will only make your acting worse. Instead of focusing your rage on them, take it as a positive. You, lucky actor that you are, have been given the immense challenge of making the impossible possible. Should you be a good enough actor, you could do it.

Listen

Listen to their lines and the delivery. Watch their movements or lack thereof. What are they giving you to work with? Even if it seems they’ve got nothing to offer, you can still salvage the scene. Maybe the person has a nervous tick you can work into the scene. Maybe they have a way of saying something you can turn into a characterization for your role. Even the smallest hint of connection can lead to something greater.

Change

In the end, maybe they simply can’t connect with your delivery. Test out different ways to say your lines to see if you can elicit a reaction. Maybe they need you to be angrier but have a hard time expressing it. While the change may not lead in the direction you had in mind, any kind of common ground with your partner is enough to make the scene that much better.

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What to Expect to be asked in a Modeling Call Back

What to Expect to be asked in a Modeling Call BackThey’re definitely going to ask you to walk. That’s a given. But what are some other areas you’ll be called out on when you go in for the next step of the audition?

Nothing

Sometimes a callback is simply standing in a room with the other hopefuls and posing for just a little longer. This, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come prepared. As a successful applicant, you should have put more time into studying the company behind the gig to better prepare yourself for the products and look they sell. The more you know about what they need from you, the better you can offer them more than just a pretty face.

Aspirations

Other times, the call back will be more in-depth. In this case, you’ll no doubt be asked about your own aspirations in terms of what type of modeling you’re aiming to pursue. In that case, make sure you’ve prepared a plan. It doesn’t have to be the exact course you take and you don’t even have to be married to the idea. The trick here is to sound both educated and driven on the subject matter. This promotes an image of professionalism most major companies expect from their models.

Portfolio

As with every part of the audition process, make sure you have your portfolio with you. Should you know the role you were called back for, you can even alter the portfolio to better suit the look and attitude. Following any discussion they may have with you, you’ll no doubt be asked to give them your collection of work. Again, research is important here. Know what they want and adapt your answers and your look to better fit it.

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If the Pants Fit

If the Pants FitTo those of us that have never truly delved into the fashion world, there are actually a variety of types of pants, each requiring their own set of fashion rules regarding shoes. Though this may seem arbitrary to some, the look and feel such knowledge helps create is enough to make anything look desirable.

Ankle Pants

Once a style relegated to moms, ankle pants have since seen their return to all age groups. The secret, however, is make sure the correct shoes are worn. If not, these simply look like they are too short. The hard and fast rule is that you should never wear socks with ankle pants. Strappy sandals, loafers and even booties are acceptable so long as it looks like your feet are bare.

Wide Leg Pants

Pants with wide legs that don’t hug your every curve generally fall into this category, including the every famous bellbottom. Keep in mind that these look best when tailored so as to minimize frumpiness. Some of us don’t need our bottoms to look any bigger. As for shoes, you want heels. Since the bottom of the pants are meant to nearly brush the floor barefoot, heels allow the material to flow nicely. It also gives you the appearance of longer legs, perfect for creating a slimmer look. Avoid flats.

Skinny Leg Pants

Including jeans and leggings, skinny leg pants do a great job showing off shapely legs and otherwise creating a youthful look. Like wide leg pants, these should be tailored as well to reduce any baggy areas. Though they don’t have to be skin tight, they should fit snuggly in all the major areas. For shoes, you can pretty much wear anything so long as socks don’t show. Boots and flats, however, are the ideal.

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Male Modeling Specifications

Male Modeling SpecificationsIf you’re a guy looking to get into male modeling, know that there is a demand. Though there are some basic requirements set forth in terms of general look and size, the “requirements” are more loose guidelines than they are strict rules.

Height

Like females, tall men are preferred due to how clothing hangs on their frames. That being said, you don’t want to be too tall. The ideal height is between 6’ and 6’2” though agencies have been known to hire guys measuring in at 5’10” and 5’11”. Anything shorter won’t really cut it on the runway but that doesn’t mean other modeling opportunities aren’t available.

Weight and Build

Weight is far more changeable since each body carries weight differently. A solid average is around 170 but a range of 160 to 180 is preferred. As for the build, muscles are a definite. Low body fat coupled with visible muscle means clothes look great on you no matter what style. Too bulky or too skinny leads to fashion not fitting right.

Age

Age isn’t really a limiting factor for men since a lot of men still maintain sex appeal well into their 50s and 60s. Even so, the more active aspects of modeling, such as walking a runway, skew younger rather than older.

Representation

Though you could attack auditions by yourself, hiring an agent is the best way to pursue more opportunities than you could on your own. Agents are also very good at finding jobs that match your personality and looks thereby increasing your chances of getting hired regardless of how closely you fit (or don’t fit) the industry standards.

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Acing Your Voice-Over Audition

Acing Your Voice-Over AuditionNerves are rough during auditions but are the worst when it comes to voice work and singing. Your breath becomes shallow, your mouth goes dry and it seems as if your diaphragm will never settle again. Don’t fret! Even with nerves, all of the practice and rehearsal you did beforehand will help you get into your rhythm and nail the audition.

Warm Up

The throat is a muscle. You don’t jump straight to working out without a proper warm up. Why would you jump straight into an audition without giving the same courtesy to your voice? Sing a few scales. Buzz the lips. Spit out tongue twisters. Get everything moving in unison before you’re called in.

Characterize Fast

With the script in hand, make strong choices fast. Who is the character? What is their age? What is the situation? You’re not trying to give the judges exactly what they think they want. Your goal is to give the judges a clear, precise character right off the bat. Fumbling for footing will only hurt your audition.

Drink Water

While dry mouth will probably show up no matter how hydrated you are, drink enough water so that it’s more of a phantom dry mouth than actual dry mouth. In addition to negatively impacting your tongue and its ability to produce sound, not enough water impacts the entire vocal tract, minimizing lubrication and otherwise wreaking havoc on your ability to produce a voice.

Act

Don’t ever be afraid to act as you do the reading, especially if it helps you make the voice even stronger. In fact, most all voice actors are theatrically trained. Feel the emotions the character feels. Throw your hands around in frustration. Whatever it takes to make that character vocally come alive, do it.

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