What Is An Actor’s Reel?

What Is An Actor's ReelA ‘reel’ is a compilation of clips from an actor’s body of film and/or television work that shows them at their acting best. Reels can be posted to online casting services in addition to the actor’s headshot and resume or directly submitted to casting professionals. Reels allow casting people to see the actor in action, and are being used more and more as a determining factor in who gets called for an initial audition.

When putting together a reel, actors select the best moments from their work and then have the collection or reel put together professionally. Beginning actors who do not yet have television or film work to include in a reel should consider creating one.

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Women’s Shapewear

Women's ShapewearAll women (especially models and actresses) want a smooth line under their clothes. And, many will go to any extreme to get that line-free, smooth appearance. Shapewear couldn’t do its job if it wasn’t tight. Unfortunately, this leaves your stomach, intestine and colon compressed. Shapewear is known to give you shallow breath, tingling, numbness and pain in your legs too!

Like everything in life, it’s important to exercise moderation: Don’t wear shapewear everyday! Choosing the right fit is important. There are hundreds of different styles. You want to pick shapewear that actually fits you and not so small that it is causing damage to your organs. Your shapewear fits properly if it’s not cutting you anywhere. You should be able to easily get in and out of it without a struggle.

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Rapid Fire/Long Dialogue For Actors

Rapid Fire/Long Dialogue For ActorsMany TV commercials present slice-of-life scenarios in which the actors engage in naturally flowing dialogue. In some instances, however, a spokesperson for a product in a commercial will have the task of cramming a great deal of factual, descriptive information into a tight commercial format. Some of these scripts might be short and ‘rapid-fire’, while others might contain a lot of informative dialogue for the actor to handle.

It can be daunting at first to take on these types of scripts. These scripts require the same familiar method of analysis as other commercial copy. The same methods of rehearsal will apply. The difference here is the importance of picking up the pace, and learning to be comfortable with the quick flow of dialogue.

Remember, practice out loud! This will help you to discover the appropriate pacing and rhythm, and allow you to become comfortable with the language in the script.

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Do You Know What’s In Your Makeup?

Do You Know What's In Your Makeup?According to the FBI, the sale of counterfeit personal care products is on the rise! These knock-off cosmetics (including perfume) are loaded with bacteria or laced with carcinogenic elements like arsenic, beryllium and cadmium. The knock-off perfumes may contain carcinogen DEHP and even urine! Is your skin crawling yet?

These knock-off products can result in rashes, acne, psoriasis and eye infections! See the tips below that will help you spot knock-off products:

  • Vendor: Mall kiosks, flea market and websites that you’re not sure are legitimate
  • Packaging:  The coloring, lettering, spelling, or even wrapping seems “off”
  • Price:  If the price is too good to be true, it’s probably not legitimate
  • Product: Consistency, texture or scent seems “off”

And lastly, if you are in doubt whatsoever, don’t buy the product! You can always ask your modeling or acting agent because they are trained to know the difference between legitimate and counterfeit products.

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What Is A Television Pilot?

What Is A Television Pilot?A “television pilot” is a standalone episode of a TV series that is used to sell the show to a television network. It is a test episode of an intended TV series. Each summer, the major American TV networks receive hundreds of pitches for new shows. In the fall, the networks request a select number of scripts and the following January, orders about 20 pilot episodes. Actors come to Los Angeles from all over the United States and around the world to audition for the pilot. By spring, the actors are cast and production crews assembled to produce the pilot episodes. Then, the directors, actors and others hope their pilot episode is chosen and thus a TV show is born!

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How To Save Money At The Dry Cleaners

How To Save Money At The Dry CleanersGoing to the dry cleaners each week has proved too expensive! In order to minimize your dry cleaning bill, you need to take proper care of your clothes. Take the extra time to hang every piece of clothing immediately after you wear it. Be sure to immediately treat any stains with water or a stain removal product. Spritz your clothes with Febreeze and air them out. And don’t forget the helpful steam mode on your iron – it will remove wrinkles quickly.

Remember to compare prices and specials at your local cleaners. You can reap substantial savings at the end of the year by using a dry cleaner that offers two-for-one specials on selected items and on specific days. It requires some planning but your wallet will love you for it! Models and actors who want to look their very best at a go-see or audition, know the benefits of taking their ‘lucky’ clothes to the cleaners when necessary

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Meet Diesel’s Awesome, Unconventional New Spokesmodel

Meet Diesel's Awesome, Unconventional New SpokesmodelIt started, like most things, on Facebook. Jillian Mercado, a 26-year-old fashion blogger with a condition called spastic muscular dystrophy, spotted a casting call for models on Diesel’s Facebook page and decided to throw her hat in the ring. Cut to 2014 and Mercado is not only the face of the spring/summer ad campaign, but also the designer brand’s first model in a wheelchair.

Diesel has a history of seeking out the kind of extraordinary beauty that challenges stereotypes within the fashion industry. In August the company took to Tumblr to scout “real-looking” models — including a plus-size female graffiti artist with pink hair, a 65-year-old former fashion editor, and a female former Olympic swimmer who made a career out of posing as a male model.

At a time when clothing retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch and Lululemon appear to believe in the value of only a few body types, Mercado’s arrival in front of the camera is a welcome game changer.

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3.5 SECRETS OF “SUPER-MODELING”

DSC01643.jpgModeling – What a great word! But just what does it mean?! Everyone will have their own definition, idea, and perception of what modeling is or what they believe it to be, however, I simplify it to really one concept. Communication. Pure and simple. As a photographer, my goal when behind the camera is to capture an image that “speaks” to me and ultimately to an audience. For a model, his/her goal is the same – to express oneself in a way that has an effect upon the viewer. The model communicates to the viewer with body language and facial expressions. So I have 3.5 secrets that you can use to enhance your current modeling skills!

Secret #1. Modeling is not about posing. Modeling is about bringing an inner emotion/feeling outward in a body expression. You naturally model everyday based on how you ‘feel’. If you feel happy, you model happy. If you’re sad, you model sadness. As a model, your most valuable skill will be the ability to ‘attach’ to an emotion so that your body can ‘model’ it. AND stay in character!

Tip: Practice in the mirror to observe yourself ‘feeling’ emotions. When you do this, pay attention to the differences in how the facial features change, how your posture affects your display of the emotion.

Secret #2. Build awareness in the world of emotions. You must become aware of the full range of possible emotions so that you can identify them when you see it. Distinguish the small details among emotions and catalog what they look like in your ‘mental toolbox’. For example, the ‘shocked’ emotion is very similar to ‘amazed’, however, there is a slight subtle difference in the way the eyes express because of the context, i.e. the situation in which you’d have those emotions.

Tip: Try watching TV or a movie with the sound turned off. Observe and try to imagine what they are trying to communicate. Are they using their eyes? Body? Is the person facing toward or away from the other actor? Even better if you have the capability to rewind the scene with the volume on to determine if your assessment was accurate or close.

Secret #3. Learn the vocabulary of emotions. The better knowledge you have about words used to describe emotions the easier it will be to communicate with your photographer! Imagine if I ask a model to give me a ‘melancholic’ expression and he/she says “um, what’s that?” Now, I have to find other words in order for the model to understand what my photographic vision entails and that could translate to more time wasted. Time wasted is money wasted! Photographers love models that don’t waste time! As a model you not only need to master control over your body and facial expressions, you also need to learn how to communicate verbally so that you can be a high-valued talent that gets booked again! Your language skills and vocabulary will help you be that kind of talent.  The faster that you can translate ‘word’ into an ‘emotion’ will be a measurement of your modeling skills. Near-instantaneous is ideal. Needing longer than 15 seconds to ‘feel’ or display the emotion is too long.

Tip: An Internet search for “list of vocabulary words for emotions” is a great starting point to learn new words and review already learned words. Challenge your fellow models and friends to display their interpretation of the emotions. See how many different emotions can be displayed in 30 seconds! Alternatively, you can choose an emotion at random to express and have them guess which one you were trying to emote.

Secret #3.5. Broaden your experience by studying techniques from acting to make you a better model. I believe wholeheartedly, that modeling is acting and vice versa. Too many talents get hung up on labels and believing they are a ‘model’ and do not do ‘acting’. Or the reverse, “I’m only interested in acting, not modeling.” Really? What a waste! As a photographer, I primarily care about what I can capture in an image, not what you call yourself. A talent agent would feel the same, too. If the agent can book a talent for a modeling job, a TV commercial and a feature film, would the agent really care what you call yourself? Nope. So branch out! Try new things, learn techniques to express, interact, and communicate!

I hope that you’ve found these secrets and tips helpful! In my years of photographing models, I personally have felt more fulfilled when models are great communicators. Every photo shoot and project is a collaboration among models, photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, creative directors, and so many others. Without great communication, chaos would ensue! Your participation as model is the final home stretch of making those images a reality, so hopefully you get that chance! “Keep Calm and Model On!” Francis Chau, Professional Photographer 

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A BEAUTY LIFE-CHANGER

A BEAUTY LIFE-CHANGER Carefully dust loose face powder on your lashes BEFORE curling them. Then, apply mascara, wait 10 minutes for it to dry and then curl them again. The eye-opening effect is magic!

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Static Hair Beauty Tip

Static Hair Beauty TipRub a small amount of coconut oil between the palms of your hands and lightly pat down the top of your head. This will tame flyaways and hydrate your hair without leaving it greasy looking.

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