What to Expect Joining an Agency

What to Expect Joining an AgencyAfter you’ve figured out the auditioning part of your career, it’s time to think bigger and broader. But to do that, you need an agent, someone who will find jobs for you through their list of contacts. Here’s what to expect from a reputable agency when you’re ready to take that next step.

Getting Prepared

Now that you’re representing the agency, they will have a standard you will need to adhere to. This is especially true for your portfolio photos. Either they will schedule a session with you to update your photos or they will refer you to their preferred photographer. On top of this, there is a chance you will be asked to style yourself.

Getting Gigs

Agencies typically have an advantage over self-promotion in that they have contacts and these contacts will get you privileged information in the form of go-sees. These are preliminary auditions where you are evaluated for a certain role. If you’re a fit, you’ll be booked. As a word of warning, like with every job, there are predatory practices. Your agency should negotiate every part of the deal and you should never sign any sort of release form unless you have prior consent from your agent.

Getting Paid

The agency, along with landing you bookings, is in charge of collecting the fees. Because you are using their services, they will take an agreed-upon portion of your earnings, so never spend what you don’t have. This is also extremely important to remember since some shoots can go under and will be unwilling to pay for your services. In these cases, they will try and help you recoup the losses, but not much else (unless your contract states otherwise).

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Famous Male Models

Famous Male ModelsA handsome form with symmetrical features and a strong frame has long been regarded as a thing of beauty. We certainly know the Greeks and Romans appreciated male models with all of the statues made during that time period, but what about nowadays? As it turns out, males can still be lauded globally for their beauty.

David Gandy

Gandy is arguably the current definition of a male supermodel. Born in Essex, England, he originally wanted to pursue a veterinary degree but lacked the grades. He worked some odd jobs here and there but then, at 21, his flatmate secretly entered him into a modeling competition that he ended up winning. He was awarded a modeling contract and the rest, as they say, is history.

Tyson Beckford

The face of the 90s and early 00s, Beckford is best known as a Ralph Lauren Polo model. He was born in Rochester, New York and is considered the most successful male supermodel of all time. He was discovered in 1992 and hired on by Ralph Lauren in 1993. By 1995 he was voted “Man of the Year” by VH1 and began showing up in the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list run by People magazine.

Fabio Lanzoni

Though of an older generation, it would be remiss to leave the pop culture sensation out of this lineup. Born in Milan, Italy, Fabio got his start early when he was discovered by a photographer during a workout session. Modeling in Italy for a time, he came to New York where he took up acting as well. Most famously, he modeled for a number of harlequin romance novel cover images and headed the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” ad campaign. Today he continues working and making appearances in film and TV.

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How to Get Beach Waves

How to Get Beach WavesBeach waves are beautiful. Loose but luxurious, they complement every face and every style. Here’s how to pull off this summer favorite without needing to schedule a trip to the salon.

The Ponytail Technique

If you have long hair (think down to your shoulder blades or longer), you can use the ponytail trick. Simply pull your hair back into a ponytail and wrap strands of your hair around a curling iron. Once all the hair has been curled, let it down, scrunch it, and spray it with hairspray. This technique allows you to easily track what hair has and hasn’t been curled however it can be pretty time intensive based on how thick your hair is.

The Buns Technique

Even easier than the ponytail are the buns. Wet your hair then part it down the middle. Secure each side up in a bun and wait for your hair to dry. Then, let your hair down and run your finger through the strands to separate the waves. Once you have the look you want, spray it with hairspray to cement the hold. If the top of your hair is too flat, tease the strands close to the scalp to add body before setting the look.

The Flat Iron Technique

If you have a flat iron, beach waves are super easy to make, regardless of how long your hair is. Part your hair in half. Take one side and twist it tight. Use the flat iron along the entirety of the twist, undo it gently, tease the hair, and apply your hairspray. Do the same for the other side and you have yourself a beautiful set of beach curls in less than ten minutes.

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When to Use an Elevator Pitch

When to Use an Elevator PitchThe elevator pitch, with its unknown origins, is one of the fastest ways to sell yourself, your services, or your product. Here’s what you need to know to avoid selling yourself short.

The Basics

Elevator rides take roughly thirty seconds to two minutes. This is how long your pitch should be. Due to the brevity of the speech, your first two sentences are the most important. Unless they immediately hook the listener, your pitch is a dud. On top of this, keep the language simple. Fancy words will only serve as a distraction from what you’re selling. Focus on facts and not fluff. You want your listener to immediately know who you are and what you do.

Make sure you have a few pitches to pass around. Who you talk to should influence what you tell them about yourself and what you plan to achieve with your skills. For example, take a photographer and a fashion designer. While both need models, both need very different types of models.

The Sell

When should you use the pitch?

Anytime anyone asks you to talk about yourself and your goals. You can certainly hunt down higher profile individuals to see if you can sell yourself but a smarter idea would be practicing pitches for different agencies to describe why you would be a valuable asset. Portfolios and resumes do speak volumes, but many decisions are made based on presentation.

If your pitch never really sells, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. Employers hear pitches all the time and have a lot of knowledge to give in terms of what works and what doesn’t. Even asking for feedback could net an agency’s interest since you’re showing an enthusiasm to learn and adapt.

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2020 Accessory Trends

This coming season’s accessories are all about a return to functionality (with a little bit of flair). Here’s how to dress up your look with items that are sure to impress.

Super Softs

Purses are an ever-shifting force. Some seasons they’re small and hardly noticeable while this season the bigger and softer they are, the better. Worn on one shoulder or crossed across the chest, you’ll have no issue toting around everything you could possibly need and more.

Box Step

As for shoes, it’s time to drop the point and embrace the square. From sandals to pumps, square-toed shoes are back in fashion, adding an angular accent to the feet to offset the softer shapeshifting designs of the purses.

Perfect Plats

That being said, if you live in a region where spring is merely the first phase of summer, close-toed shoes aren’t exactly a hot commodity. Instead, it’s all about sandals and bringing us back to the 90s are the platforms.

Future Fannies

The fanny pack offers many things, including hands-free movement. Designers, noting this benefit, are taking things to the next level by testing out other ways to store stuff that doesn’t involve the digits. Including necklaces and hip holsters, this is truly the most experimental of the accessories.

Silk Scarves

An oldie but goodie, silk scarves wrapped around the head are back once more. Affordable and easy to throw on in many styles and colors, this is one of the most adaptable accessories, making it perfect for virtually every look.

Beautiful Boutonnieres

Though once just a classy addition to a homecoming suit, this season boutonnieres are officially welcome on women’s suits as a way to add a splash of color to those blacks and dark blues that fail to truly capture the color explosion of spring.

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2020 Spring Fashion Trends

2020 Spring Fashion TrendsAfter having survived the chaos that is the holidays, it’s time to reward yourself with the upcoming spring specials soon to be seen on city streets across the world.

Daringly Disco

Disco has been resurrected with the reemergence of the disco collar. Wide and angular, they are a sharp addition to the business professional. Invest in jackets that sport this type of collar in a contrasting color. After all, why do daring if it goes unnoticed?

Haltingly Hot Pants

With tights or without, short shorts are back. During the chillier spring months, strap on some stockings as a bottom layer to keep those legs warm will flaunt your new look. Couple the shorts with long sleeves and you’ve got yourself a curious contrast that bound to impress.

Wondrous Wallpaper

Developing independent of the disco revival, 60s wallpaper designs are seeing a return on suits, dresses, blouses, and everything in between. These colorful and shapely styles throughout the previous floral frenzy in favor of geometric jumbles.

Fancy Feathers

For those decadent dinner parties, feather frocks and tops were all over the runways. Bold and beautiful, they are sure to pull attention from everyone in the room. However, be sure to avoid a fully feathered outfit. Instead, pair the tops with nice jeans or pants to offer a tame contrast.

Perfectly Polka

This spring will be seeing the return of countless shapes and styles not seen since decades prior and one of the more back and forth patterns, the polka dot, joins this lineup. Big dots, small dots, colorful dots—all are welcome with its return. That being said, rumor has it that bigger is better.

Happening Highlighters

When it comes to color, the highlighter look is still as hot as ever. Just like with previous seasons, go big or go home when picking how much of your look glows.

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Understanding Your Acting Age Range

Understanding Your Acting Age RangeAge plays a very important role in what you can and can’t be cast as. Instead of taking this as a limiting factor, here’s how to use your age as leverage to land more parts.

The Basics

So where do you fit? What is your age range? Generally speaking, your age range is your current age plus or minus five years. That being said, you’ll sell better adding those five years to your age rather than subtracting. With age comes experience, the experience you didn’t have five years ago. Few can actually pull off being younger but almost everyone can pull off an older role.

The Goal

The best plan you can have for yourself is to always be looking forward. Embrace that you won’t be 20 forever and instead see what you could become as you get older. This will keep you fresh and always striving to add to your repertoire so that when you do finally reach an old enough age to play King Lear, you have everything you need to land the part. Too often actors become stagnant because they got cast as a lead 10 years ago and become stuck in that image of themselves. Learn from Sunset Boulevard.

The Acceptance

Finally, own your age. Dress appropriately at auditions. Don’t joke about how people are always mistaken about how old you actually are. Research respectable and talented actors in your age range to gather an idea of how to present yourself. It’s all about honesty and realism. The casting crew wants to know that they can discuss the topics your age range would be faced within the performance without having to worry about hurting your feelings. Act like a professional and you’ll be able to keep landing roles no matter your age.

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To Wing or Not to Wing: Which Eyeliner is Best for You?

To Wing or Not to Wing: Which Eyeliner is Best for You?Your face is the palette and makeup the paint. But not every style will work, especially around the eyes. With so many different shapes, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what makes your eyes really pop. Wonder no more. Here’s how to figure out the eyeliner style that best suits you.

The Eyes

Before buying anything, you need to pin down a few things about your eye size and shape.

First up is the size. To determine this, compare them to your nose and mouth. Average eyes are about the same size as these regions on your face. Small eyes are smaller and large eyes are larger.

Next is the shape. This is determined by the whites of your eyes. While looking in a mirror with a relaxed expression, if the top and bottom of the iris are slightly covered by the eyelids, you have almond eyes. If there’s any white at either the top or bottom, you have round eyes.

The Liner

Now that you have keywords to assign to your eye shape, you can mess around with different styles that are best suited for your specific look. In regards to wings, try to avoid them if you have almond eyes as the added length makes your eyes seem narrower. Wings are best when used with round eyes.

Eye size affects where the liner is placed. If you have small eyes, you can help them pop more by using the liner only along the outer corners of the eye. If you have large eyes, this can be emphasized even more by using the liner to really highlight the upper contour of your eyelid.

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Fashion Week: The Where and When

Fashion Week The Where and WhenBegun at the start of the 20th century, fashion week has a long, proud history of showcasing only the best fashion has to offer. While shows run year-round and focus on other things, such as bridal fashion, February and September maintain the two official weeks where the big four fashion capitals of the world (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) celebrate only the latest and greatest in seasonal couture.


While referred to as a week, the time table is actually a full month. The first week belongs to New York, the second to London, the third to Milan, and the final to Paris. With 2019’s celebrations already behind us, 2020 is quickly finalizing everything. This coming February kicks off on the 6th and runs until March 4 as designers spare no expense to reveal their upcoming collections. Tickets are already on sale but they go fast as they are highly coveted, especially for the shows put on by the big names.


Initially, fashion shows were held wherever there was space. This all began to change in the early 90s when there was a big push for consolidation. In New York, Bryant Park became the first main stage, erecting white tents to house the shows. The runways were later moved to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Such a practice worked for a while, but as of today, the hope for a central location has dissipated once more, resulting in a return more creative spaces procured by designers, including waterfront carnivals and former post offices. Around the world, Both Milan and Paris use the entirety of their cities to transform the week into even more of a tourist event while London has a dedicated show space that is occasionally left for other venues.

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Making Your Wardrobe Multi-Seasonal

 Making Your Wardrobe Multi-SeasonalWhile we all certainly want the funds to be able to fully redo our wardrobe every single season, reality means we don’t get to. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t create a wardrobe that is as timeless as it is functional.

Focus Your Fashion

If you want a wardrobe that works at every time and every season, you need to rethink your fashion. Instead of buying kitschy catches that will be out of date by the end of the year, invest in looks that flatter your body and never go out of style. A nice pair of jeans, for instance, can last years and are useful in the fall, winter, and spring.

Load Up on Layers

The real secret to a wardrobe that doesn’t get stale is to invest in layers. The tank top you wear in summer can easily pair with a blazer in the chillier weather. Lay out all of your clothes and take in what can be layered together and how many different styles you can pull off. The more, the better.

Colors and Patterns

As you piece together your new one-wardrobe-fits-all-seasons looks, pay attention to your colors and patterns. Even though you’ll be going for a multipurpose closet, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to plain, boring colors. While you will still need base colors that can work with virtually everything, outer layers can embrace your stylish personality.

The Spark

Finally, remember to hold on to those pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable. Just because you’re working on downsizing doesn’t mean you can’t hold on to a few things that can really only be worn in a few, select situations. After all, everyone has their guilty pleasure that brings a smile to their face each time they put it on.

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