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Monday, April 30, 2012

Be a Hero! Save a Life! Adopt a Pet TODAY!

I have a confession to make...... Its kind of nerdy but I don't care....... so here it goes....

My dog is without a doubt my best friend in the world... :)

When Rio and I met, she had just been rescued from a locked trailer in the dead of summer, with no food or water, and she was just a puppy. The Junior Humane Society saved this sweet baby girl when a someone called them to report "a faint puppy bark" in what looked like an abandoned trailer.

Supposedly, I "saved" this animals life, but in all actuality... She saved mine... :)

When I was going through some pretty rough times in my life, the only consistent listening ear and friend I had was my sweet dog Rio.

Rio Dye... My little rescue baby :)
You have an opportunity to save a life, be a hero, and gain a new member of your family. If you are looking for a pet, please adopt from a local animal rescue organization in your area. If you are not in a position to adopt an animal right now, there are still ways you can help. Shelters are almost always looking for volunteers and donations. Things such as old blankets, kitty litter, dog and cat food are donation items that can make a difference.

Yes, the Sarah Mclachlan ASPCA commercials are terribly depressing, but, they are also they truth... Every day, every hour animals are being abused, neglected, or put to sleep... DO your part to help save these precious lives, our four legged friends need us to survive. Gain a new best friend like I did with Rio, and adopt a pet from your local animal shelter today!!!!!!!!

peace, love, and doggie kibble... :)

Johnny D

Photo Credit: Shannon Moffit of www.shannonmoffit.com

Friday, April 27, 2012

A "Do's and Don'ts" Guide to Makeup!

Do- Try a splash of bright color on your eyelids for summer such as blue, turquoise, or emerald green.
Don't - apply so much that you would for SURE win a costume contest as Mimi Bobeck from the Drew Carey Show...

Do- Try dark shadows and liner to make a mysterious and sultry smokey eye...
Don't apply so much that your neighbors call the cops on your husband for domestic violence.....

Do- Try and wear a red lip with a simple eye for that hipster chic vibe...
Don't forget to check if its in your teeth, red lipstick LOVES white teeth, and nothing makes you look more like a confused/sloppy mess.....

Do- Try and wear false eyelashes for those special occasions or fun nights out on the town.
Don't put them on crooked, you will instantly look crossed eyed/like the drunkest girl at the party...

Do- Try mixing a little loose glitter into your eye makeup for a intense sparkle.
Don't use craft glitter, only cosmetic grade, you don't want to go to the party as Helen Keller or an eye-patch wearing pirate.

Do try wearing a dark "cat-eye" liner and winging out your liner at the edges.
Don't have an image of Amy Winehouse as your go-to example for this effect..rest in peace baby girl..

Do- Try contouring your cheeks a little bit using bronzer and blush.
Don't use so much bronzer that you look like a dirty sailor with a five-o-clock shadow... blend, blend, blend those contour lines!

Do- Lightly define your brows with eyeshadow or eye pencil to shape and frame your face.
Don't overly arch them and look upset or confused all night...people will start to talk.....

Do- Try mixing bright pop colors of yellow, green, or pink into the crease of your eyelid..
Don't look like rainbow bright and my little pony had a baby on your face....

Do- Wear an ample amount of face makeup if you are going to be photographed/in pictures...
Don't wear so much face makeup you change races or species...


Johnny D

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Personality is Important For Photographers

When meeting with an agency, it's important for a photographer to showcase not only their best work but their personality.  Personality is key in building relationships with an agency - you are going to be dealing with their models so they need to trust that you can produce you great work.  It's not enough to be great at what you do, but you also need to be able to get along with models, makeup artists, hair stylists, etc.  If personalities clash, or there's a lack thereof, it will show in the photos.  Make sure to bring something to the table - not just your work but your willingness to get the job done and the fact that you'll be able to do with a smile on your face!  No one wants to work with someone who doesn't put everything on the table.  Be open, showcase your personality and most importantly have fun!

I'm a pro-amateur photographer in a life changing moment.  I love to create beauty and fashion images, so I"m approaching agencies to test with their new faces.  But unfortunately, I believe I'm doing something wrong in my approach.  Do you have any advice on how to start testing for an agency?  How to start a relationship?  What steps would be important to follow?  

I really like your photos.  You make women look beautiful.  You show more of the beauty in your photos than the fashion.  I must say, you have the right idea - you have to start working with agencies and testing their new models.  It takes time to get them to be able to trust you and depend on you to produce great test shots.  I would suggest taking the person who runs the new faces division to lunch.  Be persistent and show them your personality and hard work ethic.  You're in New York City so there are tons of agencies to test.  Here's where your sales skills will come in handy!  Sell yourself!
I am a retoucher.  I would like to first ask if you plan on adding this profession as an option for MWN?  And on a more personal note, what would you suggest I do to get noticed by major publications?  I do not have representation at this point.  I have a growing reputation in the plus size industry, however I really want to do more high fashion work for major magazines.  Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!

I like what you do and your feelings about it.  Yes, ModelWire Network will have it as an option in the near future.  I'm not on top of what you do but I know how to sell myself and you should too.  Make meetings with all of the publications and create projects that you feel will appeal to each one of them and ultimately sell your work.  You are in a unique line of work, people should be knocking on your door for work.
Hi Joey, can you please review my portfolio?  I currently live in LA but am originally from NYC.  I have been assisting fashion photographers like Dove Shore, Luke Wooden, Sylvie Blum and Nathaniel Golberg but am looking to move back to New York.  Do you know of any photographers in NYC looking for an assistant?  Thank you for your time!

I like what you do but I don't have any leads for you.  Try posting projects on ModelWire Network and see what comes up.  It's important to be proactive and actively seek connections on your own - in this business, you can't always rely on other people.  It's all about networking, so go out and network.
I recently had a meeting with a local talent (commercial) agency here and they are going to allow me to test with their new faces.  Could you take a look at my portfolio here on ModelWire Network and give me your honest opinion in regards to representation and overall opinion of my work?  In a perfect world I would love to work with an agency or get work with a magazine but having a strong team behind me is very important which brings me back to my first topic - for someone like myself, seeking to build a team, what are your recommendations?  My mind/heart is telling me to get out while I can! 

The problem with most photographers is they try to do too much.  I love the head shots and your lighting looks great.  The rest just don't have it.  You need to work on your fashion shots.  You have talent but you need to realize that the fashion and beauty industry go hand in hand - so use MWN to find a team.  It's good to have a set team to work with because you trust them more and are able to accomplish the same goals.
I requested to do test shoots for agency models and unexpectedly I have been invited to meet with an agency in LA.  They asked me to bring my "books."  What do you recommend I bring and what does the meeting entail?  I appreciate your advice.

That's great!  You have your foot in the door.  Bring only your very best photos - specifically beauty and fashion shots.  Keep it one book to make things look clean and easy.  They will also want to get to know you and how you work.  They're going to trust that you know how to work with their models so bring your best personality and best work.  Good luck!  
In the meantime,

Have a successful day!


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How to Look Good in ANY Picture!

Shannon Moffit,  Kayla Larocque, and me, Johnny D :)
You have favorite pictures of yourself... don't lie... we all do... :) But what is it about those pictures that you like so much? Was it your body positioning? The angle of the camera? Your facial expression? Well, it was ALL of those things....

"Learning your angles" is an expression I say alot to people who want to take good pictures. All it means is that you know things like your "good" side, a flattering expression/smile, or a signature pose or stance that makes you look like the best possible version of yourself. You don't have to be a model to want to look cute in pictures, I'm pretty sure it just comes with being a human in general! :)

Through examining our own pictures, no matter if their are professionally taken or not, we can learn how make sure ANY pic ends up being a keeper.  My best friend Holland and I will go through old pictures of ourselves from college and repeat one statement, "wow, we definitely hadn't learned our angles yet". My friends and family use to poke fun at the way I slightly turn my head in every photo, but, its my best angle, so they can shut it :) ...


Having a picture shot slightly above eye level and tilted down slims and shapes the face. This is the oldest trick in the book, I think EVERY "Myspace" picture was shot this way!

Never shoot up from below eye level, this makes even the skinniest person into a double chinned nightmare reallllll quick.

Learn your "good side"... If you are blessed to be photogenic from both sides, I envy and applaud you.

Change up your smile. We all remember how we looked in early pictures when we just learned how to smile- there's a LOT of teeth and "cheesin" goin on...... keep your smile relaxed and natural.

Shun the camera when your a complete mess. Sometimes late at night, around 3am, we think, "Yay lets take pictures with everyone at the bar!" Not a good idea for a few reasons... Your makeup has probably sweated off, you probably look tired and bloated from alcohol consumption, and also, its not a good idea to put those pictures up on Facebook anyway for reasons of job security.

Tilt and twist your body to appear longer and leaner. When someone is photographed straight on, more of them is visible to camera.... does that make sense? Position your body and hips at an angle, this slims the figure and is much more flattering.

"The magics in the makeup"... I have this quote from a "No Doubt" song tattooed on my shoulder, and it is DEF the TRUTH! If you know you are going to an event where pictures will be taken (wedding, party, bachlorette), its time to maybe put on a little more makeup than usual. Try simple things that POP in pictures- a glossy lip, shimmery eyes, full lashes....

Not every picture we take is gonna be a keeper, but that's OK... Its all about learning how to feel your best in front of any camera. Look at old pictures, make faces in the mirror, hey...it may sound silly but you only live once, and more importantly, memories fade away, but pictures last forever....

happy posing!


PHOTO CREDIT: Shannon Moffit.... I love this girl..... :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thrifting your way to AMAZING Fashions & Looking FLY on any Budget!

Sometimes I hear men and women say, "well, if I had more money, I would dress better..." To that, I politely say... BS! Good style is budget neutral my friends. Things such as cut, color, shape, fabric are all things that can make you look "like a million dollars" with your clothing choices, regardless of where they came from or who made them...

We went thrifting at flea markets and antique stores today in my FAVORITE part of NYC--> Chelsea. I was dazzled and delighted by all the amazing vintage dresses, suits, t shirts, hats, sunglasses--> you name it, it was there... To me, thrifting is like an exciting treasure hunt, sometimes you find gold, other times, not so much... But that's the exciting part, you never know WHAT your going to find. Now, I am not a person all about labels, I wear what I think looks cute no matter where it comes from. To me, its not ABOUT the labels, its about how an article of clothing looks on your body, and how it makes you feel. Even though I'm not into labels, you can find amazing vintage designer clothes. I have a few Christian Dior sweaters from the 80's in mint condition, I paid between 3 and 6 dollars for them--> SCORE!!!!

Fashion and style do not have depend on your income level. Its all about taking what you got, and making it into something amazing. Some of my favorite dresses I used for models in my magazine were vintage pieces found at second hand stores, well designed pieces never go out of style. The biggest trend to always follow in my book is, MAKE YOUR OWN TRENDS! Finding your signature style and look can be done on any budget, in any city... Make an adventure out of finding amazing things in unlikely places. Confession time.... I own 7 "members only" jackets... I know.... its dorky, but I LOVE THEM! :) Go out there and hunt up some rad pieces in your neck of the woods, and never let funds keep you from amazing fashion.....

love you all, no matter if your in a designer gown, or a burlap sack... hehe :)


Friday, April 20, 2012

Spring Cleaning! Your Closet, your Makeup Drawer, and Your Spirit! :)

yeah, my closet is a MESS! :)
Do you ever watch the show "Hoarder's" on A& E and sit terrified as you watch all the horrible and scary things people are buried under in their own house? well, lets NOT be like them :)

IT'S SPRING! It's time to LET GO of some things in the form of..... SPRING CLEANING!..... It is a very cathartic act to let go of items you don't need or use anymore, and to let go of things you may be holding onto in your mind... meaning anger, revenge, bad relationships, hurt feelings, ALL OF THESE THINGS can be part of your spring cleaning effort, a new season...a NEW YOU!

First, go through your closet and drawers, if you see something that you have never worn or worn only once, then.... think about letting it go. There are a million charitable organizations that need clothing donations! Some will even come pick up larger items for you! If a piece of clothing is ill fitting, TOSS IT... There is nothing worse than clothes not fitting you right, it makes us look silly and sloppy.. If a piece of clothing still has tags on it, and its been over 6 months since it was purchased, TOSS IT.. I tend to buy alot of things when they are on sale, thinking, "Oh, well I have to have this, I mean, COME ON, its on sale! Get it John!", but then I look at it for months and months in my closet as it collects dust and clutters my closet. Work on not succumbing to impulse buys y'all, when holding something in your hands at the store, think to yourself, "is this a need or a want", and if it is just a want, how bad do you want it? And will you get the use out of it for the price you are paying?.... Go through your closet with a positive and warm feeling knowing that whatever you give away will help cloth someone less fortunate, its a good feeling :)....

Next, your makeup drawer. Makeup does not last forever, it scares me when I go through peoples makeup drawers sometimes and I see discontinued stuff from the late 1990's...BARF! :) Makeup collects bacteria and can turn rancid...not cute... Keep your makeup fresh and current... Mascara especially, if mascara chunks up more than normal, has a peculiar odor, or is as dry as the Sahara desert, its old, toss it! Powder makeup lasts longer than wet or creme based makeup, but still no makeup lasts forever. ALSO, its a good time to clean out things that might be out of date in terms of trends... Try something new! Search magazines, websites, celebrity looks, or YouTube tutorials for new looks and approaches to makeup! (JohnDyeMakeupArtist, thats my channel, I have some hilarious tutorials/skits :) Spring is about looking fresh and renewed, so, get a fresh new approach to applying makeup to that gorgeous mug of yours.. :)

Finally, your mind and your spirit... Spring can be a time to clean out the clutter in your home/closet, but also in your mind & spirit! Let go of old feelings that might be plaguing you, forgive someone that hurt you, let go of feelings of anger, jealously or revenge, LET IT ALL GO! Toss those feelings in the garbage just like the trash or clutter around your house, cause trust me, YOU DON'T NEED UM! Let spring truly be a season of change for you, forgive, forget, let go, then live FREE of all these old feelings that were holding you back or keeping your mind in chains, you owe it to yourself!!!

Happy Spring Cleaning my ANGELS!

Johnny D

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beware of Spammers - use your common sense!

It has come my attention the amount of Spammers that have recently been reaching out to you guys on the site.  It is really important for you to be cautious when responding back to any member.  You should never have to give out any personal information - use the site.  If they want to get in contact with you about work, have a couple of conversations over the SITE.  Also, be aware that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.  If someone really wants to work with you, they either have a professional meeting with you in person or on the phone.  No one will openly offer you a paid gig without talking to you.  Use your common sense people!  I know it's easy to get caught up with the emotion of landing that big gig, but it's important to also be careful.  We are working hard with getting rid of these spammers and we can't do it without you.  Please report any suspicious action on the site immediately.  You can reach us at support@modelwirenetwork.com.  Our apologies go out to anyone who has/is falling for these scams.  Sometimes they are hard to figure out, but again, listen to your gut feeling.  It's okay to be suspicious!

Would you be willing to take a look at my portfolio and give me advice on my true potential.  There is an agency here in Kansas City where I live that is only willing to seriously work with me if I attend a $4k modeling convention, which is impossible for me to do right now.  I'll be graduating in 2 months and I'm ready to model full time.  Any advice you can give will be great!

I checked out your profile and it looks like you have all of the right sizes and you have a nice look.  You can definitely use more pictures though.  I would suggest taking more fashion shots.  As far as agents go, there has to be more than one agency in Kansas City.  Go out and seem them.  I know you're in school, but summer is coming which is a great time to focus on your career.  You need to make some contacts in your area and build your career.  Work with people on MWN for test shoots.
Do you think I can make it in New York's modeling industry?  I tried many different New York agencies and no one was interested so I somewhat lost hope in modeling, but I don't want to give up because this is my dream!

Your problem is your height.  At 5'7" the fashion agencies in New York will turn you down.  I like your look though.  You should go commercial.  Take an acting class and use MWN to find some test shoots.  There are lots of TV and commercial print agents in the Big Apple.  You just need to find your niche and stick with it.  
I need a lot of help.  I'm an aspiring model/actor but as a model I'm ready to break into magazines and ads but I'm only 5'7".  Do you know where I can go or who I can submit to, to start making my dreams a reality?  Or is there anyone I can work with that can put me on the right path?
All of your pictures look alike.  You have too many body shots.  Modeling is all types of clothing which means you need to have different looks.  Your height means you can just do commercial modeling.  Find a commercial agent, but forget high fashion.  Focus on taking more/better photos.
I currently do not have an agency.  I would love it if you would take a look at my photos and offer any suggestions for agencies that may be interested.  I have booked a lot of great work these past couple of years, but many agents have had an issue with my hair type.  The funny thing is I am sought after by major photographers and clients alike, because of my hair.  Any feedback or recommendations you can offer are greatly appreciated.

You should definitely have an agent!  You have a great look.  Your hair isn't bad, it will just limit you for a lot of mainstream work like catalogs.  But there is a lot of editorial potential.  Maybe you can work with a wig?  Just a suggestion.  If someone is interested they are willing to work with you and your hair.  I wouldn't worry too much about it.  Good luck!
In the meantime,

Have a successful day! 


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ATTENTION-Success will NOT come banging on your door, its up to YOU to make it happen... :).

Me and Taylor Swift on Vh1's "100 Greatest Women in Music" Countdown 2012
I think alot of us in the entertainment industry, well, any industry for that matter, believe that some how one day lightning will strike, and we will be "discovered", and all our wildest dreams come true.... But sadly, this is NOT reality. The notion of walking down the street and someone spotting you and "discovering" you is a beautiful and exciting dream, but it is also just that, nothing but a dream. If there is something you want out of life, you have to take the initiative and drive to MAKE it happen....

I can remember fantasizing about this same dream as a child and teenager; someone was going to discover me and make me a star... It turns out that really only happens in movies. I had to fight hard, hear no, feel discouraged, and persevere to attain the career highs that I have garnered in my short time in this industry. Sometimes people are so afraid of two little letters- NO. They are scared to strike out and try to make things happen because they are paralyzed by their own fear of failure....but...if you never try, you will never know what are truly capable of... Lets say you go for dreams, but you end up failing miserably, AT LEAST YOU KNOW YOU TRIED and you will never have to look back and say "what if". I always tell people to try to live a life with as little "shoulda, coulda, woulda's" as possible, try it all, go for what you want out of life, we have to make our own destiny...

There will be nay-sayers along the way, TRUST me on that one, but let their doubt fuel you to reach your highest heights. Bitterness and jealousy can cause people to some very bizarre things, but don't let other peoples dissatisfaction with their on life negatively affect your journey, and trust me, they WILL try... You have all the tools to make any of your dreams, goals, or desires a reality... it  all depends on how patient, diligent, and hard working you are willing to be.

I wanted to be on MTV and VH1 soooooo bad as a kid, my whole life, and you know what? I did it :) I wanted to be in a tabloid magazine from the age of 4 when I knew what a "celebrity" was, I did that too, in Star Magazine. I wanted to have a successful YouTube video more than life for a while, Taylor Swift helped make that a reality for me, and now we are at almost 1,000,000 views on our parody video "Taylor and Friends" on YouTube... I am NOT bragging by any means, lord knows I have had many struggles in this life, but, I NEVER LET IT STOP ME PUSHING FORWARD, and you my sweet friends, can do the same. No matter if it be divorce, addiction, depression, money, anxiety.... do not let these things rob you of becoming the person you want to be... I love any and everyone who reads this, we shall all overcome, survive, and thrive my friends. Now get out there, and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

LOVE YOU!!!! :)


SET YOUR TIVO'S FOR "100 GREATEST WOMEN IN MUSIC" on VH1, there's a clip of me and Taylor from my old MTV days! :)

 AND-----> check out me and Taylor Swift in "Taylor and Friends" from the set of the "Love Story" music video! "Taylor and Friends" on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_4CSbzwPtE

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Fashion and Makeup with John & Lea Rannells Comrie from Project Runway!...

Lea on "Project Runway"
Lea Rannells Comrie is a model, author, fashion event producer and all around AMAZINGLY FABULOUS lady :). She was a featured model on season 4 of Bravo's "Project Runway", has walked numerous runway shows for all the top designers, and now she coordinates runway shows and fashion events. I thought I would sit down with her and get some input on whats hot in fashion right now... She is one of the most fashion minded people I know, and, she's a total doll :)

JD:What is happening in spring fashion that is inspiring or exciting to you?

LRC: I'm loving all of the bright colors for spring---> coral, bright greens, neon yellow, the surge of color in fashion lately makes everyone look fresh and renewed. Pairing the neon/day glow colors of the 1980's with today's modern cuts and fabrics is an amazing mix of old and new.

JD: Its getting warmer, what does that make you excited to wear again now that winter is over?

LRC: Sundresses are amazing, they are comfortable yet stylish. Its all about carefully and correctly accessorizing them for the specific look/vibe you are going for. I also love pairing bigger, more attention grabbing accessories with a simple sundress to create a balanced and relaxed look.

JD: What are some things you learned about fashion in general from your season of "Project Runway"?

LRC: The right model can either make or break the designers vision of a specific piece or look. I also learned that fashion is truly an outward expression of people's internal creative visions, and more importantly, it truly is a form of art.

Lea & Designer Christian Siriano, Photo:Brad Walsh

JD: Any advice to the women of America on things to try this Spring?

LRC: BRIGHT COLORS! Not only in terms of clothing choices, but also in terms of makeup and accessories. I think women sometimes get stuck in rut by "playing it safe" with lots of neutral tones and shades in their makeup approach, but, its time to shake things up and try new bold expressions of color... Spring is a time for new beginnings, so, try new and bold things with your makeup and styling, you might just LOVE the new you :)

THANKS LEA! Now, for my 2 cents on Spring Makeup!

1. Pastel Shadows- Spring is a great time to wear bright and pastel colors on your eyes. Pale greens, yellows, purples are all amazing ways to bring out the color and intensity of your peepers. Try pairing a bright yellow shadow with a strong black liner, the contrast POP'S and will have heads turning for ALL the right reasons during this beautiful spring season.
2. Pairing a bold lip with pale colored shadows- I use to be terrified of lipstick of any color or variety, I was a smokey eye/nude lip guy til I die I thought, but the more I started to experiment, the more I began to LOVE fun lip colors. Bright pink, coral, purple lips are fun and fresh way to look fresh and alive this spring. Try pairing a fun bold lip with a pale green or purple eye, its simple, yet makes a statement.
3.Hot Pink or Peach Blush- I LOVE BRIGHT BLUSH! Warm peach or hot pink blush can instantly bring light and radiance to your face. I prefer using blush with a slight highlight or shimmer to bring attention to the cheekbones/structure of the human face. Also remember, blush is meant to be applied to the cheekbones, not the apple of the cheeks, we are not baby dolls with big round circles of blush, remember to apply to the cheekbones, and blend blend blend!!!! :)

Happy Spring Makeup-ing my sweet lambs! and thanks Lea for the interview, you're absolutely AMAZING sweet friend!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Smokey Eyes... STEP BY STEP!

Photo by Sarah Lett
Model Alli Burch
Makeup By John Dye

The 10 minute "WOW" Smokey Eyes from John Dye......

What you'll need.....

Black liner
Gun metal gray shadow (dark gray, and shimmery in color)
White highlighting powder/eye shadow
Purple eye shadow (or whatever color your feeling at the moment, I used GOLD shadow in the picture :)
Pink blush
Pink lip gloss
Black Mascara (I like falsies by Maybelliene)

1. After you apply your concealer and foundation, apply pink blush to the cheekbones, followed by a small amount of the loose white highlight on the cheekbones (highlights bring cheekbones forward and catch the light)...
2. Apply black liner to the lower lashline, then sweep the purple eyeshadow (or any fun color) OVER the eye liner you just did, this softens the eye liner and also makes it POP!
3. Sweep white highlighter in the corners of the eyes. (highlight in the corners of the eye make them appear larger and draw attention to your pretty peepers :)
4. Take gun metal gray shadow and apply to the crease of the eyelid, then layer a small of the purple (or whatever "pop" color you use) over it. Then sweep the loose white highlight all over the lid and up to the brow bone.
5. Line the top eye lid with a strong black line and taper it out at the ends to create "cat eye" effect.
6. Liberally apply black mascara to your lases, John Dye tip- lightly blink your eyes around the wand to fully coat both sides of lashes from root to tip.
7. Last but certainly not least, apply pink lip gloss with a high shine!!!

Now get out there and break some hearts and turn some heads!!!

Product recommendations-

I love the following COST EFFECTIVE brands and products--->
Maybelliene fit me concealer
Maybelliene mineral power mineral foundation
E.L.F. Brand (sold at target stores OR online) eyeshadow,eyeliner, blush, and lip gloss
Wet n Wild Mascara
N.Y.C. loose highlight

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

In Modeling, A good Attitude trumps a fierce face ANY DAY... :)

"When you guys walked in there at Fashion Week New Orleans, all the girls went freggin nuts saying omg omg omg their models their models ahhhhhh........you guys got it"

Very often, people confuse cockiness and confidence.... Cockiness is acting pretentious, better than everyone else, stuck up, and arrogant.... which is very unappealing. Confidence is strength, humility, charm, and being outgoing and friendly with those around you, no matter where you are.....

The above comment from a fellow male model in the industry truly blew my mind... Me and Darren had been driving all day, were tired, had head colds, the airline lost our luggage, and were not in the best of spirits, but you better damn believe we "turned it on" when we had too. That's what being a good model and a good business person is..... Being able to turn on the confidence and charm even when you might not TRULY be feeling the best :) . Just because we didn't necessarily feel like models at the moment when we walked in to walk the runways of New Orleans Fashion Week, we had to "turn it on" and get into model mode, BECAUSE ITS OUR JOB! :)

Having an outgoing and down to earth persona will take you FAR more places in this industry than having a pretty face or a good walk. Sometimes I feel like models feel the need to put on a front in certain circles, and basically are just playing up to unfortunate stereotypes about what they think a "model" should act like... Being cold, arrogant, and pretentious does not make you a "model", it makes you unappealing.... It's like people flip a switch and turn into something they are not, and something that people do not want to be around.... Smiling, introducing yourself, being easy to work with, being thankful and humble---> THIS is what makes a not only a GOOD model, but also an employable one too.....

Modeling is not real life, we all know this... the makeup, the hair, the photoshopping, the posing...it is all very manufactured... try as hard as you can not to play up to the fakeness and vanity of the profession.... Having a good attitude trumps having a fierce face any day.... now get out there and make it happen.. and when you go on go-sees or castings repeat three simple words in your head at all times, "confidence, grace, and humility"... because these are the things that will ensure a long lasting career in this industry... love ya, :)

John Dye

PHOTO CREDIT : Ron Carr - Aimeezingfaces.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

They're your "EXES" for a Reason...Learning to let go of Past Relationships...

Okay, its time play a little game called, "telling the truth"...do some of you spend time looking at your exes facebook profile? about who they are currently dating, wondering if they ever think about you or miss you? Do you flip through your pictures of the two of you together and softly weep while listening to emo music and emotionally cutting yourself??? well.....

                                                                  CUT THAT CRAP OUT! :)

Sometimes we like to paint false pictures in our minds of "how good things use to be"..... but, in actuality, if you aren't together with that person anymore, things really couldn't have been that good...... Whenever you start to slip into a pity party over your past relationships, remember the reasons things DIDN'T WORK, and remember the things that DROVE YOU CRAZY about your ex partner... we like to remember the good times, and conveniently forget the bad, but in doing that, we are doing ourselves a disservice by NOT LIVING IN REALITY.....

Another thing.... you don't have to be friends with exes, YES, sometimes it works... but, just because you aren't friends with exes in real life or on facebook, DOES NOT MAKE YOU A BAD PERSON! Sometimes we feel guilty for "cutting people out", but often its actually better if we do.... Being friends with your ex on facebook can literally drive you insane.... checking up on their statues, pictures, relationships, whereabouts... it can overtake your life and make you a physically and mentally ill crazy person version of yourself, so.... do your self a favor and UNFRIEND them if this is happening to you.

Heartbreak is the worst feeling in the world...trust me, I know.... Loving someone who doesn't feel the same way anymore can be one of the hardest things we as humans have to overcome in our lives. JUST REMEMBER, that it is NOT A FOREVER FEELING.... you will find someone new, move on, and feel whole again... please trust me in that sweet angels......

Also, ITS OK TO FEEL SAD SOMETIMES :) ! We are not robots, we are not unfeeling machines...accept these feelings, label them, and try as hard as you can to move on... yes, breakups suck, and being dumped or cheated on is terrible, but do not let ONE BAD EVENT TURN INTO A MILLION MORE by staying sad and stuck in the past, you may start to neglect your goals, dreams and drive...... try to grieve, accept, and move on.... and i know i know, all the "good advice" in the world sometimes isn't going to mend a broken heart, but time will my sweet friends :), time WILL...

Everything truly happens for a reason, and sitting and feeling sorry for yourself, and dreaming about "the way things use to be" in regards to an ex is pointless, and trust me, YOU are BETTER THAN THAT.... love you all more than you could even begin to know...always always... :)

your permanent bestie,
John Dye

PHOTO CREDIT-------> Lovabelle Photography by Jordan Walker

Makeup Contouring 101: Want better cheekbones? A straighter nose? Learn it here ladies! :)

Me with some HEAVY contouring
at New York Fashion Week....
"Contouring? I thought only drag queens did that?" (read in thick southern accent)

                               This is what one of my darling brides said to me as I was slimming her face with bronzer and loose highlight before her big day... well, she was wrong.... Contouring is for ANYONE who wants to be a pro at doing their makeup!

Think about Kim Kardashian's cheeks, her cheekbones do NOT look like that without a full face of makeup and contouring. The secret is to make it look as natural as possible, and we get that through correctly BLENDING the lines in our makeup. We can basically restructure our face with the use shadows and highlights......


Darkness recedes, and highlights bring forward, repeat that in your head three times.... We want to darken the hollows of our face (eyelid crease, under our cheekbones) and highlight what we want to POP or standout (brow bone, cheekbones, and inner corners of eyes)....

After you apply your face makeup (concealer & foundation), then you can start to contour your clean fresh palette of face using bronzer/darker face makeup, blush, and highlights (highlight can be creme based, loose powder, anything with a SHINE or shimmer that attracts and catches the light). You want to apply a darker shadow/contour under your cheekbones, this makes our face look thinner, sleeker or more structured, BUT, this also can make you look like you have a five a clock shadow! So its important to blend, blend, BLEND! An easy way to do this is to literally suck your cheeks in, then dust the darker face color in hollows of your cheeks, this is how I do it when I want my cheekbones to stand out and my face to look thinner....

After you have applied the darker color, then take a combination of blush and highlight and apply it TO THE CHEEKBONES.... This attracts LIGHT to the BONE STRUCTURE of your face, making it look more structured, and bringing out the height and visibility of the cheek bones themselves.... If the contour color is too dark, meaning you've ended up looking like a dirty sailor with five a clock shadow, BLEND the contour color out with your face powder or foundation... I love Maybelliene's mineral power mineral foundation, its the JAM.... its a hell of a lot cheaper than Bare Minerals and it even covers & looks better...in my HUMBLE opinion :)

Basically the goal of all this is to slim and structure your face... highlighting the cheekbones, and darkening underneath them (the hollow of your face).... Google Kim Kardashian, her makeup artist never misses a BEAT when it comes to contouring the HELL out of that girls face!

You can apply the same principle to your nose.... For straightening or slimming the appearance of a nose start with concealer and apply to edges around the nostrils (think of it as almost white out for edges/shape of your nose...I mean, not like a bratz doll... but you get the picture :) Then apply foundation like normal, and then take the bronzer and apply DOWN THE SIDES of the nose (darkness recedes, highlights bring forward), then VERY lightly, apply a highlight or lighter shade of makeup down the bridge (center) of the nose.... Now, I admit, this is confusing, and you might read this and "damn, John is gonna turn me into Micheal freggin Jackson with this teach", but ...everything in moderation my sweet girls.... Play around with contouring, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! and the other take away message in contouring the face is BLEND BLEND BLEND! Makeup should look more like soft shadows than harsh lines, so get that brush and BLEND my FRIEND!

Makeup is supposed to be fun, and it is... So don't be afraid of it... Be bold, be daring, try something new, you only live once girls..... so, DON"T BE AFRAID TO LIVE IT AS GLAMOROUSLY AS POSSIBLE! and to hell with what other people think, I'll be the first to say, I feel MUCH more confident with a full face of makeup on, and if people have a problem with that, who the hell cares, the only person you should worry about impressing in this life is YOURSELF! :)

happy contouring my little lambs :)

Johnny D

What it takes to be a Fashion Model

I get asked this all the time.  I thought I'd break it down into different parts.  1) There are certain physical requirements that you must be born with.  I always say - God makes Fashion models.  2) There is a right time for the look that you're selling.  You may be right physically but your look is wrong for the current trend.  For example, the "heroin chic" look or the beautiful face and body look.  They say fashion model looks are in the eye of the agent and the fashion editor - they always know what they're looking for.  3) There are exceptions to the requirements (i.e. Kate Moss), but that only happens once in a blue moon.  Don't place your bets on becoming a Kate Moss.  You can thank Calvin Klein for that. 

Commercial Print modeling is where most models tend to fall in.  If you don't fit into the above requirements, then you chance yourself on going into a casting and being what they are looking for.  You must find the RIGHT agent.  There are lots of casting calls on the internet but beware that some will be scams.  Also, remember that most actors are also Commercial Print models.  Therefore, the competition is great.  From my personal experience, to make it in the business, you must have the desire and the drive to make it but most importantly, it's your personality.  You are working with people who just like you, want respect.  If you have "the whole package" but you can't get along with everyone, you won't get any work.  So do things that make yourself stand out and show your personality. 

Hi Joey!  I've been looking to get into the industry for awhile now.  I was wondering if you think I have potential.  I have little experience and I love it!  This is what I want to do with my life.  It's my dream and I will do just about anything to achieve it.  Any advice on where to start or recommendations?

I think you have a great look for TV and Commercial Print.  Your pictures look good but you need a head shot and some business attire shots.  Get into an acting class and find the right agent for your type.  Overall, I think you have potential.  But remember - the competition is intense so be ready to work really hard.
I have been modeling for almost two years now and I have hundreds of photos.  But I need tips on how to build a resume and portfolio.  Can you give me some tips on helping me?  It would be very appreciated and helpful if you could. 

You have a very nice look.  Your book is very commercial though.  I think you need more "suit" photos and some that we call boy-girl shots.  Go out and find an agent - I think you have a good chance.  Make sure you connect with people on MWN - you can find photographers to collaborate with.    
How would someone like myself get into modeling as a career and get paid to do it? I'm very interested in getting my foot in the door.  I need a mentor like yourself.  I did a photo shoot for Model Search NYC and they ended up making me pay.  I didn't get anywhere! 

You only have 2 pictures.  Is that what you paid for?  You were ripped off.  Also, you don't list any attributes on your Portfolio.  Are you two feet tall or 10 feet tall?  Get serious if you want to get into the business.  You have a good look - but it takes more than that to make it.
I was hoping for a little feedback about the best way to get jobs for print modeling based on where I am in my acting/modeling career.  I am brand new and have a limited portfolio.  I am also 39 but still in good shape, very fit and am guessing there is a niche for me somewhere.  My first step was going to be to set up a new project here seeking photographers for a TFP kind of deal.  I am looking for the best ways to get modeling jobs in terms of who or where to target.  I am also wondering if seeking an agent is the best way to go - I am currently with Plaza 7 Talent and Modeling agency but I think I'd like a fresh start.  Thanks again for your help!  Please offer any feedback you can on anything I just mentioned.  

You have a very interesting look.  You're an actor which is a plus for TV and Commercial modeling.  Yes, an agent is a must.  You live in Philadelphia so there are lots of agents to see you.  You should work on your portfolio.  You have too many of the same photos.  Less is best - remember that.  Contact people on the site to work with.
What do you look for in a potential male model?  Do I have a look or should I stick to acting? 

I think you have an interesting look.  But 6'3" is too tall for fashion modeling.  Start testing with agencies - if you want to model you may get lucky and find somebody who likes your look.  
In the meantime,

Have a successful day!


Follow me @TheJoeyHunter

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Photographer Spotlight---> Beverly De Jesus...!!!!

Spending quite a few years in front of and behind the camera lens, it takes alot for me to truly be impressed anymore... Now, I'm not sayin that I'm totally jaded.... it just really takes something or someone special to make me take notice......

Model---> hey that's me! Johnny D! :)

I had the honor and privilege of working with superstar photographer Beverly De Jesus recently, and DAMN was I impressed... She had printed out visual story boards, inspiration pictures, looks, moods, and vibes, she had booked AMAZING hair stylist Tiffany Mitchell, rented us out a studio for basically the whole day, she literally had everything planned with amazing precision and attention to detail....

Photographer doesn't really accurately describe or correctly label this woman... She is a visionary, a magician, a visual story teller, a true prodigy in the art of photography. Not only was she expertly skilled in lighting, posing, angles, editing, shooting; she was also so kind, sweet, fun and down to earth... Talent and humility is a rare find in this industry.. She had imagined and concocted all these amazing looks and shots for us, worked all day, and wanted nothing in return, yet she kept thanking me, my boyfriend model Darren Pasha, and the other models Kayla Larocque and Kimber Lee for our time and hard work.... well, this article is the LEAST I could do to repay you for all these amazing pictures...

Model Kayla Larocque
A HUGE SHOUTOUT and thanks also go to hair stylist Tiffany Mitchell and Photography Assistant Natasha Alexander... you helped us make MAGIC that day, and you are both absolutely amazing. ALSO to models Darren Pasha (my boo), Kayla Larocque (my BFF), Kimber Lee (total FOX)... you guys are amazing, and it was an honor to work with all of you.... Now for the INTERVIEW portion of my new series on spotlighting talented photographers in the industry.....

Model Darren Pasha
 When did you feel a true calling for the art of photography?

6 years ago, I was introduced to a group called Military Dimes, which was a group of military spouses and active duty members who have a desire to model. At first, I was interested in modeling for the group, but it quickly turned into having a desire to try to prove that I can photograph images just as good as the photographers in the group. I asked my father to send me his 35mm Minolta film camera, and I asked my good friend, music artist Baltimore S.O.N. (a.k.a. Tavon Dyer) if I could have him model for me to do some basic commercial shots. It was a test to prove to myself that I had an eye for the lens. Tavon, his wife Sherika, and I went to WalMart to develop the images, and I can still remember ‘til this day (6 years later) when Tavon looked at the images with amazement, and told me “Bev, we’re GOLDEN!” Of course, the images weren’t as good as it is now, but I felt deep down inside that this was it! 

Models Kayla Larocque, Kimber Lee, Darren Pasha and John Dye

Model John Dye

Models Kimber Lee and John Dye

2) Where do you draw your inspirations from the most? 

I draw some of my inspirations from past photographers such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Patrick Demarchelier, and David LaChapelle to name a few. A lot of my inspiration comes from YEARS of studying the images and editorials from fashion magazines such as Vogue, ELLE, Rolling Stone, and just normal advertisements from various fashion/beauty ads to album covers and athletic advertisements. I’ve admired the gorgeous images and studied them since I was a young girl. A lot of the concepts and stories developed are inspired by what’s going on in today’s society, and just expressing a part of what I’m feeling inside through my images. 

3) You are extremely driven.... where does that innate drive come from my sweet friend?

First and foremost, strength from God, and from only knowing that you live once, and refusing to leave this earth knowing that I “could’ve” or “would’ve”. I spent 13 years in the military, and each year I would start to see life more clearly. I began to observe people (especially at work) and their attitudes, the politics, and just struggling with my own demons and personal life. I told myself that I refuse to sit in a position of “comfort” and risk happiness. It’s up to YOU to live your dream and be happy. You can choose be stuck, comfortable, and unhappy…or you can move, be uncomfortable for a little bit, and be successful and happy doing what you love…it’s your choice. I didn’t want to hold on to this talent and sit on it, wasting it for an additional number of years just because the “economy is bad”, or miss out on a great opportunity just because I was “too scared” to step out and face rejection.I would listen to people say that they don’t have “the guts” to pursue their dreams and goals because they were scared, then I’d listen to them bicker and complain about being unhappy with their current position in life. I said to myself, “Gosh, I don’t want to be like them!” Those people drove me to step out to the unknown to pursue my dreams. Some of those people look at me crazy for being so driven in photography and fashion because they don’t think that it’s a “realistic” career move for me. Well, I’m standing here today to prove to them and myself that you can become successful if you really wanted to…to be amongst the rest of the hard working successful people and prove to the world that you can do anything you set your mind to, even if it means taking risks. Although I’m still far from making it big, I continue to stay fueled up by people who continue to doubt my dreams and goals. They keep my fire burning! 

4) Where can people follow you, look at your port, or keep up with all your exciting photography adventures?

www.beverlydejesus.com is my official website portfolio. I can be followed on Twitter @Beverly_DeJesus, and on Facebook www.facebook.com/beverlydejesus :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

H.A.T.E.R.S.!---> "Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success". How to Deal with Haters in YOUR life....

How are you a model when you look put together like a Mr. potato head of pieces that aren't supposed to go together?"

I received this lovely comment yesterday, stuff like this has become a common occurrence. People from random accounts on Facebook will write me horrible messages or comments, and then delete the account, or use fake accounts to spread hatred, jealously, and bitterness....

In all honesty, I have to admit, I think the above comment is hilarious, and i kind of almost agree :) , but, lemme tell you something kids, that's the secret to dealing with haters... NEVER TAKE ANY OF IT TO SERIOUSLY! or take YOURSELF too seriously for that matter...

When people can't understand why YOU are doing BETTER than them at something, they WILL hate on you. This phenomenon isn't just indicative to the entertainment industry by ANY means; high school, the workplace, even families tend to HATE on each other... My whole thing is, if what I am doing in life is bothering you so bad that you have to sit and spend your time writing about how much it bothers you, then GO OUT THERE AND MAKE SOME "SUCCESS" of your own! Instead of spending time and energy belittling others efforts to succeed in life, try to figure out ways to succeed for yourself! Find a hobby, a skill, a trade, a talent, a business to focus on so you do not have to be BITTER about others around you reaching their dreams!

Jealously manifests itself in many vile and disgusting ways in the human animal, the easiest and quickest form that provides the most instant gratification for people is hateful words or gossip..... but, DO NOT GIVE THEM THE POWER! RISE ABOVE THE HATERS IN YOUR LIFE AND LET THEIR WORDS FUEL YOU TO SUCCEED EVEN MORE! Once you have let the comments or gossip affect your drive, or your mood, THEY HAVE GOTTEN EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED, and in a sense, they have won..... 

"Kill'um with kindness" is what my sweet grandmother Nana always said.... People want you to break, and fight back, and get down on their level, BUT DONT GIVE THEM THAT MUCH POWER AND CONTROL OVER YOU! Truly, if people are hating, you MUST be doing at least something right :) .....

Bullies and HATERS will always be around.... not just in middle or high school, but they follow us to the grave my friends, whether it be at the workplace, in social circles, on facebook, or even in your family, trust me..... jealousy and bitterness towards others will never go extinct. The goal and message is rise above it, ignore it, laugh it off, and even FORGIVE those hating on you..not for their sake, but for yours.... the innate and intrinsic goal of a hater is to negatively affect your mood, drive, or feelings about yourself... but don't give them the power my sweet friends..... I love you all so damn much... but..... you already knew that .. :) 


PHOTO CREDIT BEVERLY DE JESUS <------ about to publish a splendid interview and selection of work from this little media darling!!!! Shes amazing yall!!!! Find her on facebook, "Beverly De Jesus, Photographer" ! I LOVE HER!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

There will be 100 "NO's" before you hear the "YES" that will change your life...Never EVER give up... :)

                                                                    ^ Me at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week 2012 :)

I wanted something my whole life, I wanted it more than anything... I wanted people to like me, accept me, and more than anything... I wanted to be famous......

I grew up a feminine boy in the bible belt of the south, and trust me... it wasn't always easy....

I was sitting out on the water today behind my parents house, in a bitter and down on myself pity party. As I listened to the wind chimes making their glorious music from the roaring wind coming off the bay, I realized something... I have alot to be thankful for....

We all want things in our life, some want a family, a husband or wife, some dream of success financially, and alot of us in the enterntainment industry, well, we want it all... We want so desperately for someone to see what we see in the mirror, a star, a somebody, somebody who people will know, someone who can make an impact, and leave a legacy..... Well my friends, its not an easy road, and we all know that... :)

I'm writing this piece to tell you something, something very important.... NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS.....

I can remember being laughed at all the time growing up, whenever I told people I felt I was meant to be "famous" or be a star... I heard every reason in the book why I would never make it, too skinny, too girly, not handsome, a loser, a spaz, and for a long time... I believed them.... But slowly over time, I let the years of people doubting me light a burning fire inside to me to succeed.....

You will all hear "no" alot in your rise to the top.... and trust me, I know... it hurts... But don't let it stop you from pushing forward everyday to try and make your goals and dreams a reality. This business is not easy, and nothing will be handed to you, let every "no" you hear make you want it THAT MUCH MORE.......

We can all achieve everything we want and dream of.. but its important to not let the negative events in our past slow or halt our journey to where we desire to be in life. You can do absolutely anything in the world... If an agent passes on you... its OK. If you don't get a job that you have been working for, that's OK too. You will hear no many many times before you hear the "yes" that will finally make all your hard work worth it...

I just want you all to remember that you are beautiful, smart, talented, amazing, wonderful, special, and you WILL make things happen for you if you are willing to work hard enough to get them....

I'm not where I want to be in my career in this industry yet, but I know I will get there and you will too... Always remember that success is not a sprint, its a marathon, and when you feel that no one else believes in you, trust me... I do.....

Much love, respect and admiration to anyone who reads this very honest and raw post.... I love you all :) always always...

John Dye

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Poison to a Modeling Career--> S.F.S. (Same Face Syndrome)

Variety is the spice of life they say, well I believe this tends to also hold true to modeling......

    There are times when I am trying to coach or scout models, and as I look through their portfolios, it becomes painfully obviously they suffer from what is known in the industry as S.F.S. or "Same Face Syndrome". This phenomenon occurs when no matter what the photographer, wardrobe, setting, the model is working with---> they produce the same face, or same look, in every photo.

Yes, it is important as models that we find our comfort zone, learn our angles, and even find signature poses....but, making the same expression in every shot can sink a modeling career faster than that damn iceberg sank Jack and Rose on the Titanic.

There are many ways to combat having S.F.S. in your photos..... First and foremost, as Tyra has said on Top Model a million times over, PRACTICE IN THE MIRROR! Learn different expressions, vibes, feelings that you can convey with your face & eyes. ALSO, just because you purse your lips and do "model mouth" DOES NOT mean you are "modeling". I try to each models to be actors who are caught in still framed photography. There needs to be some sort of emotion reading on your face and eyes that GRABS the person looking at images and makes them think, "I wonder what they were thinking/feeling at this moment in time..." Also search through your port, if you are being shot at the same angle with the same facial expression in more than 75% of your images, well my dears, its time to shake things up and try something different... It might bomb at first, you might end up giving crazy eyes, or doing something totally bonkers, but..THATS OK---> exploration into the unknown with our looks is a way to becoming a well rounded and sell-able model. If you want to be angry in a shot, DO IT! If you wanna be exuberantly happy, DO IT! Hell, if you wanna scream, DO IT! (but make it a pretty scream, wink wink).

We are diverse creatures filled with many emotions....try to learn how to convey different emotions with your face and eyes so you can be more marketable to casting agents and managers. Get in that mirror and PRACTICE! Repetition and cookie cutter poses are a sure fire way to have a FLAT portfolio, so get out there and try new things!!! and just remember, that Johnny D loves ya know matter what!!! :)

I love Jordan Walker, she has helped me grow so much in this industry, and I owe her alot.. for her friendship, her coaching, her photos, and just bein a RAD girfriend. :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Meet our Featured Members Members for April 2012

Here are our Featured Members for April!  Spring has quickly approached us and we are pleased to share with you our latest featured members.  We also have a very special announcement in the upcoming weeks, so make sure you stay tuned.  And we can't stress enough to constantly check your MWN profile and projects page - there are tons of opportunities.  If you would like to be featured or have a project, don't hesitate to reach out to us at suppor@modelwirenetwork.com.  Have a great April!

Model of the Month:  Eric Isaiah Weldon

What is your personal style?
I'm pretty relaxed and laid back - jeans and t-shirts are dressy for me.  Working as a model has definitely changed some of my taste and taught me to appreciate designer apparel.  In the past I was really, really casual. 
What do you look for when selecting a photographer to work with?
Lighting of shots is really important to me, whether artificial or natural.  It can really show the photographer's ability to observe and what they allow the camera to expose.  I also like photographers who use a variety of angles and interesting compositions.
What genre does your work focus on?
Personally, I love working out and keeping an eye of my physical condition.  But most of the work I'm chosen for is with my clothes on, so I guess I'm okay if I just take care of my smile!
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
I've been lucky enough to book some pretty cool jobs, but working on Germany's Next Top Model with Heidi Klum and all the girls on that show was a great experience which produced some outstanding photos.  Although, working the Academy Awards as a trophy presenter was an unmatched experience that I will never forget.
Who is your favorite model of all time?
Elle Macpherson.  She was the first person I can recall that I identified with the word "model" and I've been a fan ever since.  She seems to be rolling pretty strong!

Photographer of the Month:  Allen Henson


Who is your favorite photographer of all time?
Helmut Newton.  I prefer black and white photos and I love anything with a noiresque feel.  And the sexuality - it's perfect.
What kind of camera/equipment do you use?
Right now I'm shooting with a Nikon D3s and a D300.  I consistently rotate between an 85 and 50 prime lens and a 70-200.  If I light, I use Profoto heads.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
I'm currently in South America.  It's wild.  There's not really any rules here, so it's perfect for creativity.  I don't like rules.
What genre does your work focus on?
Editorial.  I don't really like "pretty" pictures.  I get bored easily.  We have to take pretty picture a lot in this line of work.  With the pretty ones I always feel like I'm boring myself.  The editorial is exciting and it's interesting to me.
What is your most embarrassing moment professionally?
I leave the lens cap on a lot.  I notice immediately but it gets a chuckle out of the models.  I'm absent minded like that.

Wardrobe Stylist of the Month:  Lauren Nakagawa

Why wardrobe stylist?
Growing up, I loved history, film, fashion and art in general.  If you combine those 4 things, you get my dream job which is Costume Design.  I hold a BFA in Costume Design from CalArts and having that ability to design for all forms:  dance, theater, film, fashion - I realized the business behind the art of Styling.  You can have great designs, but if you can't create new trends and can't pair them with new and old pieces, you won't stand out.  And that is what Styling is to me - it's taking existing pieces and creating new looks from head to toe.
Who is your favorite wardrobe stylist of all time?
I personally love June Ambrose and Rachel Zoe.  They really are the reigning queens of the Styling world.  They dress the stars but also from do so they become stars in their own right.  I also admire Jeannie Mai who is currently changing the face of Asian American women today.  Her funky style and personality is what makes a Stylist a fashion icon - and an attainable one at that.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
If they have an interesting look (everything but commercial), I'd be interested in dressing him or her.  They need to really want to play and have fun and be open to different looks.  I want a chameleon because I want them to use the clothes and accessories as props.  My styling is only as good as the model that wears them at the end of the day.
What is your favorite store to shop at?
My favorite stores become warehouses.  They are also called Sample Sales at the different showrooms in LA.  I love CC Skye for their jewelry, Michell Kim for 213 Industry and MK2K for feminine pieces, Linea Pelle for her handbags.  And if I'm shopping online, Shopbop.com is my go-to site.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
Right out of school, I was given the opportunity to custom make Rebecca Hall's brown and turquoise diner uniform for her feature film A Bag of Hammers starring Jason Ritter and Amanda Seyfried.  It was so fun to see something you made on a star and she was so gracious. 

Makeup Artist of the Month:  Lisa G Artistry


Why makeup artist?
I LOVE everything about it!  It is like color therapy!  I am always meeting new people, making them more beautiful, plus I get to travel!
Who is your favorite makeup artist of all time?
Oh this is a hard one - I have many.  I think you can always pick up a new trick from working with or watching another makeup artist.  Billy B and Kristofer Buckle make my top three.  But my number one all time favorite is Kevyn Aucoin.  I remember when his first book came out.  At the time, I had no idea that I wanted to be a makeup artist - yet I begged my mom to buy the book for me.  I just thought his makeup work was gorgeous!
What inspires you?
Almost anything can prompt a creative a foray.  I love anything from the 60's and early 70's.  I love big, bold colors.  Nature can inspire me.  I think my latest obsession for inspiration has been Pinterest.  Can we say obsessed with Pinterest!  I love the visuals.  There are so many creative people in the world shooting amazing images and posting the most exquisite photos on this site. 
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
I work with all sorts of models.  Some experienced, some not.  I think the best models are the ones that can really "turn it on" for the camera.  I love it when a model can show confidence while having a friendly personality and a good attitude.
What product can you not live without?
I can not live without Giorgio Armani Foundations, Costco baby wipes (best makeup remover ever!) and Shu Uemura brushes.