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Monday, July 30, 2012

Allen Henson Photography

We had the opportunity to work with photographer (and MWN user) Allen Henson a few weeks ago.  Here is some video footage from the shoot!  Everyone involved with the shoot is part of ModelWire Network!  What a great collaboration.  We are so happy to see one of our Featured Models of the Month, Kara Gibson in there as well!

AHP Behind the Scenes from Teddy Tran on Vimeo.

ASK JOEY: When is it time to meet with agents?

Hope everyone is having a wondering week!  I just wanted to say that we are getting some great talent on the site!  I encourage you to go out and meet with agents instead of just sending in your portfolios.  You have to know that they receive hundreds of submissions a day.  If you can personally meet up with an agent, jump on that opportunity.  It gives you the opportunity to show off your personality and be unique instead of one of hundreds of models.  I'm not saying to just show up to an agency - but set up a meeting.  Do not show up to an agency with an incomplete or unprofessional portfolio.  If you do, they will send you away and may not give you another chance.  Have your portfolio be at its best before you consider meeting with anyone (including photographers, scouts, etc.).  At the end of the day, you are as successful as how hard you've tried.  Good luck!

I am very interested in furthering my career in the modeling industry and would appreciate any guidance you may have.  I'd love for you to review my portfolio.  Hope to hear from you soon!

I love your look.  It could be your height that's holding you back.  I would suggest taking it more commercial and adding more looks to your portfolio.  For fashion, you need to be at least 5'9".  With your height, you should be doing more commercial modeling.  But you have a good look, so you shouldn't have any trouble booking these types of gigs.  Just add a variety of looks to your port (more smiling).  
I've been modeling regularly for a single clothing line company for about a year now.  I'm looking to expand into the industry, and I really want to go for fashion modeling; however, I know I need to lose weight, which gets pretty tricky as a working college student.  My question is - is there anything I can do in the mean time?  Perhaps, commercial modeling?  What advice would you have for me and are there any agencies that would suggest I look into?
You have a great look, but you're a commercial model because of your height.  You live in Los Angeles, one of the largest modeling hubs in the world - this is in your favor.  Take advantage of it!  You would make an amazing commercial model; you definitely have the look.  You also don't look like you need to lose any weight.  Focus on what you want to do and go for it!
Hi Joey, I'm 21 years old and I know that I'm a commercial model.  But do you think I should update my portfolio or do you think that it is time for me to go to an audition and submit my photos to their office?

You only have two photos.  So the answer is yes, you need more photos.  Before you meet with any agents, you need to show them a variety of looks.  Also, you should consider taking some acting classes.  This will help your commercial modeling since every actor can do commercial modeling.  You have a great look though!  
I moved to NYC 8 months ago and have been pursuing acting and modeling on the side.  I've been to a few open calls at modeling agencies but haven't landed anything yet.  I'd like to do lifestyle/fitness modeling but haven't found the right person to guide me in getting my foot in the door with the right agency.  I have a very outgoing, charismatic personality with a good sense of humor.  I'm also very driven, easy and reliable to work with, as well as cultured with travel and adapting quickly to new environments and people around me.  I feel that with the right opportunity things will happen quickly and easily for me.  With that said, any advice, photo critique or insight in general would be greatly appreciate!   
You definitely have the right attitude!  I think you have the right look for New York City.  And it seems like you have a grasp of what categories you fit in.  There's a fitness agency called Silver.  Look them up and set up a meeting with them.  Also, I would find a few TV and commercial print agents.  I really like your look and I think your photos are good enough to get an agent.  Try to see them in person versus mailing them your portfolio - let your personality shine!

In the meantime,

Have a successful day!


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

ASK JOEY: Be smart when it comes to spammers!

ModelWire Network members!  I can't stress this enough - please do not fall for scammers.  In the past couple of weeks, we've had a handful of spammers on the site.  Although we figure it out quickly and delete them, in the end, it's still on you whether or not you fall for it.  You need to understand that IF SOMETHING IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT IS PROBABLY FAKE.  Do you really receive millions of dollars from the prince of a foreign land?  Exactly.  Don't be stupid folks!  Use your heads!  We love assisting you and helping you find out if an opportunity is legitimate or not, but at the same time, it's common sense.  You cannot and will not book a high paying job without going in for a casting.  It's as simple as that.  Be smart about it!  The only jobs that we approve and check out are those listed in your Projects page.  If you feel like someone is spamming you, please contact ModelWire Network support immediately (support@modelwirenetwork.com).  In the meantime, be smart.

Joey, I have a big dream of becoming a model.  People are always stopping me on the street or when I'm out with my friends and advising me to do more modeling (they definitely see the potential).  I believe that I can do it.  The only thing that I need is some help - please send me your opinion!

Well you live in New York City.  If it truly is your dream, go to an open call at of the fashion agencies.  Unfortunately you're only 5'8" and they will most likely tell you that you need to be at least 5'9".  Also, you only have one look in all of your photos.  Get some more looks.  Before you see an agent, get a professional opinion.  Your portfolio doesn't really tell me much.
I want to say that I really appreciate your request.  I would like to know what you believe would be a good enough fit when it comes to this industry so I know what path to take to become an experienced model.  I just started again in becoming a model and as of now, I don't really know what my strengths and weaknesses are.

At 5'9" you definitely have the height.  I like your look - there are plenty of agencies in Boston that specialize in both fashion and commercial modeling.  It's really about checking them out and seeing where you fit in the most and what types of jobs you get.  They can transform you to do either, so just check them out see what they come up with.  Once you meet them, they can guide you by what they see.  To me, you look more on the commercial side - so hone your acting skills, it will pay off.
Since you are a guy with silver hair, what do you think the future holds for salt and pepper and over 50-year-olds such as myself?

I like your look.  You have a great commercial look.  You are lucky that you are living in a great commercial market.  Your only disadvantage is that everyone your age has most likely been doing it for the past several years.  If you have as well, then that's great.  If you're just getting started, you're going to have to catch up and quickly.  Otherwise, you will have a lot of trouble competing with others.
I love reading your blogs when they come out, it's so nice to have the opportunity to learn from your experience!  Whenever you have some time, I would really appreciate any advice you could offer on my profile.

You should know that you are a commercial model - fashion is definitely out.  The nearest market to you is Seattle.  If you can get out there, then go for it.  Also, I hope you can act.  Commercial models need to know how to act these days.  Take some acting classes and go to the nearest big city (Seattle) and meet with some people.  There's no harm in trying.  Good luck.
I would like to ask your advice on getting the right representation for modeling.  I recently did a test shoot with Karl Rumburg Preston - he gave me great referrals to many top agencies.  I submitted to several and never heard back.  I have the passion, motivation, drive and natural talent.  My measurements are more commercial print modeling.  Karl recommended Runway as well.  Although I love it, I don't think I have measurements for Runway.  Do you have any advice to me as far as how to get in with the right agency?  Thank you for your valuable time.

Well you are definitely a commercial model - not fashion or runway.  He might have sent you to the wrong agencies if he thought you were runway.  Unfortunately, there's no easy way in the industry.  Agencies know what they are looking for and if you're it, they'll let you know.  All I can really say is to keep trying.  I would suggest more looks - if you're a commercial model, you need to have a variety of shots.  Just keep trying, you can't expect things to happen over night.
In the meantime,

Have a successful day!


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Monday, July 9, 2012

Meet Our Featured Members of the Month!

We are proud to present to you our Featured Members for the month of July!  With the weather getting nicer and everyone enjoying their summers, these members are sure to brighten  your day a little more!  Don't forget to constantly check your PROJECTS page and keep on the look out for opportunities.  In the meantime, get to know your homepage members and if you're interested in working with them, don't hesitate to reach out to them!  Have a great July everyone!

Model of the Month:  Megan Lewis

What inspires you?
Imperfection.  The small flaws and things that make a photo - and life - compelling.
 What product can you not live without?
I make a texture spray for hair that I love.  It consists of sea salt, rosewater, glycerin, rosemary oil and castor oil.  Right now I'm also loving Too Faced Beauty Balm and Phylia (de M) Connect spray.
What do you look for when selecting a photographer to work with?
You never really know this until you've seen them shoot but to me what makes a photographer great is knowing how to give the right kind of direction.  Photographers who give the model enough latitude, yet know how to provoke and direct just enough to get those surprising moments, in my experience, get the best shots.  Direction isn't about control, but it's about creating a moment worth looking at.
What is your personal style?
Lately I'm kind of into 90's grunge - cutoffs, plaids/flannels, dark lipstick, fitted crop tops and combat boots.
Why modeling?
I was a ballet dancer for over 10 years, so modeling almost seemed natural with the movement and angles I was accustomed to from dance.  I also grew up in an amazing academic family where everything was based on merit.  It absolutely served me well but as an adult I like the fact that modeling is unpredictable.  It has taught me to be more free-spirited and less hard on myself.

Photographer of the Month:  Djeneba


Why photography?
Actually photography found me, out of the blue.  I discovered that when I put my eye into a viewfinder, the world stopped spinning and I was totally in the present moment.  It was really a revelation.  From then on I just had to pursue photography.  It enables me to capture a moment together with an emotion and I live for that moment - it's magical.
What inspires you?
Literally anything and everything inspires me.  To me, the mystery lies in not really knowing what will be there, because then I find new angles or see things that I wouldn't see otherwise.  When a shoot is planned which for most jobs is totally normal, then the element of surprise is taken away to make sure the adequate shots will be taken in the best possible way.  Well I do like when situations are random and I have the capacity of capturing images that would otherwise never occur in a perfect set up.  This is likely to happen for personal work rather than on a job.  But I find that very inspiring.   
What genre does your work focus on?
I shoot a wide variety of things that are not featured on my website, otherwise people seem to get confused so I had to minimize.  I shoot fashion in general, may it be editorial, look books, and beauty but I also shoot fine art, movement, music artists and landscape.   
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
Selecting a model is very tricky.  Some models photograph really well and look totally different in real life and vice-versa so it is important to see them in the flesh if possible but also to look at their photos.  I look for poise and a certain elegance.
What is your most embarrassing moment professionally?
Well it's always when I look into the viewfinder and it takes me a while to notice that the lens cap is still on.  For a few seconds I am wondering why it's so dark in there!

Makeup Artist of the Month:  Andrea C Samuels

Andrea C Samuels is an internationally published makeup artist located in Chicago.  She's available for hire in New York, Los Angeles and internationally upon request.  She has over eight years of experience in these applications:  basic, clinical, print, theatrical, special fx, film, television, men's grooming as well as basic to medium hair styling.
Hair Stylist of the Month:  Janice LaTorre


Why hairstyling?
Actually, I never considered becoming a hair stylist. All I remember is my God Parents saying to me, what are you doing with your life? I was probably in my late teens or early twenties at this time and my response was, “I don't know”. I thought I wanted to go to school to become a Chiropractor and minor in Music. I was in college, ran out of funds, and accrued debt. My God parents suggested I become a hair stylist and consider going back to college later on in life. I never turned back and realized that this is what I should be doing. And I am so grateful for where I am today and the people in my life that influenced this journey I have been on.
What inspires you? 
 I feel inspired when I am surrounded by talented artists within the fashion industry, especially when I work in NYC. I'm always excited for the next new project to come along.
What product can you not live without? 
At the moment, I am currently addicted to Aquage Freezing Foam. I feel like I can do anything with this styling product. Freezing Foam is amazing on most hair short, medium, or long.
What is your personal style?

I would say my personal style would be jeans, shoes, boots, city sneakers, fitted shirts.
What genre does your work focus on?

I try not to limit myself to any one type of genre. Most of the work I do behind the chair usually is Modern, Sexy, Chic, Trendy, Punk or Rock like hair styles. When I work on special projects it can vary upon the job.

Wardrobe Stylist of the Month:   Jumflo Fashion Productions (Justin Flowers)


Why wardrobe styling?
I chose wardrobe styling because I felt like my vision wasn't behind the camera, but what the camera is shooting.  I love telling a story through garments, and I love making people see past the clothes.
What inspires you?
One website:  www.Solestruck.com.  They give me a real mess and over time I go to the website.  I truly love all of their looks and they give me the vision that I need to keep doing the quirky and weird fashions that I truly love doing.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
I look for models that have the "non-model" look.  Striking features are great and all, but I love natural faces, beautifuly bodies - no matter what shape and size you are and of course I love a good attitude!
What is your favorite store to shop at?
Thrift Town!  I love taking vintage pieces and turning them out to become something that no one else has seen before.  It also helps that I know I won't find anyone else around with the same piece that I have.
What genre does your work focus on?
I love to focus on Advertisements, especially shoes.  I am a shoe freak.  I dedicate my time to making sure that shoes get its time in the fashion world as well!