Thursday, May 8, 2014

Meet Our Featured Members of the Month

We are thrilled to introduce you to our May featured members. There is so much great, new talent popping up on MWN that we want to recognize! If you would like to be considered as a featured member for our homepage, email us at or send a message to the MWN universal friend through your account.

Our featured model, Marcus Reynolds, is currently based out of New York and is repped by MSA Models. Check out his MWN profile!

Tommy Mendes is a NYC based lifestyle photographer. He grew up in fashion, opening a chain of women's shoe and accessories stores where he concentrated heavily on the creative side, which included photography for his e-commerce business.

After moving on in 2010, he took two years to attend ICP, where he laid in foundation courses while road-mapping a new career in photography. In 2011, he took up a studio in West Chelsea. Tommy has focused the last two years on building his portfolio and making inroads with the commercial lifestyle space he knows he lives in. He currently lives in NYC's West Village.

Who is your favorite photographer of all time?
Tie between Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin
What inspires you?
Seeing other great photographers...and appreciating their passion.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
I am always seeking someone that is comfortable with herself and definitely has some interesting character traits, such as humor or a personal passion and definitely doesn't take themselves too seriously. 
What kind of camera/equipment do you use?
I have a Hasselblad, Leica and Canon for work and use my Fuji for my nights out!
What is your personal style?
Being a lifestyle photographer, I am always seeking relaxed looks, whether it means a favorite tee, a great pair of sunglasses, or my favorite Cons.
What genre does your work focus on?
Commercial lifestyle.
What is your favorite song or band of all time?
Pearl Jam
What is your most embarrassing moment professionally?
I haven't had one yet, but I know it's coming!

Jasmine Grant is a professional makeup artist based in Los Angeles, CA. With in excess of 5 years of professional experience and a lifetime of passion for makeup and skincare, Jasmine's work experience consists of Headshots, TV Commercials, Movies, Beauty, Commercial Print, Red Carpets, Music Videos, and Bridal.

Why makeup artist?
Makeup has always been a passion of mine and through it, I have been able to connect with people and help them with their confidence and self-esteem. That alone is a great reward and one of the reasons why I love being a makeup artist.
What inspires you?
Life in general inspires me. I find inspiration in everything, from nature to music, art or fashion. Life is filled with never ending opportunities to create.
What product can you not live without
Personally, I would have to say that I cannot live without foundation! Living in sunny Los Angeles, I need a foundation that can withstand these weather conditions and I am currently loving Make Up For Ever's Face & Body Water Based Foundation. 
What is your personal style?
My personal style is laid back. When I am working, I like to create an environment filled with positive energy that also allows everyone to connect organically to achieve the best outcome possible.
What is your favorite project that you have worked on?
My favorite project I've worked on was a short film in 2013. I was able to do the makeup and special FX for the entire cast. I really enjoyed being able to bring the characters to life and contributing to the director's vision for each character. 

LaChanda Gatson began her career in the competitive hair world of Atlanta as a stylist for the Trumpet Awards and as a platform artist for Vitale Pro Product Line. She also participated in various Bronner Brothers Hair competitions.

Ms. Gatson is currently working as a Los Angeles-based master stylist with more than 17 years of experience in precision cuts, custom color, all phases of hair augmentation, and chemical service execution. She is certified in Aveda, Paul Mitchell, and Redken product lines, as well as lash application, makeup, and brow enhancement. Her Editorial and Bridal hair designs can be found in various publications.

What genre does your work focus on?
As a salon stylist of 18 years, my present focus and interest is on styling for film and editorial full time. I'm currently working on my union hours and seeking an agent.
What inspires you?
All things beautiful, smiles, and changing lives one head at a time.
What is your personal style?
In black and dressy casual is how you would most likely find me behind the chair. 
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
I love working with models that have pleasant personalities and a drive for success. I've learned that a model that is passionate about his/her career will give 110% every time.
Why hair styling?
Hair styling is my artistic expression, my outlet, my passion. 

Jessa Erin is a costume designer and wardrobe stylist based out of Los Angeles. Check out her MWN profile to see additional looks she has styled!



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