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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ASK JOEY: Commercially Kickstart Your Career

After a couple weeks hiatus, it's time to answer some more questions! I can't stress the importance of finding a commercial agent - no matter what type of modeling or acting you want to pursue. Most professionals get their start in commercials, and even if you've got the height and proportions for fashion modeling, you will find a lot of opportunities in the commercial world. Once you've got a few good shots, get to your nearest major market and meet with agents. What are you waiting for?!


MELISHA
I'm writing for advice because I'm sad to say that my current agency is not getting me any gigs. I go on audition after audition without booking. What should I do?
You have a really good commercial look. Are you near Los Angeles or San Francisco? Where is your agent located? If he/she is in not in one of those bigger markets and is located somewhere smaller, I would suggest trying to get a new (or another) agent in a larger market. If you're working out of a smaller market, I'm assuming there aren't a lot of choices as far as agencies go. However, I will say, that the fact you're getting a lot of auditions means you/your agent are doing something right. If you're not booking, try asking a photographer or casting director you've seen a lot (and feel comfortable with) if they have any advice on what you could do to get that extra edge and transform your auditions into callbacks, avails, and bookings.
SASHA BIRD
I was wondering if you could give me some modeling advice? I would greatly appreciate your feedback on my portfolio. I would love to sign with an agency and was wondering if you think that might be possible for me.
Luckily, your look is "in" right now. You photograph well and are in a decent sized market with a substantial amount of agencies. You're ready to get out there and meet with them. Also, in your market, you can do fashion at 5'8" and that's not always the case. I would suggest making appointments to get in front of agents. You have enough shots in your portfolio to get meetings and an agent can help you build your book from there.
GRACE AGUDA
I'm 18 years old and have been in the industry for about a year. I'm concerned that, being 18, I am in an awkward stage where people don't know whether they should categorize me as a teen or adult. I have a versatile look where I can play 15-25. In the theatre world, I'm cast more mature. I'm worried my teen-looking headshot is the problem. Would you recommend I change my headshot to a more mature look or should I continue to take advantage of the teen look for print?
I would make sure all of your headshots look your age and that you look like your picture in person. Let casting place you in an age group based on the projects and what they're looking for. From your pictures, I would probably consider your age range 18-25. It's a good range to be in. Play young as long as you can. There are a lot of college/young professional roles out there. You'd fall into that same age range for commercial print too, in my opinion.
SALOME.TETVADZE
I have been touring with Cirque du Soleil since I was 6 years old and just moved to LA a few months ago to pursue modeling and acting. My main focus is modeling. Is there any advice you could give me? I want to build my portfolio and become a successful model. I'm very serious about my career but don't know where to start, who to contact, etc...
I love your look - it's very commercial. You look like an actress and you have the skills after all that time performing in front of people. I would get out there and get a commercial/talent agent (if you don't already have one) and let them help you build your portfolio. You've got enough photos already to at least get in the door and get meetings. You're a bit too short for fashion modeling, but could definitely work commercially. I would definitely suggest pursuing acting and taking some acting classes. Combining that with your years of experience will be hugely beneficial for you. 
PRISILLA WECKESSER
I am currently looking for part time or full time work in commercial print. Do you have any advice on where I could be successful with my look?
You have a commercial look (and don't have the height for fashion) so you need to find a market that has commercial agents that can represent your type. Are you closer to Los Angeles or San Francisco? If you don't already have a commercial agent, I would suggest submitting and trying to get meetings with agents in whichever of those markets is closest to you. You have good commercial headshots in your portfolio already - definitely enough to get meetings. I would also suggest commercial acting classes if you aren't already taking them. They will only help you with commercial/commercial print auditions.
In the meantime,

Have a successful day!

JOEY

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Meet Our Featured Members of the Month

Get to know our awesome featured members for the month of April! Now that spring has officially sprung, why not think about reaching out to fellow MWN members for some hot, new collaborations?! If you are interested in being a featured member in an upcoming month, email us at featured@modelwirenetwork.com.

MODEL OF THE MONTH: JESSIE J. MARIE

April's featured model, Jessie J Marie, is based out of Los Angeles. Check out more of her photos on her MWN profile!

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH: PETER KOVAL (KOVAL CS)

Peter Koval is a professional photographer with studios in NYC, LA, and Seattle. He's been shooting professionally for almost 20 years. The 'Art Life' is important to him, and his creativity has to manifest somehow or he gets depressed. When he's not shooting, Peter paints and creates music in his spare time.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration in a lot of things from film to music, however photographically I find inspiration in simpler forms and shapes. I also love the collaborative process, whether it's from a member of the crew or the model. I find the collaboration to reveal elements that expand my previous visions.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
Usually I start with the eyes and the energy behind them. I tend to like mystery and a lot of times you can see darkness or energy behind a person's eyes. If they don't have that, then it's an uphill battle to develop the shoot in other ways. The best shoots are often times the most basic, when it's just a model and me or a small crew.
What kind of camera/equipment do you use?
Hasselblad with a Phase One system or a Canon 6, 7 or 5D.
What genre does your work focus on?
I don't limit myself to labels. I've shot fashion mostly, but then I graduated from art school so there is a huge film and painting influences there, plus a ton of nudes. I also do a lot of portraits and location work, but overall I can say that I love people, so my interests lie in the visual conversation.
What is your personal style?
Very laid back. I try to have fun on every shoot and my goal is to extend that energy on the whole shoot. I have never had a bad experience on a shoot, as I've heard from other people's stories. I'm a West Coast person, but spent most of my life in NYC, so I feel I have the best of being relaxed but focused. 
MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE MONTH: DE' CARR BEAUTY

De' Carr Beauty & Cosmetics is a professional makeup resource for all media. Bringing over 10 years experience to the creative world of makeup artistry, De' Carr Beauty's expertise includes the usage of high-definition, air-brush, and traditional makeup applications for film, television, video, print, artistic, portraiture, live media events, and bridal. Based in the Chicagoland area, De' Carr Beauty is available for travel nationwide.

Who is your favorite makeup artist of all time?
ROSHAR. He is a-ma-zing! Roshar is an international makeup artist who seamlessly blends SFX (special effects) and Beauty together and manages to add an even greater degree of difficulty to his work by making it all editorial. His work can be seen in just about every major publication around the world, and it influences me to see the beauty in the a-typical.
What inspires you?
Art. Art inspires me. I am a very visual person. From classic paintings to abstract art, music to dramatic cinema, I am inspired by all things artistic.
What makeup product can you not live without?
That would have to be Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer. It's one of the finest quality face primers on the market today...and it works!
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
My favorite project was definitely the "Killa Kam" music video. The title is deceiving, but the talent is not! It was a great experience working with amazingly talent people who are completely invested in what they do.
What is your personal style?
When I am on set or with a client, my style is very classic. I tend to wear black because it always looks uniform, but I try to wear tailored and feminine pieces that keep my "uniform" looking upscale and professional.
HAIR STYLIST OF THE MONTH: STACIONNE B. 

Stacionne B. is the hair stylist for NY beauty duo, Vividly Glamorous (Vivid Glam). She and her business partner (a makeup artist) specialize in taking fabulous to new and unimaginable heights. From making brides feel beautiful to turning out edgy, high fashion editorial looks, the ladies of Vivid Glam are taking the beauty and fashion industries by storm. Their work has appeared everywhere from Essence magazine to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and their fans include the legendary Tyra Banks and J. Alexander.

WARDROBE STYLIST OF THE MONTH: MAKI SARUWATARI

Maki Saruwatari is a freelance wardrobe stylus who got her start as a dancer. She has kicked off her styling career working with friends styling both dance shows and shoots.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Common Makeup Mistakes I Hear and How To Avoid Them... by John Dye Makeup Artist

I hear a lot of crazy things when I am doing makeup tutorials with women... :) Things that they "had heard to do" to enhance their beauty from over the years.. Sometimes I tend to hear patterns of mistakes women make when painting their faces... so I thought I could write a quick do's and don't type blog on what to avoid and the reasons why, also ways on how to FIX things without ruining previous strokes... So sit back and buckle up ladies.... lets do this...

1. Applying wet products after powder. Yikes! A quick way to look like the crustiest, cakey-iest girl at the shindig is to put wet makeup back on top of powder.. and then re-powder it.. Hold up sister friend... After you powder everything back out at the end, avoid wet products.. Go wet to dry, powder SETS wet/liquid/creme makeup... I know some of you are thinking, "duh".. but trust.. I had heard this process a lot from girls in my tutorials.....

2. Going light to dark in terms of contouring/shading. Sometimes girls put shimmer all over there all eyes as their first step, well, its best to start from your dark colors first, that being your crease color.. When you build dark to light, and apply your darker colors first, you shade, blend, and tone down the darkness with highlights/lighter colors... Then, if you get fall down below your eyes, simply brush away with a large fluffy brush, which brings me to my next one :)

3.Smudging mistakes and making them worse. If you have fall-down from your shadows or shimmer, simply flick away with a large fluffy brush.. Usually the bits of makeup are just sitting on top of the rest of your powder, so you can just brush them away rather than getting a q-tip or using your fingers (that will smudge it and make it worse). If you get a mascara boo-boo, try sweeping it with a little bit of eyeshadow, usually it will help cover it and brush it away. This way you don't ruin all the work you have already done on ya pretty face! :)

4. Not wearing blush or bronzer of any kind..ever...- its 2014, girls, learn to put some color back into your face! Also, wearing blush and bronzer can really help shape and define your bone structure through contouring. I literally hear girls say, "I don't really ever wear blush", I'm like, whoa... we gotta fix that :) It can wake you up! Make you look bright, healthy, rosy cheeked and young! Live it, learn it, love it girlies... And remember, do not apply blush to the apple's of your cheek, that can make you appear more round faced, blush should go on the cheekbone and blended out and up. Then highlight right above it for a soft shine on the top of the cheekbone.

5. Crooked False Lashes..- The quickest way to look like the drunkest girl at the gig is to have wonky eyelashes... You go from precious angel to cock eyed drunk party goer REAL quick with crooked false lashes. Make sure you cut and size your lashes before you apply glue. When you apply the glue, make sure you wait at least a full minute or two to let the glue get almost dry/tacky before applying. Then place at lash line, use a small makeup brush or eyeliner to help line them up, then simply tap/press down along the lash line to fully secure. If they look different, try to push back into symmetry with the other lash...

6. Ripping false eyelashes off without warm water..- ouch.- I hate when I watch girls take false eyelashes off dry, it hurts and it can rip your eyelashes out... You always want to use warm water to remove, or you can soak a washcloth in warm/hot water and hold over eyes for 15 to 20 seconds, it helps emulsify the glue so you can gently peel them off.. Much more pleasant than simply ripping them off :)

7. Not doing anything to their eyebrows.... get with it ladies. - If you are going to apply a full face of makeup, you really need to add a little dimension/contrast to your eyebrows too.. They can sort of get "lost" in all the face makeup and powder.. So you just want to shape and darken them just a smidge. The easiest way to do this is with brown eyeshadow and a small brush, or a clean mascara wand and eyebrow gel/tint. It reestablishes the shape of your brow bone and provides a dark contrast to make your eyes POP! Get on your brow game ladies!

8. VISIBLE/OBVIOUS contour lines.. blend it out girllll - Contouring is great.. It can create the illusions of a thinner face, a straighter/smaller nose, bigger eyes, defined jaw... BUT!!!! It has TO BE BLENDED OUT! It can't just look like swatches of brown warpaint on your face! It should not look like stripes or lines, it should be blended out to a SHADOW of the initial application... BLEND BLEND BLEND! Blend face powder down your neck! Blend a dark crease color on your eyes! Blend your bronzer and blush THOROUGHLY! It should all look smooth, flowy, and subtle.. So your mantra is blend, blend, then blend some more.....

9. "If I wear a dark lip, I have to wear a dark eye too right?" um, no girl.....- Usually, I think its best to choose one or the other in terms playing up lips or eyes. Call me old school, but this ole queen will ALWAYS love smokey eyes with nude lips, and red/dark lips with a bright shimmery eye. It gets a little intense and "Lorde" like if you do dark eyes and dark lips.... Its just a good rule of thumb to follow :) ....

10. Not wearing powder... of any kind.. ever.. "I wanna wear powder, but I feel like it makes me look dry"..- Well, yes, powder will make you look dry on initial application, especially around the eyes, but it will "calm down" and "cook" with your skin's natural oils and essentially "set" your makeup. Wet makeup HAS TO BE set with powder of some sort for staying power, if not, it will slide and smudge. If you need to feel immediately "set" you can get a makeup setting spray or mister..it calms down powder and set everything instantly.

HEY! Good makeup takes practice, practice, PRACTICE! So, try new things! Be adventurous! Shake up your normal makeup routine every once in a while! Live a little! :) Happy Painting sweet girls!!! LOVE YALL!

Johnny D