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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Model Checklist: What You Must Have to Succeed

(This post is for both freelance and agency represented models but I'm writing this mainly to address freelance models since they have the challenge of representing themselves.)

Modeling is a business and in order to be successful, you'll have to be responsible for making your career run as smoothly as possible. In my time and experience, I have come to rely on the following items to help me stay as organized as possible (I may update this list from time to time if needed):

Day Planner

Whether you have a fancy PDA or go with the old school hard copy day planner (like me), you will need to have your schedule organized. Be sure to mark down all events related to modeling such as castings, shoots and meetings with photographers, stylists, etc. You'll come to find yourself living by your day planner--having events recorded in this manner will keep you from double booking and also help you plan your agenda with stuff that's not related to modeling.

Because I'm super organized and a bit of a nerd, I also have a wall calendar that I record everything on so I'm covered both ways. It also helps to color code each event so that you don't get confused. For example, I circle photoshoots in blue, box meetings in red, and circle castings and go-sees in yellow. If I know I'm going to get paid on the same day as a shoot, I'll box the event in green.

Stack of Printed Headshots

Not only does submitting yourself for modeling work include emailing a digital copy of your headshot but having a hard copy print as well. It is essential that you have a small pile of headshots printed out and ready to go when you are. Never go to a casting or go-see without your headshot--even if they end up not taking it, it is always better to bring one just in case.

Be sure the photo reflects how you look now and not years ago. Remember, if you've changed anything drastically like your hairstyle or hair color, retake your headshot. Color is best...black and white isn't really in demand for headshots these days. You don't have to pay a ton of money to get your photos professionally printed.

If you have a good photo printer at home you can easily print them out yourself and save a lot of money. Be sure to use photo paper with either matte or semi-gloss--you don't want your headshot to be super shiny. You'll find yourself going through your headshot pile pretty fast if you have a lot of castings scheduled so always be prepared. 8"x10" is ideal.

Stack of Printed Resumes

If your resume is only one page you can simply print it onto the back of your headshot. This is a common practice in the industry. If your resume is longer than one page, print it out separately and staple it to the back of your headshot so that it doesn't get separated when you turn them in to the casting office.

Don't worry about putting your resume on fancy stationary or putting your picture on it since it will be with your headshot anyway. Keep the font easy to read and avoid font that is too large or too tiny. Always pair your headshot wth a resume when you go in for a casting or go-see.

You can use your regular computer printer and plain computer paper to print your resume out on. Don't forget to update your resume as you book work and only turn in the most recent version. Be sure to put your contact info on your resume as well (email address and phone number).

Portfolio

I'm referring to the actual binder/case that you place your hard copy modeling photos in. Not all castings require a portfolio to be shown but it never hurts to bring it with you, especially since most casting people will want to take a look if they see you have one.

Comp/Zed Card

You'll want to have a good quality comp/zed card both in digital and printed format. Remember to stick to the standard sizes for comp cards (no larger than 5.5" x 8.5") and have a small stack of them printed out and ready to go as well. If you have an agent, they will supply you with your comp cards. Freelance models will have to be responsible for having their comp cards designed and printed.

Business Cards (Optional)

I find having a modeling business card super helpful and I would personally and professionally suggest having one--especially if you aren't able to get comp cards done. Business cards are ideal for networking with potential clients and are easier to pass out than comp cards (unless you're at a casting of course). Basically modeling business cards are best for keeping in touch with people you've worked with or if you happen to meet someone outside of a shoot or casting environment that you want to network with.

They are easy to design and have printed as well. Always carry your business cards with you, even if you're just out and about running errands--you never know who you will run into that could prove helpful to your modeling career down the line.

Makeup Products

Male or female, you'll need to have the ability to do your own makeup (and hair). This goes for castings and shoots alike. For castings and go-sees you will be responsible for your makeup anyway so be sure you know what you're doing. Women should stick to the basics: foundation, powder, lip color, gloss, mascara and eye shadow.

Male models won't need the same makeup as a female model but I would encourage carrying around pressed powder in a compact if your complexion tends to get oily. Shine on your face is never good for castings. Having makeup products of your own for shoots where there is no makeup artist present will also help you look your best on matter the situation.

Email & Cell

These may be obvious but I want to make sure to add it anyway. Your email address should be businesslike and not something out of high school. Preferably having your name as your email address is best. Create a new email account if you have to so that you won't get your modeling emails confused with your other emails. Also be sure to check your spam folder regularly--I can't tell you how many times I've found important emails with details for shoots and events somehow relocated to the spam folder.

When it comes to your cell phone, make sure your voicemail intro is also proper and businesslike. Be ready to answer calls from numbers you may not recognize or that are blocked--it may be a dreaded telemarketer but it could also very well be a client hoping to hire you for a modeling gig.

Notepad

I'm referring to the small ones you can easily keep in your purse, pocket or in your car. To be even more organized I like to keep a small notepad handy. I make sure to use it to write down driving directions to and from gigs, as a place to write down contact info for clients, photographers, casting directors and other people for networking, and for jotting down general notes in regards to wardrobe, parking situations and other tidbits of info that I feel I need to keep track of.

So far I've filled up 2-3 such notebooks! And I don't throw them away. Many times castings take place in the same areas and so it helps to save all my driving directions that way I save paper and don't have to spend time Googling how to get from point A to point B.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Busy Schedule

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted as much as I would like to—with the exception of answering reader questions and adding the poll to my blog—but that’s been because I’ve been so dang busy! Definitely not complaining…I’d rather take a hectic schedule over twiddling my thumbs any day!

I was super busy for almost 2 weeks straight with various castings and shoots a while back (not to mention my other businesses and clients) and luckily I had a chance to relax for about a week at my parents’ house. But wouldn’t ya know it: once again, I’ve got another crazy couple of days ahead of me.

Thursday, August 27: Head to Redwood City to do an on-camera interview for the Filipino Channel’s “Adobo Nation,” where I’ll be talking about money saving tips for people that use Craig’s List to find, buy and sell items (I told ya I’m a jack of all trades outside of modeling!).

Friday, August 28: Head to Sacramento to Murphy Productions for a casting for a TV commercial to promote Frog Tape, a special painter’s tape.

Saturday, August 29: Relax…maybe? Probably not…I’ve got art projects to tackle. So much for a little R&R!

Sunday, August 30 (Rescheduled--free day, Yay!): Photoshoot in San Jose for a classic pin-up calendar project. Not sure how the distribution is going to work but I believe they will be shipped and sold to soldiers in Iraq—a percentage of the proceeds will also be donated to a charity to support the troops and vets. It’s for a great cause and everyone involved will also make a commission from each calendar sold. Not bad!

Monday, August 31: Head to Berkeley to do an on-camera narration piece for an online ESL program.

Another project I’m super excited about isn’t slated to go into production until mid-January but I figured why not blog about it before my hectic schedule gets underway? I’ve been working with a film director on a soon-to-be released documentary doing on-camera narration involving a teleprompter and green screen. It’s been a lot of fun and the director is awesome.

Well, he contacted me and offered me the position as a TV host for a new travel guide show that will require me to travel for 2 weeks to either Hawaii or South America to talk about the best resorts, beaches, real estate and spotlight the locals—pretty exciting stuff for sure! He is the casting director and won’t have the actual shooting schedule put together for another month but so far mid-January seems to work for the crew involved. He’s already got things underway with producers from Los Angeles so it’ll just be a matter of time and finalizing the details before I have to make travel plans. Needless to say, I can’t wait!

I've also got more posts coming up to highlight recent shoots I've done, including a leg wear shoot for The Sock Boutique and a Microsoft product shoot. Stick around!

Answering a Reader Question #55

Anonymous Wrote:

I have dark skin and it is uneven. I've tried glycolic peels and Retin-A for quite some time now. I am very self conscious about this because everything I do to reverse the problem skin isn't working such as eating healthy, staying out of the sun when possible and wearing sunblock. my question is will my uneven skin be a problem when submitting snap shots to agencies? in addition I don't really have acne just uneven skin light and dark spots on my face and neck. so how clear does ones skin have to be when trying to find an agency. because my skin is holding me back from even submitting because i'm afraid it's not descent enough for an agency. so i just need some advice please:).


Anonymous, I feel your pain, I really do and I am sorry that traditional treatments have not helped your situation. In regards to the state of your skin when it comes to submitting to agencies, your skin does not need to be "perfect" but it does need to be "good" or "healthy." Extensive discoloration that is highly noticeable, especially on the face isn't very desirable to agencies. While there is Photoshop, agencies would prefer a model with skin that needs as little retouching as possible. It's just about time and money on their end--after all, it is a business.

When submitting photos to agencies they definitely should not be touched up, which I know is very scary for you since you feel your complexion currently may not be what they want. Have you thought about attending an open call instead of just sending in your photos via online or snail mail? The reason I suggest this is because the only way you will know if your skin would be an issue for an agency is to hear it from the agency itself. And more than just one...the more agencies you are able to see, the better your odds that you will find one that likes you. Talking to more agencies will also help you compare notes on their feedback to you concerning your skin. As much as you may not want to hear their feedback, I would highly suggest doing this and face the music sooner than later. By sending in your pictures via email or snail mail you won't get a direct answer from an agency--either they'll like you and contact you or you just won't hear from them at all and if your results are the latter, then you'll never know for sure if it was your skin they didn't care for or if it was something else. Do yourself that justice and attend the castings--if they're available--and see what the different agencies say.

As a side note, have you tried using special cover-up? Many models with skin discoloration issues (myself included) and those with the skin condition vitiligo (a skin disorder that causes loss of pigmentation of the skin, resulting in white patches) have turned to body makeup such as Dermablend and similar cosmetic products to help create the appearance of uniformly colored skin. Such makeup is easy to apply, especially on the face and neck. If you can manage to consult with a professional makeup artist at a makeup counter like Sephora or MAC, they can test different shades on you to hopefully find the right one. If you can find the right shade and learn to apply it, you may be able to pursue modeling without anyone being the wiser. Of course if you wear the makeup to an agency I would recommend still being honest with them about using the product to cover up your discoloration. If the agency likes you enough they may be willing to work around your skin issue, especially if the body makeup successfully evens out your skin tone.

I hope that helps somewhat and I definitely wish you luck in pursuing modeling. Even if an agency doesn't sign you, look into freelance. Always create opportunities for yourself when you can, even if there are others that close such opportunities to you.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Answering a Reader Question #54

Caroline Wrote:

Hey, My name's Caroline and it's been my dream to become a VS model. I'm only 12 but my measurements are : 33"24"35 and I'm already 5'7". I've been planning to go to an open call at Ford. One problem (besides my age): My parents are a tad protective to say the least, and would probably disinherit me or something if they knew what I wanted to do. Do you have any suggestions as to what I could do to convince them that maybe modeling isn't the worst thing in the world? Thanks so much!

Hi, Caroline, and thanks for your question. Your situation is one that many young, aspiring models are having to deal with these days. It is normal for parents to feel overprotective and chances are they've only heard about the negative side of modeling, which only adds to their concern about having their own child pursue the industry. In your case if you were to get signed to Ford, obviously you wouldn't be considered for VS until you were 18 but in the meantime you would be working on other modeling projects, which would not only build up your career and your portfolio, but it would mean getting a jump start on saving up money for college (all points that will help build your case once you are ready to tell your parents of your modeling plans). At this point in time you may not want to mention your desire to do VS modeling at all--just stick to saying you want to model in general. If you happen to get offered a VS opportunity, you'd be 18 by that time anyway so the decision alone would be yours.

I would suggest checking out these blog posts I did about how to address the issue of modeling with your parents:

The Parents
http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2007/02/parents.html

When You Get No Support for Modeling
http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2007/11/when-you-get-no-support-for-modeling.html

If you'd like more assistance with your situation, feel free to drop me an email at daniadenise@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Answering a Reader Question #53

Ebony Wrote: What size photos should I send in?

Ebony's question is referring to my post about becoming a JET Magazine "Beauty of the Week." It's an excellent question, Ebony, since JET doesn't give that actual information. To be on the safe side I would say to submit your photos in no larger than an 8"x10". You probably don't want to go any smaller. There are so many applicants for "Beauty of the Week" that you don't want your photos to get lost among the pile. The 8"x10" is large enough to grab their attention. Good luck!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wardrobe Tips for Photoshoots

Dealing with wardrobe is an inevitable part of a model's career. Freelance or with an agency, you are going to want to know how to tackle the wardrobe factor when it comes to your shoots. The situation will vary from project to project.

Some photoshoots will have a wardrobe stylist in charge of the outfits while other photoshoots may not. You may be required to bring your own clothing items or they may all be supplied for you when you arrive at the shoot. Either way, the more you know about the role wardrobe plays, the better prepared you'll be no matter what type of shoot it is.

If there is a wardrobe stylist assigned to the shoot, expect to hear from him/her via email or phone. This is where knowing basic fashion speak terminology comes into play. The wardrobe stylist may already have a list of things for you to bring, or he/she may simply ask what you have in order to get an idea of what to dress you in. Of course the nature of the shoot will dictate the majority of the wardrobe decisions. Fashion shoots, lifestyle shoots, and product shoots are all different types of projects, each with its own look and feel.

Most wardrobe stylists already have an idea of what they want the models to wear but may still ask the models to bring stuff from their own closets to save time and money. Remember, whatever you don't already have the wardrobe stylist has to go out and purchase for the shoot. If there are some clothing items you don't already own, you can always go and buy it for an affordable price at any store.

Oftentimes it is worth the money because chances are you'll be wearing them for shoots again. Also be aware of the types of shoes you have. One quick way to make sure you'll have most of the items already on hand is to build up a model-friendly wardrobe of your own. These are clothing items that are often used for shoots but are also things you can wear on a daily basis (more on this in another post).

When bringing your own clothing and shoes to a shoot it is important that you get a garment bag. This item can be found in just about any store (Target and Wal-Mart for example) and all have various price ranges. Or you can search for one online for really great prices. This is the type of garment bag that I own and use for shoots:



Make sure you put your name on your garment bag so that it can be easily identified. The garment bag is perfect for fitting all of your clothing items in one place and because it accommodates hangers, your clothes won't get as wrinkled as they would if they were folded and stowed in a suitcase.

If you want to use a suitcase, that's fine, but it saves a lot of time and energy if your wardrobe is already on a hanger and ready to go. Most stylists will have a steamer and other appropriate tools to take care of wrinkles but again, using a garment bag can eliminate the need for the steamer altogether.

There are also special carrying cases for shoes but I tend to keep that simple with a large tote bag. How you want to transport your shoes is up to you. Sometimes if I don't want to deal with too many bags, I'll simply put my shoes in a plastic grocery bag and stow them at the bottom of my garment bag. This helps to keep all of your items together in one place.

Often wardrobe stylists will purchase a slew of extra clothes in your sizes, which will be displayed at the shoot. It is up to the stylist if he/she wants to use only your clothes, mix and match your items with the purchased wardrobe or if only the clothes he/she bought will be used. Don't take it personally if none of your clothes end up being used on the shoot.

The practice of having models bring their own wardrobe to a shoot simply serves to give the stylist and the client more options to choose from. In addition to bringing wardrobe, you may also be asked to bring along accessories (sunglasses, jewelry, hat, scarf, etc) or even "props" such as a suitcase, purse, laptop bag, etc. Whatever works for the shoot.

Additionally, be prepared for the possibility of wearing someone else's clothes. It isn't uncommon for models to wear each other's wardrobe according to what the wardrobe stylist lays out. This practice may seem "gross" to some but get used to it, it's a part of the business--besides, the clothes will be clean (let's hope so!).

Of course this is usually limited to tops--you usually don't have to worry about wearing someone else's pants or shoes, unless there is a special circumstance and you happen to wear the same size as another model. But in general you can expect to wear another model's top or jacket. After the shoot make sure you get all your items back.

And I know I shouldn't have to say this but just in case: do NOT tell the wardrobe stylist what you want to wear. It is not about you or what you like. Wear what is picked out for you and rock it even if you hate it. Pouting because you don't like your outfit reflects poorly on you as a model (male and female alike) and is disrespectful to the wardrobe stylist. Let them do their job so you can do yours.

If you ever have any questions about your wardrobe, be sure to contact only the wardrobe stylist if there is one. If there isn't, then direct your questions to the photographer and/or the client, whoever is in charge.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What's My Secret?

I get a lot of emails from new models (and established) with questions about how I do certain things or deal with certain things. So I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A post to answer some common questions that I tend to get from inquiring minds. Remember, not all the things that work for one person means that it will work for everyone. With time and experience you'll eventually learn what works for you. When you find something good, stick with it!

What's My Secret When It Comes To...

SKIN CARE?

A: Having eczema and stretch marks, I've always been super aware of my skin and do my best to beef up my skin care efforts to maintain "good skin." I cleanse, tone and moisturize once in the morning and before I go to bed. When I take a shower I use a long handle body brush to exfoliate from head to toe to remove layers of dead skin. I keep my skin moisturized to ward off wrinkles and flaking skin. I also use eye cream, which I apply not only to the area underneath my eye but my lids as well. To treat my breakouts of eczema I turn to a special cream and I religiously drink water daily.

MAKEUP & BEAUTY?

A: I do NOT wear makeup on a daily basis. When I'm not working, I go without. At most I will apply concealer to my under eye area to combat dark under eye circles, which I get when I've worked too late into the night. Aside from that, I'll dab translucent, pressed powder to take care of my oily areas and that's it. Instead of applying mascara I simply curl them and go. No lip stick either, just clear gloss or regular lip balm.

I get my eyebrows threaded professionally and I chemically relax my hair myself (I don't encourage this if you don't know what you are doing). I always make sure my toes have French tips and I keep my fingernails free of acrylic nails and nail color. For shoots I make sure to file them, clean the gunk underneath and apply clear polish. And when I do have makeup on, the first thing I do when I get home is wash it completely off. When I've been working a lot and subject my complexion to daily makeup I'll use a soothing facial mask at home to refresh and renew my skin.

DIET?

A: I don't diet and I don't count calories. Never have, probably never will. I eat 5-6 small meals a day and make water my main beverage of choice. I don't drink coffee, energy drinks or soda. On weekends I'll have a small can of Sierra Mist, Sprite, or a glass of lemonade--which I love! In between breakfast, lunch and dinner I eat mainly fruit (fresh or canned).

I favor deli sandwiches and make dinner my heaviest meal of the day (pasta, meat, etc). I reduce my portions and learn to not overeat. I don't live by the scale, either. I'll weigh myself maybe once a month or every other month--I tend to not think about it. But because it is important to know your statistics I like to check to make sure I'm within my normal range. I don't fret if I've gained a few pounds.

For example, I list myself at 115 lbs, which is my normal weight. But if I happen to gain 3 pounds, I'm not going to update my stats and say I'm 118...it's not that serious. Now if I was at 120 and found myself staying at that weight for whatever reason then I'll update it. Then again, you have to remember I am a commercial/print model and do not suffer under the same scrutiny that fashion and runway models do. With my busy schedule I also stay pretty active and having a fast metabolism doesn't hurt!

DEALING WITH THE HEIGHT ISSUE?

A: I've learned a long time ago to not feel sorry for myself because I'm not tall enough to do fashion and runway. I accept my height and work with what I have instead of spending time wishing for what I am not. While I am human and get down about things sometimes, I do my best to look at the glass as half full.

For example, as I do my agency hunt and come across agencies that want girls 5'8" or taller, I don't say to myself, "Oh, man, I wish I were taller." Instead, I say to myself, "Oh, man, I wish they took on shorter models." It's subtle, but that frame of mind makes a huge difference.

SUCCESS?

A: The meaning of being "successful" is different for me than for others. While many praise me for being successful in modeling, I continue to push harder. I don't like to get content or complacent with where I am at in my career. To me, I can always do something bigger and better. One of my goals is to become a household name and I feel that modeling can help me achieve that in one form or another.

With each great milestone I hit (getting a magazine cover, appearing on TV, working with a huge client) I definitely celebrate but within a week--maybe even a matter of days--I'm already pushing that success behind me and planning what bigger opportunity I can tackle next. Call me a perfectionist, but we are our own worst critics and I think I push myself harder than my family and friends combined.

I don't know what drives me so much but I just believe that if I can accomplish one thing then that means I can definitely accomplish whatever comes my way. Each day I spend a significant amount of time submitting myself to castings where I can find them, which is why I am online so much when I am not working.

I thrive on being one of the first to submit to a project. I check Model Mayhem, Craig's List, and SF Casting 5-6 times a day when I am able to be home. I never let an opportunity get past me and I think it's that determination and stronghold I have on my career that has allowed me to get as far as I have...and I plan to get a lot farther, trust me!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Addressing a Reader Comment #1


Anonymous Wrote:

Wait a minute, Mark Wahlberg is only 5'8(173cm)that's quite short compared to others yet he was the face of CK underwear and dubbed as the hottest hunk alive. Height is not really a problem. Same thing goes for Swedish soccer star,Frederik Ljunberg who's stood proudly with the height 176cm and chosen again by CK to be their boxers model. I give full credit and appreciation to Calvin Klein who proved to be fair and square by not just looking at their height but also charm and confidence.


Anonymous, I get what you are saying but Mark Wahlberg and the other man you mentioned do not count because they did not start off their careers as male models. The only reason they became chosen for CK is because of their "celebrity" status. Mark Wahlberg started as a rapper and then an actor around the time he was chosen for the CK underwear ads. Athletes like Frederik Ljunberg also get chosen because of their celebrity status related to their actual careers.

I highly doubt that if they were regular guys with no celebrity attached, that they would be considered as male models by any high profile modeling agency or client. Clients like CK are just like any other company--they know that celeb faces and bodies sell and therefore they are able to introduce those individuals to the modeling world and it is accepted. Their charm and confidence wasn't what CK was looking for in their underwear models but who could sell the most and make them the most money based on their status and fanbase.

Ashton Kutcher on the other hand, started out as a runway model and then became successful as an actor and celebrity--BUT this example doesn't even work because he is 6'2" and a half, meeting the right requirements for male fashion models. If he were Mark Whalberg's height and tried to get in, they wouldn't look twice just because of the height issue.

Unfortunately, for many aspiring models height is a huge problem and it affects men just as equally as it affects women.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Knowing a Bit About Fashion Doesn't Hurt

Sometimes we tend to think of certain areas in the modeling industry as being black and white. But there are times when things overlap and I believe that is true when it comes to fashion. Most of us believe that unless we plan on becoming fashion or runway models, then having some knowledge of fashion isn't necessary--however, that isn't entirely true.

The more you know about your craft--even if some parts don't apply to you--can only help you, not hurt you. When it comes to clothes and fashion I believe that it is helpful to learn the basics. That goes for both male and female models, regardless of what type of modeling you do.

Even shorter models have to deal with clothes and wardrobe for photoshoots and in those cases, it is great to know what you're talking about--mainly when you're dealing with a wardrobe stylist. The people that are responsible for putting together your outfits for a shoot are fashionistas in their own right and in order to help them do their job better when working with you, it's good to be able to speak their language.

I'm not saying you need to become a fashionista or take some classes in fashion design. When I say learn the basics about fashion, I really mean the basics. For example, I have a shoot coming up for Microsoft and I was told to expect a phone call from the wardrobe stylist.

When I got that call she asked me a few questions about my wardrobe and while coordinating what clothing items I needed to bring, she asked me to describe the items in detail. And that meant going beyond what color it was. Because I learned some basic fashion speak, I was able to paint her a picture of what I would be bringing. This made it much easier for her to advise me on what to wear.

There are other times when they'll simply tell you what to bring and will supply the rest at the shoot. But for the times when you have to talk to the wardrobe stylist and need to explain what you have, basic fashion speak will make everything go off without a hitch.

When it comes to describing clothing items, even the colors can be expanded upon. We all know there are different shades of many colors. Make sure you know how to describe your clothes when it comes to colors.

For example: instead of saying a "red" shirt, you can expand on that by saying you have a "magenta" shirt, or a "wine colored" shirt. It doesn't have to be super fancy. Some colors come in vivid shades, while others are more pastel (think of pastels as a somewhat "faded" shade of color--pastel green and ivy green are two totally different colors and could make a big difference in a photoshoot).

Learn about style and cuts. Some common fashion speak includes the following:

- Baby Tee
- Tank Top
- Baby Doll
- Scoop Neck
- V-Neck
- Turtleneck
- Ribbed
- Sheer
- Camisole
- 3/4 Length Sleeves
- Dress Shirt
- Polo
- T-Shirt
- Sweater
- Peasant Top
- Denim
- Wool
- Satin
- Polyester
- Capris
- Wide-Leg
- Boot-Cut
- Shorts
- Skinnies
- Skirts
- Coat
- Jacket
- Shawl
- Sundress

Shoes:

- Heels
- Pumps
- Dress Shoes
- Sneakers
- Wedges
- Platforms
- Flats

There are plenty more terms you can look up on your own but I would imagine that most of you have these items in your closets. There are tons of fashion websites and online magazines that specialize in fashion and come with tons of photos. Visit such sites and see what you can learn. The more you know, the easier it will be to communicate with wardrobe stylists, photographers, clients, and whoever else is in charge of preparing you for a shoot.