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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Real Male Models Wear Makeup!

(This post is mainly for male model hopefuls that want to pursue the high fashion and editorial market.)

So fellas, you think you want to be a male model? Just as I tell my female aspiring models, it is important to do research and get familiar with what you could be doing as a male model. Most men think, "All right, I get to look all sexy and chiseled, show off my muscles and pose with hot women!"

Ummm, yeah, sure but there is so much more to being a male model than that. Along with perks come the other things that you may not like but come with the territory. For example, most female models dread having to wear next to nothing in freezing temperatures but pretend like they are on a beach in 90 degree weather. For male models, the following are some aspects of the job that you'll have to be cool with if you want to seriously pursue a career in the modeling industry:

- Makeup: You better believe it! Just as women need to wear makeup, so do male models--not all the time and not as much as the female counterparts--but makeup all the same. Now, guys, before you stop reading and throw your idea of being a male model into the trash, give me a chance to clarify. Makeup is a must for both male and female models because it helps you photograph better. Plain and simple. Powder and foundation serve to give your complexion a more uniform appearance and also cuts down on shine, which photographs terribly. It is supposed to make you look better, not like a clown.

Additionally, you'll be working with professional makeup artists that know what they are doing so you're in good hands. So it is a good idea to be comfortable with wearing makeup and not let it make you self conscious. I'm sure you've seen ads where the men even wore eyeliner and maybe even eye shadow and blush but they still looked sexy and masculine. Trust me, if you can pull off the manly look while wearing makeup, you've got nothing to worry about.

- Questionable outfits: If your idea of masculinity is the Marlboro Man, then you'll be sorely disappointed in the outfits you may be asked to wear in your modeling assignments. While some gigs and fashion shows will let you sport jeans, comfy shoes and tank tops (or shirtless) and other everyday types of clothes, you may also be asked to wear outfits that you would normally never touch with a 10-foot pole.

This could include fishnet shirts, long wraps/skirts (believe me, I've seen it on runways!), speedo type underwear, jewelry, plastic, etc. Whatever the designer or client wants, you'll have to do it if you want to work and get paid. Sometimes male models are required to look slightly feminine in appearance. If this makes you really uncomfortable, then chances are you may not be cut out to do high fashion modeling.

- Having people within your comfort zone: Models are commodities...that means you are basically told what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Have problems with authority or don't like following rules? Then sadly, male modeling is not for you. Being in this industry is all about working with different types of people, from your agent/booker and other models to the client, photographer, wardrobe stylist and other crew members. You'll have to take direction, criticism and everything in between.

Not only that, while on shoots, you'll have to get used to people fussing over you: doing your hair, putting makeup on, helping you get dressed, etc. During fashion shows, you'll have to deal with the same thing but also the insane rush to dress and get undressed--additionally, you'll have to be comfortable with changing and oftentimes being naked at some point in front of other male models and even female models. Shyness is not a requirement in the industry.

- Living in model dorms: High fashion and editorial male models are required to travel for work, both locally, nationally and internationally. This involves living in model dorms with other male models. The facilities can range from a comfortable apartment or loft to teeny tiny living spaces. When traveling internationally, it isn't uncommon for a group of male models to share a living space with only 2 beds.

When you are working in your local market, you may be required to live full time in model housing where you are responsible for cleaning up, maintaining the facilities, grocery shopping, etc. while going to and from castings and jobs. Like the reality shows, sometimes things can get ugly when you're cramped into a space with a bunch of people you don't know. Some male models end up making lasting friendships with their follow coworkers, while others would rather leave and never look back. 

Still not sure if you want to really be a male model in the high fashion/editorial market? Take a look at the following images:




If your first thought was, "I would never be caught dead in that/posing like that" or the more crude response, "That's so gay," then I would say you probably don't want to be a male model in the high fashion/editorial market, nor would I recommend it for you. However, if you don't see such images as being a big deal and totally feel you could rock the same pose, outfit, etc. then I'm happy to say you have the right mindset to pursue becoming a male model in this market.

Regardless of whether you go for it or not, remember that modeling (no matter the gender) is easier than it looks. Don't judge unfairly and be respectful of the time, dedication and hard work it takes to make it to the top as a male model. Remember, male supermodels are small in number and the grind it takes to be successful is a difficult one.

Oh, and before you think that a male model looks "so gay" in a magazine or strutting down the catwalk in a questionable outfit, they make a pretty nice paycheck at the end of the day--that should put things in perspective for you.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tips for Attending Open Casting Calls

Looking for agency representation can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. However, it is important to know that not all agencies are the same or look for the same things. During your search make it a point to submit yourself according to each agency's preferences. Doing otherwise will more than likely send your submission into the trash.

When it comes to open casting calls, it is especially crucial to follow the rules in order to put yourself on the agency's good side. Remember, part of being a good model is having the ability to follow directions. If you can't fulfill the requirements for an open casting call, this makes a bad first impression and could lead the agency staff to believe that you don't follow directions well.

Don't know what an open casting call is? Check out my post on the subject so you'll be up to speed:

Casting Calls

Okay, now on to the tips!

1. Make Sure the Agency Holds Open Casting Calls: Surprisingly, not all agencies have open calls available. The best way to find this information is to check the official website for the modeling agency. Any details about casting calls will be listed if they are offered or the agency may state that they don't hold open casting calls. If there is no mention at all, that's more than likely a sign that they don't do casting calls.

2. Read All the Info & Follow Through: Again, good models follow directions. Never blindly attend a casting call. Always, always, always check the website of the modeling agency to find out how they conduct their open calls, when, during what times and note what you will need to bring. Following the instructions for an agency's open casting call will put you ahead and make things much smoother for the agency. Tons of model hopefuls show up to casting calls and only the ones that are properly prepared will be given some time with the agency staff.

3. Make Sure You Show Up on the Right Day During the Right Times: Each modeling agency has its casting calls on certain days of the week. If you are planning on submitting to more than one agency, you'll have to be extra organized to make sure that you go to the right casting call at the right time. Some agencies have casting calls 1-2 days a week, once a month or even less frequently. The time frame for most casting calls is two hours.

4. Go Early Rather Than Being on Time: Casting calls are typically held during specific time frames and if you happen to be considering a prominent agency, you can expect a lot of people to show up. Being right on time or late will put you at the end of the line and if you don't make it into the agency's office by the time the casting is done, you'll be turned away--even though you were already there. So save yourself the hassle and get there early...you may get lucky and attend on a day when there aren't many people attending or at least you'll be ahead of the pack. However, being early (example: the casting doesn't officially start until 3pm and you show up at 2:30pm) does not mean the agency will see you right then and there. You'll have to wait until the actual casting process has started.

5. Don't Bring a Group of People With You: If you are under the age of 18, then you must have a parent/guardian with you at the time of the casting call. No exceptions. Bring only one parent (make sure to leave any babies or younger siblings at home or with a sitter). Model hopefuls 18 years of age and older should arrive to the casting call by yourself or with one additional person who will not be a distraction. The person you bring will not be able to go into the actual casting with you (sit next to you while the agency asks you questions, etc.). There will more than likely be a lobby or other type of waiting area where your guest will have to stay until you are done.

6. Dress Wisely: Attending an open casting call is your opportunity for the agency to meet you as you are. The purpose is for them to get to know you briefly and evaluate your potential. You are NOT there to show off your favorite haute couture threads or other fancy outfits. Some agency websites give advice as to what male and female models should wear to casting calls. If such information is available, follow it!

If not, then you can't go wrong with dark skinny jeans, heels and a solid colored, form fitting tank top or t-shirt (for the ladies) or dark, comfortable jeans, clean shoes and a form fitting t-shirt or tank top (for the guys). 

*Ladies, you may want to take the extra step of either wearing a two-piece, solid colored swimsuit under your clothes or bring it in a small bag to change into. Sometimes agencies will want to see you in a swimsuit in person so having it handy just in case will go a long way in making a good first impression during an open call.
Arrive with your hair out of your face and a clean complexion with little to no makeup.

7. Be Prepared to Wait: I've attended casting calls where there was hardly anyone there and I was seen pretty quickly, however, that is rare. In general, expect to run into a group of people at the casting calls you attend. Since it can take a while to get through everyone, be prepared and bring a book or something simple to keep you occupied. Word to the wise: there is a difference between being "occupied" and being "distracted". Complex texting, playing games on your phone, talking on the phone, doing homework, etc. should be avoided since they tend to draw all of your attention, which could allow you to miss an important announcement, hearing your name/number being called or any other part of the process. Additionally, you want to show the agency that they have your attention--doing otherwise may make you seem like you've got better things to do than be at the casting call, which makes for a very negative first impression. I've seen models so engrossed with their life on their phones that they missed being called and the agency simply skipped over them and went on to the next person. Always be alert and ready for the agency staff to evaluate you.

8. Have Fun: The most important tip of all...being in the office of a modeling agency is exciting so use that positive energy to show the staff a bubbly, outgoing, genuine personality. Don't be a kiss up or overwhelm them with "OMG" statements about how much you love their agency, their models, etc. The casting call is for you to shine so listen to the agency, answer their questions to the best of your ability and smile! The experience will fly by so enjoy every moment.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Getty Images Lifestyle/Stock Shoot

I finally got a hold of some of the images from a shoot I did for photographer Geri Lavrov. The nature of the shoot was for stock/lifestyle. In case you don't know what stock photography or lifestyle modeling is, check out my posts on these two topics:

Stock Photography
Lifestyle & Mature Modeling

You'll notice that these shots also classify as being commercial/print in nature so if you want to specialize in any of these fields of modeling, the poses below will be the kinds you'll have to do (among many, many others). The shoots are on-location, candids as well as posed and doing activities that normal, everyday folks do, although some may be quirky/cutesy:










The male model in the photos with me is my buddy, Lyndon. He's a very accomplished, successful model and I love working with him--in fact, we've got a couple shoot coming up this week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Main Components Freelance Models Need to Market Themselves Successfully

Freelance modeling is an entirely different beast than being represented by a modeling agency. Choosing this approach to modeling is ideal for those who only want to model part-time, for fun or simply don't want to commit to or deal with an agency. Whatever your reasons are for being freelance, you'll want to make sure that you have everything up to par so that you put yourself in the best possible position for getting hired.

What you need vs. what you don't may vary from peson to person so include the items below according to your situation and goals:

Headshots (Mandatory): When you're signed to a modeling agency, headshots are put together for you. This is a luxury freelance models don't have. Because you are representing yourself you are the agent as well as the model. You can't submit yourself to professional modeling gigs without a professional headshot.

Unlike models submitting to an agency that don't need to have pro images, freelance models MUST provide professional quality pictures, especially for headshots. You can set up a free test shoot with an experienced photographer in your area and see which picture would work as a good headshot or you can pay for a photographer's services. Either way is fine, as long as you get a headshot that best represents you. It is best to have your headshot in digital format in hi-resolution.

Digital is best for emailing and having a version in hi-resolution is a must when you need to print a hard copy of your headshot so that the quality is good and the picture doesn't come out blurry or pixelated. No headshot, no work.

Comp Cards (Optional): It is totally up to you whether you want to put in the time and effort into getting a comp card done. Not having one won't keep you out of the game but it is a great asset to have. The decision is solely up to you. If you're having trouble deciding, it is a good idea to browse through castings for modeling gigs (Craigslist, Model Mayhem, local casting agencies, etc.) and see how many of the clients ask for comp cards.

Do nearly all of them mention comp cards as a necessity to submit yourself or are they fine with just a headshot? As with headshots, you can set up free test shoots or pay a photographer to create images that can be put together to create your comp card.

If you are Photoshop savvy you can create your own comp cards or you can use the services of an online comp card printing company (there are dozens to choose from and price ranges vary).

Portfolio (Mandatory): Again, unlike models submitting to agencies, freelance models are left with the responsibility of putting together their own portfolios. It doesn't matter your experience level, either. Test shoots are the most affordable way to put together a modeling portfolio.

It is important that you have two versions of your portfolio: digital and hard copy. When shooting with photographers, make sure you are guaranteed a copy of your images in hi-resolution (not teeny tiny files that won't print with good quality). You can use your modeling portfolio images in jpeg format to post online (official modeling website, Facebook, Model Mayhem, etc.) or to email directly to clients.

You'll want to have a hard copy of your portfolio as well. Please refer to my post about modeling portfolios so you'll know exactly how to put one together the right way (digital and hard copy portfolios are different in presentation). If you live in a major modeling market, you can count on the need for bringing your "book" (industry lingo for "portfolio") to any castings/interviews you go to.

Website (Mandatory): I say it is mandatory to have a website of some kind because in this day and age it is all about technology, the Internet and accessibility. You can choose to have a professional modeling website or it can be as simple as creating a modeling profile on a social networking site like Facebook or a more industry specific one like Model Mayhem.

Anything that can easily let people find you. Freelance models have to be able to promote and market themselves and if you have a good website setup online, then the majority of the work will be done for you. There are both expensive and affordable ways to creating an Internet presence for yourself.

Business Cards (Optional): While I list this item as "optional" I would encourage freelance models to invest the time and small cost of getting business cards done. Not only does it serve as the most basic--yet most effective--marketing tool, it is easy to carry around and present during networking opportunities.

Hard copy headshots are typically 8"x10" in size--can you imagine carrying around a stack of those with you in the hopes of giving it to someone that may be able to get you a modeling job? The same inconvenient situation can be applied to comp cards, even though they are smaller than headshots.

Overall, a business card is a direct way for a potential client to get in touch with you. It won't matter where you are--you never know when a networking opportunity could arise--by simply reaching into your wallet you can easily let someone know that your modeling services are available. Business cards are easy to put together, have printed and are fairly affordable these days.

List of Services (Mandatory): When promoting yourself, whether it is on your website, online profile, business card, etc. you'll want to have a good idea of what types of modeling services you provide. What fields do you specialize in? Don't just tell your clients "I'll model for anything!"

For one, no client specializes in "anything" and being too broad won't match you up to the right clients and gigs. You don't have to specialize in every field of modeling--only list the types you meet the requirement for and have these kinds of photos available for review in your portfolio.

For example, I typically list myself as specializing in the following types of modeling: commercial/print, stock, swimwear, fitness, bridal, beauty. Narrowing down the type of work you do will increase your chances of marketing towards the right people and having the right people find you.

Email/Cell (Mandatory): I know, I know, common sense, right? But you know the saying: "Common sense just ain't common enough." LOL. Freelance models are business people and you have to present yourself in a professional manner if you want to be taken seriously and paid to model for a company/client. If you don't have a cell phone, get one. Period.

And while you're at it, set up your voicemail greeting so that it is appropriate (no music, kooky intro or foul language--again, you'd be surprised by how some people conduct themselves). The same goes for your email address. Keep it simple. Sticking to your name as your email address is ideal.

Dania Denise & Facebook

I'm not quite sure why I'm so surprised but I have to go through my Facebook friends list and delete a lot of people that I managed to confirm but don't actually know. Needless to say, if you want to add me on Facebook, definitely do so--I'd love to connect with you!

But if you want to make sure that I don't skip you over or deny your request, please, please, please make sure to send me a message along with your request. I don't need a bio or anything, just a simple, "Hey, I read your blog, would love to be friends on FB!" Anything that lets me know you're not just some random person looking to add one more profile to their infinite list of friends.

Facebook is definitely a good way to get a hold of me to ask for advice for your own situation and to keep in touch overall. When I finally do get around to deleting folks on my FB, if I end up deleting you for some reason please shoot me a message and remind me who you are and that you're a reader of my blog and I'll get you back on my friends list pronto! I don't want any hurt feelings. =)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

100+ Modeling 101 Followers (And Growing!)

When I look at the list of my followers, I must admit I get really excited. And now that the number of Modeling 101 followers has passed the 100 mark, I am ecstatic!

I never thought in a million years that when I started my blog back in 2007 it would grow to be what it is--nor did I expect anyone to really care that much. I knew there was a lot of misinformation about the modeling industry and that tons of folks were either being misdirected, given false hope or outright being taken advantage of. What started as a couple of posts about my feelings and experience in the industry has transformed into one of my passions. I really didn't know how readers would react to me...I expected a LOT of criticism or skepticism of some sort--I mean, how many people would really take advice from a shorter model seriously since I wasn't strutting down a catwalk in Milan or New York? But you guys really surprised me! Of course I have my fair share of Debbie Downers (hah, I love that term!) but, eh, it comes with the territory.

When I began getting questions within reader comments on my posts, at first I simply answered their question in a comment directly below theirs. But when the list of questions started to grow, I began the "Answering a Reader Question" post series. Ummm...never did I dream I would have answered almost 100 reader questions! Wow-wee!

At times I sit back and just look at my blog and think, "How on Earth did I get fortunate enough to have so many people from around the world (shout out to my international models and model hopefuls!!!) care about what I was writing, nonetheless find inspiration in my words?"

Modeling 101 "A Model's Diary" readers I just have to say a huge THANK YOU for turning to me as a source for info on the industry, for not only reaching out and supporting me in my own career but for trusting me to assist you with yours. Some of the emails and comments I get from my readers are filled with such genuine appreciation, enthusiasm, hope and encouragement that I continue to become more motivated by the day to keep this blog updated and on point so that I can better serve you all (and for all the naysayers and dedicated skeptics, keep it comin'--your comments truly entertain and amuse me, hehe). Without you guys taking the time to read my posts and communicate with me via comments and email, my blog wouldn't be virtually synonymous with the keyword "modeling" when used in a search engine (I think that is SO cool btw!).

Gah, my long time readers know by now that I am truly long winded when I write so I'm going to end this blabbering now but seriously, I appreciate each and every one of you that visits my blog and reads my post--whether you are a follower or not. Keep your head up, your hopes high and the critics in check!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

XOXO
Dania Denise

Answering a Reader Question #91

Anonymous Wrote:


does an agency care if a female model doesn't have pierced ears?


great tips!!!!
 
Hi, Anonymous! Not having pierced ears won't keep a modeling agency from signing you but it is usually better to have your ears pierced in general. If you don't, then clip ons will be used if needed but just don't expect to do much in the way of jewelry modeling since those kind of clients will specifically request models whose ears are pierced. Otherwise, I don't believe having ears that aren't pierced will jeopardize your career.
 
Hope that helps and good luck to you!

Answering a Reader Question #90

Michele Wrote: 

This is wonderful information. I have just turned 60 and am very interested in lifestyle modeling. I am currently in PR, and was referred to a local agency by a makeup artist who prepared me for a television interview. She said that even though I lack modeling experience, my background in public speaking, being interviewed, and working with the media could be helpful. Are there other types of experience I should highlight? 

Hi, Michele! How exciting, it sounds like lifestyle modeling is definitely something you would enjoy doing! Aside from your extensive background in PR, I don't see much else you can highlight that won't already work in your favor. The type of work you do means you more than likely have a great personality, aren't shy and can work with people from all walks of life...those are huge pluses when it comes to modeling. After a test shoot or two I have no doubt that you will pick up quickly on modeling and add that to your already impressive resume!

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Helpful Tutorial for Learning the Runway Walk

I know that many of you aspiring fashion/catwalk models want to learn the best way to walk. Since I can't be there in person to show you, I decided to browse through YouTube to see what they had to offer. There are tons of fashion show footage on this site but a lot of them focus on the behind the scenes fluff instead of getting right down to the walking.

However, I came across this great video tutorial that deals only with the different methods/techniques for doing a runway walk. I wasn't able to embed the video in this post but here is the link to it. I highly suggest checking it out and practicing on your own until you get comfortable enough to do it on cue (ladies, to be the best catwalk model, practice in 4-inch heels--hey, beauty is painful!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px69eKV5lWk

For the aspiring male fashion models, I came across this YouTube video for one of Versace's runway shows. Luckily, I was able to embed the video so here you go, fellas:



(You may want to fast forward about 25-30 seconds in since the intro is a tad slow.)

Happy walking!

Answering a Reader Question #89

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi Dania,

Thanks for your post about jewellery!
You do a great job making everything look fabulous!

I do have a question that I would appreciate your input on - I am a jewellery designer who is about to do her FIRST (eek!) show and I'm expected to wear the jewellery and model it on a runway!
Do you have any helpful hints for those of us who have no experience just in the walking part, let alone how to professionally showcase your jewellry?

Your thoughts would be appreciated!
Thanks
Norma J Beads 


Hi, Norma! Thank you for your questions and kind words, how exciting to be doing your first show! Yes, it can be nerve wracking to be on the runway for the first time and the fact that you'll actually be modeling jewelry can be super intimidating. However, with practice I am sure you will knock 'em dead!

When it comes to walking on the runway, the most important thing to remember is to place one foot in front of the other. It's one simple thing that separates regular walking from the runway walk. Practice in high heels on a flat, solid surface--no carpet or gravel. Keep your shoulders square, your back straight and chest out (but not too much). It is also helpful to go on sites like YouTube and watch fashion shows just to get the feel of how the models carry themselves on the catwalk.

Since you will be modeling jewelry instead of clothes, your poses will be different for this occasion. For example, if you are wearing a bracelet or rings, you will want try having a hand on your hip in a way to show off the items while walking and when you pose at the end of the runway. An additional way to show off bracelets and rings is to casually bring your hand up to your chest and/or slightly graze your shoulder once you get to the end of the runway to do your pose. For the hand on the hip, pivot your body to a profile and/or 3/4 stance when you get to the end of the runway so that the bracelets and rings face the audience directly.

Modeling necklaces is probably going to be the easiest for you since it will be in plain sight as long as your arms do not block or obstruct your neck in any way.

You can show off earrings once you reach the end of the runway by tucking your hair behind your ears or subtlety moving your hair and holding that pose while the earring is exposed (unless your hair is in an updo).

Below are some photo examples of poses you can use to model jewelry during your show (these are not taken from models on a runway but the poses can be adapted to suit your jewelry modeling/posing):



(In the last image the model isn't wearing much jewelry but the pose would be excellent for showing off bracelets and rings.)

When you stop to do your pose, make sure to pause for a few beats in order to really show off the items to the audience. And don't forget to smile! I wish you the best of luck with your show and much continued success with your line (if you ever need a jewelry model, I am available lol)!

Modeling Agencies: Your Direct Path to the Industry

It continues to amaze me how people are just so in the dark when it comes to trying to get started in the modeling industry. Lately, I've come across many questions online (not necessarily my blog) that come from people that seem to want to go in the most round-about way to try and break into modeling. Questions such as:

- Where can I get the best exposure to get discovered?
- Should I post my pictures/videos on Youtube for agencies to find me?
- What is the best modeling convention or school to meet with agencies?

And so on and so on...PEOPLE LISTEN UP: modeling agencies around the country are literally just sitting there, ready and waiting to find new models! You don't have to go through middlemen or try to find outlets/resources in an effort to get discovered. Unless you get scouted and handed a modeling career, take your dreams into your hands and dive in head first!

That means finding the agencies yourself--they are out there. Savvy Internet searches will turn up the names of modeling agencies. Save yourself time and conduct your online search by narrowing it down to agencies in your city and/or state. Unless you plan on relocating to a larger market, there is no point in doing a nationwide search because if you aren't local, chances are the agency won't be interested anyway.

I don't know if people are just intimidated, scared or plain without a clue but seriously, I wouldn't steer you wrong--just about every modeling agency these days has an official website so they are basically welcoming you to inquire about their company with open arms. While most don't accept phone calls, the website contains all of the information you need to know.

Maybe some people just don't believe this but why make things harder on yourself by going in circles or trying to find someone to do the legwork for you? The most successful models I've come across (new as well as experienced) got to where they were in most cases by taking the initiative, submitting their photos or attending casting calls and then taking things from there. Not by waiting around, posting aimless questions online and hoping something will come through. It takes dedication, passion and action to ultimately start a modeling career--agency represented or freelance.

Trust me when I say do not go the middleman route (modeling schools, conventions, etc.)...the agencies are there for a reason. You just have to find them, learn the requirements--they're all but plastered on the websites for each agency--and follow the instructions. You can't go wrong when you deal directly with the agencies.

It really is the best method and above all that, it's free to send in your pictures and attend open calls so why pay for any other process/method? Throwing money around isn't going to get you any closer to agencies so take the affordable and PRACTICAL route and go through the agencies. You can't go wrong. The key is to work smarter not harder.

(PS: I'm not downing people that ask questions about getting into modeling, especially here on this blog...I'm mainly talking about people that post questions where the answers simply require common sense. There is a difference between asking questions to enhance your knowledge to help you with the process and tossing out questions just to see what you get. I can tell the serious model hopefuls from the ones that are merely in love with the "thought" of becoming a model.)