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Monday, February 21, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #117

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi Dania! I had a question concerning open casting calls- in your previous post, you said wear little to no makeup. What kind and how much makeup would be acceptable to wear to a casting call if a person were to wear it? 

Great question, Anonymous! Okay, so this is my recommendation when it comes to makeup for casting calls if you absolutely must wear any:

For Female Models:

- light concealer for any pimples/blemishes
- powder to take care of shiny areas
- light coat of mascara
- clear lip gloss (no color)

For Male Models:

- light concealer for any pimples/blemishes
- powder to take care of any shiny areas

You definitely want to go for as natural of a look as possible. Hope that helps!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quick Tip #4

Category: Posing
For female & male models

When posing with a model of the opposite sex, it is especially important to create images where the both of you are looking in the same direction. It might sound silly but if you think about it, a good picture of a couple can be an even greater image when they appear to be looking at the same thing. Sometimes looking in different directions can work but in many instances, it is a better composition overall if the two are looking in the same general direction.

During your couple shoots, don't be afraid to tell your modeling partner to look at some object in the distance that both of you can focus on before the photographer snaps the photo or to direct each other as to where you plan on looking so that he/she also knows where to set their eye level at.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #116

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi, Dania! I've got a question- Normally, I have 35 inch hips, which I know is pushing it for modeling, but still works. However, my thighs, in proportion to the rest of my body, are just a bit thicker. They don't touch each other or anything, but I definitely feel like if I excersised more I could slim them down a bit. However, I'm reluctant to try certain types of excercise because I don't want my legs to get buff and bigger than they already are. Are there any types of excersise that slim legs down, especially thighs? Thanks so much! 

Hi, Anonymous! I did some searching for you and here is what I came up with:

This link is to the site Prevention.com and has a few exercises that are good for slimming the thighs...it also has videos of how to do the exercises for reference:

Prevention.com: Flatten Your Belly, Slim Your Thighs & Firm Your Butt in 2 Weeks

Below is additional information and exercises from the site FitnessHealthZone.com that can also help you out:

Specific thigh exercises that work and strengthen the muscles of the thigh will make your thighs appear slimmer because they will have muscle definition and shape. Here are a few thigh slimming exercises that will strengthen and tone the thigh muscles:

1. Leg lifts: Stand with your feet comfortably apart. Hold onto a wall for balance. Lift your right knee until the thigh is parallel to the floor and hold for a count of 5; straighten the knee, keeping the foot off the floor and hold for a count of 5. Lower the leg slowly to the starting position. Repeat with the left leg. Repeat 3 times each leg, increasing to 6 reps.

2. Squats: Stand with feet hip width apart. Bend your knees as far as you can, keeping your feet flat on the floor. Return to start position. Repeat 5 times and gradually increase to 10 or 15. Make sure your back is straight throughout the exercise, and shoulders back.

3. Kneeling leg lifts: kneel on all fours, hands under shoulders, knees under hips. Lift the right knee out to the side, keeping it bent. Hold for count of 5. Lower. Repeat with left knee. Repeat 6 times each leg, increasing to 10.

4. Inner thigh lift: Lie straight, on your right side, on the floor, right arm above your head with your right ear touching. Put your left leg on the floor just in front of the right leg. Lift your right leg and hold for a 2 count, lower to the floor but lift it again as soon as it touches the floor. Repeat 10 times, gradually increasing to 20. Repeat on the other side.

Do these thigh slimming exercises three times a week, walk 5 times a week, eat a healthy, balanced diet and you will soon be pleased by how much slimmer your thighs look.

Hope that helps and make sure whatever approach you take, that it's a healthy one!!!

Answering a Reader Question #115

Emily Wrote:

'Rates Vary' That's not very specific or helpful. Is there a range for regular clothing photo shoots (mainly gowns, dresses, tops...ect.)? What about 10-15 looks per shoot that take 8-10 hours a day? 

Hi, Emily, thanks for the questions! If you are looking for more specific information about pay rates, you should read the following post I did on this subject:

Modeling & Pay Rates: How Much Should You Charge?

If you still have questions, feel free to post your question(s) or email me directly.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #114

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi! I have questions for you. Due to a recent growth spurt I've found myself at 5'9" at age 15. I have always wanted to be a runway model. Though I am currently not in shape due to swimming season being out, I think I have the right body type. Except that I read to be a runway model you have to have a C cup and under, never bigger. Is this true? Second, I don't have the most attractive face in the world, (I have a rather large nose and kind of heavy jawline) 

Hi, Anonymous! For runway it is better to have a smaller chest. This is because of the sample sizing used by designers, which is typically very small. Having an A or B cup is ideal. While there are some runway models with larger busts, the norm is for female models to have a flat or very small chest. As to whether this would completely prevent you from doing this type of modeling, that will be determined by the agencies you submit yourself to so you should still submit your pictures and attend castings in order to get their professional opinion on the subject. Of course the Victoria's Secret models are known for being larger in the bust area but you would obviously have to wait until you are 18 to pursue that.

As far as your face, many runway models are chosen specifically because they possess odd, exotic, alien or unique features so your nose and jawline could actually work in your favor. There are a score of runway models that are not considered attractive by conventional means, but it is because of that very thing that those models become sought after.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #113

Brit-Brit Wrote:

ok i have a question ok if u have like bad teeth like a big over bit and a gab in ur teeth is there like an modeling company that will fix it 4 u and will have a contract thingy. Like if they c protentrial in u and u very pretty and like u have everything but ur teeth r bad.

Hi, Brit-Brit! Great questions...let's see if I can help you out. So I will say first off that there is no black and white answer to this question. These types of situations are mainly on a case-by-case basis, meaning that not every person will have the same results if they find themselves in this situation.

If there is a lot of work to be done on your teeth, this can easily cost thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. In most cases, an agency won't want to invest that much money into one girl when they know they can easily go out and find someone with her same look that already has good teeth. You have to keep in mind that there are tons of girls who may not look exactly the same but are similar in height, build, hair/eye color, etc. and this makes it much more convenient for agencies to keep their options open instead of putting all of their efforts and resources into one person, no matter how much potential she could have. It is a business and time is money. While it's not what you may want to hear, the majority of agencies would rather save themselves both time and money by finding a model that doesn't need any extensive work done on her teeth.

Additionally, because of the poor economy, the modeling industry has also been hit financially and I would imagine that most agencies do not have the same financial pull or resources to spend tons of money on each model they sign, like they have in previous years. I will say that if you do have such a shot at having an agency cover the expenses of dental work, it would have to be in a huge market like New York or Los Angeles but if you live in a medium to smaller market, chances are you will be responsible for covering the dental work that will allow you to be more desirable as a model for an agency.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dania Denise Facebook Fan Page

With the relaunch of my official website, DaniaDenise.com, I finally decided to put together my Facebook fan page. I know I've connected with a number of you on my regular FB profile but here is another way to stay in touch and keep up on the latest updates and highlights in my career. I'm still new to having a fan page and managing it so bear with me as I learn this new feature of FB. =)

"Like" Dania Denise on Facebook

DaniaDenise.com Website Relaunch

With a new year, I decided to revamp my official modeling website. After a while everything needs a little sprucing up so I'm happy to announce that DaniaDenise.com is brand spanking new and I would love for you all to check it out. Plus, there's a contact form that people can fill out to get in touch with me directly.

2011 Dania Denise Official Modeling Website...Check It Out!!!

Hope you like it! =)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Quick Tip #3

Category: Clothing/Undergarments
For female models

Ladies, pasties will become your best friends! Random topic, I know, but one that is definitely applicable to modeling. While most women tend to deal with pasties when it comes to wearing an outfit that is not good for wearing a bra underneath, this sticky undergarment is also ideal for doing shoots that involve implied nudity, which can include high fashion, editorial, swimwear, glamor and lingerie. There are instances where you might have to do a pose that suggests you are topless but without actually showing any part of your breast/nipple area. Doing the actual pose itself, however, does involve going without a bra and when working in between poses and setups, having no coverage for your breasts can be quite embarrassing, especially when dealing with a male photographer, guys in the photography crew and/or male models.

Using the pasties is an ideal way of being able to move freely in between setups and poses without being self conscious the entire time or worrying about using your hands to cover up your chest. In a sense you're still topless but because the pasties cover up the nipple area, you're really not showing anything. Having the pasties also makes it much easier on the model when actually posing...you're free to do what you want with your hands and arms and can focus on getting the right pose instead of wondering if anything can be seen.

Make sure to invest in good quality pasties--preferably ones that can be reused. Take good care of them and they'll stick with you in the long run (no pun intended haha). Various department and retail clothing stores carry pasties (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) and typically range in price from $10-$20. Of course with some shopping around you can probably find them much cheaper but make sure the quality is good.