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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #155

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Dania! Thanks for this blog first off! It's VERY helpful. I wanna be a freelance model first but I don't know where to find modeling gigs and casting calls. Could you please help me? 

Hi, Anonymous! You are very welcome, I'm glad you've been able to find my blog helpful. :-)

There are a number of places that post casting calls and related postings for modeling gigs but of course not all of them can be trusted. The websites I personally use to find freelance modeling gigs include www.ModelMayhem.com, www.OneModelPlace.com (I don't really visit this site that much these days but it is a good site), Craigslist (the quality of posts for models has gone down in recent years on this website but with time and experience it is possible to find good gigs. I continue to find gems among the lists of crap lol). I don't know your location but there are also casting sites like www.SFCasting.com, www.LACasting.com and www.NYCasting.com. These three sites also include acting gigs but you can filter out the types of work you're looking for to only include modeling related posts.

Hope that helps but feel free to send me an email if you have any other questions or need more help with finding freelance work online.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #154

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Ms. Dania!
I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of some legitimate modeling agencies in Barcelona and Milan? 


Hey, Anonymous! Below are the agencies you definitely want to check out. Some represent only men, while others only represent women. I included them all for the benefit of both aspiring male and female models that may be in those cities and in need of the same information:

BARCELONA:

Elite Barcelona
elitemodel.es

Sight Management
sight-management.com

Traffic Models
trafficmodels.com

Uno
unobcn.com

View Management
viewmanagement.com

MILAN:

d'MGMT group
dmanagementgroup.com

Elite Milan
elitemodel.it

I LOVE Models Management
ilovemodelsmanagement.com

IMG Milano
imgmodels.com

Next Milan
nextmodels.com

Why Not Model Management
whynotmodels.com

Women Milan
womenmanagement.com

BOOM Models Agency
boomtheagency.it

Ice Models
icemodels.it

Independent Men
independentmen.it

Monday, June 20, 2011

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Answering a Reader Question #153

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Dania! I know that some agencies will sign girls from out of town and act as mother agencies, getting them jobs in their hometown. Being 5'7, until I grow some more I can't really find any legitimate agencies in Chicago where I'm from. However, I'm going to LA in a couple of weeks for a competition, and I'm going to have a LOT of downtime where I can just roam the city. Do you know of any reputable agencies who may sign a girl from this far out of town?
Thanks! 


Hey, Anonymous! I don't know what each agency's policy is when it comes to working with models that live out of town, so that depends but below are the names and websites for modeling agencies in the Los Angeles area. Keep in mind, however, that at your height you are ideal for commercial/print. Many of the agencies in LA will only consider girls that are 5'8". Unless you are between the ages of 13-16, they may lower the height requirement to 5'7" but other than that, your best bet is to look at agencies with a commercial/print division. It doesn't hurt to also check out the fashion agencies but just know that your height could be an issue for a lot of them.

I Model and Talent
http://www.imodelandtalent.com

Action Agency
http://www.actionagencyla.com/

Nouveau Model & Talent
http://www.nouveaumodels.com

Bleu Model Management
http://www.bleumodels.com

Ford LA
http://www.fordmodels.com

Next LA
http://www.nextmodelsusa.com

Vision Management Los Angeles
http://visionmodelmanagement.com

BMG Models LA
http://www.bmgmodels.com

LA Models
http://www.lamodels.com

Q Model Management LA
http://www.qmanagementinc.com

Wilhelmina Los Angeles
http://www.wilhelmina.com

Friday, June 17, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #152

Rayne Wrote:


Glad that someone is strong enough to spill the beans and be so helpfull! I've been trying the modeling thing since i was 13 i am now 19 and highly considering auditioning for cycle 18 in 2 days! all paperwork is filled out but any advice for the audition or tips? 

Hi, Rayne! Glad that my post about ANTM has been helpful for you! Really the only advice I can give you about attending the casting call is to be prepared for the cattle call. There are going to be so many girls there acting crazy and like they have no upbringing because there will be media there. It's okay to be excited but don't go overboard with your enthusiasm lol.

Dress like you would as if you were going to a traditional casting call for a modeling agency. There is no need to wear outlandish outfits or be a total brand-whore by dressing from head to toe in some fancy designer threads. Keep it simple: dark skinnies, high heels and a form fitting tank top or t-shirt. Minimal makeup and pull your hair back into a ponytail so they can see your face/bone structure.

Everything is going to be done in a huge group so you don't really have to worry about anything one-on-one. Just make sure you pay attention to their instructions when you go inside the room to face the first round of panel judges (Tyra and people from ANTM will not be there...you'll be dealing with regular production people for the show). Be patient and prepared to wait around. Bring a book or something to occupy you in the meantime. Have fun, make friends and I'm sure you'll do great!!! Good luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #151

Anonymous Wrote:


What are the chances of being a runway model in NYC at 5'8? 

Hi, Anonymous! NYC is one of the toughest markets to break into and 5'8" is definitely on the shorter side of the height spectrum. That being said, the competition will be high BUT if you have an amazing look then agencies will be interested in signing you. While 5'8" is considered "short" in the runway world, it does meet the minimum height requirement so it'll get you in the door. Plus, there are so many runway/fashion agencies in the NYC market so you're bound to find one that will be interested in representing you.

Good luck!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #150

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Ms. Dania!
I was wondering if you had a post about what steps one should make to become a model. Such as how to get a portfolio together for open casting.

Thanks! 


Hey, Anonymous! Below are links to my blog posts that talk about the subjects you're asking about:

Where Do You Start?
Sending Pictures to a Modeling Agency: Professional or Non-Professional, Which is It?
Casting Calls
Tips for Attending Open Casting Calls


Just FYI: you don't have to put together a portfolio with professional pictures for open casting calls if you don't have any experience. 9 times out of 10 agencies will ask for non professional, digital snapshots. Hope that helps!

Answering a Reader Question #149

Anonymous Wrote:


hey dania!
I was wondering what the best haircut for a model was.
Thank you! 


Hello! There is no "perfect" or "ideal" haircut for models. Of course the more hair you have, the more that can be done with it so longer to medium length hair is preferable. Short hairstyles are fine, too, and won't necessarily put a model out of the running but that mainly depends on if the agency they get signed to likes their hair as it is or wants to change it up by adding extensions. When it comes to hair, things can always be worked around. Whatever haircut you've got now, make sure you're comfortable with it because if the agency likes you, they'll want you to keep it that way or if you decide to make a drastic change, you'll have to touch bases with your agent first and if they are okay with it, you'll have to completely redo your portfolio. So that's another thing to keep in mind.

Quick Tip #14

There's updated info about how to submit yourself to become JET Magazine's "Beauty of the Week"...check out my revised blog post for the details:

"Want to Be a JET Magazine Beauty of the Week?"

Good luck!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #148

Candace J Wrote:


I want to apply to be a Jet beauty of the week sometime this year. What is a good exercise regimen for a 2 piece body? And what is a good place to get a unique swim suit for this? 

Hi, Candace and thanks for the questions. Below is a link to a great exercise regimen for getting a bikini-ready body, which comes from Fitness Magazine's website (they definitely know what they're talking about!). It involves the use of Pilates, which is a very effective approach for toning up, slimming down and burning fat. Additionally, it only takes about 20 minutes for performing each set of exercises so it isn't time consuming:

Pilates for a Beach-Ready Body

As for where to get your swimsuit, I personally only buy my swimsuits from Victoria's Secret. They have many styles to choose from and if you are familiar with their stuff, you'll easily be able to spot which styles are the ones everyone wears and which ones are more unique. I got their most recent swimwear catalog in the mail and they have a ton of new designs and a lot of them are on sale, too. So definitely check out the VS website and see if there are any designs/styles there that you like.

Good luck!!!

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #147

Anonymous Wrote:


i am about to submit to be a jet beauty but im having trouble fitting all that i have to say in 50 words.... i am very passionate about this opportunity and was wondering if u could help me to write an effective essay...=) thnx 

Hello, Anonymous! I'd be more than willing to help you out with your essay! Please shoot me an email: daniadenise@gmail.com and I'll be able to give you the assistance you need. Good luck and I'll be looking for your message! :-)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Saffron Rare Threads Fashion Show, San Francisco, May 2011

Yay for pictures! This latest event was a fashion show for the boutique, Saffron Rare Threads, which is located in San Francisco. What I loved about this designer's line of clothing was that it was tailored for petite women. The head designer/owner, Priya, is a petite woman herself--she's maybe 5'1" or 5'2"? When I went in for the casting, I knew I'd instantly like working with her and she obviously felt the same way because I got hired as one of five models for the show.

The Saffron Rare Threads fashion show took place inside of the actual boutique, which was cool because there was one part of the store that had a ramp that sloped down, similar to a runway. It definitely made for great photo opportunities. I arrived the day of the show to find out that one model called in sick so we were down to four. As a result, I had an additional outfit to wear, which I didn't mind at all. There was some last minute changes to two of the outfits for me, however, so I didn't end up wearing all of the outfits I had tried on at the casting a few weeks prior. Luckily, everything fit me perfectly.

The crowd packed the boutique and it was standing room only. The music was fast-paced and really set the perfect tone. They ended up slicking our hair back into a ponytail. I made sure to bring my extensions, which gave me a really cool look. Unfortunately, I haven't come across any photos yet that show a side or back view to show off my hair (but I'm still searching!).

Overall, the show was a success, although it was hectic since there was only four of us and that meant taking our time walking through the store in order to buy time for the other models. Thank goodness for our backstage dressers! Here are some of my favorite flicks from the show:






This was a sample dress they made that they weren't sure they wanted to mass produce yet. I was happy to learn that after I wore it in the show, they got flooded with orders! I'm thinking about using my store gift certificate to buy this dress for myself!
Group photo with Saffron Rare Threads owner, Priya (in the middle).

Raw Unearthed Fashion Show, San Francisco

Got a chance to track down photos from the latest fashion shows I've done recently. This one was for a local designer I had worked with before, Amanda Howard, of Exceptions Designs.

The Raw Unearthed Fashion Show took place at one of San Francisco's popular art galleries that also had a bar area. The cool thing about this event, which was similar to the other show I did with Amanda, was that hair and makeup was all done on the floor in front of the public.

Because I had done this before, I wasn't too unnerved by having people see us "undone" lol. The hair stylist took out my extensions and flat ironed my hair with the original plan of putting them in as a live demo to the audience. Unfortunately, time was working against us so we didn't get a chance to do that. As a last minute decision, they just kept my natural hair and braided it into an updo.

We had one model flake so that shifted the lineup and who got to wear what outfit. The turnout was great...the place was packed and everyone was really excited for the show. I had one outfit that truly allowed me to experience was Jennifer Lopez must have felt when she wore that famous Versace dress.

Let's just say double-sided tape was my best friend that night! I was excited, too, because it was the second time that I got to be the closing model to walk with the designer (for fashionista/fashion show fans, you know how significant that is).

Here are some flicks from the show:

My risque dress. Thank you, double-sided tape!

Striking a pose after the show.

I got a lot of kudos from the ladies in the audience, who said they'd never have the guts to wear such a dress.

It took every ounce of control I had to not look at my chest to see if one of my breasts came out...the whole time I chanted to myself, "Don't look at your boobs, don't look at your boobs..." LOL

Don't worry, I was instructed to hold part of the dress as I walked. ;-)

Waiting for hair and makeup before the show. Never thought I'd be addicted to my phone but, alas, I am!

Answering a Reader Question #146

Anonymous Wrote:


Hello Dania, I love your blog! I am going to an open call in a little while, and the agency didn't specify about bringing shapshots, but I figured it'd be better to be safe than sorry. All it said was that professional photos weren't necessary. So should I bring them in the photo envelope, or in a folder, or a binder? And does it matter what size the pictures are? Like should I make a picture a full page, or the typical photo size? Thanks!! 

Hi, Anonymous! Excellent questions! Let's get you some answers. :-)

Your snapshots should be about 5"x 7" in size. The only time your photos should be large, like an 8"x 10", is if they are professional pictures. 5"x 7" is ideal for bringing with you to open calls. You can carry them in your hand if you want--there is no particular or preferred way that agencies want you to bring them. They don't have to be put on display in a portfolio case, binder or anything fancy. But if you want to just put them in a photo envelope that will prevent them from getting damaged or bent, that's fine. Be prepared to give your snapshots to the agencies for them to keep as well. Some people don't know that and kind of panic (why, I'm not sure lol). So make sure you've got copies saved on your computer so you can print them out again for future open calls.

Good luck--I'm rooting for ya!!!