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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Quick Tip #19

Category: Etiquette
For: Male & Female Models

This may make me seem like a stickler but as I always say, it's in the details! I personally and professionally do not like chewing gum--mainly because it becomes such a bad habit that most people forget they're doing it...namely when attending castings, go-sees and shoots. It just looks so unprofessional (I can't help but think of cows chewing grass whenever I see someone actively smacking on their gum). I can't tell you the number of times I've seen models called out on this habit by clients...pretty embarrassing. I got out of gum chewing a long time ago and highly favor mints (Tic Tacs are my drug of choice, lol). They're small and I can easily chew and swallow it at the last minute while still having fresh breath.

So my advice, carry a tin of mints with you when going to modeling gigs if you're concerned about your breath. If you just have to chew gum, only do so afterwards when business is taken care of. Like I said, it may seem like a little thing to make a fuss over but if you've seen how irritated or put off clients are by having a model smacking on gum during a shoot, go-see or casting, you'll know there's a reason I've posted about this subject as a Quick Tip. ;-)

Answering a Reader Question #189

Anonymous Wrote:

hey dania im feeling insecure about my back i work out like crazy and diet but the fat on my back won't budge im losing inches every where else im really frustrated and i dont know what to do. in regards to a bikini i look OK from the front what do i do because i want my small pockets of back fat gone. im 5'4'' measurements are 31.5 D, 26.5 and 36.5 im african american i dont know if that will help but im really frustrated with my body please help me 


Hi, Anonymous! I can definitely hear the frustration in your words and am sorry you have to deal with such an issue. It's good that you are physically active and watch what you eat. Are you performing exercises that are designed to workout the back area where your pockets of fat are? General exercise alone won't be enough. Check out the link below from the site LiveStrong.com, which lists specific exercises for getting rid of back fat:

How to Get Rid of Back Fat Rolls With Exercise


Genetics plays a huge part in why some women develop pockets of back fat and others don't. The way people lose fat is in a predetermined, genetic order. It doesn't come off in uniform/even amounts from the body all at once. It is also important to know that targeting the area through exercise alone won't miraculously get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, this is a tough issue to deal with but hopefully some of the exercises from the link above will give you better results. Remain consistent and you should notice a difference. Sometimes it takes months or even longer to get favorable results.

Answering a Reader Question #188

Anonymous Wrote:

If I get signed with Ford or Elite, do I have to move to NYC? What if I can't afford to live there, but get signed with them? Also, if it doesn't work out, is Wilhelmina of PA and other "branch" agencies a scam? Or is it a safe starting point as a model? I have looked at their models and I am much skinnier and taller than a lot of them, which concerns me...aren't all fashion models generally around the same size? Finally, I am concerned about having dance experience...I saw an interview and apparently Adriana, Candice, and Lindsay were all very talented dancers before they began modeling. Thanks! 


Hi, Anonymous! Let's jump into your questions!

Ford and Elite have offices all over the country. Whichever city/state you apply to is the city/state where you will work. So if you send in your pictures or attend a casting for Ford or Elite in NYC and get signed by either, then you will have to work in that market. Oftentimes models that get signed to NYC agencies who live outside of the area will relocate/move in order to work there. Many of the fashion agencies in New York have housing options for its models so even if you had to relocate, depending on who you sign with, they'll work out living arrangements with you. Check out the following link to a blog post I wrote to learn more about model dorms and housing: Model Dorms

To answer your second question about other agency branches, well known agencies that are recognizable by name often have multiple office locations in other cities and states. In general, these other office locations are not scams. If a particular office or branch ends up under new management or gets bought out by another agency or organization, that is when you need to be cautious because they may or may not operate the new office according to the same standards or ideals as the original one. Far as I know, Wilhelmina's PA office is legit and they state on their website's FAQ section that models do not have to pay any fees to get signed. Wilhelmina is a great agency with a good rep so definitely apply to them. In fact, submit to as many local agencies as possible. There is no limit and it increases your odds of getting signed. So have at it!

Not all models are exactly the same size. While the industry standards for measurements and height are set, this does not mean all fashion models are clones of one another. Some are smaller in size/measurement and others may be slightly larger (within what is acceptable for agencies of course). Additionally, if Wilhelmina also represents other divisions of models, such as plus size or commercial/print, then of course those models are going to be different in size and shape than the traditional fashion models they have on the roster.

Having dance experience is not a requirement for becoming a model, nor does it put you out of the running if you lack this type of skill. It's more of a coincidence that some models also happen to have a background in dance. While this skill does help with being more graceful and creating natural movement for poses, don't feel like you need to sign up for dance classes or that your odds of getting signed to an agency are going to be worse. If you've got the height, look and measurements, an agency will snatch you up.

Answering a Reader Question #187

Blackberry Confessions Wrote:

I know this is an old post however, I stumbled upon your page and thought maybe you have answered a question I’ve asked everyone I’ve come across.

Last year May 17th I got into a car accident and now I have a noticeable scar on my upper left forehead. It’s been a year and I’ve done quite a few shows, some with my scar covered and a few with it out.. I’m 5'8-5'9 (I get told different all the time) 120 lbs love Runway. I returned to nyc in hopes of trying to eliminate free shows from my roster and start only taking on paid assignments. Now I consistently question if I even have a fighting chance? what do you think ? 


Hi, Blackberry Confessions (great name, btw)! I think you're psyching yourself out and analyzing your situation too much, which can throw you off your game. From what you've written, it sounds like you have more than a fighting chance and have already established yourself as a working runway model. Even though you have the scar from your accident, you've stated that you've done quite a few shows. Plus, you have the height and weight so I think you're good to go.

While it's great to get feedback from others, the most important factor is what you think about yourself. If YOU think you have a fighting chance, if YOU know you've got what it takes, if YOU can get the results clients want, then you have no place else to go but up and being that you're in the NYC market, there are plenty of opportunities to jump into. So go for it and don't look back! :-)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #186

Anonymous Wrote:

Hey- I'm 5'6, have good curves (34C, 26" waist, 35" hips) natural blonde hair and blue eyes. I was looking into Victorias Secret but I am too short. Do you know of any fields that demand models with curves (probably swimsuit) but the height requirement is lower? I'm also 21 and have never modeled before, just kinda curious. Thanks! 

Hi, Anonymous! In general, swimwear, lingerie and glamor modeling has open height requirements so you should definitely look into any of those. There are some agencies that specialize in swimwear and fitness modeling but these are not divisions that all agencies represent. In many instances, models that pursue swimwear, lingerie and glamor do it freelance, which means they act as their own agent and find their own work. This also means the need to have a professional portfolio put together in order to submit yourself to gigs. It's a more challenging route but if you can manage to find an agency with the right division, then you can simply leave it up to them to do the bulk of the work for you. So those are your two options: find an agency with a swimwear/lingerie/glamor division or go for a freelance career.

Hope that helps but if you need more information, shoot me an email: daniadenise@gmail.com and I'll be able to assist you with your specific situation.

Good luck to you!

Answering a Reader Question #185

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi there :)
I'm a new reader to your blog so I'm catching up on your posts. I apologize if something similar has already been posted.
I have been interested in modeling for years, however I always prioritized my academics so I've graduated from high school and graduated from college, afterwards I got pregnant (whoops) and now that my daughter is over a year old (and I am going to be 25 in a couple months) I have really been looking into modeling. I want to pursue my dream before it really is too late. It seems like so many girls start before they're even out of high school nowadays. Do you think 25 years old is too late to start a modeling career? And do you have any advice for someone getting "late start"? 


Hi, Anonymous! No problem...I've got a lot of posts so it can be difficult to find exactly what you're looking for. :-)

25 isn't too old to start modeling if you pursue commercial/print. Fashion agency models usually cap off the age limit at 22 but the age range is open for the print modeling industry. You'd fall under the category of a "print" or "lifestyle" model. There is a lot of demand for women in their mid to late 20s and older so if you can manage to find an agency with a print/lifestyle division, you'll definitely be able to get your feet wet in the industry.

Here is a link to a blog post I did about the subject of lifestyle and mature modeling that you should check out:

Lifestyle & Mature Modeling

Do an online search for modeling agencies within a 2 hour's drive from where you live and their official websites will state what their guidelines are for submissions as well as requirements. If you need assistance locating legit agencies in your area, feel free to send me an email: daniadenise@gmail.com.

Good luck!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #184

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi

I have stretchmarks in my lower back, hips and breasts. They are pretty noticeable. I saw that you mentioned you also had stretchmarks so I wanted to know what you do to cover them up. Especially for fittings and fashion shows?

I live in Miami where most of the work is bikini.

Thx


Hi, Anonymous, and thanks for the question! The fastest solutions include body makeup and spray tanning. Sometimes getting a spray tan can help but it won't make the stretch marks completely disappear, although it helps create a more uniform skin color. So those are your two main options. Dermablend is one of the most widely used brands of body makeup that you can find online and in certain stores. Get a sample and see what kind of coverage it offers for the areas you want to hide your stretchmarks.

Hope that helps and good luck!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Latest Tearsheets: Omnicell

I was very happy to get a big envelope in the mail today from the company Omnicell, which is a medical supply business that I did a shoot for a little while ago (see my post, "Latest Shoot: Omnicell Product Shoot"). I'm sure you've heard me talk about how hard it is to get copies of photos from photographers sometimes--nonetheless tearsheets from clients--so receiving these tearsheets definitely made my day!

The images from the shoot I did were used for Omnicell's marketing material, brochures and fliers. I believe they may also appear on the company website, but that's not for sure. Below are the actual marketing materials my photos are in, which I scanned. I have the hard copies resting comfortably in my portfolio book. :-)



Answering a reader Question #183

Anonymous Wrote:


Any tips for having white teeth in photos all the time? thanks for all the advice!! 

Hi, Anonymous! You're very welcome! The easy answer to your question is: Photoshop. LOL. Not all models have perfectly brilliant and white teeth. Before any professional image is published, the photographer or whoever is in charge of retouching the selected images uses Photoshop to make the model's teeth appear whiter or whatever other changes need to be made. So you don't really have to worry about that.

The more involved answer is to simply turn to any of the at-home teeth whitening products that can be purchased at your local drugstore. Of course using these products too much can be more harmful than helpful so whichever type of teeth whitening kit you end up buying, make sure to follow the instructions and only use it for the amount of time suggested.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #182

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi Dania!
Next summer I am going to be in New York for a school program. I thought that I would be able to go to open calls during my free days. Do you know which NY agencies have open calls?

Thanks! 


Hey there, Anonymous! Below are the agencies in NY that have open calls...all the others request email, regular mail or electronic form submissions:

BMG Models
http://www.bmgmodels.com
Open call for our New York office is every Thursday between 3pm – 3:30pm. Please call the New York office for more details at 212.279.6800

Ford Models New York
http://www.fordmodels.com
Monday - Friday
2pm - 4pm
Specifications:
Age 13 and Up
Women: 5’8” - 5’11”
Men: 6' - 6'2"

Fusion Model Management
http://www.fusionnyc.com
Open Calls are Friday's from 3-4pm

MSA Models
http://www.modelserviceagency.com
Open Call: Held every Tuesday between 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Request Model Management
http://www.requestmodels.com
Open call: Wednesdays (11am-12pm)
Please bring snapshots/polaroids that show a clear headshot and full length body image to open calls.

Vision Model Management

http://visionmodelmanagement.com
We hold open calls for models and photographers:
Tuesday and Thursday 3-4 pm

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #181

Anonymous Wrote:

How long does it usually take to get a response? Will I get one even if it's a no?

Hey, Anonymous! It varies but typically it takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks to hear back, if not sooner. Unfortunately, because agencies are very busy and get many submissions, they do not have the time to go through and reply back to every single submission they get. So if an agency isn't interested, you simply won't hear back from them. However, in most cases, you're allowed to resubmit your information after six months to one year to see if your look is in demand at that point in time.

Answering a Reader Question #180

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi! This is anna again! You said i had potential and they might be willing to overlook the slight height issue; I am currently filling out info for Ford and Elite, my question is, what kind of pose should i do for the pictures? It asks for a 3/4 profile shot, shoulder up, waist up, and full length. Should I be smiling, or attempting to appear like a professional model? Also, would it be bad to send in for both at the same time, or should I just do one, see what happens, then try the second? Finally, if it doesn't work out, which agency would you suggest as a backup plan? Thanks again so much for your help!! You are honestly the help I needed to pursue this dream!

Hi, Anna! If you're filling out the info for the model submission on Ford's website, there is actually a part of the application that shows photo examples of what kind of pictures they want. There is also this link on the site that goes into more detail about how your pictures should look:

Ford Models - Things to Remember For Your Snapshots

No smiling and no fancy model poses. When filling out the electronic form for Elite Models, they ask for two photos to be uploaded: one headshot, facing the camera (you shouldn't smile in this one) and one profile. It doesn't say whether the profile should be full body or a profile headshot but in this case, you should probably do a full body profile just to be on the safe side. Remember, your face should be in profile so don't look at the camera. No smiling for this photo, either. Below are tips for your photo submission straight from Elite's website:
  • Photos should not be professional, do not pose
  • Use either a digital, disposable, film, or polaroid camera
  • Background should be a plain (preferably white) wall
  • Keep hair natural and do not wear makeup
  • Photos should include some with your hair up and some with your hair down

It's not bad to submit to both Ford and Elite at the same time...agencies don't know who else you've submitted to unless you tell them (which you definitely should NOT do!). In fact, it's better to submit to as many as possible at the same time to increase your chances and then see who responds back. Then go from there to see which one you feel would give you the best representation. If you happen to get interest from both Elite and Ford, signing with either one would be fine.

There are too many high fashion agencies in the NY area than one can count but submitting to any of these would be great for your career:

BMG Models
http://www.bmgmodels.com

Boss Models New York
http://www.bossmodels.com

Click Model Management
http://www.clickmodel.com

DNA Model Management
http://www.dnamodels.com

IMG Models
http://www.imgmodels.com

New York Model Management
http://www.newyorkmodels.com

Next Model Management
http://www.nextmodelsusa.com

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

Wilhelmina
http://www.wilhelmina.com

Women Management
http://www.womenmanagement.com

Answering a Reader Question #179

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Dania! I had a question about model searches. When the people interviewing you ask you to just "tell us about yourself", what kind of information are they looking for? Thanks so much! 

Hi, Anonymous! Your question is actually very similar to one I already answered recently. Check out this other Reader Question post for your answer:

Answering a Reader Question #171

Friday, August 12, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #178

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi dania can you do a post about sunscreen. I have oily skin and I'm having trouble finding sunscreen for my skin. Also could you include how to re-apply sunscreen when you have makeup on according to the sunscreen bottle it has to be applied every 80min how do you do that with foundation and powder on. I'm curious when looking at someone are you able to tell if they were sunscreen or not like can you tell if the environment/lifestyle has affected their skin. thank you

Hi, Anonymous! Great questions, especially since summer is in full swing. I would recommend using a separate sunscreen product for your face and body. It'll be more challenging to find the right product for your complexion compared to your body, though since the skin on our faces is much more sensitive in general compared to the rest of our body.

When shopping for sunscreen for your face, make sure you look for a product that specifically states on the label that it's formulated for oily and/or combination skin. That's the first step to weeding out the many options on the shelf. Next, narrow down your choices further by looking for those also labeled "non-comedogenic," which means it won't clog your pores and that is not oil-based. Water-based are the best for your skin type.

If you really want to find a face product that you can stick with that gives great results, you'll more than likely have to invest in something a bit pricier than what you'll find at the drugstore (while normal and combination skin types can usually get away with using drugstore sunscreens on their face, you'll want to cater to your special skin type if you really want to take care of it in the long run). You may want to check out the Natural Sunscreen line from Bare Escentuals, which is a mineral powder sunblock that has SPF 30. It's available at Sephora for about $30 but you might be able to find it at a more affordable price by shopping online. In general, you'll want to look at powder formulas because these are easily absorbed into the skin and gives a matte finish so you don't have to worry about shine like you would with a cream or liquid formula.

As far as wearing makeup, if you use a powder sunscreen or sunblock you won't have to wear traditional sunscreen underneath your makeup first since this will be your protection against UVA and UVB rays. Or if you can manage to find makeup powder that already has SPF in it, that would let you kill two birds with one stone. Because powder sunscreen doesn't contain any actual foundation color (although it might be slightly tinted), you can apply it throughout the day as needed, which not only keeps your complexion protected, it'll also help cut down on any oily/shiny spots on your face, which is what regular powder does anyway. Or if you want to make things much easier on yourself, look for a foundation that already has SPF in its formula and offers a matte finish, then pair that with a powder with SPF so you can go about your makeup routine normally but with products that will also block out UV rays. So you've got those options you can experiment with.

As far as protecting the rest of your body, I would recommend Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock Body Mist, SPF 45. Online it's $10 and in stores I usually see it priced anywhere from $12 to $18. Since it's a spray, it goes on easily and is great for hard to reach areas. It isn't greasy and since I've used it, I've never gotten burned.

As far as being able to tell if a person's skin has been affected by lifestyle, sun damage and environmental pollutants, that all depends on the individual's skin type and color. Needless to say, the signs of sun damage are more visible on those with fair/pale skin than those that are tanned, olive or have darker complexions. Telltale signs include skin that appears "leathery" in appearance, age spots that are darker than the natural skin tone and look like freckles and of course fine lines and wrinkles that are deep and very creased in the skin. Environmental pollution on the skin also tends to result in a dull and drab appearance of the skin.

Hope that helps!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #177

Anonymous Wrote:

great photos i have to say. but i had a question. i hope you dont take this offensively but i needed to ask just in case it happens to me because i have always been scared that the same issue will affect me. i noticed in picture of you in the blue dress that your breasts look, and again excuse me for saying this, almost flat and kind of flappy. now i know as we get older gravity takes toll on womens breast and it is so unattractive-how do we prevent this "flappy" look. because even though the picture is gorgeous, in reality it was the first thing i noticed

Hey, Anonymous! Don't worry, no offense taken...in fact, I actually laughed out loud when I read your comment. To be honest, this isn't an issue with designers, nor should it be something that you should worry about when it comes to your breasts. I am a 34B, which is considered fairly small-breasted and when it comes to fashion, specifically runway shows, the smaller the bust, the better. The majority of women's breasts have a natural sag or flatness to them, regardless of age or cup size. With the exception of those with implants or breast lifts, not many women's breasts naturally "sit up" or appear "lifted/rounded" on their own without some form of support. Even women with larger breasts will have a flatness to the top part of their breasts, if they're not wearing a bra. Below are some random images of models of varying bust sizes that have a natural flatness or flappiness to them:
If Naomi had been turned more to a profile, her breasts would have appeared very similar in appearance as mine in one of my fashion show pictures

Not sure if this is an actress or model but I chose this photo to illustrate how her breasts also have a flappiness or flatness to the top of them because she is without a bra. Their shape wouldn't have changed even if she wasn't wearing a fitted blazer.
Marissa Miller also lacked a natural lift before getting work done on her breasts.
One of the most famously small breasted models of our time, Kate Moss, lacking the same oomph and fullness to her breasts.
If you look at any high fashion show, you'll notice that even the smallest chested models have a "flappy" look to them, which is unavoidable when you're wearing clothing (such as the dress I was wearing in the post you mentioned) that does not have any built-in support.

So just short of getting breast implants or a breast lift (which I don't recommend), there is no real solution to this issue when it comes to wearing clothing without a bra in a show. We embrace these things and don't give it any thought. Like I said, such characteristics of female breasts are commonplace, even in modeling and won't deter your career in any way, unless the client/designer specifically requests models of a certain cup size because they're looking for that gravity defying, pushed up appearance.

Hope that helps!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Even Professional Models Still Get Nervous

I can't help but be tickled by the emails I receive from aspiring models sometimes. There's two extremes that I typically come across: the first are those that are so passionate, hyped up, intense and definitely driven to jump right into the modeling industry and take on the world.

The second extreme group of individuals share the same excited feelings but are very worried, overwhelmed and even appear to suffer from anxiety attacks just thinking about what pursuing modeling will be like and all the territory that comes with it.

I can totally read it in their words. Emails flooded with questions such as, "What do I do if [x, y, z] happens?" "What if I run out of poses?" "What'll happen if I'm walking down the runway and I bust out laughing?" "What if I don't do a good enough job?" Sometimes I just want to reach out, give them a hug and tell them it's going to be okay. :-)

To all the anxiety-ridden questions I will simply say, "It's not that serious." Seriously! It's normal for newbies to experience bouts of nervousness and self doubt when it comes to getting started in the industry--whether you've only gone as far as researching agencies or are getting ready for your first agency test shoot.

However, I can't stress enough the importance of knowing that in modeling, it's all about going with the flow...letting things happen as you feel them and just getting out there and seeing what happens, good or bad. No one expects you to get it right the first time or even the second or third for that matter. That's how all models know if this is the path that's truly for them.

Want to know a secret? Well, the title of this blog post pretty much puts it right out there in the open: even professional models get nervous. Sure, being on set, shooting on location or appearing on a runway may be just "another day at the office," but rest assured, just about every experienced model still gets the butterflies in his/her stomach or that annoying voice in the back of their head, doubting whether or not they can pull it off. It's completely normal. We don't think of ourselves as untouchable or infallible (at least the ones that aren't divas don't, haha).

It's what you do with those nerves and thoughts that will make or break your success as a model. If you make it a habit to over analyze, doubt yourself or focus on everything but the task at hand, you're sure to bang the nail on the coffin of your career before it's even begun. Hesitation, doubt, fear, worry and over analyzing will not only show up in your pictures, it will read in your body language during a fashion show. Instead of entertaining such thoughts, push them aside and replace them with positive energy and telling yourself that you've got the skills to get the best results. If anything, use your nervousness and doubt to motivate yourself to do even BETTER.

Believe it or not, I still get those little nagging voices in my head from time to time before I do a photoshoot. I still get butterflies in my stomach and shortness of breath before I step foot on the catwalk. What's my secret? Before the camera snaps the first flick or before I take center stage, I take a quick second to close my eyes, raise my chin up and whisper to myself, "Just breathe." Then I put my game face on and let my modeling persona/alter ego, Lola Fox, do the rest.

Whatever method or routine you develop to help you shake the nerves out, do it and stick to it. Despite the tricks of the trade and years of experience, no one is perfect, newbies, not even the pros...always remember that and you'll do just fine.

Quick Tip #18

Category: Posing
For: Male & Female Models

Models, be mindful when using your eyes to look sideways in a pose. Looking too far off to the side will photograph as if you have no pupils (i.e. demonic, lol). When you feel the need to look off to the side for a particular shot, pick a spot to look at that's a few inches (left or right) away from where the camera is instead of looking at it straight on.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Latest Shoot: NSG Hair Campaign

Another day, another shoot! My latest project was for a national hair campaign for a company called NSG, which makes high end hair extensions...and it's the good stuff! LOL. The shoot took place at the photographer's studio in Oakland, CA. My call time for makeup and hair was 9:30am.

There were three models total, including myself and the cool thing was that each of us got our own hair stylist to put in the extensions. There was one makeup artist and I loved how she did my makeup. I got that done first then I was sent to get my hair prepped.

The company's rep, who was also the person that chose us for the shoot, was there in the role of Creative Director. She basically worked with the photographer, Curtis Jermany, to make sure that he captured the images NSG wanted for its website, marketing materials and other printed items for showcasing the product.

I had to get most of my hair braided into cornrows for them to attach the extensions and the lady who did the braiding (bless her heart) was so rough that I was tearing up throughout the process. I never get my hair braided and I have sensitive scalp so having the pressure of pulling, braiding and tension gave me the biggest headache. But she did let me know to say if she was doing too much but I got used to it and just sucked it up. Thankfully, she's super skilled at braiding fast so she was done in about 20-25 minutes. Because my eyes had been tearing up, it kind of messed up my eye makeup so I had to get it retouched, haha. There's no beauty without pain, that's for sure!

Each model took turns doing solo shots, which were beauty oriented, meaning they were taken from the shoulder up. The shoot overall took about 7 hours total so it was a long day but a fun one, of course. Who can complain about sitting around getting pampered, having my hair and makeup done and taking pretty pictures?

I got to wear a denim type sundress, which was a bit big on me so they pinned the back as best as they could. Because the images were from the shoulders up, I kept my jeans on underneath but did put on my heels so that I could get into my "model mode" with posing. NSG is also looking for a spokesmodel for the company.

So far I'm in the running but because they're revamping everything, it will take a while for them to get around to solidifying the spokesmodeling position. I should get the final images in another 2 weeks but I did get one image from the photographer, as well as behind the scenes flicks, which were taken by the studio's intern, John. Thanks to him, I got some fun images to remember the experience.

I'm on the left. We laid on the floor for quite a while (my butt was so numb, haha). This was the last shot of the day and the only one with all of the models together.
Checking my makeup in the mirror.
Getting my lip color touched up.
Me in between shots in my size 2 dress that was so not a true size 2! I was thinking about my next pose.
Thinking about my next pose again in between shots.
John, the intern, has a knack for capturing candids of me where it actually looks like I was posing. I think I was spacing out, looking at the other models getting their makeup done, haha.
Me in action on set. Just another day at the "office." :-)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #176

Emilie Rose Wrote:


Hi, do you know of any reputable agencies in the Pittsburgh or nearby areas? 

Hi, Emilie! Below are agencies in the PA area that you'll want to check out:

PITTSBURGH, PA

Docherty Model & Talent Agency
http://www.dochertyagency.com

The Talent Group
http://www.talentgroup.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Expressions Modeling and Talent Agency, Inc.
http://www.expressionsmodels.com

Reinhard Model & Talent Agency
http://www.reinhardagency.com

"Answering a Reader Question Video Reply #1"

This is my first official video reply and for some reason the audio is out of sync. As I get more familiar with the whole vlogging thing, I'll make sure to work out the kinks so bear with me!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chat With T.I.L. Darling Model Dania Denise

Remember that blog post I did where I mentioned I'd be sharing some fun videos that were shot during one of my shoots? Well, here you go! These were two completely impromptu, unscripted interviews by the owner/photographer of T.I.L. Darling - The Online Boutique. This was his first time working with a model for his store and he's pretty fascinated by my profession and whether us models really do fit the stereotypes, LOL!

Just some fun stuff and a nice break in between shooting that day. We're actually in early pre-production for a short web series that deals with the search for the next face of T.I.L. Should everything turn out according to plan, I'll make sure to give you guys the dish on that project. Until then, check out my videos and enjoy!



Quick Tip #17

Category: Makeup
For: Female Models & Male Models (Occasionally)

Never assume the makeup artist at your shoot has your foundation color. To save time and effort, bring your foundation with you and ask the makeup artist if they want to use it. If you don't already have your own foundation, buy some! Male and female models alike have to wear makeup for shoots so don't take the chance of sporting a shade that doesn't quite match and make sure you've got the color that you know works. For the best results, have a professional makeup artist at the store match your shade for you--never just buy a color off the counter or at the drugstore. While drugstore foundation brands are great for daily wear, you'll want to invest in the good stuff for your professional modeling jobs.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #175

Anonymous Wrote:

The question is. Do you have a YouTube account? 

Hi, Anonymous! The answer is "yes." I have a YouTube account and even my own channel! Below is the link:

Dania Denise's YouTube Channel

Answering a Reader Question #174

FutureModel Wrote:

Hello dania!
quick question.
how would having naturally kinky hair effect my image in modeling? 


Hi, FutureModel! The "natural" look is actually very "in" for models--obviously for those that are models of color especially. So in a sense, your current hairstyle wouldn't have a negative effect on your image overall and could actually put you ahead of other models because you're sporting a look that is in demand. However, you may have to deal with having your hair straightened or styled in different ways for certain shoots, shows or projects. So be aware of that possibility.

In most cases you'll be asked if you are comfortable with such changes to your hair. If not, they'll work within your comfort zone or they may simply not book you because they're looking for someone that doesn't mind changing things up with their hair. It varies from gig to gig.