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Monday, April 29, 2013

In My Own Words: Dania Denise Interview (The Over Exposed Podcast)

It's always cool when I get contacted by people wanting to interview me about my modeling career and/or blog. This latest opportunity was for a great website that just launched and is all about interviewing and spotlighting people, especially women, who are successful business owners that use social media and branding to promote themselves.

The head honcho of the site Over Exposed, Umar, emailed me after coming across my Modeling 101 blog. He loved what I was doing so much that he chose me to be his first interview for the Over Exposed Podcast's first episode.

For anyone that's interested, the podcast can be heard right on the Over Exposed, Inc. website, as well as on iTunes. In my own words, you'll hear me talk about a range of topics, from how I got started in the modeling industry, to advice for new models and even the craziest things I've done to get a gig:

Here is a bonus link to an article posted on the Over Exposed Podcast, where I was also chosen as the Model of the Week. :-)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Quick Tip #61

Category: Modeling Agencies
For: Male & Female Models

Do you have more than one agency to submit to? Make sure you send out all agency submissions within the same time frame. You don't have to submit to one at a time and wait for a decision before moving on to the next. It's better to submit to all your choices around the same time because it increases the chances of getting responses around the same time period as well.

This is especially helpful for those that wind up with more than one offer to choose from. Waiting too long in between to send out agency submissions could result in getting some offers right away but being conflicted because you haven't heard back from the other choices yet (which could take weeks).

Contract offers have a shelf life and agencies will only give models a short amount of time to make a decision so help yourself out and send those submissions on their way...no lagging!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dania Denise Webinar Update #4: Latest Poll Results

Another poll closed! Thanks to those of you that answered the latest poll questions in regards to my webinar that I'm working on.

Based on the results, it looks like I'll be scheduling for a Saturday around 3pm (PST). Keep in mind that I live in California...3pm my time shouldn't be too crazy for anybody in the U.S. My international readers, I'm not sure how that would work for you, if it does at all. So I apologize in advance if that time for me means some insane time where you are!

For now I plan on making the webinar 1 hour, with an extra 10 minutes set aside to answer questions from attendees afterwards.

I've been working on the actual Powerpoint presentation that will go along with the webinar, which you'll be able to see on your screen in order to follow along. My only worry is that I'll be discussing stuff you may already know as a result of being readers of my blog. But then again, there are a lot of posts on Modeling 101 and not everyone who reads my blog has gone through all the posts...it may be easier to treat everyone that attends as if on a blank slate. Of course I won't be "dumbing down" any of the content but just so you know, some topics and info I'll touch on during the webinar might be stuff you already know or have learned from my blog.

There is no confirmed date set just yet. Since I want it to take place on a Saturday, I need to find out when I'll have a Saturday free (I'm booked almost all the weekends in May already!). I think the last Saturday in May, 5/27, could be a good date so I'm going to keep an eye on setting aside that day for now. Once I get something totally confirmed, you'll be the first to know!

Thanks for your continued patience and for hanging in there with me as I get all this stuff put together!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Manscaping: What Male Models Need to Know

In the dating world, there certainly is debate as to whether body hair on a man is sexy or not. In the modeling world, however, it's a different ball game. Fellas, if you're interested in getting into modeling but are concerned about the amount of body hair you have, there are options.

First, let me say that you don't necessarily have to be completely shaved in order to make it as a male model (unless you've got crazy body hair on your back and shoulders...in such a situation, yeah, take all of that off!).

The chest is the one area where I believe all male models should be well groomed. Got hairy arms and legs? You can leave those areas alone for now--submit your snapshots or attend open casting calls and find out if the agencies think you should change it. If not, you'll be in the clear. Actually, if you'd rather get feedback about your body hair situation overall before going down the manscaping route, that's totally fine, too.

But if your body hair really bothers you and you feel manscaping would give you a better shot at gaining agency interest (or if you're a freelance male model that thinks the cleaner look would get you more work), then have at it.

Again, you don't have to take all of the hair off if you don't want to. If you have a lot of chest hair, then you'll want to trim it down and get it looking nice. Below is a great example of how you can minimize chest hair without looking like you haven't hit puberty yet (lol):
I'm sure you've seen plenty of photos and advertisements where male models have some hair on their chest and even a "happy trail." What matters when it comes to body hair and male modeling is the amount and how it appears. Before reaching for that razor though, you may want to read on to find out what this "manscaping" business is all about and what to expect.

It. Will. Itch. Like. Crazy.

Never shaved an area of your body before? As any woman will tell you, including myself, after shaving, that area is going to itch! First timers may find this itchiness unbearable but this part of the process is totally normal. But you don't want to mess your skin up while trying to find relief. Instead of scratching the area raw, apply a soothing lotion or cream. That usually does the trick.

After getting used to shaving, the itchiness won't be as severe--you'll get used to it.

Choose the Right Shaving Tool

Have you decided you want to completely remove the hair but have never been a fan of razors? Then don't use one. Men have tons of amazing electric shaving devices to use, both in and out of the shower. It is important to take your skin type into account and how it reacts to certain things.
Don't have an electric shaver yet? Get one! Already have one but never used the attachments? It's time to learn! Depending on your hair type, you might have to also incorporate the use of trimming scissors or a comb to get the results you want.
All skin types can benefit from removing body hair in the shower by using a waterproof electric shaver, especially men with dry and sensitive skin. Don't forget to use a quality shaving cream or body wash to help prep the skin for the act of shaving...but only use this type of product if it works with your electric shaver. Needless to say, if you're using a good ole razor, you'll definitely want to use shaving cream.

To be on the safe side, first timers should do a test patch and wait 24 hours to see if there is a negative skin reaction. If not, then it's safe to say you'll be okay with removing the hair from the rest of the area.

Want to simply trim the hair down and shape it? An electric shaver with the right trimmer attachment should do the trick. Experiment with the different settings or attachments you have until you get the results you want. Manscaping via trimming can be done outside of the shower. This will make it much easier to see what you're doing. Of course it takes practice so don't expect to get it right the first time.

Check Your Progress

When trimming outside of the shower, perform this task in front of a mirror with good lighting. Stop every so often and check out your work in the mirror. This will help you see if everything is even or if there are any spots you've missed.

Take Care of Your Skin

Even though the skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, that doesn't mean it shouldn't be given some TLC once you start manscaping. Healthy skin is model skin and even male models have to learn how to take care of themselves properly in this aspect.

Once you've started manscaping, make sure to keep the area well hydrated and moisturized using a quality lotion that works for your skin type. If possible, avoid "dry shaving" since it usually leads to upset and inflamed skin.

Suffer from pesky ingrown hairs? Exfoliating in the shower using a body scrub before shaving or trimming will bring those ingrown hairs to the surface and give you much smoother results.

In case I wasn't very clear about the matter: trimming should be done outside of the shower on dry skin. Shaving (removing all the hair) should be done in the shower when the skin is wet. Avoid "dry shaving" since it tends to cause skin irritation.

Got signed to an agency without having to manscape? Kudos! But be aware that there is always the possibility that a client may request that you shave or trim your body hair for certain projects or shoots.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dania Denise Interview: PhotoPlace NL (Netherlands)

Remember my blog post introducing the wonderful 40+ model named Maria? Well, she returned the favor by interviewing me for the site PhotoPlace NL, which is a Netherlands based social networking site for the modeling community. I was really happy to be interviewed and it just went live today. I was contacted by the site's owner, who told me my page on the site has already received a number of hits.

I don't know if the Netherlands is a market that would be welcoming to my height and look but at least now that part of the world knows who I am!

You can click on the link below to check out my PhotoPlace NL interview (the first part is in Dutch but the English translation is further below if you scroll further down the page):

Dania Denise's PhotoPlace NL Interview