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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dania Denise Webinar Update #6: The Date is Set!

Thanks to all who voted on the latest poll I posted to find out which date would work best for setting up my webinar event!

The voting has closed and based on the results, the Dania Denise webinar will be set for Saturday, August 31st at 5:00pm PST.

I've decided to use GoToMeeting's regular platform instead of their GoToWebinar product, which apparently is more geared towards hosting a huge audience (like 100+ people).

But the traditional GoToMeeting platform will still allow you to see me via webcam, ask questions in real time, as well as follow along with what's happening on my screen. The only downside is that the regular GoToMeeting platform doesn't have a registration process like the GoToWebinar does.

Apparently with this platform I have to "invite" people to join the meeting. I'll work out the final details soon to find out exactly what that process involves and if it requires any action on your end as attendees.

So be on the lookout for further updates, including a post with specific instructions for how to attend the webinar. Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dania Denise's Favorite Finds: Que Bella Face Masks

Getting booked for a lot of modeling work is fantastic but it can also do a number on the skin, namely the face. Maintaining a healthy complexion is one of the biggest priorities for female and male models. After all, it's the money maker!

From time to time, I'll come across certain products that I really like...so much so, that I want to share it with my blog readers. So here is another post about one of my "Favorite Finds."

I love the beauty section of Target, there's so many different types of skin care and beauty items of all brands and types. One day while randomly browsing through this part of the store, I came across the Que Bella line of face masks. Aside from the colorful and visually appealing packaging, I saw that this brand contains all natural ingredients, which are always a plus when it comes to skin care.

Although I have a pretty solid skin care routine, all of the makeup that gets caked onto my face from doing lots of modeling eventually makes me feel like I need that "something extra" to really get it clean. Face masks are a great way to "reboot" the complexion and are ideal for both female and male models.

The Que Bella face masks come in a variety of types and for different purposes. In my case, I was looking for a face mask that would draw out the impurities and traces of makeup that I knew was sometimes left behind, even after a thorough cleansing. So I chose the Que Bella Detoxifying Dead Sea Mud Mask.

It worked wonders! All I had to do was wet my face and apply the mud mask using my fingertips. The "mud" is clay-like and goes on smooth. After letting it sit on my complexion for 15 minutes, I simply wash it off with warm water, pat my face dry and moisturize as usual. Each time I use this product my face is smooth and soft like a baby's bottom...not only that, my skin feels completely clean.

I only use the mud mask when needed, however. I wouldn't use it on a daily basis. I'd say it's okay to use this type of product once a week or once every other week--whenever your skin feels like it needs it.

I haven't tried the other face masks in the line yet but I only plan on trying the ones my skin needs. So far the Dead Sea Mud Mask does the trick. I typically get 2 uses out of 1 pack by only applying half of the mud mask in the pack to my face. To prevent the remaining mud mask from drying out, I make sure to seal/fold the packet so that the air doesn't get in.

If any of you, models or not, feel like your complexion needs some revitalization, I highly recommend checking out the Que Bella face masks. I found mine at Target but I'm sure they carry them at other places, as well as online.

***As with trying any new product, test a little bit on a small section of skin to see if a negative reaction occurs. If nothing happens, then it'll be fine to use the product on your face.***

Monday, July 22, 2013

Share Your Story: "How Modeling 101 Helped Me"

Me and my modeling student/protege, Jennifer.
Hello, my beloved readers!

This blog has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and I've been so fortunate to be contacted by so many aspiring and working models from around the globe. From helping people find agencies to submit to, giving pep talks and advice to debunking myths and keeping people from falling for scams, I'm humbled each and every day by the fact that you all trust me with your personal stories, experiences and dreams.

While I'm known "online" other than that, I'm a virtual stranger to almost all of you...so for my readers (and those who have stumbled upon my blog randomly) to reach out to me for assistance with breaking into modeling has been one of the greatest experiences in my career.

That being said, I wanted to give you guys an opportunity to share in what ways my Modeling 101 - "A Model's Diary" blog has helped you reach your modeling goals. Were you able to get signed to an agency? Did you finally realize what category of modeling you fit into? Did you manage to start a successful freelance modeling career? Even if it's as simple as how much more you now know about the modeling industry, please share your story with us!

I've created a new page on my blog called "How Modeling 101 Helped Me." You'll find it at the top of my blog underneath the photo header, among the other pages like my Resume, FAQs, etc.

I decided to create this page because I want others to know they're not alone in trying to figure out where they fit in with the modeling world. I also wanted to dedicate a space on my blog to show new readers and those who find my blog randomly in what ways people have been able to use my blog as a stepping stone in their efforts to begin a modeling career.

How can you share your story? There are 3 ways:

1) Email me directly at: daniadenise@gmail.com with your story and I'll add it to the page

2) Comment on this blog post and I'll copy/paste your story to the page

3) Comment on the actual "How Modeling 101 Helped Me" page and I'll add it to the body of the post itself (so that your story doesn't just appear as a comment)

Your story can be as short or as long as you want. Feel free to use your first name, "Anonymous" or whatever you want to be identified as. Please also note whether you are a Male or Female and your age. Other than that, there are no rules or specific guidelines...all I care about is hearing your story!

I hope you'll participate and show others that sometimes all that's needed is some research, a little help and a push in the right direction. Thank you in advance to those who decide to share their stories! :-)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Official Jira Couture New York Ad (Updated)

Remember a few posts back when I shared a photo of a cosmetics ad I did for a company called Jira Couture? Well, I kinda faked you out, lol.

I thought that was the version that would be used by the company for their New York marketing materials but come to find out via Facebook that they changed it and now have a new and improved version that has received the green light for use (not sure where or how it will appear but highly likely on the website and maybe advertisement banners?).

Anywho, here it is!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Let's Pick a Date for My Webinar, Modeling 101 Readers!!!

So you know that webinar I've been updating you about forever? Well, we're one step closer to making it a reality! Right above my blog posts you'll see a new poll, asking people to choose which Saturday in August they'd be available to attend my online event.

I want to give as much time as possible to vote, not to mention I would need enough time to send out the invitations for people to register, which is why I did not include the first Saturday in August on the list (August 17th I won't be available either).

Please take a quick moment to answer my poll and the date with the most votes is the one I will formally announce as the day my webinar event will take place. If there are any further instructions I need to give to you I'll update my blog with that info as well but for now all you need to do is vote! Thanks in advance!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Tips for Being Confident as a Male Model

There are so many females in the world competing to be models that it seems they would be the ones with all the insecurity and self confidence issues, right? Wrong. Having trouble with self confidence is something that affects both men and women.

When it comes to pursuing a career as a male model, there are certainly more things to be concerned about than the average fella. However, only by learning how to be truly self confident can any future male model find a measure of success in such a superficial and hectic industry.

You Don't Have to Be Beefcake/Chippendale Status

It can be easy to assume that male models are all rippling muscles and six-pack abs. Quite the contrary. Yes, there are buff, beefcake male model types out there but that is not a mainstay requirement to make it in the industry.

Fashion agencies like their men tall and lean or toned, not necessarily super muscular. In fact, having bulging muscles everywhere is actually a hindrance for high fashion and runway. It all has to do with sizing and fitting the sample garments designers use. With swimwear, obviously being bigger physically is more acceptable but for more traditional garments (i.e. suits, jeans, shirts, etc.) the more desirable body type is one that's more toned than chiseled.

Putting this into perspective is one way for aspiring male models to feel less like they have to completely transform themselves into a hulking mass of muscles. As long as you're fit and healthy in appearance, there is a type of male modeling that will suit who you are, not who you need to change yourself to be.

Stop Worrying About the Guy Next to You

Sizing up the competition can backfire if you're not naturally self confident. There are tons of gorgeous men out there who all would make for great male models but as the saying goes, it is more than just looks. If you're so busy analyzing other male models at an agency open call or during a casting, that is time you're taking away from building yourself up to perform well in front of the agency or client.

This doesn't mean you should be anti-social or unapproachable, however. With time and practice it is possible to size up the competition to see who you're up against while mentally playing up your strengths and reasons for why you're the right person for the job or agency. There is only one you so stop worrying about everyone else and stay focused on what's in front of you.

Don't Be Afraid of the Mirror

There are a lot of jokes about the idea of a man spending a lot of time in the mirror but when it comes to self confidence, being able to love the reflection that's staring back at you has nothing to do with being an ego-manic or a male diva.

When it comes to physical insecurities, the best way to face them is head on in the mirror. It takes time to learn how to look at yourself and appreciate the things you both love and hate about your body but being comfortable doing this is a realistic goal that has to be reached if you have any hope of making it as a male model.

Of course there are going to be guys who can't resist stopping in front of a mirror in order to groom and admire themselves. You want to be the guy that looks in the mirror and smiles because he knows he is capable and confident in himself.

You Are Only As Good You Believe You Are

It's easy to psyche yourself out. Most new models do it without even realizing it. Male models with difficulty in the self confidence department tend to be the most over analytical. Being good at modeling comes naturally to most models. For some, it takes time and getting their feet wet in order to learn the ropes. Whatever your situation is, don't bash yourself unnecessary or fall prey to being your own worst critic.

Over analyzing or critiquing yourself too harshly might seem like a productive approach to bettering yourself but when you don't have a solid foundation of self confidence, it usually just ends up turning into a situation where you're picking yourself apart. Why do that to yourself? There are enough critics in the modeling industry as there is.

Shut Out the White Noise

Male models get criticized from head to toe just like female models. It is necessary for aspiring male models to not only go in with a high level of self confidence (not to be confused with arrogance of ego) but a thick skin as well. You will get feedback from clients, agencies, photographers, etc. that won't sound nice or very flattering but it is important that you put it into the perspective that it's business and not meant as a personal attack.

Lacking self confidence can make criticism--even if it's constructive criticism--seem like a blow that serves as proof that you should just throw in the towel. If that's how you currently receive feedback that isn't quite positive, it's a big sign that you've got to work on building your self confidence and thick skin.

A confident male model takes such comments in stride and knows that everyone has their own opinion. At the end of the day, it's what they believe about themselves that sets the record straight and allows them to continue modeling uninterrupted.