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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Latest on Dania Denise - October 2013

This is probably the first year in Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary's history that I haven't contributed as many blog posts as I normally do.

On the one hand, that's a good thing--after all, what kind of a model would I be if the majority of my time was spent blogging? LOL.

On the other hand, my absence for too long does make me feel like I'm neglecting my readers and fans of the information I know they oftentimes rely on to help with the choices they make for their own modeling careers.

Rest assured, this blog will continue to provide you all with the ins and outs of the industry. I have a running list of topics I constantly add to anytime a subject related to modeling pops into my head that I feel my readers would enjoy reading about (the list is currently at 72 topics and counting!).

Just wanted to do a post to let you all know what I've been up to and why my time hasn't always been my own lately:

Castings, Shoots and Shows

I'm far from retired and have been staying busy with attending castings, shoots and fashion shows. Sometimes I get so tired after a long day of working that I just don't have the energy or attention span to do blog posts, lol.

My agent has sent me on a pretty good round of castings and auditions (remember, I act, too!) that I've been keeping my fingers crossed for. One is a print ad for American Home Shield, which is scheduled to shoot the first week of November. The client reached out to check my availability, which shows they're interested in me but haven't officially booked me. So I'm on a cliffhanger with that. Hopefully I'll find out for sure if I got it or not by the end of October, if not sooner.

I did a shoot for a clothing company, Tank Essential, last weekend. The company will use the images for email marketing campaigns, on the website and eventually for a print catalog so that means digital and traditional tearsheets. Score!

As always, I continue to perform on the bridal modeling circuit with Stepping Out Productions/Bay Area Wedding Fairs. We've got 2 shows left for the season and so far, so good. I've become one of the people who also helps with casting new models for the upcoming seasons so I'm looking forward to the next casting call event and seeing who gets to join our family!

Just yesterday I did a shoot for possible publication in a book focusing on pin-up models of color. Pin-up is one category of modeling I don't get to do much so I was excited to team up with a photographer I've worked with before, Marilee Caruso, for this project. She's been asked to submit images for consideration in the book and she reached out to me because she wanted to add some updated work to send, plus she's always eager to work with more models of color for pin-up themes.

The shoot went well and I've gotta say, pin-up is hard! It has a rich history and I did as much research as I could on poses, expressions, on-camera presence, etc. Luckily, Marilee specializes in shooting this genre so she was monumental in helping me get into character and bringing out my inner pin-up. I also did a rockabilly look, which has become very popular lately.

It will probably be a while before we find out when the book will be scheduled for publication and/or if our images made the cut but I think we stand a pretty good chance!

On a personal note, my dad is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered a week ago. Thankfully, we recognized the signs right away and were able to get him medical attention before it got any worse. He's expected to make a full recovery and with time and speech therapy, should be back to his old self.

Needless to say, seeing him through the recovery phase has shifted my time and priorities. I'm so thankful I get to work from home and tailor my projects and schedule to accommodate this latest curve ball that life has thrown. I am blessed to have amazing friends, family and neighbors who are making this time so much easier to deal with.

On top of that, I'm maid of honor for my best friend and with the wedding coming up on November 11th, my time has also been taken away by my duties and responsibilities to the bride-to-be. But the big day is almost here!

Sooooo, that's what I've been up to--oh, not to mention also running my home-based art business and juggling writing projects for clients--LOL. A little bit of everything but I'm handling it all the best I can.

I'll be adding more posts, including one right after this, so that I can get back on track with informing my beloved readers about everything related to the modeling industry. My goal is to crank at out least 1 blog post a week. Oh, and I'm super excited to see that I'm only 2 people away from having a whopping 500 subscribers...whooo-hoooo!!!

Thanks for your patience and hanging in there with me, I love you all and I'll leave you with this teaser: I'm in the early stages of writing a book. Guess what it's about? Yup, modeling! Want the details? You'll have to stick around...

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