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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ASK JOEY: Starting In A New City

Check out some of our amazing male models this week!  A lot of you are starting fresh in a new city and ask how to get started.  All I can really say is to test with tons of photographers and make your portfolio the best that it can be.  You will be able to make connections and network with different people and ultimately, they'll be able to steer you in the right direction.  It's very important to focus on your portfolio because it's what get you the job.  If you have too many shots of the same look, you won't be able to show off other roles you can do.  Also, it's crucial that you identify whether or not you are a commercial model or a fashion model.  Make sure you are visiting the right agencies.  Do your research and find the type of representation that suits you!

What do you think I should do to improve or advance my steps in modeling?

You are a little too tall for fashion modeling at 6'6", but you have a very good commercial look.  Your portfolio looks great, I would say you're ready to go out and get an agent.  Stay away from fashion agents.  Definitely go the commercial route.  And I suggest studying acting to land more gigs.  Overall, I think your look is good!
Hi Joey, I'm an 18 year old aspiring model/actor.  I just really don't know what steps I should take now that I'm out here in LA (I'm from the East Coast).  Just in terms of getting my name and face out there, what do you suggest?

You have a good commercial look.  Your portfolio is definitely for actors though.  I guess it just depends on the route you want to take - if you want to do more modeling, you're going to need more photos.  Test, test, test and gain more experience with photographers.  Make more connections and meet with agencies.  You have a good look - just work a little more!
I need help starting my career.  Do you have any advice?

First off, I would start with a new portfolio.  You have a lot of great pictures, but they all look similar.  I would cut back on half of the ones you have on MWN and add more fashion photos.  You have a really good look - I don't see you having any issues finding an agent.  Less head shots would definitely help though.  Good luck!
I would love you to review my portfolio when you have the time.

You have way too many body shots in your portfolio.  If you get rid of half of them, clients and agents will still be able to tell that you have a nice body, it just doesn't have to be in every photo.  You need more fashion and commercial photos.  I also think you need to smile more in your photos.  There's no doubt that you have done a ton of work based on your portfolio, but you just need to clean up your book a little.  
Hi Joey, I am honored to be your friend on this site, knowing all of the things you've done for the industry.  It is an absolute pleasure to be in touch with you.  I'd love to be represented in NYC, so if you could please review my port and give me your opinion on what I really need to take it to the next level.  

It says you are in Chicago currently.  The first thing you need to do to get a NYC agent is to get to New York!  You have an amazing look and should be able to find an agent.  Who is your agent in Chicago?  Have them set you up with meetings in New York.  That's how it should be done - I don't think you'll have any issues finding representation.  
In the meantime,

Have a successful day!


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

For The Ultimate Laker Fan

Finally, a shoe for all of you ladies who love the Lakers!  Here are some limited edition pumps from Herstar to show off how much you love The Lakers.  They are made from hand selected Middle Eastern crystals, are 6 inches tall with a 3 inch platform and can also be available in Swarovski Crystals.  Buy them HERE!

Janelle Monae Is The New CoverGirl!

LOVE THIS.  Here are some photos from singer/fashionista Janelle Monae's first shoot with CoverGirl!






Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lady Gaga Debuts Perfume Ad

Just like most of her stuff, you will be asking yourself, "What is this?"  Lady Gaga has a new perfume called Fame which will be available in September.  Put your thoughts in the comments section of what you think it will smell like based on her ad!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Michael Phelps for Louis Vuitton

Now that the Olympics are over, you can still get your Michael Phelps fix.  Check out his new ad campaign for Louis Vuitton with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Be&D's Sneaker Stiletto

We are extremely excited for these new stiletto silhouette sneakers!  They are from Be&D and you can purchase them on Neiman Marcus's site and they're only going for $128. Check out the different colors!  LOVE THESE.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stiletto Racing

 In Moscow, Russia, women participate in a race - with 3.5 inch heels.  The winner takes home a $3,000 shopping spree so you can imagine how serious these ladies take it!  Stiletto racing is getting more and more popular with Paris, Australia and Berlin holding their own competitions.  Maybe we'll see stiletto racing in the Olympics in the future!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tavi Gevinson Lands Her First Acting Gig

 16-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson just signed with Hollywood talent agency UTA and is set to film her first movie!  The young fashionista started her famous fashion blog The Style Rookie and has since made her imprint on the fashion world.  She recently launched an online magazine, was featured in the New York Times and gave a TED talk on feminism.  And now she will be in her first film!  We can't wait to see what else is in store for this fearless 16-year-old!  


Monday, August 6, 2012

ASK JOEY: Makeup Artists and Wardrobe Stylists Seeking Representation

This week's questions are from some talented makeup artists and wardrobe stylists on ModelWire Network.  A common question I get is people asking whether or not they are ready to get represented.  The only answer I can really give is that only you can decide if you're ready.  Obviously talent comes first, but a close second is the actual drive to succeed.  It's important to constantly keep working  - whether it's testing for agencies and photographers or donating your time to gain experience.  Every little exposure helps and gives you the opportunity to show your personality.  Take advantage of these opportunities! 

When you have a moment please take a look at my portfolio of pictures.  I'd like to get your advice on what I should work on and how I can get represented as a wardrobe stylist.

Your work speaks for itself.  You are definitely ready to get out there and find representation.  It's not easy - just make sure to set up meetings and let your personality shine.  Do a lot of test shoots with agencies and allow them to trust you.  From there, they will hire you to do more shoots and you can eventually be their go-to person!
I would love for you to check out my website and give me any suggestions you have.  I am looking to get more paid shoots.  What is a good rate to charge with my experience of five years.  I have worked backstage at both LA and NY Fashion Week as a makeup artist.  I'm an in-house makeup artist for a small Los Angeles magazine called Divulge, I have done over twenty weddings and have worked on a new show for Oxygen.  I continue to grow and would love any advice or suggestions you can offer.  Thank you!

I really like your work.  It looks like you have definitely paid your dues with 5 years of training.  Go out and find someone to represent you.  They will most likely set a rate for you.  In this economy, rates are constantly changing - it also depends on the work, the locations of the gig, etc.  Work on a budget with your future agent - that's what they're for!
My name is Susan and I'm a makeup artist aspiring to work in fashion/print.  I have been testing for several months now and feel like I am about ready to submit my work to agencies and ask to be put on their assistant roasters.  I would love it if you can find some time to take a look at my fashion/editorial photos on my website and on my MWN profile.  I would appreciate any critiques/advice on areas of improvement, how to approach agencies, or anything you feel that I should be prepared for. 

Your portfolio is definitely ready to be presented to agents.  If you are asking if you are ready, the only advice I can give you is that only you can answer that.  Here are some tips:  most reps will ask you to send more pictures.  Do it, but make sure to follow up.  Insist that you want to see them and don't stop until they give you a face-to-face meeting.  This shows that you really want it, plus you will be able to show off your personality so make sure to shine!  It will make up for any flaws in your portfolio.  An agent can overlook genius for a good person with a great personality.  They need you to make them look good, so don't let them down!  Love your work!
Hi Joey, I would like you to tell me what you think of my portfolio.  I am a makeup artist and looking for representation.  I want to know if my work is good enough to be signed by an agency.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!
I really like your work!  I think you should definitely go out and see agents.  Remember - it is not going to be an easy task, but luckily, your portfolio is really good and I think you are ready.  Again, only you can decide whether or not your want to put 100% into this.  It's not just about the talent, but the drive to succeed as well.  Good luck!
In the meantime,

Have a successful day!


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Meet Our Featured Members of the Month!

We can't believe it's already August!  We're excited to introduce to you our featured members of the month.  We are also excited to announce some big news in the next coming weeks.  So stay tuned and don't forget to contact us if you need anything (support@modelwirenetwork.com).  Get to know your featured members and collaborate with them if you're interested!

Model of the Month:  Christopher Schram


Who is your favorite model of all time?
Mark Vanderloo. He is simply iconic.
What do you look for when selecting a photographer to work with?
Truth.  When I see a photographer's work and I am left wondering what the scenario is - who's the model, what has happened, where he/she is going.  I think to myself, that we need to collaborate.  Because then I know we are thinking on the same page and it will be a challenge to bring something special to the table.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
I recently worked on a cover shoot for L'Uomo Vogue.  That lit me up.  There is nothing like a wild Italian stylist stomping her feet to make me think, 'My job is oh, so exciting.'
What product can you not live without?
Trader Joe's Mint Lip Balm.  Simple and spectacular.
What is your favorite band or song of all time?
You can never go wrong with Ray Lamontagne. 

Photographer of the Month:  Emily Sandifer


What inspires you?
Everything has potential to inspire me.  Art, books, movies, music, memories - everything that surrounds us in the world.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
It depends on the project and the client.  Sometimes I have to choose a certain ethnicity or certain body type (to fit the designer's sample pieces, for example).  But besides for the technical aspects of the shoot, I look for models who are comfortable in front of the camera, someone who is fearless and experimental.  Someone who has passion and who has done their homework on the industry as well as their own angles/poses.  Also, someone who I can direct, but most of the time I don't need to because what they're doing in front of the camera is so interesting that all I want to do is sit back and photograph them.  Variety of expression is also key.  I want to work with models who can convey a variety of emotions and fit the level of intensity needed (not just a pretty face).  Someone who can tell a story while selling the clothes we put on them.  Someone who is confident in their abilities but humble in their ego and above all - imagination.
What camera do you use?
A Canon 5D Mark II.  As far as equipment goes, I like to keep it as simple and organic as possible.  I like natural like or my strobe and usually one key light.  But, if needed, a series of strobes, reflectors, etc. will be used.
What is your personal style?
At work I like to be functional but fun.  I'm very laid back.  You'll usually find me in a pair of jeans, tank top and flats.  Maybe Converse or high boots depending on the season.  I love bright colors.
What genre does your work focus on?
Portraiture.  Even editorial fashion is essentially a portrait.  That's how I approach all my shoots.  Focus on the essence of that person.  And in the case of fashion, how their wardrobe effects them emotionally and physically (and how they relate to the environment we place them in).

Makeup Artist of the Month:  Makeup By Sabrina


Who is your favorite makeup artist of all time?
My goal as a makeup artist is to work more in the film industry and my makeup heroes are Edouard Henriques (Tranformers, Thor, Pearl Harbor) and Paul Engelen (Troy, Robin Hoos, Game of Thrones, Tomb Raider).
What inspires you?
I get most of my inspiration from either nature or entertainment like books and movies.  As a makeup artist, the things I see and do are always part of my thought processes with what I create.  I enjoy doing nature photography, where I'm attracted to unusual designs, shapes and colors.  Plus, I've always done various types of arts and crafts, including painting and drawing, cross-stitch, crochet, quilting, etc. and have never just worked with suggested colors and patterns.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
Aside from symmetry in facial features, I look for models that are either chameleons or have very interesting or striking features.  I pay a lot of attention to eye color and I love freckles and a little gap between the two front teeth.
What product can you not live without?
I have fallen absolutely in love with a lip product by Loreal called "Colour Riche Balm" and never leave the house without it on my lips and in my kit.  It's a lipstick mixed with lip balm, it adds color, shine and moisture to lips and is so easy to use that you don't even need a mirror to apply it for touch-ups.  This is something I use on models and brides and recommend as a great product for everyday use.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
My favorite project, where I had the most fun and learned the most, was for an independent film called "Weary Sun" (La Mancha Films, directed by John Hawthorne Smith).  I worked a lot on special effects makeup, which was new and exciting for me and not something I get to do very often.

Hair Stylist of the Month:  Anita Arsova


What inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by past and present images of fashion, art and life.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
Unique beauty features and natural healthy hair.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
There are many projects, but the last one that I organized myself was for a bridal photo shoot for my site.  You can take a look at the video here.
What is your favorite band or song of all time?
There is so many!  I love music and I can't start my day without it.
What is your most embarrassing moment professionally?
My most embarrassing moment was one day at the salon and I was working with my last client.  She was so fun and I offered to style her hair with round brushes to achieve the bombshell look.  We didn't have much time and she was supposed to go out on a date, so I had to hurry up and blow dry her hair really fast.  The problem was that she had a lot of hair and her hair was still damp on a few spots so when I tried to take off the brushes, two of them were so tangled up that it took me forever to take them out.  Her date was waiting for her and we were still at the salon untangling hair.  At the end, the hair turned out beautiful, but the wait time was ridiculous.  That was the most embarrassing moment.  We are all human and embarrassing moments happen - my client still loves me!

Wardrobe Stylist of the Month:  Queena Yan


Why wardrobe stylist?
I enjoy mixing and putting things together.  Sometimes it makes sense but sometimes it doesn't - but in the end, it somehow all ends up relating.  I love dressing people in ways they never thought they could pull off.  Styling is an art but everyone can understand it somehow.
What inspires you?
Every day people, art, dance, nature, music, positivity - they all inspire me and move me in many ways.
What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
The model has to take good care of themselves.  Good hair and good skin go a long way.  
What is your favorite store to shop at?
I shop everywhere.  Even the stores I go into a lot are hit or miss.  I love finding things in places I hardly shop in.  I would have to say Zara because the price range is affordable, their sales are amazing and their style is great.
What genre does your work focus on?
I started doing avante garde.  I love challenging myself and with every project I get, I try to take it to the next level.  I believe in versatility.  You need to know how to style for all types of people and genres because they all give such different results.