Monthly Archives: August 2012

Choosing Your Portfolio Images

Overall Selection:

Use only the best images from the best shoots and DO NOT use ANY of the bad ones. If it’s questionable, leave it out. They will only hurt your marketing. This is a perfect case where less is more. One thing professionals -photographers, models, etc.- sometimes need to omit in marketing themselves is the use of bad images in their portfolio. It doesn’t matter if it’s paid work or a test- if it’s a bad image, it reflects badly on you. Clients only care about what you might do for them and your portfolio is an example of that.

Image selection is typically done by your agent- and critically so. Now that you’re moving on from your agent, it’s important to seriously partake in the selection of your images and be very strategic about it. It can be quite helpful to enlist an honest friend to help with the decision, but you must be able to take the feedback and suggestions with an open mind.

Lunatic Fringe does Wheeler Farm

From Left: Image #1  shows good placement of hands which showcased jewelry, hair, & makeup; Image #2 & 3 show action,  interaction, & movement

Vitality Bikini Body Campaign

From Left: Image #1 shows full body and gives a beach feel; Image #2 is a closeup showing arms and a beach body


News Segment

The following is some airtime I secured for a local hair salon who had just won an award. I was able to step in as a model for the segment and gain some exposure.

Watch Video Segment for KUTV Channel 2 | Morning News Segment – Hottest Hairstyles For Fall

Night Before Preparation:

It doesn’t surprise me that many models are younger. You have to have all that energy to get up as early at 4am, eat whatever you want, and still feel motivated to pose and be ready for the camera or audience. It is 10:45pm and I am still working on a few things before heading to bed. I’m stressed because I’m exhausted and know that 4am will come very soon. Do I really have to do the things I think I have to do, or will I do fine without all that planning ahead (do I have enough wardrobe options, should I pack snacks, should I prepack my makeup bag, wash my hair)?

Day of:

So this morning I wake up and don’t really have time to think but I’m dead tired and make a bee line to the coffee pot, skip breakfast wondering what to expect for the morning- will there be any food at the location, if there is and I eat then it’s a waist for them, if there’s not and I don’t eat than I’m screwed. After running out of time, I think maybe I can stop at a gas station and grab a pastry on the way. News Flash (no pun intended): gas stations are not open that early in the morning. Thank god for my coffee to tie me over in the meantime.

The Creative Director / liaison between me (the one who secured the spot for airtime) and the salon had his baby this morning so it made introductions a bit non-existent and a bit awkward when the dots were finally connected. This also explains the lack of communication on what to pull together to the event. I didn’ know for sure if I was going to just be there for support and direction or as a model, and if I was modeling what I would wear, if I needed to do my own makeup, where and when I would meet up and with whom. This is all very important stuff which I just had to prepare myself for just in case it went either way. For example, last night I stopped at H&M and bought a bunch of trendy clothing for the wardrobe and then packed it all as backups for myself and any other models that may need it.

[PHOTO: Here you can see the stylists next to their models. Models on the left, stylists on the right- except for the one with the guy on the left- he would be the stylist.]

Having never really done a TV news segment before from what I can remember, I didn’t know what to expect- except not to expect anything to be set in stone. When we arrived 10 minutes behind schedule it was confusing to know where to enter and the door was locked, so by the time we actually find someone to let us in it was about 7:00- our ready for airtime cue (actual airtime was 7:23am). I’m all anxious, thinking we’re really running behind, only to find that we will sit for another 20 minutes waiting for our actual airtime- which was cut from 2-3 minutes to 1 1/2.

Things I learned:

  • The model should always look into, or at the corner of the lens of the camera when it’s focused on her/him. It just seemed awkward when I didn’t do this.
  • My eyes looked really wide open for some reason.
  • Opening your lips isn’t recommended for video.
  • All the models should be on the same page. I felt I looked farther away from the other models, and I had my hands behind me while theirs were in front.
  • My boobs looked really big with the outfit I chose. I probably should have worn something darker, and less contrasting on top to have more balance and direct less attention to them, and more attention to the hair.
  • Looking at the target when the camera moves away from you is a great way to direct the audience to them. It’s probably important to listen to what’s being said so you know what to expect.
  • Check yourself before you wreck yourself. I believe my lipstick was smeared a bit. Don’t know how that happened, although I suppose it could have been a shadow. Also, my eyes seemed to have shadows underneath.
  • It’s hard to get people to follow direction.
  • Improving usually works out, doesn’t hurt, and gets things done.
  • We all learn from mistakes and are better next time.
  • Some people don’t care about new segments and would rather not get up so early in the morning. It’s important that the one who asked for it is the one who receives it so they can fully appreciate and take advantage of it. Otherwise, don’t sweat it and make sure you have a good time.


No mention of the salon’s NAHA award (the whole reason we got the airtime)

No mention of the new salon opening up in Chalk Garden in the next couple weeks

No mention of the Creative Director, or his brand-new baby

IMM Introduction

Independent model management is based on the idea that any model- or aspiring one- can represent themselves as effectively- if not more effectively- than a modeling agency. We all operate with our own best interest in mind. The best interest of a modeling agency is to book models- not necessarily you or any specific model- just as long as they represent the model. Because of this, a model can end up competing with other models within their own agency. Model management is really nothing more than sales. Sales are the core of every company. Without sales, a company cannot profit, therefore, cannot exist. In this case, you are the product. As an independent model, you simply need to be a good sales person. With or without an agent, you have to represent yourself at some point- why not just skip the middleman and cut right to the chase? Here we will offer advice, stories, and testimonials, and test the theory that a model can be just as successful, if not more, on her own- and fire her agent!

To take it even further, we will test industry stereotypical standards and follow changes in the “norm”. The modeling industry hasn’t been around long, and it’s standards have changed from the blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroes to super tall Claudia Schiffers, and waif thin, heroin-chic Kate Moss types. Let’s explore age limits and height expectations, and see less-metropolitan markets develop models to become super in their own right!