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There is ONE accessory that fashion designers local, national, & international have agreed ALWAYS  flatters every body type and size… Modern and non gender-exclusive, everyone of all and ages and backgrounds can rock this look for some added VAMP.

When it comes to the modeling industry, or simply just wanting to look GREAT, there is one specific element that can tie the whole look together, or make the entire style look subpar. 

Without it, the look is nowhere near as vibrant or as stately as it could be. I HIGHLY recommend everyone go out and find this while it is still available…

THE ONE SINGLE ACCESSORY YOU NEED TO OWN NOW IS:

 

Confidence.

🙃

Okay, you probably want to slap me now, and I get it. But SERIOUSLY THOUGH…. Confidence is THE one single thing you NEED in order to own ANY style. Think about it. Look at your favorite celebrities, musicians, or fashion icons. They often wear some of the most vibrant styles…and they do not walk around timidly with their head down.

Unapologetically rockin my mom’s prom dress from ’85💙

However, being confident is not only for celebrities. To be confident, you don’t have to be perfect, rich, gorgeous, or act like you have all the answers… In fact, nobody wants you to be perfect. Because…what even IS perfect? If you are striving to be someone else’s idea of “perfect”, you are not being yourself. We want you to be yourself so that you can embrace confidence freely, and exactly as you are. Plus, we want to capture it all on camera…

When it comes to fashion, the only way to WEAR confidence is by doing so UNAPOLOGETICALLY.  The unison of fashion and confidence is STYLE.  Remember that you have a powerful tool in your closet that requires no ironing or folding. And, can be worn in all seasons. Take your look up 10 notches by always wearing  CONFIDENCE as your main accessory.💄

Want more direct tips on how you can manifest more confidence over night? Check out: “Four Ways to Become More Confident OVERNIGHT”.

Attention to detail is an absolute MUST when it comes to modeling auditions. Although there may not be a specific “dress code” stated on the audition post, your agent will generally require you to arrive in Agency-Standard Runway Attire. You will look professional and experienced. Better yet, you won’t have to think so hard about what to wear to your next modeling audition.

In short, Standard Runway Attire is defined as an all black, form fitting outfit. Not only will this give you a professional edge, it will help the clients pay attention to your stage presence, confidence, and walk without getting distracted by a complicated outfit. You will want to wear something that is comfortable that showcases your shape and size. Yes, standard runway attire is different for men and women:

Women:

Solid black leggings and a cami work perfectly for a runway audition. If you plan on auditioning for multiple shows a year, I highly suggest investing in some excellent quality leggings that are comfortable, move with you, and are never sheer in places that you do not intend them to be. My favorite are these Lux Flow Crop Leggings.

Ready for the Runway Dress.❤️Was $45. Buy it now for $27 by clicking the photo.

Runway Shoes:

A common mistake many inexperienced models make is wearing high heels that do not fit well, or are simply too uncomfortable to wear. The goal is to have a confident walk, so a major confidence-killer can be the wrong pair of shoes. I recommend wearing a classic black pump, 3″-5″ inches high.

Tip: Closed heel and closed toe will give you added stability. I usually opt for a classic black pump for runway auditions: 

Hair:

Keep it natural. Clients like to see the length and overall health and color of your hair. Wear it down, and do not over style it with a bunch of hair products. To tame frizz or flyaways, I always recommend this weightless silkening oil. I actually use this silkening oil every day. (It also speeds up drying time) One drop is all you need for all of your hair:

Accessories:

JUST DON’T. Leave statement necklaces, large hair pieces, and sparkly bracelets at home. The focus should solely be on your stage presence and walk. I encourage talent to take navel rings out, and all facial jewelry larger than a single stud.

Men:

I have not forgotten about you! However, you guys have it pretty simple:

DON’T FORGET:

Your runway attire is not complete without your modeling materials. You should bring your modeling portfolio to every audition, or at the very least, your comp card or printed out, professional full-length photo of yourself.  Showing up to a runway audition without a photo of yourself gives the appearance that you do not care about being selected. Be sure that you also have your up to date measurements to list for the client.

 

 

Still have questions? No worries–I am here to help! Drop a comment below and I’ll be sure to follow up ASAP! 🙃

You just received word from your agency director about the massive hair and fashion shows taking in place in Chicago! After confirming your attendance, you were given all of the details of where to go, when the audition starts, and what to do if you are selected to model in the show. You have your modeling bag prepped and ready to go, and you can now officially say:

ROAD TRIP!!

My favorite thing about hair show auditions in Chicago is the fact that I have yet another excuse to go to Chicago. For most of us Milwaukeeans, we somehow forget that Chicago is only about 90 miles away from us, and we honestly don’t even think to go there unless there is some kind of event taking place that we deem worthy of our time. And, okay–Milwaukee rocks, so, it’s hard to get us to leave Cream City.

HOWEVER:

It’s hair show time, and you know that this is a great opportunity to change up your hair, and model for top hair designers in a full fashion production with the city’s top makeup artists and designers. Chances are, you or one of your gal pals is going to be bringing in some major $$ for over the weekend. So let’s get into it:

DO:

CAR POOL WITH YOUR FRIENDS. (Or take the train with them, whatever)

Bring along your other model friends! This is a great way to boost each other’s confidence by supporting and encouraging each other along the way. You can divide the cost of gas (AND PARKING) amongst everyone. After auditions are over, you are automatically surrounded by your designated Chicago shopping buddies. Not up for shopping? Visit Navy Pier!! Go get some shaved ice and ride the damn ferris wheel–You deserve it!

DON’T:

TAKE REJECTION PERSONALLY, OR WORSE:

Get jealous of your friend(s) that “made it”. You have NO idea what the clients are looking for. Maybe they already casted 4 blond girls and are now only looking for brunettes or red heads. Maybe they already have enough caucasians and are looking for ebony or asian models. Maybe they have plenty of size 2,4,6, and are now looking for 8,10,12, etc. Or, –even more likely–they already have a ton of models with long hair, and are now only seeking to cast short hair models for pixie cuts…and let’s be honest…Are you really willing to chop off your mid-back length hair for a show? Probably not. Bottom line: The clients will not tell you what they are looking for, and there is nothing you can do to control that. However, you can control the way you support and encourage your friends NO MATTER WHAT.

DO:

Show up EARLY.

Allow PLENTY OF TIME for navigation Especially if you are not used to driving in Chicago, or used to PARKING in Chicago, I really encourage you to show up far earlier than planned. Worst case scenario is you get there early, and are stuck in a beautiful city and a whole bunch of street art, vendors, and live music.

A more important fact:

The earlier you arrive, the more likely you are to get booked.

Clients cast based on how many slots they have left to fill for the show. The most slots are available right at the beginning, before anyone has even walked yet.

DON’T:

Show up towards the end, or just after the audition has concluded.

Most likely, the clients have already made most of their decisions and are now trying to narrow it down. Also, showing up late gives the impression that you have a tendency to be late. Don’t make them wonder if they may have to worry about you showing up late to the actual show…

DO:

BRING A PHOTO OF YOURSELF & KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS

A professional model ALWAYS knows their measurements. A model who is serious about getting booked for the job will bring their comp card, or at least a printed out, professional photo of themselves.

ALSO DO:

Wear comfortable shoes that you have walked in plenty of times before.

The competition is high. You will want to do everything in your power to ensure the maximum amount of confidence is present within yourself at the time of the audition. This starts with a pair of runways shoes that are tried and true. If you are a beginner, choose a MEDIUM heel height about 3 to 4 inches tall. Practice your smooth and fierce runway walk weeks before the audition.

TIP: Wear FLATS when walking around the city, and throw your heels on minutes before you walk. This will ensure that your walk is fresh and radiant, and not tired and uncomfortable looking.

DON’T:

Wear just ANY pair of heels…

Wear your uncomfortable sparkly prom shoes from Junior year, or those red avant garde dress shoes that you never wore for an interview that never happened, simply because you want to get a use out of them… You are NOT doing yourself a favor by doing this. Instead, invest in a solid pair of runway heels. Not wedges, not booties, or heeled boots. Go for a a classy black heel. Click here to view my go to runway heels!

DO:

Dress in a form fitting, all black outfit.

Wear something that shows off your shape. Plain black leggings and a plain black cami would be perfect. Remember, you’re not modeling yet, so keep your whole look simple, plain, and clean. What counts right now is your confident walk and your natural beauty.

DON’T:

Forget to clean up the details.

Do not wear jewelry of any kind. Do not have chipped nail polish, toenail polish, or super vibrant nails…go for a clear nail polish or classic neutral french-tip manicure. Details matter.

DO:

Be Professional, Patient, and Kind to EVERYONE YOU MEET.

Whether you are selected or not, it is always important to represent yourself, and your agency in the best light possible. Always greet people with a warm, friendly smile and make eye contact. Kindly interact with the other models, and be a helping hand if someone needs something zipped or pinned. Thank the clients them for their time, even if you were not selected.

DON’T:

Be that person.

Do not make loud sarcastic comments displaying your dissatisfaction with your experience with the clients, the process, the venue, etc. Do not be rude to other models, or cut in the audition line. Oh, and please don’t get into a fight with your mom, friend, or boyfriend while inside the venue.

DO:

Contact your agency director right away with any concerns.

It is so important to me that our agency talent participate in a variety of high quality experiences. If you experienced unprofessional behavior with the client or the venue staff, I always want to know about it ASAP. It is your agent’s job to follow up with a client regarding miscommunication, unclear directions, or overall lack of professionalism. Your agency director will make proper negotiations with the client directly, or in some cases, discontinue the agency relationship with a particular client. The success of any agency is based on team work. The more you communicate, the better off you  (and everyone in the agency) will be!

YAY!! YOU’VE BEEN BOOKED FOR THE SHOW! NOW WHAT????

Let your agency director know ASAP. The billing process can take some time, so the sooner your agent is able to draft a booking confirmation for your work, the faster the processing time will be. Your agent will then send you a talent voucher for you to take with you to the show. Immediately following the show, be sure to complete your talent voucher and have a client’s representative sign it. Then, take a photo of it on your phone and email it to your agent.

Vouchers are not invoices. They serve as proof that you have successfully completed your work as a model. Have any photos from yourself in the show? Tag your agency’s Instagram when posting!

Have any questions about the process? Drop me a note below!!

Whether you are dreading the process or counting down the hours until your Senior Portrait Photo Shoot, here are THREE ESSENTIAL THINGS  to consider before you step in front of the lens.

Why didn’t anyone tell me this stuff when I was a high school senior??

Tip #1:

Have a classic approach to fashion. Keep patterns to a minimum and embrace solid, natural colors that compliment your hair and skin tone. Keep make up and hair style simple.

Do Not:

Wear anything super trendy. Pinstripe paper bag pants may be the thing now…but what happens when they go the way of the Galaxy Legging? Same rule applies with make up and hair styling.

Tip #2:

Choose an outfit that compliments the venue of the photo shoot, and pose/move the way you naturally would in that outfit. Do not make yourself look out of place by choosing an outfit that just doesn’t match your surroundings. Same rule applies with make up.

Do Not:

Wear a club dress and pose timidly up against a tree in an open park….Do not make yourself look out of place by choosing an outfit that just doesn’t match your surroundings. 

Tip #3:

Practice posing and moving in the outfit you plan to wear ahead of time. You’re probably going to hire a photographer who is used to taking senior photos. However, if you practice your movement and posing ahead of time, you will make the life of the photographer much easier, and you will obtain more photos.  (The less time your photographer has to spend posing you, the more photos he/she will take.) Plus, when you move yourself, the photos will look more natural and believable.

Me, secretly wishing I had worn something like this in my senior photo, back in the day. Instead, I dressed like a rock star and posed alongside a creek. wth!😅#tbtfails

BONUS TIP:

Rock your signature style. Do not go out and dye your hair a completely different color right before your senior photos. People want to remember the you that they went to class with 🙂

 

Modeling Agencies categorize models in a variety of ways based on their image. No matter what look you are currently rocking, it is important for any successful model to understand their place in their local market, and making sure that your agent has up to date and current photos, and your comp card for pitching to local clients. By understanding which market(s) you fit into, you can effectively direct your focus on that particular area in order for you  to book more jobs.

Take a look at your geographical location. Your area plays a large role in determining what your general market is. Is your area more conservative, like the Midwest’s heavy commercial market? Or is it all about #beachlife and spending your days in a bikini along the shore of Santa Monica? If you are trying to book work local in your area, then fitting into your local market is critical to your success of booking local jobs.  While being aware of your local market, there are many different kinds of “markets” out there that you should become aware of for modeling.

Commercial Market

By far the largest part of the Midwest’s  market, a “Commercial Market” aims to showcase the average person, or every day, “girl next door” look. Models who fit into the commercial market spectrum have a very natural look. For example, their hair has a very natural length and color. Skin is clear and healthy with no body art, (or very minimal/easily hidden.) They have no facial piercings. Commercial market models can be a variety of heights and sizes, but the most marketable commercial models have an even/proportional body shape. There is a broad variety of work that commercial models are hired for.

Types of Commercial Market work:

Commercial Market City: Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami

  • Commercials
  • Film/TV
  • Commercial Print
  • Catalogue
  • Promotional Events
  • Convention Spokesmodels
  • Social Media Campaigns & Brand Ambassadors
  • Fit Modeling & Product Development
  • Commercial Runway & Hair Shows

High Fashion Market

 

Known to be the most difficult and subjective modeling market, these models must be young, tall, and very thin. These models are seen on the New York Runways and are showcased in fashion magazines for editorial print work. Nationally, females must be 5’10-6’0, while men need to be 5’11-6’2.

Types of High Fashion  work:

High Fashion Market: New York City, International travel with luxury brands

  • High Fashion Runway Shows (Nationally and Internationally)
  • High Fashion Magazine Editorial and Fashion Spreads
  • High Fashion Social Media Campaigns for luxury brands

Smaller Niche Markets & Market Vibes.

 

  • Parts Modeling: Models who have great looking hands or feet who are used for modeling shoes or jewelry. Small market in Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles.
  • Alternative Modeling: Rocker, LGBTQ promotional events and spreads, punk/goth, heavy body art and facial piercings are common attributes found in Alternative Models. It is pretty much the opposite of a Commercial-Market look. These models are booked for very specific/select roles, characters, music videos, and events.
  • Beach Look: L.A/Southern California has its own “vibe” or feel to it. These models are in extremely good shape and occasionally have augmented body parts. These models do a lot of freelance work. (L.A., Miami)
  • Glamour Models: While glamour models do not need to be extremely tall (especially in comparison to a high fashion market, these models still have to be thin and very attractive. They typically model swimsuits or lingerie for local magazine spreads, promotional calendars, etc. (Selected out of Commercial markets)
  • Plus Size: Must be very attractive and have a proportionate body type. Plus size runway models must be at least 5’9, while print plus size are usually at least 5’8. Plus size models tend to fall under the “Commercial Market” umbrella, meaning they generally pose a very natural and clean look. (Selected out of Commercial markets)

Plot Twist: Social Media Influencers

Social media has completely changed the game in the modeling world, and in my opinion, for the better, and for all the RIGHT reasons. Instead of  having to fit into a market, you can instead choose to pick your own aesthetic on social media, and connect with brands that fit your own sense of style. With a lot of hard work, creativity, and determination, you can develop the skills to become a successful social media influencer.  Influencers are strategic when it comes to developing their content, finding their audience, and maintaining a specific theme and aesthetic, while staying consistent in the game.

What is so great about Influencers is that they can be successful no matter what their local market is. Having a digital presence allows these game changers the opportunity to be successful no matter where they are, regardless of what type of market is surrounding them. They are always working with photographers, venues, and collaborating with other bloggers and influencers. They consistently team up with brands to continue  to produce a feed (or channel) of inspiration within their selected interest. I personally believe that these humans are the reason why the term “side hustle” came to be.  Just remember: Influencers are no slouches–the hardest working social media influencers make it look the easiest.

Have a question or awesome story to share related to your experience? Comment below–I would love to hear about it!

<3Cynthia