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Have you ever thought how cool it would be to step out on the runway, learn that instrument, or start that YouTube Channel?  I am convinced every single person has at least one thing that they have interest of pursuing, but something always seems to get in the way of actually doing it…

I’m totally guilty of making excuses for reasons I haven’t tried something I’ve always wanted to. Some of my favorite excuses are:

  • “I don’t have time/I’m busy”
  • “I don’t have X amount of money”
  • “I don’t live in a bigger city”
  • “I don’t look like ____”

We can rattle off any excuse we want, BUT at the end of the day…all of these excuses all stem from one root source:

F E A R .

So, where is this fear coming from?? And, the bigger question: How can we stop it from getting in the way?

1. The Past

Most of us have vivid memories of the moments when we’ve failed in the past. I personally have just a couple myself:

So, I’ve clearly failed at PLENTY of things.😅And, the reason why I’m super open about them and don’t care is because they bare no relevance on my current life. Now, this isn’t to say that some of these failures didn’t completely break me when they actually occurred, but I’ve since learned that the cycle of failing, learning, and beginning again with more information were NECESSARY in guiding me into the direction of fruition. Funny thing is, many of these same failures you see listed above graduated and went on to become successes. 💪

No matter how much failure can define a moment in time, they can never define YOU as a complete person.

Ya hear that, exploding cupcakes?🌋

The Present

We live in a very judgmental world. I’ve heard so many of our agency talent and students talk about how AFRAID they are about putting themselves out there because of fear of judgment from their peers. And trust me, this isn’t something that necessarily goes away with age or experience. People are mean, and even meaner when they can hide behind a keyboard and a screen. Two things you should realize about mean people and judgmental people:

#1. They have more fear and insecurity than those who put themselves (or their work) out there.

#2. People who exude negative energy possess it within themselves, which makes them unhappy. (Probably because of #1.)

Fear of judgment actually goes away the moment you realize that your opinion of YOURSELF matters more than the ones judging you. It goes away when you realize that you are creating something, and they are not. The fear of judgment stays away when you make the conscious decision to decide that the only rubric you need to adhere to is one that YOU write, based on your OWN values, perceptions, and goals.

The Future

It’s like there’s a pattern here or something. Hear me out.🧐

The future, by definition, IS  uncertainty. While we can set ourselves up for success, we can not choreograph every micro detail of our future. We don’t know how every action we make is going to play out, and so fear comes from the unknown. Now think of it this way…

Because we DON’T KNOW in full detail what will happen, we are NOT GUARANTEED or ENTITLED TO ANYTHING…

Not even TOMORROW.

It’s not about making fear ‘go away’. It’s about ‘keeping it at bay’, and realizing you have a limited amount of time on this earth to determine whether or not you will control your fears and conquer, or allow your fears to control you and never step forward.

💄Now go put your lipstick on and go do ALL THE THINGS.

Hey you, what have YOU failed at? What did it teach you? And, how are you BETTER now because of it? I’d love to hear your story!

Also, comment a🌋 on my last post on Instagram, and I’ll be sure to follow you back🙃

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. We’re going to break down what Standard Runway Attire is for Men, Women, and kids.

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.

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, if you are just starting out.

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, or half up/half down (to keep it out of your face) and do not over style it with a bunch of hair products. To tame unintended 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. Solid investment for runway auditions and photo shoots:

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. The last thing you want to do is DISTRACT the clients with your shiny accessories. 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:

Kids

Kids can wear an age appropriate, all black wardrobe as described above. Please, PLEASE make sure kids are dressing for their age, and that they are not wearing any make up. (This is NOT a pageant audition!)

Runway shoes for kids

Girls 12 & under should wear dress shoes that are either flat or have a tiny, “kitten” heel. We do NOT want to see 10 year olds in heels. These shoes should be closed toe and closed heel. Avoid dress shoes that are wedges, and absolutely no sandals or flip flops!!

Boys 12 & under are good to go with a dress shoe that matches their belt and compliments their outfit.

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 a printed out 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. You are unlikely to be remembered if you do not bring a photo to be remembered by! 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! 🙃