Role of the Model
Let's talk about the role of the model. How important is that? There's me working now. Okay, We'll just we'll just put We believe that this is kind of like what I evolved to become from America's next top model. And you know, there's gonna be a lot of judgment when your model Oh, she's got caught up. She's changed her look so much. It's not really up to everyday people. It's up to, you know, you're getting booked and making a living and how to grow when you age. You have to change your luck or you keep it the same and just become a better form of yourself. Okay, so Matthew was touching up on this. How important? Just you as the model are on Lee, one of the components of the creative collaboration. Okay, so many girls come into this business thinking it's the me show. It's my time to shine. Everybody thinks I'm amazing. I'm gorgeous, not the case. I don't go into jobs and people are not complimenting me all day. They're not telling me. You look amazing. I don't know what the heck they'r...
e saying behind my back. I'm there to work. I'm not there to get acclimated. I'm sorry. A claim. Get Receive a claim. I'm not there to, you know, be told that I'm terrific and fantastic. That's something your boyfriend should be telling you. That something your husband or your Why? For whatever. That's where you should be getting your fill, not from not from being a model. Um, you have to create the it factor. This is also true for photographers not copying someone else's work, not trying to be somebody that you're not not trying to be the next Heidi clue or the next time bangs or the next Giselle or whatever it's about being the best form of yourself, Matthew. I'm sure that you know, as a photographer to if you get an assistant who loves your work and wants to copy your work and block and do their own thing, how frustrating is that? That's very true. You gotta find your voice. So it's all about finding your voice as a model. As photographer, we're all finding our voice and expressing it. We're all blessed to be in a light, make a living in this creative industry, being a photographer, model hair stylists make bar is whatever But we're all working together, toe gar voice out there. It's a great industry. It's a wonderful industry. Wonderful. And the thing is, I was saying, is being a model In a way, it's being an artist. It's a hard life. I mean, even if you're successful, it's still really hard. There's the ebbs and flows. I had an amazing photographer. We were in this group discussion day. Listen, Palin we were all talking, and there were dancers and choreographers and makeup artists and hairstylists. And he said the most ballot thing that really struck a chord and he said, One Syrian artists or an entertainer, That's it. That's all you know, and that's all you want to do. Once you have a taste of the business, that's it. You're like, Oh my gosh, how do I How do I do this? Even if you've been rejected and do this so it's kind of, you know, something collectively models for artists because you are the muse for the photographer, for the campaign for the for the editor of that magazine. Photographers are artistic and you know so it's really about understanding the strengths and weaknesses that we bring into this creative collaboration. And that's what it is. A collaboration between the entire team, the model hair, the makeup, the client art director of the art buyer Always working together to cry vision out there or for the clients vision out there. Yeah. Okay, so this is super important. Bring your personality. Um, not only to the agency, but to the client, to the photographer. Bring something that, like, different. Bring yourself a lot of girls starting out. They're afraid they're frightened. They might come with their mom. And I've heard photographer say, like she was a mute or she didn't talk or I didn't know I was really hard. It took an extra two hours to shoot this girl that it normally would take somebody that's been doing it for 5678 years. Um, on and you know, it was a joke running and I m G that I had personality, but I wasn't like the skinniest of the bunch or the whatever I much rather take. The personality goes a long, long Yeah, and that's what opened the door for hosting and for, you know, being on the look for less and the style network in E and t Nickelodeon. I brought a piece of myself. I went with that. I didn't try to change it. I didn't want to say, but I'm dying to be a Victoria Secret model. I was like, Okay, that's never going to be me. For whatever reasons, I'm gonna be what I could be the best and grow with that. So learning and growing with your strengths and being yourself, I just want to chew on that for a second. Again, Personality is so very important just on a casting you're walking in and you have you have five minutes to make an impression on that photographer or that client personally goes a long way. If you go into a big casting, especially this 100 girls going to the room, the one with the personality stands out and we remember that person I'm looking for rambling and casting, looking for beauty, hair of skin and personality. How much can you give me when you in front of camera? He made my job easier as photographer or harder. I want to make it easier to my client. Great shots, personal accounts a lot. It's not just about the looks inside as well Yeah, even on auditions. How scary is that? I'm gone, like not just castings. Words more of a mute like Hi, how are you? Take your Polaroid, but an actual audition where you have to audition for a commercial or on camera and you have to remember all that you're supposed to say and at the same time, show a bit of yourself that you don't come off as a robot. So it's important. Yes, awesome topic. And we've got some questions around Okay, from Fashion TV in Singapore, who's just loaded with questions for she's a regular in this good questions. So anyhow, what in your opinion, defines a supermodel? Is it physical attributes, personality, amount of industry exposure? I definitely think being a supermodel, I think we throw it around so loosely know, um, I don't really feel that it's an era of supermodel down there. A few out there, but these are girls who have built a ridiculous portfolio. Um, campaigns, bookings, personality people there, one named people like models. That girl, like you know, anyone in a small town would be like, Oh, I know her. Unfortunately, the modeling industry now so short lived with such pretty girls, and they're done after two years, either because they're burnt out. They don't want to do it anymore or because they didn't bring anything else or they didn't evolve or they didn't learn the inside playbook. There's a bunch of reasons, but I feel like a real supermodel. If someone has a following has a brand, UM, is recognized for a certain personality or for the way they photograph, which is important. I think you look at certain models and you know their style and and that's why they consistently get booked for similar things. There's a big difference, I think. I think if you're from from shooting tons of girls, entering a few supermodels, I feel is a big difference. If you're shooting the best models in the industry every day, you can feel the girls who are working and giving you something, But you'll find if I'm doing the edit after I finished my chute and I find Timpson. The images are great, the supermodel. It's like 90% of the images are great. It's a big difference. It's a big difference and very few girls can do that consistently. Those girls who can those are the top earners in the industry. That's the You know that the tire banks is the no jails, and on and on, it's just the girls we can give all the time consistently and give great shots in tons of situations. You know, be a cold outside and you're shooting a bathing suit. Whatever situation those girls give it all the time. And we love that as photographers we love that makes our jobs easier. It makes us look better. It's our clients happy. We want a book you all the time. And one thing we're working with Matthew. I started posing before he was even cookie because I was just kind of like, You know, he's like, Oh, she's ready. Like you should just be ready and just start getting in that. So I've been on shoots and even hosting where there's people, there's crowds around you, especially if you're on location on What are they doing? They're clicking, looking, analyzing. Oh, she's not very tall in person, okay? And then you've got a totally shut that out and be with that rhythm. You know, working the chemistry with the group with the photographer with the art director and just kind of We just got to make it work. My advice. That's really cool. To hear that you're able to do that. You learn to do that? Yeah. You just got to I used to complain about first your people watching me, do you know? And then they're like, they're like, OK, just whatever. Let's go. So, you know, you've got to be ready. Um, all right, let's go, Teoh, We're gonna brush up again on the etiquette on this set. Okay, A little bit we talked about. It's important as a model to recognize your place on the set. You should come in clean. Okay? Meaning? If you've been working a lot or you've been, I don't know traveling you're here. Should be fresh, washed, ready to go. Sometimes you might have to come with wet, which I have hair stylish rolls, their eyes. But it's much better than coming with it with tons of product goop and anti frizz from your straightener and all of that. So be really ready. Take off all of your makeup shop with moisturized skin. No eye liner from the night before you were out partying. No residue that just cuts into the time off the shoot. And trust me when photographers ready, they're ready. They don't want to hear why the makeup artist took an extra 10 minutes because the girl came in with last night's makeup. So it's important. You know, these little things. They all add up to time management on the set. The absolute worst thing. And this has happened so many times. I asked to come and watch local fashion weeks happen in, you know, my hometown or, you know, in the Carolinas or wherever. And they get these great girls who some of them are signed. Some of them aren't signed. Some of them are, you know, aspiring to be models, or some of them just got, you know, cast it for they wanted to be in part of the Fashion week, locally or whatever. These girls come in, they get made up. And this is one of the pet peeves of all the makeup partisan hairstylist. They run off to the bathroom. They look at themselves and say, I don't like my eyebrows like this. I don't like my eyeliner like this. I'm going to do it the way I like to see myself and What does that do? It screws up the whole direction of the designer and what they had wanted for the show. The makeup artist is then looking. Did I do that? Did something do wrong? And they might go to one of their team players and say, Hey, why is her makeup looking different from all of the other girls? What did you and then that makeup artist could get in trouble? And so girls let then do their job, OK? It's not about impressing the guy that's in the crowd. Who is going to be looking at you and you don't feel comfortable the way your hair is or the beehive hairstyle. Well, then don't invite him because it really is up to the team. How you should look. OK. Um, yeah. So not the Me show again. That's what I say. Um, and also just imagine yourself being this blank canvas open to the designer, open to the art director, open to the photographer and let them see what they can create with Theo. Okay, so please leave. Yes, castings go. Do you want to come? Almost like a blank canvas? They can see what they work with would you rather have, like your You know how much makeup should you were? A match on that? Castings versus auditions versus how you should come. So that's that's coming. And, Matthew, we're gonna do something later on. What? To tell him what we're gonna dio. We have a lot of fun. I'm gonna go through a real casting so you'll get the real deal. I get by on the table this time I'm gonna I'm gonna know how to talk to you guys, and I know what you're feeling being in front of them. That would be great for the models and photographers to see how to do a casting what it's like and for you guys to understand what photographers and that client are talking about And how important for you to show your personality and all that stuff doing a casting. So I think this is very good for for everybody involved. Yes. One thing to when you're on Sat, don't talk about politics. Don't talk about you. Love Jesus. I mean, I love Jesus to don't get me wrong, But if you're in New York City and your fresh from you know, Georgia and you just love the Lord and you want This has happened. Okay? I can't tell you how many times I guess what's gonna happen. Like what was that like? No, though, call the agency. This This happened. One girl who came from Top Model, a legitimate agency, hired her. She was known for being very out. Spoken about her views, she went on a set and started talking about politics and all this stuff. The art director called the agent and said, You know, she said, X y Z, we don't really don't believe in all of that agency ditched or next day. So sorry. Pack your bags were really not into that. So it sounds silly, but it's true. Be professional. Okay, that's that's one thing with artistic world. It can get really gray in that matter how much you open your mouth. I've been on sets with makeup artists and hair said, complaining about had having dated the photographer, and it's like That's not the time to talk. Talk about that stuff, you know