6 Unspoken Truths of the Modeling Industry

These are usually learned through personal experiences, working with modeling agencies however, we try to pick some of those and share with you in writing now.

It is not a job with a fixed timing like 9 to 5

Modeling never comes to you at a fixed and consistent timing, and if you are inflexible to accommodate timings out of the usual 9-5 range modeling will not suit you. The jobs you get won’t also be on a consistent basis, there will be times when you will be wishing for your next job, and there will be times in which you will be wishing that you had a day off. Projects come on and off on an irregular basis, as when clients select you. Patience and flexibility are key qualities that you require in this field.

Deals with a hectic schedule

You could be leading a busy and hectic lifestyle like most of the people in the region. Students are also not immune to this lifestyle, and can often forego many of their interests and activities outside of their academic curriculum.

You should know to balance between studies and a high fashion career in modeling. The hectic schedule may seem grueling, but it shows your hard work and determination to achieve your dreams.

Don’t change your hair without informing your modeling agency

Note that the agency won’t scold you for changing your hair color or cutting your hair off, but sometimes when a client requests for a particular type of hair (e.g. shampoo advertisement client) your hair is an essential part of the modeling. Hence it is wise to inform your agency of any big changes you are making to your look, so they may advise you accordingly.

Modeling is not just for young people

Modeling is a very diverse industry and agencies are always on the lookout for models of various ethnicities, ages, sizes, heights and races without discrimination as clients may have their requests for literally any kind of look. Of course, different categories of modeling have their specific set of requirements and you will be allocated to what suits your look best.

There is still some stigma around modeling

There will be people who look down or with skepticism at modeling jobs. Some may even believe it to be very superficial or not an honorable industry. However, truth is models work very hard to make a name for them. It takes just as much brainwork as beauty. Top models prove that it takes good skills, confidence and personality to excel in modeling, and not just gifted looks.

Make the most out of the events you get to attend

If you are lucky enough to be one of those who get to go for after parties or networking events, make sure to use those opportunities to get to know various clients, and have a good time.

Important Terms That Every Model Should Be Familiar With

Any aspiring model has a need or responsibility to know and be familiar with the day-to-day terms and Jargons of the industry.

Agency

This refers to the model agency you have signed up for. Modeling agencies are responsible for their model’s safety, overall job experience, payment and every other aspect of their job.

Bookers

They are also known as model managers and are the main point of contact for models and clients. Bookers have an important responsibility of acquiring clients, selecting the right models and rate of payment for each job. They also have to inform relevant models of job opportunities and every other relevant detail.

Casting Call

Casting calls are different from agency interviews, and specific to clients and the jobs you are applying for as a model. Agency interviews ask general questions and want to find out more about you as person and to see what type of modeling job would suit you best as a model. Casting call met out specific requirements requested by clients, such as specific age, ethnicity, gender that potential clients are expecting.

Client

Client refers to the person or organization that seeks a modeling agency to hire models for their specific project or job need. In general there are 2 categories, commercial and fashion clients. Commercial projects, such as television commercials or print advertisements need people of various types and most models are eligible for these jobs. Another is fashion, whereby clients are usually from editorials, runway modeling etcetera.

Comp card

Short for composite card is a business card for models that is given to clients as well. It contains headshots on the front, and body shots on the back of the card usually. It also contains a model’s vital statistics.

Close-up shot

Another term for headshot or portrait photo where the model’s neck and face are focused upon in the photo (can sometimes include shoulders). Facial features and emotional expressions thus take high importance in these shots.

Portfolio

Contains comp card, test shoots, other project photos and all the important details and information about a model. If a client is interested in a model, a portfolio of that model is presented to the client for their consideration.

Scouters

Sometimes known as a Scouting agent, is the person who is responsible for finding and attracting new and potential models into the agency. They go to city centers and other high profile events such as beach parties to seek for talent, and offer them opportunities to join the agency. Scouters are trained to be aware of the industry needs and are required to be professional in their engagement with the public.

Vital Statistics

These are important numbers that indicate what category of modeling you will belong to. This helps narrow down and place you in jobs that suit your body type. The 3 numbers that consist of your vital stats are the bust, waist and hip size.

Funding Opportunities for Artists

With limited methods for the accurate tracking of individuals with arts as their primary income source, estimated figures of total US working artists (from literary to performing, cultural and visual) are around 1.4 million.

It’s often very difficult for working artists to conveniently finance the creation, exhibition, and marketing of their arts thanks to their relatively low earnings. This makes them almost always in need of financial support for art materials, fabrication costs, travel, studio space, exhibition, marketing, and other expenses.

Although most foundations generally provide grants to nonprofit organizations only, artists are the exception to this rule as fellowships and grants are a very popular source of their funding amongst others cited below;

Fellowships and Grants

Often provided by private foundations and a few art agencies (publicly funded), the funds can take care of fees and other expenditures giving the artist freedom to worry only about creativity. Grants are generally competitive and provide assistance of different terms such as the awarded amount, procedures for application, stipulations etc. Some are much more restricted than others with eligibility and openness varying from nomination and application, to need or being awarded as a for a particular competition.

Artist Residencies

This funding opportunity for artists usually requires displacement from normal obligations and environment to benefit from studio space, housing, living stipends, and travel often provided in Residencies.

Fiscal Sponsorship

Contracting with a non-profit for fiscal sponsorship when having projects related to their mission can provide a valuable funding opportunity for artists. This fiscal sponsorship relationship implies the artist makes use of the tax exempt status of the sponsor to solicit for charitable contributions which are tax-deductible.

Free or Discounted Services

Certain organizations and agencies are dedicated to making health care, tax and legal services particularly available to cash-strapped artists facing hard times. Some of these services are provided at discounts with others being totally free.

Even with the existence of numerous funding opportunities for artists such as cash grants, internships, employment and residencies, understanding eligibility issues and qualification requirements is very important and should be given enough attention. Poor proposals account for many artists being overlooked for funding. So, amongst the important activities like research for valuable information, hiring the services of a qualified grant writer will definitely have great enhancement effects on the chances of an artist to be selected for funding because his/her proposals are prepared with professional experience.

Although eligibility is by nomination only, the MacArthur Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant are amongst the most valuable and prestigious awards to support artists. With a wide range of different requirements for eligibility, examples of leading artist grant opportunities available for open application include;

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences

For: Awesome projects

Time: Awarded monthly. Applications are rolling

Value: $1,000

This Foundation is a group of small philanthropists awarding monthly micro-grants of $1,000 to individuals who have awesome ideas. The grant for every chapter is donated by 10 trustees, $100 each for scientific, artistic and/or social projects. Previous “awesome” beneficiaries include a phone book farm in Ottawa, a pipe organ (portable), and a Boston giant hammock. There are no eligibility restrictions for this awesome grant.

Brooklyn Arts Council Grants

For: Enthusiasts in G train

Time: Late summer, annually

Value: Average between $1,700 and $2,100

This grant is open to artists based in Brooklyn. It rewards projects with public component funding. It covers dance and theater productions, gallery exhibitions, musical concerts, films, workshops, installation of public arts, screenings and curatorial projects. With about 30 – 40 % of applicants usually benefiting from at least some funding, chances of getting assistance upon application are very high. Eligibility requires artists with proof of residence in Brooklyn.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

For: Painters, drawers, printmakers, and sculptors

Time: No deadlines

Value: Depending on the circumstances particular to the artist ($5,000 – $20,000)

This foundation, started by Jackson Pollock’s widow, Lee Krasner, who is also an Abstract Expressionist painter awards grants at all times within the year to artists. Applicants are required to be of financial need while possessing and demonstrating peculiar artistic talent with their recent works in galleries, museums and/or exhibition spaces. Examples of Individuals of note who have received this grant include Zoe Leonard, Jane Benson, Valerie Hegarty, Thornton Willis, Alyson Shotz.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship

For: New York based writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians

Time: annually

Value: $7,000

With ever changing categories and mediums every year, this grant is the Holy Grail for New York based artists. Artists from a wide range of disciplines receive cash awards through the NYFA fellowship without restrictions on how they will be used. Five categories are open for applications each year. Examples of notable grantees include; Zhou Long, Jennifer Egan, Doug Aitken, Barbara Kruger, Todd Haynes, Junot Diaz; Spike Lee, Marilyn Minter, Christian Marclay.

There exist many other accessible national and international grants, fellowships and other funding opportunities for artists which are general or speak to particular groups like disciplines, location, race, sex, religious belief, ethnicity, political background etc. Finding the ideal one only requires proper research and application or follow up.

Tips To Use A Chalk Marker

Have you heard about chalk markers? You may have because they have been increasing in popularity in the here and now. As a matter of fact, they are so popular and useful that they are being used at home, events, restaurants, schools and parties, just to name a few places. There is no doubt that chalk markers are poplar but there are still a lot of people who have no idea how to use them properly. If you want to know how to use them, we suggest that you follow the tips given below.

How To Activate

Before you go ahead and use the marker, the first thing that you need to do is shake the marker, pump and then start drawing. It’s as easy as you have read. Follow the steps given below to get it done.

1. Your first step is to hold the chalk marker diagonally. You don’t need to remove the cap. Instead, you should leave the cap on and then start shaking the marker.

2. Next, you should choose a flat surface, press the chalk tip on it lightly and then release it. Don’t press it more than a second. You may want to keep repeating this step until the tip of the chalk is filled up with the ink. Typically, it may take between 20 and 40 pumps. Just be careful not to damage the tip of the marker.

3. Once you can see the ink in the tip, you should choose a surface and then start drawing.

Tips To Draw The Right Way

· When pumping, you may want be careful not to put too much pressure on the marker tip. If too much pressure is applied, the tip may get deformed. As a result, you may have to buy another chalk marker.

· After use, you may want to store the pen in upright position with the cap on.

· Don’t forget to check the cap to make sure it is tight.

· Before drawing, make sure that the writing surface is clean.

· When erasing, we suggest that you make use of a damp and clean piece of clothing.

· Remember: the ink will take a while to dry.

· You need to keep in mind that chalk markers work on surfaces that are non-porous like slate chalkboards, porcelain chalkboards, metal and glass, just to name a few.

· Also, you should know that some chalkboards don’t work with chalk markers, such as MDF boards that are chalk-painted.

· Before you use the markers on a whole surface, you may want to carry out a spot test, which will help you find out if the surface is suitable for the chalk marker.

5 Health Benefits of Art

The profound effects of art on the mind and body

We often wonder what purpose art serves. Why would anyone want to spend their hard-earned money at a museum or a concern? There must be some reason why we’ve evolved to appreciate art. Multiple studies have shown that actively being creative has a number of health benefits and overall improves people’s quality of life. In fact, evidence suggests that the strongest communities are ones that support their local artists. Engaging in art, whether that be visual art, music, dance, or anything else, is essential to our well-being. Here are five positive impacts art has on our everyday lives:

1. Stress Relief

Every day stress is normal, but it’s important to take a break now and then to prevent a busy schedule from turning into chronic stress which can have a negative impact on your health. A great way to break up your routine is to incorporate some kind of art into your day. Studies have shown that even a short, ten minute break once a day can reduce your overall stress level. Being constantly bombarded with information can wear on your mental and physical health. Instead, dedicate a few minutes to creating something.

2. Improve Cognitive Function/Prevent Alzheimer’s

Brain science has improved exponentially in the last few decades. One fascinating new discovery was the concept of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to re-shape itself and form new neuron connections as we absorb new information. One of the best ways to increase neuroplasticity is to think creatively, and what better way to do that than practise an instrument, paint a picture, or learn a new dance move. Neuroplasticity has been shown to actively prevent the degeneration of brain cells that lead to Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive diseases. It may also be possible that creative thinking and art therapy can reverse the behaviours of PTSD and bipolar patients.

3. Boost Your Mood

We all feel a sense of pride from creating something that is our own. The act of producing art releases feel-good chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Many mental illnesses involve an irregular amount of these essential brain chemicals, resulting in things like depression or anxiety. Art therapy has shown remarkable results in improving mood and behaviour. For example, this study showed that art therapy was effective at decreasing depressive symptoms in prison inmates compared to other types of conventional therapy.

4. Physical Rehabilitation

Many professionals are starting to see the benefits of art in the medical field. Whereas before, art was seen as an alternative medicine, now people are realizing the real, scientific evidence behind it and why it works. Overall, when art is added into rehabilitation programs for injuries, addiction, and physical recovery, doctors report widespread reductions in a broad range of symptoms including pain, anxiety, and discomfort.

5. Enhance Cancer Treatment

A study on mindfulness based art therapy showed significantly reduced distress and better vital signs in cancer patients. Other studies show similar results, with reduced depression and fatigue in cancer patients during chemotherapy. Most of us are familiar with the devastating effects of cancer and the crippling treatments used to fight it. Art therapy, especially in groups, can have a huge impact on a patient’s quality of life, and that can make a big difference in treatment.

The Job Of Casting Talents For A Film

Aspiring actors undergo a tedious process in auditions before they can get the role in a commercial or film. In this kind of industry, competition is always tough. In a pool of people who fall in line for auditions, there will be hundreds who want the same role so badly just like you. Some are even seasoned and have years of experience which make them more fit for some roles as compared to newbies. To stand out in the roster and have a fighting chance in getting the role you want, it’s very important to know both the common and specific requirements of a casting agency. Agents and directors say that they can easily separate good candidates from those they can’t work with based on this set of qualities.

1. Overall look. This doesn’t pertain to your physical appearance only but your overall presence. You need to present yourself as the role you’re targeting. Your face, body, how you stand, and your expressions and gestures should be compatible with the character that the casting agencies are looking for. This will require a great amount of calculation on your part, but be flexible in order to look and become the person they are looking for.

2. Ability to act. You want to be flawless when you demonstrate your acting skills. When you’re acting, you don’t want to appear like you are acting. You need to look and sound as natural as possible. You need to be able to present yourself as the character instead of someone just playing that character – so be completely convincing.

3. Complete professionalism. Arriving on time, having your lines completely memorized, looking good, and being ready to take every instruction well are all qualities of a professional that casting directors look for.

4. Passionate attitude. This clearly indicates how serious you are about the career you’ve chosen. You need to be able to prove that you’re ready to overcome the challenges that the acting job will present, and be the character. If the directors say you need to lose weight, cut your hair, speak with an accent, learn martial arts or jump off a building, they want to hear that you can do something to make it possible

5. Confidence. This isn’t something that can be faked. You need to be able to show that you believe in yourself and can demonstrate courage, especially when asked to do something very challenging.

Opportunities in Art

Everything changes continuously and the art world is no difference. I develop myself as an artist, my work evolves alongside and also the art world makes progress in a haphazard way.

At the beginning of my career I was an art school graduate visiting galleries with my portfolio. I studied the gallery advertisements and called them for an appointment when I thought my work would fit in. We would meet and when we felt a match we joined forces. This resulted in long-term contacts allowing me to present new work in the said gallery on a regular basis. I did not sell much, my work was considered the abstract note next to their more commercial items, the ones that did sell. I sometimes made a special piece for an art trail in a park of a public garden. At that very beginning I even received some money once for making and exhibiting my work. I was given a scholarship which allowed me a meagre sustenance while developing myself as an artist. I thought I had it made. Sales would start growing at some point, I worked hard and my reputation would grow. People just had to get to know me a little better before they would start buying my work.

Then I had children and disappeared off the face of the earth for a couple of years. The change in my personal life was so enormous that it also changed my work. Apart from that I was in a constant state of exhaustion due to the broken nights, I was just busy all day with my little ones. They were most important at that moment. But when my daughter was two years old I was crying out to exhibit again. I had made some things during those years but smaller and much more intimate than my previous work. And I no longer cared if people would like it or not, making accommodating things had become unbearable.

I woke up in a different world. Galleries had closed, not just one but lots of them. And that was only the beginning. I was no longer a bright young talent but a woman with children. And in this depleted world of art exhibition the galleries now asked me to pay them for exhibiting my work. I felt a strong rebellion against that. (In order to create my work I already have to make considerable investments and the making of an exhibition also costs money. The driving back and forth, materials needed to exhibit the work all cost money.) Artists had been declared Cultural Entrepreneur. Nowadays it’s completely normal to pay for the possibility to exhibit.

This change in art selling locations is still going on at the moment. Online galleries are rising. Artists are putting themselves on the market, literally. Galleries are still collapsing all the time, well-known places can’t manage it anymore. The way art is treated in this country is part of the problem. According to our government art is no longer valued. Therefore many artist escape abroad. To co operations and short-term exhibitions. To fairs. To new places that had never before been considered suitable for exhibitions.

Do you like art? There are numerous artist who would love to transform your living room into an exhibition area for a weekend. Just open up your house to guests and invite your network contacts. Throw a nice party! You will end up with an exclusive exhibition in your own home, helping out an artist and create an experience for your guests they will continue to talk about for a long time.

4 Things a Legitimate Model Agency Asks You

We list things that a legitimate model agency does that make you feel uncomfortable but is actually beneficial for you in the long run.

Initial outlay

A model agency may ask for an initial outlay of money from you. Either they may ask you for portfolio fees or deduct a certain percentage of commission from your initial project fees, or even work at contracts. This may sound pretty demanding; however, it should not deter you if you have enough passion for excelling in the industry. The reason why a model agency extracts some initial cost from you is because they need to make up their costs of creating a portfolio for you and work required to set you up with clients. Working for free also gets you opportunities easier, for example, you can work with designers and photographers who want to create their own portfolio for free, and this allows you to gain modeling experiences as well. This makes it a mutually beneficial solution for all. The experience and portfolio you gather from the initial sacrifice of fees and payment will go a long way in getting more job opportunities.

Change your Looks to Suit Their Assignments

A model agency may ask you to do certain fashion makeovers such as changing your hair from blonde to brunette, or changing the length of your hair and so on. This is not because they don’t think you look good, but rather they usually want to fit you into the style of modeling that suits you best. For example, the agency may already have an excess of blondes, and they need a good brunette. There may be a few reasons why they ask you to change your look, but it is ultimately the best calling for your look and job opportunities in modeling. Anyway, a top class model is expected to be flexible and look good in any style or costume fitted. Hence, you should never be hesitant to change your look and style, and carry yourself with confidence in your new look.

Lose or Gain Weight

Again, although this may come off as a sensitive matter to you the industry is competitive and requires you to be at the top of your game to succeed. Even for non-mainstream modeling such as plus-size models, there are weight standards that need to be adhered to. In general, agencies have come to the point where they want to portray healthily-sized models. So they may outright reject you if you are too thin or too overweight. Hence, the key aspect to look after is your diet, your nutrition, and health. If you are doing the right things with your health your body will reciprocate naturally and your weight/ BMI would not be hard to control.

Traveling and International Opportunities

Most of us will be delighted at the sound of this, however, most of us do modeling as a ‘side hustle’ and few turn it into long-term fully fledged careers. The thought of traveling and working may sound too exhausting if you are not fully committed to the pursuit of modeling excellence. However, if you have the looks and ability the chances of working on International assignments are pretty high. Many people can only dream of such offers, so think twice before you reject them. And by the way it’s legitimate to receive the offers, and you should be given the liberty to accept or reject them.

Be open to all requests and demands but at the same time be cautious and do your research thoroughly before accepting or rejecting the offers. If you can establish that an agency is legitimate and has nurtured many models, it is likely that the demands they make of you are for your good and progress.

Finding The Beauty In Judaica Art

There’s a lot of different ways that you can celebrate the amazing elements of Judaica. But did you know that there’s a lot of fine art that exemplifies this world? You may see some things here and there, especially around the holidays, but there are fine artisan crafts and pieces that you can explore on a deeper level out there. There’s something glorious about art that comes Judaica, and you’ll see that there’s something great to explore if you just know where to look.

Beyond The Basics

When you think of Jewish art, you may immediately think of the Star of David. You may also think of symbols that celebrate the rich history of the Torah and other elements that come with the faith. But did you know that there are other things to explore? There’s so many symbols that can be found sacred to those that keep the faith, and are from the lineage of David. Many of these symbols are transformed into incredible pieces of art, with gold, silver, and other fine metals. The design goes beyond the basics, so that you are able to honor the art form and celebrate the Jewish tradition all the same.

Finding Options

Finding Judaica is not that hard. You will find that there’s a lot to explore online. Amidst the many options that you will see, you may be drawn to what’s available on luvaton.com. Jewish art comes alive with a unique artistic touch that you will not find anywhere else. There’s a true beauty to the forms and spaces utilized in the pieces found here, and you’ll definitely be amazed at what can be put together. Finding options can be easy, but stepping into a whole new world of art can be a bit tough, which is why this solution is well worth exploring on a deeper level.

For One and All

Whether you’re Jewish, or you have family, friends, or simply want to celebrate the faith and culture, you owe it to yourself to look at the amazing Judaica art that is being produced today. Never before has so much amazing work been on display and for sale. Whether you choose one piece or several, you’ll no doubt sense the glory that comes with the amazing pieces put together today. Going beyond the basics, and finding new beauty in the past, present, and future is made simple when you know where to look. The designs will certainly enthrall you.

To Bless You Is The Best Gift I Can Give

It is the time of year for data analysis again. I just listed all the data I am responsible for collecting, evaluating and putting together for a federal report, which is due soon.

Honestly, simply looking at all the documents made me want to fall asleep.

It was like checking student’s work, scoring essay tests, and then counting the numbers. Needless to say, I don’t like raw data. If I can have someone do the hard work of processing for me, I’d be very pleased. Why? It’s because I’d rather look at the processed data, study and make sense out of it then I can create my report. That, I like.

Yes, I was in my own little world.

Anyway, It has been a habit to do positive self-talk. Every morning, I’d look at the mirror, I’d smile and I’d excitedly recite my new mantra out loud. I’d grin some more because I know one day, it will all happen. Oh, I don’t know how it will happen but I sure know it will, someday!

What I couldn’t remember though was when my transition from making negative self-talk to positive self-talk in the mirror happened.

I do like the change, though. Because if I will go back to the memory lane, it was like a switch has been turned on. All my dreams started coming true when I started believing. When I started believing in the power of my words that did it for me!

Same system, as I looked at all the piles of evaluations, attendance, observations, interviews, and all the other documents I have to process, I blessed it all.

I know I could have cursed it or said negative words or just fall asleep, heck, I could have also just put it all in the trash, but of course, I couldn’t do that, Lol.

So, I blessed it.

Just like I bless people… “I bless you for the goodness of God is in you.”

No miracle happened after blessing the documents, no angel came from the heavens to help me finish my task but what happened next, I didn’t anticipate.

I received a Facebook message from an old friend.

I haven’t spoken with him for awhile. He did say he will talk to me soon and yesterday he was ready to share his story.

Cancer.

I put my phone down, looked at my own little world and space of raw data, got the first pile of documents and worked on it the rest of the day.

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A gem.