5/20/2011

For All You Dreamers Out There

I have to say that the models who asked questions this week all have potential to make it in this business.

What I need to say to all of them and to all models reading, "If you stay in the town that you lived in all your life, you will never fully realize your potential."

It takes a lot of courage to move to a big modeling market, but that is what it takes.

You have to look at yourself and ask, "How badly do I want it?" You will go as far as you allow yourself to go.

 

Eduano Fai

I'm looking to go national, particularly runway. Any suggestions or comments?

Eduano

You have nice look and your photos are good enough to show to agents. Charlotte, NC has a lot of commercial agents. Start there by making appointments to see them. I have heard they are shooting a lot of films and commercials in North Carolina.

But Charlotte is not the not the runway capitol of the world. If you are serious about runway modeling, you need to move to a market that offers more shows.

 

Ajah LAmour

I am a traveling model from New York City. I reside in Bocaraton, Florida and would like to know what can you do to further my career?

Ajah

When you say you are a traveling model, I assume you work with agents in different markets. You have a nice look - maybe you should pick a market and stay a while, really focus yourself. You definitely need to focus more on your book, get more photos in there.

 

Lauren Alexis

I am a lifestyle model, returning to the industry after graduating college. Let me know if you have any advice for making a comeback and your thoughts on longevity in the industry!

Lauren Alexis

I like your look and it is refreshing to see a model who knows their place in the industry. You have a very commercial look, with a little edge. I see that you are represented by Scout Model Agency; they are with our parent site, ModelWire. I would just stay on top of your agent; do some more testing, you have the sizes for fashion. You may want to also discuss with your agency about finding you an agent in LA, so you can work in both markets.

As for longevity, commercial models have a much longer life than a fashion model.

 

Dani Drew

My name is Danielle Drew I am a 19 year old aspiring model, I am telling you right now I HAVE what it takes. I just need the help and the opportunity to get there! My grandma helps me as much as she can, but she has no idea what the industry is. Other than that, I'm on my own! I would love for you to help me out and try to guide me. I am young and I have the skills smarts and the looks it takes to make it in this industry! Please give me any advice you have because anything helps!

Dani Drew

Dani, I love your look. You would be great for commercial print. As for fashion; you don't have the height for it.

You live next to LA, so you don't have an excuse for not teaming up with some other professionals on this site and building up your portfolio. Take some acting lessons and then get out there. LA is the best market for your type of modeling.

 

Kammie

I really want to know your honest opinion. Do you think, as far as my look, that I would be able to make it far in this industry? Is there any advice you can offer me as far as booking jobs and anything as far as photos are concerned? I would really appreciate your feedback!

Kammie

You have a great commercial look, but I don't know Winnemucca, NV and if there is much of a market there. I would suggest to you that you find a photographer near you and start testing more - get more variety in your portfolio.

If you really want this career, you will move to a bigger market like LA. That is the closest big market near you.

 

I would love to get some feedback from people. Are people reading? Let me know!

 

In the meantime,

Have a successful day!

JOEY

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5/13/2011

I’ll be Judging this Weekend

 

I am off to Vienna, Virginia for the JMT/Barbizon competition this weekend.

Back in February, I had to privilege to interview 400 models for this competition. I am excited to see who will be there and who unfortunately won't. This competition will go on all weekend long. At the end, there will callbacks where the models will meet with agencies. I am going as judge and to spread the word about ModelWire Network. Need to get more people on this site, please recruit with me!

 

Kaelee Shepherd

Any suggestions and critiques? I would greatly appreciate it!

Kaelee_1

My suggestion is that you start teaming up with a photographer, Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist in your area right away. Your photos in your portfolio are very artistic, but they do not bring out the best in you!

Honestly your photos feel awkward. This one for instance:

Kaelee_2

You look like you are about to faint. You placed your arms in between your legs, the only thing you forgot to put your head down.

I am not trying to be mean, but if you are dedicated like you say you are in your "About Me" section, then start concentrating on teaming up with other professionals on this site. Find a photographer who will showcase you and not showcase their stylized art form.

 

Erin Bevins

Please take a look at new photos. Opinions? Critique?

Bevins_1

I first reviewed your portfolio back in December and I said, "When it comes to your portfolio, as far as I am concerned, I only like your first photo in your ModelWire Network portfolio." I still agree, your first photo is still my favorite, but the good news is your portfolio is improving but in my opinion, I would get rid of these photos:

Bevins_3 Bevins_4 Bevins_5

Bevins_2

They do not do you any justice; in fact, most of them look awkward.

You need to do more testing. Get together with a great photographer on MWN. You have a pretty look and all of your photos in your portfolio should reflect that.

 

Kaitlyn Marie Giguere

I would love to see what you think about my profile if you get a moment, thanks again. I am a smaller plus model who is very interested in seeking representation in New York or Chicago. I have had an agency in my area, but they never got me any work. I was hoping you could give me some feedback on my look/portfolio or some advice in general.

Kaitlyn

There is no such thing as a "smaller" plus size model. You are either plus size or not.

Before you take any more photos, you need to think about what route you want to take as a model. Right now, you are in between being a plus size and a commercial print model.

I would suggest you focus on taking more lifestyle photos and get rid of all those "trying to be sexy" photos. When your portfolio is more focused, start approaching agencies in Chicago, which is the market closest to you.

 

Jennifer Dowdy

I am an aspiring plus size model. Can you give me any direction based on my pictures?

Dowdy

Chicago is a great market for plus size modeling. You have a great look, but you need more photos.

Find a photographer, MUA and hair stylist on MWN and get cracken!

 

In the meantime,

Have a successful day!

JOEY

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5/5/2011

Meet our Featured Members for May 2011

I hope all of you have noticed our newest release.

Now you can post links in your profile and on wall posts. But the most important thing is that the site is BROKEN OUT.  That means - your friends and family can now view your MWN profile, even without being a member.

And you have the ability to personalize your URL.

Here is mine: http://www.modelwirenetwork.com/JoeyHunter

On top of that, you can now browse for the MOST LIKED and MOST VIEWED profiles. This is going to play a big part in who we feature on our Homepage.  I know I say this every month - we feature members who are making an impact in the industry and who are active on our site.

Show us who you feel deserves to be on the Homepage. Like their photos! Visit their profiles!

Heck - message me about them or message MWN!

Don't just join our community and sit on the site! Be active and make decisions!

Here are this month's FEATURED MEMBERS:

 

FEATURED MODEL - Jodi James

Why modeling?

I participated in sports my entire life and played volleyball all through college. Once I graduated college and joined the workforce, I felt empty inside and had a void to fill. I did my first runway show in March 2010 and fell in love with the stage and spot light! I soon divulged everything into modeling as I did previously with volleyball. Modeling is an excellent platform to use to build your network and develop skills for a future career.

Who is your favorite model of all time?

I have a couple of favorite models: a few are Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks and Kimora Lee Simmons. Cindy Crawford, being a size 8, is an inspiration to me because she was a successful curvy model. The industry has changed A LOT since she peaked and I really want to bring healthy figures back to the runway! Tyra and Kimora are both models I look up to because they both broke significant ground in the modeling industry and accomplished many things no one before them has. They both stand for health and diversity, and that is something I admire. They all continue to share their beauty with others and give back to the community.

What inspires you?

Everything inspires me. I would have to say what inspires me the most is my circle of friends. I am truly blessed to have been able to surround myself with beautiful souls that were blessed with talent and are determined to live their life fulfilling that passion. Being able to watch them grow within themselves and succeed at what makes them happy is amazing to watch! There's always a constant drive around you, pushing you when you are having doubt.

What is your personal style?

My personal style... I don't really know what to call it or how to explain it. I guess the best way to describe it is Glam/TomBoy. I love to be comfortable and sport the bummy/beachy/hippie look, but I also love to put on a dress and heels!

What genre does your work focus on?

I try to be as versatile as possible with my work. I tend to do beauty, editorial, commercial, athletic looks. My dream campaign would be for Nike, Adidas, or any other major athletic company. I'd also love to do Victoria Secret.

 

Patrick Hoelck - FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER

Why Photography?
I appreciate all mediums, but I love photography because it's one of the quickest way to tell a story.

What inspires you?
Anything and everything.

What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?
I'm not looking for someone who can pretend or act in front of the camera, I look for models who have the ability to let go and truly be free.

What is your favorite project?
My favorite project is the new book I'm working on now. I'm shooting a new series of women and short stories that I'm really excited about.

What is your personal style?
Timeless/ monocromatic.

 

Ashley Gannon - FEATURED HAIR STLYIST

What inspires you?

It's funny; things just kind of appear in my head. I will see a model, the wardrobe, hear the concept and a vision will come together. Even if I have never done the hairstyle or know how to create it, I will figure it out and surprise myself with how beautifully it all falls together.

What product can you not live without?

Kenra #25 hair spray! It smells soooo good and works so well, all of my clients love it!

What is your personal style?

I love trying new things each day! One day I will look like an 80's hair metal vixen and the next I can be a retro pinup. I love having fun with style, but with all honesty I am most comfortable in my own skin, bare faced in a plain white T, jeans, and a pair of Chucks.

What genre does your work focus on?

I love being a one-stop shop. I have always loved learning as much as possible and being readily available for whatever comes my way. I started out in film and theatre, then moved into the beauty and bridal industry, from there I got into commercial and fashion work. I love having variety and doing 1940's victory rolls for a themed photoshoot one day and then a high fashion updo the next. It's all about the challenge!

What is your favorite band or song of all time?

Pink Floyd… I just love their originality. Their music just makes me smile and calms me down whenever it comes on. I even have "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" tattooed on my left forearm. To me, it's a daily reminder to keep focused myself and do what makes me happy. I shouldn't let people hold me back from my dreams… I am the "crazy diamond" and I need to "shine on."

 

Makeup By Naz - FEATURED MAKEUP ARTIST

Why makeup artist?

I often joke on set and liken myself to an anorexic chef because I don't like to wear any makeup. After years of being the proverbial camera hog, now I just prefer to blend in and let my work speak for itself. I have a classic style and prefer simplicity and the only way you'll catch me wearing makeup is if it's the first time I am meeting you. But that's not to say that I am not thrilled with the concept of makeup and the art of transformation.

What inspires you?

I am constantly inspired from the great works of my fellow artists, the colors and textures of nature or often as has been the case, a muse will come along and I am off on an inspirational journey!

What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?

At times, I am in a position of selecting my model, of course beauty and being photogenic are important, but the model HAS to possess a positive and "can-do" attitude. Shoot days are long and tiring, it is vital for the model to be positive, polite and friendly. I am a firm believer that the camera can feel its subject's energy, good or bad.

Which project that you worked on was your favorite?

Needless to say, my favorite projects to work on, aside the ones produced by my own production company MBN productions, are projects where I can learn and be inspired by the talent of the people around me without the intimidation factor.

I love being in a collaborative atmosphere where people are willing to share ideas and know how, where we can all work toward a fantastic, mutual goal of getting our best work to come out...giving it all we got to get the "money shot"!

 

Topsy Design - FEATURED WARDROBE STYLIST

Why wardrobe stylist?

For us, wardrobe styling is just part of what we do.  We also prop style and production design films and photos.  I am happiest when I have some influence over every aspect of a shoot's look.  That way I can help the director or photographer tell a story with every aspect of the image.  Clothes, unlike location and props, directly reflect on the character.  In most stories, the protagonist hasn't designed the world they're in, but they have picked out their outfit.  So wardrobe is a chance to really sculpt the character.

What inspires you?

We are inspired by a lot of design outside the world of fashion.  In particular, outsider architecture, new urbanism, camping and outdoor living, scientific and medical ephemera, the arts and crafts movement, the vegetation of Southern California, fraternal lodges, Civil War era photography, and military history and surplus.  Our Facebook/Twitter feed and Etsy Store are an extension of this.  We post articles on things that relate to our aesthetic, and sell vintage items that inspire us.

What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?

A great model is more than a pretty face, but someone who can be inspired by the world and outfits they are in.  They must be able to react to their surroundings in an imaginative and expressive way.

Where do you love to shop?

Our favorite stores are the flea markets of Los Angeles like the Rose Bowl and Long Beach Flea Market.

Which project that you worked on was your favorite?

We are currently extremely excited about expanding our series with Tamar Levine of mothers and young babies.  The first set is HERE.  Now we are raising money on Kickstarter to do at least two more stories. We're looking for locations for a wealthy woman and baby in the 80s a working class woman and child in a 90s.

 

In the meantime,

Have a successful day!

JOEY

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4/29/2011

Every Model Needs an Agent

Everybody in this business needs an agent and/or manager. Although it may seem like it's hard to get representation, it is possible - for everyone. It takes persistence and a lot of hard work. When I started my modeling career, it was a year of constantly knocking on doors, calling offices, leaving my comp card everywhere, and scheduling appointments to meet different of agents and managers. Out of 50 or more agents in New York - ONE thought I had it. That's all it takes, just one to believe in you.

To be honest, all agents are in the business to make money, like you. Therefore, they are only going to represent you if they feel you can make money for them. I know most agents will tell you to just send your pictures through email or mail, but the only way you can get someone to represent you is by meeting with them face-to-face.

I am a firm believer that personality has a lot to do with your look, maybe more.

People ask me all the time if they should go with an agency that offers exclusive representation. I would jump at the opportunity! That means they really like you and really believe in you. With an exclusive deal, you get to work more directly with the agency. As a freelance model, yes you get to be more flexible, but you don't get that tender loving care. You are going to get tired of talking to a voice on a phone; it is much better going into an office for a chat. Exclusivity is the way to go.

Get out there people! Take more photos, update your portfolio, and start searching for agencies to call. Find out if they are having open calls and go to them. If they have weekly open calls, go every week. Someone will notice you if you have the look and personality.

 

Brooklyn Sanden

I was wondering what your advice would be for finding an agent and if there are certain agencies that are more interested in my type of look?

Brooklyn

Well Brooklyn, it's hard to tell what your type is. Your only photo is of you laying on your back looking up into the air. Not seeing your full figure and face is really hard to tell what direction you should go in.

If your sizes are correct, you have the stats for fashion.

Like everyone else, you need to team up with a photographer on ModelWire Network and get some professional photos taken of yourself and start going on open calls. Any agent you can get to see is a plus!

By the way, I was born in Brooklyn - wonderful place.

 

Dana Tonnone

I would like to know if Karin Models NY is currently holding open calls and if there was a sub-division of the agency in LA?

Dana

Karin Models NY has recently changed their name to MC2, and yes they do hold open calls. MC2 has two sub-divisions, one in Miami and one Israel.

The only Karin Models that I know is in Paris, but they do not have an office in LA. You should look up the ModelWire Fashion Directory and start finding an agency near you, look on their website, and see when they are having their open calls. You have the height for fashion, so get out there and see those agents.

 

Joseph Shaw

I would love to be a part of Ford Model Management. If you are interested you can certainly view my portfolio.

Joseph Shaw

First of all, I am no longer with Ford Model Management. I started their men's division in the early seventies and later was the president, but I've moved on. I don't know your height so I can't give you much direction. All I can say is from your photos you have a nice look.

If you feel strongly about being a part of Ford, then call them. Pursue them; the worst thing that can happen is they say no, but at least then you will know. They also have open calls.

 

Velvet White

I just signed for a year with an agency based out of New York and I wanted to know what I should expect from them since they are to represent me?  What are the negatives and positives about this? How do I need to be and what do I need to do as a client?

Velvet

I don't think there are any negatives about this, only positives. They must love your look, to want to represent knowing you live in San Francisco. That to me is positive.

What you need to do is be proactive as a client. Stay on top of them. Keep sending them your new photos. Never let your portfolio get old. Just because you are repped doesn't mean you get to sit back and watch them work. If I was your agent, I would encourage you get more professional photos in your portfolio. Show them that you are serious. Take two weeks, go to New York, and tell them you are coming, so they can step-up meetings for you.

 

SanJai

I'd love for you to critique my current portfolio. I'm striving to be a successful print model and have all these great pics and nowhere to go!! Can you give me any solid advice as to which agency I can submit to??

SanJai

From your MWN profile, I see you live in Detroit. There are agencies in that area and I would advise you to start there. They can take you to the next level.

Your MWN portfolio conveys a lot of different looks. You also state in your "About Me" section that you are interested in runway and editorial work. You need to forget about those categories. At 5'5", you need to only focus on commercial print. I am glad you are also interested in acting because commercial print modeling goes hand-in-hand with acting. Continue to work on your book and like everyone today, start approaching agencies.

 

GET SERIOUS PEOPLE! You can't find an agency sitting at home. Send your photos, make appointments - that's the way to get an agent.

In the meantime,

Have a successful day!

JOEY

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4/22/2011

How Do You Become a Model?

Everyone wants to know. There are sites, books, events, etc. dedicated to answering this question. But it is not that easy!

You either have it or you don't (at least in fashion). There is no cookie cutter answer to this big question. Modeling is a very unique and a special business. I know everyone wants to be a model and they all claim they have what it takes. But as a model, you NEED to know what your, limitations are. The first thing you need to know, are you more fashion or are you more commercial?

You also need to be honest with yourself. If agents keep turning you down, there is most likely a reason. They may tell you to change up your book, get more editorial photos or get more commercial photos. When you have that face-to-face meeting with the new book and they're still not biting….then I think you need to ask yourself, "Should you be modeling?"

Most models who want to be models do not see the right agents. There are commercial agents and then there are fashion agents. Make sure you don't have a false understanding of your LOOK.

So many kids keep going on telling themselves that "they've got it." And most agents don't want to be like Simon Cowell and they never say, "No you don't".

So kids, what I am trying to say is, don't have a false impression of yourselves. Go with your best assets and where you have the most talent. It is all about marketing yourself. Be proactive, look at the models that are being used for magazine ads, TV commercials, catalogs, editorial spreads. Ask yourself, "Who do I most resemble? Where do I fit? If you figured it out, that's your market.

 

fabric

As you can see in my profile I'm not tall enough for runway, but I can do catalog print and hair modeling. How do I go about setting an image for myself? I've been trying really hard for a while now and still haven't gotten anywhere. I'm thinking about relocating from NY to LA because of more opportunities. I just need guidance because I know I have what takes to model clothes and hair etc. in magazine.  I'm just really lost on how to book a deal or to get exposure.

fabric

You are going to have as much opportunity in NYC as you are in LA. Your next step is to find an agent or manager. Continually try to set yourself up with meetings and work on your book. You need more than 5 photos to impress an agency. I am glad you know that you are not a fashion model - that is the first step in making it in this business; knowing your weaknesses and focusing on your strengths. As a commercial print model, you need to work on your acting and the ability to read for TV commercials.

Also, LISTEN to the FEEDBACK from agents, managers and casting professionals that you meet. I know this is harsh, but you may want to set a time limit of how long you will continue to try to make it and think, "Is this the right industry for me?" before you go too long.

 

Kersten E

Joey, would you please take a look at the few pictures I have and tell me what area you think I am better suited for?

Kersten E

Kersten, I feel you have a great look and your pictures look good for Arkansas, but you need to move to a major market. At 5'7", you're more of the commercial type. Are you interested in acting? You should take some acting and cold-reading classes. Every commercial print model needs strong acting abilities.

Take advantage of the market. Asians are hot right now. You should be working.

 

Samuel Wolf

I have done modeling before, but nothing like I am trying to do right now to break into the business. Would you have any suggestions on what I would need to do to get some more print work in my career and be international?

Samuel Wolf

You need to test shoot more. Not sure what you mean when you say you are trying to do things differently - your pictures are all the same. When I look at your pictures, all I can say is, you have great eyes. You really need more fashion photos. Find yourself a photographer on ModelWire Network. Know that you need to break-in locally before you can ever become international.

 

ElenaLebedeva

I do have few questions before I take this further in my career. How do people get noticed? Do I need to go and take shoots like you see in Magazines? I love learning and I would like to know more for my knowledge. What do they seek for?

ElenaLebedeva

Eleana, I like your look, but you need more variety in your pictures. Also, how tall are you? You seem to me to be a commercial type model. If this is what you want to do and are serious, find a photographer, hair stylist and makeup artist on MWN and start collaborating together to make some great photos.

You have fabulous eyes. Make sure you keep that main photo of you, but you may want to get rid of the rest.



Was I too harsh?  Let me know.

 

In the meantime,

Have a successful day!

JOEY

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