Friday, October 23, 2009

BuddyTV: Show Your Smile, Hide the String (On-Set Modeling Tips)

This week's article on BuddyTV is up:

After seeing Erin totally spaz out on America's Next Top Model while filming her Covergirl commercial, I wanted to share with you some on-the-job and behind the scenes modeling tips for getting through the day without crying.

Showing up with a clean face isn't enough. There are many more things you should have in your Model Survival Bag at every shoot. Here are some things to bring to your modeling bookings:

Shoes. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes, flip-flops or sandals to wear during breaks. You might be working in heels, and sometimes they are too small or not worn in. So you will want to keep your feet looking pretty, not tired or red, while waiting to go on set.

Robe. Sometimes the stylist won't have one for you, so bring your own if possible.

Food and water. Even if there is catering, you still want to be prepared. Bring water to keep your body and skin hydrated.

Hairclips, hair pins and elastic hair tie. Even if the job doesn't involve your face, you will typically want your hair out of your face. Even for shoe modeling jobs and hand modeling jobs, I try to keep my hair out of my face if possible. Doing so limits distractions (like hair falling in your face!) while on set.

Cell phone charger. While you are working you might get called for other jobs or castings to schedule, so keep your phone charged, but on vibrant or silent, while working.

Q-tips. This is one of the most handy model-tools ever. You can clean up your face, nail polish, and a million other things with a q-tip. Bring some.

Thong. Make it tan or black, typically those are the colors you will be wearing on the job.

Also keep in mind you are there to do a job. Leave your bad mood at the door and focus on getting the job done as efficiently as possible. It is better to ask for a bathroom or water break than to end up crying in front of the whole crew. You want to appear capable, and the client should feel like they hired the right girl for the job. You. Even if you are having an off day, focus on what the job entails, and bring your best effort forward.

Once I had my period, and I had a job for a shaving company. I had to be basically naked for 9 hours. However, I still made sure that no one knew the whole day of shooting that it was my time of the month. Part of being a model is keeping your positive spirit, and not letting a challenge get the best of you, even if it means hiding the string and smiling through your cramps.

Better prepared than sorry,

More of my tips based on topics of ANTM cycle 13 can be found here:

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