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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Modeling

Hey guys, I've decided to write a few posts on modeling, hopefully you it'll help you hopefuls out there, and let the others realize that modeling is not a glam job, but hard work and passion. I may not have the most experience, I may not be the model everyone wants to work with, but I HAVE got experience front AND backstage, so it helps me understand a little bit more.. PLUS I am NOT a prima donna, so I'll tell you as it is, and the kind of attitude clients like. *angelic smile*

Let's start with Hair Modeling, as I've been doing quite a few of those.

Rule 1: Models should NEVER be afraid of cutting their hair. Remember, these are professionals, most of them travel around the world doing this. They know what type of cut n colour will make you look your best. If they make you look ugly, do you think they look good in front of all the other professionals around? NO. They need you to look your best to show that THEY are the best. And usually you come out looking even better (a la ANTM makeovers).
My first hair show, I wont lie, I was terrified. Waist-length hair suddenly all choppd off into a bob (I thought that's how it was gonna be, in the end it turned out to be a BOY-CUT!). But I thought, well long hair is boring, split ends n all.. And DO YOU WANT THIS OPPORTUNITY OR NOT?? So I agreed, in a heartbeat. And it came out great! PLUS, it got me addicted to hair shows~ ;p Here's a couple of pictures to show you how drastic the change was:





















Rule 2: Get addicted. If you get addicted, you're showing everyone how versatile and easy you are to work with. Imagine how good your portfolio will look with all different hair styles n colours? As opposed to a model who may be taller, skinnier, even prettier than you, but looks exactly the same throughout the whole book? And it shows clients that you are willing o be adventurous, to go the extra mile for your job, and their product.


Rule 3: Have fun! Hair shows can take a while, whether its a full-blown show, workshop, or seminar, or even a photoshoot. Prep ALWAYS takes a whole day. So be prepared: keep your diary empty, hp fully-charged, bring water (although a lot of clients provide), and last but not least - be friendly to the other models. Believe me, having someone to talk to make the time pass WAY faster.

Rule 4: Wear the right clothes. Yes, I know, you're a model. You have to look good ALL the time. But when you're getting your hair prepped, I'd recommend wearing a top that you wouldnt mind ruining so much. I'm not saying wear your tatty house shirt, but a nice tshirt maybe. Why? Because you never know, while 3 technicians are rushing to colour & wash 10 models' hair all at once, they might drip bleach or colour on your favourite top and ruin it. I've seen this happen to more than one model already. And you're going to be sitting in an uncomfortable chair all day, commen sense tell you to at least wear clothes that are a little more comfortable right? So mini skirts n clingy tops? A definate no-no.

Rule 5 (This is a good one): You are NOT judged on your looks! Anyone can be a hair show model, though for big shows they usually do want height. But for workshops, seminars, classes etc, they just want you to have the right HAIR. So if you'd like to get a new style, and don't mind what it is as long as it looks good, I recommend listening out for any hair shows coming up, and give it a try! But don't feel rejected if you don't get chosen: Go home, look after your hair (get a trim, use the right shampoo n conditioner, and a hair mask if possible), and try again next time!

Rule 6: How do stylists usually define good hair? Well, the ultimate love is of course, long-ish virgin hair. What does that mean?? Virgin hair is hair that has never been coloured, permed, straightened etc. No chemicals have been put onto it. No, don't despair. You can have virgin hair again. When all the chemically treated hair grows out and is cut off, the new hair you have is.. Virgin hair! So take care of this, and you'll be a fave amongst hair stylists arond the globe. But if you DON'T have virgin hair? Basically they like hair that is not too straight, not too curly / frizzy, and not too short. It can't be too dry or have too many split ends unless you're going really short. And NEVER colour your hair black, or go for rebonding, as hair that has gone through this is barely ever useable to the stylist.

Rule 7: Do NOT under ANY circumstances be a Prima Donna! I've shared the stage (& salon) with i-don't-know-how-many of these 'models'. If you're serious about modelling, you should know that more important than height, looks, and size, is your PROFESSIONALISM. This can sell almost any model. Clients don't have time nor patience to deal with you going "HAH~ Really wanna cut so short meh~" or "I think I suit this colour better lo~", or the BEST: "When I go on stage must look pretty ma.. Why are you styling my hair like this? Like THIS is nicer lo.." . . . . . . HELLO!! Who's qualified to be a hair stylist here? You, or the designer? N WHO's show is it? Who's paying you? I mean O M G. ...

Rule 8: When on stage, make eye contact with the audience, and SMILE. Don't look scared, or about to cry, or look like a crazy-head grinning like mad either. Blank is a good expression, with smiles to the audience in between. And when it's done, remember you're modelling the HAIR, not you. Focus point is always the hair.

Rule 9 - and this is for EVERY modeling job you do: NEVER underestimate any of the other models. You may think she's too short to model (like me), or too fat, or not pretty enough.. But I have to tell you: Please look deep into your mirror, and start to notice that you yourself are not perfect! Don't think you are better than anyone. Don't walk around snooty faced. Don't try to teach the other models how to walk, unless they either ask, or you can see they really do need help! (and even then, help, not show off!) You just embarrass yourself by thinking you are superior, because most of the time, you are not!


So there you have it, hair show tips. Remember, this is from my experience, and from my point of view. I'm not saying you should all agree with me, and I'm not saying I'm 100% correct, so don't bombard me with insults if you think I'm wrong k? ;p I hope you learned something from it! Please do ask if you want to know more, I'd be glad to tell you all I know....

Will be posting up more about other types of modelling etc when I get the chance.. Lemme know what you think!

My week so far~

I ACHE!! EVERYWHERE!! Haha~ Got this 2 weeks free trial pass at Core Fitness, so of course, I never pass up a freebie! ;p But MAN am I outta shape!! We had a nice personal trainer who was teaching us how to use the machines, his name was Yus.. I'm going with Emylia btw, who is oh-so-much-fitter than me (Hey! Don't judge! She is an athlete after all! =p). So he was there and making sure we actually worked it.. 15 repetitions / 4 sets.. on EVERY machine he took us too! Haha~ At least I know I have muscles now.. N I'm alien-like.. End of the 2hours we were there, and I didnt even break a sweat!! The closest I got to it was a VERY thin layer of oil on me. Shows you how unhealthy I am eh.. Sigh~ But I WILL get through these 2weeks, n everyday too! Yus said if I wanna lose my tummy I have to learn to be disciplined with my eating.. Damn.. That's my biggest weakness: food! But I will try.. Erm.. Yea.. ...

Next topic.. haha~ Went for my monthly facial on Sunday~ My skin has become SO dry.. Think it's the weather.. It's crazy!! I mean real patches of rough, dry skin! But it's a lot better after the facial, so I just have to keep it up.. Sigh.. the things I do for the things I love.. I am SO not a skincare person.. In school I was the wake-up-15-mins-before-I-need-to-go-out type.. Now 15mins only just covers my skincare!! ... And watching what I eat? O.M.G. ... So u see? DE~dicated or not?? Hahaa~ N I have a question: WHY does all the food that's bad for you taste so DAMN good?? How is one s'posed to have self-control n self-discipline? ...

And shopaholic that I am, I need to stop buying! I've controlled myself a little now.. Stopped myself from looking at Ebay.. Haha~ N Ray's not letting me walk around malls for a while.. Really need to save more money.. Gonna need it when my P comes through.. i can't wait!! If anything, it'll stop me obsessing rite?I'm the kinda person who likes to say "at least I tried", so no stopping me til I actually do!!

Well, been kinda busy recently I guess. Not enough hours in the day.. N I need my sleep! Oli keeps me awake all night yapping in my ear.. (Love u Ols! =p) The other night we were up til 6-bloody-am chatting.. Geez.. Just cz u dont have to work.. I had to wake again at 9am!! Been tired ever since.. Night owl I am.. Really need to start sleeping earlier... I like being busy, don't get me wrong, but I wish things would just SPACE themselves.. Not 12345678910 all in one go.. Can't you just be 12 3 4 5 678 9 10? Ok, I'm babbling. Ignore me.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Past week~

Wow~ So I havent blogged in like.. over a week!! Feel so guilty, as I DID promise myself to blog at least once a wee.. Hmm~ *Sorry Calis~!* ;p

So. Hectic week, as u prolly guessed. I bought a new bracelet, traded in the screwed up 1. Worth it I s'pose, since I was planning to get a new 1 to make my own charm bracelet anyway. Photos will b up hopefully next post. =)

Land Rover carnival went well, n have high hopes for another 1. =D April looks busy, but not confirmed yet, wil keep u posted. =) A little push like this is all I needed, back on track now, planning ahead!! I lost sight of everything for a while, but I'm back!! Not gonna b stuck in this storeroom for any longer than need be!! Was I meant to stay cooped up in a lil storeroom, while dreams pass by? NO! So yes, Calista has her dreams back, n wif them she shall fly!! Haha~

Oli had his surgery las week too~ So sad to see him in so much pain.. =( N I had to be nice to him: Darn! ;p Nah~ U know I love u Oli.. But ya, I NEVER wanna have an operation.. Looks too PAINFUL... But he's doing better now.. So glad~ Proud of him.. If it was me I'd prolly b havin nitemares all the way to d operating theater, then crying my eyes out for a month aft tat!!

Getting more n more frustrated at work.. The things I have to put up with!! ... But I refuse to tell d stories again, No! I am strong, I can take this, it's jz for a couple more mths... *breathebreathebreathe* More opportunities coming up, so I will focus on those..

Anyway, guess that's it for now.. hmm.. will add more as i go along.. using my laptop at work now so much easier.. =)

Monday, 9 March 2009

Gold~

I thought gold is repairable?! So why did you ruin my gold bracelet by soldering it together!! Looks so ugly lo ok!! ... Now gold's so expensive, I have to trade in the one you ruined to get a new one~ Plus tambah some more money~ Ugh~ "Sifu" wa~ Wat sifu? Ur pro gold shop sifu is crap ok?? ...

Saturday, 7 March 2009

A week later~

Hey people! Well, I know I took a long time to post this up, but this week hs been hectic! Let's do a short recap shall we?

Last weekend: Smashing KK Box session wif Elvina n Oli!! Talk bout fun!! N d pix~ LOL!! It's pretty amazing how much fun you can have, 3 friends in a little rom with mics.. Haha~ But 5hours of non-stop singing (screaming) is very, VERY tiring.. =)




Mon / Tue - Still obsessed with googling things (hint: it has to do with wat I wanna do. Hehe.. Cryptic leh! ;p), mudah.my & ebay!! I finally see how people can get addicted to d net.. I NEED to check my mail ALL d time!! N I feel kinda depressed when I don't get any mail.. Hmm~


Wed / Thurs - Hair show time!! Wed was spent doing the colour for our hair.. My group was Utopia, so we all had to bleach our hair near white!! Poor Oli was in so much pain~ =( 12 hours we spent in tat hair studio!! Talk about tiring.. Then on Thurs we had to get to d hotel early in d morn.. Fast forward, we had so much fun, n the show went GREAT! We all looked fab, no1 forgot what they were s'posed to do, and backstage was hilarious! Here's a group photo:




L - R: Karen, ME, Sarah, Ryz, Vivienne, Sharon, Benson, Gary, Oliver, Marilyn, Amanda


Yesterday I went back into the office, and guess wat? 2 days I left, TWO DAYS.. And now the toilet door is broken, and so is my company computer. My hard work!! I just finished systemizing everything!! Argh~!!!!!!!! SO pissed~ I hate VIRUSES!!!!!


And today? Well, I was in bed til 1.30pm!! Haha~ Exhaustion takes over~~~~~ Well, that's it for me.. Gotta get ready to go out.. Catch up soon!