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The Dark Side of Modeling.

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Something that has been bugging me lately is the direction the fashion industry is going, especially in small towns and cities like mine.

When I first started modeling back in June, I thought everything was great. I thought I would do some research on modeling agencies in my area, get some call backs, get signed, and be on my way. But sadly, things didn’t go quite as planned.

I want to write this blog today as a warning for any girl looking to get a break in the modeling industry. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do it, but I am saying there are some things you must be careful about when first starting out. And hopefully after reading this, you can learn from my mistakes.

First of all, when finding a local agency, do lots and lots of research on them! Especially if the agency is a local or small town/city one, but also be just as careful in large cities too. There are far to many (bad) or (fake) modeling agencies who are only to willing to rob you of a couple thousand dollars.

So how do you tell if an agency is fake? When I signed to my first agency, I did lot’s of research online. I Facebooked them, I talked to other models represented there, I looked up reviews on google, and everything came back perfectly fine. tabithashoot2

What I didn’t realize was that agencies are smart. They know you’ll be doing the research online and are all to prepared with fake reviews and news feed making it seem like they have a lot of business. You have to be smarter!

My biggest mistake I overlooked when signing was this: never should an agency ask you for money up front. One thing you need to remember is the agency is making an investment in you, not the other way around. Therefore, any photo shoots, even for beginning portfolio work, should not cost you any money.

If they ever say you have to pay a certain amount for your portfolio pictures, or to get onto their website, or any other reason for payment, know that something is wrong.

From: http://denisesalceda.com/how-to-avoid-model-agency-scams/

Another thing you don’t want to do is be to eager or naive. This is another mistake I made because being to excited when an agent says, “I can get you to New York or Paris”, definitely clouds your judgment. This way, you end up making decisions based on your emotions instead of thinking it through.

Remember that you as a model are just as much of a business person as the agent, so don’t get intimidated when going for an interview. Listen to what the agent is saying, read the contract through and take your time reading it. Have another third party look over the contract before signing it as well.

All of these important tips are mistakes I made going into my first signing, and I am still caught up in the mess of it. Therefore, please take this advice and go into any interview or signing with as much research on the agent and agency as possible, have a clear head and good judgment, and don’t let phrases with “New York”, “Venice”, or “Paris” cloud your judgment.

Here are some helpful links and videos:

Avoid Model scams, Modeling Advice, Modeling frauds

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask!

See What’s Trending this Wednesday…

One of the most popular shoe brands among the young adult population is now suing 31 companies for making a knock-off version of the footwear. That’s right, converse (or Chuck Taylors) are suing companies like Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Sketchers in a fight to get these brands off the shelves.

Getty Images A Converse ‘Chuck Taylor’ sneaker sits on a shelf in New York City. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102086797#.

Converse first started making the ever-popular shoe in 1917, being introduced to star basketball players (hence the ‘All-Star’). In 1920, the company joined with basketball player, and then spokesman for the shoe, Chuck Taylor.

The shoe became even more popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s, when people began wearing them as a fashion statement over an athletic shoe. You can even see the shoes being worn in popular movies by actors such as John Travolta  in Grease, and Sylvester Stallone in Rocky.

The New York Times reports:

“Now Converse, the century-old American footwear maker, says some of the core elements of its widely recognizable Chuck Taylor sneakers — black stripes and a rubber toe topper — are being co-opted by Walmart, Kmart, Skechers and others. And it is taking them to court, accusing 31 companies of trademark infringement in 22 separate lawsuits filed Tuesday in United States District Court in Brooklyn.

But while Converse, which has been owned by Nike since 2003, is suing for monetary damages, its main priority is getting impostors off the shelves. To that end, the company is pursuing a separate complaint with the International Trade Commission, which has the power to stop any shoes considered to be counterfeit from entering the country.

“The goal really is to stop this action,” said Jim Calhoun, the Converse chief executive. “I think we’re quite fortunate here to be in the possession of what we would consider to be an American icon.”

Converse then hit a low point in the 1990’s, almost filing for bankruptcy when the brand took a huge leap in the right direction by joining with Nike company. Nike was able to take converse to a whole new level after buying the company in 2003.

The New York Times reports that the Converse brand makes up about $1.7 billion of Nike’s $28 billion in sales on average per year. Not to bad!

It’s safe to say that almost everybody in this generation owns a pair of the all-American sneaker, even if they’re tucked away deep in your closet. The shoe has become an icon for the American teen, sporting a more rebellion and relaxed style.

Personally, I have two pairs of Converse that I absolutely could not live without. And yes, they are the real All-Star Converse brand.

So, it will be interesting to see how this case turns out, and if we will no longer be seeing the ‘knock-offs’ on the shelves at different retail stores.

Let me know what you think about this case or how the outcome should be!

Fall Recipe Favorites!

We are right in the middle of fall, getting ready to break out the winter clothes for the freezing weather coming up. But what’s great about fall of course is….the FOOD!

I have to admit, I am not a fan of cold weather, but then again who is? It’s been hard for me to accept that yet again winter is knocking at our doors and pretty soon white flakes will be drifting from the sky. But I can’t fight it any longer, not with Halloween only two days away!

What’s really great about fall weather, Halloween and the amazing feelings this time of the year brings (bright colors, falling leaves, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, etc.) is the tastes and spices that come with it.

Another of my secrets is that I love to bake! And what better time to bake then when the weather starts getting chilly and pumpkin starts appearing on everyone’s grocery list!

This fall, my family and I tried our hands at some pretty amazing recipes that you must try! These recipes are great for family gatherings, which will be coming up before we know it.

My top favorite fall and Thanksgiving recipes:

1. The Pumpkin Roll

You never beat the taste of a perfectly made pumpkin roll. This delicious dessert is the best way to say hello to fall. It’s great for any Thanksgiving or family gathering during the season.

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2. Classic Pumpkin Pie.

There is no better way to welcome the season than with a classic favorite. This pumpkin pie will have all of your family members asking you for the recipe and patting you on the back.

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3. Chocolate Brownie!

I know what you’re thinking, a chocolate brownie doesn’t really scream fall, but this chocolate brownie does! It’s about taking a classic that everyone, especially the kids, love and adapting it to the different seasons.

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My homemade brownie pumpkin. Got some help from my niece and nephew.

4. The pumpkin muffin from Starbucks.

Yes, you too can make this delicious muffin and have it taste just as good as getting it out of the café. This muffin is a personal favorite of mine whether I choose to make it myself or spend some cash at Starbucks.

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Try these amazing recipes and let me know what you think!

My Model Side

Interestingly enough, I have a side of myself I have yet to share with my blog .

I love fashion, there’s no question about it, but how I got into fashion is actually a unique story that took place only a few months ago.

In late April, early May 2014, I started watching re-runs of America’s Next Top Model. Yes….ANTM! And I absolutely fell in love with it!

Watching previous cycles of ANTM was not the first time I was introduced to modeling though. Growing up, I got a lot of, “Oh you’re so tall and skinny, you should be a model,”…and what not. But modeling was never really my thing, well at least not then.

I spent the past thirteen years of my life in a dance studio, studying ballet, tap, gymnastics, jazz, theater, etc. But, with my lean 5’11” frame, I knew finding a career as a dancer would be a difficult one.

Lynda Higgins-Tully Photography Model: Brooke Anderson
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Model: Brooke Anderson

When my dancing career came to an end in March 2014, I knew I needed to find a career and a passion to fill the missing spot in my life.

This is when I started taking the whole “you should be a model” comments seriously. The first step….research!

I dove into researching how to get started in modeling, what to look for, how to take care of myself, watching ANTM episodes and soaking in all of Tyra‘s tips and tricks.

Pretty soon, I found reliable photographers in my area and started getting to work on creating a decent portfolio.

Me: Showing off one of my favorite looks this spring
Photographer: Matt Nichols          Model: Brooke Anderson

Now, only seven months later, I have had some experiences I never thought possible. I have worked with amazing photographers around Kansas City, went to Orlando, FL for a gig, walked for three designers (including Michael Drummond from Project Runway) in Kansas City Fashion Week, and modeled for successful designers.

But, I like to think my career is just beginning- because it is! I have so many plans for my future in both modeling and blogging/journalism.

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Photoprapher: Matt Nichols

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I am looking into moving to a larger city, such as Chicago or hopefully New York. I want to be signed my a top agency like FORD Models or Wilhelmina Models, and I want to travel the world.

So there you go. A look into my life and my dreams as an individual. Modeling introduced me to a life I never thought possible, and I’m excited to see where it will take me!

Leave me a comment, and let me know what you think!

Becoming a Fashion Journalist

Fashion Journalism…..Sounds pretty glamorous right? Often people tend to think of traveling the world and writing about the latest fashion show or trends, talking high fashion with designers and photographers and blogging about Marc Jacobs new collection as an enchanting and prestigious way of life. And indeed, the life does have its alluring and stylish means of making a living, but there’s a lot that goes into being a successful fashion journalist.

Image from Tyronmedia.com

What is it that make’s someone stop and say, “I want to be fashion journalist”? So often your ideal career changes as you make the steps through high school, then college, and then next thing you know-you’re on your own and in need of a job.

I didn’t know right away what I wanted my career to be, but it came to me about half way through my sophomore year of college.  I was a staff writer for the college newspaper, though I had never written for a newspaper before. It was a different, but exhilarating experience.

Being thrown in to writing in this knew way had a huge impact on what I wanted, or what I thought I wanted. All the sudden, I was finding myself taking on a more journalistic approach to everyday life. I was becoming more and more curious about day to day events and actions, asking more questions, and wanting to find out what the whole story was. That was when I realized I had found the right major for me.

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So, how does fashion come into play? I have always had a love for fashion. Whether it be personal style or watching the spring collection of Valentino in Milan Fashion week, fashion is a huge part of my life. Therefore, it just makes sense to combine the two for my idealistic career and future.

Although, the fashion industry is incredibly competitive and hard to break into, it’s really about making your start, building your portfolio, and getting those connections. It’s also important to have a wide range of education in various writing styles and being familiar with programs like Word and Excel.

There are more aspects to journalism including: knowing how to work a camera and take good photo’s, different wed designs and techniques, and becoming familiar with video and audio. Because journalism is increasingly becoming more popular online, it’s important to know how to work the web and certain programs like Photoshop or Premier.

Image from Digitalmediaacademy.org

There are many websites, videos, and blog sites that give helpful tips about getting started and becoming a successful journalist in fashion. Some sites include: careerbear.com, degreedirectory.org, and blog site, thechicdaily.com.

There are many paths you can take in this highly sought-after industry. Blogging, photographer, fashion marketing, design, working in publication, becoming an editor or writer for magazine, online coordinator for any fashion company/designer/ photographer or even being a freelance journalist.

There are many possibilities, but the first step is committing to the hard work it takes to become successful and being dedicated to your job and your goals as a journalist. Here are some helpful tips about getting started, what a fashion journalist does, and what the future may be for fashion journalist majors:

      

Dolce and Gabbana Tax Evasion

Famous court cases…. There are many court cases that spread widely into the public eye. O.J. Simpson, Jodi Arias, and George Zimmerman just to name a few.

Court cases can easily blow up the world of multi-media. A current court case, that has recently been given a sentence, is the Dolce and Gabbana case.

Domenico Dolce on the right and Stefano Gabbana on the left actress Monica Bellucci pose for photographers during the opening of a new Dolce&Gabbana shop in Moscow last month. Reuters

For those who don’t know, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, are two famous Italian fashion designers who have been designing for almost 30 years. Their designs have been featured in top fashion magazines including Vogue, Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, and more.

In 2004 and 2005, the duo Italian fashion designers failed to pay $55 million(US Dollars) in taxes. They were originally fined a charge of 343.3 million euros ($439.70 million U.S.) and eventually sentenced to one year and six months time in jail.

About ten years ago, the fashion designers had sold their company to a Luxembourg-based holding company called Gado Srl, which is a popular spot for holding companies due to it’s banking industry and tax friendly status.

For this reason, the Italian tax authorities believed Dolce and Gabbana had undergone the sale to initially avoid paying taxes on the transaction. This began a long and wide spread investigation of the designers financial status.

The designers. of course, pledged innocent and deny any of the tax evasion charges.

The fashion designers are represented and loved by celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Madonna. Their fans and celeb support has been constant throughout the years in supporting the group and the company.

In This Photo: Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana Celebrities attend the Dolce & Gabbana Perfumes Collection Launch at La Rinascente Piazza Duomo during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010.

In fact, the fashion designers turned their tax evasion case into inspiration for their designs and showcased them in Milan fashion week, Sept. 23rd 2014.

The public support for the group has been very positive despite the sentencing of both the designers. Websites, videos and pictures are everywhere on the web following the case. You can find more information on websites such as Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post.

Each website has a good detailing and understanding of the court case. Although, I have found the exact number the designers have been charged for varies slightly between each site.

Most of the sites that have written about the case include an outline of how the case began and what verdict has been given. I would say, to improve the sites, an actual outline of the dates in which the statements have been made would be nice.

Overall, most websites are laid out the same way, giving a detailed description of the case-how it started and where it’s at now. Most of the information I found has been accurate and constant throughout the websites, except the amount of money they have been charged.

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In the end, Dolce and Gabbana have been sentenced to eighteen months in jail, but are likely to appeal the verdict continuing the case further still.