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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!

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#MasterandMuseMonday

Okay, my hashtag this Monday may not be one you’ve seen before, but’s it’s a hashtag that stands for evolution and change in the fashion world.

Now more then ever, pollution and the increasing amount of waste and destruction in our world is really important. It’s hard to combine environmentally friendly and fashionable together, but that’s exactly what the founder of Master and Muse is doing.

From MasterandMuse Website Amber Valletta
From MasterandMuse Website
Amber Valletta

Amber Valletta, founder of Master and Muse, has created a one-stop fashion shop for all things high-fashion, but also manufacture friendly. This way, people have an option to shop clothes that are both fashionable and come from a reliable source, good quality, and is good for them AND the community.

Found on Amber’s website is:

 “Master & Muse by Amber Valletta provides a fun, accessible and informative one-stop-shop for those super stylish, conscientious shoppers who want to buy better – secure in the knowledge that the clothes and accessories they are purchasing are good for them, their family, and the community at large.”

You can learn more about the designers she collaborates with, look through her seasonal lines (check out her current fall/winter 2014 line), learn more about the company and about Amber. Oh yay! You can also shop Master and Muse clothing and do the world a good deed!

Finding Self Confidence…

It’s not easy to stand in front of a crowd and feel completely confident in yourself.

If you’re anything like me, the thoughts in the back of your head are something like, do I have anything in my teeth, are my clothes completely hideous, what if they find me boring or unprepared….

Self confidence is something I’ve always admired in others, but have suffered from myself. I can remember a time when I would emotionally beat myself inside because of saying things like ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘someone else is better then me, so why even try’.

Confidence is a hard subject to extract upon yourself if your not almost born with it. But, I have found ways to improve my confidence, so I knew others can do it too. Here are some helpful tips I’ve found:

1. Dress to impress! I know this sounds a little cliché, but it’s true and it’s been proven to work. I can say from personal experience that I always do my best when I feel my best. What better way to feel great than wearing something you are confident in and that makes you feel awesome! It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or high fashion, as long as what you’re wearing is completely you.

2. Exercise. Even saying the word exercise makes me exhausted, but exercise has also been proven to boost one’s self confidence. It’s all about how you feel and present yourself as an individual. I’m not saying you have to do three hours of weight training a day, but maybe a yoga class two or three times a week just to get you moving. Personally, as a dancer, I love to exercise, and I ALWAYS feel so much better afterwards.

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3. Eat healthier, but don’t completely cut off the treats. I love a great salad or an apple for a meal, but I also love to snack and eat sweets. Eating healthy is something that is very important to me as a model and an individual. I will never, ever starve myself or make myself sick, but eating healthy is something that makes me feel great and helps keep me going and motivated. Try adding an apple or banana for an everyday snack, and drink plenty of water! Also, try making small changes like eating dark chocolate instead of a candy bar.

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4. Remember your strengths. Sometimes writing down your strengths and accomplishments can help you remember what you are striving for in life. Keeping a list of your accomplishments is a great way to improve your confidence and keep you motivated for the future. It can help keep you on track and be a personal reminder that you do have strengths and you can do whatever it is you’re striving to be.                                       imagesCAOVRRH1

I hope these tips help you out. Just remember to keep going everyday, and never tell yourself you can’t do something!

 

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!

#MusicMonday

It’s Monday and there’s no better way to start off the new week than with a hot new tune freshly downloaded onto your iPhone. or spotting you fav star on the cover of you fav magazine!

In this generation, we see a lot of music stars blended with the fashion world. Rihanna, Beyonce,  Arianna Grande, just to name a few. But one star has recently been given the honor only millions of models could ever dream about.

Yes, I’m talking about Taylor Swift’s photo on the cover of Vogue UK!

November 2014 EDITOR: Alexandra Shulman COVER: Mario Testino MODEL: Taylor Swift

Whether you’re a fan of Swift’s or not, her image on the cover of British Vogue is stunningly beautiful. Plus, it’s a HUGE career step for her.

Granted, Swift has graced the covers of American Vogue and Teen Vogue, but along with this cover comes a new branch of music for the pop star as well.

Swift tells Vogue, “This time around I’ve chosen the brave and bold way of going about things,” she said. “Because with this album I’ve completely changed the sound of everything I’ve done until now. So it’s interesting to not be afraid of that. You know, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.”

Also in this issue, Swift let’s us in to her personal life and her thoughts on dating. Apparently, she is not looking for a relationship, and doesn’t see how one could fit in with the way her life is at this time.

Taylor’s new album will be released on October 27th, and has many fans excited to hear her new sound!

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.

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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: