Real Model 101: What to Do at a Casting

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hi class. We're back at it with the next lesson in the series. If you need a refresher, you can get it here. Hopefully you've done that homework assignment and now you have a few snap shots you can send to agencies or possible clients. Now let's move on to the next step. You've finally got noticed and now you're going on your first casting. Wait, what's a casting again? That's when a company or agency is looking for a specific model or models to represent their brand based on certain characteristics. If you fit the type, you are called in a a casting office for further review. Occasionally the actual client will be present and may want to see your portfolio, but this isn't always the case. With castings these days, you're are normally in and out in a mater of minutes. Seems easy, right. But what do you need to do to make sure you nail it?


Why I Shampoo

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hi. My name's Nikia, and I shampoo my hair. I know that many natural hair care communities advise against this, but not washing my hair isn't something I can do. With all the styling products I use for shoots and the dry climate of LA, my short stuff needs to be shampooed, conditioned, and drenched in moisturizer. It's not like I wash my hair everyday, I'm not that crazy. My texture needs natural oils. I've tried co-washing. Sure, it works for about a week. Apple cider vinegar. Nope, can't get past the smell. To tell you the truth, I just really like the feeling of a nice, clean head of hair.


How To Look & Feel Younger (Video)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Photo by Kat Harris
Do you ever have those days when you feel really old? You don't have the energy you used to. Everything about your face looks like a Salvador Dali painting. Your short term memory is dwindling away. You don't know what happened on the last episode of Scandal because you fell asleep 15 minutes after the show started. Or what about this one. When you finally decide to try out the latest fashion or beauty trend you realize that you look like a soccer mom playing dress up in her daughter's closet. I experienced this the other day when I had to wear super short cutoffs to a casting. Do the kids still call them Daisy Dukes? See, I just aged myself right there. Poor baby, it's going to be alright. Getting older isn't something we can avoid, but it doesn't have to drag us down either.


Open Call: We Want YOU!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Big things are popping at the Model Lib headquarters. If you can believe it, I'm nearing the 7th anniversary of my little baby. My, how she has grown! From infancy, this project began as a way to express my experiences in modeling: the good, the ugly, and the ridiculous. It’s a thin line between love and hate, but I’m still in it. Hallelujah! I’d like to expand that and really create a community to help other models and even commercial actors. Don't worry, if you're neither, I've still got love for you and you'll still find goodies on Model Lib. In order to do this justice, I need more than one voice… I need a chorus. That's why I want a contributor.