Category Archives: Top Tips

Jan 29_Blog 3

YOUR FIRST PHOTOSHOOT

You’ve dreamt about this day your whole life – your first real photoshoot. The lights will be blinding. It’ll feel like the camera won’t stop taking photos and it will feel like you’re spending an eternity on the make-up chair. It’s all going to be overwhelming, but something you’ll also remember forever. So take a deep breath, calm down, and let us help you out with your first photoshoot with a few tips.

1. Be comfortable.
Leave the skinny jeans at home, or any clothing that’ll somehow leave a mark on your skin. It’s going to be another thing for your team to retouch, and a shoot takes time. So come to the shoot in loose, comfortable clothing; you’ll be changing clothes quickly, anyway. (Plus, no one’s going to judge you if you show up in yoga pants, we promise.) Try to keep your face fresh and bare when you arrive as well! You’ll be spending a lot of time in make-up, anyway.

2. Be punctual.
Like we said, a shoot takes time – if you’re late, that’s just going make the shoot even longer. So try your best to arrive on time, or even better, a little bit earlier. It’ll help you calm your nerves a little, and give you enough time to prepare yourself before the shoot actually starts. Plus, its common courtesy to be punctual, as it shows your respect for the time of others.

3. Move!
While you’ve probably been told that you’re a blank canvas that the photographer will use to mould his image in, having some imagination and experimenting with some poses will help the photographer (unless they’re totally being controlling – in which case, just go with what they want). Model 101 poses will get boring pretty fast, so move around, be a little creative!

4. Know your lighting.
If you’re shooting in a studio, try to pay attention to where the photographer places their lights. Once you have that down, avoid turning away from the light, or putting things between your face and the light, as it’ll cast a shadow on you. If you’re unsure as to where your main light is, make sure to ask! It shows initiative, and helps you understand your movements better.

Be confident, and have fun at your first shoot! Learn more about the power of confidence at John Robert Powers.

Jan 22_Blog 2

MAKE THE CUT

Don’t lie – you’ve most likely held a shampoo bottle and pretended it was an award (an Oscar, even) for best actor/actress, while giving an emotional and heartfelt speech. That’s totally fine! A lot of us have dreamt of being an actor at least once in our lives. For those who actually act for a living, getting to that acceptance speech is a long and tricky road – and it all starts with an audition. So, how do you get that callback with hundreds of other people trying out for the same role? Read our tips for a great audition!

1. Be confident.
This may sound obvious, but a lot of people have ruined an audition because they lacked the confidence that scouts are looking for. Walk in that door with your head held high, and smile. Leave all the hesitations out the door and don’t shuffle your feet. Remember, you can do this!

2. Chat them up.
Let your personality shine through. When they ask questions, don’t give one word answers; actually try and have a conversation with them. Try to ask questions about the character and the story (but make sure they aren’t questions that can be answered with the script and background given to you). The entertainment industry is looking for smart and curious actors.

3. Make a connection.
Before the audition, memorize your lines, or at least be familiar with them enough for you to make eye contact with any member of the crew during the audition itself. Yes, knowing your lines is important, but making that connection with the audience, or with another character, is what makes a scene believable and natural.

4. Take direction.

You can’t always get what you want and that’s especially true in this industry. You’re going to have to adjust to a lot of on-the-spot changes, and decisions, and scouts are looking for people who can do just that.
Remember, what separates amateurs from professional actors isn’t always just the inspiration for the role – its preparation and execution.

Learn more at John Robert Powers.

Jan 10_Blog 1

The Riddle of a Model

Let’s be honest, taking that perfect profile picture photo took a lot longer than all of us would care to admit. That cute laughing shot? 30 minutes of fake angry screaming at your friends to take the dang photo. That fierce pose? An hour of snort-filled chuckles and wheezing laughter from you because you’re not naturally fierce. And that’s fine! We’ve all wanted to be a model at one point in our lives. We want to look good for pictures and we take extra care in posing and choosing that perfect photo. However, only a handful of us can actually become professional models. If you’re one of those people who aspire to turn their photo shoot sessions with their friends into a lucrative career, we can help you out.

1. Be healthy.
In order to look your best, you need to have a healthy body. Yes, that involves eating and drinking tons of fruit, and vegetables, and waking up extra early to sneak in some exercise in your schedule! Being healthy also includes having healthy skin and hair! These are your greatest assets, so make sure you also have a strict, but healthy regimen for these!

2. Match your goals.
There are several kinds of models: plus-sized, runway, print, alternative, etc. and it’ll help you get into the industry if you’re aware of which kind of model best suits your body type! So, do some research and see if you’ll meet the requirements to be the kind of model you want to be.

3. Educate yourself.
As with any job, it’s good to educate yourself in the industry you aspire to be in. Read as much as you can from books, blogs and even magazines about the modelling industry! These can also help you improve important skills, and it could help you figure out which modelling agencies you’d be best suited for.

4. Get a good headshot.
In this industry, you probably won’t be able to get anywhere without a good headshot. While it’s tempting to have a glammed up photo of you as your headshot, try submitting a natural photo of you (with no photo retouching either!). Agencies want to see you raw to see if you could be transformed into a variety of looks!

Be prepared for all the hardships that could come when embarking on this particular career path, and if you feel like you still need more lessons in how to become a model, be confident, and head on to John Robert Powers.

Dec 27_Blog 3

Be our (Gracious) Guest

It’s very tempting to take the host’s statement of “make yourself at home” literally, especially if you’re close friends. It’s good to remember that no matter how close you may be, there’s still etiquette that you have to adhere to as a guest.
Being a good guest starts even before you get to the host’s home:

Reply to the invitation.
Remember to reply to the invitation as PROMPTLY as you can. A simple ‘yes, I’d love to be there’ or ‘no, I’m sorry I can’t make it’ will suffice. If you cannot go, try to avoid giving a detailed explanation.

Never turn up empty-handed.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but try to get a thoughtful item you know the person will use, or consume. Remember to keep your host in mind. You don’t want to bring wine, if your host doesn’t drink alcohol.

Arrive on time.
Try to arrive within ten or fifteen minutes of the designated time on the invitation. Getting there too early may mean you’ll get in the way of party preparations, while getting there too late is just rude.
Once you arrive:

Don’t be picky.
Once the food is served, try to eat everything the host has prepared. If there are things you particularly do not like, don’t comment on it, and just try to avoid that particular food. The only reasonable time to say you will not eat what the host has prepared, is if you are allergic to this particular food.

Converse with everyone.
Don’t stay on your phone the whole time, and wait for the host to approach you, and talk. They’re probably busy making sure everyone feels comfortable, to always come and chat with you. Be confident, and mingle with the other guests, and who knows, you might leave the party with a bunch of new friends.

Enjoy yourself.
Lastly, enjoy yourself! It’s what your host wants — for her guests to mingle, and be comfortable enough to really have fun. Remember to make sure your host knows this as you leave his/her house.

Learn more at John Robert Powers.

Dec 18_Blog 2

Dress the Part

December is everybody’s busiest month. With all the social events that are happening (weddings, business meetings, office gatherings, friendly meet-ups, and holiday parties), it’s a little hard to keep up. Plus, you have to remember to dress appropriately for each one of those events, and honestly, that can be tiring. Luckily, we’ve got some tips on how to dress the part for any social gathering.

Casual Attire
This can mean anything from your favorite jeans and a t-shirt to khakis and a button up or a simple dress. Try out a number of options before deciding.Check if you’ll be indoors or outdoors today, and above all else, make sure you’re comfortable in what you are wearing.

Business Casual
This should always look neat and well put together. Women typically wear skirts or dress slacks, a blouse, and closed toe shoes while men wear dress slacks, chinos, a collared shirt, and dark shoes with dark socks. Make sure that your clothes fit you well — not too tight or oversized. Trends can come and go, but a good fit will always be in style.

Formal Business
A matched (coat and slack as of same color and fabric) business suit doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look expensive. It shouldn’t be too flashy or appear cheap. You want to be taken seriously, and look like you want to get ahead. Women can wear some solid neutral pumps and men can wear dark dress shoes to complete the look.

Semi-Formal
Satin or sparkling fabric dresses can save women in any cocktail party, dance, or any other semi-formal event. If not, invest in a trusty LBD (little black dress). Men, on the other hand, should always wear a suit at any semi-formal event

Weddings
If the invitation doesn’t state how to dress, let the time and location of the wedding be your guide. If you’re still in doubt, call the bride, or someone from the bridal party and ask. Most of the time, women can wear a nice dress, skirt, or pantsuit; while men should wear slacks, a button-front shirt, and a tie.

Complete any look with confidence, and you’re good to go! Learn more at John Robert Powers.