Tag Archives: confidence

Jan 29_Blog 3


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


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.

Dec 1_Blog 1

Ask Me Something

A tale as old as time – a client invites you to a party or social event, and you accept because it’d be rude not to. When you get there, you discover you’re surrounded by clients and other people you’re not too familiar with. You make an executive decision to just sit in a corner and wait for an acceptable time for you to take your leave.
A lot of us would rather exclude ourselves from an event rather than make small talk because small talk is difficult. It actually doesn’t have to be, and we can help with that:

1. Look for possible conversation partners.
It can be a little awkward looking for possible people to talk to during a social event, but we have three scenarios that might make it easier. Look for either (1) a fun, inviting group, (2) loners who will welcome your attempt at dialogue, and (3) familiar faces.

2. Establish common ground.
Once you’ve found a potential conversation partner, the easiest way to get the conversation going (right after “So what brings you here today?”) would be to find common ground. Asking questions about their work, their interests, or their lives will enable you to interject every now and then with your own anecdotes, and liven up the conversation.

3. Make them feel comfortable.
Ask questions that will make people feel at ease with you, when you find that common ground, or if you notice they have a particular interest, or passion for a certain topic, probe a little bit more about it! Genuine interest in another person’s interests will make them feel more comfortable in talking to you.

4. Match your questions to the environment around you.
Topics that are too sensitive may lead to heated conversation and you don’t want to end up making a scene in front of strangers. While shop talk is fine, avoid intricate details and sensitive topics (e.g. politics, religion, etc.) because you aren’t sure if everyone within earshot is trustworthy of such sensitive information.

5. Have a good attitude.
It’s easy for a conversation with someone new to get a bit dull, but don’t let it show. When asking questions, always sound interested, and not bored. You never know if the person you’re talking to could be a potential client or someone that could help you with your current clients, or a potential friend.

Small talk is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be when you have confidence. Learn more at John Robert Powers.

Aug 27_Blog 3

Liked or Respected?

“Would you rather be liked or respected?” It’s a weird question to be asked, because it’s really silly to think that it’s impossible to be a leader that’s respected and liked as a person. You don’t have to be Miranda Priestly, respected but absolutely feared to the point where she’s referred to as a devil, nor should you be like Michael Scott, who is nice enough as a person, but isn’t a great boss. Here are a few things to remember to balance being respected and liked:

1. Don’t seek to be liked.
Remember not to avoid situations just so you’re liked.

2. Take time to know your people.
Understand that friendship doesn’t happen right away.

3. Be confident but humble.
Be self-assured, but share the limelight with your team.

4. Be open-minded.
Consider other views, and then weigh in.

5. Don’t let your pet peeves get in the way.
Focus on other’s needs rather than your own personal preferences.

6. Encourage diversity.
Don’t create clones.

7. Put yourself in the line with your team.
“Work it out for yourselves!” shouldn’t be in your vocabulary.

8. Seek excellence, not perfection.
Be reasonable, and make room for forgiveness when mistakes happen.

9. Provide empathy.
Attend to your team’s human needs, not just their employee needs.

10. Encourage innovation.
Change is scary, but necessary. Give your team the courage when change happens.

Being likeable alone limits you as a boss, and being respected alone is a very isolated way to live. Learn more at John Robert Powers.

Blog1 - First Day Fashion

First Day Fashion

A first good impression can be hard to make; but it could probably be easier when you’re 100% sure you look good. Check out our first day fashion suggestions here.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first day at a new company, or your first working day ever. First days are always pretty nerve-wracking. While we can’t help you remove all those nerves completely, we can help you be a bit more confident when you step through those doors – by helping you choose the perfect outfit to wear on your first day. After all, it’s been proven that a great outfit boosts confidence and increases productivity! So, here are our tips for your first day fashion:

• Know the dress code.
No one wants to be that person who wears either a shirt-and-jeans combo in a corporate setting, or that person wearing a three-piece suit while everyone’s a bit more lax. So, find out if your office prefers a more casual look or more formal clothing from their employees.

• Remember your commute.
If you’re going to have to fight through a throng of people on the train, the bus, or even in line for that taxi, maybe try to think of an outfit that won’t end up a wrinkly mess once you get to the office.

• When in doubt, go neutral.
Bright and outrageous outfits tend to be a silent way of grabbing people’s attention. And as the new guy/girl, you’re already doing that on your own, so you don’t want your outfit to be the first thing that speaks for you. Stick to black, brown, tan or navy pieces. They look great on everyone, and will help you blend right in.

• Make sure it fits.
Essentially, anything that’s overly baggy or too tight has a tendency to look unprofessional. So try to find something that’s comfortable but also fits properly!
With these in mind, find an outfit that works well for you, and make sure to walk in that office with confidence, because Confidence is Powers!