What are things you can be doing to further your career during quarantine?
During these difficult times with productions coming to a halt, we need to pivot and think about what the future will look like for our models and talent. What have we been working on during quarantine? We updated our website. Updating our portfolios and working on reels for commercial talent. We also have been submitting talent via self tape. So, let’s get you ready for when your agent calls you requesting a self tape audition…
How are your self tape skills?
If you need to brush up, check out these articles:
Casting Directors Dish Self-Tape Tips
Your Guide to a Perfect Self-Tape
How to Create a Great Self-Tape Audition
Having your own set up at home makes you valuable!
Talent that have their own video/voice over set up have been working from home. They are able to produce quality video clips for projects and voice overs. I know most of you are spending your time making Tik Tok’s during quarantine, so you probably have a ring light and tripod stand for your phone. Set up in front of a window for natural light. Turn off the TV, A/C and close windows to keep the sound clear. Good lighting and sound are key! You should be able to make a good self tape with your iphone.
Look for apps like Slatable to help you produce, record and edit your self tape. Or if you have a high quality digital camera like a DLSR, those record great video and allow for a mic to be plugged in for great sound.
Lastly, consider taking an online class.
Laurie Records is offering a one day commercial class (Self-tape style) via Zoom. This is a commercial class with Self Tape tips. Cost: $75
For more info/sign up: www.laurierecordscasting.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for commercial workshops online. Killian’s is offering access to all 10 workshops online for $99.00. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/killianscommercial2018
Let’s get working again!
We need to get creative, pivot to changing times and re-invent how we submit and pitch ourselves for what the world of castings and auditions look like for the days ahead.
Hope everyone is well. We miss our talent and can’t wait to work with you soon.
~ReFresh Talent Agency
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Strutting your stuff in high heels while exuding beauty and confidence is not as easy as it may appear. We, at reFresh Talent, realize that confidence can be hard to muster when you’re worried about falling and breaking an ankle, so we have come up with a few tips to help you develop your own signature catwalk.
Walk This Way
Your posture is super important, so stand with your shoulders back and pelvis slightly forward. Imagine walking with a book on your head (remember Marcia Brady and all her practice!)
Look straight ahead, not at the floor, keeping your head and shoulders straight and making sure not to dip your chin.
If you are not accustomed to wearing high heels, you may want to start with a shorter heel and work your way up to a higher heel as you gain more confidence with your strut. Make sure you have ample room to practice your “walk”, perhaps down the length of your hallway, have some music playing and, if possible, a full length mirror to watch yourself.
The Eyes Have It
Remember to smile with your eyes or as Tyra says, “smize.” Focus your attention on something in the distance and not at someone in the audience, and, please, no overacting or exaggerated facial expressions.
Balance on the ball of your foot and not on your heels so you look graceful like a ballerina versus clomping hard on your heels like an elephant. Walk with your toes pointed forward with one foot in front of the other, “crossing” them. Take long (but not too long) and commanding strides to the count of the music with attitude.
Give Yourself a Hand
Keep your arms by your sides and let them swing naturally, not exaggerated or with large swinging movements. Your hands should be in a graceful yet natural position unless wearing certain styles of clothing where your hands may be placed inside pockets.
Be a Poser
At the end of the runway before your turn, pause for a beat jutting your hip out then turn and return up the runway. Practice this while walking in a straight line with ATTITUDE and confidence. If you do happen to trip or fall, just smile and get right back up as if nothing happened.
Once you feel you have perfected your catwalk, grab a friend and have them video your new moves so that you may see yourself from a different perspective.
Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the easier it will become until you have perfected and developed your own signature style.
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If you want to be a model or just look great wearing well-fitting clothes, you need to know your true measurements. With the low-slung fashions of today, many of us don’t even know where our natural waist is! This is crucial information that modeling agencies like reFresh Talent rely on.
What’s the big deal?
Accurate measurements will ensure that you are booked for the right types of jobs. Clients may be dissatisfied when you arrive if you do not represent the look they want. It is also common for wardrobe to be provided, and the clothing is purchased based on the measurements on file. If the clothes don’t fit, it’s not only embarrassing for you, but the agency may be held liable. A lot of time and money is involved in planning a photo shoot, and this is one mistake that could ruin it. This should be reason enough for you to learn how to properly measure your body.
Type of measurements you need to know:
· Dress size/Suit size
· Neck size (men)
· Sleeve length (men)
Below are a few easy ways to take accurate body measurements. Make sure you have the necessary items prior to measuring and that you are wearing a minimal amount of clothing. For women, a bra and panties works best. For men, boxers or briefs. Do not wear shoes or heavy or bulky clothing. Stand up straight and remember to not hold the tape too tightly.
What you will need:
a. cloth measuring tape
b. ruler or flat book
c. writing instrument
d. a friend (proper measurements are almost impossible to do solo)
e. a full length mirror (this is just to micro manage your friend to ensure it is done properly)
Height: Stand straight (not too straight, normal straight) with your back, head and heels against a wall. Ask your friend to place a ruler or flat book on top of your head perpendicular to the wall and mark a spot. Measure the distance from the floor to the spot.
Weight: Ummm, stand on scale and write it down.
Bust/Chest: With your arms relaxed at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest (for women, usually across the top of your nipples).
Natural Waist: Find the narrowest part of your waist and measure (while not sucking in your belly).
Hips: Measure around the widest part of your hips, usually around the hip bone area with your feet no more than shoulder width apart.
Inseam: Measure from the top of your inner thigh down to the bottom of your ankle.
Dress Size/Suit Size: The size you wear in a dress or suit.
Neck size (men): Wrap the tape measure fully around your neck at the adam’s apple. This is your actual neck size. Your dress shirt size will be 1/2” larger. For example, if you measure 16”, your dress shirt size will be 16½”.
Sleeve Length (men): Stand still with your arms falling naturally to your sides. Begin at the middle of the upper back. Measure the length from the middle of the upper back to the stitching located at the shoulder of the shirt (write this down). Next, measure the length from the top stitching on the shoulder to the bottom of the wrist (be careful not to measure too high above the wrist, or the dress shirt's sleeves will come up too short). Add these two values together to determine your sleeve length.
Still unsure? Click on the link and let us show you how. http://youtu.be/F6DRGSMM37s
Are you ready to be a model now? Let reFresh Talent Agency help you get started by filling out the Become a Model form!
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