Wednesday, April 1, 2009


This is a brutal business. It can be very hard on the soul, and we humans are easily wounded. I think that one thing we must all develop is a sense of honestly about ourselves. Again, bust out the camera. Put on the bright lights in the room and take some truthful shots of yourself. What do you really look like? What do you look like to the world, and is that different from what you thought you looked like in the mirror? If you imagine yourself to be a runway model but are 5'7", maybe your ideas of yourself simply do not meet up to the reality of the industry. This is not to say to give up your dreams; just tailor them to a version that you can attain and achieve in a realistic way. Investigate other types of modeling that you could realistically do, and pursue it fervently. And if you love runway modeling, then watch it, follow it, go to the shows and celebrate it in your heart as one of the things you love in life. It will make you a universal participant, even though you're not the one walking down the runway. The other half of it is that no matter how many cards you have stacked in your favor in this town, you still have to work hard to make it. Even the folks with famous parents and star director spouses work their tails off to prove that they deserve the roles they get, maybe even more so because of their insider connections; people may even more easily write them off as hacks because daddy got them the job. Here's a great quote a friend of mine recently sent to me:
"the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. . . .and what's more, the people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder."
Guest blogger Mary Kay Twargowski

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