Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FIT MODELS..PEAK MODELS & TALENT

Fitness and exercise

Ok the dreaded topic fitness and exercise. Let me give you some background I have been there and done that. I have been through the whole I'm going to starve myself skinny, and I have been through every fad diet on this side of the planet. I have torutred myself endlessly and now after many years we have a good relationship. I was a teacher at LA Fitness for Yoga and Aqua Aerobics. I also teach classes at my church as a hobby, before getting involved in the Entertainment business I was going to go into fitness training as a career. I can't stress enough the importance of balance in your relationship with food and exercise. I know run way models at BCBG that have FAINTED on set because they wanted to starve themselves skinny. Do you think they will ever get a call back. There are giirls that won't even eat there lunch thats given to them during shows, you need that energy! EAT! OR I WILL EAT it for you! We are in the business that pays our bills on how we look, but we also have to take care of ourself in a healthy manner. Eat small portions throughout the day, drink alot of water, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, you all know the drill but please don't starve your self. We are FIT MODELS, if you are a RUNWAY models then thats a different story. Girls that were bigger then me booked a fit job that we were both trying to get because she was bigger then me and I was too skinny. What a RUDE awakening. I lost a job because I was too skinny for my comp card. The moral of the story is to stay HEALTHY!



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Monday, July 27, 2009

DISNEY PRINT!

Well, our Rolana does it again! As you may or may not know, Disney is one of our print clients, and Rolana has been booking on a regular basis. The good news is that we get to share the images with all of you! Check out the links below to see Rolana...

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PERSON TO PERSON

Take a day where you control physical characteristics of yourself. If you are normally a loud, gregarious person which is who I am, become shy and avoid eye contact with people. If you are shy and never talk to anyone make eye contact and talk to at least 5 people a day. If you are a loud confornational type, try to supress that and be soft and quiet, this is really hard for me to do but now you know what it is like to take on the character of different types of people. "You will be suprised that when you go to a specific place in your daily life you will have an easier time assessing these tools when called upon on the audition.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

PRACTICE

There are sides that you can get with la casting for commericals as well as theatrical make you might not have an audition right now but you can always practice. Get a friend if you don't have one you can email me christinacha@yahoo.com I will be your friend and get a camera practice in front of each other. Make a fool of yourself in front of each other not the actual audition. The more practice you have the more that heart wrenching, anxious feeling will leave. The first time you learned how to drive a car you were scared to right, but after driving for 10 years you don't even have to think twice about the process.
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Monday, July 20, 2009

COMMERCIAL AUDITIONS

Topic 1

How to be a better improv actor

Improv is a type of acting that is very exciting and spontaneous. Everyone love scene studies and cold reading however my favorite is improv because you get to be creative and express yourself and your personality. Shows like "Who's line is it anyways." Is a perfect example. Occasionally you will see casting for improv comedic roles. I recently took classes at Groundlings thats the school for Lisa Cudrow from Friends and Will Ferell received there training. Here are some tips I have learned from the school...

Some do's and don'ts of improv:
Do's
1. Do label your work, what you are wearing, education, what your doing specifically in the scene.
2. Do commit 100% your emotions. your partner, trust yourself.
3.Do raise the stakes add fuel to the fire raise the stakes take your emotions to a ten..
Don't
1.Deny the first idea wins, don't argue with your partner you are always agreeing and building.
2.Ask Questions, just add info don't assume thing lable them..your building the blocks questioning them leads to confusion
3.Don't go blue, no abortions, death, death topics.

Topic 2

Hair model jobs

I never thought on the planet of mars that I would be labled as a hair model. When I first went into modeling visions of Cindy Crawford and Niki Talyor cover shots danced in my head. Then I woke up the reality is that I'm not 5'11 I'm really close to 5'7..I'm not a size zero give me my RICE!! (I'm korean by the way) It was just not my reality..When I started to go out for castings I rarley got magazine editorial or fit jobs my butt was just to big (which is rare for a Korean, I guess its all that korean bbq) So I started getting alot of hair show projects. That became a niche not a niche I wanted initially but looking at the pay check I became comfortable with being cast for hair shows. The pay for hair show can easily be close to $500. Everyone knows thats great pay for a model. Remember to wear black and high heels. There are so many girls that wear ballet flats, you want to beat the competitions look tall look confident. I even throw in some personality the last show I pretended like the casting person was the bachelor and I was being chosen. I asked him for the final rose he got it it made him laugh and I was chosen. Be fun to work with and they will choose you. Be professional and just show up, the last show I went to only three girls showed up and they needed seven I was chosen out of default. I know alot of girls might not want to get there hair cut short but thats not always the case. I have done a handful and my hair is still long. If your not comfortable just discuss it with the hair dresser and then leave.


Topic 3

My major is marketing so I guess I am lucky on this side of the biz...you can never underestimate the power of marketing...so you have a preety face, and you have a body to boot...who cares there are tons of beautiful women..half the women that are cast are 10 times more beautiful then me. We have to face it Hollywood is also a business and you have to treat it that way.. here are some suggestions that I have for your beautiful smart girls that want to know the business aspect of helping you agents book work for you..

1. Post cards I am going to get some made there are so many headshots that these cd are receiveing then sometimes don't even look at your headshots. at least if they see your post cards they have seen your face and your name.

2. Updates, update your info, your look and even classes and workshops you are taking and let your agent know what you are doing! COMMUNICATION is KEY!! My problem is that I overcommuncate, maby your porblem is that you don't COMMUNICATE enough. Your agents have 500 emails a day, yes I thought the same thing they only know you! Thats what I thought too! Let's get off our self centered model planet and realize the competions is fierce. When they ask you for picutres do it that week. When you go to new classes let them know what you are doing.

3. Payment, bring your vouchers have them filled out properly, when you run out ask your agents for more. Poor Tammy I practically harrass her for more vouchers when I run out of them. These are your records, this is your payment no one is going to take care of your finances other then you and maby your mommy..

4. Professionalism, I am always 20 minutes early. I smile, I try not to complain and I help when I can. People remember and they keep you in mind for future projects. I heard a story about a guy who landed a major agent because when he dropped off his headshot he helped a mover move the couch in the agency office.. little did he know that was the agent he called him back and landed a fabulous agent. Kindness goes along ways.

Topic 4

New casting web sites

Everyone already knows the importance of casting website to submit too here are some new site that some people are starting to talk about..

La Casting, Now casting, Casting Frontier, Actors Access and Casting about

Casting about is a cheaper alternative I believe its $40.00 a month. they have updated casting information. They also have the names of the casting assistants and some head production people that you can send thank you cards to as well.

I submit DAILY, just like reading the bible you have to do it everyday. You never know what your missing if you don't check everyday. It takes less then 15 minutes a day I promise. It's for your future and your career plus you get to see what people are looking for and the types so you know how to market yourself.

Topic 5

Classes

Okey people I guess everyone hates to hear about recession and the downturn of the economy but this is our reality. We need to be smart on how we spend our money, I know of actors that spend almost $700 a month on classess this is REDICULOUS! There are tons of classes that you can audit, get your feet wet first. I audit different classes for many years before I decided to go with Groundlings for improv training. In the mean time I audit tons of class. I saw different teaching styles and I practiced with great people. I really think that spending more then 60.00 a class then you might reconsider your class. There are many reputable teachers that charge 200 a month for 4 classess. Try different commercial classes. Also the SAG conservatroy offers classes and you pay $20.00 a YEAR!! Yes a YEAR! This way you get to try the different classes and see what is your fortay. Thats how I discovered I was more of a comdic actor not so much dramatic actor. Find your niche and share that insight with you agent so they know how to market your abilities.


Topic 6

FRIEND FRIENDS AND MORE FRIENDS!!

I use to be the lone rangers and when I would see a asian girl that was my type I would pray that God would make her panty hose rip! Then I had a change of heart being jealous and competitive is not the best way to go in this business. You know the cliche its not about who what you know it's about who you know. I have met girls my type that I first saw as competition but my best ally. When they didn't get the role then they would text me so that I could go there next . She already knew she didn't get it why not her close friend. Be good to everyone, I met a women in her 60's doing extra work on a set 5 years ago and we still text each other and get to know each other on a great friendship level. I have never once asked her to tell me about projects I can submit on or who she is connected to. We just have this great friendship naturally in the course of our relationship she texts me when she see a role for me etc. I get information about great teachers, good photgraphers and great discounts. Many photographers will give you a great deal when you shoot with a friend.


Topic 7

Commercial Auditons

I do not take credit for this information, it was from the Sag conservatory teacher..

When you do a commerical audition just remember the first and last line. Try not to memorize the whole peice to impress the cd. First of all it looks very forced and unless your really good at memorizing lines and letting yourself go into character it is very difficult.

A sence of reality must be created by the performance. Think of all the roles you already carry around you, student, boyfriend, girlfriend, athlete, brother, sister, all of these characters you own right now.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

FRIENDS, FRIENDS AND MORE FRIENDS!

I use to be the lone rangers and when I would see a asian girl that was my type I would pray that God would make her panty hose rip! Then I had a change of heart being jealous and competitive is not the best way to go in this business. You know the cliche its not about who what you know it's about who you know. I have met girls my type that I first saw as competition but my best ally. When they didn't get the role then they would text me so that I could go there next . She already knew she didn't get it why not her close friend. Be good to everyone, I met a women in her 60's doing extra work on a set 5 years ago and we still text each other and get to know each other on a great friendship level. I have never once asked her to tell me about projects I can submit on or who she is connected to. We just have this great friendship naturally in the course of our relationship she texts me when she see a role for me etc. I get information about great teachers, good photgraphers and great discounts. Many photographers will give you a great deal when you shoot with a friend. And remember, your agent is your friend too, so if you hear of a job, your agent needs to probably feed some kids too, so pass it along, you will reap the benefits down the road.


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Monday, July 13, 2009

ACTING CLASSES

Ok people I guess everyone hates to hear about recession and the downturn of the economy but this is our reality. We need to be smart on how we spend our money, I know of actors that spend almost $700 a month on classess this is RIDICULOUS! There are tons of classes that you can audit, get your feet wet first. I audit different classes for many years before I decided to go with Groundlings for improv training. In the mean time I audit tons of class. I saw different teaching styles and I practiced with great people. I really think that spending more then 60.00 a class then you might reconsider your class. There are many reputable teachers that charge 200 a month for 4 classess. Try different commercial classes. Also the SAG conservatroy offers classes and you pay $20.00 a YEAR!! Yes a YEAR! This way you get to try the different classes and see what is your fortay. Thats how I discovered I was more of a comic actor not so much of a dramatic actor. Find your niche and share that insight with you agent so they know how to market your abilities.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

BE KIND FOR GOODNESS SAKE!

Professionalism, I am always 20 minutes early. I smile, I try not to complain and I help when I can. People remember and they keep you in mind for future projects. I heard a story about a guy who landed a major agent because when he dropped off his headshot he helped a mover move the couch in the agency office.. little did he know that was the agent he called him back and landed a fabulous agent. Kindness goes along ways.
GUEST BLOGGER CHRISTINA CHA


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Britney Spears New Video!

Just wanted to share with everyone the new Britney Spears Video with our very own Nick H!
Look for Nick as the lead male, you can see he is the classy guy that plays polo and looks model amazing throughout the video!
Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4lC-XpNqsU

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I NEED YOUR VOUCHERS!!!!

just wanted to touch base with you regarding the vouchers system.
We book with clients, however it is our policy that we have a signed voucher from every model for every booking.
This is not optional, as the clients are not as organized and in the past have refused to pay models that do not have vouchers. For us then it turns into a “ he said , she said” issue.
For one model that forgot her voucher it took over 6 months to get her paid. I finally had to call the owner and beg to get her paid, stating that they know that I am legit, and would not lie.
I can assure you that I do not have the time to do that when there is a system in place, with filling out the vouchers.

Many times the designers book models and do not tell the owners, and thus they need proof of work.
It is also for tax purposes, as an independent contractor it is imperative that you keep written records of your modeling work via vouchers in case you ever get audited.
Believe me, I was audited back when I was modeling, and they will require all of your paperwork to be accounted for to avoid tax issues.

Please let us know if you need more vouchers, it is really imperative that we have your vouchers for accounting purposes, otherwise it will just hold up the payment process.
This is all in the paperwork that you filled out. I do not know how other agencies do their business, but please for my sanity send in a voucher J

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Friday, July 3, 2009

PAYMENTS!

Payment, bring your vouchers have them filled out properly, when you run out ask your agents for more. My roor Agent, Peak Models & Talent I practically harrass them for more vouchers when I run out of them. These are your records, this is your payment no one is going to take care of your finances other then you and maby your mommy.. and not your agent.
GUEST BLOGGER CHRISTINA CHA
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Models be careful out there!

I like to pride myself on giving people the benefit of the doubt when meeting them. I assume the best, just as I would hope they would assume of me. I have recently discovered that in the modeling world, this rule of thumb might need to be ruled out.
I've been modeling for about 16 years and about a year ago, I started my modeling career back up again after a baby break. A model friend gave me a few contacts to help rebuild my book and get me started. One of the photographer contacts was very willing to refer me to some big names, one of which owned a very reputable high fashion magazine. I immediately made contact. I will refer to him as Ron in this blog.

Over the course of the year, I have been in contact with Ron about certain projects, endevors etc., that he and I (separately) have been involved in all the while hoping to catch his interest for his magazine. All contact was online via myspace and facebook and the occasional quick IM. All very formal. All very professional. All very...normal.

Finally he was ready to take me serious as a model. He booked me to walk in his fashion show for LA Fashion Week. I didn't end up walking for reasons far too boring to mention but I did go and help him run his show. I coordinate fashion shows and other events as well so for me this was a huge honor.

So the day came and went smoothly. We met. He seemed very sweet and genuine. I did my job and left.

A few days later, he offered me a gig modeling his clothing line, which I wasn't able to take, but I thought it was my big break and maybe, finally, my way into his magazine.

Three days later, I was walking in another fashion show and ran into his ex-girlfriend and another model who were talking about him. They didn't realize I was listening or even that I knew him. As the conversation went on, I realized he was harrassing the model and trash talking her online to other people. She was begging his ex to speak to him on her behalf. The ex later explained that he already had a police record for violently kidnapping her. Yikes. I never let on that I knew him.

Needless to say, I dropped all contact with Ron and will avoid any further contact with him. I think it is a good rule of thumb that when you are working with people in this industry, especially when not agency referred, to err on the side of caution. Don't trust blindly just because they have credits, a huge following, experience or a big fashion world name.
To avoid situations like this one shared by one of our models, never book directly with anyone even if you meet them under " normal" circumstances, your agency is there to help you, and on your own, you are just that, " on your own", and if anything goes wrong, you will have to figure it out on your own, avoid these problems by booking with your agency!
This blog was shared by one of our models that would like to not have her name shared, for obvious reasons.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

KEEPING UP WITH YOUR AGENT

Updates, update your info, your look and even classes and workshops you are taking and let your agent know what you are doing! COMMUNICATION is KEY!! My problem is that I overcommuncate, maby your porblem is that you don't COMMUNICATE enough. Your agents have 500 emails a day, yes I thought the same thing they only know you! Thats what I thought too! Let's get off our self centered model planet and realize the competions is fierce. When they ask you for picutres do it that week. When you go to new classes let them know what you are doing.


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