Wednesday, December 30, 2009

NEW PHOTOS OR NEW MODELS?

With the new year upon us, we all seem to have plans and ideas of how we are going to go into the new year. Over the break, I have been able to review the www.peakmodels.com site and noticed that many of you have sub standard photos on our website. With a new year upon us, it is really time to take a good look at what you are putting out into the modeling world. Are your photos fresh, inviting and updated? Or are you still using some old photo waiting to get a booking and
"planning " to shoot? Famous last words! I know because it is what everyone says.
I was at a shoot the other day in Florida for my niece who wrote a book at 17 years of age, and I could not help notice that $300.00 bought her about 300 of the most amazing shots, and if she wanted to be a model, OMG again, she has a plethora of shots to choose from.
My point is that if a 17 year old student can pull of a shoot, then a professional model represented by one of the top booking agencies in Los Angeles has no reason not to have the most amazing shots into my office for the website.
I know, I know, you do not have the funds right now to shoot, catch 22. You need money to shoot, and you are not booking...totally understand, so until you get booking, you need to get a job at night at your local coffee house or eating establishment and make some cash to shoot your photos. Ok, so now that you have the solution, what are you waiting for?
Remember, if you are not booking, it is probably 95% of the time due to the fact that you have old or weak photos. And yes, for all of you that are not booking, there are a whole bunch of people with the agency that are buying homes, getting new cars, paying their bills, all thanks to the jobs they are booking with Peak Models & Talent.
For now, remember you decide what type of new year you want to have, do you want to be working or watching everyone else get the jobs?
I will be focusing on getting the models out that show they have what the work ethic to show up, get their photos updated and respond to their castings.


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Monday, December 21, 2009

Junior Models for sportswear!


If you are a teen looking to get started in modeling, remember to look your age.
There is no reason to look older, besides you will get there eventually!
So hang onto your youth and look your age! Have a blast and enjoy your teen years.
Agents do not want models to dress like they are 35 years old.
Sasha pictured here is age appropriate and works consistently in her market.
If she books a job for someone older or younger they can always decide later what works, but for a general rule, stay your age :)

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Print

And as we add images of catalogs and jobs, keep in mind that sometimes you will shoot a job and forget about the images.
You would be surprised to know that even the plain shots are good to show what you can do.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sportswear catalog!


For sportswear sometime clients will take a model and minimize the make up to send a casual message.
Jasmine pictured here is completely natural in her image wearing casual sportswear.
For more images or booking information on Jasmine go to www.peakmodels.com

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Friday, December 18, 2009

KIDS CATALOGS!


For those of you wondering about kids and catalogs, there are companies that hire siblings for their catalogs!
These photos are of brother and sister!
Good job everyone!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

KIDS CATALOGS!!!



Yes brothers and sisters get booked together!
Clients love booking families too!
For info on booking families  check us at
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Juniors and Kids!


Peak Models & Talent has been lucky enough to book catalogs with great people, and that includes kids and juniors too.
In these shots we have Sasha and Susie, two wonderful girls that happen to be family friends as well.
It always amazes me that these kids and their parents are so easy to work with.
For more images of Sasha or Susie, check out www.peakmodels.com
Thank you ladies for your great photos and bright smiles! From Disney to clothing catalogs, Peak Models & Talent has some of the nicest families in the industry.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Models, models and more models


Remember when posing to always give the client different looks and poses.
Some are full smiles, some are demure images as seen here with Kaylin.
For more images on Kaylin visit www.peakmodels.com


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Catalogs anyone?


When booking models for a catalog, it is important to show a range of emotions and looks.
Having a great portfolio that shows these different looks will ensure multiple bookings for models.
Nicole is looking casual and relaxed in this shot, showing that the clothes work for anyone.
For more image on Nicole go to www.peakmodels.com
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Catalog or Cowgirl?


Clients love to get  creative on the set.
For a jeans ad, a cowboy hat always adds a little fun to the images.
Nicole Rocks it in this image. She pulls off the flirty girl next door, while staying innocent, yet sexy and classy all in one image.
This is not easy to accomplish, since most images are either one or the other, it is rare to accomplish a range in one image.
For booking information on Nicole, go to 
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Catalog Images!


Tashia is always sure to do a great job when she is booked.
We have nothing but great reviews when Tashia is on the job.
For more images of Tashia visit us at our website www.peakmodels.com

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

IM MELTING!!!

Are you still sporting a melted book from this summer?
You know the portfolio that has the rippled, bubbled pages that make all of your photos look like they are drowning? Or if you prefer, ok like photos that are swimming in a tropical paradise?
NOT!~
They look like they have been shoved in the backseat of your car, while you sport around to castings, the gym, the mall, the movies and coffee houses.
So if you want to get yourself a nice gift for your holiday season, invest in yourself and get a new portfolio with clean smooth pages, and guess what, it is fall, going into winter, so chances are you will not melt, at least not for a few months.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

More catalog shots!

Here we are with another catalog shot with Megan.
Megan is always a pleasure to work with, and gets rebooked for her great attitude.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

NEW MOON!


With the holidays upon us, it seems that all the great movies are playing to keep us busy and give us a bit of a break during our shopping trips.
Somehow at the office Taylor found out that I LOVE TWILIGHT, and suddenly my photo frame was mysteriously filled with a photo of Edward Cullen. 
Once NEW MOON released, Natalie conjured up a photoshop piece celebrating the movie!
We all love the movies, books, music, and anything else from the TWILIGHT saga, and yes I have already seen NEW MOON twice.
So, suffice to say that Edward Cullen hold a special place in our office, and yes we love Jacob too!
Now if we could just bank on one of you to land a role in the upcoming movies, maybe we could visit the set! LOL
Natasha Duswalt
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Monday, December 7, 2009

LA TALK RADIO! CANDACE KITA & NATASHA DUSWALT!

LA TALK RADIO!
I wanted to share my interview with Candace Kita!
Candace has worked with Peak Models & Talent for many years, and Candace hosts a radio show on LA TALK RADIO!
Candace invited me to be a guest on her show and talk about the industry, women, and safety. 
We had a great time discussing aspects of the business, along with taking calls from listeners. Thank you Candace for inviting me to be a part of your show!

Take a listen!

Catalog models!


Sharing images is always fun, so here is a few posts with models who have booked with Peak Models & Talent. 
We know how much you like to see what jobs are booking, so keep checking back for news and photos of your fellow models!
Megan looks casual and relaxed in her army gear.
GO Megan!
Thanks
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What is your image?

Over the weekend, I was at a seminar where I had the opportunity to meet with a woman who revamps images, as in how you present yourself.
Now of course we all want to improve, but as I stood there talking to this well put together individual, it crossed my mind that there are many models who do not really have a specific style when they walk into a casting.
I have had clients call me and say " she is really pretty, but I cannot picture her in a suit"
So, the lesson here is to dress the part when you go to castings.
Bridal? Hair up with full make up and high heels.
Swimsuit - Natural make up
Business catalog?  - wear a suit!
Mommy ad? - Khakis and a solid colored top.
Not that difficult!
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

CASTINGS, CASTINGS AND HOW TO GET CASTINGS!

Ok, you have an agent...check
Photos...check
Portfolio...check
LA Casting account...check
AMAZING EYE CATCHING PHOTO ON LA CASTING?......hmmmmmm
RESUME FILLED OUT ON LA CASTING?..........hmmmmmmm
VIDEO CLIP ON LA CASTING? ...............double hmmmmmmm

Now if you are reading this and have no idea what I am taking about, then you need to get on the bandwagon immediately if not sooner.

FACT - without an OUTSTANDING commercial headshot on LA CASTING you will not get called in.

FACT - a complete resume including sports, abilities, languages, hair length, accurate sizes, and anything else you can come up with to fill in will be noticed by casting directors much more likely than those that are blank.

FACT - video links to your profile get you to the top of the submissions with casting. Yes, it is true, anything with a video link will go straight to the top of the list.

FACT - 90% of actors and models have no idea of these little tricks, and therefore do not take full advantage of their online profiles.

FACT - you can shoot a 25 second clip of yourself as an introduction to yourself and post on your profile today, gaining top priority for castings to see you.

FACT - if you want more credibility, you can video yourself and show the pages of your portfolio to give the casting people an idea of your work while showing your personality at the same time.

FACT - you can confirm your castings and auditions online via the worksheet using your log in information. When you confirm yourself, it shows the casting offices that you know how the biz works and you seem more professional.

FACT - when you miss an audition, it is noted via computer, and if it is something you do  a lot without explanation, well you get the picture.

FACT - you can call your agency and get your log in information anytime and start filling out your resume and loading your video clips.

Natasha Duswalt
www.peakmodels.com

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

LA CASTING!

As many of you know, LA Casting is one of the most utilized tools out there for agencies and casting agents in Los Angeles. It's ideal for finding models who fit specific projects and who will flourish in certain roles. Unfortunately in order to get auditions for these rolls a little bit of time and money is involved to really make your LA Casting profile pop! Let's start with photographs:

Your premiere photo is the first thing that a casting agent sees when selecting people for auditions. You must have a clear, professional and commercial looking headshot as your premiere photo. PEAK uploads your initial premiere photo when you are signed to the agency but if the photos you provided us with are outdated, blurry, or unprofessional you may want to consider getting new photos taken and uploading a new premiere photo on your own. Yes, this costs money, but what's $50 if you get booked on a $4,000 job? Having an eye catching, warm and personable photo is not only what will grab peoples' attention, it is what will get you booked.

Additional photos are completely optional however if you would like to be submitted for hand modeling, foot modeling, hair modeling etc. it is in your best interest to post additional photos to your account showcasing these features. There have been several instances where a model is very interested in doing specialized modeling but was not considered for an audition because we did not have adequate photos of their specialty. Also you must notify the agency if you are experienced or would like to be submitted for specialty jobs, otherwise you may be overlooked!

Sports photos, as well as a variety of different looks will also significantly increase your chances of getting auditions for certain jobs. Many times the casting agent will ask for athletes who are experienced in their sport and without notification in your LA Casting account, or a photo to back up your skills you may miss out on being asked to audition.




If you love modeling or acting and you are interested in pursuing it at an expert level it's important to realize that there will be investments. The time to update your information and the cost of uploading additional photos could mean the difference between booking a job and never even being considered for an audition. As with any job, there will always be sacrifices, but if you put in the hard work and you are dedicated the ends will almost always justify the means!
Natalie/ Peak Models & Talent

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