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Susan Miner BeautyDear Susan, I have a direct booking to Milan from New York. The airline ticket arrived today with my schedule. (The hours are long and I have several fittings.) My boyfriend really wants to go with me. Can I do that? I would just see him after work. What do you think?
— Signed, Italy Here I (We) Come

Answer: Ah, you and your honey feeding the birds in front of the Duomo (Gothic Milan Cathedral). Sharing a meal in a classic piazza (public square) restaurant. Sounds delightful, but the birds descending upon you will be pigeons and just try getting a plant based low calorie meal in Milan!

My first response is make it “Italy Here I Come.” You are a professional model. The fact that you are being flown all the way across the Atlantic means the job is important to the client. They will be expecting a lot from you. Showing up with your boyfriend may irritate them.

Now, let’s consider you in this scenario. You will be, what I refer to as, ‘on’ all day- on your feet, on your game, on your top performance. At the end of each day you’ll be pooped while your honey will be raring to go. It’s not the most glamorous thing, but I spent most evenings gently removing my make-up, re-doing my manicure, and getting to bed early. You should be doing the same to ensure you’re refreshed and ready for the next day’s shoot. (more…)

First of Many Trips!

Photo by Carlos Velez & HMUA Ali Lee

Photo by Carlos Velez & HMUA Ali Lee

Hello everyone. I apologize I have been crazy and have gotten a little behind so I am gonna take it back a bit. SO last blog I told you about going to Atlanta to work on a major motion picture. I can now share a bit of that with you. The movie is called “Insurgent” and if anyone doesn’t recognize the title right off, it is the second book/movie from “Divergent”! Yes I am so thrilled. I had cast and was selected for a featured part in the Candor faction. My first days back in June were shot with Shailene Woodley and Theo James, just to name a couple. I have to say they are pretty amazing. I learned so much and am truly humbled from the experience. I can’t go into a lot of detail about the movie, but I will tell you it is a must see!! My first trip up I worked 8 days on set. I will share a little more about that later since it was one of 2 trips I made to be a part of the movie.

Also included in my first trip, I also set up appointments to go in and talk to talent/modeling agencies there. I had set up 3 interviews with top agents in hopes of finding representation is the growing Georgia market. Now, I have shared the hard truth about my agency experiences in Miami and California. Now let’s talk about Atlanta. First interview said I had to be there by 3pm. I went and signed in, a little nervous because next interview was at 4pm. First one there were a few other girls there, we sat and sat. Finally at 3:40, they came out handed us a paper with name and information, told us to all stand up in a line, and walk together to the other side of the room. We did, they said “thank you, we will call you if we are interested in seeing you again.” Hummmm ok. Since I was in a hurry I rushed out to next meeting. (more…)

The Camera Doesn’t Have to Add 10 Pounds

Clarissa Bowers

Photo by Cody Law

That title sounded too good to be true, right? Wrong…

Male or female, having a healthy and toned body is an important aspect of being model. That being said, even the most fit models have been snapped in a photo where they have fallen victim to the camera’s added weight.

Here are some tips for putting your best angle forward on set:

1) False Waist
We all have that one oversized dress in our closet that looks like it belongs to our Grandma. Jazz it up if you are going to wear it. Pair it with a belt around your waist to synch it in, and it becomes a whole new outfit. Another trick – your hands can give you the exact same effect no matter what you’re wearing! By placing your hands on your waist and gently pushing in, you can take a few extra inches off your waist!

2) Create Separation
Avoid having any limbs pushed on one another. Remember when we were kids and would push the baby fat up on our arms to make it look like our muscles were bigger than they were? Well now want the opposite effect! By creating a small window of space between say your arms and your torso, or just by spreading your thighs apart a little, you can avoid any bunching of skin that we love to hide and the camera loves to highlight.

3) Know Your Lighting
Always be looking for the light, whether it’s coming from the sun or artificial lighting inside. Most of us know that finding the light can highlight aspects of our body and face, and give us that special twinkle in our eye. To combat the 10 lbs. the camera can add however; we want to focus on where the light isn’t. Where there is not light, there is shadow, which is extremely helpful for making your body look more sculpted on camera. If there is a certain part of your body you’d like to minimize, angle it away from the light to create a shadow. If there’s an aspect of your body you’d like to maximize, angle it towards the light.

4) Elongate
Whether you are 5’2″ or 6’2″, this applies to you! Always try to elongate your limbs. Don’t strain yourself, but stretch your neck nice and high. Get on the tips of your toes and think lengthy and graceful thoughts. If it feels a bit awkward, not painful, but odd, that just means you’re doing it right!

5) Lifestyle
Last but absolutely not least, is what you do off set; living a healthy lifestyle. There is no need to starve yourself if you are not among the metabolically gifted! Stay active and make smart choices in the kitchen. If you combine this healthy lifestyle with the above tips and tricks, you will be looking your best in front of the camera in no time!

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