So at 18, I have already come to appreciate those “do nothing days”. Things have became intensely busy and I am being pulled in many directions. But i love it. My poor new car now has 6200 miles on it in a little over a month. I think it can drive by itself to Miami and back. I have been very lucky and have made a new friend with another modeling agency in Miami, I swear we are soul sisters, and I have been staying with her a lot. Even though she is with Next Model Management, we still go on a lot of the same castings and this work out so good. I am surprised how many great friendships I have made with other models in Miami, it truly is one big family. It is very rewarding to listen and learn about others adventures, disappointments, and accomplishments, you can truly learn from others. Never think you are too big or too small to learn from others. (more…)
I’m so excited to be this week’s featured model for #ModelMonday with my amazing mother agency Page Parkes! I wanted to share the full interview from the Page Parkes blog http://www.pageparkes.com/corporate/ with you all below:
#ModelMonday: Ally Ertel!
From Florida living to California dreaming, #ModelMonday goes out to one of the sweetest and talented girls here at Page Parkes: Ally Ertel! Click read more below to meet her and get a glimpse of her journey.
1. How were you scouted and why did you choose Page Parkes when you first started?
I was scouted while volunteering at a Tony Robbins conference by a fellow crew member, an amazing photographer Danny Cardozo. He connected me with Page Parkes and I decided to sign with the agency because I knew that they saw me as more than just a model. From day one, both Danny and Page have believed in my potential within the industry while supporting my personal goals. They have also pushed me to grow in ways I could have never imagined. (more…)
Click here to view the South Moon Under Lookbook 2014 video filmed in Puerto Rico.
This entry may seem a bit chaotic in terms of content, and I do apologize in advance. Working in this industry, I have learned to be in three places at once and multi task beyond all logical reason. Although, I will admit the three places at once is a bit of an exaggeration but honestly speaking, not by much.
But I digress; this was a heavenly-paced week compared to the previous one. The madness of fashion week castings, which at its most intense included 10-15 castings a day, left me at my whit’s end in one particular case. I was on the phone with my mother agent crying because I was so overwhelmed. Oh yes, I still do that!! Calling one of my “moms” is one of my finer points because it gives me that proverbial kick in the behind that, let’s be honest, I need (sometimes).
Being a model is, in my belief, one of the greatest storytelling jobs in the world. It is a transformation that occurs the moment you walk through the doors. It is my job to become the literal translations of a dream brought to life by an entire team. My mother came to a shoot with me once, and when we wrapped she told me I “became a different person”.
This was the first time I became aware of my craft and how, perhaps due to the life my illness gave me, I was better able to change myself. Growing up with the conditions of my illness, I was very isolated because I had to be for my own protection. I grew up watching and observing people. Movies, stories and books were my constant companions. (more…)
I’ve got some really exciting information! It was recently brought to my knowledge that the American eagle lingerie brand, Aerie, has started a new campaign. It’s called “Aerie Real.” This campaign features a few girls with varying body types. I saw a few straight sized models, an athletic model, and wait…. A CURVY GIRL?! This woman is a beautiful curve model AND a woman of color. This was a double punch for the usual cookie cutter brand, American Eagle. I was so stoked to see her and the more athletic built woman. All of these girls were not retouched and looked absolutely gorgeous. I love that you can see the little baby rolls every girl gets on one of the featured models. You can even see her tattoos! I’m beyond ecstatic to finally see a brand embracing all body types. They even started their own hashtag “#aeriereal” and looking at all the beautiful girls that sent in pictures on the aerie website made me so inspired. The fact that young girls are actually embracing their bodies due to a campaign from their favorite store is amazing. It’s very strange to think what a big impact this will make on some women’s lives. I can’t believe a strong brand like American Eagle took this chance, it’s risky showing people something they’re not used to. The feedback could go either way; however I haven’t heard a single bad thing about this campaign yet. (more…)
After last week’s busy schedule of lookbook shooting (you can read more about that here), this week was back to more of the usual stream of castings. Along with the various fashion lookbook and editorial magazine castings, I also had a few really interesting commercial auditions come up.
Commercial auditions are always very different from the fashion castings because I’m usually given specific directions in what to wear, how to act, and even certain lines to say if I’m auditioning for a speaking role. Most of the auditions I’ve been on are for the extra roles (like the non-speaking woman standing in line at a grocery store behind the main person saying the lines about their new credit card, etc.). At this point, I’ve been on auditions for everything from small Japanese perfume companies, to car commercials and even auditions for major clothing brands like Old Navy. Every time, I get separate e-mails from both my commercial booker, Photogenics, and the casting website I’m a member of as part of being signed with the commercial division of my agency. (more…)
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