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Modeling in Seoul Korea

megan lessard

If you follow me on Facebook you know that I am leaving for Seoul, Korea. So much can happen in a month.

A month ago I was in New York City with my wonderful friend Cassie Peech. We walk and walk and walk all over the city and shot in amazing locations. It was my first time in the city and yes I want to go back. It was fashion week. I loved seeing the paparazzi going crazy around everyone. I did not attempt to walk a show. I am only 5’8”. Know where your market is and runway is not my place. Most runway models are at least 5’10”. So, I did what I do well. I am a print model.

When I got back I was told by my wonderful agent that I am going on model placement to Seoul Korea. This is not so simple. I needed to renew my passport. That was a day trip to Miami. That was sent. The contract was reviewed over 3 weeks. Did I say I have a wonderful Mother agent? This is her job. She protects me. Do not hate but dieting is huge while waiting. If my measurements change more than 2cm I can be sent home. They do not mess around.

After the contract is set and my measurements are sent and approved we had a work visa application to deal with. Now I wait. What is next? Well, I hope it is a plane ticket.

I the meantime, the pictures from New York are awesome. I was also published with my friend Fox Harvard. Stay tuned because I will most likely post here while I am on the other side of the world.

The Patient Traveler

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After 4 months of waiting, calling and submitting endless forms and emails, I have finally received my passport with my new visa back.

After one of the most patience and faith tested day trips from Peterborough to Brampton, stuck in the most horrendous traffic that delayed us down to the last 5 minutes of our journey. It was nothing but sweaty palms and silent heavy breathing from my counter part and I.

With literally a minute to spare I ran to the front doors of building 10, frantically searching for any indication of the floor I was headed to.
Once spotted, I took off running into the building, tore up the stairs, spun in a circle out of confusion and entered the doors to the hallowed BLS doors. The office was cold and sterile and was completely empty. Out of breath I began scanning the room for a face and before I knew it. I was informing the friendly staff that I was there to pick up my passport. (more…)

Clarissa on Castings

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How to Prepare for a Casting and What to Expect

As with all things in life, you want to put your best foot forward when attending a casting call. You only get one chance to make a first impression and you want it to be a good one so that you will be hired!
Every casting is different and I can say from personal experience that however you are picturing it to go in your head, is likely not how it will go. Although every casting is unique, the majority will follow a basic guideline.

In general, you will show up looking sleek and professional (which we will go over in more detail below) and there will usually be a place for you to sign in and put down contact information. Then you will wait until the company/agency/etc. you are auditioning for is ready to see you. Depending on the job you are applying for, what comes next will differ. If you are attending a casting for a runway show, you can expect to be asked to show your runway walk, just as if you are auditioning for a commercial, it may be requested of you to read lines and at times you may be asked to try on a sample garment. Once this audition process is done, you will typically be free to go! (more…)

Why Hello Stranger

Jade Willoughby Model

Photo by Jeff Rojas

Looks like it’s time to pick up the proverbial pen.

I have been back in Canada for nearly 4 months now and it’s been quite a life altering experience. And as I’m sitting here right now thinking about the whirlwind that’s was the past little while, I’m at a complete loss for words. It’s funny how life works like that, giving you all the experience in the world and yet not the words. I have to say my readjustment to Canada has been interesting. Outside the world of fashion, it’s almost like a shock. I miss my bookers, I miss the castings and the split second pace.

But this time away from that world and life, has been an eye opener in every aspect of my life. It has allowed me to shed what was unhealthy and hone a focus and dedication to my development in the industry and as a person. (more…)

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