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How To Succeed As A Fashion Model

By Bruce Edwin

1, Determine your market. Look at fashion magazines and fashion blogs and find the model with the similar height, weight, skin tone and look as you to determine your market, if any. Be realistic with yourself. Don’t expect to be walking on the runways in Milan for all of the major fashion houses if you are nearly just five foot, unless you are the next Kate Moss. Remember that most top models truly are ‘one in a million’ or more. In other words, for every aspiring fashion model, she and at least 999,999 models will not become well very well known. Only one out of that number of even greater will make it big. Determine if you are a fashion model, commercial print model, swimsuit model, or what.

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2, On the flipside, have a strong, positive self esteem. Don’t compare yourself to others in a negative way. Feel good about yourself. One of the top 3 reasons girls fail as a model is they are invalidated by others or let the media invalidate them, and therefore have a poor self esteem, and do not believe they are beautiful or have a chance, and so they never try or do not try hard enough.

3, Never give up. If you decide you are going to be a model, then make the decision and stick to it, and never give up. You will go through phases of unemployment. So what? Just keep pushing, and never take ‘no’ for an answer. Don’t let one rejection at one agency, booker, or designer deter you from trying somewhere else, again and again. Never take rejection personally, and always be cordial, even if you get rejected. I have rejected models before, who handled it so gracefully and politely, that I called them back a minute later and decided to give them a chance.

4, Get photos that show you best. The most mediocre looking girls can be made to look like a great model in print, with the right photographer, hair and make up artist, and stylist. Don’t spend money on photos until you get an agent that you know and trust, then, follow their advice on who to shoot with. Every agency will want their zeds (comps) to look a certain, uniform way. If you can, get your agency to sponsor you and cover your photos, or advance you the money for your shoot. If not, don’t spend more than five hundred for everything, including prints, disc, and your book. Since most bookings these days are done digitally, the days of a thousand dollars plus on pictures and a book are over. Make sure that you get to keep and own your photos, full size, full resolution. Don’t let a photographer or agency own the copyrights to images of you if you are paying for them. Make sure that you get something in writing that you own the final rights to the images if you do buy them. Parents, this dollar amount does not apply to children, in which case the figure you may spend should be less, or nothing. Contact me if questions.

5, Get a great agent and booker that you know and trust, and work closely with them, staying in contact with them on a weekly if not daily basis. Check in with them regularly and ask them what you can do to improve, to be getting more work or get higher paying jobs. Show devotion to your agent, manager, or booker. Don’t drop them at the first chance you think you can trade them up for someone better. Have some respect and show some devotion. If you do change agents, managers, or bookers, give them a fair warning, at least a few weeks notice.

6, Be nice to everyone, including your agent, manager, booker, and other girls, even the girls that are your competition. Don’t gossip and talk about people behind their backs. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Show appreciation for those who help you, give thanks sincerely, send thank you notes, and remember those that helped you get to where you are today and show them how you appreciate them. Always pay anyone promptly their commission due without complaint. Remember, giving someone 10 or 20 percent of something will earn you more than keeping 100 percent of nothing.

7, Avoid those with negative attitudes and avoid those who are mean or evil. Also avoid those who put you down, or try to dissuade you from your dreams and goals. One of the top reasons people fail as a model is that they listen to the negative attitudes of others who are either overtly or covertly jealous, or simply haters.

8, Have integrity with your word. If you say you are going to do something, do it. Be on time, which means show up at least 10 or 15 minutes early. Be a professional. Never show up late, or tired. Answer your phone! When you answer, be uptone, and be prepared to write and follow directions. Don’t order. ‘Ask’ things politely, and never ask anyone to call back and leave information on your voice mail. Seize the moment now when you have it.

9, Determine your moral standards, and then stick to them. If you decide you are not going to do nudity for example, then stick by that decision. Don’t let money change your ideals. Just because those around you do something, does not mean you need to. It is more cool to be 100 percent ‘you,’ than a copy of your friends.

10, Find a cause that you deeply care about, and find a way to incorporate that cause into your work to help others that are not as fortunate as you are. Help others. Give back.

11, Avoid drugs and alcohol. Eat healthy, preferably a vegetarian or vegan diet. Get your nutrition checked out and make sure you are getting enough food, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body and brain needs. Get enough sleep. Feed your mind with healthy things, not trash TV. Never starve yourself, never take diet pills, which are toxic and dangerous, and never get plastic surgery. Don’t take psychiatric drugs including ambien, which are poison. Avoid GMO’s, avoid processed foods, avoid foods with additives, avoid foods with artificial flavors, and preservatives which are toxic. Avoid junk food, and fast food. Eat plenty of fresh
fruits and vegetables, and raw foods. Drink plenty of water daily.

12, Get a mentor that can help you learn how best to succeed and get to the top in a healthy, sane, fast way. Don’t compare yourself to others in a way that is negative or destructive to your self esteem. The only way to get what others have that you do not have, is to appreciate others achievements, not be jealous of them. Focus on what you want, not on what you do not want. Focus on the future, not the past. Do not dwell on past mistakes. After you are at the top of your field, be a mentor to another person and help those who you can. Always show respect to all, no matter what their industry, job, or profession. Every person has value, whether they work in our field or not. Give thanks to your higher self, and give thanks to the creator of the universe for letting you live such an exciting and blessed life.

I hope some of this has helped you. If you have any specific questions, you are invited to e-mail me at StarpowerManagementLLC@gmail.com where I will give you further free advice.

What’s better than our favorite model, Gisele Bundchen in a video? Gisele singing a cover of Blondie of course! Enjoy.

This content is copyright, 2016, Bruce Edwin / The Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved.

SALASTINA MUSIC SOCIETY; BRAHMS: Complete String Sextets- Part One

Some speak often of lofty things, while others just make them happen. Such is the latter case of the Salastina Music Society. Headed and co-founded by the incomparable Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar, the Salastina Music Society brings to the culture of our times, the timeless classical works of the worlds greatest composers, in a quaint, intimate setting, absent of pompousness or pretension. On this relaxed evening, The Hollywood Sentinel had the pleasure to attend the Salastina Music Society special performance of Brahms: Complete String Sextets- Part One, held at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena, California.

A minimalist church, sparsely ornamented, moderately lit, and painted in several neutral Earth tones, filled with a near capacity crowd of predominately older, yet some younger, astute, affluent and educated crowd, were treated to an opening introduction by Brian Lauritzen, the familiar voice to many in Los Angeles, from Classical KUSC’s 91.5FM who took the podium to introduce and host the event, opening the first twenty minutes with a charming back story of Brahms personal life, and anecdotes concerning the radio producers critique of Johannes’ tones, moods, and melodies within his four movements of his string sextet works. A likable personality with a friendly voice, Brian directed the sextet to play segments of each piece as discussed, which proved to be whimsically entertaining, allowing some as I, reminiscence of days back in college during music theory class.

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The DJ and music producer departed, and The Salastina Music Society then tuned their stringed instruments once more, delving immediately into the ‘four piece movement of Brahms,’ beginning with ‘Allegro ma non troppo.’ ‘Andante’ was next, followed by the short ‘Scherzo: Allegro Molto,’ and lastly, the longer ‘Rondo” Poco Allegretto e Grazioso. ‘Andante’ here proved to be my favorite, a dark, brooding piece full of mournful passion, mounted with a stirring climax of redemptive hope. Masterfully performed, The Salastina Music Society are world class performers comprised of Peter Myers, Hana Hwon Kim, Clive Greensmith, Merideth Crawford, Kevin Kumar, and Maia Jasper.

Playing Violin, Maia Jasper (co-founder and co-artistic director of Salastina) has played on scores with Academy Award winning composer Alexandre Desplat (one of my favorites), and Danny Elfman, among others. With honors from Yale, she is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra among more. Hailing from Stanford and Columbia University, Salistina Co-founder and co-artistic director Kevin Kumar (violin and viola) has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. He also has scored works for numerous motion pictures. Merideth Crawford (viola), who also has a BA in English Literature, regularly performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic among more, while not teaching. Clive Greensmith (cello) has performed with Midori, The London Symphony Orchestra, and London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Peter Myers (cello) has served as musical director for the American Contemporary Ballet, and also played with Midori among others. Hana Hwon Kim (violin) from South Korea, holds a Masters Degree, and began studying in London at the age of 13. She is a member of the Gaia String Quartet in Los Angeles.

Lacking arrogance, the charming, gracious and kind co-founders Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar thanked the crowd for their attendance, meeting and greeting many of the concert goers after the performance. A brief and casual reception for all followed, served with white wine, strawberries, coffee, tea, chocolates, and other treats.

Lending to a perfect night, The Salastina Music Society delivers concert goers top flight, world class entertainment of the greatest calibre in the world of classical music, in quaint, intimate performances very rare of this great quality. Maia Jasper, Kevin Kumar, Merideth Crawford, Clive Greensmith, Hana Hwon Kim, and Peter Myers are masters of their craft, and seeing and hearing them perform live is captivating, allowing one to momentarily forget all else in the world and become immersed in the greatness of their passion for the music, their expert skill, and the refined taste of their repertoire. Indeed, a must see group for any aficionado or mere curioso of the classical world. For more information on this outstanding group, and for tickets to their upcoming performances in the Southern Californian area, visit their official website here: http://www.salastinasociety.org/

– Bruce Edwin

This content is copyright, 2015, 2016, The Hollywood Sentinel / Bruce Edwin, all world rights reserved.

Starpower Management Produces New Comedic Webisode; Hollyweird!

Michael Lohan; father of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Lindsay Lohan,​ ​makes his webisodic acting debut, starring in the brand new comedy written and produced by Bruce Edwin, ​”​Hollyweird!​”​​ ​also starring Moira Cue.

Michael Lohan, recently on Dr. Phil concerning issues with his estranged wife Kate Major, was a former Wall Street broker. Regularly in the spotlight, Michael Lohan opened up a large, private rehab center several years ago, in response to the illegal and unethical conduct he observed, rampant in the rehabilitation industry. Michael Lohan is now helping many men, women and children detox from drugs and alcohol through his facility, with addicts traveling from around the world to see him, and his clinical experts. ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ is Michael Lohan’s webisodic debut.

Moira Cue, a multi-media artist who is a singer/songwriter, actress, writer, and fine artist, has paintings in the collection of stars including Madonna, among more. Regularly walking the top Hollywood red carpets, Moira Cue’s music has appeared in the motion picture “Pool Time” as well as “Hollyweird!” Moira has also appeared in the films “The Extra” and “Visitor From Planet Omicron,” among more. Moira Cue co-stars opposite Michael Lohan in the debut webisodic comedy, ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ created by Bruce Edwin.

​”​Hollyweird!​”​ is the new, ongoing webisode, about living and working in Hollywood. Partly scripted, and part documentary, the online comedy will be distributed free online by www.TheHollywoodSentinel.com, News Blaze dot com, and on YouTube, among other outlets. Written by Starpower Management CEO and Hollywood Sentinel founding publisher Bruce Edwin, ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ will give viewers a funny, and always surprising rotating cast of characters including real working agents, managers, producers, directors, casting directors, publicists, musicians, fashion models, and T.V. and film stars, among more.

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​”​Hollyweird!​”​ writer and producer Bruce Edwin began his Hollywood career in the 90’s, with the publication of his own rock music and film publication; subnormal magazine. After graduating from Columbia College of Chicago with a B.A. in motion picture, Bruce later founded Starpower Management LLC in Chicago, and later Los Angeles, representing Michael Jackson guitarist David Williams, among many other fashion models and celebrities. In addition to ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ Bruce Edwin is also currently in pre-production on numerous feature films. Bruce Edwin is additionally beginning production next year on a series of Public Service Announcements to instruct how to keep children more safe from abuse and child trafficking in Hollywood.

Award winning Cinematographer and Director Jessica Gallant shot and directed Episode #1 of ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ Jessica Gallant has shot 35 feature films, and four feature length documentaries. Praised by world renowned Hollywood trade publication Variety, for her exceptional color lensing, Jessica is known for her dynamic shots and beautiful compositional techniques.

For photo, press and interview requests with Michael Lohan, Moira Cue, Bruce Edwin, and Jessica Gallant, contact the publicity department at: Hollywood Sentinel Public Relations; Tel / Fax: 310-226-7176 or E-mail: StarpowerManagementLLC​ at ​gmail​ dot ​com