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I hope you guys had a good break over Memorial Day Weekend, because… 
28th-May-2008 05:28 pm
CB2J: Kyrie
I hope you guys had a good break over Memorial Day Weekend, because now it's time to get right back into the game with your next challenge. Are you ready?




Sometimes, models are asked to be corespondants for television at events, parties, and the like. As such, it's a good idea to be able to form a good question and hold a conversation. A great interview is always one where you try your best to get juicy details--whether they're privy or not, at least you tried--or a soundbite out of your guest. While sometimes models aren't necessarily known for their brains as much as their beauty, they have to be able to hold their own on a red carpet swarmed with paparazzi and journalists. That's why, this week, for your challenges, you ladies will be doing..

Interviews

So, who, you might ask, are you interviewing? Why, your lovely judges, of course!

That's right. Each of you will have to come up with two original questions to ask each judge individually--a total of 10 questions. This will tie directly into your photoshoot--whatever it may be--and you should try to draw as much information out of the judges as possible within the confines of two questions. That doesn't mean, however, that you can have a six-parter question! You may only have one two-parter question, so use it wisely! The judges will also be answering three pre-set comprehensive questions.

Here are some tips for good interviewing:


o Open-ended questions will get you more information. Asking questions that can be answered with a simple 'yes' or 'no' will probably be answered as thus. Instead of starting with "Do you like..", instead ask, "What do you like about.." or "How do you feel about.." This will force them to answer in a way that's more descriptive, whether it be a negative or positive response.
o Don't be too familiar with the people you're interviewing. If you seem to know each other or know all about one another, the person you're interviewing may be less descriptive because they don't feel like they have to explain anything, because you know each other well.
o When you can't do a conversational interview where you pass the mic back and forth, always go for a soundbite. A soundbite is a small piece of a longer interview chosen to be the most important point of the interview. You want the point of your questions to hit strongly. Whether it's graceful or bitey, you'll have interview gold. (Just make sure to keep it ethical--misusing someone's words is the number one route to journalistic disaster!)
o Be friendly, be nice, and always keep the focus on your guest. Even if they ask you a question, turn it back around to them.

The winner of this challenge will be the girl whose questions the judges feel are the best--the one that draws the most information out of the interviewees, as well as the most creative and comprehensive questions. The winner will recieve a special prize that will help them greatly for the next photoshoot. This is the challenge to win, ladies!

Remember: you must formulate two questions to ask each of the judges, a total of 10 questions. (And don't worry, it doesn't have to be about fashion. Heard any gossip recently? Feel like asking about something about their home lives? Go right ahead! That's what great interviews are made of!)

This challenge is due Sunday, June 8, before midnight, EST.
No extensions this time around. It's a simple challenge--all you have to do is make up 10 questions. (If you feel like re-using the same questions on each judge, you can, but you won't win any challenges that way, will you?)
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28th-May-2008 09:37 pm (UTC) - PRE-SET QUESTIONS
Judges, please answer these questions in a reply to this comment:

1. Describe your career in detail, including your job responsibilities.

2. What would you say is your style signature?

3. What is your favorite or go-to outfit?
28th-May-2008 10:08 pm (UTC) - HI! I'm Jae Marina Mytchell
1)
My business card (after some fancy squiggleythingies) says Jae Mytchell - co-founder, head of marketing, chutes and ladders extraordinaire. Then it says Au Naturel cosmetics over the naughty bits of a nekkid lady. Haha nekkid. It's my job to design cards like that and decide what I like and what I don't like. I get to make all the calls on what gets sent out, and I get to play with all of the products if I want to, and I don't have to do any real work. It's pretty rad. I also get to go to parties and promote the poop out of the new stuff. Also I'm the one that hires models, hires directors, hires photographers and nods to the labels for almost all of our cosmetics.
2)
I do crazy quirky things because I love having fun. I like color and flair and pretty big things. Most of my lowcut things don't seem lowcut cuz I'm VERY flat, like a pancake, or one of those new phone thingies that you can cut yourself on. If somebody has to make a fool of themselves, I always step up to the plate with a grin on my face, and lately I've been adorning myself in some beads. They make me think of Maudi Gras. Which is fun.
3)
Ooooh, I'd have to say something crazy and wild! Bright colors! Raver almost! When I go out I love putting on the Ritz, and by the Ritz, I mean the OBNOXIOUS colors and the fruffy clothing. In the past I've been known to wear everything from Flavor Jae outfits (Halloween 2007!) To a TURKEY dress like Bjork's (Thanksgiving 2006)! So the ideal outfit would be: black thigh high boots, pink hot pants, big silk ruffly top with giant Elizabethan collar! Ooooh, that's actually really hot sounding. I'm young(ish) I can get away with it.
28th-May-2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Very interesting challenge! I simply have a few questions about the... well, questions.

1. Will our questions be screened?
2. We each have 2 questions to ask, one of them being a two-parter question, correct?
3. Can I use a little introduction (i.e. statements) before going into the question? Or does that count as a two-parter?
29th-May-2008 12:23 am (UTC)
1. No. We'll know if anyone is copying you, but since the judges have to answer the questions, unscreening them will just mean they'll be unscreened as soon as we answer. If someone seems to be ripping off your questions, rest assured, they won't win.
2. You have to ask 2 questions to each judge, for a total of 10 questions. That means 2 for Kyrie, 2 for Jae, 2 for Wren, 2 for Antona and 2 for Renee.
3. A small introduction is okay.
29th-May-2008 11:32 pm (UTC) - Ava on the Mic
Jae's Questions
1) How does Au Naturel remain ethically at the top in the ruthless cosmetics industry against giants such as The Body Shop and Covergirl?
2) What's your advice for any aspiring make-up artists or cosmetic entrepeneurs out there?

Renee's Questions
1) How do you feel about the belief that child stardom and it's pressures can lead to a dysfunctional, disjointed adulthood?
2) What is your stance on the major fashion houses that oppose fuller-figured models?

Kyrie's Questions
1) What is your reply to critics that have said Tina Valen is a far more superior host of CBNTM than yourself?
2) Tell us about the most controversial shoot that you have undertaken in your career.

Antona's Questions
1) How on earth do you juggle family life, raising a child and a high-powered exhausting job within the fashion industry?
2) Do you see your youth in your employed position as a hinderance or a help, and do you believe that to truly understand the industry you must have decades under your belt, like Anna Wintour?

Wren's Questions
1) Wren, tell us the goss we've all been wanting to hear. You're a beautiful girl, but is there also a beautiful new man on the scene?
2) Do you think that your cutesy, babydoll look limits your potential work as a model, especially since you weren't actually the winner of CBNTM 0.

(OOC: Sorry to be an absolute bitch, but I'm only trying to stir a reaction!)
29th-May-2008 11:46 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1. To say that I'm a worse host than Tina is actually kind of an insult to Tina--she left the competition and the role of host to me. By saying I'm doing a bad job, they're insulting her decision! I don't think I've done a bad job. Mostly, I just hope that people give us a chance--the competition isn't about me, or any of the other judges--it's about the girls, the contestants!

2. None of my photoshoots have ever been super controversial. To be honest, I've always wanted to something that's a little more gritty and makes people gasp! Especially something that has a message, or emotional merit.. Who knows, maybe I will soon?

Some people were appalled by a shoot where I actually took a gown, wet it, tore it, and had the model pose in the rain and mud. Apparently I was degrading the dress.. I believe there was even a little blurb in En about me being disrespectful to designers by destroying outfits for my own sick pleasures or something. Quite a few designers became enraged with me, even though I had permission from the particular designer to shoot the dress that way. It was like half the industry was against me. Until the photos came out. They were amazing, and no one could argue with it. It actually became one of that designer's most popular pieces for the season. Sometimes, you have to take risks and do something that may seem strange or even downright rude. If you don't, you'll never get anywhere in this industry.
31st-May-2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Testing, 1, 2, 3, 4...all your base are belong to us.

Antona:
1. Do you think that through you, the fashion or modeling industries will someday make an impact on your daughter in the future? How?
2. En Magazine’s the mother of all fashion magazines. If you were the top editor-in-chief, how would you make it even better?

Jae:
1. Let’s say you’re stranded on a deserted island. You only have the clothes on your back and three Au Naturel products. What would those products be?
2. One of the many things that attracts people to CBNTM are your crazy antics, such as “I wonder what Jae’s going to do next episode!” Just how wacky are you off-camera? Any different than at the judging table?

Kyrie:
1. You’ve said before that you started out doing more “artsy” photography. Now, as a fashion photographer, how would you say you have improved from those early days?
2. What is your personal favourite photoshoot that you’ve ever done?

Renee:
1. As the CEO of Carmendy Models, you view portfolios of and meet a number of aspiring models. What is your advice to those who wanted to become part of the agency, but didn’t quite cut it?
2. It seems like your job can get quite stressful at times, yet you don't give up. What do you do when the stress starts getting to you?

Wren:
1. Besides being known as the “baby” of the judging family, you’re also known for your quirky personality. It’s obvious that as a model, you need to be more than just a pretty face, but just how important do you think personality is in the modeling industry?
2. If you had won Cycle 0 of CBNTM, how would that have changed you as a person?
31st-May-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
1) Well, to be honest, moving from art photography to fashion photography is a bigger step than most people would believe. Art is lots of still-life, lots of nature, and when it is form, it's usually not clothed. Modeling is more about showing the clothing and capturing the model. Doing some of the tricks you do with art photography could actually make an outfit sell less, because it has less to do with the model and more to do with the picture as a whole. I've improved from when I switched over because I managed to learn to curb my urge to capture the artistry of the shot more than the garment or the model. Of course, especially if it's a shoot where I'm not pressured by the amount of film or time I use, I'll sneak in a few shots that capture an artistic side as well.

2. There are so many, it's really hard to say.. I will say that I had a lot of fun shooting the winner of CBNTM1, Bethany! The pictures have yet to be released, but, she was really fun to work with, and since we had a great time, and got along, and we resonated well, the pictures came out nicely. I also shot the winner of Cycle 0, Maranda, and.. Well, we had a great time! Those pictures haven't come out either.. Haha.. I also enjoyed shooting the girls for Cycle 2, the black and white headshots.. I don't know, they're all my favorite, because they're all special to me in some way or another. I always try to have fun, no matter who or what I'm shooting that day!
3rd-Jun-2008 06:30 am (UTC) - Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
They're a bit long, I know...

[Kyrie Elyson]
1. The story of you and Tina Valen intrigued me as many relationships in entertainment industry are often broken when one party gets ahead of the other. How do you balance and maintain your personal relationships with other industry professionals?
2. I believe journalism photography serves to find hidden truth, while fashion photography hides truth behind orchestrated beauty. What are your thoughts on all the extensive processes (i.e. airbrushing) used in fashion to create such impossible perfection? How has your philosophy as a journalism photographer affected your work of fashion photography?

[Jae Mytchell]
1. Jae, you are a true success story of turning adversity into victory. I would love to hear your advices on fighting ‘personal demons’, for those who are struggling to overcome their challenges.
2. One of the things I admire the most about you is your fun and uninhibited personality. However, I can imagine it would have been a turn-off for fashion divas with penchant for artificial sophistication. Was there an incident where there was a conflict because of it? How have you managed to stay true to yourself?

[Renee Carmendy]
1. How do you deal with ‘politics’ of the fashion industry, pressure groups and alike?
2. Carmendy Models, Inc. went from a local child modelling agency to an international modelling conglomeration. What was the greatest growing pain CMI has experienced and how did your non-business background (i.e. modelling, acting, dancing) helped you get over it and ultimately strengthen the agency?

[Antona Mitchell]
1. How would you support your daughter Ella if she wants to pursue a career in fashion? What would be your advice to her if she wants to marry a fellow industry professional?
2. I have noticed how selective you are with your outfits. How do you stay open to various styles and trends for En Magazine?

[Wren Berry]
1. What are some of the mistakes young models make?
2. How do you respond to public perception that models as a product of CBNTM (or a winner from a reality show for that matter) are not as strong as those who came on top through more traditional routes? Would you start out differently if you had the chance?
3rd-Jun-2008 06:52 am (UTC) - Re: Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
1. The thing about inter-personal relationships in the entertainment industry is that by now, many of us have lost so many people to the throes of success that we realize that it's better to ignore it. Like the judges and myself, we've connected on a personal level, and we actually do care for one another, so, rather than be catty and jealous of each other's successes, we're simply ecstatic for each other, and proud. It's not like this is a problem that is uncommon even in everyday life, outside of the industry, either. Everyone is jealous when a friend has become more popular, or has a better career. The point is to look beyond that--life is not a competition, and if you make it a competition, you'll only be depressed when you eventually end up losing. As for Tina and myself, I'm not at all jealous of her acting career--for one, it's never been something that interested me! I'm extremely happy that she's found something to do that she loves so much. Tina, the judges, and myself all parted on good terms. There are no ill feelings between any of us. I plan on helping her vision with CBNTM reach it's full potential.. I can only hope I'm doing her justice!

2. All of the airbrushing and photoshopping, and manipulation that is done in fashion photography is, unfortunately, a necessary evil. What people seem to think about is only the media aspect of modeling--models become famous and are supposed to be good role-models for young girls. But the fact is, the modeling industry is a business. Our objective is to sell product, just like any commercial industry. Since our product is something that is worn on the human body, we have to make sure that that body is impeccable--flawless skin, flawless lighting, best angles, virtual nip/tuck--even if that means going to such extreme measures as photoshopping things to be smaller or more definably 'beautiful.' It's all trickery, but it's something that has to be done. The most we can do is try to remind young girls who look up to the models on the billboards that it isn't real--no one looks that perfect in real life, all the time.

Journalism photography is more about capturing something real--hence why use of tools and photoshopping is limited or not done at all. With journalism, you don't have to sell anything--the story sells the photo. The photo tells the story in a more vivid manner, but it's rarely the focus. With fashion, the focus is on the picture--and it's also on the fantasy. However, I've always tried to bring something a little more real to my photos--usually through emotion. Emotion is something that is the most apparent in journalism photography--the good pictures capture a feeling and a moment. I feel like, if I can capture a 'moment' in a picture, I've done a good job all around.
5th-Jun-2008 01:47 am (UTC) - Here are the Questions
Jae Mytchell

1) You are quite known for your out-of-the-ordinary-yet-stylish outfits. If anyone were to tell you that you had no fashion sense, how would you defend yourself?
2) It seems almost as if being co-founder of Au Naturel is a difficult position to fill with marketing and such. However, if you weren’t in such a profession what other profession would you have?

Renee

1) I understand completely that running Carmendy Models is such a time-consuming process, and I have also learned that you’ve been looking into opening a dancing studio. Two complete opposites. What has made you look into dancing?
2) As the founder of Carmendy Models, how are you taking a stand to change the limitations in modeling with size, height, and so forth?

Kyrie

1) With photography and set designing, I can see you are much into the art of the aesthetics. Would you ever think that your eye for art through photography and set designing could ever come across in your own line of clothing, accessories, etc?
2) You have been given the position of host in this competitive show for modeling. Don’t you think that photographers need their own limelight to flash their lenses?

Antona

1) You must have a busy schedule with being a mother and organizing a known publication, however you do find time to look your best. Would you ever be a model if given the chance or have you ever modeled previously?
2) As an editor-in-chief for En Magazine, there must be a variety of information about fashion that you know. Should you be given the time to actually teach the models better methods in choosing great articles of clothing and how they should be paired up?

Wren

1) As a young model in this world, you’ve been faced with many dilemmas…with weight size, and all. What type of advice would you give your average model in maintaining their self-esteem?
2) I understand you were competing in CBNTM cycle 0, thus you must know a good amount of information on how to run a well show. If there were one thing you could change to make this show even better than it is now, what would you change?
5th-Jun-2008 03:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1) You are quite known for your out-of-the-ordinary-yet-stylish outfits. If anyone were to tell you that you had no fashion sense, how would you defend yourself?

You're already wrong, sugar. I wouldn't defend myself. I honestly have NO fashion sense in dressing myself, and I don't know what people see in my clothes. But in the fact that I have no fashion sense and acknowledge it, it doesn't mean I'd be willing to conform to anybody's idea of business casual. My 'fashion' style is what makes me happy. If it's kinda funny and makes me giggle, I'll wear it. If it's short and flirty, I'll wear it. If it's dark and gothic and makes me laugh like the supervillian of a Austin Powers movie, I'd love to wear it! It's just a matter of keeping a smile on my face. If and when somebody reproaches me on my tastes, I accept it and tell them they look very nice, because that's what they want to hear, that they are superior to me. If I give them that they'll leave me alone so I can actually go do stuff as opposed to flipping through catalogs trying to dress myself. That doesn't mean I haven't got the authority to tell you kids what to do though! I know what sells, even if I can't see myself in it or put in the effort to buy it.

2) It seems almost as if being co-founder of Au Naturel is a difficult position to fill with marketing and such. However, if you weren’t in such a profession what other profession would you have?

I'd probably be a professional gypsy! I know it sounds weird, but that was my plan after college anyway. I was gonna get a bright yellow VW bug as a graduation gift from my parents, then take off across the country, meeting people, making fun documentaries about life, and working at Stop N' Shops to pay for food and parking. I'd sing with a hat for spare change, paint on scrap cardboard, and spend many summer evenings with a fishing pole with no bait. I'd probably fall in love in Iowa with a folk singer and together we would move up to Canada where we would get a little place in the woods in which we would hang pretty pieces of colored glass and read each other poetry over a stick of lavender incense each night. We'd have four children who we would name Rainbow, Liberty, Echo, and Ziggy. And we'd raise each of them to play instruments. On Saturdays we'd have family drum circles. *Wistful sigh* That would be the life...
7th-Jun-2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Kyrie:
1. You've stepped so comfortably into the role of host, have you ever considered taking your on-screen career further?
2. Did you take any photography courses, say in college? Or were you self-taught?


Renee:
1. What has been your proudest moment in your career thus far?
2. What do you think about the trend of major designers using actresses for their advertising campaigns? Do you feel that it diminishes the importance of actual models?


Antona:
1.What is the most important lesson you've learned during your time at En?
2. What other magazines do you read, and why?


Jae:
1. What is your daily beauty routine like?
2. What is Au Natural doing to "go green"? I know you recently came out with a line of mineral foundations, but can we expect any other products with organic materials?


Wren:
1. Which do you prefer, the jet-set city life you lead now, or the quieter life you led as a child, growing up in the woods?
2. Do you think that, as a model, you have an obligation to be a role model for young girls? Do you think of yourself as such?
7th-Jun-2008 08:08 am (UTC)
1) Ohhh, never. Acting has never really been anything that has interested me. I personally prefer being behind the camera rather than in front of it. I originally did Candybar's Next Top Model as a favor to Tina Valen--she wanted someone who had fashion photography experience to be on her panel of judges. Since we were always so close, it seemed like a natural fit. I wouldn't mind doing a guest appearance or two on other shows like the guest judging I recently did on FDL Models, but I'm not big on the acting thing. I suppose if I was offered a small role, I'd think about it, but I would never want to like.. Star in a movie or something.

2) I picked up a camera when I was 7. It was this little Barbie camera that took terrible pictures and could hardly stand up to a single use. I guess you could say I'm self-taught, because most of what I've learned about photography I've learned on my own, but that isn't to say that the classes I've taken--I did go to college for photography--didn't help me out either. It's a combination of both, which makes it a lot easier to break out of the box and do something new and different rather than taking the same old reflexed approach to photography that is taught in school. They can't teach you creativity, after all.
9th-Jun-2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
1. What has been your proudest moment in your career thus far?
My proudest moment, hmmmm? I think I'd definitely have to say the collaboration I've made with the lovely judges on CBNTM and the awesome opportunity I've been give to participate in this competition. Kyrie, Antona, Jae, and Wren have all been great supporters of my company, it means alot to me. So I would say that in itself has been my proudest moment thus far, the fact that I've made some great connections along the way with these lovely ladies, and how its actually launched Carmendy Models, Inc. to where its at today.

2. What do you think about the trend of major designers using actresses for their advertising campaigns? Do you feel that it diminishes the importance of actual models?
No I dont, because those major designers are going for a certain image to get their product to sell, and what better way to do that then by going with an actor/actress that already has their image grounded. I think its a smart move actually, ONLY, if the right actor/actress is chosen to represent the product. Like I said, actors/actresses already have a set image they protray to the public, so you have to make sure that image isnt skewed or raunchy or flakey. I actually think thats one of the hardest things to do as an advertiser, matching up the perfect actor/actress to be the face of your product...because they will be stamped on if forever. As far as diminishing the importance of actual models, I dont think the models get hurt one bit. Because honestly, the ratio to actor/actress product representation to model representation is very low. You see alot more models with products then you see actors/actresses. It may look otherwise, only because actors/actresses are more well known so it catches the consumers attention more, but there will always be work for models, thats a guarantee.
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