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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 10:30 pm (UTC) - Re: PRE-SET QUESTIONS
1. Well, I am the founder and CEO of Carmendy Models, Inc., which we started as a child modeling agency for high-end department stores and commericial modeling, but have slowly moved up the ladder and are now focusing more on high-fashion up scale modeling, to include the lovely Wren Berry. My average day consists of me chugging down about 2 cups of coffee, looking at portfolios for new models, matching up models to our clients, meeting with clients, showing them our choices, putting together scnerios of what works with this model and what would work with this model etc., finalizing the deal/contract, networking, crunching the numbers, oh and of course...signing a gazillion papers a day. But I of course dont do most of the leg work, I have a wonderful staff that helps me out tremendously! Oh and traveling, did I mention traveling?? Carmendy Models, Inc. has about 4 other sister modeling agencies around the world, and whenever we have new talent, either I go scoop them out or have an assitant go. We have offices in India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and soon to come...Australia. I'm still working on opening my dance studio, but have been so busy with the business lately, that that has taken a hault. I pretty much work 24-7, 7 days a week. I rarely eat meals alone, because they're pretty much all business meetings. I've met alot of great people along the way, and I LOVE what I do, would not trade it in for the world!

2. Since I'm always on the clock, I would say my signature style would be "Business Spunky", business atire with an edge. Bold colors, classic prints, the perfect accessories....and most importantly cohesiveness. You wont get ahead in life if you're outfits dont make you look like you mean business! But its also good to remember to have fun with your outfits, and show a bit of yourself in each and every outfit you put together. I try not to look too clean-cut and classic, thats boring, which is why its always good to have one awesome piece of FLAIR in your outfit, a conversational piece, to get people wanting to know exactly where you got it!

3. My favorite go to out-fit would have to be a pair of fitted black pants, a red fitted top, some kind of funky jacket over and some killer pumps! To really make a statement I love wearing my leapord print pumps! I think they look classy chic when worn with a put together outfit!
28th-May-2008 10:46 pm (UTC) - Re: PRE-SET QUESTIONS
1. I'm a fashion photographer. I actually started out doing things that were more artsy, and for a while I worked as a journalism photographer, but I graduated up to fashion as a hobby. It was kind of a fluke that I ended up shooting Tina Valen for En. One of our shots ended up being voted one of the best fashion shots of the year, and ever since, she's been a very famous model, and I've been living the dream as a fashion photographer. The job is fairly simple--I got tired of the point-and-click, so I also dabble in set and art design. I like to control the artistic direction of the shoot and really connect with the models I'm shooting. Although lately I've been slowing down on the photography and focusing a lot more on Candybar's Next Top Model, which Tina left in our hands when her acting career skyrocketed. I do exactly what you'd expect a fashion photographer to do--take beautiful pictures of beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes in beautiful locales, beautifully.

2. My style signature.. Well, to be honest, since I'm not used to be in front of the camera, I've always been a little bit heavily than the other ladies on the panel. A lot of my outfits, especially when I used to sit beside Tina, whose body was flawless, I wore a lot of clothing with cynched waists and even a corset once. I guess it kind of stuck, because I still wear the same kinds of clothing. Mostly, I like to be comfortable, but trendy. Other than the cynched waists and belts, I guess my signature is my glasses.. And my abuse of hair pieces. I can't help it! They're just so much fun. Long hair one day, short hair the next, curly one day, stick straight the next. My real hair is about shoulder length.

3. My go-to outfit is definitely jeans. I love peep-toe heels, but if I want to be comfortable, I'll slip on a pair of colored flats. I always try to stay trendy and current, even if I'm just hanging out with friends or something. When I'm on set, too, I try to stay fashionable, as well as comfortable, seeing as photography is a more physical job than you'd imagine. Even if I'm just wearing a t-shirt, I'd like to jazz it up a bit with accessories. One of my most recent favorite outfits was actually what I wore when I guest judged FDL Models. The gladiator sandals, the dress, and the long-sleeved t-shirt were all super comfortable but made a great, fresh statement.
29th-May-2008 12:03 am (UTC)
1. I am the youngest fashion editor-in-chief for En Magazine, THE top fashion magazine in the world. My responsibilities include picking the outfits we're going to feature in the magazine, doing some photostyling, and helping to set up the shots we want of the clothes, hiring and coordinating models so they look their best in each outfit, writing the copy about what each garment is, the feeling behind it, and where you can get it for yourself. I work with the other editors-in-chief (beauty, health/fitness, etc.) along with the top editor-in-chief to put the magazine together each month, so that everything looks cohesive within the magazine, and looks like it's the same magazine from month to month.
Outside of work, I have a husband, Patrick Mitchell, who is the advertising director for the company that owns En, so he works with all the magazines in that family of publications to get the advertising in. We also have a daughter, Ella, who is 2 years old, so a lot of the time spent out of work is taking care of her, and having lots of fun! :)

2. My signature style is professional yet trendy and fun at the same time. I love stripes, and wear them whenever I can, even if it's just in a small detail like a striped bangle, or other striped accessories. I am also very picky about what shoes I wear, so when I find a pair I like, I buy them in every color I can, so they match every outfit. My current favorite pair are peep-toe high heels that can literally be worn with anything and they still look amazing, not matter the situation. I also dress in colors that are complimentary to whatever my hair color is at the time, when I had strawberry blonde hair, I dressed in a lot of red, now that I have red hair, purple is my color, my signature color changes every time I change my hair color. And I always love black and white stripes, too.

3. My go-to outfit would be a cute blazer jacket and skirt in a neutral color accented with my signature color at the time, with my favorite shoes, and some striped accessories, this would be for on the job of course, for relaxing at home with my daughter, I love sundresses.
29th-May-2008 01:09 am (UTC) - Re: PRE-SET QUESTIONS
1. Well, I am very new to the industry thanks to CBTM. Only a couple of years ago, I was in your shoes, ladies! So I know exactly what its like to go through what you're going through right now. Since I've "graduated" from the school of CBTM, I've joined the impressive ranks of Carmendy Models Inc, modeling for the high-fashion side of the company (which is always expanding ever so gracefully!). My days consist of going on go-sees with the many clients of Carmendy, strutting my stuff, editorial shoots, runway for all sorts of haute couture designs, and tons and tons of traveling to all corners of the world. The most important thing I do is make our clients' designs look spectacular. That is the main role of a model!

2. My style signature tends to hit home with teens. I guess because I'm so new, I'm still considered "the baby" as you've probably noticed this cycle. But I totally agree with that role! I like to wear young, flirty, fresh designs. I love mild, bright and earthy colours and Indie-inspired styles. Also, you probably won't be too surprised if I'm holding a cup of tea every time you see me.

3. I love my brown boot-cut slim trousers and striped shirts! Simple and comfortable and a teensy bit quirky :)
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 04:47 am (UTC)
More queztionz ;D

(1) Is a two-parter question allowed for each judge (i.e. total of 5) or one out of all 10 questions?)
(2) Do you prefer all questions to be in one comment or 5 separate comments?

Sorry for the nitpicky!ness.
29th-May-2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
1. You can have a two parter for each judge, yes.

2. One comment would be easier for you guys, so doing them all in one comment is fine, just make sure to label them!
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.
30th-May-2008 12:30 am (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1. It's the same as any other job and balancing that with family. Yes, for awhile you don't get much sleep, but it's worth it for the quality time you spend with your family. When Ella was younger, I only worked part-time with the magazine, gradually adding more hours as I could stand being away from my daughter. For the most part my job is 8-5, 5 days a week, of course when we're on deadline, or during fashion week the hours run longer, but my family understands and is there for me.

2. My youth is definitely an advantage as we are trying to make the magazine appeal to all age categories, older editors are also not always willing to go out and find new young designers to feature, instead sticking with what is tried and true, while us younger designers are willing to take chances, while also finding the best of the tried and true fashions. I am very lucky to be where I am in my job, I hope to be an editor-in-chief as great as Anna Wintour is someday. She started young, and worked her way up, just as I am doing now, however, I am a much kinder editor to all of my assistants, because that's where I started as well.
30th-May-2008 09:52 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
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?
I failed to mention that I started off as a child actor at the tender age of infancy, all the way till I was about 10. So I know first hand what it can do, and what it did to me. I had no friends, didnt really have the weekends to sleep in late and eat cereal all day cause I had to be at a certain set for a shoot from 9am till whenever we were done, sometimes not till midnight. For a kid, it was really stressful. I think child stardom CAN lead to a dysfuntional and disjointed adulthood...and quickly too! I'm not going to deny that, we have perfect examples we see every day...ahem, Britney, Lindsy ahem. BUT, there are ways to prevent it, by remembering that children and just that, children. And making sure their parents understand that. Which is why I made it a point to have Talent Counselors at Carmendy Models, who are there for the parents and children to help them understand the pressures that come along with being in the spotlight, and to make sure they let their kids be kids. So yes, I think it can be detrimental to the lives of children as they grow up, but with the proper support and communication from everyone involved, it can definitely be bi-passed, and has successfully been bi-passed at Carmendy Models, Inc.

2) What is your stance on the major fashion houses that oppose fuller-figured models?
Honestly, its there loss. I hate to sound like a money hungry wench, but on a professional standpoint, if they oppose fuller-figured models, that means they oppose millions of dollars in their bank accounts. Society is growing, in every which way...hahaha, yes, weight included....and what better way to promote a product/service to the world then by relating to REAL people, who have REAL curves. I mean, how often do you see a 6'0" tall, perfectly tanned and perfectly proportioned girl with long flowly hair and flawless skin walking down the street on your typical day?! Not often. So for those major fashion houses that oppose fuller-figured models are losing out of major deals and more diverse audiences. And hey, its their choice to do so, but in the end, its their loss. Image on the line or not, its their loss...and my gain! *wink*
30th-May-2008 09:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1) How does Au Naturel remain ethically at the top in the ruthless cosmetics industry against giants such as The Body Shop and Covergirl?

Darlin, you know that Au Naturel provides an organic and animal-testing free alternative to chemical based cosmetics. That said, we don't worry about staying at the top. As co-founder you have to realize that there will always be somebody bigger, but there are also hundreds of thousands of smaller companies. I really respect Covergirl and The Body Shop for all they have done on the makeup scene. I go partying with some of their trustees on a regular basis! Back to the question at hand and not my Friday nights, Magnolia and I worry not about hurting others or being hurt, but rather creating new and innovative ways to approach beauty.

2) What's your advice for any aspiring make-up artists or cosmetic entrepreneurs out there?

Well, my best advice would be GIMME ALL YOUR MONIES AND STEP OFF MAH TURF. Course, that would be self serving and I like to pretend I'm not conniving that often. So for make-up artists: Conform to trends. Find a celebrity, model or designer who likes you. Networking and not stepping out of the box is how you get in. Learn your basic color theories and application and you'll go far. Now if you wanna start a brand, you gotta approach it another way. Do something nobody's ever done before. Find a niche and play it for all it's worth. For example, organic hypo-allergenic cosmetics. At the time, I got lucky and nobody had expounded on that market, but after I did several other companies put out their own versions. But it's hard to make something better, it's easier and MUCH more noticed to make something new.
17th-Jun-2008 05:54 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1. Agh! There is no NEW man about town in Wren's life! However, if you followed along Cycle 0 at all, there was a certain someone I mentioned once or twice. I call him Harry, and he's thinking of legally changing his name to that soon....Well anyways that's none of your business!! :) So, to put it shortly...yes...there is a someone....I'm just going to stop here.

2. You know, although being a winner of CBTM is a huge career boost and instant celebrity status, it doesn't mean that the other runners-up who made it through to almost the end are bad models. The industry doesn't really care if you were voted out of a competition - all they really care about is the model they see in front of them, their personality, and their portfolio. And even though I wasn't the winner of Cycle 0, it did get my name out there, really well! I have never had any problems with my look limiting anything. But then again, I stick to my guns and do work for the demographic I represent. Know yourself, and know your look.
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!
31st-May-2008 02:42 am (UTC)
1. At En, we are trying to use models of every shape and size, and I feel that as my daughter grows up, she'll be able to pick up our magazine and see that you don't need to be as stick skinny to still look gorgeous and be comfortable in your own skin. I am working with designers who dress all sorts of women and men, not just the ones who design for the high fashion size 0 models, yes, we still use them, but we're not exclusive any longer.

2. I think I would try to fill it with even more content each month, I want En to be jam-packed full of fashion, lots of photo stories, new designers, new models, fashion stories, beauty stories, you name it, I want our readers to be able to find it in our magazine so that they don't have to go anywhere else for their fashion and beauty and fitness and health and everything like that, I want to be able to take care of all those needs... yes, I realize that it's probably not possible to take care of everything each month, I want En to be the most comprehensive fashion magazine out there, even more so than it is now, if it's even possible, I don't know, but I'd sure like to try!
31st-May-2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
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?

Ooooh! Desert island scenerio! Like is this Guam style island? A world of fun and frolicky goodness!? Well, everybody knows that deserts are dry. I learned that in like...kindergarten. So I'd need a moisturizer/sunblock now wouldn't I? I'd bring AuraAquaTM, my new line of weightless moisturizer with an SPF of 60! Keep my skin all soft and purty for when they find me dead. I'd probably also bring along KissinWorthyTM in pomegranate! Not only would my lips stay supple and kissable, for the sexy island natives, but they'd have that purty feminine tint and yummy smell! My third item would be completely irrelevant to the situation. In my bucket of tricks I always keep a large supply of Eh! Hair Mousse and stylerTM. It adds volume and lift without sacrificing ability to style! Promote promote promote!!

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?

If you've ever seen me around town or in the tabloids, you know my kooky hijinks are not confined to behind that mahogany table. In fact, I'd describe my demeanor during judging to be...mellow! Haha! I am known for getting myself into sticky situations and having Magnolia bail me out. I am the Shaggy and Scooby to her Velma. Yesterday I was only talking in haikus and the day before I was pretending like I was in a MMORPG in real life. Slash giggle maniacally.
2nd-Jun-2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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?
Well for each person that comes into Carmendy Models and doesnt make it, dont make it for a specific reason that only they have, cause every case is different. I give them an honest answer as to why I think they're not CMI material, whether it be a crooked eye or a bad wrap sheet from various photographers, their lack of confidence, etc. Once we recognize what their "problem" is, I give them suggesstions on how to improve it, change it, fix it. We refer them to professionals, counselors, trainings, classes to take etc, then I give them the opportunity to come back to CMI in six months. If they really want to be part of our team, they would be able to improve whatever we found to not fit into the CMI image in 6 months time. If they come back, right away that means they have dedication and we'd LOVE to work with them...if we never see them again, we know they weren't CMI material to begin with. We try to stress to our aspiring models that modeling is a way of life, you have to learn how to put all your insecurities, fears, personal life and meet a client and be ready to perform and give whats asked of you, and to also have fun. If our models arent willing and able to do that, they wont succeed in the business. Sad to say, but it is a cut throat business, and you have to mean business to be in business, period.

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?
I lock myself in my office and scream uncontrollably! No, just kidding. I make sure to take time to myself everyday. I usually go to yoga classes three times a week, to relieve my stress and get back to center with everything. I've also been known to have midnight belly dancing sessions at home or in my hotel room wherever I might be staying at the time. I always make sure to pack my cd's and one or two hip scarves, cause dancing to the music relaxes me to the fullest. I've timed myself, and the longest I've gone was about an hour and a half, just dancing, losing myself in the music, while nibbling on grapes or cubes of cheese, and drinking a glass of wine. Then maybe a nice bubble bath and calling on some friends for dinner later. What helps me relieve my stress is to escape some place that doesnt remind me of the stress or to meet up with someone who'll make me forget about the stress. I've met alot of great people in all my travelings, and I think its safe to say that I have at least one close friend in each city I travel too most frequently that I can rely on to have a good time and let loose with. Good friends and good company is what helps me get through those stressful times!
17th-Jun-2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
1. Personality is KEY. Hear that? Key. It is absolutely important. It decides who you work for, and what your capabilities are. If you're boring and have a drawling voice, good-bye tv work! But there's one thing that's super important that nobody seems to really point out, so I will do it now. If you're a model, you're constantly with people and socializing. You will be constantly meeting strangers, living with strangers, dealing with people from other cultures and other languages. You will have to make a good impression on all of these people, your photographers, your employers, everyone. A good personality will help you greatly in this aspect, and having a personality that makes everyone happy is a bonus :)

2. Honestly, and this is going to sound cheesy but its true, I would've felt awful if I won Cycle 0. Maranda really did deserve to win. And I was in a point of the competition that I could be proud of, so being voted off wasn't so bad. But, if I did win, I really can't see how it would have changed me as a person. I would still be the same ol' Wren, only I'd be doing all the crazy things Maranda is doing! :D
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.
3rd-Jun-2008 06:34 pm (UTC) - Re: Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
1. How do you deal with ‘politics’ of the fashion industry, pressure groups and alike?
I do just that, deal. I'm a very fair person and I live by the vision that everyone is entitled to their opinion and to their likes/dislikes. There may be some people out there who see things your way, and those people are great to collaborate with to make your vision much more impacting. For those people who do not see things in the same light as you do, well, much respect to them and I say, let them do their own thing, its really the drive in the person/agency that determines whether they'll sink, float or win the race. But when working with clients, other agencies, and other business people alike, I make sure everyone gets their chance to share their opinions, and we work from there. I also make sure I give credit when credit is due, thats what keeps the politics of the business not so back-stabby (I know, not a word), and less hostile. I've ran into a few people that are more stubborn than a doorknob and to me and CMI, we'd just rather not deal with them or waste our time and energy on those people who seem to be stuck in their ways. We simply just bow out with class and wish them luck. No sense in wasting positive energy on negative energy!

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?
Oh gosh, good question...where do I even start?....Well, first off, I do have a degree in Marketing with a concentration in Recruiting and Recruitment Strategies, so thats helped TREMENDOUSLY. But as far as the greatest growing pain, that would have to be finding a terrific staff that shares my vision, like minds, people who'll even finish your sentences. Without a great team, including Kyrie, Antona, Jae, and Wren, Carmendy Models, Inc. would never have been what it is today. Granted, I've had a few employees who i've had to let go cause they've caused more problems then they fixed, but now I think our team is stable. The biggest hurdle i'd say for us was making the transition from primarily child talent to high end talent...and having to go at it so slow! I mean, it didnt happen over night, it was a year, maybe even a two year project. Little by little we had to inch our way to the top, smooth talk alot of people, late dinners, fancy recruitment parties, business meetings after business meetings after business meetings. It took alot of time and dedication, but without the drive, the staff, the support and the vision, Carmendy Models, Inc. would never be where it is today. Once we had a solid foundation and the support we needed, thats when we started making connections with other like-minded agencies around the world, which is why we're proud to say we have partner agencies all over the world. It took alot of work, and alot of long hours, but we did it, and we're here to stay!
As far as my background goes in modeling and dancing and acting and how its helped me. Well, being a former model way back when has definitely helped me understand how we need to communicate to the models. I remember I hated the fact that I was treated like a piece of meat, even at the tender age of 10, I felt invisible. Like I was being used, no one cared to talk to me, no one cared who I was. At CMI, we make sure we get to know our models and we make sure we let them know they are appreciated for the work they do for us. Each one of them gets a welcome basket of goodies when they've been signed, including stuff from the Au Naturel line, the latest copy of En Magazine, some killer postcards of Kyries famous photos and a welcome note from Wren Berry and other odds and ends. As far as my dance background goes and how it helps, well, I think the only real way it helps the business is by keeping me relaxed. As mentioned in a question above, its one of the things I do to keep the stress levels down.
3rd-Jun-2008 08:50 pm (UTC) - Re: Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
1. Just like every other parent, I would support Ella with whatever career choice she would want to pursue, whether she wants to be a model, a designer, magazine editor, or if she wanted to completely ignore it all and go after a different career path. As long as whatever she chooses makes her happy, I support her decisions wholeheartedly. Frankly, I would be a very proud mama if my little girl wanted to join this nutty fashion business, it's not an easy industry to succeed in, but she'll see first-hand what it takes from what I do, and from her father, Patrick, and she'll be able to decide for herself if she wants to join us. But just because she's my daughter, I wouldn't try and give her any special treatment, she'd have to work at it in order to get what she wants, just like every one else out there.
My advice on marrying a fellow industry professional would be the same advice as what my mother gave me. She met my dad through work 35 years ago, and they are still going strong today, and I always dreamed I'd meet my husband the same way, through work. I wanted to find someone with similar interests to my own, who I loved, who was my best friend and lover, and as long as Ella can find that, it doesn't matter who she marries. But whoever she chooses, she needs to know that she needs to work at her relationship to keep it new and fresh, and if she doesn't, it won't work, no matter who it is.

2. My stripes are mainly for CBNTM purposes, so that I have a way of distinguishing myself from the other judges, I also choose colors that compliment my current haircolor, and I always stick with my favorite shoes. Outside of judging, while my style is pretty much the same as what I wear on the show, I don't stick to my stripes or signature color, I pick whatever I like at the time. It's also a way of taking the guess-work out of getting dressed, I stick with one thing for myself, so that I can focus on finding the trends and not worry about myself so much. I heard this philosophy from Michael Kors, who I admire greatly, and thought it made sense. With the focus off me, I could focus more on finding the trends and styles, but not dress in them myself so it didn't look like I was trying too hard. Just because I don't try out the styles and trends myself doesn't mean I can't recognize it when I see it.
5th-Jun-2008 03:17 pm (UTC) - Re: Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
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.

Everybody's got their skeletons that lurk in their closet and realizing this universal conflict is the best way to overcome it. In a crowded room, every person has had some sort of traumatic experiences, even if they may seem small. Coming from a suburban hippie household, I haven't got much to complain about, but every bad thing, along with the good, that ever happened to me has molded me into myself. Because of that, I would say look at your faults and know them. Figure out what has troubled you and what you'd need to talk to a shrink about, and beyond anything else, do NOT shy away from acknowledging you have faults, because being self aware is more important than keeping face.

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?

I'm like jalapeño croissants-an acquired taste. There have been many run ins with the elite of the fashion world and I have become a persona non gratis in many circles. For example, I attended a party at my good friend Malcolm's penthouse. He's a socialite, you see, making his money through networking and Wallstreet. Attending this party were several haughty designers, including Miss Irene Delacroix, the frigid mastermind behind Carne who had all night been giving me crusty glares. Long story short, and involving lots of bouncy antics and scheming, we managed to get her drunk, however not before bringing down the wrath of a cosmo stained designer dress. And you know how touchy they can get when you stain their dresses, so you can only imagine the type of hell that was spewed forth from the Earth. It was beyond compare. Glasses were thrown, profanities screeched, virgins sacrificed and demons summoned forth by arcane fire! Perhaps the last part was drunken dreams on my part, but from that moment on, Miss Irene refused to allow my products on the faces of models sporting her fashions. But personally, if she doesn't like me, that's her loss. I believe it's more important to portray yourself as you really are than to mold yourself into some four fork eating, curtsying Barbie doll. It gets me in trouble some times, but lots of designers, agents, and models find it refreshing. You win some you lose some and it will always be that way, even if I did start crossing my ankles when I sat.
16th-Jul-2008 05:45 am (UTC) - Re: Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
You know, I gotta try those jalapeño croissants ;)
17th-Jun-2008 06:29 pm (UTC) - Re: Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
1. Good question! One mistake young models almost ALWAYS make is pillow shading. Sometimes it can work, but most of the time it doesn't. That one's pretty straight forward, though. Also, I've seen a lot of new models using strange make-up colours like yellow, even when it isn't a high-fashion shoot. Many new models also don't know the capabilities of their own bodies, and end up using the same poses a lot, or get scared to get creative with their posing. Or they completely ignore their bodies all together! I've seen girls with two left feet or hands (literally!), and one girl had three arms by accident! It's all about learning though, and you can't learn without making mistakes! Even seasoned professionals can make mistakes sometimes.

2. If it wasn't for CBTM, I wouldn't have had that boost to get my name out there. It's hard when you're new to the industry to get your name known, for people to want to hire you just because they've seen your face before. CBTM gives you that, and I wouldn't want to give that up for anything! I know people find it to be a sort of unfair push; you start out a nobody and end up a somebody, seemingly in a matter of months - while other models have to work grueling hours, and it is years before they are even featured on any cover. But the way I see it is that I was chosen out of hundreds of other girls to be on this competition, and that this competition is like one enormously long go-see, with more strict requirements than anything I've experienced at a real go-see. I feel like I have earned my place, and though it was faster than years of catwalk and go-sees, it wasn't any easier. Like it or not, contestants of CBTM are the best of the bunch!

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...
5th-Jun-2008 10:39 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
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?
When I was in college I took up a few dance classes here and there for electives mainly and just for fun, I got hooked! Been hooked ever since. Its a passion maybe, I dont know. But I figured, why not try opening a dance studio too as a part time thing, you know, something to fall back on for when I decide to get out of the business. I mean, I already have the business knowledge, dance is my passion, I have experience handling children and the like, so why the heck not! I remember growing up I always liked to dance, but always felt really embarrased to do it in front of people, so I would make up little choreographies in my room by myself and not show a soul. Then once I got to college and started taking classes, I was like...no way, this is too easy!! The love grew from there. =)

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?
As far as making a stand on changing the limitations, I am just one person and I think I can only do so much. The main thing I know I can do to change it is to be open to any and all types of models. You know, by setting a good example to all those other executives out there who might have overlooked that gorgeous plumped face girl with flawless skin and drop dead gorgeous eyes becuase she's a little over weight. So I think just by being open-minded and understanding to the fact that we all come in different shapes and sizes is a strong enough stand to hopefully make a memorable impact on the way other agencies view the full figured bodess. But in the end, peoples choices and opinions could burn them or win them in the long run. But as for now, I'm raking in the not so typical model types! More work? Yes. But more opportunities? You better believe it!
5th-Jun-2008 11:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
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?
Aww, thank you! I would love to be a model! I did a little modeling when I was in college, nothing too serious, but I really loved it. Every once in awhile I'll do an odd photoshoot for En if I can't find just the right model for a shoot, and we want the model to be in my age bracket, then I jump in and do it, but usually, I'm really content with my background role.

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?
I think it would definitely help some girls if I were given the chance to help them understand what goes together and what doesn't, and give them a styling lesson in general. And for others, it just seems to come naturally, and they don't need my help. But I would love to sit down with each girl and point out what she'd look great wearing, what she should avoid wearing, and tweak it so that their personalities really shine through.
7th-Jun-2008 08:03 am (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1) Actually, I have thought about this before. I haven't decided whether or not I should go through with something like that, but it's a definite possibly. Especially now that I host the show! Before, I don't think anyone would have wanted to buy something with my name on it--after all, fashion photographers are known usually by the models they shoot, not by their own skills. But now that I'm actually photographer-slash-television-personality, that might be the next project I decide to take on!

2) Actually, yes! If I didn't have my hands so full with Candybar's Next Top Model, I would do something more aimed at photography--the Other Side of the Lens. It would be great to get the message out there that while the models are a big, important part of the fashion industry--without photographers, they would be nowhere!
17th-Jun-2008 06:37 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1. While I have never actually really struggled with weight size, I have noticed it a few other models I have worked with. It's hard to maintain a strong feeling of esteem when you have people from every corner of your group telling you to lose weight! All I can really tell you is to stay healthy. It's so important. If you have an employer telling you to lost 15 pounds when you're already rail-thin, I think that's a valid go-ahead to find a new person to work with. I haven't run into that problem though, the people I work with are very reasonable! I guess if you find your niche, stick with it :) I would also encourage you to encourage your fellow models to stay healthy. If it's a group effort, it can't go wrong.

2. Hm...I'm not so sure that you can say I'm good at running a show just from being a contestant on Cycle 0 :P
But I will say this....this cycle has had a lot of drop outs and waiting times. I don't know if I have any control over this, but I wish everyone (including me) had more time to put into this cycle like we did for the first two cycles. That said, there have been some really innovative and cool new things this cycle that I'm really impressed with, and so far I like how it's running!
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.
10th-Jun-2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
1. What is your daily beauty routine like?

It starts with the night, because if you don't put in the effort the night before, you won't have fresh and clean skin which will block your pores. An Au Naturel's Waterfall Cleaning pad TM keeps my pores open and clean without being abrasive to the skin and allows for the natural oils of my skin to be neutralized. Then a good 4 hours of sleep is usually all I can fit in (With naps during the day), so I'll use a baking powder based teeth whitening toothpaste such as Arm and Hammer's Advance White Brilliant Sparkle so I can keep doing good while my eyes are closed and my mind is at the chocolate factory. When I wake up, I'll use Arm and Hammer's Complete Care Intense Freshening and Whitening So I'll smell good all day while not sacrificing my whiteness and shine. Then it's time to wash again with the Waterfall Cleaning pads along with Waterfall MoisturizerTM to keep my skin in good condition and avoid oil buildup. Then it's on to hair. Shampoos and Conditioners like Au Naturel's Bubbles and BounceTM line keep my hair pretty and clean with a natural sheen...if you know what I mean. Then smoothing milks like the SMoooooothTM that we came out with recently. It reduces breakage and frizz and allows for styling products to be used without grease buildup. Then Eh! Hair Mousse and stylerTM. It adds volume and lift without sacrificing ability to style! Makeup would be the next regimen of mine. My gloss, KissinWorthyTM in pomegranate! Not only would my lips stay supple and kissable, but they'd have that purty feminine tint and yummy smell! BattinLashesTM gives me the lashes I've always wanted by thickening and lengthening without clumping and looking fake, and PerfectImpressionTM gives me exact lines around my eyes, allowing my unsteady hand to finally succeed in makeup application! My All organic mineral foundation keeps my skin looking fresh without blocking pores and covers up those problem areas we all have from time to time and emphasizes my natural colors and flush. By now I'm presentable, but I do not leave my house until I have done my sun greeting yoga which keeps me energized and happy throughout the day. And that's just the morning! Haha. Hmmm, what other product names can I drop in this?

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?

Throughout Au Natural's short and lively history so far they have been proud to emphasize their use of natural products. It is their personal motto that when you put unnatural things on your skin, you lose some of your human beauty and as such they have made it their mission to provide an alternative to the laboratory by using organic ingredients in their products.
10th-Jun-2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
1. To go with your gut reaction, if you like something, go with it, if you don't drop it right then and there. I have scored some major finds for En by simply being the first one to express interest in the designer, outfit, model, whatever the case may be. When it's right, it's right, and when it's wrong it's so wrong, but you have to trust your gut to tell you what is right and what is wrong, because if you hesitate, someone else will come in and snap it up, and of course we don't want that, we have to be the first!

2. I read my competition of course, Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Glamour, etc. I read them all. For myself, I read Parenting, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, etc. I am also fond of niche market magazines that cater to my hobbies: Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Knit.1, Better Homes and Gardens, Scrapbooking, etc. I can't get enough of those! Basically I read those magazines that I'm more or less required to read to keep ahead of En's competition, I read magazines I feel I should read: Time, National Geographic, Parenting, etc., and I read the magazines I want to read about my hobbies (the rest).
17th-Jun-2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
1. Ooohh I miss the trees!!! I miss it, truly I do. I still love the forest, and I fall in love with it everytime I see it again. But I've gotta be realistic here. I can't do what I do, living in my old neighbor hood. So while I prefer the forest to living anywhere else, I also prefer my life now as a model. I wouldn't be able to live without modeling! One just outweighs the other by a fraction.

2. Models definitely have to be role models. We are like pushers! We push products, clothing, makeup. We premote things directed to those demographics. I try not to see myself as a role model though, I just try to do my best at being a good person. Then again, I think everyone could do the same :) Being a model you have to be careful though. You will be idolized by people, you're pictures will go on the walls of many a young teenager. Keep that in mind and you'll be hard pressed to do wrong.
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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