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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..


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?)
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.
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