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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?)
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.
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