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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?)
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.
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