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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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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
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