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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?)
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!

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