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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 06:52 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.
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