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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 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.
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