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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?)
Comments 
5th-Jun-2008 01:47 am (UTC) - Here are the Questions
Jae Mytchell

1) You are quite known for your out-of-the-ordinary-yet-stylish outfits. If anyone were to tell you that you had no fashion sense, how would you defend yourself?
2) It seems almost as if being co-founder of Au Naturel is a difficult position to fill with marketing and such. However, if you weren’t in such a profession what other profession would you have?

Renee

1) I understand completely that running Carmendy Models is such a time-consuming process, and I have also learned that you’ve been looking into opening a dancing studio. Two complete opposites. What has made you look into dancing?
2) As the founder of Carmendy Models, how are you taking a stand to change the limitations in modeling with size, height, and so forth?

Kyrie

1) With photography and set designing, I can see you are much into the art of the aesthetics. Would you ever think that your eye for art through photography and set designing could ever come across in your own line of clothing, accessories, etc?
2) You have been given the position of host in this competitive show for modeling. Don’t you think that photographers need their own limelight to flash their lenses?

Antona

1) You must have a busy schedule with being a mother and organizing a known publication, however you do find time to look your best. Would you ever be a model if given the chance or have you ever modeled previously?
2) As an editor-in-chief for En Magazine, there must be a variety of information about fashion that you know. Should you be given the time to actually teach the models better methods in choosing great articles of clothing and how they should be paired up?

Wren

1) As a young model in this world, you’ve been faced with many dilemmas…with weight size, and all. What type of advice would you give your average model in maintaining their self-esteem?
2) I understand you were competing in CBNTM cycle 0, thus you must know a good amount of information on how to run a well show. If there were one thing you could change to make this show even better than it is now, what would you change?
5th-Jun-2008 03:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1) You are quite known for your out-of-the-ordinary-yet-stylish outfits. If anyone were to tell you that you had no fashion sense, how would you defend yourself?

You're already wrong, sugar. I wouldn't defend myself. I honestly have NO fashion sense in dressing myself, and I don't know what people see in my clothes. But in the fact that I have no fashion sense and acknowledge it, it doesn't mean I'd be willing to conform to anybody's idea of business casual. My 'fashion' style is what makes me happy. If it's kinda funny and makes me giggle, I'll wear it. If it's short and flirty, I'll wear it. If it's dark and gothic and makes me laugh like the supervillian of a Austin Powers movie, I'd love to wear it! It's just a matter of keeping a smile on my face. If and when somebody reproaches me on my tastes, I accept it and tell them they look very nice, because that's what they want to hear, that they are superior to me. If I give them that they'll leave me alone so I can actually go do stuff as opposed to flipping through catalogs trying to dress myself. That doesn't mean I haven't got the authority to tell you kids what to do though! I know what sells, even if I can't see myself in it or put in the effort to buy it.

2) It seems almost as if being co-founder of Au Naturel is a difficult position to fill with marketing and such. However, if you weren’t in such a profession what other profession would you have?

I'd probably be a professional gypsy! I know it sounds weird, but that was my plan after college anyway. I was gonna get a bright yellow VW bug as a graduation gift from my parents, then take off across the country, meeting people, making fun documentaries about life, and working at Stop N' Shops to pay for food and parking. I'd sing with a hat for spare change, paint on scrap cardboard, and spend many summer evenings with a fishing pole with no bait. I'd probably fall in love in Iowa with a folk singer and together we would move up to Canada where we would get a little place in the woods in which we would hang pretty pieces of colored glass and read each other poetry over a stick of lavender incense each night. We'd have four children who we would name Rainbow, Liberty, Echo, and Ziggy. And we'd raise each of them to play instruments. On Saturdays we'd have family drum circles. *Wistful sigh* That would be the life...
5th-Jun-2008 10:39 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1) I understand completely that running Carmendy Models is such a time-consuming process, and I have also learned that you’ve been looking into opening a dancing studio. Two complete opposites. What has made you look into dancing?
When I was in college I took up a few dance classes here and there for electives mainly and just for fun, I got hooked! Been hooked ever since. Its a passion maybe, I dont know. But I figured, why not try opening a dance studio too as a part time thing, you know, something to fall back on for when I decide to get out of the business. I mean, I already have the business knowledge, dance is my passion, I have experience handling children and the like, so why the heck not! I remember growing up I always liked to dance, but always felt really embarrased to do it in front of people, so I would make up little choreographies in my room by myself and not show a soul. Then once I got to college and started taking classes, I was like...no way, this is too easy!! The love grew from there. =)

2) As the founder of Carmendy Models, how are you taking a stand to change the limitations in modeling with size, height, and so forth?
As far as making a stand on changing the limitations, I am just one person and I think I can only do so much. The main thing I know I can do to change it is to be open to any and all types of models. You know, by setting a good example to all those other executives out there who might have overlooked that gorgeous plumped face girl with flawless skin and drop dead gorgeous eyes becuase she's a little over weight. So I think just by being open-minded and understanding to the fact that we all come in different shapes and sizes is a strong enough stand to hopefully make a memorable impact on the way other agencies view the full figured bodess. But in the end, peoples choices and opinions could burn them or win them in the long run. But as for now, I'm raking in the not so typical model types! More work? Yes. But more opportunities? You better believe it!
5th-Jun-2008 11:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1) You must have a busy schedule with being a mother and organizing a known publication, however you do find time to look your best. Would you ever be a model if given the chance or have you ever modeled previously?
Aww, thank you! I would love to be a model! I did a little modeling when I was in college, nothing too serious, but I really loved it. Every once in awhile I'll do an odd photoshoot for En if I can't find just the right model for a shoot, and we want the model to be in my age bracket, then I jump in and do it, but usually, I'm really content with my background role.

2) As an editor-in-chief for En Magazine, there must be a variety of information about fashion that you know. Should you be given the time to actually teach the models better methods in choosing great articles of clothing and how they should be paired up?
I think it would definitely help some girls if I were given the chance to help them understand what goes together and what doesn't, and give them a styling lesson in general. And for others, it just seems to come naturally, and they don't need my help. But I would love to sit down with each girl and point out what she'd look great wearing, what she should avoid wearing, and tweak it so that their personalities really shine through.
7th-Jun-2008 08:03 am (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1) Actually, I have thought about this before. I haven't decided whether or not I should go through with something like that, but it's a definite possibly. Especially now that I host the show! Before, I don't think anyone would have wanted to buy something with my name on it--after all, fashion photographers are known usually by the models they shoot, not by their own skills. But now that I'm actually photographer-slash-television-personality, that might be the next project I decide to take on!

2) Actually, yes! If I didn't have my hands so full with Candybar's Next Top Model, I would do something more aimed at photography--the Other Side of the Lens. It would be great to get the message out there that while the models are a big, important part of the fashion industry--without photographers, they would be nowhere!
17th-Jun-2008 06:37 pm (UTC) - Re: Here are the Questions
1. While I have never actually really struggled with weight size, I have noticed it a few other models I have worked with. It's hard to maintain a strong feeling of esteem when you have people from every corner of your group telling you to lose weight! All I can really tell you is to stay healthy. It's so important. If you have an employer telling you to lost 15 pounds when you're already rail-thin, I think that's a valid go-ahead to find a new person to work with. I haven't run into that problem though, the people I work with are very reasonable! I guess if you find your niche, stick with it :) I would also encourage you to encourage your fellow models to stay healthy. If it's a group effort, it can't go wrong.

2. Hm...I'm not so sure that you can say I'm good at running a show just from being a contestant on Cycle 0 :P
But I will say this....this cycle has had a lot of drop outs and waiting times. I don't know if I have any control over this, but I wish everyone (including me) had more time to put into this cycle like we did for the first two cycles. That said, there have been some really innovative and cool new things this cycle that I'm really impressed with, and so far I like how it's running!
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