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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 
7th-Jun-2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Kyrie:
1. You've stepped so comfortably into the role of host, have you ever considered taking your on-screen career further?
2. Did you take any photography courses, say in college? Or were you self-taught?


Renee:
1. What has been your proudest moment in your career thus far?
2. What do you think about the trend of major designers using actresses for their advertising campaigns? Do you feel that it diminishes the importance of actual models?


Antona:
1.What is the most important lesson you've learned during your time at En?
2. What other magazines do you read, and why?


Jae:
1. What is your daily beauty routine like?
2. What is Au Natural doing to "go green"? I know you recently came out with a line of mineral foundations, but can we expect any other products with organic materials?


Wren:
1. Which do you prefer, the jet-set city life you lead now, or the quieter life you led as a child, growing up in the woods?
2. Do you think that, as a model, you have an obligation to be a role model for young girls? Do you think of yourself as such?
7th-Jun-2008 08:08 am (UTC)
1) Ohhh, never. Acting has never really been anything that has interested me. I personally prefer being behind the camera rather than in front of it. I originally did Candybar's Next Top Model as a favor to Tina Valen--she wanted someone who had fashion photography experience to be on her panel of judges. Since we were always so close, it seemed like a natural fit. I wouldn't mind doing a guest appearance or two on other shows like the guest judging I recently did on FDL Models, but I'm not big on the acting thing. I suppose if I was offered a small role, I'd think about it, but I would never want to like.. Star in a movie or something.

2) I picked up a camera when I was 7. It was this little Barbie camera that took terrible pictures and could hardly stand up to a single use. I guess you could say I'm self-taught, because most of what I've learned about photography I've learned on my own, but that isn't to say that the classes I've taken--I did go to college for photography--didn't help me out either. It's a combination of both, which makes it a lot easier to break out of the box and do something new and different rather than taking the same old reflexed approach to photography that is taught in school. They can't teach you creativity, after all.
10th-Jun-2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
1. What is your daily beauty routine like?

It starts with the night, because if you don't put in the effort the night before, you won't have fresh and clean skin which will block your pores. An Au Naturel's Waterfall Cleaning pad TM keeps my pores open and clean without being abrasive to the skin and allows for the natural oils of my skin to be neutralized. Then a good 4 hours of sleep is usually all I can fit in (With naps during the day), so I'll use a baking powder based teeth whitening toothpaste such as Arm and Hammer's Advance White Brilliant Sparkle so I can keep doing good while my eyes are closed and my mind is at the chocolate factory. When I wake up, I'll use Arm and Hammer's Complete Care Intense Freshening and Whitening So I'll smell good all day while not sacrificing my whiteness and shine. Then it's time to wash again with the Waterfall Cleaning pads along with Waterfall MoisturizerTM to keep my skin in good condition and avoid oil buildup. Then it's on to hair. Shampoos and Conditioners like Au Naturel's Bubbles and BounceTM line keep my hair pretty and clean with a natural sheen...if you know what I mean. Then smoothing milks like the SMoooooothTM that we came out with recently. It reduces breakage and frizz and allows for styling products to be used without grease buildup. Then Eh! Hair Mousse and stylerTM. It adds volume and lift without sacrificing ability to style! Makeup would be the next regimen of mine. My gloss, KissinWorthyTM in pomegranate! Not only would my lips stay supple and kissable, but they'd have that purty feminine tint and yummy smell! BattinLashesTM gives me the lashes I've always wanted by thickening and lengthening without clumping and looking fake, and PerfectImpressionTM gives me exact lines around my eyes, allowing my unsteady hand to finally succeed in makeup application! My All organic mineral foundation keeps my skin looking fresh without blocking pores and covers up those problem areas we all have from time to time and emphasizes my natural colors and flush. By now I'm presentable, but I do not leave my house until I have done my sun greeting yoga which keeps me energized and happy throughout the day. And that's just the morning! Haha. Hmmm, what other product names can I drop in this?

2. What is Au Natural doing to "go green"? I know you recently came out with a line of mineral foundations, but can we expect any other products with organic materials?

Throughout Au Natural's short and lively history so far they have been proud to emphasize their use of natural products. It is their personal motto that when you put unnatural things on your skin, you lose some of your human beauty and as such they have made it their mission to provide an alternative to the laboratory by using organic ingredients in their products.
10th-Jun-2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
1. To go with your gut reaction, if you like something, go with it, if you don't drop it right then and there. I have scored some major finds for En by simply being the first one to express interest in the designer, outfit, model, whatever the case may be. When it's right, it's right, and when it's wrong it's so wrong, but you have to trust your gut to tell you what is right and what is wrong, because if you hesitate, someone else will come in and snap it up, and of course we don't want that, we have to be the first!

2. I read my competition of course, Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Glamour, etc. I read them all. For myself, I read Parenting, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, etc. I am also fond of niche market magazines that cater to my hobbies: Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Knit.1, Better Homes and Gardens, Scrapbooking, etc. I can't get enough of those! Basically I read those magazines that I'm more or less required to read to keep ahead of En's competition, I read magazines I feel I should read: Time, National Geographic, Parenting, etc., and I read the magazines I want to read about my hobbies (the rest).
17th-Jun-2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
1. Ooohh I miss the trees!!! I miss it, truly I do. I still love the forest, and I fall in love with it everytime I see it again. But I've gotta be realistic here. I can't do what I do, living in my old neighbor hood. So while I prefer the forest to living anywhere else, I also prefer my life now as a model. I wouldn't be able to live without modeling! One just outweighs the other by a fraction.

2. Models definitely have to be role models. We are like pushers! We push products, clothing, makeup. We premote things directed to those demographics. I try not to see myself as a role model though, I just try to do my best at being a good person. Then again, I think everyone could do the same :) Being a model you have to be careful though. You will be idolized by people, you're pictures will go on the walls of many a young teenager. Keep that in mind and you'll be hard pressed to do wrong.
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