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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?)
29th-May-2008 11:32 pm (UTC) - Ava on the Mic
Jae's Questions
1) How does Au Naturel remain ethically at the top in the ruthless cosmetics industry against giants such as The Body Shop and Covergirl?
2) What's your advice for any aspiring make-up artists or cosmetic entrepeneurs out there?

Renee's Questions
1) How do you feel about the belief that child stardom and it's pressures can lead to a dysfunctional, disjointed adulthood?
2) What is your stance on the major fashion houses that oppose fuller-figured models?

Kyrie's Questions
1) What is your reply to critics that have said Tina Valen is a far more superior host of CBNTM than yourself?
2) Tell us about the most controversial shoot that you have undertaken in your career.

Antona's Questions
1) How on earth do you juggle family life, raising a child and a high-powered exhausting job within the fashion industry?
2) Do you see your youth in your employed position as a hinderance or a help, and do you believe that to truly understand the industry you must have decades under your belt, like Anna Wintour?

Wren's Questions
1) Wren, tell us the goss we've all been wanting to hear. You're a beautiful girl, but is there also a beautiful new man on the scene?
2) Do you think that your cutesy, babydoll look limits your potential work as a model, especially since you weren't actually the winner of CBNTM 0.

(OOC: Sorry to be an absolute bitch, but I'm only trying to stir a reaction!)
29th-May-2008 11:46 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1. To say that I'm a worse host than Tina is actually kind of an insult to Tina--she left the competition and the role of host to me. By saying I'm doing a bad job, they're insulting her decision! I don't think I've done a bad job. Mostly, I just hope that people give us a chance--the competition isn't about me, or any of the other judges--it's about the girls, the contestants!

2. None of my photoshoots have ever been super controversial. To be honest, I've always wanted to something that's a little more gritty and makes people gasp! Especially something that has a message, or emotional merit.. Who knows, maybe I will soon?

Some people were appalled by a shoot where I actually took a gown, wet it, tore it, and had the model pose in the rain and mud. Apparently I was degrading the dress.. I believe there was even a little blurb in En about me being disrespectful to designers by destroying outfits for my own sick pleasures or something. Quite a few designers became enraged with me, even though I had permission from the particular designer to shoot the dress that way. It was like half the industry was against me. Until the photos came out. They were amazing, and no one could argue with it. It actually became one of that designer's most popular pieces for the season. Sometimes, you have to take risks and do something that may seem strange or even downright rude. If you don't, you'll never get anywhere in this industry.
30th-May-2008 12:30 am (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1. It's the same as any other job and balancing that with family. Yes, for awhile you don't get much sleep, but it's worth it for the quality time you spend with your family. When Ella was younger, I only worked part-time with the magazine, gradually adding more hours as I could stand being away from my daughter. For the most part my job is 8-5, 5 days a week, of course when we're on deadline, or during fashion week the hours run longer, but my family understands and is there for me.

2. My youth is definitely an advantage as we are trying to make the magazine appeal to all age categories, older editors are also not always willing to go out and find new young designers to feature, instead sticking with what is tried and true, while us younger designers are willing to take chances, while also finding the best of the tried and true fashions. I am very lucky to be where I am in my job, I hope to be an editor-in-chief as great as Anna Wintour is someday. She started young, and worked her way up, just as I am doing now, however, I am a much kinder editor to all of my assistants, because that's where I started as well.
30th-May-2008 09:52 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
Renee's Questions
1) How do you feel about the belief that child stardom and it's pressures can lead to a dysfunctional, disjointed adulthood?
I failed to mention that I started off as a child actor at the tender age of infancy, all the way till I was about 10. So I know first hand what it can do, and what it did to me. I had no friends, didnt really have the weekends to sleep in late and eat cereal all day cause I had to be at a certain set for a shoot from 9am till whenever we were done, sometimes not till midnight. For a kid, it was really stressful. I think child stardom CAN lead to a dysfuntional and disjointed adulthood...and quickly too! I'm not going to deny that, we have perfect examples we see every day...ahem, Britney, Lindsy ahem. BUT, there are ways to prevent it, by remembering that children and just that, children. And making sure their parents understand that. Which is why I made it a point to have Talent Counselors at Carmendy Models, who are there for the parents and children to help them understand the pressures that come along with being in the spotlight, and to make sure they let their kids be kids. So yes, I think it can be detrimental to the lives of children as they grow up, but with the proper support and communication from everyone involved, it can definitely be bi-passed, and has successfully been bi-passed at Carmendy Models, Inc.

2) What is your stance on the major fashion houses that oppose fuller-figured models?
Honestly, its there loss. I hate to sound like a money hungry wench, but on a professional standpoint, if they oppose fuller-figured models, that means they oppose millions of dollars in their bank accounts. Society is growing, in every which way...hahaha, yes, weight included....and what better way to promote a product/service to the world then by relating to REAL people, who have REAL curves. I mean, how often do you see a 6'0" tall, perfectly tanned and perfectly proportioned girl with long flowly hair and flawless skin walking down the street on your typical day?! Not often. So for those major fashion houses that oppose fuller-figured models are losing out of major deals and more diverse audiences. And hey, its their choice to do so, but in the end, its their loss. Image on the line or not, its their loss...and my gain! *wink*
30th-May-2008 09:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1) How does Au Naturel remain ethically at the top in the ruthless cosmetics industry against giants such as The Body Shop and Covergirl?

Darlin, you know that Au Naturel provides an organic and animal-testing free alternative to chemical based cosmetics. That said, we don't worry about staying at the top. As co-founder you have to realize that there will always be somebody bigger, but there are also hundreds of thousands of smaller companies. I really respect Covergirl and The Body Shop for all they have done on the makeup scene. I go partying with some of their trustees on a regular basis! Back to the question at hand and not my Friday nights, Magnolia and I worry not about hurting others or being hurt, but rather creating new and innovative ways to approach beauty.

2) What's your advice for any aspiring make-up artists or cosmetic entrepreneurs out there?

Well, my best advice would be GIMME ALL YOUR MONIES AND STEP OFF MAH TURF. Course, that would be self serving and I like to pretend I'm not conniving that often. So for make-up artists: Conform to trends. Find a celebrity, model or designer who likes you. Networking and not stepping out of the box is how you get in. Learn your basic color theories and application and you'll go far. Now if you wanna start a brand, you gotta approach it another way. Do something nobody's ever done before. Find a niche and play it for all it's worth. For example, organic hypo-allergenic cosmetics. At the time, I got lucky and nobody had expounded on that market, but after I did several other companies put out their own versions. But it's hard to make something better, it's easier and MUCH more noticed to make something new.
17th-Jun-2008 05:54 pm (UTC) - Re: Ava on the Mic
1. Agh! There is no NEW man about town in Wren's life! However, if you followed along Cycle 0 at all, there was a certain someone I mentioned once or twice. I call him Harry, and he's thinking of legally changing his name to that soon....Well anyways that's none of your business!! :) So, to put it shortly...yes...there is a someone....I'm just going to stop here.

2. You know, although being a winner of CBTM is a huge career boost and instant celebrity status, it doesn't mean that the other runners-up who made it through to almost the end are bad models. The industry doesn't really care if you were voted out of a competition - all they really care about is the model they see in front of them, their personality, and their portfolio. And even though I wasn't the winner of Cycle 0, it did get my name out there, really well! I have never had any problems with my look limiting anything. But then again, I stick to my guns and do work for the demographic I represent. Know yourself, and know your look.
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