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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?)
2nd-Jun-2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
1. As the CEO of Carmendy Models, you view portfolios of and meet a number of aspiring models. What is your advice to those who wanted to become part of the agency, but didn’t quite cut it?
Well for each person that comes into Carmendy Models and doesnt make it, dont make it for a specific reason that only they have, cause every case is different. I give them an honest answer as to why I think they're not CMI material, whether it be a crooked eye or a bad wrap sheet from various photographers, their lack of confidence, etc. Once we recognize what their "problem" is, I give them suggesstions on how to improve it, change it, fix it. We refer them to professionals, counselors, trainings, classes to take etc, then I give them the opportunity to come back to CMI in six months. If they really want to be part of our team, they would be able to improve whatever we found to not fit into the CMI image in 6 months time. If they come back, right away that means they have dedication and we'd LOVE to work with them...if we never see them again, we know they weren't CMI material to begin with. We try to stress to our aspiring models that modeling is a way of life, you have to learn how to put all your insecurities, fears, personal life and meet a client and be ready to perform and give whats asked of you, and to also have fun. If our models arent willing and able to do that, they wont succeed in the business. Sad to say, but it is a cut throat business, and you have to mean business to be in business, period.

2. It seems like your job can get quite stressful at times, yet you don't give up. What do you do when the stress starts getting to you?
I lock myself in my office and scream uncontrollably! No, just kidding. I make sure to take time to myself everyday. I usually go to yoga classes three times a week, to relieve my stress and get back to center with everything. I've also been known to have midnight belly dancing sessions at home or in my hotel room wherever I might be staying at the time. I always make sure to pack my cd's and one or two hip scarves, cause dancing to the music relaxes me to the fullest. I've timed myself, and the longest I've gone was about an hour and a half, just dancing, losing myself in the music, while nibbling on grapes or cubes of cheese, and drinking a glass of wine. Then maybe a nice bubble bath and calling on some friends for dinner later. What helps me relieve my stress is to escape some place that doesnt remind me of the stress or to meet up with someone who'll make me forget about the stress. I've met alot of great people in all my travelings, and I think its safe to say that I have at least one close friend in each city I travel too most frequently that I can rely on to have a good time and let loose with. Good friends and good company is what helps me get through those stressful times!
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