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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 06:34 pm (UTC) - Re: Interviews of Judging Bees with Max-B
1. How do you deal with ‘politics’ of the fashion industry, pressure groups and alike?
I do just that, deal. I'm a very fair person and I live by the vision that everyone is entitled to their opinion and to their likes/dislikes. There may be some people out there who see things your way, and those people are great to collaborate with to make your vision much more impacting. For those people who do not see things in the same light as you do, well, much respect to them and I say, let them do their own thing, its really the drive in the person/agency that determines whether they'll sink, float or win the race. But when working with clients, other agencies, and other business people alike, I make sure everyone gets their chance to share their opinions, and we work from there. I also make sure I give credit when credit is due, thats what keeps the politics of the business not so back-stabby (I know, not a word), and less hostile. I've ran into a few people that are more stubborn than a doorknob and to me and CMI, we'd just rather not deal with them or waste our time and energy on those people who seem to be stuck in their ways. We simply just bow out with class and wish them luck. No sense in wasting positive energy on negative energy!

2. Carmendy Models, Inc. went from a local child modelling agency to an international modelling conglomeration. What was the greatest growing pain CMI has experienced and how did your non-business background (i.e. modelling, acting, dancing) helped you get over it and ultimately strengthen the agency?
Oh gosh, good question...where do I even start?....Well, first off, I do have a degree in Marketing with a concentration in Recruiting and Recruitment Strategies, so thats helped TREMENDOUSLY. But as far as the greatest growing pain, that would have to be finding a terrific staff that shares my vision, like minds, people who'll even finish your sentences. Without a great team, including Kyrie, Antona, Jae, and Wren, Carmendy Models, Inc. would never have been what it is today. Granted, I've had a few employees who i've had to let go cause they've caused more problems then they fixed, but now I think our team is stable. The biggest hurdle i'd say for us was making the transition from primarily child talent to high end talent...and having to go at it so slow! I mean, it didnt happen over night, it was a year, maybe even a two year project. Little by little we had to inch our way to the top, smooth talk alot of people, late dinners, fancy recruitment parties, business meetings after business meetings after business meetings. It took alot of time and dedication, but without the drive, the staff, the support and the vision, Carmendy Models, Inc. would never be where it is today. Once we had a solid foundation and the support we needed, thats when we started making connections with other like-minded agencies around the world, which is why we're proud to say we have partner agencies all over the world. It took alot of work, and alot of long hours, but we did it, and we're here to stay!
As far as my background goes in modeling and dancing and acting and how its helped me. Well, being a former model way back when has definitely helped me understand how we need to communicate to the models. I remember I hated the fact that I was treated like a piece of meat, even at the tender age of 10, I felt invisible. Like I was being used, no one cared to talk to me, no one cared who I was. At CMI, we make sure we get to know our models and we make sure we let them know they are appreciated for the work they do for us. Each one of them gets a welcome basket of goodies when they've been signed, including stuff from the Au Naturel line, the latest copy of En Magazine, some killer postcards of Kyries famous photos and a welcome note from Wren Berry and other odds and ends. As far as my dance background goes and how it helps, well, I think the only real way it helps the business is by keeping me relaxed. As mentioned in a question above, its one of the things I do to keep the stress levels down.
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