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We update the OST blog on a daily basis with modeling tips and acting tips to help you learn more about the career side of the entertainment industry and to also increase your chances of becoming a model or actor.

We also use the One Source Talent blog as an opportunity to report the latest and greatest reviews of One Source Talent from our members.

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Katrina Malotta

 

Hello everyone,

I'm Katrina Malota. I am a stylist-makeup artist & wardrobe stylist. Yes, I can do it all!

I have also started a blog, TheKattsMeow.com to give tips on hair-makeup and also for INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION!

I've worked on hundreds of Fashion shows and Photo shoots so I wanted to give you guys a couple of tips for GO SEE'S & AUDITIONS.

I think the thing I see very often and it's really not benefiting anyone is too much makeup!

Here's a list of "do's" and "don'ts" When you are going on a Go See or an Audition:

 

  • Don't over spray tan.
  • Don't use too much eye-lip liner we need to see what's underneath it all.
  • Don't put a million extensions in your hair.
  • DO wear tinted moisturizer 
  • DO use mascara and a thin line of eyeliner
  • DO a light fresh pink-peach lip
  • DO use bronzer and keep it minimal
  • DO blow out your hair and style it- SIMPLE

 

A great look for everyone on any kind of interview is not GLAM. It is a pure, simple, beautiful you -exuding
confidence and radiating personality.


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32 Atlanta talent were requested to audition for a True Religion Fashion Show. True Religion Brand Jeans is an American premium clothing line, established in December of 2002. Their lines feature premium denim, t-shirts and more. This is a huge opportunity for all of our Atlanta talent!

We'll keep you posted with photos from the show if any of our talent get chosen! 


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Our Miami talent have been booked to be in a music video for JLS. The talent were chosen to play several different roles including featured extras, background extras, and kid dancers. The talent will be paid a flat rate for the video depending on what role their chosen for. JLS (an initialism of Jack the Lad Swing) are a British boyband, who were runners-up in the fifth series of ITV reality talent show The X Factor in 2008.

In 2010, JLS became the first X Factor contestants to win a Brit Award. We will post up the video once it is complete so you can check it out!


 

Catalog and Print Modeling

 

New models may wonder who is typically used for catalog and print modeling. Most of the time clients are looking for average, everyday looking people. Catalog and print models are used to sell products to consumers, so they tend to choose models that will appeal to the consumer. You would want to buy a product from someone you could relate to wouldn't you?

Normally these models are not overly attractive or stunning, because the client wants you to remember the product, not just the model. Typically, there is no height requirement for these models, although that may vary by client. Some more qualities these models tend to have are straight, white teeth, high cheek bones, clear skin - again this can all vary by client and what they are looking for.

Catalog models market an array of products. Almost anything that can be sold is featured in catalogs. The models tend to earn anywhere from $150.00-$300.00 an hour.

Commercial print models are used on everything from packaging, ads, billboards, magazines, newspapers and the list goes on and on. The more versatile you are, the more opportunities you have. Commercial print model can earn $50.00-250.00 per hour.

Now you know most catalog and print models are everyday looking people. They are the people you see in Windex ads, Car ads, Target ads and everything in between.


 

Comparing Stage and Film Acting

 

People who consider getting into acting may wonder what is the difference between Stage and Film. There is a huge difference! Not just the atmosphere, but what goes into it, the acting style and performances. We'll take a look at the general differences to help you understand.

The first and most obvious difference is how each are done. Stage is done live and film is usually not. When you are performing in a theatre, there are no second takes. You need to be trained both vocally and physically. Theatre actors are trained to be able to project their voice which is very important, especially if you are in a venue that holds thousands of seats. The audience in the back needs to be able to both see and hear your expressions and movements. Yes, I said your expressions.

When we are watching a film, we can see what the characters are going through by their voice, movement AND facial expressions. Imagine having to watch it from hundreds of feet away, it wouldn't work would it? That's why theatre actors are trained to make sure it does work! It works the same way for film actors but at just the opposite. You couldn't speak loudly or be physically be over the top in a film or it wouldn't seem real. Film actors have to be more internal and as a result, their emotions will come through on their facial expressions and how they look physically and the camera will pick it up.

Another difference is a play runs continuously, meaning it starts at the beginning of the play runs straight through to the end. Most films are not shot this way. They are shot completely out of order most times. This is done because usually films are shot at different locations or on different sets. It wouldn't be practical physically or financially to shoot the film in order. For instance, if you have 3 scenes that take place in a house, you are going to shoot all three scenes in a row regardless of when the scenes take place in the film. It wouldn't be time or cost effective to have to move all of the equipment, crew and talent to different locations when you are already set up at one.

As a film actor, you have to be able to get into each scene regardless of where it lies in the story. One minute you could be shooting the scene of you on Christmas morning with your mother and a couple hours later you could be filming a scene where you just returned home from her funeral. In a play, you have the benefit of going through the emotions of the play straight through, but you don't get to stop and do another take if the first one didn't work. You must be very disciplined in both and you must be able to deliver every line like it is the first time you've said it even if you are doing the play for the 200th time or the 30th take in a film.

These are the basic differences between the two. There are many more when you take a deeper look into both.


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You may have heard the term "Showroom Model" or seen castings for such, but don't know what a showroom model is. Showroom models display collections, clothing and accessories in the privacy of the designer's showroom or store.

These models don't get as much exposure as if they were on the runway because most of the time the only people they are put in front of are the designer, the designer's clients and buyers. This is a tool designers use to get their clothing advertised, bought, and shown off.

Depending on the designer, showroom models can make anywhere from $45.00-$150.00 per hour. Not all exposure is lost while showroom modeling though, this is a great way to make an impression on the designer who may in turn use you for upcoming events or runway shows.


 

Headshot Tips and Why Actors Need Them

 

If you are thinking about getting into the biz, you may wonder what is the purpose of headshots? The answer is simple, they are essentially your business card. A headshot is typically an 8x10 photo taken from the neck or shoulder up. You should usually have one smiling and one straight faced.

There are two main purposes to headshots. First, unless you are attending an open call, your headshot is what will determine if a client calls you in for an audition or for a job booking. In this day and age headshots can not only be mailed, but also emailed to clients.

A client will put out what is called a "breakdown". A breakdown is a detailed list of characters or roles a client is looking to fill for a particular project. The breakdown can be as simple as gender and age and get as detailed as hair color, eye color, skills and more.

The first step in the process is getting your headshot in front of a client. The client will determine by your photo if you have the "look" they are going for. If so, you may be called in for an audition. (Keep in mind, your resume may sway the client one way or the other as well, but we'll get into that a different time.) This is why having a good, clear, head shot that represents you is so important. Your headshot should show your personality. It is the clients first impression of you and since it can make or break the decision to want to meet you, it must be good!

The 2nd purpose to headshots is for a client to remember you by. Clients can see up to hundreds of people at an audition, how are they going to remember who you are even if you gave a stellar performance? By your photo! This is why it's so important that your photo look like you. You shouldn't have to much makeup on in your headshot or have your hair done in a way that you wouldn't normally wear it. If your hair is curly, and it is straight in your headshot, you need to wear your hair straight to all of your auditions.

Now you know what a headshot is and why it is so important to have!


 

Could I Be A High Fashion Model

 

This is one of the most competitive categories of modeling. While being an actor can be learned, there are specific requirements you must have to be considered as a high fashion model.

The first major requirement is the models height. Usually women are 5'8 - 6'0 in height and wear sizes 0-6. The male models are 5'11 to 6'2 in height and wear a jacket size 40 to 42 regular. Now this may vary slightly depending on the designer. Remember, the only purpose of a high fashion model is to sell clothes for the designers. Most of the clothing they make are sample sizes to fit the body types of the models they use in the show. They make the sizes they know will be most flattering to the types of models they use.

You do not need to have perfect teeth to be a runway model. Models aren't there to show personality and if you notice, most of the models never smile during a show. They are not the center of attention, the clothing is! One of the most important qualities of a runway model is their walk. This is one part of being a high fashion model that can actually be taught.

So, if you fit the requirements, with some work on your walk you will have a decent shot. Remember, it is very tough to break into runway modeling. Start off by doing local shows to help build up your resume and confidence and you will be off to a great start!


 

What is Promotional Modeling?

 

Promotional modeling is something you may or may not have heard of. It actually has a huge market across the country no matter where you live. If you live in a smaller city than chances are the majority of modeling work you will receive will be promotional. Promotional models are used to market different products or clients. . Examples of these models are perfume girls in the malls, shot girls at bars and clubs and speaking models at car shows or trade shows.

The requirements for this category are typically females or males with attractive faces, fit bodies and outgoing personalities. There is no set requirements though as every client is looking for something different. Personality is the most important aspect of this type of modeling. You have to be able to interact with consumers in a fun enjoyable way. You could be drop dead gorgeous, but if you aren't excited about the product or comfortable talking to people, this wouldn't be a good fit for you.

Now that you know what a promo model is, you can decide for yourself if it's something you would like to attempt!


 

How to Give A Professional Audition

 

Whether you are brand new to the industry or are experienced, the one thing that should always be the same is your professionalism at an audition.

The first and most important thing to represent yourself professionaly is to make sure your on-time! It is generally advised to be there 10-15 minutes early. Make sure you brought a headshot, resume or a comp card with you and anything else they may have requested you to bring. Have a good, posative attitude when going in. If you are having a bad day, make sure to leave it at the door or you will ruin your chances right off the bat.

Make sure you are organized and have whatever you are giving to the casting director out before you walk into the casting room. They don't want to wait for you to fumble through papers. Do your best to try and read the casting directors personality. Some may want to shake your hand and frankly some may not. It's not personal if they don't, just remember they could be meeting with hundreds of candidates.

Exude confidence! This is so important. Own the room, but don't go overboard, you'll just come off cocky. Don't go into stories or get too personal unless asked questions by the casting director. You want to make an impression, but not a bad one. And most importantly, take direction! If they ask you to add something into your next read, take in what they said and give it your best shot.

Remember, try not to be nervous. They really do want you to be right for the role just as much as you!

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