Learning About Nerium and Improving my Own Skin

Speaking of motivation (my last post), some of my daily tasks now include sharing what I know about Nerium International with three people a day.

All we do in this business is have fun and share amazing results with our friends and get other people pumped. It’s super easy to jump in to, because every new brand partner is given a bunch of tools. It’s as easy as sharing a picture or video on facebook or having a get-together and pressing play on a video. You can go as fast as you want. If you’re not into it, that’s fine too. Though you just may be, after seeing what it does for the people around you. Continue reading “Learning About Nerium and Improving my Own Skin”

Model Mayhem 101: Contests and Boards

Before, I discussed the basic functions and how-to’s of Model Mayhem, using casting calls and collaborating on Model Mayhem, and finally, adapting your Model Mayhem account as you gain experience.

Now, the last remaining Model Mayhem features of note are the contests and forums.

Contests
I see the contests as a way to verify your experience and expertise, the Model Mayhem way. It’s another place to get “popular” on the site.

If you win a contest, you will be awarded with an image indicating that you’ve won. These are good trophies to display on your profile. Your account must have the ability to use BB Code (BBC) to show such images on your profile. Use the same code to display a photo in your profile as the underlined example shown in the next section in italics. Continue reading “Model Mayhem 101: Contests and Boards”

Model Fuse vs Model Mayhem: Review

**UPDATE: Sadly, Model Fuse has seemed to disappeared off the internet. Unfortunate, because they showed promise. But it just goes to show how difficult it can be to get a ‘leg up’ over competition (especially established). In the meantime, my good model friend Sierra Mckenzie is working on her own Freelance Models project. Feel free to click and check it out!**

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I was recently informed of a new model networking site called Model Fuse. I decided to do something different for my blog by giving this site a try and writing a review on it. I created my profile and the process was extremely simple, as any good social media site these days should be. Navigation and acquainting myself with the site was easy as well. 

I had this idea to set out and book a shoot through this site. That’s what seems to be their whole philosophy: Their goal is to get freelancers work, with the whole industry at your fingertips, on one website. 

The problem is, many models already use a site for just that. It’s called Model MayhemContinue reading “Model Fuse vs Model Mayhem: Review”

Staten Island Ferry and Tourism

New York can be a lot to handle.

It’s a wild, busy place with lots to see and do. There is always a rush of people, pushing you to your next destination. Everyone wants to be someone; everyone is working just as diligently as you are to achieve your dreams. This can be overwhelming.

I’m not into touristy attractions. In fact, tourists have always driven me nuts for some reason. Maybe because I’d rather fit and blend in to the churning crowd rather than be forced to stop and go slow for a minute. Plus, tourism is a money-sucker. I avoid money-suckers. At all costs.

I mean, really, why pay $24 bucks a pop to board an overcrowded ferry full of annoying gawkers when you can have a perfectly relaxing view on the water for free? Yes, on the water. Free. Continue reading “Staten Island Ferry and Tourism”

Model Mayhem 101: Adapting

This Model Mayhem 101 post is for slightly more experienced Model Mayhem users. You should understand how to adapt your profile with your experience as you progress.

Let’s say you’ve had a handful of solid photoshoots with great photos for your portfolio and the responses have been positive. However, you’re still mostly working for free and you haven’t changed your profile much, nor have you taken a serious look at your portfolio. These are the steps I would suggest taking.

Portfolio
As you shoot with more and more people, you will accumulate a lot of photos. Personally, I like to keep them very organized in folders by photographer (or event) and I make sure to obtain high resolution images so I have the option to print them.

It doesn’t matter if you’re represented by IMG and have amazing agency-type photos, MM might not buy it. If you’re going to be successful on the website, you have to gear your portfolio to what Model Mayhem likes. And try to accumulate comments by posting on the announcement board. Continue reading “Model Mayhem 101: Adapting”

Model Mayhem 101: Casting Calls and Collaborating

So, you’ve signed up for Model Mayhem (MM) and you’ve been approved. Now it’s time to start networking. There are two main forms of networking on Model Mayhem and these are straight up, “Hey, do you want to shoot?” and casting calls.

How to Set Up a Collaboration on Model Mayhem

Searching for connections on MM is pretty simple and straightforward: If you’re looking for a photographer to collaborate with, all you need to do is click on “Browse,” enter in your specifications, and browse.

What we do on Model Mayhem when first getting started is shooting TFP, TFCD, or trade. They all essentially mean the same things.

  • TFP = Trade For Print
  • TFCD = Trade For CD
  • Trade = Trade 😉

Essentially, these all imply both parties are working on a shoot for free, meaning you will get “compensated” in photos from the shoot. Continue reading “Model Mayhem 101: Casting Calls and Collaborating”

Model Mayhem 101: Getting Started

I know I keep directing my fellow model friends to www.ModelMayhem.com (MM). Especially if you don’t have an agency. However, Model Mayhem, while widely used, has many in’s and out’s you should all be aware of.

What exactly is Model Mayhem?
Model Mayhem is an online social media networking outlet for models, photographers, and many more industry related individuals. As Model Mayhem expands, so does its users. There are accounts for not only makeup artists, hairstylists, and designers, but also stylists, photoshop wizards, artist/painters, body painters, digital artists, and agents.

Getting Started
I keep saying how important it is to network in this, and every other industry. Model Mayhem launched my networking abilities in the fashion industry and I’ve been climbing the rungs ever since. Model Mayhem is for dipping your toes and then diving in to the industry. I always suggest Model Mayhem for beginning models (unless your agency is adamant against you having an account or if they are already keeping your schedule full).

I’m not saying MM has been the driving force of my success. I’m saying it has been an ideal tool in showcasing my talent and connecting with other like-minded individuals. Continue reading “Model Mayhem 101: Getting Started”

Entrepreneurial, Self-Publishing, Artistic New York City

I never knew people performed INSIDE the subway trains for people before my relocation last week. There are a lot of talented musicians out there. I have encountered guitarists, acapella’s, drummers, wooden flute instruments, and even a saw-like thing played with a string from a violin. They all sound amazing and extremely cultural.

I mean, sure, you’re bound to have a lot of talented people for each profession in a city as concentrated and diverse as New York, but wow!

This is one thing that has really impressed me here. People are willing to try new ideas and to work in some form for money. People here are driven. I’ve encountered fewer panhandlers than individuals asking for money in more creative ways, such as performance and promotion. (And then you’ve got the crazy apocalyptic conspirators holding up big signs, who you can’t be quite sure what their overall goal is). Either way, everyone here seems to be here with a reason, purpose, and strong-willed mind. The city of opportunity. New York: where everything goes down. Where we come to make a living!

Most everyone here is very friendly and forthcoming. I’ve hung out with models attending the same open calls all this week, romped in the rain with them, and had really nice conversations with a lot of different people. There was an experience in particular, however, I’d love to bring to light. A perfect and satisfying example of entrepreneurship I love. 

Let me tell you a story. I’m done with bullet points. Continue reading “Entrepreneurial, Self-Publishing, Artistic New York City”

Living in New York City: Briauna Mariah Update

Hey guys,

Briauna Mariah here.

Writing from New York City.

I know you all want updates, so here it is. I arrived at the airport at 8:23AM Eastern Time last July 12th. It took me hours to finally make it to the house I’m staying at. I’m renting a nice little room in Woodlawn, Bronx, NYC. Bronx–Yikes! Right? Not as bad as it might sound.

Woodlawn is a cute little community very north of Manhattan and I feel rather safe here. It’s like a little bubble in Bronx. Stepping outside the bubble is a little nerve-wracking though. Continue reading “Living in New York City: Briauna Mariah Update”

High Fashion Designer Wear at Goodwill

Two words. Good Will. Okay, I lied. It’s really one word.

First thing I have to say: I am a proud saver. I manage my money and yes, I shopped at GOODWILL today. There is no shame shopping a Goodwill, thrift stores, Target, etc. As long as you know what to look for.

I hear stories all the time of great designer finds at Goodwill. I was never so lucky until today. My mom and I spent a good portion of the day today (3 hours) “shopping ’til we drop,” almost in a literal sense. I am extremely excited to share my find with all of you. There are pictures below.

Here is what you need to know. I got two outfits, including one pair of boots (I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of warm heel-boots for months now to sport in New York), and a nice, versatile top. My total at for these items at Goodwill was $72. The estimated value is around $565! That’s a savings of just over 87% off. Talk about a killer designer wear deal! Continue reading “High Fashion Designer Wear at Goodwill”