Tuesday, December 23, 2008

On the Set - Pics!

I forgot to put my battery in my camera on Friday, so I wasn't able to take any photos in the studio. Luckily, the stylist's assistant took some photos and posted them on her facebook. Without further ado,

The Studio in SoHo where we shot:Accessories table. Fun stuff!Hanging out with the other models & the stylist. I'm in the yellow jacket on the left. It was wicked-cold in the studio and there was only one heater, up on the ceiling. Guess where the fan blew the heat. Yeah, we pretty much didn't move from that spot unless we were needed by the photographer.The finishing touches. Yep, I always keep it classy.Lovin' it! I had so much fun & I hope I get to do another shoot really soon!

Fresh Photos

I had a really great casting on Thursday which turned into a booking for the job! The next day, Friday, I shot an editorial spread for Dedicate magazine in France. There were four of us guys and one girl, all from my agency. It was my first time shooting with any other models, since everything I've done so far has been test shoots by myself. It was a lot of fun and I'm excited to see the finished product. The photographer was great and helped me out a lot. He taught as he shot, so I walked out of the studio with more confidence in my modeling abilities. We were there from 9am to almost 6pm, but I kept on saying throughout the day that I wish I could do this as my job every day. Maybe someday...

The shoot wasn't a paid job, but it doesn't really matter much. What I really need are some tearsheets in my book from magazines, so this worked out perfectly. Since we weren't getting paid, the photographer took solo portraits as he was working, just to help our books. He was so nice! I'll share photos as soon as I get them. The agency is closed for the holidays and doesn't reopen until January 6th, so don't expect anthing soon.

Having just returned home after only a month since my last visit, it's great to be able to have something new to talk about when everyone asks the same question, "how has modeling been going?"

The answer? I'm having so much fun!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas on 5th Ave.

Here I am, reporting from North Dakota again! I got into Fargo at 10:30 and by 11:30 I was signing away my house to its new owner. I'm staying here until the first of January, then it's back to New York.
A few days before I left, in a desperate attempt to get into the Christmas spirit, I took a walk down 5th avenue to see the lights and window displays. Here's what I saw:
I started at Rockafeller Center. Of course the tree was amazing.
It's actually on 6th Ave, but I checked out Radio City Music Hall.Saks had some impressivew snowflakes covering the front of the building that flashed along to Christmas songs.
The snowflake theme continued into their window displays. The animated displays were pretty cool. Check out this one depicting a sudden snowfall.
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Here are a couple more of their animated window displays.
Cartier was all wrapped up like a giftThe window display featured a wall of Cartier boxes. The boxes would open one at a time and out would slide a different piece of jewelry. (sorry for the bad pic)But for I much prefered the windows at Tiffany's. Look at this amazing peackock, dressed in diamonds.An aquamarine bracelet made quite a nice necklace for the little lady.Peacocks showed up in at least four of the stores' displays. Look at this one from Juicy Couture. (I think that gift is a horse)This window wasn't particularily Christmas-y but I just love Prada. That suit would look absolutely killer on me!Burberry followed a gold theme too with rows of black, gold, and bronze glass icicles as a background. If anyone needs gift ideas, I would like very much this black trench coat:Louis Vuitton made their iconic emblems into light displays which was a cool idea, but ultimately it reminded me of those light-up reindeer and santa ornaments you can buy at Walmart. Better luck nexg year LV!The intersection of 5th and 58th had a giant snowflake that shimmered and flickered. I'd hate for that to fall on my taxi.The best windows in my opinion were at Bergdorf Goodman. The mens windows featured cold-weather animals dressed to impress while playing sports of some type. Looky:Across the street at the womens part of Bergdorf Goodman there was a cool window with a woman playing chess with an owl.There were two vignettes with great dresses (one lady has a bird head)The most spectacular windows were the windows displaying the four seasons. I heard that the displays took eight months to create. They were so intricate and detailed that I would completely believe it.
Winter:
Spring:
Summer:
Autumn:
Winter again. Absolutely insane. The whole time I was looking at these windows I had my ipod playing the Charlie Brown Christmas music. It was just what I needed to snap me into the spirit of the season.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'm Back!

Well, I'm back in New York again. It was great to be able to visit my family, friends and just familiar places. I got my computer fixed while I was in Fargo, so get ready for... NYC PICTURES!!!

I've taken some good ones but haven't had the opportunity to share until now. Forgive me, there are quite a few that I've been waiting to share!

First, from a little day-trip to Roosevelt Island. Here is a photo of the bridge and the tram that we took to the island. It was basically like a huge ski-lift that carried us across the river. The tram isn't in the shot but you can see the two cables it rides on to the right of the bridge.

We stopped in this little deli/grocery store and there was this super-friendly cat there. I took a pic of him because he was so nice.
Next, from a catering job I worked on Halloween. This party was incredible; the most extravagant party I've ever seen. The venue was an old synagogue that is now an events space. It was all lit with candles and colored lights and dry ice filled the place with a mysterious fog. It was incredible!They had all of the waiters wear these stupid skull shirts, but the face painting was pretty cool. They hired air-brush artists to paint everyone's faces. I kinda thought my first air-brush experience would be with modeling, but oh well.
Now to the park! I visited a traveling art exhibit by Chanel a few weeks ago. The building is completely portable and was designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid. The pieces inside were all based on the iconic Chanel quilted purse. It was really interesting.
Of course, I couldn't not post photos of Central Park in the fall!
My favorite place in the park: Bethesda Fountain
Finally, here's a picture of a fountain down in Chelsea near where I work. I guess they forgot to turn off the water once it started freezing. It looks pretty cool, but I'd assume there is some sort of damage going on here.I had a great trip home, but it's good to be back. I'll be posting more soon!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fourteen Hours Away... Should I Be Packing Now?

I probably should, right? Oh well, I can sleep on the plane.

It seems that I've been tagged by my Sandy, at Curly's Corner to share seven random or weird Book facts about myself.

This may be particularily hard for me because I'm not that big of a recreational reader. Here we go.

1. The worst critique I received in Architecture school was on a design for a library addition. It was a hot mess and I knew it, but I tried to sell it as best as I could. It was especially sad because I know I could have done a really interesting design had I actually put some effort into it. (that's kinda about books, right?)

2. I've read two books since I moved to New York and I've just started a third. I suppose I'll finish it while I'm schlepping through airports and sitting bored out of my mind on planes. You may be thinking big deal, two and a half books. It IS a pretty big deal when the last recreational reading I did was... wait... when was it? At least 2+ years ago.

3. I can't help but fall asleep when I'm reading. Especially textbooks. Most notedly textbooks with 40+ pages dedicated to the fascinating topic of structural properties of concrete. Riveting.

4. Reading a book on the subway makes the commute seem much shorter.

5. The best book (besides the Bible) that I own is the Home Depot's Home Repair 123. It explains everything that the owner of a crumbling 80 year old house would ever need to know and illustrates it fantastically with photos. Yet another reason I love the 'Depot.

6. I frequently 'space out' while I'm reading. I'll finish a page, start to turn the page, then realize that I have no idea what is printed on that page I just finished. My eyes looked at the words but my mind was on something else completely unrelated to the book. Adoral anyone?

7. My favorite people to be around are people who are well read. I really enjoy conversations with people who are knowledgeable in a variety of subjects because I learn so much from them. It's great to talk with someone who is articulate and has a great vocabulary. Those conversations always make me want to learn more to speak eloquently.

Alright, I realize that not a lot of this was actually about books, but I tried. Had this been about magazines I would have had quite a lot to share. Sorry Sandy! I'm getting better though... 3 books a year is better than 0 books in 2 years.

Still no further photos to post. I was hoping to get them back before I left for NoDak but I guess I will just have to keep waiting and, subsequently, so will you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ND in 3

I'm leaving for North Dakota in 3 days! Friday morning I'll be flying out from NY and, after a short layover in Minneapolis, I'll be landing in Fargo for dinner. I'm going to be back on Saturday, Nov 29th with my computer fixed so I can start posting photos again. Trust me, I have some great photos to share just sitting in my camera, waiting to be released.

I'm still waiting to get the photos back from that hair shoot two weeks ago. I'm really not a patient person so between waiting to get the photos back, waiting to see what happens with European agencies, and waiting to hop that plane home I'm pretty much going crazy right now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Photos!

I checked the agency's website today and three of the photos from my shoot on Sunday were posted. I'm not sure if any other shots turned out, but they must have liked at least these three.

This first one I'm not sold on. I think I look a little bewildered in it. I don't know.
This next one is pretty good, but I have a lot of photos of my profile already. I've been told that I have a really good, unique profile but I really need to get good photos from other angles. Yeah, I'm showing some leg...
This one is my favorite. 100%! It's so high-fashion!
I'll have to see if any other pictures turned out when I visit the agency next. Probably Friday. I'm quite a bit more excited to get the photos back from Tuesday. I felt better about how that shoot was going anyway.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shoot Today: Fun Fun!!!

First of all, you should hear Harlem right now. Cars honking and people shouting in the streets. Complete madness! Reed cooked a really nice dinner tonight and we were enjoying some wine when the election was called, so we grabbed the bottle and ran up to the rooftop and watched it all unfold. It's crazy out there!

Today I had so much fun at my photoshoot! It was a spec shoot for a hair editorial that will hopefully be popping up in a magazine soon. The concept was really edgy and avant garde, kind of an eighties, angry vibe to it. I showed up at 10am and sat down for the hair and makeup. The hair was caked in hair products and slicked into different shapes. The look was a bit dark with highlights of different colors of light. To get the light to illuminate the skin in an interesting way they covered my face, neck and shoulders with baby oil. I was so greasy! Each look had a different pop of color. The first one I had a pink stripe under my left eye with white on the eyelid, the second had teal on the eyelids, and the last shot had bright blue lips. It was pretty intense. For each shot the photographer had me twist my shoulders into intersting positions and crank my neck in a strange angle then then we went for the emotion. Angry! Scowling and clenched jaws and angry stares. It turned out to be really interesting and I can't wait to share the photos. I'll find out in about a week which, if any, magazine picked up the story. If nothing else it will add some diversity to my book. It was just fun to play around with an edgy look today.

I should be getting the photos from my shoot on Sunday tomorrow sometime, so I'll throw those on here soon.

NoDak in 17 days!!!

2 shoots in 3 days!!!

Things are going SO well for me this week! I had a photoshoot yesterday with Thomas Lohr that went really well. It was a test shoot (a big deal since he doesn't do tests) but it sounds like he might try to get the pics published. The clothes were amazing too, all 2009. I wore Lacoste, Burberry, Gucci, Jil Sander, Fendi, Moschino and Hermes. Incredible! I talked with my bookers today and the photographer was very happy with the results. I'll be able to see the photos in a couple days and I'll share them as soon as I can.

My booker also told me that an agency in Milan requested to have a video of me sent. This looks good!

I also booked a photoshoot for tomorrow! It is a spec shoot for a hair magazine. Yup, I'd be a hair model! Good thing too, 'cause in hair photos you won't be able to see that I just got done eating a pint of Haagen Dazs.

I worked my first day at Brooklyn Industries today. It was a lot better than my old job so I'm pretty happy.

My roommate Reed and I are going to Central Park tomorrow to hang out and see the changing foliage. He lent me a book that I'm going to start reeding. He said I'll like it a lot. I'd share the name if I remembered it; It's in my room and I'm to lazy to walk across the hall.

AND I'm going to be in NoDak in 17.5 days. I've had such a good day.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Last Day of Work... & Tokyo???

Last day at my job at French Connection today! I went through the orientation for my new job at Brooklyn Industries today as well. I'm excited for a change even thought I'll miss my coworkers at the old place.

I met with an agent from an agency in Tokyo today and I think it went pretty well. He commented that one of my photos was very good, the photo I have as my profile picture on this blog. Right now my agency is focusing on getting me ready to work overseas so I've been trying to get representation in other fashion capitals. What I really need to do is get some more pictures for my book. I might possible be having a shoot on Sunday for a spec editorial. (spec editorial = the photographer would try to sell the photos to a magazine but they might not ever get published) It would just be fun to get in front of a camera again.

Yesterday I went to a halloween party that was co-sponsored by my agency. It was a 1920's/black and white theme. So cool! The bar that it was held in just opened and has a 20's theme and decor. I took some photos at the event but, until I take my compy in to get fixed, they'll just reside in my camera. I know, it sucks. I took some other cool pics lately that it would be cool to share. Only a couple weeks until I'm home and can get going again. Hopefully I'll have some more modeling photos to share next week. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Waiting

Not much going on right now, just waiting for the next adventure. I'd post photos or something but I'm having computer issues. It's unfortunate because I took some pretty cool photos lately. My computer is under warranty with the college bookstore back in Fargo, so I'll get it fixed when I return home in a few weeks.

...leading me to my next thought: I need to get back home. I need to go spend some time with the people who have known me forever in the places that I've been comfortable in for years. You know? I just need the pick-me-up of being immersed in the familiar. Just for a little while and then it's back to chasing the dream. Hopefully I'll come back with a rejuvinated drive since I've been a little disheartened lately by the slow progress of my career.

Ugh. A downer of a post. Sorry!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Weekend Fun

This weekend was really enjoyable. I didn't have to work at all! Friday my roommate (and best friend here in NYC) Reed and I decided to take a little trip down to Staten Island. Why? We had never been there and I wanted to be able to say that I had been to all of New York's boroughs. I had no idea that there was a beach on the island. Had I known this back when it was warm out... well I guess I know now for next summer. Assuming I'm here. At any rate, here are some photos from our adventure.

Taking a photo of Manhattan as we leave on the Staten Island Ferry.The beach we hung out on. That would be the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the background.
For some reason (probably because we're both models) we had an impromptu photo shoot. The photos of me all sucked, but I got a lot of good pics of Reed. Like this one:Seriously. He looks great in almost every picture. I looked stupid in nearly every one. It was a lot of fun though. I could see myself being a photographer someday... along with my giant list of future professions. Here's a photo of me being a dork on a beach. Enjoy.
On Saturday night I met up with a girl I used to work with at the HoDo in Fargo. She recently moved to New York and is trying to get a job in a designer showroom. We had dinner on the patio at this nice little Mexican restaurant in the Meat Packing District followed by a couple drinks at some cool bars.

The Mexican place brought watercolors and skulls for us to paint for el Dia de Muerto. There was also a hula hoop contest that I was unarguably the best at. Hands down. Later on our cute waitress gave me her phone number. Ha ha! It was a really cool place. Just look at the decor:
Screams fiesta, huh? (this was taken late at night, it was actually very busy before)

We also went to this nautical themed place called the Rusty Knot that had really good drinks served in Tiki heads. We look like we are having fun, right?
The best part was we talked for hours about Fargo and where we worked. It was really nice to be able to do that since I've been a little homesick lately. I'm sure we'll be hanging out again soon. Well, as soon as I have more money!