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!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Beautiful Skies

I had a casting today for Details magazine. The gentleman said "Wow, you have a very thin waist." To which I said, yes I know I'm pretty thin. He replied with "I work with a lot of models whose waists are too big. It's better to be this way." But obviously not today as he handed me back my book and I left. I'm getting really frustrated that I don't fit into a lot of the clothes out here. I'm not supposed to put on any more weight though, so I'll just have to wait for high-fashion designers to find me. I suck at being patient.

But, for happier discussion, here are some photos I took a couple days ago when I was in the Madison Square Park area in Midtown. The sky was so clear and blue with just a little speckling of clouds.

I was walking down Broadway toward 23rd street to get to Madison Square Park when I looked up and saw this streak across the sky that mimicked the angles of the buildings. It was absolutely perfect and I scrambled to get my camera out before the wind took it out of center.
A close-up shot of the Flatiron building on 23rd street, wedged between 5th ave and Broadway.
Go ahead and tell me the sky isn't amazing in this photo. On the left is the old MetLife south tower which was the tallest building in the world from 1909 until 1913 when it was trumped by the Woolworth building. On the right is this awesome new building that's being constructed. The proportions are so interesting to me. It stands in the footprint of an average sized building but stretches up really high. Tall & thin... like me. I suppose that's why I'm so fond of it.
Finally, I blogged about my trip to Ikea a few days ago. Here are the results! I hung the $3(!) curtains on the new curtain rod and hung up the paper lantern I picked up. The bed was lofted when I got here, but I took the loft down since I wasn't using any of that extra floor space and, frankly, it felt like I was living in a dorm room. It feels more like a grown-up bedroom now.
p.s. Happy birthday DAD!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Back From the Dark Ages

After some phone calls, arguments with the landlords, and a visit from the city housing department, we finally had our hot water and gas repaired today. I took a hot shower and made spaghetti. It's good to be back in the 21st century.

I had a casting today but I was told I was far too thin for them. Again. I gotta get over to Europe where we stick-figures are appreciated!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Haircut Before & After

I got my hair cut today at this INCREDIBLE salon in the Meat Packing District, Armando Corral Salon. I've been there a few times before and they are great. The design of the place is stunning too! The cut was a lot shorter than I thought it would be. I wasn't too happy at first (thought it looked a little too 'Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby') but it's grown on me and I'm really liking it. I miss the length but this cut works much better with my face. It's much more 'model-esque' than before. The booking agents (bookers) at the agency are happy and that's what is most important. Have a good Friday everyone!


...sorry for the dead stare. There's no smiling in fashion!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Another Good Day! (Apartment Mgt. Still Sucks Though)

Well, I still don't have hot water or gas here at the apartment. I'm eating a lot of toast. This morning I went to the gym early so I could get in a good workout and take a shower in their hot water. I still had to come home and shave with icy cold water. Yeah, that doesn't work out so well.

After I got myself all ready for the day I hopped on the train and paid a visit to my agency in Chelsea. I like to stop in at least once a week just to see how things are going and today they were going pretty well. We had a quick discussion about traveling and now it sounds like Greece might be in my future. Apparently it's really easy to get in magazines there because I've heard from many sources that it's a good place to get some tears for your book. (Tears are pages from magazines you are in. Like they've been torn out to put in your book, see?) ...speaking of magazines, they pulled out the latest issue of DNR magazine at the agency and showed me that I had a photo featured again! I was in the magazine back in June for another job I worked, but it was cool to see myself there again. It's fun to be able to walk into a magazine shop and turn to a page and find yourself! The story was a recap of some of the shows from fashion week and they included a picture from the Antonio Azzuolo show I was fortunate enough to participate in. I was too cheap to buy the magazine so I took it into a corner of the shop and took a photo with my camera.

The other thing I did at the agency was ask about my hair. I was thinking I needed a trim because it's been over a month since I've gotten it cut. It was decided for me that I need a new hairstyle entirely. One of agents said it "looks like I've had hair plugs or something," which I believe is not a good look for me. I currently have my hair kind of slicked back, but they want me to get it shorter on the sides and have it hang messier across the front. It sounds like what I'd pick for myself so I'm happy. I get it cut tomorrow and I'll be sure to post before & after photos. I'm a big fan of before and after photos, as evidenced by my other blog, so I'll try to include them whenever possible.

After leaving the agency, I decided to bum around and go shopping/browsing for a while since I didn't have to work today. I was walking past Grace Church in NoHo (from 2 posts ago) and I remembered that Wednesdays they have "Bach at Noon" so I stopped in for a half hour of Bach music on the pipe organ. It was really nice. Here are some photos from the inside of the church.

Here is the front of the nave with the altar and gigantic stained glass window: Here's a shot of the back with the rose window and pipe organ
To get a good shot of the ceiling I had to turn off the flash. Take a look at that groin vaulting! No giggles now, that's the proper term for the vaults.

On the way home I sat in Madison Square Park and did some sudoku next to the reflecting pool. I decided to come back home to take a nap and got back to the apartment just as it started to rain. Perfect timing!

Thanks to: Ikea & FDNY. No Thanks to: Apartment Mgt.

Yesterday (Monday) started off as a good enough day. My roommate and I took a little trip to the Ikea out in Brooklyn to pick up some cheap stuff for our rooms. I'm pretty excited about the stuff I snagged, it but I'll wait until I get it all put in place before sharing. Quick side-note: the Ikea has a shuttle bus that takes you from the subway stop to their front door! It was amazing! The bus was basically a coach bus that had reclining seats and a radio that was playing ridiculous 80's and 90's music. I'm sure the few other people on that bus must have thought we were crazy because we started singing along and laughing hysterically. I suppose you had to be there...

On the way home he informs me that it is Rosh Hashana and, even though nobody in our apartment is Jewish, we decided to celebrate. I guess it is tradition to celebrate by eating apples with honey. He looked up a recipe online for baked apples and, after a quick trip to the grocery store, this is what he came up with:...and after a little baking:
(btw those are not my horrible cut-offs. That would be of my equally-as-skinny roommate.)
They were pretty good.

We had a friend who is a model with my roommate's agency over and we stayed up pretty late hanging out. By the time he went home and I had gotten ready for bed it was about 4am or so. I was actually reading some of the blogs I follow when around 5am I started smelling something. Smelled like smoke. I looked out the window in my room into the air shaft and to my surprise the whole airshaft was filled with grey smoke. I started getting out of bed and *bang* it sounded like a machine exploded or something. The smoke in the airshaft turned dark black and I started scrambling for the things I wanted to run out of the building with. I grabbed my computer, cell phone, camera, modeling portfolio (I paid a lot for those pics!) and ran out into the hallway. I was met by a roommate who shared my idea of a hasty exit. We knocked on everyone's doors and went down to the street where a lot of our neighbors were gathered around. There were firetrucks everywhere and we stood there for a little over two hours while they drug hoses into the building and broke out windows. Here's a video of the scene.
video

The fire apparently started from the laundromat on the first floor and went up through the walls into the apartment on the second floor just above the portico entrance on the side of the building. There was some fire damage in the apartment above it on the third floor as well. These apartments are across the air shaft from my window and when the firemen broke the windows out into the airshaft a huge cloud of black smoke and smoldering embers flew up into the sky. I caught a little of the smoke in this horribly blurry photo. One of my roommates didn't leave as quickly as I did (I went straight for the street, I don't mess around!) but on the way out looked through the window and saw flames coming up the airshaft. Not cool! After the fire fighters got everything contained we were allowed back into our building. It was surreal, like out of a movie, when we quietly walked single file back up the stairs to our apartments. The floors were wet and dirty and the walls were covered with soot. It was eerie. I took some photos of the air shaft from our apartment. The windows were broken out on the second and third floor. The guy in the third floor window was leaning out to take a photo of the second floor apartment which was pretty much destroyed. Sidenote #2: Don't I have a nice view out of my bedroom window? This photo was taken out of the bathroom window. My window is about four feet to the right and half-obstructed by that metal laundromat ventilation duct. Sweet huh?

On my way to work this afternoon I took a photo of the front door of the second floor apartment where the fire was the worst. I didn't want to go inside just in case someone was there, but I got a feel for how bad it was just from looking into the doorway.
Fortunately nobody was injured and the fire was stopped before reaching our floor and before serious damage to the building occurred. A big thank-you is owed to the FDNY for their quick response!

Really, I'm unhappy with the building management at this point because I found out today that nine years ago there was a large fire that destroyed the seventh floor of the building. When they renovated the building they didn't upgrade the 100 year old wiring. Also, the building management had padlocked the door to the roof which is a no-no for fire safety. We have yet to have our gas turned back on and we still don't have hot water. I understand that there will need to be some checks here and there, but I seriously want to be able to cook and take a hot shower tomorrow. Hop to it guys. Chop-chop!