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“Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model” is a Ted talk where Cameron talks openly about her feelings about beauty, modeling, and her insecurities. My favorite part of this talk is where she shows photos comparing a studio shot vs what she looked like at about the same time as the shoot. There is a deeper message here about embracing who you are, racism, and doing something to the world a better place. This 9 ½ min video is well worth the time. I wish I could show it to every girl growing up and especially to everyone who wants to be a model. would love to hear your thoughts.
One of my hobbies/interests is food and nutrition. I don't claim to be an expert but after so many years behind the camera I have noticed a relationship between diet and healthy skin. I often joke that there are only two food groups - Sweet Fat and Salty Fat. Usually people think of Fat as the problem. I think of sugar as the problem. So when a friend of mine asked about what she might be able to do about her acne. I replied “Cut out Sugar and while you're at it cut out rice, potatoes, processed foods…” (most of us know this list). Why starches also? because starches quickly become sugar in our bodies. I told her “Not forever just a few weeks to see if there are any changes.” A quick google search “Acne and Sugar” will reveal a TON of info on the relationship between the two. One more thing -Water - Drink plenty of it. I believe that our overall health shows on our skin. Eating better will go a long way in helping us look and feel better. If you know you will have a photoshoot coming up in a few weeks, it cant hurt to start focusing on eating better now.
After wrapping up yesterdays shoot I sat down with my client to help answer any questions she might have. She is new to acting and wants to get into musical theater. She had a number of questions from "do I need an agent?" to " how do I put my resume on the back of my headshot?". After I had answered most of her questions I asked if there was anything else she wanted some advice about. She started telling me about an audition she has in three weeks. She wanted to make sure that she would be able to have prints in that time. I assured her that she could have prints in her hands in as little as a few days. Then she showed me the audition announcement on her phone. It said that everyone auditioning had to pay $75. I explained to her that occasionally actors will help with production by donating time or in some cases money but that is very rare. Typically if an actor donates anything it is because they are working for free and they pay out in their travel expenses and time to and from rehearsals and performances.
Since paying for agents, lessons.... comes up so often by new actors seeking my advice, I have included an article from Backstage. http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/acting-teachers/3-things-not-to-pay-big-for-as-an-actor/