models’ question time


The second Runway Diva’s show was held on Friday, August 1, 2008 for new and aspiring models. Experienced models Rena Mascot, Haruka Kish, Kayella Kurrajong and Aleida Rhode gave a quick demonstration of a simple routine. The audience was to pay attention to the poses, timing and number of stops. The theme of this challenge was to wear any outfit first in black and then in red. After this, 5 talented women were to challenge each other and a winner would be decided by the audience’s IM’s to Rena in a vote. Finally, Rena announced the winner: “The winner is… Mavi Beck!!!!“. Congratulations Mavi! Then came the model’s question time, which this week had a special guest of Miss SL World 2008 Aleida Rhode.

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Una Ewing and Scarlett Niven Talk Fashion

 

This week’s Models’ Question Time was held December 04, at 12:30 PM SL time. For this session, MQT VI, we were delighted to have Scarlett Niven sharing her experiences with us. Scarlett is the winner of many modeling competitions, is a fashion writer for SecondStyle magazine, manages her own blog, Digital Image, and is a member of the creative team of the FACES Agency.

  

Scarlett Niven

Scarlett told us of her days as a newbie in love with bling and how she stumbled upon Paper Couture which opened up a whole new world for her in SL. She shared her experiences entering the fashion world from her very first show for Lacoste.

That led to a lively discussion about modeling contests in SL and some of the problems that she and other models have had with the contest rules. Participants agreed that there is a need for better controls and rules for them, particularly when it comes to voting.

Scarlett was also kind enough to share details about her shapes and skins with MQT participants and we talked about how it seems that several models have similar looks and Scarlett shared different ways to customize shapes and skins to create a unique look.

Aradia Dielli, the CEO of FACES  joined her in discussing their company that does image consulting, shows, a magazine and collaboration with other agencies. Look for their latest show coming up this weekend at the opening of the Glam World sim. It’s going to be something SL hasn’t seen yet and promises to be very exciting.

Finally we had a brief discussion about ways to market yourself as a model and talked about the potential of taking a second life modeling career into first life fashion industry.

See you at next week’s Models’ Question Time.

Ewing Office in Centro Italia

This week’s Models’ Question Time was originally scheduled to have a guest speaker, who unfortunately was unable to attend. However, the attendees had a lively discussion about topics ranging from the new EFA training classes to the importance of having a great looking profile when going to a casting call.

Well over 40 models, photographers, modeling agency owners, and fashion designers attended the meeting in the new EFA office space in centro Italia.

We began by discussing the new EFA model training sessions (which I’m attending so I can learn more about all aspects of the industry). The new students shared our first day experiences, what we learned that day, and discussed our realization of how much it is we have to learn! We also shared our reasons for attending the classes.

The conversation moved on to discussing whether your personal brand as a model is more than just your look. The experts agreed that modeling in SL differs a bit from first life in that your brand is your name, your presence, how you carry yourself and behave, your professionalism, your knowledge you bring to jobs, and so much more than just a trademarked look.

We also touched on escorting and modeling, the importance of first impressions, and the importance of networking.

Please join us next monday at 12:30 SL time for another educational and engaging Models’ Question Time.

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Announcing the next Models’ Question Time Series.

This Monday, we’ll begin our second discussion series with a controversial topic. Escorting and the modeling industry. Is it possible to be successful in both careers? We will have a guest, Lillie Yifu, who will address issues surrounding life as model in the sex industry. Her blog is titled, “2nd Sex: A Blog on Sex and Second Life Written by a Top Escort,” and presents some intelligently written pieces touching on subjects from psychology to religion.

Location: New office location in Centro Italia

Date: November 26, 2007 

Time: 12:30 pm SLT

Please be aware that these conferences are held in voice chat. This means you need to have working speakers or headphones so you may hear questions and responses. You do not need to have a microphone! Questions to the panel may be typed. You must also have voice activated. To activate voice chat:

  1. Go to Edit > Preferences
  2. Click the Voice Chat tab
  3. Check “Enable Voice Chat”
  4. If you have a mic, check “Start Viewer in Push-to-Talk mode. The reason for this is that in a large group setting, it can be difficult to hear everyone at once, especially if you have a loud fan or a lot of noise in the background.

Tip: If you’re having a hard time hearing people, try switching to “Hear voice chat from camera position.” This allows you to zoom in on the people speaking and increases the volume.  You can also change individual volume on the “Near Me” tab of your chat window.

Today’s Models’ Question Time was the last of this series of discussion groups. Models from many different agencies were present including: MODA, H&W, CC Modeling, Millions of Us, FMA, and of course, Ewing Fashion Agency.

Topics for today were:

Differentiation

  • Keeping your personality is important, as is creating your own look.  Proportion is vital; you must have a good balance of your features.
  • Modeling classes help you understand the nuances of skins, shapes, movement, poses, and all elements that make your look distinctive. Once again, the question of price was mentioned and the experts agree that you get what you pay for.

Preparing for auditions 

  • Come to the audition looking good!
  • Have a notecard or book prepared with photos of you looking your best.
  • Ask questions at the auditions to be sure you can meet the requirements of the position.  Some assignments are time-intensive! It’s better to be selective than to take a job you won’t be able to complete.

Model terminology

  • Walk – What does ’show me your walk’ mean? It doesn’t mean walk up and down with your ‘sexy walk’ that you got at freebie island. It means to show that you know how to move, pose, show the clothing so it looks spetacular.
  • Book – a model’s best photos assembled in an easy to read format. This can be a flip book (slow to rez!), notecard, link to Flickr, etc.
  • Lights – face or body light attachments that eliminate shadows. Useful for runway, not required for photographers.

Thank you all for participating in these meetings. A lot of good information has been shared! Watch our site for future discussion group announcements.

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The fourth and final of this series of Models’ Question Time will be held November 12, at 12PM SL time.

Location: EFA Fashion District Conference Booth

Topics of discussion are:

  • Differentiation – developing your own unique persona as a model
  • Preparing for auditions – what you need to perform well at casting calls
  • Model terminology – what does ‘show me your walk’ mean?

Please be aware that these conferences are held in voice chat. This means you need to have working speakers or headphones so you may hear questions and responses. You do not need to have a microphone! Questions to the panel may be typed. You must also have voice activated. To activate voice chat:

  1. Go to Edit > Preferences
  2. Click the Voice Chat tab
  3. Check “Enable Voice Chat”
  4. If you have a mic, check “Start Viewer in Push-to-Talk mode. The reason for this is that in a large group setting, it can be difficult to hear everyone at once, especially if you have a loud fan or a lot of noise in the background.

Tip: If you’re having a hard time hearing people, try switching to “Hear voice chat from avatar position.” You can also change individual volume on the “Near Me” tab of your chat window.

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 This week’s Model Question Time focused on graduating from modeling classes. Ewing Fashion Agency recent graduates jet Porta, Kylie Balogh and some seasoned alumni from the program, LayDeeBird Chastity and Bobie Woodget, and EFA CEO Una Ewing herself took questions from the audience and discussed the benefits of their training through the Ewing Elite traning program.

The graduates noted that potential models could benefit from all training courses offered throughout SecondLife and cautioned that in some cases, you get what you pay for and that taking a brief, inexpensive class will coach you in basics but you will not receive in-depth training that may make the difference when attending a casting call.

The sore subject of rejection was touched on and the modeling experts agreed that in Second Life just as in first life, a successful modeling career requires ambition, drive, talent, skill and a very thick skin! Even top models must compete for work and that requires determination and the ability to handle losing out on a coveted position and get back out there the next day to try again!

Look for a new exciting topic at next week’s Model Question Time!

Remember these sessions are held weekly on Mondays at 12PM SLT and to benefit from the sessions you must be able to hear voice communication. A microphone is not necessary but you must have either speakers or headphones and must activate your voice communication ability. 

Location: EFA Fashion District Conference Booth

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