It's been a while! I have been to Birmingham and San Francisco. Photos from San Francisco are below. I went to Alcatraz on Thanksgiving morning. Then in the evening a few of us went to Fisherman's Warf for dinner. Seals are agressive with each other and they abrk like dogs. Check out the video!
The last few weeks have been a roller coaster ride! I look a couple of introductory seminars; my agent invited me to a big audition; I reestablished a Facebook fan page! Those are only the new developments. The pre-existing elements are still there: other work, school, family, auto show preparation. It is hard to chose between getting things done and sleeping at night...
Since January I have been working on a long term promotion for a major brand. It comes with a time obligation and direct deposit. Steady work spoils me! This program is ending soon and I will be back on the market. Seeing the end has me in preparation mode.
Operation Keep the Work Coming:
rejoined Facebook (Facebook.com/DiamandiD)
getting new headshots taken
added a detailed resume to my website
taking a real estate seminar
joined a communications seminar series
November is going to be a big month for me! More real estate, more communications, new photos, auto shows, trips to 4 cities.
Other than preparatory activities I have been trying new things! At Five guys I tried the cajun seasoned fries and I liked it! This weekend I am going dancing...you can laugh...I will be! I have been recording noteworthy moments in life as they happen also. A few experiences have been scripted for a skit. I plan to record then post them for your entertainment.
That's all for now! Please like my Facebook Page if you have not already.
This has been such a busy time that I have not blogged in months! Here's some photos to catch you up! Enjoy :)
Above are some outakes from the Miami beach shoot, hehe. This is the second blog post this week but if you know what is good for you, you won't get used to it!
Soon this website will get a complete overhaul! Until then there are already a few changes. If you get a chance please look at the new Friends and Behind the Scenes pages. There is a Resume section in the works too.
The weather is getting warmer in the Northeast! Yay for dresses and tans! Tanned skin just makes you look more toned and healthy. The last week of April, then going into May, I have the week off. If I take a vacation- it looks like it will either be to Montgomery, AL to see my cousins or back to Miami (it was hard to leave!). Stay tuned ;)
Thanks for peaking in! Catch you later!
It was another hot one this week. Last time it was KIA that cooked me like a chicken; this weekend Fiat was the culprit. Since there were quite a few of us for this program the manager was gracious enough to let us rotate every hour so that each person was not outside for more than 1 hour at a time. Thanks Jen! In a sense this program was a dream: there was only 1- 100 degree day, and for part of that day we got rained out and left early.
You may remember my elation at seeing that my hair grew back to the point where it was completely curly again. Wearing natural hair in the summer is great because, between sweating in the sun and swimming at the pool/beach, hair needs to be washed more often in warmer months. Some events are laid back but certain agencies and clients can be very particular. Often times I feel badly for wearing my hair naturally curly to a job. I way wear it down, in a pony tail, or (if it is an outdoor event) in a bun.
A few weeks ago I worked directly for a client through a tradeshow. This means that the client contacted me, we negotiated a rate and no agency was involved in any way. On one of the days of the show I asked the client if he minded if I washed my hair that evening and returned with it naturally curly the next day. The event was a tradeshow, which is typically a very conservative environment. Whatever the client's response I decided wearing naturally curly hair to the show was not a good idea. The client old me the next day that is really was ok. I felt more comfortable not taking the chance.
This issue raises so many questions for me. Is curly hair accepted in the corporate world? Is straight hair better that curly hair? If you market yourself with straight hair, in photos, are you obligated to be onsite with straight hair? If you have any thoughts on the matter please leave them in the comments section below.
It is week 4. Are you wondering what I am giving up this week? Today pizza is added to ice cream, cake, and beverages with calories. Living in New Jersey with amazing pizza, this is really a tough one. I would also like to confess that I had a milkshake this weekend. Short on time, it was a quick way to consume a lot of calories; it definitely helped me keep my energy up in the blistering sun. I would also like to confess that although I brought a workout DVD to Grandmas it never left the suitcase.
Had a great time working in Washington DC two weeks ago. While there I even picked up an extra booking. That is always good! Last week I only worked 1 day, which means I am very well rested. This week I am back in one of my favorite cities working with one of my favorite people. You will have to wait for the next post to hear about it!
In all this downtime I have been catching up on paperwork and trying to trick myself into getting back on track with workouts and healthy eating. My latest trick is to workout at home in a new pretty bikini. It is a great compliment to the Julianne Hough DWTS workout I have been doing most recently. In addition to a silly wardrobe change I have changed my eating habits slightly. I will be giving up foods I have trouble consuming in moderation. First up is ice cream...and in just in time for summer. Lucky me! On Sunday, cake might be next to be added to the list. I have also started eating on saucers to encourage eating smaller portions more often. Two weeks ago I had a tooth pulled. Between learning how to chew again getting sick from the antibiotics it had been easy to keep the portions small.
It's about that time again. Time to get ready to go back to Atlanta. YAY! I am so glad that the Bronner Brothers Hair Show does not conflict with the Apparel Mart's market dates this year. When one ends the other begins. The timing is impeccable!
Enough of the boring stuff. Check out what showed up in my inbox today. Special thank you to Steve Greer Photography for inviting me to participate in this project. Thank you to Paul and Matthew, the male models. They were so patient with me and my hair, that kept blowing all over the place. Thanks guys! Enjoy!
I have been working in NYC for a few weeks. Being in the city has been a blast! One night my trusty sidekick Lenore and I embarked on an adventure. What would I do without her! The moment when I had to change in a cab when leaving one job to go to another, made me feel like I was getting the real New York experience. It reminded me of the scene from the movie Friends with Benefits when Mila Kunis changes in the cab, accept my driver did not peak and it was dark outside.
At this point I have no other confirmed bookings. That is fine with me! After working 13 days straight, sometimes double duty, I am taking 2 weeks off. In that time I am going to finish an accounting class, tie up some loose ends, reorganize my life, and hit the workouts.
Before going back home I am going to hang around NYC for a few more days. We went to Union Square but I still want to go to Ground Zero, Central Park, and the Garment District. Lenore and I may even see a Broadway play.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll) They are rolling too! Playing ping-pong between Baltimore and Philly has been fun! Throwing Atlanta into the mix next week is going to be even more fun. Below are some photos from this month so far.
In addition to the BB Hair Show next weekend there is a new event called the Icon Awards. My mentor got me a ticket to go with him and his team. I went dress shopping already. You can see an honorable mention below. Stay tuned for the final selection.
It has been snowing a little in Baltimore for the last couple of days. Since the temperature is above freezing, business has been carrying on as usual. That is a great relief because for the Baltimore Boat Show a few weeks ago I had to miss a day due to icy weather.
Remember that Mizani project from a few months ago? The pics are back but can't be posted yet. I can't wait to show them to you!
Facebook brought the video above to my attention today. Print and film make it seem like women have to walk around scantily clad to be desirable. It is no wonder men, especially in this country, wield most of the power. We allow me strip us down then make us feel as if we are not smart, capapable, or experienced enough to do their jobs.
Know that when you see performers and celebrities in magazines and in movies they are heavily made up. In many cases they are digitally altered. Soemtimes images can be distorted by simple lighting techniques. Please know that if you admire any work I have done it is full of heavy makeup, lighting tricks, and photoshop! Art is fun and it can be a creative form of self-expression but it is important to remember that what you are seeing is art.
This showed up on my Facebook news feed a few weeks ago. My first thought: Wow, is this what we are teaching our children. What do you think?
Climbing off my soap box now...
My time in Baltimore is coming to an end. I began a marketing program here in September. The client is Marriott and the program activates at BWI airport. It is fun to be in a new city. Baltimore is a great place to be for the proximity to Washington, DC and Virginia. Before getting here someone told me about a place they called shopper's paradise. This whole area is a shopper's paradise!
Airports are always cool because everyone is going somewhere, literally, and those people are all from different places. The combination makes for lots of interesting storytelling! As the idea of moving back to Atlanta becomes more feasible I am reminded of the city's lack of culture. In New Jersey there is New York to the North and Philadelphia to the west. Baltimore has DC and Virginia. Atlanta has plantations...just kidding. Chattanooga is only a couple hours away, Birmingham too; but they are not cities you want to visit over and over.
The Marriott exhibit is great too. It presents the opportunity to meet people from many different walks of life. Last week I met this cool dude named Bobby. He created an app that let's you read multiple blogs in one place. The app is called Flud. I plan to use it to help me keep up with Lenore and my other blogging friends.
Lastly, last week I got a completely unexpected email about and audition for print work. The client was Mizani. It was funny because their booth is always right next to the FHI Heat booth at Bronner Brothers in Atlanta. I finally got a chance to meet the neighbors! The photos should be unveiled in February. Stay tuned!
Today I shot with Jon and Renee in the backwoods on New Jersey. Although Jon Stars was the official photographer we shot in his friend Jon's studio. Both were there along with Renee and me. It was confusing being in the presence of 2 Jon's who both spell their name the same way! The studio was on a farm right behind the main house. The setting was so beautiful but unfortunately we only shot in the actual studio. In the building that held the studio there was a room full of the antiques that Jon's dad collects. It was a very interesting shooting location!
Renee does airbrush which gives fantastic, flawless results. It is so strange when the sprayer is near your nose. It feels like you can't breathe. But in my opinion airbrush gives the best makeup application, second being MAC. While Renee sprayed and painted me I kept falling asleep in the chair. Beauty shots was the theme. We had great fun!
July is looking great so far. I will be doing some work in Baltimore for a few weekends toward the end of the month. Earlier than that I will be in my second home, Philly, working on some projects. First Philly, then Baltimore then Atlanta in August. Atlanta, I know you are missing me like I am missing you!!!
This is the second part of Spelling Isn't Everything But...
Classified ads are my favorite way to find jobs on my own. Looking for gigs puts you in control of how much you work. Taking an active role in your career helps to determine how far you will go.
It can be difficult to tell the legitimate jobs from the fluff here are some tips:
Even models who are with an agency may need to or want to find jobs on their own. Freelance models need to find their own work because they have no (or limited) representation. Agency models may want also look for their own work. It is typical for an agent or agency to represent many models. While agents are looking for work for you they are also looking for work for their other talent. There may be times when they are not booking you for the type of work you want or you may just be getting skipped over. Finding your own work will also keep you on top of what is going on in the industry. It may also help you to see if your agent is doing what he or she should be doing.
A couple ways to find out about jobs are:
The first may come in the form of a phone call or an email from another model or actor. This a good way to find out about reliable jobs. This means a job probably actually exists and it is probably paid. Be careful going to a casting that someone's agency sent them to and this is why. I once went to a casting for a major department store's fashion show. I saw a few models at the casting that I knew. They told me they came because their friends told them about it. When my agent sent me to this casting she told me that all the female models for this show would be chosen from our agency. Later I found out that all the male models were promised to another agency. That was not the last time that happened. Know that if you are getting a casting notice from someone who got it from their agency you may be waisting your time.
Social networking sits may be a good place to make reliable connections. There may also be a section for job postings. Making connections this way has a high reliability factor. Here is an example of a scenario that would happen all the time. Jack would send me a public or private message on a ModelsModes.com about working on a project. If I was not interested I would say 'Thanks but no thanks', in a professional way. If I was interested I would start cross-referencing. I would go to Jack's profile to view their public correspondences. There I see that me friend Stacy has posted to Jack's profile a couple times. Then I would contact Stacy to say that Jack has invited me to work on this new project. Stacy person would either tell me that Jack was weird and unprofessional or she would sing his praises. Jack might offer his own references but it is better to find a reference that you know and trust. If a project is posted in a forum or a job board you can follow the same steps. Some of my favorite social sites for models are Model Mayhem and Lodel Launch
This post is getting a little long so let's continue later!
To Be Continued...
Everytime I go to a casting I am inspired to pass on the knowledge. Yesterday I went to a casting for a local agency. This agency was not particularily bad they just seem to do business in an interesting way. In order to join their agency you have to use thier photographer ($300+), they give you 24hrs to make a decision (although they say they really want you to think about it), and they do the type of work I am not interested in doing anymore. When you put all those things together that agency was not a good fit for me. Below are some things I have learned along the way.
There is a reason casting calls are also caled cattle calls...
TIPS when agency shoping or attending castings and open calls:
1. Beware of agencies who INSIST that you use their agency photographer. A good and reputable agency will suggest a photographer they work with but should tell you that you can get high quality photos on youir own. If you are not shure which photographer to chose you can send the agent/agency a list of photographers you like and they will tell you who, from the list, will take the types of photos you need.
2. Beware of agencies who pressure you to make a decision. Forcing people to make a decision that is time sensitive is a tactic that scammers use. You need time to make a wise decision. If someone is pressuring you to make a decision in 24 hours, for instance, you do not have time to think it through. It makes you think that you may be passing by the chance of a lifetime. Time to think about a big decision allows a clear head
3. Beware of photographers who call themselves celebrity photographers. Many times a photographer will call themselves a celebrity photographer if they take a picture of a celebrity at an event or if they pay that celebrity to work with them. I talk about this trap in a video. YOU or I can see a celebrity at an event or pay a celebrity to work with us. That does not make US a celebrity photographer.
4. Usually when you purchase something from an agency you are paying a premium price. The agency is a middleman. That means if you buy a portfolio, compcards, or photography services through an agency you are paying the fee for the product or service plus the markup or service fee that the agency has added.
5. Sometimes reputable agencies will offer photoshoots at a cheaper rate than you could get on your own. But you should also be wary of this offer. Photographers may give agencies a bulk discount if they book many models for a shoot at one time. This may be called a powershoot. Powershoots are a great war to work with a good photographer at a discounted price but since so many other people are scheduled to shoot with the same photographer in a short amount of time, the process may be rushed. You may not have as much time with the photographer as you would normally.
6. Sometimes agents/ agencies will boast that their talent has been in high profile publication or projects (ie. Vogue, Elle, feature films). Here is a scenario: Annie has been in Vogue Magazine. B Modeling Agency currently represents Annie. If you go to B Modeling Agency they may tell you that one of their models was in Vogue. They will not tell you that B Modeling Agency did not book Annie for the Vogue job. They will also not tell you that Annie got the job on her own or from another agency.
You may have already read earlier posts about the awful experience I had at a casting recently. When I got home I make a video about it but the video ended up being a 10 minute rant. After 3 days of editing I finally decided to break the video into parts. This is the first installment about what I took to the casting.
These are busy times! Last week I went to Hershey, PA for a hair show. Amish country (Lancaster, PA) is beautiful, rolling green hills and old world charm! I even saw a horse and buggy! The rain was so bad that I had to pullover on the drive home. Fortunately an outlet mall helped me pass the time :) Although my suitcase is unpacked it is time to repack it because I go to Orlando next week. Thanks to the the torrential downpours in Pennsylvania I have 2 new bathing suits and can't wait to use them in sunny Florida!
Other than traveling I have been keeping busy locally. Last week I had my first speaking role in a video for a medical textbook publisher. It was a fun learning experience! Most of the team worked together before so it was also reunion. You can see the last video I did for that company here.
This week I will be working on mailing out comp cards and maybe making another video and making some updates to this website. Until next time...
Getting packages is always great! I got a cd of images in the mail today from Elements of Photography in Montgomery, AL. It was a throwback from last summer when I visited my cousins. It is funny because you can tell that my hair was longer then. That's ok because it is healthier now... I hope :)
Sunday is Mother's Day. My mom does not celebrate, instead says it is just another day. My grandma, however, celebrates everything so we are going to hang out tomorrow. I am going to wear a pair of earrings that Mishka gave me at last week's shoot. Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there.
Next week I travel for another hair show =)
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of shooting with a great team! Peter and his Polish glam squad hooked up 4 looks! Mishka, designed the jewelry and masterminded the project. Goshia hooked up the hair. Agnes and her sister and assistant Eva are the makeup queens, we even did a couple of looks with airbrush makeup. You can see us in the photos below. We started around 5pm and kept going until almost 10pm. It was great fun! Everyone was helpful, nice, and laid back. That kind of environments spoils a model because all situations are not so pleasant! It was every bit worth the 2 hour drive to Northern New Jersey. It was so late when I drove home but I had to stop for gas and a snack. With hair and makeup still done, people must have thought I was one of those people who celebrates Halloween all year round.
In other news I got some encouraging words from my agent about potential bookings. There is a casting today that I am really interested in attending. It is in Atlanta and I am in New Jersey right now so I am going to have to get creative. Stay tuned for a video about a casting I went to in Philadelphia. Now I have to go wash all this hairspray out of my hair!