Thursday, December 4, 2014

How Happiness Equals Success

Happy weekend, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family! We know, we know. It's winter, the days are getting darker sooner, the holiday stresses are piling on, and it's getting a little tougher to keep those spirits up... But in this blog, you'll learn how to do just that! And also, how keeping your spirit up means greater success for you! Actor, writer, director, teaching coach, D.W. Brown, explains all below.

A character in the movie “Broadcast News” (by James L. Brooks) has the line, “Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive?” But, it isn’t that world, and it doesn’t. We are all fine-tuned to pick up fear in others because it means there’s a possibility there’s a danger in the environment we don’t want to be around. In other words, it makes you repellent—not a quality you typically want in a performer. With acting especially, looking like you’re having a good time doing the job is part of the job.

It’s both true for when you’re taking your meeting before the audition, where you want to radiate that confident, can-do spirit, and it’s true for your approach to the acting process itself. Creativity is inhibited by tension. As an actor you participate in many fictional situations where your character is unhappy and frightened, but you should build that performance on a predisposition that where you work is a positive place. Your acting context will produce deeper, more connected work if the foundation is an emotional state that is relaxed and assured.

There’s no substitute for the poise that comes with experience (or lavishly approving parents),
but there are things you can do that will improve your internal chemistry and incline you toward a more secure frame of mind. It may seem nutty, and you may have to push through some cynicism and stagnation that is, in truth, a defensive crouch, but testing has shown that simply willing yourself to do certain behaviors results in less stress hormones (cortisol) and more happy ones (endorphins) in your bloodstream.

Feeling you’re faking these behaviors is totally fine and will nevertheless produce results that generate an internal life that then makes them seem less counterfeit…which, in turn, perpetuates the positive mood. Here’s some things you can do to give yourself a better attitude bump:

  1. Physicalize happiness: doing crazy/silly behaviors, dancing wildly, laughing and smiling.
  2. Recite positive affirmations: “I am super powerful!” “I am so beautiful!” “I love to be challenged!”
  3. Listen to happy or thrilling music.
  4. Visualize yourself in positive situations: being embraced with love, being in peaceful, soothing or exotic surroundings, doing something heroic.
  5. Strike physical postures of confidence: Stand with your feet spread wide and your arms outstretched and take a big, long stretch. Sit with your legs stuck far out and your hands clasped behind your head. Stand with your feet planted wide and your fists placed proudly on your hips (called “The Wonder Woman”).
So, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family... Let those smiles shine! And remember, when they day starts looking a little bleak, just fake it until you make it! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Three Thanksgiving Fashion Commandments

Hello, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. families! With the holidays right around the corner, we know that this time of year can be stressful for even the most patient and graceful people among us, and with good reason! But there is one thing you won't have to stress about this season: what to wear for Thanksgiving!

Thanks to Vogue, we were able to find the three commandments for Thanksgiving fashion. These commandments will help you stay comfortable for the evening with family and friends while still allowing you to enjoy yourself with this feast of a holiday. To view the full Vogue article, along with all nine of their "best looks," click here.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let me share a gourd of wisdom with you: It’s not always easy to stay stylish when there is a literal cornucopia of decadent, autumnal offerings staring back at you from the holiday table. And even if you don’t indulge on a normal basis, Thanksgiving is that guilt-free occasion where overindulging is expected—and celebrated. This also means that anything overly
tight should be avoided——no one wants a button popping by the time pumpkin pie is served. And when it comes to the harvest holiday, there are three sartorial commandments to remember.

Leave Room for Seconds: The first stage of Thanksgiving usually involves multiple rounds of eating. This calls for maximum comfort, the look should be relaxed and loose. “A shapeless silhouette with pleats is the perfect expanding dress for your stomach,” says Market Editor Kelly Connor. “While an oversize plaid flannel dress is basically an elevated version of those times you borrowed your beau’s shirt in order to unbutton the top button of your jeans!” Pro tip: Make sure whatever you choose is cozy enough to fall asleep in.

Highlight your Assets: Another trick to holiday dressing? Be sure to highlight the body parts you’re most proud of. Don’t be afraid of anything form-fitting or revealing, as long as there is a balance. Think a short A-line skirt paired with a loose, long-sleeved turtleneck to show off the legs, or a tight, collared knit with a pair of Empire-waisted trousers (they are more forgiving than you think).

Camouflage: And, for the final stretch (pun intended) of the holiday, make sure you employ the usage of sartorial camouflage. This means embracing the beauty of optical illusions. “Vertical stripes are everyone’s best friend,” says Connor. “While a color-blocked dress will slim and trim, anything with a panel down the sides will help flatter.” So go eat, drink, and be merry!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ginger Pangas Wows at LMA's!

Happy weekend, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt.! If you were out and about last weekend, you may have heard about the Ohio Local Music Awards (LMA's) that took place! If not, let us tell you: we were pretty happy with the results! Ginger Pangas, who is a Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. alum and staff member, took home the "Best Country Artist" award! While you would think that we couldn't be more proud, Ginger actually has some other great stuff up her sleeve!

Also last weekend, Ginger had the opportunity to perform for THE 9 at the Alex Theater. She performed in front of a great crowd including some critics from The Cleveland Scene Magazine. In their review of her show, they said that Ginger lit up the stage! She was featured as their Band of the Week, which was also a huge honor!

If you would like to see Ginger "light up the stage," check her out on Black Friday at 1PM! Our very own Ginger Pangas will be performing her new Christmas single in Akron! The event is being held at the John S. Knight Center and is a charity event benefitting Akron Children's Hospital. It is a part of the 33rd Annual Holiday Tree Festival.

Ginger is hoping to have her new Christmas single
released and available for purchase around Thanksgiving time. This will be her third single to be released; to purchase her EP featuring her two previous singles, to join her fan club, or to keep up-to-date on Ginger's latest news, be sure to check out her website by clicking here! You can also follow her on Facebook by clicking here.

Whether near or far, our Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. alums continue to make us proud! Their hard work, dedication, and drive motivates and inspires us in every way possible! Keep up the good work Ginger!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Check out Aubrey Caldwell's Godspell!

Hello, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt.! As many of you know, Aubrey Caldwell is part of our PMTM staff and one of our IMTA instructors! Aubrey is someone who has literally worked all over the world and is now back home in Ohio. So, it's no surprise that Aubrey landed the roll of director in the play "Godspell" which is taking place from now until November 15th at the University of Akron!

Godspell is a steam punk classic musical. Aubrey says that it is a lot of fun with a lot of very interesting story telling! They are Bible stories that are applicable to anyone and are extremely creative in the way they tell stories of life values and lessons. You forget it's biblical at times because of all of the pop culture references and the nature of our concept which is steam punk. Steam punk is the melding of the Victorian era and a science-fiction post apocalyptic future.

The choreography in the musical is guaranteed to dazzle while the harmonies of the cast are simply enchanting! Aubrey told us that the cast is very talented and she is extremely excited to be working with them! The lead of the play, Jeremy Winter, plays the role of Jesus... And did we mention that he is also a part of the Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. Family?!? He can be seen in the photos wearing the multi-colored coat.

For more infor- mation on Godspell, you can click here.  For ticket and schedule info- rmation, click here. As stated earlier, the show is running from now until the 15th, so be sure to snatch up some tickets and support your fellow Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Parents: 4 Quick Audition Tips Young Actors Can Practice at Home

Happy weekend, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt.! For today's blog, we wanted to give out some tips to all of our lovely parents out there! We found these tips written by Backstage expert, Jessica RofĂ©. She is the founder and artistic director of A Class Act NY, Manhattan’s award-winning acting studio for kids and teens. She has successfully coached students who have booked roles in feature films, Broadway productions, and on primetime TV series. Her students have had starring roles in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” on NBC’s “The New Normal” and “The Sound of Music Live!,” and in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” So, read below and see how you can employ these tips to help your young one grow in the audition room!

As the artistic director of A Class Act NY, I have no doubt that parents have the ability to help their budding young thespian nail an audition in the comfort of their own home. You don’t have to be a professional acting coach to teach these time tested audition tips. Before you know it, you will have helped your child master the audition process!

The Belly Button Rule:
Never let audition sides cover the face! After all, hiding behind a piece of paper creates an immediate
disconnect between performer and casting director. Employ the belly button rule: Use the belly button as a reference point for the proper place to hold sides. Elbows bent, hands a comfortable distance from the belly button, and deliver those commercial reads, TV or film sides without letting the audition sides creep up and cover the face!

Live Off the Page:
Let those baby blues (or browns, greens, hazels…) be seen. Even if you’ve mastered the belly button rule, it’s still possible that a performer’s eyes stay glued to the page. (This would be “living on the page.”) Glue your eyes to the page and you leave your eyelids with the task of telling the story, which will surely be a sleepy one. Glancing down at the page creates the very same disconnect between performer and casting director that occurs when sides creep up and cover the face. When a performer’s eyes “live off the page” they stay connected and engaged with their scene partner or reader (who very well may be the casting director).

A commercial audition presents the greatest challenge to living off the page. Since commercial copy is rarely received in advance, it’s especially important for an actor to read one line at a time, memorize it, look up, and deliver. Then, glance down for your next line, read it to yourself, memorize it, look up and deliver. Practice this read, memorize, look up, and deliver sequence at home to ensure casting directors see your eyes and not your eyelids. Remember, an audition’s worth of eyelids will never help book a job.

The 3-Second Rule:
You can’t beat a tip that only takes three seconds of audition time! My students know that once they utter the final line of a scene or the final note of a song, their audition is not over. The audition is merely three seconds away from being over, but those three seconds are vital. Keep casting directors engaged for three seconds after delivering the last line of a scene or the last note of a song by staying in character. Never cut the moment short by breaking character too soon. After all, you’ll have all day to be yourself. Walk out of an audition room knowing that you put a button on your performance by using my 3-Second Rule®.

To Be or Not to Be (In Frame):
Don’t leave a casting director staring at a blank wall or an empty monitor without an actor! It is essential to get the green light from casting directors if you plan on making large or sudden movements off your mark. Before going on tape, ask the casting director if they will be able to follow you with the camera if you make the choice to move away from the initial starting point. An
unexpected drop to the knees or a dart to the right can take an actor out of frame, off camera, and off that coveted callback list. If a young actor insists on making a large movement part of their audition, it is essential to rehearse the scene two different ways, both with and without the movement. It’s best to prepare for the casting director who doesn’t want the added job of keeping your child in frame.

There you have it. Get to work and teach these time-tested audition tips at home with your little star! Break a leg!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet our IMTA Photographer: Julie Stanley!

Hello, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. Family! As you all know, we are super excited about this upcoming IMTA convention! And so is photographer, Julie Stanley. She is looking forward to creating great photos for all of our PMTM/IMTA models and talent! She and Eric Mull do fabulous work.

Julie's passion and driving force in her art is in capturing people in their perfect light.She enjoys each aspect of modeling which drove her to explore the areas of beauty, fashion, and commercial photography. Her major magazine publications include Vogue, Allure, InStyle, the Vogue
Italia website, and Lucky.

Stanley's love for photography grew from her love of her father's work as an amateur photographer. In college, she picked up a
camera and hasn't been able to put it down since! Having done work in front of the camera as an aspiring model, Julie knows the beat way to capture each model's interpretation of the work they're given, whether it's through hairstyles, make-up artistry, or fashion design.

With over fifteen years of experience in one of the biggest commercial studios in  Cleveland, Julie has shot everything from model test shots to beauty images and has worked with everyone from fashion and jewelry designers to high end agencies, salons, and make-up artists. With this extensive experience, we know that our imta models and talent will get top quality images for our contestants at the IMTA convention!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall 2014 Fashion Must-Haves!

Hey there, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family! Now that we are officially into fall, we thought that it was due time to give you our list of Fall 2014 fashion must-haves. We at Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. want to help you look your best season after season, which is why we have compiled this great list of our favorites!

Over-the-Knee Boots- Whether you're trying to dress up your favorite pair of jeans, or stay warm while rocking an all-too-cute skirt or dress, over-the-knee boots are the way to go! They come in many different styles, so whether you're trying to get that business casual look, or something a little bit more eccentric, you'll be able to find a pair that suits your needs.

Biker Jacket- If you want to try adding some edge to your look, try a biker jacket! Make sure
that it is a fitted one though, as oversized leather jackets are a trend of the past. Pair with a cute floral dress for a look all your own, or go with a pair of sleek, black skinny jeans to keep your look in the biker vein.

Leggings- They're in! And they're everywhere! In ever style that you could possibly image! Get funky with an interesting print or pattern, go a little edgy with some zippers or faux leather embellishments, or keep your look cozy by rocking a cute knit pair with a warm sweater dress.

Capes- Want to dress up but can't find a coat or jacket that fits
the look? Try a cape! They look great with skirts, leggings, skinny jeans, and fitted knit sweater dresses! Oh, and did we mention that they're warm?!? They can be used to substitute most outerwear.

Column Dresses- It's the most versatile piece of clothing that one could rock this season! You can wear it as a dress, with tights, or wear it as a tunic, with pants. With those two alternatives, you've already got two looks, now decide whether you feel like donning your favorite belt with it as well! You really can't go wrong and there's just so many options out there!

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