Monday, November 5, 2007
You know how you try doing several things at once and end up not finishing anything, well that's where I find myself some days. I think for the most part, it happens because I need a change of scenery, a change of pace. So much on my mind. I will try my best to keep my blog and my web journal
So you will be more informed about the events in my life and my intriguing thoughts. . . . lol
My website will be updated with currently photos from my latest photo shoots. I still slowing but surely working on my clothing designs. Still searching for models and now working on getting another business venture off the ground here in Columbus, Ohio. I've been doing a bit networking and having a blast partying with friends, while making many new ones!! So I'm trying to keep myself very busy in my home town of Columbus.
How's my love life?? Well. . . .I'm working on it. . .lol
Favorite Picks for the this week:
Move - American Gangster
Hangout Spot - The Short North
Bar - Spice Bar (Thursday's Ladies Night)
Club - Sugar Bar
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
From updating my Hip Multicultural Moms website, updating my blogs, answering email, mopping floors while reminising about how enjoyable my life was when I lived in NYC and felt like a princess to preparing my son's lunch, watering my garden, watering the horses, replying to invites, scheduling photo shoots, arranging meetings, scheduling activities, scheduling events, running around looking for the Murphy's Oil soap to clean the woodwork in my house.
Whew!!! People often ask me how I stay in shape other than exercising, well. . . . there you go!!!
For the fans, stay patient new photos will be appearing soon!!! Hopefully, I will be updating my Model's Den site within a couple of weeks. If you have any suggestions for The Model's Den site, feel free to send them to me.
Oh, haven't really had time to work on my designs as of yet but will try and get some samples completed and showcased on the site.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Often times we as women tend to cater to everyone's needs but our own, causing us to be stressed, feel unappreciated and a tad bit resentful.
That's why I make it a point to have time for myself.
Time to relax, meditate, catch up on my reading and maybe sip a glass of vino while listening to some smooth jazz.
Then there are times where I will go out with some friends to dinner or to a club to let my hair down and free myself from stress.
Hey, I'm like a free spirit like the wind, a Libra who is ruled by Venus.
There has to be a balance, can't be all work!!
This year I promised myself that if there are times I need to go out to get a break and none of my friends can accompany me, then I will make it a point to go out with myself. If it's to go bike riding, to a coffee shop to read, a deli, a restuarant or a night club, then it can be me, myself and I.
Hmm, maybe I should take myself to Brownstone On Main some Tuesday and checkout the "Black Pearl Poetry" or checkout the "Thirty Something Thursdays" at Light Columbus. Of course if I don't have any other plans this weekend, I could always take myself to club Karma or BoMA. We'll see. I just hope I don't stand myself up.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Right now I'm working on setting up an event for my Timeless Beauties project, while steady recruiting models for the project and for my modeling group MDMG - Models Den Model Group & Associates.
All while watching racial issues regarding sports on ESPN. Does it bother me about the racial issues in America? Of course it does, but I can't let it get the best of me especially being a black woman. Through history, we have been wrongly stereo-typed, ridiculed and disrespected.
Still we march on dispelling the rumors and venomous words with our heads held high. Showing that we are strong, very intelligent, well spoken and deserve the highest respect. Regardless of the craziness, I'm a proud black woman and never wanted to be anything else. I will continue to stand proud and I will continue to fight for cultural unity!!!
Alright, now back to the job or should I say jobs at hand Timeless Beauties event planning, recruiting more talent, setting up photo shoots, trying to finish up a couple more designs, organizing activities for my moms group (Hip Multicultural Moms) and taking care of my family.
Well, I guess it's time to put on a big pot of strong coffee.
Anyone want to take me with them when they go on vacation. . . lol
Women age 30 and over living the Central Ohio area. If you're physically fit, exudes confidence and sex appeal, then I'm looking for you for the Timeless Beauties" project. If interested, CLICK HERE ! to sign-up.
ALSO - Still looking for male and female models 18 and over to join my modeling group. You have to be 5'7 and over, a fantastic look with a wonderful personality. If interested, CLICK HERE !
Friday, April 13, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Settling for constraints and not giving into emotions. Settling for less than what's truly wanted, feeling content without the fire nor the passion.
Conforming, resisting, living with the void but the soul knows and continues to feel the presistance along with a strong yearning.
Feel the breeze across my skin, listening to the songs of the birds outside my window pane. Alive, so alive and wanting to be free.
Free of anger, free of pain, free of doubt, free of others negative opinions, free to truly feel.
and so continues that undeniable pull because,
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thanks to Ed Kavishe of Imajin Studios & Management LLC for putting together the city's first annual fashion event which was held at BoMA and hosted by Crystal Wilson from The CW local affiliate television station.
Columbus first Annual Fashion Week featured such wonderful designers and retailers such as G & Co, Geisha El Hasan, Xantha Ward's denim designs, Samara Collins, Arden B of Easton Town Center and European Couture designer Silva Levit.
I am truly looking forward to next year's event!!!
Now back to my business at hand. After a week of networking and attending fashion shows, I'm back to putting together my designs, recruiting models to join my group , getting the right permits, business licenses, writing proposals for potential sponsors, and the never ending work of networking. Which I love because it only increases my circle of friends.
Regarding the Hip Multicultural Mom's Group I created, I'm still looking for volunteers to help out with events and activities. I can't do it alone. So I'm hoping that there will be more mom's who join who are truly interested and dedicated to helping the group grow.
Well, I'm off to get embroiled in paper work.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
You can make your ticket purchase by going to www.columbusfashionweek.com .
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Because the standards for fashion models make a modeling career prohibitive for many, would-be models may consider other fashion design career options available through Web sites like FashionSchoolReview.com (http://www.fashionschoolreview.com/). Hit reality television shows like "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" and "America's Next Top Model" evidence strict standards for fashion models and growing interest in the industry. However, these modeling reality television shows and industry experts illustrate that most people simply don't meet the strict standards and industry preferences required of models. Those viewers interested in fashion may consider pursuing their fashion education and embark on a career in fashion design, fashion merchandising, or fashion marketing.
The Oxygen Network recently announced that the hit television reality show "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" has been picked up for a second season. Additionally, the CW Network's "America's Next Top Model" is ranked number one among reality shows on TV.com. With 172 pages of message threads posted in The CW Lounge, "America's Next Top Model" has plenty of fans who discuss the models and requirements, such as weight and age.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics "Occupational Outlook Quarterly" (OOQ), most modeling agencies set minimum height requirements for female models at five feet nine inches and weight between 108 and 125 pounds. Furthermore, NYTimes.com reports that the top models now are former-Soviet Union imports. The Times Web site quotes James Scully, a casting agent for Gucci, "You just can't sell an American model right now because editors completely don't appreciate them."
Age requirements for modeling also make for tough competition. The "Occupational Outlook Quarterly" suggests that female models usually start out between the ages of 14 and 21, but can be as young as 12. In some situations this means that education takes a back seat and older models don't have a chance. The OOQ reports:
"Sometimes, the glitz is so incredible that young people don't look at the long haul," says Lee Whitfield, owner of David Lee Models in Chicago, "and the importance of schooling and education gets pushed to the side--sometimes, even by parents."
The OOQ also quotes modeling agent Dan Hollinger of the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, who says, "It's extremely important for models to finish school because you always have to think about the 'What if...?' What if something happens and you no longer have the ability to model? You have to have an education."
FashionSchoolReview.com is an interactive and informative fashion school Web site that helps those interested in fashion school find the right fit. Users can search for fashion schools around the world, get the latest fashion trends, and access articles about the industry. FashionSchoolReview.com is the ideal source for anyone interested in fashion school.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
A school is not an agency
Aspiring models have been confused in the past, assuming a school was an agency. Even though the school may not call itself an agency, those who are unfamiliar with the modeling industry have made the mistake of assuming some modeling schools were modeling agencies.
This has happened, for example, with John Casablancas modeling schools. John Casablancas used to be the leader of an agency (Elite), and thus aspiring models associated his past with the present situation. John Casablancas Career Centers, however, are not modeling agencies, and Mr. Casablancas is no longer at Elite. He reportedly left the Elite agency in 2000.
Just as some potential models have made a mistake without coercion, others have been led to believe a school was an agency, because the school acted as if it was an agency, behaving similarly to agencies by using "model scouts," open calls, and telling the young people they had been "selected."
Company names can add to the confusion for potential models trying to differentiate between a school and an agency.
A franchise of Barbizon in Wilmington, Delaware, was listed by the BBB as "Barbizon Modeling School & Agency," making it look like a school and an agency, but the BBB business classification was "Schools-Modeling."
BBB classifications are not entirely consistent and not always accurate, but in states like Texas and Florida, it is easy enough to find out if a company is an agency or simply a school by checking to see if they have a talent agency license.
The BBB file for Barbizon of Orlando described the "type of entity" as "model school"; the TOB classification: "Schools-Modeling"; but the "nature of business": "This company offers a model & talent agency"; and yet the state talent agency database had no listing of any Barbizon in Florida with a talent agency license, and the only license it has listed was with "Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services."
School to Agency and Agency to School
To further confuse the situation, the nature of a company's business can change, so it clearly becomes more important to find out the current situation with the company, and not rely on the past.
For example, an agency can become a school, as was the case with John Robert Powers; and a school can become an agency, as was the case with Avante Models.
Avante described themselves as "a full-service modeling and talent agency," but they used to be a modeling school.
In 1999, their site said, the company was bought and got a new owner. "In 2001, "Avante Modeling School/Agency" became "AVANTE' Models and Talent" ... The modeling school was discontinued and has become a "training center."
And, as earlier noted, John Casablancas, who used to work with an agency (Elite), no longer does, and instead works with schools (John Casablancas Career Centers).
Modeling schools in general have a bad reputation, and modeling agencies tend to distance themselves or make sure they are not seen to be associated with them in order to establish themselves as reputable.
But the modeling school issue may be understood much more clearly through noting talent agency regulations in at least two states where there is a lot of modeling.
In Florida, a talent agency cannot require attendance at a school as a condition of registration or work:
No talent agency shall, as a condition to registering or obtaining employment for any applicant or artist, require the applicant or artist to subscribe to, purchase, or attend any publication, postcard service, advertisement, resume service, photography service, school, acting school, workshop, acting workshop, or video or audiotapes (2000->Ch0468->Section%20410">Florida Statutes, Title XXXII, Chapter 468.412).
In Texas, it is similar, making the requirement to use certain services prohibited:
A talent agency may not require an applicant or artist to subscribe to or use a specific publication, video or audio tape, postcard service, advertisement service, resume service, photographer, or acting or modeling school or workshop (Texas Talent Agencies Occupation Code, Title 13, Sec. 2105.202).
Why would there be laws prohibiting the requirement of attending modeling schools as a condition of representation? Don't new models need to be "agency ready"?
Clearly the legislators recognized the abuses of the past and the potential for fraud in the future. By allowing agencies to charge upfront fees for schooling, the agencies would be able to make a significant amount of money and even most of their income through the schools and not from commissions.
This arrangement would allow the agencies to pretend they were going to help models get work, but then not bother, because they had already been paid hundreds or thousands of dollars for classes.
Then the models would never recoup their education expenses. The agencies would make a lot of money but the models nothing.
Therefore the law puts a logical check on the obvious conflict of interest.
Why do aspiring models go to modeling schools if they are not necessary? Why do they pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in the hopes of getting signed by and work though a modeling agency after attending a modeling school?
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs asserts it is simply because the prospective models do not know they can directly access the agencies on their own without payment.
Few people enrolled at modeling schools, or signed up by scam agencies, know about “open calls” at modeling agencies. At least once a week, model managers and agents have an open call — a period of time when they look over people off the street who want to know if they have a chance. Open calls are great places to start, because you will get free evaluations by experienced agents. Prospective models are required to bring a few snapshots with them to open calls.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
On Wednesay the 17th we will then whittle it down to 10 contestants.
Then on Friday the 19th BoMA (Bar of Modern Art) will host the Fashion Catwalk Challenge finale for the contest. One male and one female winner will be announced.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Calling all local talent in Columbus and in the surrounding areas!!!
Here's an event you may want to attend!!!
The 1st Annual Columbus Fashion Week!!!! (March 13th - March 17th)
Studios & Management L.L.C and the Jordan Marie Model Group L.L.C presents Columbus Fashion Week, March 13th through 17th 2007
Celebrating Columbus Hottest Fashions and local talent.
Columbus , OH (OPEN-PRESS) December 11, 2006,- Local industry partners have collaborated to bring Fashion Week to Columbus.
Local venues in Columbus Ohio, rolls out the red carpet to kick-off the event.
A catered invitation- only fashion industry reception, hosted by Imajin Studios & Management L.L.C, the presenting creator for Columbus Fashion Week, will be held Monday March 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel at Easton Town Center.
Columbus Fashion Week assigned Venues will include a state of the art, facility fully equipped backstage areas with racks, mirrors, make-up lights, radios and headsets. Parisian style lighting designed to evenly illuminate the runway and capable of providing several unique looks.
A sound system balanced to provide fully equalized coverage for music playback. A expert design team for lighting, video, sound, stage and production.
Marketing and promotional benefits for designers, models, makeup artists, including signage throughout the venues, inclusion on the official website for Columbus Fashion Week, program brochures, advertising and copies of the registered press list.
Designers, makeup artists, hair salons, boutique owners, and all others interested in attending events during Columbus Fashion Week contact 614-561-9240 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Well today, I took down the christmas decorations, did some dusting, excercised with my six year old lil guy since he is aspiring to be a pro football player. Did a little updating on my websites "The Model's Den" and "Hip Multicultural Moms".
Worked on my schedule for this month, setting up meetings and photo shoots. Sent out confirmations for meetings and social events.
Which reminds me here are a few up n coming scheduled local events that appear on my site postings that models, photographers, makeup artists, stylists along with others involved in the fashion and art world maybe interested in.
- January - Columbus 1st Annual Model Quest (Yours truly will be one of the judges)
- March - Columbus Fashion Week
After answering a few important emails I think I will relax, poor me a glass of merlot and catchup on some reading. Just finished reading "Rendezvous With Fate" by Jeanne Sumerix, now I'm reading "Beyond The Rapture" by Beverly Clark. Both appear to be good reading.
Hopefully sometime soon when I'm able to sit down and really concentrate, I will be able to give detailed advice on how to get into the modeling industry without being scammed or spending a great deal of money.