Tuesday, 13 December 2011

LA Bound in 3 weeks

I am finally returning back to the States to the heart of LA and back to Hollywood in just 3 weeks now. I have been back in the UK for 5 months and it is time I return to continue the adventure across the pond, to pursue my ambitions of succeeding over there and to also continue my relationship there too.

I have worked a lot back here, which has definitely stood me in good stead for what the future holds, building my confidence up to tackle the tough LA market and also has helped strengthen my wallet too!!! Something that should never be underestimated, as it costs a lot of money to make a success in new countries and markets, as you have to build yourself up from level 1 all over again. I hope that I can hit the ball running as soon as I get out there.

I will hope to get back to some football coaching and also hope to get back playing at some point too when my strength in my knee is back. I will never be able to play to the extent I was playing at the start of this year in the states, but I certainly hope to play a fair bit still. I will also look to invest some money to improve my showreel again and to improve my portfolio even more when I arrive in the states. What will help a lot on my return is the experience I had going out there at the beginning of 2011. Although this wasn't the most successful trip in regards work, I know I have built the foundations and know exactly what to expect and what I need to do in-order to be successful there.

A lot of hard work, a great deal of networking and an enormous amount of self motivation is needed to ensure that I can be a success in such a great city.

Back to the world where the serious stars live, including the two above!!! Back to LA Lakers time where my love of basketball comes out! Can't wait to get back watching it with friends over there and next time I'm at the game I will spend more time watching it than all the celebrities sat in the front row!!! ha ha Though sometimes they don't mind a sneaky picture as I've shown before...

First stop for me before LA is a trip to Toronto, Canada, a country I have never been to before! Really exciting to see a new place as you can imagine, though I have no doubt its going to be absolutely freezing!!!!!!

Monday, 12 December 2011

New Pictures - Always useful to keep your portfollio updated

It's always very important to keep your portfolio updated with recent pictures and to add some variety where possible to it as well. Also, as we get older we do start to change a bit as well (I know nobody likes to ever admit to this! Me included). Just to refresh your book can often change how you feel yourself about your book too. I am someone who always needs a boost in confidence every now and then to make me realise that I am doing the right thing in the industry. Also, its great when you can get some new images in your book to make you feel more confident showing your book to clients.

The first picture is an updated body shot, something that is needed in my portfolio to show that my body and conditioning has improved which is obviously better for me. And before anyone says it, no air brushing at all ha ha. I have worked hard the past couple of months, watching what I eat and cutting down the carbs. Lunch for me always used to consist of a sandwich, without fail. Every single day. That's now stopped, as has the midweek pasta, potatoes and rice consumptions. Add that to some more direction in the gym and its led to me getting into the best shape of my life.

This picture above was shot in the freezing cold on the banks of the Thames on the same shoot as the first one. It is completely different but shows more of my personality, smiling and some movement which is great for commercial shoots. My agency in Los Angeles, Wilhelmina, are very keen on smiling, happy, energetic pictures, something that the market greatly requires over there. My agency really wants to build my portfolio up there too, so any pictures that can reflect this are perfect. This shot has a very American vibe to it.

This picture, another smiling one, again has that American vibe to it and added to a Beach style shoot with the shirt open. A shot that's not too posey, that is comfortable and confident, something that potential clients like to see.

A very campaign type shot that has the similarity in pose to the Armani ad with Mr Beckham (I said pose that was all! ha). Another body shot that will help to strengthen my book and to hit the road running in the states too.

More pictures will be updated when I have them, and hopefully I will be able to gain some more work shots too from some of the jobs I have recently done. These are again very important to have in your book to show clients.