Friday, 30 March 2012

Time to Create my own fortunes



This month has been extremely quiet in so many ways. The auditions have dried up and the opportunities that were becoming apparent have faded away for the time being. It is times like these that makes it extremely important to stay self motivated and to look outside the box at any possible opportunities that could be around. My last post I was pretty down and since then I have been trying hard to snap myself out of the funk. Well, it hasn't necessarily happened just yet, and I have found myself at the gym near enough every single day this month!!! With nothing to do as a Model it is always important to stay in shape and believe me it is starting to become more difficult too!!! (I don't want to say that word 'age', but...) ha.

Some people have asked me recently what exactly do I do to get work myself outside of my agencies. There are lots I can do and here is a list of a couple of them:

NETWORK
- Vital and key, as discussed in a previous post, to network and to continue to keep in touch with important people that you are introduced to or that you meet. This for me requires making phone calls, sending emails and contacting as many people as possible to get yourself on their minds. You never know the timing of one of these connections.

JOB WEBSITES
- It is important to continue to search for jobs, modeling and hosting jobs via websites and google searches. My agencies will get me auditions, but there will be many jobs that they won't get. These are often the smaller jobs, but the ones that can be very useful when times are quiet. Craigslist can be great for hosting and modeling work. Even if these jobs don't pay much, they can be very useful for pictures of footage for me. In addition its like practice for when the bigger auditions come up.



The easiest thing for me to do out in LA is to pack my bags and head back to London. But I see that as a case of giving up. I do not want to fail. I want to achieve out here. Also, there is no guarantee that I will work anymore back home either. My visa situation is the tricky part of things too, as I cannot just go and get a normal part time job to tie me over. Everything has to go through my agencies. I just simply enough need to get a break from somewhere here and I need to influence this break by doing what I can to achieve it.

Modeling wise here in LA does not seem to be happening for me one bit. I wish I had the answers as to why, but unfortunately it is just the way it has been going. I do not want to make excuses, but its a tough city and with modeling castings being like a cattle call every single time, its very difficult to book anything. It's like a 150/1 or 300/1 horse winning a race against every single guy model in the City. Not an easy task.


Hopefully I will have some more exciting news to report on soon ha.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Disappointing couple of weeks



After the excitement of my trip to Vegas and getting some work in, the last couple of weeks have been extremely quiet. It gets very difficult out here and quite lonely when things aren't going according to plan. I am sure this is often down to the way I cope with everything and the fact I take myself to the gym for a few hours on my own as well everyday. Castings have been few and far between unfortunately and things I was hoping to move forward with haven't materialised. For example, my first presenting job out here I was hoping would become a regular occurrence, but I have yet to be called back in. Unfortunately, this is a reason outside of my control as the new channel is yet to launch and has been delayed for a reason. Its back to one of those sayings I have mentioned many times in the past:

"NEVER GET YOUR HOPES UP"

One of THE hardest things to do as a model, actor, host etc, as you are so often teased with something spectacular that is more often than not taken away from you. It's seriously like dangling a sweet in front of a child, only to take it away from them at the last minute. I have had it in the past with options many many times in modeling, and its such a tough thing to deal with.

It happened again this weekend, but this time with the mention of a trip back to London. Now, I have always said that if a job comes in that's worth me flying back for that I am willing to do it. It is a great chance to earn more money and for me to see my friends and family too. I received a few emails in the week with regards a potential modeling job back in London. The figure wasn't quite high enough to justify going back, but if my agency could find another job for me as well then it would definitely be worth it. They are so great to me back in the UK and they found another job for me! I was so excited, the thought of working, earning more money and what that could lead too. Plus, recent weeks I have found myself feeling a bit homesick, so to see my friends and family would be a huge boost to me as well.

However, as so often happens, the original job I was contacted about did not materialise due to the clients changing their minds with what kind of guy they wanted for the shoot. (something they absolutely have the right to do) It was so close to becoming a perfect scenario for me. More disappointment.



It's very important that I look to bounce back quickly from any disappointment, especially when it involves my work. But it is also very difficult to do considering my situation here in the US. I am on a very strict visa, which limits how much work I can do for other companies here, basically limits it to nothing. Now its a case of looking to other visa adjustments which could be a very long, expensive and tiring process. It adds to a lot of pressure whilst living out here and I need to find a way to cope with that.


So many people see my life as an easy, fun living one, but I can ensure you that it is far from that. When you have a career that is very unstable and you don't know where the next pay check is often coming, it makes it very difficult. But as you know, what makes a person is often how they cope with disappointment, so we shall watch this space.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

VEGAS - for a nice little job



Last week I booked a lovely job for a company based in Vegas. It was such a surprise as it came out of the blue by a phone call from my agent. It was a job that there wasn't a casting for (which is always nice ;-)) and was booked direct. Basically the casting director or producer for the shoot will search through people that match a criteria set by the client. A shortlist will then be created and the client will pick direct who they want to book. Often the agencies will help to put suitable models up for these jobs as well and very fortunately I was picked as one of them.

The job was for a wedding section of one of the hotels out in Vegas and I had the role of the Groom! I have never been a groom before, best man a few times on shoots, but never a groom, so it was a first! ha ha.

It was a one day shoot, which meant a flight into Vegas the afternoon before the shoot. From LA, the flight is between 45 minutes and an hour, basically barely enough time to enjoy one beer on the flight! Landing in Vegas was so amazing for me. I love the place, full of excitement and some of the most incredible hotels I have ever seen. I travelled to the shoot with another guy model from my agency, who turned out to be a really nice guy, which is always an added bonus.

A taxi from the airport to the incredible Wynn Hotel, which was truly unbelievable. I have never seen a hotel like it. When checking in, I was told by the receptionist that I was going to be staying at the Encore, which is a part of the Wynn, which I thought was a downgrade. A bit disappointed, I trudged off on the walk to my room, up the elevator and on to my floor where I found the door, opened it and was truly gobsmacked! The room was just unreal! So big, so glamorous and I couldn't really believe I was staying here! This definitely wasn't a downgrade in the slightest. The only problem was that I knew I was only in Vegas for the night and that I wouldn't get to spend hardly any time in the room. Not that you want to when your in Vegas, but they are so incredible you just want to make the most of it.

I had a very early call time of 7.45am which took away any chance of partying Vegas style until late the following day, plus my professional hat was on and I wanted to ensure I made a good impression with the client of the job too. You never know what one job will turn into, and it can often lead to a regular client, which is how the top models make such a great living from the industry. Anyway, one thing I wanted to do was to explore Vegas a little and just take in the incredible city. One place I highly recommend is the Cosmopolitan. That and the Wynn are to me the best hotels in Vegas and was great to see them, though both were unlucky when it came to having a bit of a gamble...:-( ha.



Back to the work...Up in the morning, the most expensive breakfast delivered to my room! $50 plus and I didn't even have time to eat it all as I was in a rush, but it was cool with the electronic drapes opened and the rising sun shining through across the desert, it truly was picturesque. I find the room where I'm meeting and everyone on the job were so so nice and extremely chatty, funny and friendly and I really couldn't ask for anymore. Hair and Make Up and then the wedding Tux were on and I was told I would be in 2 shots.

The first shot was out on a golf course, with the most stunning backdrop of a water fall behind. At that point I really changed these pre consumed ideas of weddings in Vegas, as this was absolutely beautiful. With wedding shoots the shots are very smiley and friendly as you can imagine as it is a happy occasion. Little walking shots smiling as we walked was the first shot. Very simple and very effective.

The second shot was on a stairwell with a backdrop of the hotel and the amazing architecture that goes into all these buildings. A few cake shots, champagne "clinking" and a couple of walks and that was the shoot finished for me. Often with a wedding shot and a lot of shoots when shooting with a female model, the shot is about them and not you. A wedding shot is all about how the bride looks, so I certainly felt a lot more relaxed throughout the whole shoot. Pictures to come of my slick looking side par tined hair! ha ha.


That was that, but a nice job to get and always nice to experience different places to work as well.