Monday, 13 January 2014

E-Commerce Work - The less glamorous side of modelling

SUPERMAN!!!!!! ;-) Yes this is me doing my thing in Superman pants! Ah the things we do for money hey?! But wanted to talk about the less so glamorous side to the industry and as you can see from above this is certainly it!!!

E-commerce work is something that many clothing companies have for models and is something that is extremely regular and crucial to keep going for your bank balance! ha. But very true. Let me tell you though, it's not glamorous one tiny little bit and it really is some very tedious work. Now, I know this sounds like I'm complaining about it (ok maybe a little), but I am very thankful for the work and anything regular in this industry is a bonus. And you can't see my face either ;-) probably for the best right ha ha. But the good thing is that unrecognisable work gives you the option of doing work with a variety of different companies.

An E-commerce shoot will often involve a 9 hour day with many, many, many outfit changes. There will usually be about 5-8 shots of the front, moving after every single shot. After that it will be the same again for a back shot. A stylist will style the clothes and ensure they look right and then review them on the computer before confirming they are fine and moving on to the next outfit. It's very repetitive as you can imagine. For me, I spend the day chatting with the small crew and its the best way to get through it by getting to know each other. You then can find common interests to talk about, just the basics of communication I guess.

Just a short post this one talking about work that currently is becoming very regular and keeping me busy and I am hoping it will continue as much as possible too.

I hope you have all had a great start to 2014!


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The End of a Dramatic Year and the Start of a New Year

The look in the picture above really sums up 2013 for me, serious, slightly confused, tense and un settled. Nothing in my life had prepared me for everything I went through, especially the first 5 months of the year. But the important thing was to end the year on a high and certainly to start m ovine forward with everything, work and my personal life. 

To end the year presenting on ITV felt like a huge achievement for me and something that meant I can start progressing more with my presenting. I had said to myself at the start of 2013 that I must move on from my old presenting job. I finally achieved that in September and couldn't be happier. It took a lot of hard work and ensuring I gave my all when I had the opportunity. It's a step foreword and I'm treating it as that until I make further strides forward.


There is only one place to start and thats with my Friends and Family. Not that I need to learn this, but just a reminder of how fortunate I am to be surrounded with the best support system I could ever have asked for. In the good and the bad times they have been there for me and for that I say THANK YOU. 

Learnt the hard way to not rush into anything "relationship wise", and take your time getting to know the real person, rather than whats on the outside. I turn 30 this year (still can't quite believe it) and I want to meet the right person at some point when the time is right. But I also know there is no rush to do this and I will know when the time is right. 

On from that, I have learnt to be happy with myself and to be happy and comfortable in my own company. The start of the year I did find myself getting anxious when I was on my own, but that is long in the past now.

To cut the negative people out of my life. This has been hugely important, but something that has made me feel much better too. Why do we have to have these people in our lives or give these people any time of day? The answer is we don't. If someone doesn't bring you good thoughts in your life then why keep them in it? If someone feels that way about me I completely understand and I wouldn't argue against that. Its just life.

Be grateful for what I have in my life and not to take it for granted. Sounds a bit "cliche" and a bit like a Miss World speech but its so true.


It starts with preparing and editing a brand new presenting showreel which is the priority and which I am to complete by the end of the month. Start getting that pitched out to some production companies and see what will come about.

I start ACTING CLASS yep you heard right! A 12 week course starting next week which I cannot wait for. Through modelling and the commercials I have undertaken, I have a lot of experience within acting, but at the same time no very little about the ins and outs. I want to add a string to my bow and feel this could be something that i will enjoy so much and could lead to something new. Regardless of whether any work comes from it, it will certainly help me with auditions, my presenting and certainly my confidence in everyday life. 

Watch this space is all I can say, because I aim to have a big year this year!!! 

Thanks as always for taking the time out to read my blog and I wish you all a fantastic 2014!!!