Relax and look natural they say, as i'm standing with twenty people around me staring at my every minor move, "The feeling is too cold, think about your boyfriend." Easy to say but i don't have a boyfriend. So what to do to get that warm far away look on my face. Try thinking of the michigan sky, nope that's not working, try thinking of friends, nope that's not working, try make something up about your roommate, no not working at all- the models job is to feel and then the pose will follow and also the look on your face will be real. The trick just like in acting is to make it all happen in a totally faux ambience with a ton of people around. How to do that? You have to know yourself pretty well and know how to feel whatever it is they need you to feel so that the photo is real. You can not fake out the camera as much as you'd like sometimes. I hold to the native american indian's point of view that the camera takes a photo of your soul. I know though that these days most models don't have enough experience to be able to do that, so the task falls a lot to the photographer many times and to the photo shop after. But i also know that when you finally figure out your stuff in modelling that then you start to book the big jobs cuz word gets around that a model can actually model. That's when you get repeat clients and loyal studio's that want to work with you over and over. You make their job easier and their client happy.
I picked up a copy of newsweek in Tokyo, with the cover saying "name one chinese top brand. You can't? Here's why." great read about the brand building going on in china right now and why china's got the business but not the power to make you remember their name brand. I think it's not true in fashion. Today the client really busted a unique move beyond the normal catalog, which i think is why they choose me as a model to help them get that unique look and feel. I was really impressed with the results, and it made me think about how these huge manufacturing companies with 4 lines to produce are really making efforts to stand out (few of them). When i started to wear my hair long to castings my agency really tried to convince me to keep wearing my hair short and red. In the end i listened and started booking jobs again quickly. It was different than in the west where change is good- and necessary for a model to stay fresh and have them use you again. My agency kept saying, "clients want girls who are unique and special in Beijing. We think Anina is best with short hair. . ." i finally listened, and today is the result- this client waited a month for me to come back cuz they only wanted me. They said, "we looked at so many other girls, but in the end we thought Anina is the best one for us." rock on. Now what to think of to make my face and body relax. . . In the end i just got lost in the photo, pretending to be the character on the page. It worked! A round of applause from everyone.