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How To Make Magic Happen In Front of The Camera


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I’ve had the good fortune to enjoy a lot of modelling in my time. I’ve done work for clothing, lingerie and swimwear brands across South Africa. I’ve done work for hotel groupstelevision shows, automobiles, photography student projectseditorials and beauty shoots. I’ve been to Top Model UK in London as well as shot for fashion events in New York and Johannesburg. I remember my first “gig” was modelling a Phillip Treacy hat for a fashion event and I was very nervous. But after 3 years in the industry, here are some basic guidelines I can give any aspiring models. There’s no hard and fast rules, but these may help you.

modelling a Philip Treacy hat

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+ Take comfortable clothes

Photoshoots take a long time to set up. Arrive in comfortable stuff that’s easy to slip on and off. You’ll be wearing it while they do your hair and makeup. Soft button-up blouses work, as do easy tracksuit pants and slops. You’ll change into these for lunch break and when you go home. As for what to wear underneath; nude bras and nude g-strings are a safe bet. Make sure you know what you’ll be modelling because if you need a backless bra, you don’t want to forget it!

+ Pack low-calorie snacks

Believe it or not, you get really hungry posing! It’s stressful finding the perfect position for lighting, as well as to show off the garment in the best way. You’ll want to have water and snacks nearby to see you through the day and to keep you in a good mood. You don’t want to be grumpy because you’re hungry, do you? Nice ideas: nuts, fruit, salad, crisps. Bring a kitbag with all your stuff in it.

+ Have a few stock poses you know you look good in

This is work and time is money. You can’t waste everyone’s time figuring out how to stand/sit/lie in order to look your best. All women know their “good side” and what angles work best for them. This is a strength. Play it up. Before you arrive on set for the shoot, practice taking photos at home in different poses figuring out your best side and best poses. Be aware of what shows off your assets and the clothing/jewellery/make-up/product in the best possible way.  Use the timer on the camera or ask someone close to take of you. Of course if you have some experience in front of the lens, you’ll have a good idea of how to “pose” already.

+ Bend your body into positions that dont feel natural

Usually the positions that don’t feel natural are the ones that make us look the slimmest! If what you’re doing feels weird on set, it probably looks great on camera!

+ Have your headphones and good music on your cellphone

Setting up takes time. You’ll find yourself ready with clothes and makeup and have to wait. You’ll be waiting for the photographer to sort out his lighting. You’ll be waiting for other people doing the shoot with you to be ready. Either way, you want to keep upbeat and positive. Having good music and headphones with you is a must.

+ Get lots of photos while you work

It’s always handy to ask someone to snap you working. This is good for your morale and great for your marketing down the line.

+ Don’t do anything on social media while you work

Remember, there’s no rush to post anything anywhere there and then. Rather be professional on the day and concentrate on the job at hand. Any “update” can wait until you get home. It can wait until the job is over and you have time to sit and update on your social platforms, as well as interact with your audience.

+ Always credit your photographer, make-up artists and hair stylist

When you post the photos, it’s important to credit the photographer and the make-up/hair stylist. If they have social platforms, link back to them.

+ Make sure you’re within your contract

Legally  you may be unable to post the photos or say anything about the job until the campaign/film/photoshoot has been officially “released”. If it’s a big job, you usually sign a contract with the company to keep everything secret until they say you can release stuff to the public. That makes sense.  Keep professional and wait until it’s okay to release your stuff. This includes behind-the-scenes photos and photos with fellow artists/performers/models.

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Cape Town Beach with Billabong
Blog, New York, USA

South African In: New York


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After studying in New York, I arrived home in South Africa inspired and changed. I love New York! Every single day felt like I was in a fairytale. The flight to New York from South Africa is 14 hours. I can honestly say I was welcomed into the city with open arms. I’d always imagined New York to be an intimidating place. I was thinking “Sex in the City” and famous stars like Beyonce and Jay Z walking the streets on the flight over. Not to mention that it’s the financial capital of the world – the Wall Street Stock Exchange sounds scary. But I was pleasantly surprised with how friendly the people were and how do-able the city was.

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Photography Thesis


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I’m currently helping a photography grad student at the school with his final thesis project …. portraits & body shots. Can’t wait to see the pictures when they’re done 🙂 We shot at a studio in SOHO, Manhattan, and I think we ended up shooting until midnight from being there in the afternoon! I did my own make-up for this. I used Rimmel ‘Special Eyes’ Black Eye Liner, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara, Clinique ‘Precious Posy’ Blush, Maybelline ‘Pink Quartz’ Lipstick and for my foundation I used Estee Lauder ‘Pale Almond’ Futurist.

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In class with someone famous :)


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I’m so thrilled to be in class in New York with well-known soapie star Jorge Consejo, who is most famous for his roles on various TV soap operas in Mexico on the “Telemundo” Network.  It’s such a pleasure working with him in class – I’m learning a lot! Now he is moving to New York and setting his sights on working in the film industry here. I have no doubt he will be very successful!! Check out his Twitter and his official website.

Blog, New York

Highline Ballroom


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Another amazing nightclub I discovered this weekend was the “Highline Ballroom” in New York City at 431 W 16th Street. I went for “The Good Life Saturdays” and what a party it was! I absolutely loved it. I can highly recommend this for a great night out – the music was amazing.
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Blog, New York

Hudson Terrace


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DSCN0220I went to an incredible nightclub the other night here in New York called “Hudson Terrace“. That’s 621 West 46th Street. As a South African, I’m so thankful to have friends here who have connections to get us in the club for free (put us on a guest list so we don’t wait in line; we just walk in or offer to buy drinks). For my South African readers, you know how expensive this is and all these costs really add up. So that being said, I’m thrilled I have wonderful people who get me into these places and have tables waiting stocked with ice buckets and alcohol in VIP sections. Since starting at the New York Film Academy I have really enjoyed my time in New York. The classes are highly intensive. NYFA has various campuses across the city; up to now my classes have been at “Pearl Studios” and I have classes this week at the SOHO campus in Union Square. I will write more about my course soon! DSCN0221