Career Advice: How to Become a Successful Commercial Model

By Aaron Marcus OMP Member #131667

Planning your Shot

Since the shots for your composite sheet don’t have words, make sure each photograph itself tells the story. Even better, create a photo that shows more than one story.

If you want to present yourself as a mom and a businesswoman, the photo might show you walking up the steps to your house wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase, while your child runs to meet you. Take your time and be creative in thinking of different scenarios for your shots.

Carreer Advice for modelsMagazines are a great source of ideas. Find the magazine that will feature the look you want. For example: Parents Magazine is great for shots of parents and kids. For business images, look through investment magazines.

The ads can give you information on how to style the shot and what props are needed. Props are items placed on the set to make the ad look real. For example, if the ad is supposed to take place in an auto garage, tools, oil cans, towels, grease guns, and auto parts would be appropriate props.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to make the photos look like ads. Do not pose for the camera. Show a wide range of expression for the different photos.

Having strong pictures for your comp will give you your greatest chance for getting work.


Aaron Marcus PortraitAaron Marcus has been a full-time actor and commercial model since 1986. His credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” HBO’s “The Wire,” and “The West Wing,” and ads for countless brands. Aaron has also been cast in numerous TV, movie and theater productions.

Excerpts from this article are taken from Marcus’ book “How to Become a Successful Commercial Model.” To learn more about commercial modeling visit: www.howtomodel.com.

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FEMALE MODELS WANTED!!!

The search for the official OMP Model Team has started!

We will be selecting a group of models to represent OneModelPlace.com in upcoming events, special appearences, TV and radio interviews, and more!

The OMP staff will interview potential candidates at various Meet-and-Greet events in the Miami area.

We are looking for beautiful, energetic and reliable models. So if you have what it takes, be sure to submit your information to castingnotice@onemodelplace.com.

Please include:
- Your name
- OMP ID#
- Phone number (and best time to call)

Selected models will be invited to attend the Meet-and-Greet at Villa Contenta, a luxurious venue on famous Palm Island.

When: Saturday May 11th 2013 @ Noon
Where: 10 Palm Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This is a great opportunity to meet the OMP staff and make connections for upcoming events. You will be contacted directly if chosen.

Space is limited so hurry!

Good Luck!

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Professional Makeup Artist Finds Success Through Networking

Natalia Zurawska OMP MUA #250579 began her career as a professional makeup artist by networking with photographers. “I would work on ‘creatives’ – when a photographer, model and makeup artist get together to create portfolio pieces. My portfolio grew and so did my clientele. It is the best way to build/maintain relationships and fine tune your craft.”

Natalia’s expertise is not limited to a specific makeup style, she loves variety, whether is natural-looking makeup, elaborate hair, body painting, etc., she loves it all. So far in her career, she’s had many amazing opportunities to work in various assignments. “I love my career and I know I am very lucky.”

Most recently, Natalia has started a crowdfunding project to achieve one or her goals, to publish a book she wrote called “I’m Not Making This Up”. In the book she shares quick and easy makeup tips, tricks and techniques she’s accumulated over the span of her MUA career. “I’m Not Making This Up” is geared for all women of every age and ethnicity. This book is perfect for anyone who is a makeup lover as well.

The idea for the book was born when clients started asking her about her favorite products as well as different tips and tricks over and over again. “I would offer tips on an individual basis and then Voila! the idea came about as the same questions kept getting asked.”

“Some of the chapters in the book feature going from a day look to a night look in minutes, head shots, makeup for the beach and more. I also mention my favorite products.” OMP members are encouraged to support this fellow member, for each $100 contribution, donors to her crowdfunding project will receive a signed book upon launching. If you contribute $500, you will get a personalized makeover for you and your friends.

Natalia goals don’t stop there, “I would love to be able to continue making videos, write a hair book, have a makeup line. If I can make even one woman smile and feel more confident then I am happy.” You can see her in action on her website www.colourchameleon.com, which features makeover videos showcasing her talent.

Natalia relates that OneModelPlace.com helps her make the right connections in the business. “OMP is an amazing website. The amount of people to network with is almost limitless. I have kept in touch and developed some great relationships. It also really helps with knowledge as everyone helps each other out.”

Her advice for MUAs just starting out is “Work hard, network, network, network, have patience and chin up. If you build it, have a passion, it will all work out. Never give up.”

She would also like to thank OneModelPlace.com for the support she has received. “OMP has been an amazing support for me. They have featured me on their blog and really helped me promote my work to such a large audience. Without them this would not be possible. I greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

You can see more of Natalia’s work on her OMP Portfolio, and follow her on Facebook by searching Colourchameleon and twitter.com/Colourchameleon, and for more videos, visit her YouTube Channel.

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Model Interview: Amelia Talon – Part 2

By: Jarmo Pohjaniemi OMP Member #68348

Last week we introduced Amelia Talon, a self-professed “gaming-geekette” and the newest Shoot The Centerfold model. This week we learn more about this beauty and what makes her the ultimate girl next door.

OMP: What is the most beautiful place you ever been to?

Amelia: Maui, Hawaii. I love tropical locations and somewhere that has more nature than industry.

OMP: Top three things that annoy you?

Amelia: Rude, conceited, debbie-downer people, traffic, and when I have a string of bad luck.

OMP: Top three things that make you happy?

Amelia: Videogames, good food, and fun long nights with friends.

OMP: If you could go back and start everything all over again, what would you do different in your life?

Amelia: Absolutely nothing. I am at ease and also blessed with the decisions and events that have happened to me in my life. This is where I am meant to be and all of things that have happened shaped who I am, I wouldn’t change a thing.

OMP: Married or Single?

Amelia: Unfortunately, to shatter some dreams I am with someone, to say the least. ;)

OMP: Your motto for life?

Amelia: “Don’t forget to live.” Because far too often we are stuck on paying so much attention to bills or work, or anything that otherwise takes you away from the ultimate beauty, life. You only get one shot so tear it up!

OMP: Worst pickup line ever? Best pickup line ever?

Amelia: This kind of melts together as the best and worst, “I’m gonna use a masterball to capture your heart.” It’s a gamer reference which gives massive points, but it is SO corny! Hahaha

OMP: What do you expect from Shoot The Centerfold seminar/workshop?

Amelia: Honestly I also want a sneak peak at the tips from the masters of photography as well! Jarmo and Steve are amazing, I love them both and I also really love how photographers make me look amazing. I’m not just there to model and be oblivious to everything but myself, I like what goes on in all aspects of the creative process.

OMP: If you were not modeling, what would you be doing?

Amelia: Trying to get into the gaming industry full time. I said before that I’ve always wanted to go into game design but I really love modeling so when I’m so old I’m booted out of the modeling world, I’m going back to my roots.

OMP: Have you visited Bahamas before?

Amelia: No I haven’t, this will be a first for me, it’s going to be amazing!!

OMP: Well, that sounds more like an invitation to us, and you better bring your “A” game for Amelia. Her gothic personality speaks for power and you know what that means. This sassy, vixen-like, sugar-coated blonde can be a handful for even experienced photographers. Amelia says, “Everything to me is a challenge, I am the master of gaming and only way to win is to give everything you got! I have yet to meet that person who can out-do me on front or behind the camera!”

You can join Amelia at the Shoot The Centerfold seminar/workshop, May 25-26th in the Bahamas. Don’t miss out, reserves your seats now!

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