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Tip Tuesday – Nail that Walk!

#TipTuesday is a series MAX Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies  — does every week where we share helpful tips for the industry. This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!

 

Whether you are in a haute couture assemble or vogue-ing in a living room, here are a few tips to get you on the road to your inner diva. Physical balance, inner confidence and a sparkling personality are all necessary to make a charming performance.

  1. Posture: Think tall. While walking, stand up straight leaning slightly back so your legs can go first. Keep your toes pointed forward, so they aren’t turned out. Then walk with one foot in front of the other as if walking on a tightrope.
  2. Hips: Most people think you need to do a lot of hip swaying. Your hips will move naturally so exaggeration isn’t necessary.
  3. Arms: Let your arms swing naturally. However, take care they are not too stiff or have big movement. The clothing you have on will help you decide what to do with your hands, you may need to hold something or stick one in a pocket.
  4. Attitude!: Be commanding and flirty. This will make you fun for the audience.
  5. Rhythm: Get into a rhythm and let the loud music be your uplifting motivation. When a natural bounce to the beat happens add to it by thinking about holding your head high and keeping your shoulders back.
  6. Eyes: You should never look down. Always look straight ahead at the cameras or pick a spot on the wall ahead of you so you won’t get distracted by anything else distracting around you.
  7. Posing: When you reach the end of the runway pause then lean on one hip with lots of attitude.

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Tip Tuesday – Photo Angles

#TipTuesday is a series MAX Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies  — does every week where we share helpful tips for the industry. This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!

Taking photos can be difficult!  It’s hard to measure proper angles, lighting, etc.

Here are some secret tips from models and influencers to get that perfect shot:

Shannon Thaler

Thaler says, “When taking a full-body pic, I like to have the camera(wo)man hold the camera just below eye-level. A pic aimed ever-so-slightly upward makes for long lines—hello, legs!”

But she poses for a lot of portraits, too, and says that the best angles for your bod aren’t always the same for your face. “I find that taking a face shot from above gives the angles of my face more definition,” Thaler says. To master this, snap away! It’s all about finding that sweet spot and having lots of options.”

“I actually have a Pinterest board called ‘Insta Inspo’ where I pin pictures that I would love to have on my feed,” Thaler admits. “Having a set intention usually makes for a much more successful shoot—I already know what poses and mood to aim for.”

“Some of the best poses aren’t really poses at all, but actions caught in the perfect moment,” Thaler explains. “Take advantage of that and snap a burst.” See? Back to bursts. “A picture with movement is always more interesting and fun to take…and fun to look at,” she adds.

Isabella Carr

Carr tells us to “always turn your face toward the light, especially if it’s natural sunlight. This brightens your face and makes you glow, which kind of results in your blemishes being blurred away!” (And let’s be real—if there’s one thing we’d like to achieve with our closeup, it’s to look blemish-free.)

“Never, never, never slouch!” Carr instructs. “It makes you look insecure and frumpy, and your belly will not look its best if you’re wearing a crop top. Always stand up straight. You will look confident, happy and all-around more beautiful.”

Carr reminds us that one of the keys to looking fab in photos is to make yourself appear elongated. “You can do this by standing on your tiptoes or by sticking a leg out when taking your full-body picture,” she suggests.

Kate Rooney

Rooney knows that the best way to look calm, cool and collected in your photos is to actually be calm, cool and collected. “Relax your body—your eyes, too. If you’re uptight and stressing, you’re not going to get the shot, and your body is going to emulate that,” Rooney says.

Rooney says one of the most important things to consider before shooting is what you’re going to wear. “Some outfits just don’t translate well on camera,” Rooney explains. “Wear colors and styles you knowlook good in photos.”

OK, this one’s a little tricky, but basically, greasy products make for shiny foreheads—and shiny foreheads cause your camera’s flash to bounce off your face instead of lighting it up, Rooney says. This isn’t a huge deal during the day (you know, when you’re not using flash). But if you’re aiming for a night photo op, consider what products you’re using on the front-end—and avoid any you know don’t make you look your best.

Rose Crombie

Most of us aren’t professional models, meaning we don’t always have a fancy camera on deck for our photoshoots. Crombie gets it, and her recommendation is to take “bursts” on your iPhone, instead.

To do so, simply ask your cameraperson to hold down the button instead of tapping it once. The result is, like, a gazillion photos that capture every single little movement you make in front of the camera. Afterward, you can choose the best ones. (Side note: This is great for when your “photographer” is actually just your impatient BF.)

“If you have one,” Crombie says. Some people are equally beautiful on both sides! But there are tons of us who feel more confident facing one way or the other. So if you got it (on the left, but not so much on the right), flaunt it.
 
 

 

MAX Agency is a successful Toronto talent agency representing men, women and children. MAX Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries.

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Tip Tuesday – Self Confidence for Auditions

#TipTuesday is a series MAX Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies  — does every week where we share helpful tips for the industry. This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!

 

All of our talent at MAX Agency is very passionate and enthusiastic; that’s why they are here!

We all get so excited when our talent lands auditions and gets booked for a project.

However, since there are only so many jobs available for these kinds of talent, it can sometimes become overwhelming to those starting out in this industry.

Specifically discussing acting, Robert Curtiss in his article “How Acting Affects Your Self-Esteem” writes about how some actors can become very overwhelmed. 

“They audition and take every job they don’t get as a personal rejection and a comment on who they are.”

While not every audition works out, it’s important to remember that it’s admirable to even have achieved an audition.  Talent works so hard to get to this position, and it’s truly impressive to be auditioning in this industry.

It is obvious that the auditioning process can be draining at times, but maintaining a positive attitude is imperative.  Talent needs to remain confident and self-assured. 

“When people who need validation and attention pursue this career in show business, frequently become bitter and resentful that they have to convince people to like them, to hire them, etc. Thus, they sabotage themselves precisely for the same reason they chose this career in the first place!”

Remember to remain self-confident.  Talent speaks for itself!

 

Good luck from MAX Agency!

 

 

MAX Agency is a successful Toronto talent agency representing men, women and children. MAX Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries.

For more weekly tips, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Never miss a moment with MAX Agency!

If you want to join our rosterapply here

To see our awesome talent check out our roster!

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