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Tips for your next audition

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Have you ever dream of modeling or acting in a TV show? Nobody has the recipe to success, otherwise they would be selling it (and they’d be rich – rich, I tell you! Filthy rich), but with some research and experience people can gather a couple of tips that might be helpful for that next big audition.

An opportunity to showcase your talent

Auditions are an opportunity to showcase your talent, you may not land the role, but you left an impression on the casting director and she might consider you for a future project. Seeing auditions in this light might help you take the pressure off your shoulders.

Be Natural

When it comes to modeling and a fashion related job, casting agents (unless specified) want to see your natural hair. This means no extreme dyes or straightening. Heavy make up, high heels and loud jewelry are also discouraged. They want to see YOU, not a dolled up version of yourself. Stylists are like painters, the only way for them to know what they can work with is by studying a white canvass, not an already finished painting.

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Professional means professional. If you are serious about your career then you should also be serious about your pictures. A modeling portfolio should include somewhere between 10 and 24 photos. Actors should have two headshots (smiling and brooding). Your professional picture is not a job you’d leave to an amateur. In an industry with so much competition an out of focus or blurry image can be the difference between landing a job or continuing a tables-weighting gig.

Don’t be a suck up

Getting an audition can be hard, let alone landing a role, so when the opportunity rises sometimes we can be overwhelmed with gratitude. It is okay to be grateful, in fact, it is more than okay it can also be healthy, but some people cross the line. When you say ‘Thank you’ one too many times you run the risk of sounding desperate and nobody wants to work with someone desperate. Because if you’re desperate then it probably means that you haven’t worked in a while and there must be a reason for that. To sum it up: be polite, but don’t overdo it.

Arrival time

Be 10 minutes early. Don’t be 1 hour early (again, you’ll look desperate.) Never, ever be late.

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This one may be a no-brainer, but it is the one people get wrong most of the time. Don’t walk like some other model, don’t act like some other actor – Be you! Because when you’re trying to be something you’re not, most people can tell. And even if you manage to fool them and get the job, you’ll soon disappoint your new employer because you’re not what they paid for.

For more information on audition tips for actors, you can check out this link, and for modeling auditions go here.

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What are your wedding flowers saying?

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Nowadays flowers have a strictly decorative function in our lives, so it is hard to conceive that they were once used to communicate. You may find purple roses beautiful for your bouquet, but may want to reconsider after finding out what they mean.

Floriography, the language of flowers, is a very real thing that has been around for a while. Plants and particularly flowers have always played a symbolic role in our society. In ancient civilizations they were the source of magic and medicine, often inspiring poets to write stories around them. During the 19th century the flower language was in vogue. It started in England and quickly spread to other parts of Europe, North and South America. Flower dictionaries were printed, which were used by people to send a message in a flower arrangement. In turn, the receiver would then later use his or her own dictionary to decipher the message. People could have entire conversations using this method.

Some flower meanings have been lost in time, but others have survived to this day. Here is a list of the most popular wedding flowers and their meanings.

Note: It is worth mentioning that Floriography is not an exact science (or art), which means that flower meanings can vary or change completely depending on the source. Bellow you’ll find some of the most common.  

Amaryllis: Pride.

Anemone: Anticipation. According to Greek mythology, anemones sprung out of Aphrodite’s tears as she cried for the death of Adonis.

Camellia: Coco Chanel’s favorite flower symbolizes unpretentious perfection. It was also immortalized in Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Lady of the Camellias.

Chrysanthemum: This Asian flower is often compared to the sun and the stars, the Japanese considered its petals to be perfect. Confucius also praised them as a source of meditation.

Gardenia: Secret love and sweetness.

Hyacinth: Constancy

Hydrangeas: Not Madonna’s favorites, hydrangeas symbolize heartfelt gratitude from the giver to the receiver for being understood.

Iris: Wisdom and eloquence.   

Lilac (White): Youthful innocence.

Lily: Lilies, specially the white ones, are flowers strongly linked to the concept of motherhood, fertility, and the Virgin Mary.  

Orchid: Depending on its incarnation, orchids could mean mature charm, refined beauty and luxury.

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  • White Rose: Virtue and chastity
  • Pink Rose: Love, but not as intense as the red rose.
  • Red Rose: Passionate, romantic love and also the blood of Christ. Its fives petals have been associated with the five wounds Christ suffered while being crucified.
  • Yellow Rose: Friendship and devotion.
  • Purple Maroon Rose: Death and dark magic.

Tulips: There is no other flower that says ‘I love you’ quite like the tulip. Each color of tulip represents a different kind of love.

  • Red: eternal love
  • White: one-sided love
  • Yellow: hopeless love

For more flower meanings you can check out this link.

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Free Apps that can help you organize Thanksgiving

Free Apps that can help you organize Thanksgiving

Free Apps that can help you organize Thanksgiving Free Apps that can help you organize Thanksgiving

Halloween may be out of the way, but for some people the really scary holiday is still coming up. Thanksgiving day may be a day to be grateful, but it is also a day of many headaches. With so many people to attend to, dishes to cook and sales to buy at, things can get overwhelming pretty fast – to say the least. With all of this in mind, some savvy computer people have come up with tools to help you cope with the hectic date and, guess what, they all fit on the palm of your hand.

Here are some free apps that will help you cope with Thanksgiving Day:

CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach

This app has everything you need in order to prepare your first Thanksgiving dinner. All you have to do is choose the recipes you want to make and the app will guide you step by step, until your turkey is resting on the table. This one is highly recommended for beginners.

Operating System: IOS

Food52 Hotline

Have you ever found your recipe’s instructions confusing and haven’t had anyone to turn to? Apps are amazing, but there are some things you just need a real person to help you with. Food52 was created with those cooking emergencies in mind. Just upload a question and wait for one of the users to answer it. You can even upload images with your enquiry. ‘Is this how it is supposed to look?’

Operating system: IOS

RoadNinja

Many people need to drive many miles in order to meet with their families on Thanksgivings day. In order to make your journey more pleasant, RoadNinja will help you out by indicating what’s ahead. Browse what’s coming up on your next exit. Compare gas prices and learn about special deals and discounts!

Operating system: Android, IOS

Blush

Blush will help you find the perfect wine taking into consideration your location, your tastes and your budget. Thanks to its food pairing abilities, you’ll look like a wine expert to your friends and family.

Operating System: IOS

Eventap

If you’ve ever had trouble with keeping up with who’s coming and who’s not, this is the app for you. Simple and quick, you’ll be able to create events and invite family and friends from your contact list in no time.

Operating System: IOS

Dessert Recipes

 Over 300 dessert recipes organized by categories. The instructions are easy to follow and some of them even have video! Dessert Recipes will help you design the perfect ending to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Operating System: Android

OpenTable

Free Apps that can help you organize Thanksgiving Admit it, did you screw up the turkey? Did you forget to stick it in the oven? It is always important to have a plan B. If cooking apps prove to be too much, OpenTable will help you make a last-minute reservation at a nice restaurant.

Operating System: Android, IOS, Windows Phone

Thanksgiving Dinner Maker

If you happen to be alone on Thanksgivings day, (maybe you had to work, study, your flight got canceled or just simply live in an area where people don’t celebrate Thanksgiving) Thanksgiving Dinner Maker will let you design the dinner of your dreams on the screen of your smartphone. It even lets you pick out the china!

Operating System: IOS

 

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TOP REASONS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR WEDDING

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TOP REASONS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR WEDDING

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Professional photographers spend a considerable amount of money on editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. While many people may have these programs installed on their computer, few know how to use them well. A photographer with editing skills will make sure your pictures look the best they can.

Experience

Professionals have experience. In some cases, many years of it! That’s why they’re professionals. It’s not just about the fancy equipment. Experience means they know how to move around without annoying your guests.

No awkward moments with friends

I have a friend who was going through a hard financial time and when her friends announced their wedding, since she could not afford a nice gift, she offered her services as a photographer. On paper it sounded like a great idea. They would save some money and she’d have new pictures for her portfolio, but things didn’t go as smoothly. On the wedding day the couple kept ordering my friend around as an employee and she didn’t get to enjoy the party. She barely had a drink. After the wedding, the couple had no trouble in telling her that they didn’t like the pictures and asked her to retouch them all, TWICE. Needless to say, it bothered her. They don’t talk to each other anymore. It’s not worth losing a friendship just to save some money. Don’t let the same thing happen to you.

Diamonds and Wedding pictures are forever

What if my friend had taken really bad photos? The couple would’ve had to remember the happiest day of their life by looking at those. Or worse. What if the memory card had gotten lost and they had ended with no pictures at all? A professional photographer will make sure you get your pictures and at the best possible quality.

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Yes, your cousin Jenny, the one who studies graphic design, probably has an amazing camera and can take pretty shots with it, but what if her camera fails in the middle of the evening? Does she have a backup plan? Professional photographers often have a second camera (and sometimes even a third!) in case of emergencies. They also have backup lenses, memory cards, batteries and other cool gadgets. Why do you think they always travel with such big bags?

Everyone can be in the picture

If cousin Jenny is taking the photos (how nice of her) she won’t be able to be in the frame. We all have that one family member. The one who always feels more comfortable behind the lens and then when people ask ‘Where is she?’ we find ourselves repeating ‘Oh, she was taking the picture.’ That might fly at your weekend BBQ, but at a more formal event you’d want everyone to be in the photo – at the same time.

Printing Services

Most professional photographers offer printing services. This means one less thing you need to worry about. Printers can be a hassle, especially if you’re not used to dealing with them. Photographers have to print pictures regularly so they know the places to go to and the formats to use.

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Professional photographers know what to do and where to be at the precise moment. You won’t need to remind them to take that picture of you and your cousins (again, Jenny can be in it) or that close-up of the bouquet. With one less worry on your mind, you’ll have more time to enjoy your special day.

 

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WHAT THE COLOR OF THE CLOTHES YOU WEAR SAYS ABOUT YOU

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WHAT THE COLOR OF THE CLOTHES YOU WEAR SAYS ABOUT YOU

What to wear? It probably has been asked more times than “Why do we exist?” and “What is the purpose of life?” Some dread it more than the dentist, and yet, we face it everyday. But maybe, just maybe, the question we should be asking is: What color should I wear?

It is a scientific proven fact that colors affect the way we feel. There is a whole branch of psychology dedicated to its study. If you’ve never stopped to wonder what the colors you’re wearing are saying, you might be surprised. Here is a quick guide:

Blue

If you don’t know what color to wear, then choose blue. It is the king among colors. Did you know that most people choose blue as their favorite color more than any other? Blue is the color of trust and loyalty. The go-to color when it comes to job interviews.

Green

People dressed in green exude an air of freshness and wealth, especially in the United States where the color green is strongly linked to money. Green is also considered to be healing and relaxing – the reason why it is found in the palette of so many hospitals, clinics and spa centers.

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If you’re feeling down (Monday morning, anyone?) then this is the color that can give you that extra boost of energy. People relate yellow to the sun, light and happiness. On the down side, depending on the shade, yellow can be really tough on the eyes. It is advised to stay way from it if you are going to deal with a conservative client or attending a serious event.

Red

If you want to be the center of attention, this little guy will take care of the job. Red is closely related to passion – that intense feeling that makes you want to kiss one person and punch another. Red may be not well suited for a work environment since it might read as confrontational in our primitive brain, but if you’re looking for a date, then don’t think any further as all eyes will be on you.

Purple

In earlier times, because purple was such an expensive color to produce, (it is harder to find in nature than the other colors) it was exclusively worn by the nobility and the clergy. Nowadays anyone can wear purple, but the symbolism remains in our collective consciousness regarding the people who wear purple as sophisticated, mystical and mysterious.

White

It represents purity, cleanness and simplicity. In western cultures, women dress in white on their wedding dress for these reasons, but in some Asian countries, traditionally, white was the color of winter and death. Therefore brides dress in red (in India, pink is also a popular color). Thanks to globalization, though, in recent years some Asian brides have started to dress in white.

Grey

Grey is neutral, therefore safe. Also, like black, it is considered to be an elegant color, but not quite as severe. On the downside, if you wear too much in grey, some people might think that you lack in the personality department.

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It is probably the most beloved color by stylists. If you Google search the most famous fashion designers from the past decades, most of them will be wearing black. That’s because black is effortlessly elegant, sliming and timeless. Do keep in mind that black, as wonderful as it might be, it is often associated (for obvious reasons) with mourning. Also not a good idea to wear it during daytime events since it absorbs more heat than any other color.