INDUSTRY INSIDER

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Holly, Bridget, Faith, Zelly, Zeda, Davia, Wase, and Rachel goofing around in our office!

Girls tell us all the time that they have no idea what to do or what to bring with them when they show up for our open call (which, by the way, is always from 3-4pm every Tues-Thurs in case you were wondering). Our open call is super simple; so don’t sweat it! Here’s what you need to know before you come to see us:

Be Prepared. 
If you read our post about how to take your own digitals, you know that agencies want to see your natural beauty. Leave the makeup, heels and fancy bodycon dresses at home. Instead, pick out a pair of leggings or skinny jeans and pair them with a simple tank or tee. Also, skip the curling iron, and just put your hair up in a simple top knot.

Portfolios.

If you’ve already been working as a model either professionally or recreationally, you’ve probably kept a collection of all the work you’ve done thus far. That’s a perfect example of a portfolio. But if this is your first time taking a stab at modeling: NO PORTFOLIO IS NECESSARY! We don’t need you to go out of your way paying for photo shoots out of your own pocket just to impress us. If we love you, we’ll take care of building you a top-notch (and free) portfolio once you’re signed with us. All we need to see are a few simple, clear, straightforward photos called digitals.

 

When to see us.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

3pm-4pm

Where to find us.
Right next to the historic Ivy Restaurant in the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

GPS:
117 North Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles CA
90048

 

Arriving. 

When you arrive, you’ll see a receptionist at the top of the stairs. Walk through the glass door and let Laura, who will be sitting at the desk, know that you’re there for open call. She’ll ask you to have a seat, and not too long after, Jen will come out to meet you. Her questions are always the same:

  1. How old are you?
  2. How tall are you?
  3. Do you live in the area?

Be honest ladies! If you get signed, we’ll have a copy of your drivers license with your real age. Don’t bother adding an inch to your height, if we like your look, we’ll measure you. And regarding whether or not you live in LA, it’s a yes or no question! ” If I get signed I could live here” isn’t an option. Yes, or no. Modeling in LA is largely casting-based. We need you to be currently living in town to be able to go to castings if you want to book jobs!

Side note: If you have any agency affiliations, like a talent manager or mother agent, this would be the time to let us know.

Evaluation.
Jen will ask for your polaroids, portfolio, or whatever else you’ve brought to show us and will review them with the rest of the Nous team. If we think you have potential, we’ll bring you into the heart of the office to get measured and meet the agents. At Nous, your awesome personality is important, so don’t be shy! Say hello to everyone and don’t forget to smile!

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If the board wants to move forward with evaluating you, we’ll have you fill out an info sheet and have our in-house photographer take a few photos.

While the team is reviewing everything that we’ve collected from you, we’ll have you sit back out in reception or in our Style Lounge.

Last but not least, Jen will come back out to let you know what the verdict is.

Fingers crossed! We’ve given you all the tools you need to succeed. We’re always looking for fresh faces to join our crew, so come on in and see us! What have you got to lose?

Not able to make our open call times? Submit your digitals online here.

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Welcome to the first Nous Zine Industry Insider
We’ve noticed that there aren’t that many quality resources for girls who want to be models. There’s a lot to know! We want to make sure every girl has the best chances possible of getting signed – in comes the Nous Zine Industry Insider.

Going forward, we’ll be sharing modeling hacks and industry secrets that provide you with all you need to know about breaking into the biz. We’ll cover everything from open call to casting calls, getting signed to staying signed.

Today, we’re going to cover the very first step to getting signed: Taking the right kind of photos to bring with you to open call.

Open Call is a No Selfie Zone
Many girls tell us when they come in that they didn’t know what kind of photos to bring, and that’s totally okay!

Some girls just pull up their Instagram or Facebook accounts on their phones. Which can be fine, but the truth of the matter is that your selfies aren’t going to do the trick. Why? Because the angle of a selfie isn’t very telling of what you actually look like. All we really want to see is you at your simplest self, both close ups and full body, from a few different angles. Enter: the “digital”.

Digitals are the New Polaroid
Anyone remember back in the day when digital and phone cameras weren’t even a thing yet? We don’t blame you if you don’t; it’s hard to remember life before the iPhone! Way back agencies used to take Polaroids of models who came in for open call so that they could immediately see what they photographed like instead of waiting to develop film. Now that we have digital cameras and don’t need to rely on instant film to see the photo right away, a “digital” is the same thing as what used to be called “polaroids”. It’s just an instant, raw, accurate representation of how the model photographs. No bells and whistles, just you.

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1. Get Prepared

We don’t want to see how pretty you could be, we want to see how pretty you are! These makeunder tips will prepare you for your best digitals:

· Take off the heavy makeup. Very light, natural makeup or even no makeup at all is best!

· Get your hair out of your face. We love a good top knot!

· Take off your jewelry and accessories.

· Pick out some super simple clothes. You know your wardrobe and your body, pick a top and a bottom that are form-flattering. No dresses or skirts! They’ll hide your beautiful waist and legs. We suggest a basic tee or spaghetti strap tank with skinny jeans or shorts.

2. It’s all about the light
If the place that you take your photos is too dark or too light, the photos won’t show your true beauty accurately. Find a spot that is lit by the sun but isn’t in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will either over-light you, making you look washed out, or will create unflattering shadows. Shaded areas with light close nearby are perfect. Feel it out and go with the flow, trying out different options. Once you find your perfect spot, remember what time you took the photos for next time! The sun moves and sometimes a spot that worked earlier in the day, may not work later.

3. Ready to shoot
Incase we haven’t already made it clear, digitals aren’t fancy! Grab your friend, your mom, or even a camera, laptop or phone with a self-timing app like TimerCam. Whoever is taking your photos, just make sure it’s not you behind the lens; this is your time to shine! Whether it’s a device or whoever you can rope in for a few minutes to help you out, take at least a dozen photos of each of these angles, giving yourself options to pick out your favorites.

Here are some of the models’ top-notch digitals paired with “don’t” photos, as created by Jen and Laura from the in-house Nous team:

Donezo!
When you’re all finished and have picked your favorite of each angle, do not photoshop or alter your new digitals!! They’re perfect just the way they are. Don’t put them on a USB thumb drive, and no need to get them specially printed. If you plan on coming to our open call just upload them to your phone or tablet, or print them out at home and bring them with you! If you’d rather send them to us online, submit by uploading the files here. Fingers crossed ladies! Consider yourself officially prepared for the first step to becoming a model.

Stay tuned for our next Industry Insider: What to Expect at Open Call.

We first met Taschka Turnquist when she approached us about testing our models. We instantly fell in love with her ability to photograph the girls so beautifully and uniquely. 

Upon viewing Taschka’s portfolio, one can truly feel the passion and drive behind her work. Her photography is far more than a camera capturing an image but it is an experience. It’s clear as to why her recent solo art show was titled Look but Don’t Touch“, her art is incredibly moving. 

Read more as this talented young artist shares her story with us. 

With artists as parents, creativity runs through your blood; can you share more about your background in the arts?

My mother was a writer and artist so it was only natural for me to follow suit. I spent most of my childhood drawing, painting, making clothes for my dolls from scratch. I’d even build doll houses out of scrap wood.  I just loved to create.  I became interested in Photograpy during high school but it wasn’t until after college, where I majored in fashion design, that I started shooting again.  Soon photography became the focus and my career path defined itself.

What were your thoughts when you picked up your first camera?

“I can freeze time.” This is very appealing to a control freak. It’s a way to savor the moment as you like it and/or a way to memorialize something that will never be again. I was intrigued by that power and I still am all these years later.

At what point did you know you were destined to be a photographer?

“I knew I was set when I saw how people reacted to me when I would shoot them. I’m a people person despite being very much a loner.  Another side of me comes out when my camera is around. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The camera does the dirty work, I’m just along for the ride.”

Describe your style in three words:

“Sex.
Depth.
Intuition.”

If you could work with anybody living or dead who would it be and why?

“Herb Ritts. I would love to have learned from him…and be photographed by him. It was on my bucket list. Ahh, another lifetime I suppose.”

I also heard that you had a recent art show, can you share more about that as well?
What was the name for this series and why? What was the inspiration behind this series?

“Yes, in NY I just had a solo show titled “Look but don’t touch.” I was inspired to share my intimate point
of view and muses behind it.  Those little moments in between that tickle the eye.  I love when I’m
shooting and I catch a breath or exhale I didn’t see coming.  That’s what the show was about.  The
viewer wanting to reach in and touch the subject…but it’s only a picture.  So keep your hands to
yourself.”

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Models shown: Ashley Moore, Candice Neill, Giza, Haley Porter, Hayley Corbett, and Kirby Griffin

Photography by Kesler Tran

Raw beauty mixed with rays of sunlight emerge from every photo story we get from Kesler Tran when he shoots our beautiful Nous Girls. We wanted to know what inspires him and his work, so we asked!

How did you get into photography?

Tran: I started out about 4 years ago, worked hard to advance my taste and direction, my growth happened through failure. Naw thats all BS, I’m just blessed to have a gift that I can share with the world through artistic visual media.

What inspires your photography? 

Tran: I’m inspired by lighting and also challenging views and rich shadows are what keep me motivated.

We are obsessed with your photo shoot locations! If you could choose any location to for a shoot, where would it be?  

Tran: My dream location would be a deserted Island, or a location where there is a house in the middle of the sea with glass floors where I can see dolphins swimming underneath. If that is too much to ask, I’ll settle for anything that isn’t in LA.