INDUSTRY INSIDER

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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.