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BENEFITS OF MEDITATION::REFRESH DURING STRESSFUL TIMES

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There is no denying the benefits of mediation, especially in stressful times.  We all handle stress differently and unprecedented times like quarantine can do a number on your well being.  Stress affects your entire body and meditation can help handle stress.  

Self care is aways important, but extremely important during stressful quarantine times.  We are all worried about finances, booking work, our health and family.  Please take time out to invest in your well being.

If you don’t practice meditation, here are some reasons why you should start:

  • Positive thoughts for just 5 - 10 minutes a day can change your whole outlook
  • Mediation can relax a stressed nervous system.  Taking deep breaths and checking in with your body can help relax muscles and reduce tension.
  • Mediation can help you rest better.
  • Your overall well being can improve with taking a few minutes a day to restore your focus.
  • More positive outlook.  Take time to appreciate the small things, approach life with a grateful heart.  Put positive energy out there.  It will help with your attitude, how people see you and may help you land your next booking!

We want people to be healthy, happy and exude confidence so your talent can shine!  There are many apps and free information online to learn more about mediation.  A personal favorite is Ten Percent Happier.  They even have a Coronavirus Sanity Guide for free online.  You are not alone.  We are all feeling the stress of Coronavirus.

Beautiful images for this blog post are from a recent booking with Ro & Arrows branding project.  ReFresh Talent Agency’s model, DeMarie was a perfect fit for what this brand represents.

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A little about Ro & Arrows:

Ro & Arrows is a performance sock brand that is beautifully designed, effortless to slip on, comfortable, and lightweight. Manufactured by the top seamless garment supplier in the world, the end result is a patented product with a grip unlike any other sock on the market, and uncompromising in function.

Made from 96% cotton and 4% elastane, Ro & Arrow socks are open-toe, with a patented low-profile grip for zero distractions. Light-weight and with a thoughtful design which encompasses a pocket heal, athletic arch support, and next to skin fit, comfort is at the forefront of its design. This sock is for the active individual, and will enhance any workout - designed as a barre, yoga, and Pilates sock all in one.

This product is a passion project, from our heart to yours.

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About the project:

Our client, Creative Clarity Inc. was brought on to rebrand performance sock brand Ro & Arrows by creating a new logo, tagline, color pallet, and imagery, and the development, design, and launch of a new e-commerce website and select marketing collateral. New social media content and photos were established as well. Creative Clarity Inc. engaged photographer Niki Cram , and talent from Refresh Talent Agency to conduct a shoot at Barrewell Studios at Plaza Del Lago in Mission Viejo. Creative Clarity Inc. styled and directed the shoot. The result is a beautiful and fresh look, meant to elevate the Ro & Arrows brand among consumers, studios, and wholesale clients. 

 

08/27/2020   |   Read More ...

AUDITIONING IN A POST-COVID WORLD

AUDITIONING IN A POST-COVID WORLD

Now that business is opening back up and people are going “back to work”, we wanted to share what the casting process may look like in the coming days, weeks and months.  

The Commercial Casting Directors Association (CCDA) and many of the independent casting facility operators have been working together to describe what the audition process might look like for the Los Angeles area talent pool in the coming weeks and months.

THESE GUIDELINES COULD CHANGE OR BE ALTERED AT ANY TIME.  We hope that ALL TALENT will review this document before auditioning:

1.  IF YOU DON’T FEEL WELL, STAY HOME.

If you are having any symptoms that seem unusual for you, stay home. What you think might be allergies, could be the beginning of a Covid infection. Don’t take a chance. If you are feverish, have body aches, a headache, chills, or any other symptoms of Covid 19, please stay home.

 

2.  BE ON TIME.

Casting Directors will be having smaller sessions and will most probably have to audition people one at a time. If you confirm an appointment, be on time for that appointment. Each Casting Director may have a different procedure as to how to sign in or notify the lobby person that you are there…regardless of the individual variations, your being on time is vital.

 

3.  YOU MAY BE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER OF LIABILITY.

Some facilities may ask you to sign a document stating that you are in good health to the best of your knowledge. This may be a virtual document.

 

4.  YOUR TEMPERATURE MAY BE TAKEN UPON YOUR ARRIVAL.

Some studios may take your temperature before your entrance or they may ask to take your temperature should they feel you are exhibiting symptoms of Covid once you are inside the facility.

 

5.  YOU MAY NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE FACILITY IMMEDIATELY.

Occupancy of each facility will be closely monitored. This may result in you waiting outside the casting facility or in your car.

 

6. THE NORMAL SIGN IN PROCEDURE MAY NOT TAKE PLACE.

Both union and non-union jobs may dispense with normal sign in protocols. The CCDA is working with SAG to establish a mechanism to sign in that keeps risk of transmission to a minimum.

 

7.  WEAR A MASK.

You will not be allowed into any facility unless you are wearing a mask. You will take the mask off in the studio, but not in the lobby or the waiting area. Should you take your mask off before you enter the audition studio, you may be asked to leave.

 

8.  READ POSTED INSTRUCTIONS AT THE CASTING FACILITY.

Since rules/guidance may be different from one location to another, please read the instructions posted in the lobby to learn of the expectations of that facility upon your arrival.

 

9.  KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE THROUGHOUT YOUR TIME AT THE CASTING FACILITY.

Each facility is different and at some casting facilities keeping social distance will be challenging. However, we ask that you do your best to stay at least 6 feet away from everyone at all times. Watch for markings on the floor to help you maintain social distancing.

 

10.  FACILITIES WILL PROVIDE HAND SANITIZER. USE IT.

It is the intention of all facilities to have appropriate sanitizers available to talent. If you touch something, make sure you use the sanitizer immediately. If you would feel more comfortable wearing gloves, wear them.

 

11.  BATHROOMS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE.

The health issues surrounding bathroom usage may outweigh the desire for access to this amenity. Bathrooms may well be locked and not accessible to talent (this will be a decision made by each facility).

 

12.  WATER FOUNTAINS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE.

Each facility will make its own determination, but talent should not presume that drinking water will be available.

 

13.  COME CAMERA READY. 

You may not have the opportunity to fix your hair or makeup upon arrival. Read the description of the character carefully before you get to the studio and arrive ready to enter the audition room.

 

14.  BRING YOUR OWN PROPS. 

Should an audition call for props that can’t be pantomimed, bring your own. No sharing of props will be allowed.

 

15.  ONLY ONE PARENT/GUARDIAN CAN BE WITH A CHILD. 

Facilities can no longer allow more than 1 adult to come into the space with a child. If siblings are auditioning, the 1 parent/guardian rule still applies. Siblings do not need 2 parents/guardians. Remember: bathroom facilities may not be offered.

 

16.  STROLLERS MAY NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE FACILITIES.

If you are bringing an infant or a toddler to an audition, please check to see if strollers will be allowed at the facility. If there is a restriction, prepare to walk or carry the child in.

 

17.  PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OF CHILDREN WHO ARE AUDITIONING. 

Kids coloring or playing in the waiting room will not be allowed. Parents/Guardians must maintain contact and control of their child or children in the waiting room.

 

18.  SITTING AREAS MAY NOT BE PROVIDED. Talent may be asked to stand from the moment they arrive until they enter the audition space. This may be challenging for some of the talent. Actors with disabilities who require seating will be accommodated. Having seating for those waiting to audition will be determined by each facility but is not guaranteed.

 

19.  STAFF IN THE AUDITION ROOM WILL BE MASKED OR WEAR A FACIAL SHIELD. Casting Directors or their Associates will be masked or wearing a facial shield and will stay over 6 feet away from all talent. Actors should stand on their mark and wait for instructions.

 

20.  FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO EXIT THE AUDITION SPACE. 

Depending upon the facility, there may be an exit that is not the same as the entrance that was used. Casting Directors or their Associates will explain exit procedure to you as you leave the audition.

 

21.  PLEASE FIND OUT THE PRACTICES OF THE FACILITY YOU ARE GOING TO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE FOR YOUR AUDITION. If possible, know the procedures before you arrive.

 

We look forward to getting back to work. We will do our best to make you comfortable so that you can give us your best audition.

The Board of Directors of the Commercial Casting Directors Association

 

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06/16/2020   |   Read More ...

START WORKING ON YOUR SELF-TAPE SKILLS!

What are things you can be doing to further your career during quarantine?

During these difficult times with productions coming to a halt, we need to pivot and think about what the future will look like for our models and talent.  What have we been working on during quarantine?  We updated our website.  Updating our portfolios and working on reels for commercial talent.  We also have been submitting talent via self tape.  So, let’s get you ready for when your agent calls you requesting a self tape audition…

How are your self tape skills?
If you need to brush up, check out these articles:

Casting Directors Dish Self-Tape Tips

Your Guide to a Perfect Self-Tape

How to Create a Great Self-Tape Audition

Having your own set up at home makes you valuable!

Talent that have their own video/voice over set up have been working from home.  They are able to produce quality video clips for projects and voice overs.  I know most of you are spending your time making Tik Tok’s during quarantine, so you probably have a ring light and tripod stand for your phone. Set up in front of a window for natural light.  Turn off the TV, A/C and close windows to keep the sound clear.  Good lighting and sound are key!  You should be able to make a good self tape with your iphone.

Look for apps like Slatable to help you produce, record and edit your self tape.  Or if you have a high quality digital camera like a DLSR, those record great video and allow for a mic to be plugged in for great sound.

Lastly, consider taking an online class.

Laurie Records is offering a one day commercial class (Self-tape style) via Zoom.  This is a commercial class with Self Tape tips.  Cost: $75

For more info/sign up: www.laurierecordscasting.com or email: laurierecords@gmail.com

Look for commercial workshops online.  Killian’s is offering access to all 10 workshops online for $99.00. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/killianscommercial2018

Let’s get working again!

We need to get creative, pivot to changing times and re-invent how we submit and pitch ourselves for what the world of castings and auditions look like for the days ahead.

Hope everyone is well.  We miss our talent and can’t wait to work with you soon.

~ReFresh Talent Agency

05/19/2020   |   Read More ...

THE BASIC CATWALK: HOW TO ROCK THE RUNWAY

Strutting your stuff in high heels while exuding beauty and confidence is not as easy as it may appear. We, at reFresh Talent, realize that confidence can be hard to muster when you’re worried about falling and breaking an ankle, so we have come up with a few tips to help you develop your own signature catwalk. 

Walk This Way
Your posture is super important, so stand with your shoulders back and pelvis slightly forward.  Imagine walking with a book on your head (remember Marcia Brady and all her practice!)
Look straight ahead, not at the floor, keeping your head and shoulders straight and making sure not to dip your chin.  

If you are not accustomed to wearing high heels, you may want to start with a shorter heel and work your way up to a higher heel as you gain more confidence with your strut. Make sure you have ample room to practice your “walk”, perhaps down the length of your hallway, have some music playing and, if possible, a full length mirror to watch yourself.

The Eyes Have It
Remember to smile with your eyes or as Tyra says, “smize.” Focus your attention on something in the distance and not at someone in the audience, and, please, no overacting or exaggerated facial expressions.

Balancing Act
Balance on the ball of your foot and not on your heels so you look graceful like a ballerina versus clomping hard on your heels like an elephant. Walk with your toes pointed forward with one foot in front of the other, “crossing” them. Take long (but not too long) and commanding strides to the count of the music with attitude.  

Give Yourself a Hand
Keep your arms by your sides and let them swing naturally, not exaggerated or with large swinging movements. Your hands should be in a graceful yet natural position unless wearing certain styles of clothing where your hands may be placed inside pockets.  

Be a Poser
At the end of the runway before your turn, pause for a beat jutting your hip out then turn and return up the runway. Practice this while walking in a straight line with ATTITUDE and confidence. If you do happen to trip or fall, just smile and get right back up as if nothing happened.

Say Cheese
Once you feel you have perfected your catwalk, grab a friend and have them video your new moves so that you may see yourself from a different perspective.

Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the easier it will become until you have perfected and developed your own signature style.  

Happy strutting!

02/04/2020   |   Read More ...

HOW TO TAKE CORRECT BODY MEASUREMENTS:

If you want to be a model or just look great wearing well-fitting clothes, you need to know your true measurements. With the low-slung fashions of today, many of us don’t even know where our natural waist is! This is crucial information that modeling agencies like reFresh Talent rely on.

What’s the big deal?
Accurate measurements will ensure that you are booked for the right types of jobs. Clients may be dissatisfied when you arrive if you do not represent the look they want. It is also common for wardrobe to be provided, and the clothing is purchased based on the measurements on file. If the clothes don’t fit, it’s not only embarrassing for you, but the agency may be held liable. A lot of time and money is involved in planning a photo shoot, and this is one mistake that could ruin it. This should be reason enough for you to learn how to properly measure your body.

Type of measurements you need to know:
·      Height
·      Weight
·      Bust/Chest
·      Waist
·      Hips
·      Inseam
·      Dress size/Suit size
·      Neck size (men)
·      Sleeve length (men)

Below are a few easy ways to take accurate body measurements. Make sure you have the necessary items prior to measuring and that you are wearing a minimal amount of clothing. For women, a bra and panties works best. For men, boxers or briefs. Do not wear shoes or heavy or bulky clothing. Stand up straight and remember to not hold the tape too tightly.

What you will need:
a.  cloth measuring tape
b.  ruler or flat book
c.  writing instrument
d.  a friend (proper measurements are almost impossible to do solo)
e.  a full length mirror (this is just to micro manage your friend to ensure it is done properly)

Height: Stand straight (not too straight, normal straight) with your back, head and heels against a wall. Ask your friend to place a ruler or flat book on top of your head perpendicular to the wall and mark a spot. Measure the distance from the floor to the spot.

Weight: Ummm, stand on scale and write it down.            

Bust/Chest: With your arms relaxed at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest (for women, usually across the top of your nipples).

Natural Waist: Find the narrowest part of your waist and measure (while not sucking in your belly).

Hips: Measure around the widest part of your hips, usually around the hip bone area with your feet no more than shoulder width apart.

Inseam: Measure from the top of your inner thigh down to the bottom of your ankle.
       
Dress Size/Suit Size: The size you wear in a dress or suit.
                  
Neck size (men): Wrap the tape measure fully around your neck at the adam’s apple. This is your actual neck size. Your dress shirt size will be 1/2” larger. For example, if you measure 16”, your dress shirt size will be 16½”.           
                                     
Sleeve Length (men): Stand still with your arms falling naturally to your sides. Begin at the middle of the upper back. Measure the length from the middle of the upper back to the stitching located at the shoulder of the shirt (write this down). Next, measure the length from the top stitching on the shoulder to the bottom of the wrist (be careful not to measure too high above the wrist, or the dress shirt's sleeves will come up too short). Add these two values together to determine your sleeve length.

Still unsure? Click on the link and let us show you how. http://youtu.be/F6DRGSMM37s

Are you ready to be a model now? Let reFresh Talent Agency help you get started by filling out the Become a Model form!

02/03/2020   |   Read More ...