Monday, May 9, 2016

The Actors Image-For your Closet!

As Actors the way we look will often define us, especially if  it is to people in the professional world we do not yet know. This can be said for literally every career-your first impression is everything. As Artists though, we need to have a fairly vast closet, filled with lots of different looks that work well together. If you are like me and love fashion you might also want to stay on top of trends and be able to present yourself as the fashion creative you are! If the audition room is filled with all black outfits, or versions of blue tops and khaki and/or black pants-trust me the casting directors appreciate having something different to look at!!!
You will not scare them with something classy yet on trend with a pop of color to it.

This doesn't mean you need to have a massive closet filled with a million different things. In fact I encourage closet purging every 6 month to a year! Personally for me all of my fall/winter and Spring Summer clothing fit into the same large plastic bin that I change out of my small closet twice a year!!
That might sound crazy to some people reading this, but if you work your clothing right it should be able to happen easily. 

Men do not be afraid to SHOP and live outside of your what you have been wearing for the past 5 years. You might think that mens fashion stays the same but I assure you it does not! 

Don’t be afraid to shop online.  I find all of my best deals this way. I don’t have the money, (nor the time with 2 busy kids) to go into boutiques and buy one of a kind items, or shop name brand without a care in the world for what it cost. However, I  found ways to look like I do.
I am going to share how I do this with you today!

Ebay is your friend.  I am a small woman. I have to get everything altered, and I know my seamstress Jenny very well! Sometimes the "petite sections" in the department stores do not carry the styles that I like. It is up to me to figure it out!  I read one time in a fashion magazine that Jennifer Anisten gets even her white t-shirts altered to fit her perfect. As women we all must work. it. out. honey!  First go into a store and try on some things from your favorite name brands you cannot afford so you know what size you are in everything from those brands. Next get on ebay, and really take your time looking through the prices on those brands, and peoples stores. You want to make sure you do your homework on ebay. For example, I love clothing from “BeBe”, I have a seller I always work with I found a couple years ago. Her and I have a great relationship. She knows my sizing, what I like, and I can trust her. She has 100% customer rating, and I get all my Bebe clothing from her.  That is important. Look through reviews. I have another girl I buy preowned designer jeans from. She is the same size as me, and I don’t ever have to get them hemmed-bonus!

 If I find something I really love that is a crazy good deal but a little off in the sizing-I will buy it anyway and have it taken in here and there so it fits me perfect. Buy things a little bit bigger on ebay and have them taken in so they fit you perfect. You can use this same trick in the stores! I only use stores on ebay that allow returns or exchanges. This makes things really easy!

All online stores offer very easy returns. Most of them free. Online shopping is so easy, and allows you to get so much more done with your day! PLUS your able to find better deal and more unique clothing.

Preaching to the choir? Already do all your shopping online- Cool!!
Ok then here are some of my favorite finds for the Men and women to Check out!!
If you have some great online shopping to share with me, please do….


High Fashion. This is a perfect website/store for learning about the current most on point trends happening NOW.  LN-CC is fantastic website too buy yourself something really unique if you have the funds to do it. They even offer free shipping over $100 , and 10% for first time customers! When I want to know what is truly in style, on trend and going on NOW in the fashion world, I look to europe. LN-CC's Online store is perfect for spending some time "researching" what is on trend for wearable high end fashion if you are a woman or a man! They have everything.

I like to use websites and fashion magazines like this to get ideas and inspiration to put together outfits that are similar for less money! My own creative Juices get flowing and I want to push my own fashion boundaries, after I have read through the latest Vogue, or browsing through LN-CC.

Did I mention they are also use a lot of recycled materials, have a record store, a gallery, and a library? whaaa?!!- clearly they have created something that houses a list of pretty much all the coolest things EVER. 
I really need to get over the pond. For now, dreaming online will have to do.... 
find out more here about LN-CC

Friday, April 1, 2016

For the Soul: Keeping those Creative Juices flowing when our Anxiety Levels Start to Take Over

It is no big secret we live in a stressful world. We all feel there is not enough time in the day. How often does the exchange "things are crazy right now!" pass between people, either over conversation, text or email?! In general, people never feel that they have enough time to get things done.
For creative types this often leads us to become so overwhelmed it starts to hurt our artistic flow.
Whether you are an actor, dancer, singer, director, musician-any artist finds it hard to get over creative hurdles.
I recently found a great super helpful, read !!

Author: Eric Maisel
Book: Mastering Creative Anxiety: 24 Lessons, for Writers, Painters, Musicians & Actors from Americas's for most Creativity Coach.

Maisel's book is a gift. In it he talks about "Creative Anxiety".  He uses his background as a psychotherapist to explain why creative people get it, and how it can get so bad it sometimes has put a complete stop to careers, yikes! I found it to be a quick read, and super easy to follow. Some of the subjects he writes about using I already practice regularly like mindfulness, and guided imagery, and deep breathing. I found his take on these subjects to be accurate, and easy to follow for a beginner. I also loved all of the stories he uses along with the lessons. In addition to being an extremely helpful tool, it is fun to read! You will find yourself wanting to share it with a fellow artist.

Maisel actually is the author of 10 other books which speak about the mind, being a creativity coach, depression, and achieving goals.
Great Book selection for the actor looking for something new, that is not another method/scene/or monologue book!!

Remember, it is important to take care of yourself! No one does it for you.