Marlene Wallach is your go-to resource for all things beauty, fashion, modeling, lifestyle and wellness in the sometimes “trying” world of teens and tweens. As president of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens for nearly two decades, she is your Champion of Girl Power! And, when the going gets tough, the answer is Just Ask Marlene!
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JAM (Just Ask Marlene) one on one via FaceTime and Skype!
In an effort to meet the overwhelming demand by parents and teens who have requested a chance to consult with Marlene, she has created one-on-one JAM Talk. For a limited time, there is a chance to chat with Marlene in the privacy of your own home via online chat.
It can be about how to get started in the modeling business, review your audition tape, discuss fashion and your style or issues of self-esteem. She can even review the wardrobe you are planning for that special event! It is your private time to ask her whatever you want.
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Find an Agent, Find an Agency
Whether you’re discovered at a party or you pound the pavement going from casting to casting, you need an agency to really make it as a model.
Think of the agency as a bridge between you and your modeling career- it’s how you get there. It’s the agent or manager’s role to figure out if someone has the special quality that makes a successful model.
The professionals at modeling agencies have a constant back and forth with casting directors and it is their job to find the right model for the particular ad campaign. Not every agent is going to be right for you. What I always say is, go with your instincts. If you get a stomachache on your way to the agency, then something’s not right, no matter how many supermodels they’ve created.
Think of your agent or manager as your business partner. You and your parents have to be completely comfortable with that person. It’s okay if you’re a little nervous around them, as long as you trust him or her. ... See MoreSee Less
Learning to use your voice to stand up for yourself is important to being happy. Many of us sometimes struggle with finding the courage to ask for what they want. Whether you are a model who needs to take a break during a shoot or just you, it’s totally understandable to feel jumpy inside when asking for a raise in your allowance or for a big favor from a friend. To make the conversation go a little smoother, try out the tips below. Whether you get what you asked for or not, going for what you want will make you feel better. Promise.
6 Ways to Ask for What You Want and Get It… Sometimes
1. See eye to eye: Making eye contact is step number one. Looking someone in the eye is a big sign that you are confident and believe in what you are saying. It’s also a chance to make a real connection with the person you hope will give you what you want!
2. Smile: Oh yeah, that again. Smiling never hurts. Don’t be fake, but a warm smile will put everyone in the discussion at ease.
3. Body language: Your body says as much as your words. Even if you are really nervous as you approach the conversation, you can fake confidence by standing straight with your shoulders back. Don’t hunch over since it’s a sign that you don’t feel worthy of your request. And don’t cross your arms, which look like you are ready for a fight.
4. No crybabies: Don’t whine for what you want. You’ll get a lot more sympathy for your cause if you simply state your wishes. And don’t complain if things don’t go your way. Instead try to understand the other person’s argument by listening. You might find a compromise, and you’ll definitely be more convincing if you decide to ask again later.
5. Practice makes perfect: If you have something really hard to ask, you might want to first write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. What do you want to say? What are you trying to achieve? Once you have a clear idea, grab a friend or parent and practice what you want to say out loud. You might stutter or stammer at first, but the more you repeat your request, the easier it will become to say it straight.
6. Never say you’re sorry: Ever heard someone say, “I’m sorry but can I ask you a question?” You don’t need to apologize. Just ask! It’s perfectly fine wherever you are—at home, at school or with your friends. So go ahead and ask away. ... See MoreSee Less