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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Expanding Your Portfolio & Brand

July 24, 2012- Expanding Your Portfolio & Brand


So, I was caught up in this funk about only being natural and going for one type of role: Girl-Next-Door. I chose this because of the market I wanted to go in. Which was television but not just it as a whole, I wanted a wholesome “ABC Family” type of look and role. Which is fine…however I found that I was limiting myself.
            Therefore, I set out to explore and identify all of my possible looks and boundaries. Even though I have a young looking face, my voice and body reads very mature for film/television. And that’s even after I drop the 40 pounds. However, I do not read as mature as I thought I did. So my range is actually between the ages of 19 to 30. WHICH ROCKS!
             So, I wanted to get photos done that would build my portfolio, and also showcase my range ability. This all started by me watching the channels that I wished to be on. Like the edgier, gritty shows on USA and FX or the bubbly, friendly shows of ABC Family and FOX. From there, I contacted Rufus Sims of The Sims Collection and set up on photo shoot.
            I let him know there were 3 main looks I was going for and I wanted them to be full bodyshots and ¾ shots rather than headshots. Booked the date and time and the rest was butta! Oh…trust me I had to budget for this. $$$
Day of the Photoshoot

The day of the photo shoot was a blast.  I woke up at 7am to get my hair done. I wanted a versatile look that would be able to adjust the character I was portraying. I went to Jessica ‘J’ Coles of J Coles and Co. When I first heard of her, I was like “J. Coles, the rapper?” lol. Anyways, she hooked me up and I sat out to start the day.
            We shot at Waterside in Norfolk, VA in a beautiful spot called the Pagoda. One thing about the Pagoda is that it can give multiple feels and looks in one central location.

Here were the original 3 looks:

  •  Edgy, Club-Goer
  • Girl-Next-Door
  • Corporate Business
Girl-Next-Door 1
Edgy 1

Girl-Next-Door 2
 Uh…yeah it was hot as shit out there! Even after we pushed it to the latter part of the evening. So we nixed the business shots and went full fledge for the other. It was great. Rufus provided insight and input throughout the entire process. The level of professionalism withstood and I highly recommend him and his photography services. His contact information is at the end of the blog.
So what do I do now? Well…now I am set up to make up comp cards to compliment the headshots that I took a couple of months ago. Together both we will work as superb self-marketing tools for myself and also give my agents more leverage to promote/market me.


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Photography by:
Rufus Sims
The Sims Collection

Hair by:
Jessica ‘J’ Coles
J. Coles & Co.
1603 Atlantic Ave.
Chesapeake, VA 23324

Thursday, July 12, 2012

New Shots, New Opportunities

July 12, 2012- New Shots, New Opportunities

So I totally need to stop writing like every two to three months and make this more frequent than sparodic. Nevertheless, greetings!

Two things: 1) "Sometimes Life gives us the breaks that we don't allow ourselves to have"- Brittney S. Harris. Yes that's an original and I am living proof of it. I don't want to be one of those people looking back at life with that question "What If". I don't and I am firm believer that God didn't want me to be either.

2) Ain't nothing like some new headshots to get your 'acting spunk' back. LOL.

Headshots are the S**T
Back in May, I went back to my good friend and fellow Actor Melissa Blue with the desire for some new shots. New headshots to showcase my newly developed self-image. So far, I am physically where I want it to be, but I am trying to develop the personality with the body. That's another blog!

But nevertheless, Melissa capture some beautiful shots. Perhaps too beautiful, when I first them I was shocked! I thought I looked too stunning and not natural enough, you know? The thing is I know her and I know her work, so I know she doesn't do too much retouching at all...so basically I was looking at me! It was scary. Compared to my last headshots, I looked remarkably younger, more marketable, and fresher. But that's what you have to keep in mind. WHAT MARKET ARE YOU TRYING TO GO INTO AND WHAT'S THE LOOK?
And in the end, I was going for a girl-next-door/friendly and sultry, professional, mature young woman.

What do you think?

Well since I've gotten these shots, I've happened to land several major auditions for shows that are under my age range (networks like FOX, ABC Family) and also I got a new agent for the DC & Maryland market. Yeah...I totally loving my new shots.

Thank you so much to Melissa Blue of
Please check out her website and great prices for Actors in the Hampton Roads area.

UP NEXT... Developing/Building my Acting Brand

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Artfully Yours,