I feel like it's been way too long since I last posted (when in reality it's only been about a week), but I hate slacking!
Today I wanted to share my experience with some of my modeling, specifically with Japanese companies. I feel like I get asked the most about these gigs, so I'm going to explain how I got started in it, what my experiences have been, and what to expect if you're trying to get involved in modeling.
|When I was a young kawaii Killjoy xD|
|Candy Rock Couture|
|Bishoujo Bomb Designs|
|Alice and the Pirates|
|Sixh & Mint.|
- Don't get discouraged if you feel like someone else got a "cooler" outfit. There's a reason the designer thinks you can rock that outfit.
- If something goes wrong, don't panic. Sometimes the clothes the designer has picked for you won't fit or doesn't look like they thought it would. Just calm down. They're going to do what's best for the show, and most designers will try to accommodate you as well.
- You don't have to know Japanese. It definitely helps, but they almost always have a translator.
- Things are going to be last minute and you're going to be pulled in a million directions. Just go with it.
- Be helpful. Everyone involved is doing a bunch of different jobs. Just offering to say "hey if I can get you anything or help just let me know". I did that at the last show and ended up helping the other girls with hair once mine was done.
- Speaking of hair and make-up, ALWAYS bring your own supplies. I can't tell you how many times the artists ran out of time or bailed and models had to do their own hair/make-up.
- On the same note of things to bring, always bring a snack, nude bra/panties, and a spare pair of shoes. You'll thank me later. Oh and maybe a book or something because sometimes there will be A LOT of time to kill between models getting hair and make-up done.
- Be respectful. They know we have different ways of showing respect in America, so at least shake their hand and say thank you. It goes a long way.
- Have fun. It will show in your face if you're having a miserable time.
As for non-runway Japanese modeling, I treat it like I would any other modeling job. Some are actual paid modeling gigs, and some are ones I do for fun when I feel I need to update my portfolio.
You can also find a few of the fashion shows I did available on my YouTube as well as a full look at my portfolio and designers I've worked with HERE
I hope this helped anyone that wondered about modeling for Japanese companies. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.