Magpies with agencies.

December 10, 2009 at 10:36 am (Agencies) (, , , , , , , )

The thing I have noticed a lot of recently and probably more so since I have been in the industry is the amount of ‘new agencies’ opening up. After the demise of a certain particular agency that started me out on the way into the world of modeling due to none other than a disappearing act by its CEO I decided it was time to add another agency to my repertoire. It was a shame really as the agency itself was a great one and all those that worked for it in the time I was there were wonderful people in their own right. I will and shall always try and keep up to where these people have gone.
I have seen many models parade past me be it in castings or competitions or even working in store when they come to visit and buy. Lots of these avies have either a good collection no more then say four of well known good agencies that they work with. Or otherwise have a list as long as your arm of agencies I have never even heard of in the hope to glean at least one runway event every so often.
The question then begs.. Why? Why have so many agencies that the model can not stay true to one group. Nor can the agency obviously if they have that many people on the books. I do wonder how much of it is like collecting numbers and names without much thought going into it.
I decided it was time to branch out and find this new agency to add to my list. It was through a friend who I had a modeling contact with that suggested this particular agency and said that in light of the demise of my other one we as models would be accepted in to the fold.
I went down to the agencies location and decided to sign up using the application form. It was quite the waste of my time as it was only an application for new models but I thought well without the right people on line I shall fill it in anyway and see how it all goes. I made sure to mention my contact who was meant to be running the school there. This morning I popped on to Second life to have the following message given to me .

Hi Keeley, we received your application. It sounds like you have many courses already and are just really applying for a position as one of our models. We do not have advanced classes yet, but will be getting those probably somewhere along summer of next year. The usual sequence of things is first an interview just so we get a feel for ur personality, then if you find its for you and we find ur for us..u get a quick tour. Let me say up front that there is a fee of 300L, you ofcourse would not have to pay the 1500L. The reason for the fee is to first and foremost deter nonserious models(we try not to waste our time here) and second, the fee helps us to be able to put on shows twice a month and do some beautiful runway themes. please let me know your availability if you are still interested. Thank you for your application.

It was very polite but to be honest my response was quite curt. I will not pay to be in an agency if they feel that my work thus far has not been up to their standard then say so – but considering I have graduated one agency and one Institute of learning then I really do not see the point of ‘advanced classes’. Chances are I have already taken them. So at this stage I am going to politely decline as I do not feel that a proper agency would charge any of its models to enter as a deterrent to being time wasters. Heavens sakes if that were the case I wouldn’t be in modeling. I know it seems petty as the money is probably worth not all that much but it was the principal of the response. I am sure there are agencies out there that would be most happy to interview me see some of my pictures and see how things go. Should they then so desire that I am not working to full capacity they are quite within their rights to have me leave. So thank you but no thank you I shall not be parting with my money.!!

I am not sure if I am the only one that feels this but I was quite discussed at the attitude and although relatively new to the industry of only 4 months I felt that an agency that werent prepared to hire me on face value was probably not an agency I wanted to be involved in.

Rant over

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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Challenge me baby !!

November 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , )

Well its been a while since the last challenge was due πŸ™‚ I was expecting by new we will have heard about this new half challenge πŸ™‚ but as yet nothing. MMMh maybe they are concocting something truly outstanding for the last one. I was pondering over what it might be. Style an outfit in twenty mins?? Creat a mini show of our own with three outfits for a runway walk?? A Miss America style q and a show?? Maybe to create our own walk up and down the runway in a three min time slot? What they have in store is a true surprise. Many of the girls have been working so hard for Miss Refined. Lots of them keeping up with their blogs, some of them finding friends and family from far corners of the SL world to vote on the site. And just a few have posted their interviews with a variety of people from friends to imaginary Oprah appearances and like me interviews with real SL journalists for SL magazines. All in all I am sure like me they are hanging on tenterhooks. Things have been a little slower for me of recent days which has been good as it has allowed me to do my blog regularly and to make sure I have things up to date. I did however manage to pick up two shows which I am pleased about and through my store modeling I have been meeting more and more contestants for Miss Refined with the different things I have been doing and it is lovely to chat with most of the girls about the challenges we have been set as well as their experiences. It really feels like they are part of a little family on SL

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~@

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Challenge 3 : Interview for Catalyst of Fantasy Magazine.

November 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Firstly I just would like to take the time to say thank you so much to Noa Daffyd a fantastic person all round for allowing me the option of doing a real interview for my Challenge. It was lovely using a real live interview as the basis for this challenge.

“I like to keep true to my ideals as a person”
Written by Noa Daffyd, writer for Catalyst of Fantasy Magazine

The Miss Refined International contest is in full swing. Through all the heavy challenges, Miss Keeley Cooperstone made some time to speak with the Catalyst of Fantasy Magazine. We found out that this Miss isn’t only beauty. She also has brains and a warm heart.

*Miss Keeley Cooperstone can you tell us something about you?*
I am fairly new into the fashion industry, but I have been educating myself in as many aspects of SL as possible. I have developed not only a bit of my building skills, but photography as well. I see it as a huge learning curve that is only the start of what I want to achieve. So far I have been trained by one agency, but I ‘m about to finish training at Fashion Institute. This has helped me to develop my skills even more. Through this I have met some of the industries greatest teachers and models. Through listening to them and asking advice I think I’ve learned more then I ever could learn on the runway or in a studio.

*What do you want to achieve as a model?*
I want to be good enough that I can say that I’ve walked for the best designers, but still have managed to keep grounded as a person. When I’ve reached that I want to pass on what I learn to other aspiring models.

*Would winning Miss Refined International be one of those achievements?*
Competing in Miss Refined International already is an achievement for me. When the competition came along, I had barely graduated from Modelpages International. As nervous as I was, I walked down the runway with my hands shaking on the keyboard. It was my first official casting and I tried my best in front of the judges. I was lucky enough to be selected from the thirty girls that applied in September!

*You’ve came really far, how?*
I think an element of it has to be luck or fate, being in the right place and right time. But also the right outfit, hair and the right competition. I thought really long and hard about my styling and the poses I could use. I hope that through that and through my written application they saw I was serious and committed. I was determined and able to walk against some of the best models.

*Why did you enter the contest for Miss Refined International?*
The main reason was to prove to myself. I wanted to see if i had what it took while being under pressure by a judge. If I crumble too easily, I wouldn’t be made out of the tough material that all models need to be.

*How do you judge your chances against the other contestants?*
I think we all have a chance, but the important thing is to remain focused and to always try your best. For me that’s been my motto the whole way through. I feel that is what will help me in the end. To keep true to myself to make sure that I do my best. I do have a great fondness for many of my competitors and we all have crossed paths at some stage. But again it is a competition and we all have to focus on what we are here for.

*Obvious you came for winning the crown. You have to do some challenges for that, how did they go so far?*
You never expect to write a business plan for a competition. Or to write a blog two times a day for a whole week and maintain that for a month. But I think I have taken them on board quite well and I now enjoy my blogging. The business side opened up a new door for me and I did get to learn more about promoting myself. For some that is a huge effort, but I managed to apply it to me. I am quite impressed that the contest is also about other aspects then looking lovely. It challenges the brain as well.

*One of the challenges was to fake an interview, why did you chose to do it with a real SL writer?*
I hoped that by using a real SL writer, I would have a more authentic account of my thoughts. It would have been very easy to write what I wanted, but how would that show the commitment that I feel? I also felt that doing an interview with a real writer would enable me to experience to be a spokesmodel for Miss Refined International.

*What are you willing to do to win?*
I like to keep true to my ideals as a person. I try not to compromise my beliefs. It is important to have a hunger to win, but not at all costs. I would be prepared to do what I need, but within the boundaries of decency and with others in mind. You won’t see any knee knobbling here. I want to be chosen for the right reasons. As the title says its for Miss Refined and for me that means someone who is elegant and suggested taste. Who also showed and has good feelings, one who was not vulgar and/or displayed no impurities. I want to emulate the meaning of refined and in doing that I do not have to trample or upset anyone

*What would it do to you if you won?*
It would be a great step to what I want to achieve. Not only would it bring me some more notoriety, but it also allows me to share with others what I’ve learned. I hope it shows people that you don’t have to be rude, aggressive and nasty to get where you want. Kindness and consideration as well as sharing helps us all. That’s how I want my career in modeling to go.

*The final question, why are you Miss Refined International ’10?*
I am Miss Refined International because the judges recognised that I have developed, changed and challenged myself along the way. In doing this I still remained who I am as a person.

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~@

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Madness, complete madness.

November 21, 2009 at 5:53 am (Musings) (, , , , , )

Well today at 8AM SLT time I was helping out the wonderful crew of Rock Me Amadeus where I currently store model.
The contest involves the applicants to upload a picture three quarters to full length wearing an outfit from our store. It is available to experienced and professional people as well as anyone that just enjoys taking great pictures in good clothes. The applicants get their pictures up on our wall and for the week their friends can vote for them. As well as this form of choosing winning entries some of the models and the owner Amadeus Beattie will be selecting the pictures they feel have tried their hardest and these can come from all walks of SL life. I was very proud to be associated with this contest as Ama and the girls try to keep all the people entering aware of the rules and keep them above board and honest.
I was ready in store before the 8 am kick off but I could not believe how popular this actually was. Many of the other models that have been with Amadeus when they held a similar competition said it was totally mad and they were 100% right. I just could not believe all the people that were there before time and after 8 am had been and gone more upon more upon more came to get their pictures up. Total madness. We were helping people left right and centre and even when I managed to take a breath it was two hours later and I didn’t realise the time had passed by. Amazing I do not think I have ever seen something quite like this.

I must admit I do not envy Ama having to make a decision about the winning pictures. But over time it will become more apparent when we get to inspect the pictures closer that some people have really put lots of effort into their entries. I can’t wait to see what comes with the week and any new challenges that are thrown up as the models work in store to support this event.

TTYL

Keeley~~~~~~~~~~@

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My greatest achievements.

November 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm (MRI blogs, Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Today when chatting with a friend I was reminded how much things have changed and the sorts of events and achievements that I have had since starting in Second Life. Back in the day when I first started out it was an achievement for me to actually move around with out bumping into people and going into sims half dressed πŸ˜‰ I finally progressed to an acceptable avi that soon learnt in a few weeks the ins and out of navigating around Second Life as well as how to put together a moderately well made avi. Although I did have to answer the question of was I an alt a billion times. We move forward a few months and I was sucessful in aquring a job for Kayia Islands at one of their sims called Cupids Lagoon. It was a dream job in those times πŸ™‚ Hosting a venue with some fab people learning lots in Second Life and enjoying a job I loved to do. Sadly I had to leave as I was possibly moving in real life and also I wanted to spend a little more time doing my real life job. After a few months things settled down and I decided that it was time to try a new venture. That was when modeling came along and tempted me. So I signed up to a few agencies and it was Modelpages International that won my heart. My first big achievement there was to start the programme with them. Then I was lucky enough to graduate all be it a little later then I had hoped due to real life interruptions. Graduation day was wonderful and my first real live fashion show with them. I also managed in the same month to get selected for Miss Refined International and as a new model it was a huge achievement. Next along the line was to be lucky enough to be accepted to Rock Me Amadaeus as a in store model. I love working for the store and my family of girls are the best. In the last two months I think my greatest achievement has been being accepted into the Miss Refined contest. It was a great honour to be put through in Septembers round and I am totally enjoying the challenges to make it through to the finals. Recently I have also spent time on the House of Beningborough runway. It was also another highlight in my modeling career to have my pictures chosen as weekly winners with some of the best in the business. Of course there have been many others like walking in shows for a variety of other agencies. But to me these are the ones that stick out them most.

To finish with I want to try and include a song that I find inspirational. I played this for children in Year 6 in my RL job – we try to encourage them to stive for the skies πŸ™‚ It is their last year in our primary school age and a great song for end of year to help them remember how great they are πŸ˜‰

Click the link to hear a live version

The World\'s Greatest

R. KELLY
Miscellaneous
World’s Greatest
Album: Chocolate Factory (2003)

I am a mountain
I am a tall tree
Ohhh, I am a swift wind
Sweepin’ the country
I am a river
Down in the valley
Ohhh, I am a vision
And I can see clearly
If anybody asks u who I am
Just stand up tall look ’em in the Face and say

I’m that star up in the sky
I’m that mountain peak up high
I made it
I’m the worlds greatest
And I’m that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it mmm
I’m the worlds greatest

I am a giant
I am an eagle
I am a lion
Down in the jungle
I am a marchin’ band
I am the people
I am a helpin’ hand
And I am a hero
If anybody asks u who I am
Just stand up tall look ’em in the Face and say

I’m that star up in the sky
I’m that mountain peak up high
I made it
I’m the worlds greatest
And I’m that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it
I’m the worlds greatest

Makes me smile
TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~@

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That was me then…. This is me now……

November 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , , , , )

Well we got the official second challenge in on Sunday and as part of the challenge as I mentioned before we had to complete a picture of our avatars from the time we started out to where we have got ourselves to now. It was a great experience as I had to redress and put on all my old avatar skin and hair and what ever clothes I could find that I used to wear back in the day. Luckily its just over a year for me so not all of it was gone yet. But it did make me think i need a huge clean out πŸ™‚
Here is the resulting picture that is now up at the ModelPages website http://modelpages.net for voting. I suppose I could beg unashamedly for votes but it would not be very refined now would it πŸ™‚

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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Quotes

November 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , )

I was reading the new blogs on the MPI – ModelPages International site http://modelpages.net and one of the new blogs that has been uploaded was about quotes and what various people thought was a good quote that spelt out REFINED to them. This was a rather interesting item to have in a blog as many of the contestants have replied. There were some lovely quotes about what that meant to the various people that posted.
MPI started the ball rolling with …

β€’β€œGreat minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and simple minds talk about other people”
β€’β€œLife is what happens to you while you’re working for your future”
β€’β€œThe only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them”

I particularly liked the following quotes from the girls.

Katherine Comet said,

November 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

β€œAll that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”
Buddha

preciousmannonen said,

November 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

He who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers and ceases when he has no more to say is in possession of some of the best requisites of man.

~Johann Casper Lavater
Kimber said,

November 14, 2009 at 11:47 pm

β€œWe are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act , but a habit.”
~Aristotle

I think some wise words here but the one I found to be most poignant for me was
β€œMan often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

truly a great man.

TTYL

Keeley~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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The Challenge.

November 15, 2009 at 11:02 am (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well I have been working on the Challenge to beat all Challenges today with the Miss Refined contest. It has really taken it out of me this week thinking about the business side and aspect of the second part of this challenge. Here is the second part to the challenge…

Develop and submit a 10 point (concepts) marketing plan for the blog you created in challenge 1. You must use at least one marketing E-Book purchased from http://www.kissmyebook.com and you must provide in your plan, the title of the E-Book(s) used and page number(s) where you found the information.

I must say this teacher mind does not really have the business acumen that many others probably have. I had to really research what this topic was all about. I told a friend I have no idea what I am doing but I will give it my best try. I think the hard part which is really quite interesting is that I have no idea to what the term ’10 Point Marketing Plan’ means as the terminology that say Australia and the UK will use might be slightly different to what the US use. A friend mentioned well isnt it all english lol Sure it is but essentially we use different terms in different english speaking countries for different things πŸ™‚
Say for example you want something sweet to eat. In the USA it is candy whilst in Australia we call them lolliles and in UK we call them sweeties πŸ™‚
So really all the same thing just different terms. Same with fizzy drink, pop, lollywater, soda or softdrinks or the other host of names for describing a carbonated flavoured drink. Don not even get me started on flipflops, thongs and scuffs !!! I talked before about different languages and the need starting for us all to learn a language but in essence we are doing that every day in SL when we come across different english speaking people. Just luckily for us we can communicate to make the connections in these differences. So….. basically before I started the challenge I had to really define what the words meant so that I knew what I was talking about. The truth being is I think I know but if I actually know that will be a minor miracle. LOL So with my ideas in hand I set about doing the challenge. I had to devise what would be the steps I would need to follow in order to Market my Blog a bit better to get it to the masses. After trawling through some ebooks as asked to buy and download and doing a little investigation work I think I finally arrived at my top 10. I must say it was very hard to limit it at 10. But I do think like everything this is a plan for the now and once some or all of the goals have reached then I need to redo the plan to include some other ideas πŸ™‚ So that was what I basically based it on and sent off my Challenge 2 to Jason at MPI. Lord knows I am nervous and I have no idea how I went. It would be lovely to get feedback so if any of you business types ever get a chance to read my blog. Let me know how close to the mark I got with the plan. I will include the steps below and run and hide before someone tells me I have completely ballsed it up πŸ™‚

1. Make sure that I obtain a stand alone domain name from wordpress so that it becomes more prominent to people.
2. Optimize the blog that has been created in wordpress. Make sure the style and the plugins suit the style of the blog and the target group it is for. (Pg 10/11)
3. To ensure that trackbacks and pings have been included to link to other blogs and important sites.
4. Setup a Google account for Sitemap.
5. Identify authoritative blogs, web sites and hubs for outbound resource links and blogroll. (Pg8 )
6. Build up online networks through services such as MyBlogLog, Twitter and Facebook and use them to promote particularly useful content on your blog.
7. Enable statistics for tracking – Google Analytics, ClickTracks.
8. Submit RSS feed and Blog URL to prominent RSS and Blog directories / search engines (Pg 20/21)
9. Identify authoritative blogs, web sites and hubs for outbound resource links and blogroll. Submit blog url to paid directories with categories for blogs like Yahoo, MSN. (Pg 22/23)
10. Monitor inbound links, traffic, comments and mentions of your blog – Google Alerts, Technorati, Blogpulse, Yahoo News, Ask Blogs and Feeds.

Not sure how it will go πŸ™‚
Fingers crossed
TTYL

Keeley~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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A new day … a new challenge.

November 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , , )

Well I popped online for a little weeee while this morning and logged into Second Life and low and behold what should be upon us but the new challenge for Miss Refined International. Mhhhh I thought to myself was there the faint sounds of that Mission Impossible them playing again or am I just imagining it again πŸ™‚ Darts a quick look around for Tom again. Just my luck he isn’t here…..
Opening up my envelope I can tell something important is inside. On a crisp white piece of paper is written the information needed to complete challenge 2 of our 3 and half challenges. This half part intrigues me so much πŸ™‚ Will we wear half a dress will I have to write half a blog only time will tell.
The mission should we choose to accept it is to do one of the following…
Option [1]: Create a before and after photo. Just one photo (merged), Label the top-left side of the photo as “Before Miss Refined…” and I want you to look the same as you were when you were a newbie. On the top right, I want you to be styled for perfection and label that, “Now, I Am Refined”. Your name will also be somewhere on the photo. The photos will be ranked for originality, design and creativeness – 10 Points Possible

Option [2]: Develop and submit a 10 point (concepts) marketing plan for the blog you created in challenge 1. You must use at least one marketing E-Book purchased from http://www.kissmyebook.com and you must provide in your plan, the title of the E-Book(s) used and page number(s) where you found the information.

Both really interest me as I do have a hard time using Photoshop Pro or any of those editing aspects and have only done the sort of picture talked about once before πŸ™‚ and the business side of it peaks my interest in expanding something I have no knowledge of. Jason has suggested that we can do both and then the highest score of the best one will be used. Again always wanting to try something different this tickles my fancy to try both πŸ™‚

So with only a few days to get sorted I am madly reading up on things and madly finding out as much as I can to work on my picture. I am picking the brains of all I know to try to find out about the things I think will help not only with the picture but with the marketing plan .

Watch this space πŸ™‚
Ill let you know how it all goes.

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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New things.

November 10, 2009 at 9:32 am (competitions, Life of SL Model, Modeling world) (, , , , , , , , )

Well thought it might be nice after a few days rest just catching up with what I have been doing… Life RL wise has been full on. Have been without work for a few months – and I hear you all going awwwwww. It ok cause there is good bits and bad bits. Firstly it was wild to have more holidays then I can poke a stick at. Although after the school holidays were done and everyone was going back I felt a little sad for all of five seconds. Then a few weeks later reality set in and I realised 1. Money doesn’t grow on trees – damn it. 2. I will have to start getting work – not that I have not tried before! So after all those thoughts I finally knuckled down and signed with two agencies and awaited my CRB. And I waited ….. And I waited…. And I waited……. About one and half months later I finally was able to start working and ever since that day I have not stopped with being called in for jobs. Let alone this week I have done five days worth of work. So RL was kicking in and then we had a step up in SL. I had lots of time to do at the two shops I model in – Rock Me Amadeus – which is my regular store and a totally wicked place to go. I have also lately as I mentioned in previous posts been modeling in House of Beningborough for their competition and I love that as I get to be on runway with my friends Queenbrat , Elyna and Kat. It is nice when we get to chat but Sunday was a total nightmare as everything was discounted πŸ™‚ At the same time it was fun to see what happens on a madhouse day πŸ™‚
Well with all the challenge things to do , my hours to work, preparing pictures for a few competitions and trying to spend time with Shal just about burnt myself out. But as always we managed to find time and I manage to get everything done RL and SL.

Here is a picky of my latest for HOB

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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