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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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 🙂
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 🙂

TTYL

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

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Always learning.

November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm (Life of SL Model, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , )

Well today I want to talk about the fact that as a model I think it is important alway to learn new things. I have been currently trying to update my knowledge and craft by attending some courses at the Fashion Institute. It has been really good to go over things that although I was well trained through MPI it was nice to hear all that I knew about the modeling world was in fact true and the best knowledge. I also have been to some of the more advanced classes by some very knowledgeable people in the industry. This has been more valuable as it is nice to get a different perspective from other people. One such class was about choreography of a show. This I found very interesting as you know what happens backstage and so on as a model. But you can never fully understand what has happened between the designer, coordinator and even the announcer. We gained a greater understanding and appreciation for organising a show and the sorts of reasons behind choices that the coordinator has to make with the walking routine, the models selection, the types of walks that will happen , the best poses to use. It really is quite involved and to be honest I will never look at a casting the same way These ladies have a hard choice to make when deciding on the models and I do not envy that or the decisions made for what outfits people must have to wear. I will always have a greater respect when I attend castings and also remember the difficulty that these sorts of things present. Also I hope that one day I will be able to use my knew knowledge to do a show or work on a show at some stage.

TTYL

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

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Learning and evolving.

November 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , )

evolve
Musings are an interesting thing. It makes you think carefully about yourself and to consider on what you can learn. I was thinking lots about this learning process when I was chatting to my RL sister on the phone today and it made me think that I must write down what I have realised about being in Miss Refined International. I have learnt that I always have lots more to learn 🙂 I have also realised that we all have refinement in various ways. I have learnt that there are people in SL that are truly wonderful in the modeling industry that no matter what will always support you and you them. I have also learnt that the most important of this experience that MPI and the sponsors of Miss Refined have allowed me to do is to evolve. I have had the chance to look deep within myself to think about the things that are important and to focus my energies on good things to take me forward. I do not think had I not had this opportunity would I have gone on to do more work to develop my modeling nor would I have gotten to know so many people in the industry. I probably would have flailed around and continued to try to cast for shows but never extended myself as I have. Really to think about it I have a lot to be thankful for and it’s being in Miss Refined that has helped me get there 🙂

I am Keeley
I am a Learner
I am a Model
I am evolving
I am ..

evolve_already_sm

TTYL

Keeley~~~~~~~~~@

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