Lag Lag everywhere! Part 2

December 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Life of SL Model) (, , , , , )

Second in a three part series

Last time I discussed the issues with lag realted to the avatar we looked at Gwyneth Llewelyns article at http://analutetia.com/2009/06/22/anatomy-of-lag/ to gain a clear understanding of lag and all that is involved. One of the previous mentioned areas that causees lag is the draw on servers by having lots of people in one particular area and this really did make me think not only about shows that models, fashion agencies and designers are involved in but also the shops and sims that these things occur on. Gywneth goes on in her article to make some excellent points about this matter.

What do shop/sim designers need to do?
Well basically to avoid open space! If there is a draw distance of over 256m then the interest list for the avatar will cover the whole sim and with the creation of advanced graphic cards this is usually the default setting they are on. This can however be changed by the user as this adds to the huge jump in content transfers and lags the sim alot. Simply put the designers should build no open spaces rather large rooms with partitions so that people may still move around. They can artificially enhance the optimisation mechanisms built in SL and if none of the rooms are bigger than 64m and you request people to have their draw distance down people might move relatively lag free. Another useful method is to have multiple landing points in a shop that way not all avatars will be in the one area and only a handful of avatars are in plain sight of each other allowing an SL client to only rezz the avatars it needs to display. Gwyneth goes on to make mention of some optical effects and signage to help shops rezz faster. Also to suggest that they prevent avatars from flying as many of these tips and helps are null and void if an avatar has to fly to see the items. So shop keepers must make things accessible to avatars at an easy to see level.

Now one I know you all worry about…Does good hair really make us lag?
Since the introduction of Avatar Rendering Costs – yes I know you ladies and gents know about it in the modeling world! It has become apparent to some that hair jumps the numbers up quite a bit. See my before and after picture here for that one! One day experimenting on myself I saw that the hair I was wearing jumped the ARC up by nearly 1000. So shocking when we all love to find the perfect hair to go with out outfits. The better it looks the more costly to your ARC it might be. Strangely enough though this is another one of those myths. A higher ARC however according to the boffins does not create sim lag! This also can be applied to shoes – basically a prim is a prim if it’s on your head or the ground or in the designs of a building. The more there are the longer it takes to load. Usually in the case of hair its one of the first things that does download.

Lastly I want to relay Gwyneth’s discussion on the differences between sim lag and client lag. We have talked alot about sim lag so far. Gwyneth states that Sim lag is what happens on SL grid and affects every person on the same sim. Client lag is what you experience on your own computer. She mentions that computers or laptops particularly on WiFi lag more then a desktop computer worth half the price with a wired connection. Wireless and WiFi connections are susceptible to loosing packets and having information re transmitted. Laptops overheat quickly and have to start slowing things down and the CPU and graphics cards are the first to go! She goes on to talk about unconfigured computers to affect the client performance especially when discussing the performance of Vista on a CPU. Not being so technically minded myself this might require someone who knows what they are doing to adjust and change the settings to get the optimum performance. SL tries to guess this with knowing what computer you use and adjusting the settings so for that but according to Gwyneth they do get it generally wrong. Generally she says is all client lag caused by improper configuration and the answer is generally yes. Apart from that a good quality graphics card is what helps to minimise the client lag. The interesting part even if you can afford this state of the art item with a sim of 50 to a 100 avatars one will always get lag as there are no graphics cards powerful enough to deal with it.

Yes I know I said last! But there was one more important bit of information. There is one thing that will lag everybody on the sim not only for the reasons mentioned above. To put it simply it is time. The more avatars that enter a sim the more the time it takes for refreshing of data for smooth performance. The goal is to render all those polygons around you 25 times in a second. The article suggests ways of using the View Statistics window to see how this works but I wouldn’t want to bore you with too much technical stuff. It is worth a read however. The important information is that if lots of avatars arrive at the same time requesting textures as they start rezzing the time dilation or delay increases for that aspect and thus other things start to slow down causing things to not occur in real time. What does this mean for us as models? Possibly some of the suggestions would be to ask the creator of the sim to have less open space and limit the textures used in the sim. To ask people to come to an event and have them be there prior to the start so that real time might actually catch up. Maybe even to limit the number of people attending an event by putting on a few shows people can go to. The lag generally happens when there are avatars that are sitting at events for long periods of times say over an hour. So making the shows quicker and less populated might be the answer. Have you ever noticed how things speed up to real time much easier towards the end of a show when avatars start to leave?

The reality is we can not really do much to cut down lag we can slightly affect it but in essence the sorts of things we are doing are pretty much happening independently of what we attach to ourselves or what we are wearing. No matter how much we turn off take off or lower down the one true answer and not the desired choice is to get rid of the avatars!

My next part in this series will concentrate on the little you can do to help with your own client lag – so stay tuned to see what we can all do be it small or relatively minuscule to help with your own lag.

Stay lag free
Keeley

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Lag Lag everywhere!

December 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm (Life of SL Model) (, , , , , )

First in a three part series.

Recently I was given a link to an article about the dreaded Lag Monster all SL people have to endure. Gasp I hear you say – well to be honest some people just bang it down to the fact there are too many people on line and others to day that SL is having a ‘bad day’.

As models and fashionistas we are forever having to deal with the issue of lag not only in going about our daily lives in trying to race from store to store to buy that important outfit, hair, or set of killer shoes. But also deal with it during shows and events which require us to be at our best. Other areas of fashion are dealt a horrible blow when lag kicks in on their sim if they are designers and trying to upload things or make modifications to designs that won’t save. This is also most important for shop owners and running vendor scripts with delivery of items and for all where money is concerned.

The interesting thing this article discusses is some of the myths people have about Lag. For those of you that don’t have time to read the full article at http://analutetia.com/2009/06/22/anatomy-of-lag/ I will summarise it for you!

Basically one massive cause or even way that lag occurs isn’t just the draw on the servers created by lots of people in one particular area but in fact also your SL client application. It as Gwyneth Llewelyn so beautifully puts it ‘takes two to tango’. Each of these things has its own limitations and when they are pushed to the edge is when things start to go wrong. She goes on to say compared with times of old on SL where the servers and the clients found it hard to handle more then one aspect at a time even though a variety of things such as sending each avatar prim data and textures, tracking down on the sim where your avatar was and handling physics just to mention a few were needed to be done. In those days the only way to deal with lag was to make avatars as simple as possible. Shock – yes ladies that means sorting out that hair, getting rid of attachments and making sure the location was as simple as possible with cubes and blank textures. Could you imagine!

I took a picture for my personal blog of me attaching all my hair heavens know if i ever went for a SL walk about so to speak if I would be spiking the draw on the sims all over SL! See below.

Thank goodness now days things are much more different. Firstly on the side of the server things are being done in parallel and scripts will now only run when all else has been done. Hence why your AO, Hud or Chim might run a little slower at crowded events! Turning of AOs or entering ‘sleep mode’ on MystiTools or detaching everything with a script will really have no effect now to the lag of the sim all it will do is make scripted attachments run very very slow or not at all.

Gwyneth goes on to talk about the myths associated with lag and the etiquette that was associated in the old days with making Sims lag free. She does stress however that they made sense in the past but however don’t really apply to today. Turning off AO’s will not reduce lag – although many people still think they will. So she is suggesting if people still request this in politeness and SL etiquette it might be nice to do without the AO for a few hours even if it is only to make the requests by the host feel listened to.

What we as avatars need to do?
The cold hard facts are the following – the more prims a sim has on it the more textures our SL clients have to download which means it takes longer to rezz now days however the SL clients do have the ability to download what it basically needs and not to include every last little texture unseen. On the sim site basically the same happens it keeps a little list of what your avatar wants and needs based on the Draw distance you have on your SL client. The lower it is the smaller the interest list. Basically it means the lower you have it the less you are requesting and sending to and from the SL client and the sim.

Well now that I have totally made your brains hurt ! I will say that the next part concentrates on Sims and Shops for lag as well as looking at client lag which more realates to how you can help your lag. Lastly the third in the series will be lots of helpful hints on how to reduce your client lag.

May the power of lag be with you!
Keeley

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Creating a new me.

December 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm (Life of SL Model, Modeling world) (, , , , , )

Whilst creating some looks to put together for a photo shoot I have lined up in January I decided I needed a new me.

It is great trying out all the skins on Second Life but at some stage you end up looking just like everyone else. So in an attempt to evolve as a model I wanted to look more unique. I remember a talk I went to with the famous model Wicca Merlin and she said to be one of the best you need to be unique. She really stressed about finding something of your own to make you the most unique you can be to stand out from the crowd.

So with that in mind I was told by a friend I must check out The Body Politik and Kin located at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eventide%20Far%20East/138/171/42. So off I ran as soon as I got a moment free. Walking into the store looks just like every other skin, shape, hair, clothes and accessory store until it is that I stumbled upon the display that made me smile. The display said ‘ Create the exact look you want, billions of different combinations’
EUREKA – Just what I have been searching for. The Body Politik has designed a range called Infinity Skins that allows you to design your own skin using a few powerful swift moves of the mouse and a few rapid clicks of the buttons.

The board takes you to their own site www. Infinityskins.com where you can work inworld or out of world to create skin for you. The best part is that there are so many different combinations that the chances of you choosing the same as someone else will be quite rare.

On the web site I was able to choose the skin tone I desired, the shade of lipstick that I wanted for my skin and the eye shadow that I desired. As I did this the model on the right hand side of the base skin changes showing the over all look. Next I decided to change other elements of my body from skin shading to eyebrows and freckles and a few unmentionables you will just have to see !

Rather then spoil all the fun take a look at the end result. Rather nice having something very unique.

I chose just for this skin from Amber Skin colour , Charcoal eye shadow, Bouquet lips, Blush No 5 and Dark Brown eyebrow colour.

I am wearing :
Outfit: Aurora dress by Champagne Designs
Shoes: 24’s Wow! No 18 Platinum by 24 Shoo-Shoes
Hair: Antoinette – Biscotti by Hairy Situations
Eyes: Rita Eyes -Blue Green by Curio
Eyelashes: MoulinRouge by Redgrave
Jewelery :Dahlinks Ice Princess Bracelet – Diamond, Stacked silver Bracelet, Necklace and Earrings – Cristallo by Twinkleberry

Happy creating everyone.

TTYL
Keeley~~~~~~~~~~~@

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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 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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Wicca’s Wisdom.

November 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm (Shows and events) (, , , , , )

Once upon a time you get an opportunity to do something that you don’t normally do and for me that was attending the session at Fashion Institute where you could talk to the famous Wicca Merlin in an Open Forum with Wicca. The info for the session only said ‘We are delighted to invite you and all of your friends to an open forum with Wicca Merlin. Wicca is a top professional model in SL and here is your chance to come and quiz her on any aspect of modeling.’

I was quite interested in what she would have to say and curious how one of the best in the industry handled the pressure and all the requirements of modeling. It was a great talk and she was a lovely person to be so honest, open and frank. We listened to her talk about her time in the modeling industry and some do’s and don’ts she would suggest. As well as talking about some interesting things that had happened to her during her time so far. She had some very good advice about being unique and to have a unique style and I didn’t realise how much trouble she went to, to keep her face as similar for all pictures as possible – so the brand of Wicca Merlin remains the same. It was interesting also to hear about other areas of modeling and the fashion industry that she was involved with. I think she was promoting as it being very important as a model to be involved in your agency in other capacity. I really was so enthralled by the session and it was lovely to have Shal come along with me to support me in some of my training. He is good he always helps out and I think honestly I am very fortunate to have such a supportive special person in my life :). During the time with Wicca I was fortunate enough to ask a question so I included the information about what I asked and what was said. What a great answer 🙂

[15:48] Wicca Merlin: if you like to ask it is Keeley 😉
[15:48] Keeley Cooperstone: I just was interested how do you find the time to fit in all that you do 🙂
[15:48] Sparkie Funizza: lol good question
[15:49] Sakura23 Bleac: lol that is good
[15:49] Wicca Merlin: against all rumors i have an RL ..i have the advantage that iam a musician in RL so i can do my schedule by my own
[15:49] Wicca Merlin: but
[15:49] Wicca Merlin: count the time you have
[15:49] Wicca Merlin: for your self
[15:49] Keeley Cooperstone: 🙂
[15:49] Wicca Merlin: and then think what all you can handle
[15:49] Wicca Merlin: and think about what takes you hwo long
[15:49] Wicca Merlin: for example
[15:50] Wicca Merlin: if you have 4 hours time
[15:50] Wicca Merlin: you can go to the store you model for ..then you can open a small window for example photoshop and edit your pics or write a note cards and you even can pay attention for the incoming customers
[15:51] Keeley Cooperstone: lol yeps im hearing my life right now 😉
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: then you can sort your inventory and thinking about what time you else have for another appointment
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: time managing is it
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: get yourself an agenda
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: for SL onöly
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: only
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: get in your important RL times
[15:51] Keeley Cooperstone: multi tasking 🙂
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: and make frames of times in a colored way when you have time to do some
[15:51] Wicca Merlin: write that down and follow that plan
[15:51] prazillo Lemon is Online
[15:51] Keeley Cooperstone: nods
[15:52] Wicca Merlin: never change a running system and first come first serve
[15:52] Noa Daffyd: are there any agenda’s you can use in-world?
[15:52] Wicca Merlin: nop
[15:52] Wicca Merlin: i only have a “ols” paper calendar”
[15:52] Wicca Merlin: that never gets lost
[15:52] Wicca Merlin: or SL eaten
[15:52] Rumour Market: great discipline!!
[15:52] Sakura23 Bleac: lol
[15:52] Veronica Krasner: right I use my cellphone and set it with alarms 🙂 only for SL 🙂
[15:52] Wicca Merlin: or some else
[15:52] Talyia Tarber: google calendar is wonderful. 🙂
[15:52] Anabella Ravinelli: lol
[15:52] Keeley Cooperstone: i use google
[15:52] Keeley Cooperstone: snap
[15:52] Anabella Ravinelli: google is amazing
[15:52] Sakura23 Bleac: *hugz google*
[15:52] Rumour Market: hehehe google fanatics R Us!
[15:52] Anabella Ravinelli: hehe
[15:52] Keeley Cooperstone: lol
[15:52] Lorac Cleanslate: yes I do all threee
[15:52] Lorac Cleanslate: have back ups
[15:52] Anabella Ravinelli: (thanks to Colby and Tal)
[15:52] Wicca Merlin: iam a very “classy ” person and always scared that all what i don’t have in my hand can get lost
[15:53] Keeley Cooperstone: mmh
[15:53] Wicca Merlin: but everyone can set his or her own favourites to use what is the best
[15:53] Keeley Cooperstone: ty wicca

Well I look forward to other sessions like this so that I can learn more about how to be my best from the best – learning is so important to development.

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 😉 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 🙂 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 🙂 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 😉

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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Say cheese.

November 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm (Modeling world) (, , , , , )

LOL well as the title suggest its not about the well loved dairy product but rather about a class I attended in SL on the Ins & Outs of Photoshoots and was taken by Anabella Ravinelli. I have talked about the Fashion Institute a little and although my fantastic grounding as a model was done at ModelPages International, which I will be ever so grateful for. I feel that they are my first true family of models in Second Life but Fashion Institute is where I have been further developing my studies. I am only a lesson or two away from graduating with a bachelors there. So decided to attend the photography one to see if there was anything else I could learn to make shoots more professional. It was great luckily for me I was the only class member that night 🙂 so got some specialist treatment. The class was mainly focusing on these areas….

This class will cover how to be professional and easy for the photographer to work with, as well as poses and preparation. Class will consist of both lecture and hands-on practice.

It was funny when we did go up and try some hands on practice 🙂
We arrived in a fake photo shoot room. Anabella played the part of a model and I was to play the part of the photographer and we acted out a photo shoot. It was interesting as she started chatting to me in local chat and after everything said to me prior being I love to talk for England I totally forgot that its more appropriate in IM for a photo shoot !! Well it was certainly strange being the other one behind the camera and it did make me appreciate how difficult it would be taking a photograph and then having a model twittering on or not paying attention. So I guess the main thing that I learned from this class is make sure you pay lots of attention and that you don’t interrupt the photographer whilst they are working unless its to clarify something. Keep chat to a minimum! Something to learn to take on with me into the future.

TTYL

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

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Ack I ran out of Lindens!

November 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm (Life of SL Model, Modeling world, Musings) (, , , , , , )

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Have you ever had one of those days when you have a hundred new hairs to buy and three outfits to style and just need the perfect jewels to go with one of them and realise your out of Lindens. I know silly isn’t it you go along clicking on this and clicking on that thinking its all going to be ok and before you have blinked twice its all gone. Do not be fooled into thinking that as a starting out model you can make money in SL. It costs to keep up with the latest fashions and with having new photos done to be ahead of the game. It cost to have the billion skins the hundreds of hair they thousands of must have outfits and don’t even mention the shoes and accessories as well as the jewelery. I think in the last two months I have tripled my inventory no i dare say quadrupled it!!! Each day I come on I am sure it grows I remember hitting 10,000 a week ago and now its at a robust 11,550 so that means I need to start some more culling and also some more sorting. I need to sort the blonds and the brunettes, the earings from the necklaces and the pumps from the stilettos 🙂 It will be a totally huge task so I am going to dedicate a day to sorting. The only question now is when will I find the day:) What with full time teaching at the moment and also doing all the competitions and the castings I am up to the eyeballs in SL and RL work.
Now I can hear some models out there that have been in the business a lot longer then me say pish thats nothing you should see my inventory !! I remember not long ago having some inventory envy of a top model I happen to be chatting to in a well known hair shop. She warned me then and I still hear it ringing in my ears that she has two inventories 🙂 One for everyday one for modeling and I remember a foolish new to modeling girl thinking.. Huh why on earth would she need that! … Now I know. She was a wise master but the new Jedi could not see her path yet!! Well until I sort mine! I have said no more buying for you Miss Keeley Cooperstone. Eek what to do….

Sorting through my files…
TTYL

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

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