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GREGG AVEDON

Gregg Avedon - Male Supermodel and Actor

Advice From New Faces™ Supermodel & Actor Gregg Avedon


About The Author


One of today's top male models, Gregg Avedon has appeared on the covers of more than a hundred magazines and catalogues combined, and appeared in Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, Cosmo, Harpers Bazaar, and Uomo Vogue.


He is also well known for his acting career, including on the HBO show Sex and The City, in the feature film, "Recipe for Grieving" and in a series of Mach 3 Turbo Razor commercials.


Gregg is a notable author, through his column in Men's Health Magazine, called Muscle Chow, and Discovery Health among others, he imparts his industry knowledge.


Gregg also has two children who are involved in acting and modeling.



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GREGG AVEDON - ADVICE: MODELING

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Getting Yourself Into Modeling


By Gregg Avedon


Congratulations on following your dreams at New Faces™! You've taken the first, most important step to becoming a model.


Below I've tried to lay out all of the things you should keep your eyes open for: what to do, what not to do, who to listen to, and what not to listen to. Plus whatever else I could think of to help make the journey into this surreal world easier. Be smart, take your time, make the right decisions, and you will hopefully find it a good and rewarding experience.


Get pictures:


The first thing that you've got to do is have some pictures taken. This is going to be the first question that any agent will ask you, so you might as well have between 4 and 6 pictures ready to bring into the agency. Think simple when doing your first photos, basic jeans, a monochromatic t-shirt, and a plain background will keep the focus point on your face. You should have professional shots done, but don't go to glamour-shots. The soft filters and glitzy jewelry are just plain cheezy, plus you don't want an agent to laugh upon your first meeting! Don't go to a professional portrait studio (with the proverbial painted scenery in the background). These just aren't the kind of shots agents are looking for, plus they're expensive! Find a good fashion photographer on New Faces™ by searching their photographer database.


Get Exposure:


The best way to make it in the industry is through an established name, most notably New Faces™, that will help you get started no matter where you live. Through NewFaces.com, agents like Elite, IMG, Ford and others have access to you and you have access to top castings. By going with a reliable name like New Faces™, you will avoid the hassle of potential scam agencies.


Start going to castings and go-sees:


You can find castings on New Faces™ in the Casting section. A go-see is going to meet several of the main clients and advertising houses in town that your agency works with on a consistent basis. This will give clients and advertising agencies an opportunity to meet new talent and check out what they look like in person as well as pictures. By doing go-sees, it makes your agents job a lot easier when they call to suggest you for an upcoming job. It also helps you stand out a little more than the others when they put your card in their next mailing to that particular client. Who knows, if you've got an agent who really wants to get things going for you, they might even slap a post-it note on your card asking if they remember seeing you.


A casting is when a client requests to see a specific "type" for an upcoming job that they're going to be shooting. Your agent will call you with the place to bring your book to meet the client. Alternatively, you can search and attend the castings that suit you on NewFaces.com, in the Casting section. When you arrive at a casting, be yourself, be confident, be friendly, but don't concern yourself too much about whether or not you're going to get the job. If it happens, great! If it doesn't, too bad...next time! Don't take it to heart, because it's truly subjective and you'll get your fair shake of jobs.


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GREGG AVEDON - ADVICE: ACTING

Gregg Avedon - Actor and Male Supermodel

Getting Into Acting


By Gregg Avedon


Unlike modeling, it's really never too late to get into acting. No matter what age, you can embark on this fulfilling journey by taking advantage of the resources available in your area. Of course, if you live in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, or Chicago, your choices will obviously be much greater. Still, it doesn't matter where you live, you can always find an outlet to express your creative talents.


Can you learn to act?


The first thing that you've got to do to be successful in acting is to work on your instrument (that's the term you'll hear in acting), but let's just say that you've got to work on yourself. Just as an athlete trains him or herself to improve performance, so too does an actor. I've heard respected individuals say that acting can't be learned, that it's something one innately possesses. Then again, I've also heard the opposite...that you can learn to act by working on yourself in acting class, as well as out of class. I believe the latter. I do believe that you can learn encompass a character - in a given environment - with a certain set of circumstances, and fill that fictional individual with life.


We all were kids once, we all played make believe, we've all endured life's experiences (whether good or bad), and intuitively we can understand what a character might feel, do, and react in a given situation. As I stated earlier, just as an athlete trains to become stronger, to progress, and to learn about him or herself, you too must train if you want to be a successful actor. You've got to do the work if you want to possess all the colors your palate is capable of holding.


Putting Yourself Out There:


You can get a lot further if you get yourself noticed right away. NewFaces.com is a great way to do just that, actors have access to a bevy of castings ranging from commercials to feature films. Casting agents also regularly browse through the talent, which increases your chances of being discovered.


Getting a Headshot:


When you feel ready to begin auditioning, the first thing you'll need to do is to get yourself a solid headshot. I think the two most important aspects of a solid headshot are: 1) That it represents you, the way you really look, the real you, with eyes that speak; and 2) Having a headshot you feel confident about. There's nothing worse than handing over a picture of yourself that you don't like. You need all the cards in your favor when you walk into any audition, and confidence is probably the biggest key.


Looking in the yellow pages is always a good start, but probably the best way to find a reputable headshot photographer in your area would be to look in your area, newfaces.com has photographers listed in each area for members to contact.


When you meet with a photographer, you can feel immediately whether he or she makes you comfortable or not. Sit and have a chat, be sure to check out his or her book of other headshots, and get some idea as to what you're looking for...then talk price. You shouldn't pay more than $400.00 for your first headshot, rather it should be more in the $300.00 (or less) range. Don't forget that you've still got to have a bunch of headshots printed to pass out later.


Shooting your headshot should be an exciting and fun experience for you. Enjoy the time, relax, talk with your eyes, and connect with the photographer. You'll see those characteristics telegraph through the prints when you check out the results. One thing that I've always found when looking at contact sheets for the first time, is that my eye will immediately gravitate toward one definitive shot. Listen to this intuition, because nine out of ten times it's right. Put the contact shots down for a day or so, then pick them back up and see if your eye gravitates back to that same shot. Of course you'll probably ask several people to check them out, and everyone will have their opinion...hopefully it's the same as yours! The photographer will also mark the shots he or she feels are the strongest shots. Remember, you're the one who has to walk into that audition and hand over your headshot, so you should be happy with it.


It's time to print your headshot, but where and how are you going to get that accomplished? Easy! Just check out the NewFaces.com shop where you can print your headshots and comp cards at prices that are below industry standards!


GREGG AVEDON - ADVICE: TAKING PHOTOS OF KIDS

Gregg Avedon

Taking Photos of Your Child


By Gregg Avedon


The first thing that you've got to do is have some pictures taken. You can keep it as simple as doing it yourself with that new digital camera you got for your birthday, or you can have a photographer do the shots for you. My first suggestion is to pull out about 5 really nice shots that you already have to show an agent. If the shots look like basic snapshots and aren't that great, set aside some time to shoot a roll or two just for the purpose of presenting your child to agents.


I would even shoot a roll of black and white. Black and white film will give your personal pictures a more professional quality. A great film you can use for this is either "Kodak" black & white with a C-41 process, or "Ilford" which is a C-41 process as well. *(The C-41 process black and white films you can take to Eckerd's and have prints in an hour, plus they have a nice sepia quality when you get them processed. You can have your rolls done anywhere, it doesn't have to be professional photo finishing.)


When you get the couple of rolls back that you've just shot, pick up to 6 pictures to put in your online portfolio. Remember, you're only as good as your worst picture, so less is actually more. Pick the best 6, not more.


If you choose to have professional shots done, there are a few ways you can do this:


1) If you know a friend that is a photographer.


2) Find one by searching on NewFaces.com under Photographers. Be sure to search for ones in your area.


3) You can call any agency and ask what photographer they would recommend and which ones are best to shoot kids. Be sure to ask the going price per roll shot.


Note: A professional testing photographer should cost about $50.00 a roll for kids. Any more than that and I would be very surprised. Don't shoot more than 2 rolls (unless an agent is very interested and asks for 3 rolls).


Here are the don'ts:


1) Don't take your child to glamour-shots. The pictures tend to keep kids from looking like kids, plus the soft filters and glitzy jewelry just don't bode well with agents.


2) Don't take your child to a professional portrait studio (with the proverbial painted scenery in the background). These just aren't the kind of shots agents are looking for, plus they're expensive! Agents are looking for your child to simply be themselves in a real environment. That's why I suggest you doing the 2 rolls yourself (1 color and 1 black & white). Your child is most comfortable with you!


Here are some guidelines I would suggest if you're going to try and do it yourself:


For boy's, don't have their hair perfect. In fact, style it more with your hands than with a comb or brush. For girls, obviously it should be more groomed, but still not overdone. Remember that you want them to simply be themselves.


Keep the clothes simple. Don't do the whole "Sunday dress with patten leather shoes" thing. Again, you want your child to be comfortable.


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Keep the background clean. Just make sure it isn't busy, especially when shooting color film. You want to keep the emphasis on your child's face and let the background fall away. This doesn't mean shooting against a wall. I'm talking about having whatever in the background as far away as possible so it almost becomes blurry.

Shoot about 4 different variations per roll of film. That means you're going to snap around 6 shots of the same set up before changing anything. This will enable your child to smile, not smile, look at the camera, look profile, etc. There's nothing worse than liking a picture, only to find that Junior had his eyes closed!


Watch your framing. Be aware of the top and bottom of the composition your taking. In other words, you don't want to crop from Junior's waist and have from the top of his head to the ceiling the main focus.


Don't use flash. If your camera has a "turn the flash off" button, press it. Shoot near adequate light. Near a window or outside, but still in the shade. Be careful when shooting outside and in the shade, because the camera will read the brightness of the background, and you'll end up with a silhouette of your child. Direct sun will give harsh shadows on your child's face, so the best time to shoot is late in the afternoon. In the business, we call this time "magic hour."



For more child modeling advice see: A Parent's Guide to Child Acting & Modeling (Special Ed.)


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