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L.A. Casting Group, Inc. is casting for a new television production for Spike TV. Shoot starts early Dec. seeking models: 5'5" +, with on-camera acting experience.
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KiCK Productions & In Full Bloom Productions are casting a spec commercial. Shoot starts Nov. 27 in Pasadena.
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It’s that in-between time of year when you know the holidays are coming and that you’ll soon be spending on everyone but yourself, at the same time, you’re not ready to start just yet but would rather spoil yourself. This week we’re offering some tips on how you can get the items you want for less, a luxury vs. low-cost comparison so you can look like a million dollars for your audition but not worry that you won’t have anything left for when the holidays do come around.

Luxury vs. Low-Cost For Women:

Designer handbags: While Fendi, Prada, and Louis Vuitton might be your items of choice they can also be an over-the-top purchase, with prices ranging in the upper hundreds for even smaller versions. Faux versions are cheaper but miss the point. If you want real designer handbags choose designers like Guess? And The Sak that are just as trendy but at a fraction of the price.

Designer Clothes: Who wouldn’t want a signature Chanel suit or a Hermés scarf wrapped around them, or some haute couture from Paris, but unless you’re willing to forgo that down payment on you home you’re better off going for the low-cost alternatives. Look for stores that have their own lines that are just as stylish as the high-end designers’ like H&M (which also features actual designer items like this year’s Stella McCartney line), Club Monaco, and Banana Republic.

Jewelry: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they’re not her wallet’s friend at all. Diamonds and precious stones like emeralds and rubies are dreamy items that you don’t necessarily have to pass up. Some jewelers (like hot • diamonds) are now setting these stones in sterling silver instead of gold which makes them far more affordable. You get the same authentic bling but you can also sleep at night.

Shoes: Designer shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, and others are definitely just the thing to spice up any outfit and make you feel like a millionaire, but at an average of $400 US you probably can’t buy as many as you’d like. Designers like Nine West, offer similarly sexy heels that you can buy more than one pair of.

Spa Treatments: A facial, microdermabrasion treatment, massage, manicure and pedicure at any decent salon will cost you a pretty penny. Instead you can opt for at-home versions that work just as well. Microdermabrasion kits are available for at home applications, as well as a host of facial products for you to achieve glowing skin. For a home massage there are chairs and tools but your best bet is to cajole your man to be you massage therapist for a day, just get some aromatherapy candles and get him to stay professional.
For manicures and pedicures replicate a spa experience with all the essential items at home, including the basics like nail clippers, nail polish remover, file, creams and the non-essentials that make all the difference, like a foot spa with massaging jets, hand spa and a nail dryer. Just follow what they do at the spa and add you favorite nail color in whichever brand you prefer.

Luxury vs. Low-Cost For Men:

Designer Menswear: An Armani suit will flatter any man, but unless you’re willing to accept jobs you never would otherwise to pay for it, then you might want to consider the alternatives for menswear. For formalwear including suits, try department store brands and if you seek that fit-for-you tailoring find a local tailor to adjust the suit for you, it will still be cheaper than a designer label. For daywear and less formalwear find stores with designer-like men’s lines like H&M, Mexx and Banana Republic.

The Luxury Sports Car: Few men haven’t dreamed of riding in the latest sports car, maybe a BMW, Porsche, or Mercedes-Benz, for a big date, audition (who wouldn’t want to roll in in a BMW for that extra bit of confidence) or just to feel what it’s like. But few men can actually afford these luxury cars. If you’re looking to still have a taste of luxury consider renting a luxury car for a weekend, it won’t be cheap but it’s manageable. Just make sure you’re strong enough to part with the experience.

Accessories: Men aren’t necessarily known for their accessories but really it’s the accessories that make the man; belts, watches, cuffs, hats, and ties make all the difference. While you could go for the Gucci belt or Cartier watch, you might want to consider similar low-cost options from department stores and other stores with quality men’s accessories like Aldo, Gap and H&M.

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