Vision

Mood boards are frequently used in the styling world.  They are collections of images that show inspiration and direction. They are also a powerful tools to visualize and attract what you want in your life.  Here is a guide to start the process.

Every year I create a new one.  Any moment is the right time to do it.  The recent Summer Solstice seemed like the perfect time to set a new vision.  Here is my recent board. 

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I'd love to see your creation. Share below.

Head Shots: What Works Right Now

As actors we all want that golden ticket:  an effective head shot.  

There is a world of preparation that goes into a head shot session (gym time, meditation, facials, diet, sleep, shopping, etc.).  Wardrobe is key.  It must enhance, but not distract.  It must reflect casting, but not be a costume.

Here are three simple wardrobe tips for head shots today:

COLOR.  Incorporate color.  Color attracts attention.  Color arouses interest.  Color triggers emotion.  Anything achromatic (without color - black, white, grey) registers as negative space.  I know of no actor who consciously wishes to create negative space with their presence.  

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OPEN NECKLINE.  

An open neckline is an invitation.  Energetically, it conveys openness and willingness to engage.  Visually, it mirrors the shape of the face.  People are attracted to symmetry.  Use that to your advantage.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT.

Choose fabrics that are lightweight.  Anything stiff or bulky...will read as stiff or bulky AND add weight.  

Create dynamic head shots with these basic rules.  I would love to team with you to create these looks and empower your image.

xo G

3 Essentials Every Actor Must Have for a Wardrobe Fitting

Arriving to a fitting prepared and organized is an actor's responsibility. Shuffling in late with a duffel bag of dirty, rumpled clothes is unprofessional and rude. Be assured, EVERYONE WILL NOTICE. 

Whether the fitting is for film, tv, commercial or personally created content (super relevant right now), style your wardrobe with the production team with power and ease.  Respect yourself and the job you have received.

Here are three simple hacks for how to present your clothes at a wardrobe fitting:

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1. Velvet Hangers. Bring your items on hangers - not bunched up in a bag. Velvet hangers work best.  Theses hangers prevent clothes from slipping and slide easily on the top bar of a rolling rack.  Unlike plastic or wire...let's not go there.  Velvet hangers also make it easier to organize and navigate your closet.  A 50 pack runs you under $20 here.

2. Garment Bags. For the fitting, keep clothes organized and protected in zipped garment bags. One garment bag costs about the same as a Venti Latte.  There is just no excuse.

3. Suitcase.  20 inch, hardshell, carry-on suitcase with spinner wheels. If you don't have spinner wheels you'll be hating life. Use it for shoes, accessories and neatly folded t shirts for the fitting.  This suitcase works whether you are trekking across the 405 or across the country.

Abide every single step listed above and you will arrive professional, organized, and composed. 

This is a team effort. Make the director, costumer and yourself happy! Have a professional experience and keep the focus on building the character.

xo G

PS  Carefully read the wardrobe specs. If you don't understand references in the specs, look them up. If you don't know what culottes are, look them up.