The making of a Starr... SarahStarr of Model Mayhem.
For many of you that know me or have worked with me, you know how much I enjoy interviewing others. Especially prior to working with new talent. Recently I connected with an aspiring model new to the local scene: SarahStarr. No doubt as noted in her bio, she's looking to broaden her horizon through modeling & acting and connecting with others. So while in discussion of our first photo shoot, I took time to ask, just what aspires one to model? Her answers intrigued me so much, I was compelled to create this week's blog post from our interview. So with no further delay, let's meet local aspiring model/actress: SarahStarr.
What aspired you to begin (modeling, acting, singing, writing) ?
Well let's see...what has inspired me to go for me dreams...I would say myself! My whole life I have been pushed by most of my family to become a doctor and for a long time I was actually pursuing it! One day I looked around and realized that wasn't where I truly wanted to be. I had to refine myself as a person recently and remind myself that I can do anything and that I only get one shot in life to go for my dreams so I'm trying to make it count!
What are ways you feel Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions will benefit your goals?
I believe that your services could definitely benefit me by helping me expand my portfolio and connect with others!
When you picture yourself in front of a lens, what do you see in your mind?
When I picture myself in front of a lens, in my mind I picture pure entertainment! (Not to sound conceded but) I am a multi talented person that could entertain even the toughest of critics with looks or personality!
How many opportunities have you had to (model, perform, sing, write) etc... ?
I have had multiple opportunities to show my talent, I've been in a local musical, done a few photo shoots, walked in a fashion show, had my poems published in school, and I've been in a few plays however I am really trying hard to continue to build my portfolio!
When are you generally most available, weekdays or weekends? Mornings or afternoons?
I am very flexible however right now my schedule is sort of tight because I am a full time student. I'm currently free mid-week and on the weekends. Hopefully after this semester ends I will have a lot more free time to work with for the summer!
Picture Your Way To Success
I'm going to open up this blog with a couple of quotes we've shared with many we've represented talent wise...
"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success." - Joyce Brothers
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele
It all starts with recognizing your own talents! Once you define yourself and begin to showcase your talents, those around you will begin take recognition. When you're able to picture your way to success within your talents, others will too.
5 Steps to Getting Talents Discovered
Once you develop a plan of action and overall direction, we highly recommend following these 5 steps to succeed within your talents...
1. Network, Network, Network! We cannot express this enough. Making what you do a priority, requires communicating with like-minded people through social media marketing and in person meetings.
2. Find representation! This is something we are strong advocates in, as Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions continues to provide this service to a wide variety of local talent.
3. A must have is what we like to call..."Tools of the Trade!" For example, if you're an Actress, you'll need Headshots, Talent Resume, Website, Agent and Acting Classes just to name a few. Musicians will need Demo CD's, Music Equipment, Band Members, and so on. Own your craft, study, and stay fresh. No matter what your talent, all require some form of Representation!
4. Brand yourself, your name, and your talent! Become a household name! One way to do that, is to have the same representation of yourself across every social media outlet and within everyone you know.
5. Stay professional at all cost. Always present your talents as exactly what they are and nothing less. When you do, you'll gain an abundance of recognition.
What's Your Talent? What Steps Do You Take To Get Recognition?
This is our favorite part of the blog. Where we get to hear from you! Thank you for taking time to read. We hope you gained a wealth of knowledge invaluable today. Respond below with your talents and steps to recognition! 👍🏻💯😃
Editorial & Marketing Assistant of TMPP
Historic Photographer & Photojournalist
The Best of the Best
If you're reading this blog post, we want your feedback in the comments below. To ensure we're bringing you "The Best of the Best" content, what topics interest you most? Which one of our blog's is your favorite and why? Your feedback aids in generating fresh and exciting topics each week, while keeping you engaged from start to finish. Next, we'll share with you 6 reasons why your feedback is important.
6 Reasons Why Feedback Is Important:
1. It can help improve content shared and provide insight into the services we provide at Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions/Historic Photography by Star.
2. It gives us a chance to "listen" to your ideas, thoughts, or even constructive criticism. Basically, feedback = effective listening!
3. It can help improve our performance overall in content we share and within the business services we provide.
4. It gives motivation to us and others. Every blog written is what we like to call, "open ended." Meaning...from our own accumulation of insight and advice to yours!
5. It opens up the doors of communication and continuation of learning.
6. It's the same as leaving a Review on a Facebook page. Every ounce of feedback is individually taken into consideration to bring you "The Best of the Best."
Now It's Your Turn! Ready, Set, Go!
Thank you for tuning in today. What's most exciting about what we do, is interacting with each of you! Let's get your feedback going guys...⬇️⬇️⬇️
Editorial & Marketing Assistant for TMPP
What is Promotional Modeling?
Many aspiring and professional models often ask us the same. A promotional model actively engages potential customers to sell a product or service. They frequently attend conventions, trade shows and many other special events. Since they are interacting with others, promotional models are different from print, runway, and other types of models. Their main function is to provide both information and entertainment. In addition, they raise awareness of the brands being promoted. The overall goal is to increase product sales. One of their most important duties is to attract attention, and to know the product or service being presented.
Just ask Chas, our newest addition to TMPP! When asked that same question, she said... "I believe it is putting a face with a name. To do your best to meet the requirements for the client, brand or business that you are representing. Much like acting, you can build a character to suit the needs of the "team." It's about becoming a part of the process, not only being the face, but knowing and being able to speak on behalf of what it is you are representing. So yes, it's important to know the company and their services."
Photo credit: TC Imaging.
Casting Calls? What We Do and Why!
Prior to each new year, Todd Matherne creates a casting call for Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions, "Promotional Model & Representative" of the year for both Model Mayhem and other social media outlets. From there, I then expansively share these resources across all online channels. All information is collected, from questionnaires to pictures. We collaborate to review each candidate and choose the one that best fits our qualifications. This is also based on the overall goals for #TMPP, and how that promotional model will benefit our company and themselves. Casting is the icing on the cake!
Chas: From Thunder Roads Magazine to TMPP! What's Next?
First, let's hear her path to success...
"Never give up on your hopes and dreams. Obstacles may appear, but you must push forward. As a young girl I had the model dream seed planted by my family. Unfortunately, I stopped growing before I reached the average model height. As I got older, I was introduced to theater and acting. At that point, there was never anything else in life I could imagine doing. The entertainment world and in front of the camera is the only option. I have an amazing 10 year old son who not only is my life, but also my motivation to succeed. I have worked in the Louisiana Film Industry for over five years. I started in background, I've done stand in work and had speaking roles, with John Schneider Studios. I want to make everyone I know and love proud and show them anything really is possible."
Photo credit: Dos
You can clearly see why we selected Chas as TMPP's 2017 "Promotional Model & Representative" of the year! In addition to her own endeavors...she will highlight our business Facebook page, represent the DJ/Karaoke service and receive a multitude of promotional material. We are looking forward to a great and productive year!
Staying Tuned In?
This year is full of new opportunities for TMPP. Stay tuned to expansive promo endeavors for our DJ/Karaoke service with Robert Brown "DJ Slip" and Kevin Roberts "KR Productions!" A new feature this year is "Business Consulting." Mostly, let's give a warm welcome to Chas! 2017 Promotional Model of the Year! No matter what your needs are, it's all right here! Leave us a Like and Comment below. We want to hear from you!
Photo credit: Aaron Fellhoelter
Editorial & Marketing Assistant
Writer, Historic Photographer, Actress & Singer
Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions
Veronica Nesmet meets "3001: A Space Odyssey"
As mentioned in the previous blog, "The Nuts & Bolts of Entertainment"...I'm currently playing the role of Veronica Nesmet in the spaceship comedy, Cosmic Con at Central High School on July 14-16. This dynamic playwright by Dinah Toups, will take your adventures to new and greater heights. This is where my real life character meets Veronica, the movie actor. All for the Livingston Parish Children's Choir fundraiser! Can you think of a better way to share time and talents? Come see me as, Veronica "movie actor" and this adventurous cast. Fly me to the moon!
Promotional Photography for a cause!
Alan Knight with Captured by Knight dedicated time to capture many shots from a recent rehearsal. One particular snapshot, is now featured in the Arts & Entertainment *Front Page* section of The Livingston Parish News, which also features Minnesota tourists...
Tenya Ingalls and Ken Nance. Todd and I captured several photos along the way, including the featured headliner of variety cosplayers.
Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions believes in giving back through community fundraising opportunities. We are thrilled to be
a vital part of this comedic production!
So, how can I get on-board to this awesome show?
Tickets are still on sale for $35 a seat or $240 for a table of 8. Go to www.LPCCsing.org (Paypal) or call/text Barbara Walkers (225) 247-8555. Get your tickets now, as we are selling out fast! This includes a dinner buffet catered by Bantaa, choice of several entrees/sides and dessert. Not to mention, door prizes and raffles! Many surprises are in store. Join us and stay tuned!
Singer, Actress & Writer
Editorial & Marketing Assistant
Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions
Live or Memorex?
Who remembers the 1981 "Is it Live or is it Memorex" commercial?
When deciding between booking a DJ or doing it yourself from an IPhone, ask yourself..."Would I rather live or Memorex music entertainment? In this article, I'll be sharing with you the variances between both sides of DJ/Karaoke entertainment. Following this informative overview, I want to hear from each of you.
As the Booking Manager for Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions, I continue to see the great benefits of having a live DJ for your events, wedding and venues. Those benefits include: Personalized Set List, announcement of certain guests/family, lighting effects, interaction with the crowd and ease of having to do it yourself. While you're having fun and interacting, your DJ is taking care of the rest!
Throughout the years, IPhone's have become an "all in one source." Basically, if you can envision it...there's an app for that. In fact, so much focus is geared toward the easier and non expensive route of doing it ourselves. Nothing can replace *person to person* interaction and through live DJ/Karaoke entertainment, you'll get both the digital and personalized service.
Just ask our two DJ's...Kevin Roberts with KR Productions and Robert Brown with Slip of the Disc DJ/Karaoke. They know first hand, what's necessary to keep your evening rocking! After discussing the different approaches to each, wouldn't you rather have a live DJ?
I invite you to book your next DJ/Karaoke service with us. Ask me about our *individually tailored* package prices. Booking now for Fall, Winter and even into 2017! Thank you for taking a moment to tune in for "Live or Memorex." Now it's time to share your views! While you're here, let's get that DJ/Karaoke servce booked. Ok?
How valuable is your time?
You've heard the ole saying, "time is money?"
In this week's blog post, we are going to focus on effective time management. I mean let's face it, every time you turn around another social media channel is being created. When is enough; enough? Text message, voice messages, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram & Twitter. What ever happen to just having a website & email address?
How does one keep up? How do you manage all of these channels effectively? Let's face it, you have a life too, right? Do you feel your anxiety starting to build? That's where this week's story begins. How to utilize technology to make better use of your time.
Arrange, organize & prioritize!
It wasn't long after I came into the auto sales industry, I learned my first sales word, a "lead". In today's world, over 90% of car buyers shop online. They browse popular websites, they enter their information (inquiry) and submit. As a professional salesman, my position is to then determine which are qualified to buy or a qualified lead. In a days time I effectively manage over 100 leads because they are all arranged, organized and prioritized.
OK, so I'll leave the car sales for my day job.
Let's begin, you wake up on a Saturday morning, you have Facebook messages, text messages you notice your inbox is full. How do you prioritize who you respond to first? How do you keep up?
As mentioned, the first step is to arrange your contacts "leads". I mean, the majority of these messages are people wanting to hire you, right? If not, we'll cover that later down the road. How to prospect! OK, so here are a few suggestions. I recommend searching for task management apps or utilizing your existing calendar program, such as Google ICal, Outlook or the likes. There's plenty task management tools out there.
In it's most simplest form, your smart phone probably has this capability such as daily reminders, calendar and contacts. I take it a little further. I used a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) application called Insightly. I'm currently using the free version which allows up to 3 users, 2000 records and 200mb of storage. Even with weekly activity I'm a ways from a paid subscription; though missing out on email campaign capabilities. Choose what's best for you.
So, great! You've now learned how to arranged this wealth of information coming at you. It's time to organize. This leads us to the most effective time management tool there is. Now last yet not least, you need to arrange time to manage this. This is what I call administration day, as many of you reading this have seen on Facebook. Primarily this day is Monday's for me.
I created a generic agenda and chose Monday. The first day of the week. See, given I'm involved in entertainment, I'm generally very busy towards the weekend. Mondays for me is my most productive day of the week. Great, what about my day? Maybe for you a Saturday works better or even a Wednesday, regardless of which day it is, the process will be the same. Alright Todd, great so what do I do next?
So, in my day planner under notes, I've created an agenda that I follow every week. Here's a sample of how yours may look.
Of course you would create an agenda that is tailored to you. You may be more active in other social channels. This is a generic template that I use. Notice that finances is part of this? This may look similar to a content calendar though for me it's more of an agenda. I generally start out by opening multiple tabs from a desktop computer. Given I'm also involved with booking management, this is a guideline to keep on track with my goals. An uninterrupted morning is typically 2-3 hours.
So, you've now received leads through out the week. You've learned how to organize them and even established a specific time weekly to focus. Now it's time to prioritize. For this, I'll let you decide which is priority to you as you may have offers that either include income or opportunities for exposure. Both have significant value! Remember, Time is Money! Stay tuned for more blog post each week, as I dive deeper into using Social Media more effective to network, prospect and get hired.
Models featured: Faith Webster, Ashley Bush. Photography by Brian Wright Photography.
Have you ever wondered how all forms of entertainment are closely related? For example, Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions focuses on multi platform entertainment varieties, such DJ/Karaoke, Live Music and Promotional Photography. Each resource intertwines to make what I like to call..."The Nuts and Bolts of Entertainment."
Recently, I was contacted by Tracey Pears Ardoin to fulfill the roles of Veronica Nesmet and Cosmic Dancer in the upcoming LPCC Dinner Theatre 2016 "Cosmic Con." Prior to this remarkable opportunity, I've spent several passionate years as an Actress, in both Theatre and Movie Screen. Cosmic Con is written by Writer and Director, Dinah Walker Toups. No matter your field of expertise and talent is within the entertainment industry, you can clearly see the connection between all involved in this great art. A prime example is this ultimate definition...
*The action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment.
*An event, performance, or activity designed to entertain others.
*A theatrical entertainment
*The action of receiving a guest or guests and providing them with food and drink.
Are you starting to see how each are closely related?
No matter what your talent and expertise level is within this wonderful world of "Entertainment," I invite you to share yours with us and comment below with your thoughts. While you're here, be sure to order your individual and sponsorship table tickets. Come see us perform on July, 14, 15 & 16, 2016! See flyers for additional information! Thank you for taking time to read and we'll be connecting with each of you soon.
Written & Published by Star Roberts
Editorial & Marketing Assistant of TMPP
Classical Vocalist, Actress & Writer
"I want to be a model!".
Often I receive inquiries that goes something like this "... all my friends tell me I should try modeling, so I thought I would give it a shot". No doubt it's a great ambition to always want to expand your talents though, how does one get started? In my humbled opinion, before you even step in front of a camera perhaps ask yourself, "What am I honestly trying to achieve?" Are you looking to be America's next top model or are you seeking local compensated opportunities including promotional modeling, local department stores or modeling for a credited photographer?
So, rather than just continue to ramble my thoughts, I've polled this exact question on Facebook and received a wealth of information. So here's what a few members of several popular groups had to say...
From a photographer's eye...
"A recent credited photographer Andrew Askew wrote, Great topic (working on a similar Blog topic), anyway, here are some areas of concern.
So, are you ready to be a model? I hope you enjoyed everyone's input and this short blog post on things to consider to be the next top model. In closing, here's a little snippet of input. You are the product, so sell yourself first! ~Todd Matherne Photography & Promotions