It takes more than beauty, it also takes hard work.
This video is designed to help young women understand what it takes to be a model and although this video won’t have every detail; it will have 4 key points in getting started.
I wanted to do this blog because there are so many young women that think that the best way in the door to modeling is by being naked in the majority of their pictures, or a gazillion pics of booty shots and that is clearly not the way to go if you want to really be successful.
Maverick Hip Hop & R&B Music Producer of MISI Entertainment
It is a great pleasure to introduce you to the very beautiful “Amanda Michelle”. Besides the fact that she is a drop dead gorgeous model, her versatility is what caught my attention and sparked interest most. For instance, her ability to model without being naked, or taking a gazillion “booty shot” pictures to acquire “spectators”. There is a difference when a woman is taking a swimsuit photo opposed to a photo of merely flaunting breasts and ass; if you know what I mean. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against models who take those types of photos, however we have to show the many young women who dream of becoming a fashion model that it takes much more than that; it takes a substantial amount of hard work. In turn, Amanda has demonstrated just what it takes to be successful. She has been featured in: XXL Web Candy, Cutiecentral, and most recently the semi finalist for Miss Apple Bottoms USA 2011. If you think “Amanda Michelle” has it what it takes, be sure to view her work and vote for her online now
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Location: Raleigh, NC
Ethnicity: African American, Native American Cherokee, Caucasian
Future Plans: Become successful in my dream modeling and acting career.
MISI: Before we begin with the interview, I want to say that it is a pleasure having you on our website. Tell us about “Amanda Michelle”?
Amanda: I am from Raleigh North Carolina. Right now I am currently finishing up my degree in
Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. Overall I am a very loving, goofy, playful,
MISI: What inspired you to model?
Amanda: I’ve always loved the idea of transforming into a different person. Like acting, I like to play different characters and play on my different sides and emotions.
MISI: Now aside from modeling, what other talents do you possess and plan to “explore” in the near future?
Amanda: I can sing. Just kidding, I wish. But I sew and write a little bit too. But that is just between you and I (haha)
MISI: How did you get plugged up with auditioning for Miss Apple Bottoms? What was that experience like?
I’ve always loved the idea of transforming into a different person. Like acting, I like to play different characters and play on my different sides and emotions.
Amanda: Well I signed sign up on the website and submitted my questionnaire and pictures. When I heard back from them I was ecstatic!! I remember thinking, “yes this is going to be a great opportunity for me and hopefully I can make it to the next step.”
MISI: What kind of advice can you give other young women trying to pursue a modeling career?
Amanda: I would say that if you really believe that you have what it takes that’s great, but also know you have to let others know the same. Don’t let the industry take over what you believe in and never lose sight of your goals. Set your goals and make sure you stick to it!
MISI: What is the most challenging part of being a model?
Amanda: It is really important to “re-invent” yourself and sometimes you come up dry. You have to make sure you stay fresh and up-to-date on everything.
MISI: What have you enjoyed or found to be most rewarding about modeling?
Amanda: Sometimes if I am not having the best day or if I am feeling down, when I get to go on set or location and shoot, it makes me feel better. I love seeing the end results of my final shots. It’s always a joy to see the finished product after such a lengthy shoot. I always find myself thinking “wow, that’s me?” after a great shoot.
MISI: What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field
Amanda: I want to eventually make it more than just modeling. Without questions I want to continue climbing the ladder of “success”, concurrently I would also like to use that success to cross over into other areas of entertainment such as acting.
MISI: Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
Amanda: I love Melody Ehsani. She brings a fresh, new “hip hop” edge to the fashion world that you don’t see often. I also admire her ambition. She is a smart girl, who is always about herbusiness. She has worked with stars such as Alicia Keys, Monica and Keri Hilson. She was also accepted into law school but ended up deciding to pursue her dream in designing; that is something I really respect about her.
MISI: Out of the many photos you have taken by photographers, which is your favorite and why?
Amanda: I don’t really have an absolute favorite, but I do have a few I love. One in particular displays a red background where I am sitting in the chair. I love this photo because it was taken during one of my very first photo shoots and I still get complements on it to this day. The irony of if, is that it was a really simple set up as well. This is a true testament of how to capture a great photo. You do not necessarily have to have an expensive setup or equipment, just a good eye to seize that moment in time.
MISI: Distinguish the difference between a great model and a “bad” one.
Amanda: A great model takes her job seriously, knows her body, can take direction well, and is confident when it’s “lights camera action” time. A bad one is quite the opposite. It’s someone who thinks that modeling is just standing in front a camera and “looking pretty”. Modeling is hard work and takes some practice. Although it may come easier to some, in order to consistently have great results, you still have to put in a considerable amount of work.
MISI: How would you describe your “style”?
Amanda: If I had to describe my style, I would say that my photos usually have a very flirty, diva-ish, edgy feel. It just depends on the type of photo I am supposed to deliver.
MISI: What steps do you take to prepare for a modeling shoot?
Amanda: I like to visualize what poses I want to do and how the picture will turn out. I like to work with the photographer, as opposed to just winging it all on my own. This way, the photographer and I have a unified vision of what we want the finished photo to reveal; and everyone leaves home happy.
MISI: Five years from now, where do you see yourself
Amanda: I see myself continuing to pursue even bigger opportunities; the sky is the limit.
MISI: Lastly are there any shout-outs that you want to throw out there?
Amanda: Derrick Clegg, Barney Lee, James Williams (Inergee studios), Jamie A. Jones, Nick Ingram and Versail Roddey (Lotus Longe), JNSQ Models, and ALL the people who support me and continue to support me! I LOVE YOU ALL!
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Maverick Hip Hop & R&B Music Producer of MISI Entertainment
MISI Entertainment is hitting you with yet another EXCLUSIVE interview and Album Premier “Corruption The Rise”. Check out my man E.D.O.T. (Every Drop Of Talent)
MISI: First off, I would like to start by saying it’s a pleasure to have you on our website. Could you tell our viewers a little bit about “E.D.O.T.”?
E.D.O.T: Well I’m 24, I was born and raised in New Jersey, and now currently reside in Pittsburgh, Pa. I live and breath music; I love progression and value nothing more than FAMILY. I may not be the best but I’m nothing like you’ve ever seen. Lol
MISI: I have been following your music and I must to say that your style is very unique. How would you describe your debut album “Corruption The Rise”?
E.D.O.T: It’s Fresh, Aggressive, Intelligent, Thought Provoking, Ignorant (in a good way), Personal, Relatable, Focused, All over the place…I can goon forever…All in all its EVERY DROP OF TALENT…its Dotty.
MISI: When did you first discover your creative talents?
E.D.O.T: I can’t remember honestly…I guess u can say I was born with the bug. All I ever wanted to be was an entertainer…Hip Hop just happened to be how I chose to do it.
MISI: As the nephew of R&B/pop Icon, Whitney Houston, what is the likelihood of future collaborations between the two of you in the near future?
E.D.O.T: I’m not sure…but if that did happen I think it would be monumental. What do you think?
MISI: List 5 things that you can’t live without?
E.D.O.T: Family, Funds, Females, Food, and the Parliament Funkadelic.