Monday, 14 May 2018

The Watch - A man's best friend

Dear men,

A man without a watch is but a boy (his wrist is too small perhaps?)
You see all those men around you who look wonderful when they lift their hands to touch their chins?
Now you know why they always appeared so refined.
Long gone are the days when it was taboo for a man to accessorize. And don’t you dare quote me on this, but a man has got to go through a mental checklist for accessories before he leaves the bedroom.

A man needs a watch to do more than tell time. He needs it to tell everybody else that it's his time.
So, let’s get to it then.
The Do’s of accessorizing with that piece:

Don’t wear a watch with a face that is too big. Watch faces are measured in millimeters. Men’s watches average between 34mm-50mm, although they can be larger. You should never wear a watch bigger than 50mm, at most, but 34mm-40mm is standard and ideal for both men and women.

Decide on which wrist you want to wear your watch. There is no “correct” side. Choose the wrist that is most comfortable and where your watch won't get in the way of your movements. This is typically the non-dominant hand, as it might be uncomfortable to write with a watch under your wrist.
Wear your watch beside your wrist bone. Make sure that the face sits right next to the bone on the outside of the wrist (the ulna). When standing, little or none of your watch should be visible beneath your shirt cuff. When wearing a long-sleeved shirt, your watch should only be fully visible when your arm is bent. Never wear your watch on top of your shirt cuff.
Choose a go-to, everyday watch that can be worn with casual clothing. Your everyday watch should be neutral and durable, as it's meant to be worn throughout your daily activities, including work, casual social functions, and errands. Stainless steel is a popular choice as this makes for both neutral and sturdy watches, but options include basic watches made of all sorts of different materials, including plastic and rubber.

Wear a dress watch for business dress or business casual. This would be appropriate with something slightly more dressed up than khakis and a polo, such as a shirt and jacket. Dress watches are usually more plain and simple than formal watches, and generally won’t have the same level of adornment that formal watches can have.

 Wear a pocket watch with a waistcoat. You should put the watch in the pocket that's most convenient to you, then loop the watch chain through the waistcoat's buttonhole and put the fob in the pocket on the other side. This will give you a subtle look of sophistication, while remaining functional. 

People ask, how do I pick the right watch?
Well, choose as good as this guy and you are sorted. I mean how can you go wrong with a brown, leather strap?

Let me hear what you think?

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Day in the life of a male model

Pursuing a career as a male model can seem like you’re chasing the ideal job; however do you really know what is expected in the day to day life of a male model today? It’s not all parties and pictures and there are some aspects of the male modelling industry that can be a little hard to swallow.

Your Employer
For any male model to receive regular work, you must be signed up to an agency. The agency will put you forward for casting auditions however they cannot guarantee you work. A good agency will promote you as best they can and will make sure you receive plenty of opportunities however your success ultimately lies with you and how well you perform in front of the different clients.
Your Day
Your Day will most probably start at your agencies headquarters where you will be given a rundown of the various jobs assigned to you. These can include up to ten auditions in twelve hours or fittings and shoots for jobs already in progress. You must be willing to be on the go all day travelling from location to location, and as some casting agencies will make you wait patience is definitely a virtue.
Your Ego
Most male models claim that they only win 25% of the casting jobs they apply for. Each client is different and looking for something specific so a thick skin is a must if you are to succeed. The industry is so fast paced and on the button that potential clients don’t waste time with their insults, telling you anything from your nose is too big, to your poor attitude or small eyes as reasons why they won’t hire you.
If you are easily offended, male modelling may not be for you, the best models have learned to accept the criticism and not take it personally otherwise it affects their performance.
Your Outlook
This makes having an optimistic outlook essential for succeeding in the modelling industry as although some days it may feel as though every client finds fault with your looks, the next day you may be offered a location shoot in the Bahamas. As with any high profile career there are negatives to consider, and a good positive mental attitude will ensure you’re not affected by negative feedback.
Your Commitment
Although it will feel as though you work as a freelancer, ultimately your agency is your employer. They have the ability to make or break you in the business and if word gets out that you’re not reliable or committed you will find it impossible to gain the work you need. Staying focused whilst remembering that the agency is essentially your boss will ensure that your always deliver a good attitude to work no matter how laid back the agency initially seems. You must be on time for auditions and meetings, even if you know you will be kept waiting for hours, as competition is fierce and laziness gives clients a reason to reduce their workload by scratching you off their list of potentials.