Los Angeles photographer, Keli Squires Taylor shares her daily meditation practice and her favorite meditation app.!Read More
Can hair help an #actor book more work?
Yes. Yes, it can!
Meet Madonna Magee.
A beautiful actress with acting in her blood.
Now.. I LOVE to create looks and transformations. I love to style looks.
And I love to create new ways to market people and products and in this instance...
Madonna the Actress.
Madonna has super fine hair and I can relate. So do I.
So..The first thing I did was talk about hair with Madonna and how she could have a BIG range if she got some clip in extensions or wigs.
And what hair styles would work for her!
Some folks love working with wigs, while others really enjoy playing with clip in extensions.
Madonna's BEFORE shot is a nice straight forward headshot.
You can see in the first before / after what a HUGE difference HAIR makes!
Now Madonna has options!
And so.. Madonna and I discussed hair styles ( braids, layered look, short, long etc.) and then I set Madonna up with one of my lovely & talented make-up artists who accompanies clients to the hair shop and helps them try on wigs and extensions.
Clients also enjoy a nice discount on whatever they order through my mu artist!
Check out these braid looks! Love them! And... They've been getting her AUDITIONS!
Then we went over wardrobe and I worked with Madonna with styling a wardrobe and hair look for each specific category that the agent had requested. Madonna is repped for commercials by Hugh Leon at Coast To Coast and ... Hugh the agent requests many specific looks so the agency can submit on the nuance of the casting.
It's a lot of work and planning but worth it to see the end result!
AND... We also got many theatrical ( film / television) looks too!
Which makes it a successful shoot!
We did the work and created range and options for Madonna.
We got shots that show many different nuances and characters
so Madonna and her Manager and agents can submit on a variety of different
roles in ALL markets, commercial / theatrical and print.
And... We had fun doing it!
AND... Lol.. Last "And" but it's a good one, AND... Photos are working
and Madonna is getting auditions!
So... Ah yeah.
Hair can make a HUGE difference!
Yep. Really! #Actor, #writer Chris Hill has booked 100 commercials!
I've shot Chris's headshots. Even in the beginning when he was a wee lad & first getting started ( about 10 years ago) on up to now. We just shot all his new stuff!
Check out his commercial reel: https://youtu.be/gsOAa4M-XmE
Chris is represented for Commercial / V.O. by Coast To Coast Talent Group in Los Angeles
Chris is a classically trained actor. He sings. He writes. He does improv and sketch comedy. And in his new half-hour pilot that he wrote and stars in.. He's a damn good straight man too!
But.. That being said. This is really who Chris is and why he's so much fun to work with!
He's a GREAT Host too. Check out this mucho excellent hosting reel https://youtu.be/pRURCN8uK3U that was a self-submit and of course..He BOOKED IT!
Chris has a natural way of relating to the camera.
He's a genius at it.
And.. I know Chris has Chuckie Cheese fan's out there.. Who know him as Mr. Munch! Here are a couple of outtakes representing. :)
Check it.. Chris's, Voice over reel. : https://youtu.be/r35fX2PUUJg
This photo is not a "headshot" so don't get it twisted but it is a sweet portrait of the guy from North Carolina.
This is what Chris and I call Frank Peterson as Yoga Ted. Styling by me, KST. :) So.. Next time you go to yoga class let that little diddy run through your mind.. " You're not too fat for yo-gaAAA! You're not too fat for yoga !"
Head shot of Yoga Ted.
So.. I hope you enjoyed this little blog post about one of my favorite people in this big wide world, Chris Hill.
I'll leave you with a little video of Chris as
Marty Golden Gold!
Thank you mucho for checking out my ninja blog! -Keli :D
OKAY.. SO WHAT IS THIS Meditate Create Appreciate on my web site?
Well.. It's my mantra. It only took me ten flippin years to figure out the very simple practice of meditation and now I meditate every day without fail. Even if it's just for seven minutes. It gives me an inner strength and calm that has made a big difference in my life!
And it's super simple to do!
Start with closing your eyes and just follow your breath. You can say in your mind breathing in ..Breathing out..Breathing in..Breathing out. Thoughts will come up. Let them go & bring your attention back to your breath.
Sound boring & mundane?
Well.. I'm here to tell you.. It's magical!
You'll forget what you were worried about. And it also gives your mind a rest
from all of those constant thoughts that we have during the day. All day long!
And that's HUGE! And so good for your mind!
And over the new couple of weeks, you will feel that inner strength developing & you'll feel calmer and stronger!
If you like to meditate with sound and you like to set a timer, the app. I use is called : Meditation and Relaxation. Here's the app. Info. You can find it in apple AND google stores.
I do pay $2.99 a month for access to the single sessions.
Just open app. Click on single sessions and then I click on Minimal Guidance. From there depending on how much time I have.. I will either do a quick 7 mins. if there's no time and this is one I usually do before a meeting or a photo shoot. Or there is 14 mins. And 21 mins. when you have time. It has some sound/music and just a minimal voice guidance that checks in halfway.
It's my go-to mediation app!
If you find music and sound distracting..Then just set an alarm on your phone and sit in peace & quiet and enjoy! You may start to enjoy your meditation time so much.. That for me when I have a day to myself... I will sit for an hour and meditate. And..I always feel better afterwards! Guaranteed!
Okay.. So... It's Meditate Create Appreciate
The creative part for me is when I shoot! I lose myself in what I'm doing!
I could be having a crappy day.. Like everyone.. I've had some tough moments that I had to work through.. But when I'm there with a client ..Everything else takes a backseat! I'm so focused on what I'm doing that I forget everything else and I get into the moment of creating moments!
I lose myself in perspective. I work with the energy around me. In front of me. And I create.
Just like when you were a child. You would lose yourself in the world of play!
And.. It really elevates your mood! There is such a FUN satisfaction to creating in the moment and then looking at the moments in the camera... There's nothing like it! And I am able to do it every time! Even in difficult situations. The magic is still there at your fingertips to create something wonderful & special!
Whether you're a photographer, an actor, artist, musician whatever it is that you do.. To lose yourself in the moment is key!
Okay.. Lastly, what's the Appreciate about? Right?! It's Meditate Create Appreciate.
Well.. I'm sure you've heard of it. It's the practice of gratitude. It's also the practice of shifting your focus to the positives in your life! And ..Let me tell ya.. This is not always easy to do! We so often are not aware of how much we worry! Thus .. By worrying we are focussing on the negatives.
And.. By doing that my loves.. Only brings more of THAT energy to you! So.. To break that cycle I keep a running list of things I appreciate and I'm grateful for so my focus is on those things!
You can just keep a daily list or if you want something more interactive there is a great app. I use called : 365 Gratitude Journal
It gives you writing exercises that get you more involved in the practice of gratitude. It's a cool little app. that will keep your interest!
And.. There it is!
Meditate = building inner strength and calm.
Create: Focus in the moment of play = Create. Lose yourself in the moment!
Appreciate: Shift your focus to all of the people and the little & big things that you're grateful for!
This is the simple practice of my life & it's given me strength and joy and all kinds of good stuff!
I wish for you all good stuff in your life!