This weekend was a Modeling Weekend for me, Miss Trisha Trixie: The Vintage Fashionista. I had a fun time though as in all things in life just as in all things Mad Men, there is drama, chaos and having to deal with things we would rather not to. Miscommunication between a Makeup Artist and myself on Saturday. Then on Sunday at 5 am the MUAH (Makeup and Hair) girl cancelled. Had I stuck to my guns, I would have had my things with me because I rarely depend on anyone to do those for me and carry my own makeup and hair items to do it myself. This time of course, everything was at the studio. This made me think more and more about other models and of course my favorite band of Characters at Mad Men.
I wanted to explore the Modeling and acting side of Mad Men from both sides of the screen.
On the side we see, if we remember Betty was Model before Don met her.
It is not as glamorous as it may often appear on TV. Just as Project Runway often touts
“One day you are in and One day you are out”
it is almost as rough and rigid in the modeling world.
Betty here is Betty continues to revel in her days as a model when she was an inspiration to an Italian Designer and is talking and showing all these dresses and items to her neighbor.
She explains that she met Don while modeling a coat. In this Episode it shows how up and down the life can be. She decided to go back into modeling and tries out for a part.
One day she is picked as the girl for the Cola company.
The next day she is out because they want a different direction.
Later decides she doesn’t think she wants to go back to modeling after all. Why after all that come to that conclusion. For many reasons but far too often because it IS so up and down.
Now Don is with Megan. Another Creative Artist type. Though, Megan is an actress/model whose passion is mostly on the acting side.
On the side of the screen we don’t see is the effort they take into the costuming, research, staging, setting up the lights, waiting around for Hair and Makeup Artist, waiting for TOGS (Photographers) to set up their equipment and having the training and knowledge to learn how to relax, pose and act. Megan does show us a bit of this in last season and a little in this.
No, not everyone can put up with either side of it. It is actually a lot of work. Sometimes it pays very little. Sometimes you put a lot of effort in to see nothing. The light might not have been right, the pictures got lost, there were not any good takes, or perhaps the TOG just didn’t feel like editing them or releasing them to you, even if you paid for them or not. OR sometimes your makeup or hair was not right. The makeup artist didn’t understand, doesn’t know how to do what you are or the TOG is looking for, or perhaps you ha to do it yourself and maybe it wasn’t what YOU or the TOG was looking for.
No, it is NOT as easy as standing there an posing. You DO need to know how to pose, how to grab the light, how to pay attention to your wardrobe and keep from having wardrobe malfunctions, you need to have your feet standing right, pointing the right way, your lips moist, your hair not out of place and truly you need to think in each pose from head to toe how to shoot and to be and act. In the acting side like Megan at least you get a few takes unless of course it is theater.
Lastly, you need to have the on screen, on film, on camera appeal. You could be gorgeous in real life, but how do you look behind the camera. There was a makeup artist there and I thought she looked AMAZING. But it was funny , when mentioning to her she should model she said “I don’t look good in front of the camera” and that may be very well be true.
It is more than dressing up, standing around. It is an art. From all sides of the perspective. Artists do what they love because they enjoy it. They rarely get paid top dollar. It is generally more of a hobby than a profession. As much as I wanted to get back into this full time, it takes time to rebuild my portfolio and it pays very little. Thus , the Fashion Design biz. I get to do what I love, be creative and once in a awhile throw in a bit of modeling my own items to really make it fun.
I too love dressing up, being in the modeling world when out and about. Getting compliments and being noticed just like Betty. It is GLAM from time to time…but wading through the rubble and drama to get to here, can be a brutal nightmare.
Until next time,
Fashion Designer, Blogger and Model