Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Contest: Show Us Your Resume

Photo Styling Workshops is having another big contest! This one is: Show Us Your Resume!

The art of creating resumes is always changing in artistic fields such as styling, photography, and art direction. The boring, traditional ones are not always the best choice. Still we must present our information and backgrounds in a clear and orderly manner. How do you do that?

In addition to the publicity from offering a contest my motive is research for the revised edition of my book, "Photo Styling," I'd like to know what's current. Who knows, you just might be featured!

I think my own resume is quite traditional and dull. Not creative in the least. However, I haven't needed to present it in years. And mine has evolved more into an academic CV or cirriculum vitae, anyway.

The need for a resume is rare for a stylist - unless you are applying for a staff job. Still, you never know when you might need one. Another function of your resume is the process of getting your thoughts in order - writing down your relevant work experiences and responsibilites can produce some surprises, of the "Oh yes, I really did do all that!" variety.
Submit your resume - not for a job but for this contest - by uploading it our Facebook page (include your name and email address) OR by emailing it to Please remove your contact information but leave your email address if you choose.

Winner can enroll in any online course and pay no deposit - a $50 saving on a single course or a $100 saving on any two-course COMBO package. Judges are the instructors and staff at Photo Styling Workshops. Winner will be determined by our judges as "the best resume style for a creative."

Deadline is February 5, 2011.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Importance of Call Sheets

When my styling student Sarah Davidson described to me her experience presenting a fashion show and how she was able to use what she'd learned in my class, I was thrilled. It's exciting to see a student value the knowledge she's gained and understand why it's so important to be well-organized. Here is what she had to say:

I recently organized a Fashion Show for Cal-Soap Career fairs, at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego. It was a great opportunity to represent my school, San Diego Mesa College. I had three runs of the show for thousands of local high school students - there were 17 looks and 15 models.

I expressed to Susan, my Fashion Photo Styling professor, how much I learned about organizing events in her class. I created a call sheet; that doubled as a model check-in sheet as well as a photo release form. After signing in the models, photographers, and line up crew, the sheet was used by the line up crew to call models that hadn’t yet arrived. It also played a huge part in final fittings and final lineup. It was a tool that I would never have thought of on my own and I am grateful to now have the skills to organize any event.

From fashion shows to photo shoots, the skills I’ve learned are going to carry on with me through the rest of my career as a fashion designer.

Thank you for an amazing semester!
Sarah Davidson

Sarah is second from right, between the two tall models who helped with our on-campus fashion shoot in October, 2010.

There are no backstage photos from the fashion show available now but we hope they'll come later. At the risk of "tooting my own horn," I'm tempted to share more of these very flattering comments in the future. There's nothing like it for a teacher!