Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency
April 18 and 19, 2015
OMD4Makeup & FX was south of the border again this past weekend working with Global Stars Network Agency of the Year (second year running), Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency (RMEA), at their model intensive workshop in Billings, Montana.
This weekend's workshop drew a mix of both models and pageant girls looking to break into the industry or build their portfolios and OMD4 Makeup & FX's Olivia Morley was there to handle the makeup for two days of photoshoots with photographers Merrit Olsen and Brittany Putnam.
Nursing student and model hopeful Kendra Fournier, 20, attended the workshop after hearing about it from a friend. She said: "There was a lot of new information thrown at us. It's a little intimidating, but I'm happy to be here and am just taking it all in."
Some of the information the models received came from Stephanie McLain who delivered a session on strategies for preparing for a pageant, including interview tips and shared some advice with the models when working with designers and other potential clients. She said: "Work with people who know the business and those you can trust. Surround yourself with positive people and have fun."
She also suggested that neutral or clear nail polish and simple, clean-looking makeup is best when interviewing with a designer. Personally, as someone who owns 67 colours of nail polish (most of which are rather bold), the idea of a nude shade is a little scary; however, Stephanie said it's important for people to remember your face, not what colour your nails wore.
The youngest model in attendance, Harlee Holster, 10, was accompanied by Mum, Sarah Widener and this budding model may also have a career as a journalist. With tablet in hand, she spent her down time interviewing other models which she hopes to upload to YouTube as video shorts.
Tamara Hammond, 20, is both a model and pageant girl and was at the workshop to shoot a few required photos for upcoming events like the Miss Montana USA pageant taking place in Missoula this autumn.
RMEA's models are in demand and several have secured contracts all over the US and overseas. 15-year-old Michala Zambon, who has been modelling since she was little and has been with RMEA for two years, will be heading to Europe in a couple of weeks to take part in the Cannes Fashion Festival, which is connected with the Cannes Film Festival.
Michala will be walking the runway for Jaime Elyse Couture, a designer she recently worked with during LA Fashion Week. About heading overseas to work she said: "It's really exciting. I really love what I do."
Once again OMD4 Makeup & FX was privileged to be part of this event where we had the opportunity to work with such talented individuals and we are looking forward to working with RMEA again in Polson, MT during their summer camps.