IN THE MEANTIME…
Working at Caribbean Fashion Week seem to have affected me more than I originally thought. I spent the next couple of months thinking why bother do fashion? Or media for that matter?
Maybe a vacation was in order, which I took of some sorts.
Haven’t designed anything new except for working on the same stuff from summer and apart of one or two productions, LITERALLY one or two (though I can’t find any links of those online :/ ) I been just BEING.
Taking a moment to breathe…
Either way, my other blog The Costume Trailer where I blog about Costume Design in Films and TV is doing quite well. Check out, if that is your thing.
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A DRINK BY THE BEACH
So not too long ago, I was tired I couldn’t even feel my face and now there’s that dreaded lull that happens now and then in a freelancer’s life.
I have a few projects in the works but everything just seems be just that.. in the works. Hopefully, I can get my headspace (and pokcet!) right to finish them.
Till then, I’ll fill the void by taking a look at another job I worked on before this blogged existed.
Up on deck is an Old Jamaican Ginger Beer (British Product by and by), where I was a styling assistant for the very first time in 2010.
Just take the time to imagine lil old me by the pool ready to roll up a grown man’s pants or better yet picture a VERY weary me along with my boss on the beach in the dark trying to dress all those extras.
I suppose we found the origin of the trend of me being on a beach solely for work.
Lesson learnt - Even as a stylist bring your own lighting equipment like a lantern or something to that effect.
You nuh get paid cause somebody tief sup’m? That can’t be right! WTH. Dem ol’ fought. (I hate how people often treat interns/employees, esp when those in charge place them in less than ideal situations like a) being understaffed and b) no food!)
Maan, could go into even more details of the BS that went down but I’m over it and furthermore it wouldn’t be in good taste. They way them moving it’s clear they would find any excuse not to pay us.
I would make up noise but it’s not worth it and better be worth it if you go make up noise with these people that are in the upper
crusty crust of society.
Even though, our film/video industry has a lot problems and far way to go, I can tell you there is no way you wouldn’t get fed on set nor get your money…
LESSONS LEARNT FROM CARIBBEAN FASHION WEEK 2013
Caribbean Fashion Week was earlier this month and what an experience it was, indeed. I think I finally recovered and I don’t know if I’m ready to head back (isn’t this completely opposite of what I felt in this post?) and I wasn’t because I’m not used to hard work, it was just in short a mess..
Things to note
- Pulse is WAY understaffed, I could not believe the amount of work only one person has to do.
- I was paid next to nothing….
- Oh wait. I wasn’t paid (nor any other intern) because some intern stole Limited Edition Fashion bags from a sponsor (from Italy!) from backstage and they withholding pay till found.
- I lost weight (which skinny old me can’t afford) because Pulse along with being understaffed is cheap and didn’t buy lunch or provide snacks
- There was an UPSIDE, I made some valuable links in the Fashion World (which I suppose is the point of it all)
- Kelly Rowland apparently can’t perform any Destiny’s Child songs (LOL)
- Her back up dancers were HOT.
Seeing the inner workings of the Fashion Show was enlightening and this whole notion of working in either side of the business (production or fashion) doesn’t seem so daunting after all.
IN THE STUDIO AND IN THE CLASSROOM
So I made mention of this insane classroom project I been working on here. I been climbing hills and also trekking on beaches all in the name of Math. Well, now I can finally show you the classroom set up where the actual subject of Math is being taught.
Feast your eyes on the Math teacher that doesn’t really look like a Math teacher and ponder the unnerving mural with two large illustrations of the Math teacher’s face that has been a headache in post production (the client fought for that mural..SMH).
All in all this project has taught even more about being a producer and also that I have more patience than I originally thought.
Photographer: Peter Belanger
Nice little article that shows us how they light all those expensive little gadgets so you can throw your money at it.
Cinematographer: Shelly Johnson
Gaffer: Dan Riffel
If you are into production you need to be following FlagversusNets. One of my closest friend and former yaadie (now resides in London) is a cinematographer and has a great blog on light set up and all the other fancy things a DP concerns themselves about. I really love this blog and I think you would too.
Just spent the afternoon doing a Social Media Marketing consult…
I mean I have done it (social media management) before when I used to work at the PUMA store here in JA and tried to work for a Social Media Promotions firm but that part of my skill set (always lurking on the internet) never took off.
Now though, I’m wondering if I should take it seriously and make some Dead National Heroes (lame?) off of it.
I think I may be becoming a mature adult because I worked at a fashion show over the weekend and my self esteem didn’t suffer from being around models.
Were models always so young?
I just wanted to make sure those ridiculously tall girls were alright.
Ok maybe I’m getting old more so than mature LOL
CAMERA, LIGHTS, FASHUUN!
Just when I was thinking a new URL name was in order, I get a call to help out at Caribbean Fashion Week Launch (Yass!). There were four designers that showed a capsule collection at Pulse (Modelling Agency) to give press for the MAJUH Fashion Week coming up in June.
Believe or not, I have never worked in at a Fashion Week before, it’s always been just Wardrobe/Styling on Production Sets. So I went in with what I learnt from Lauren Conrad from The Hills (I kid). But I was still a bit surprised at how frantic it can be and this is coming from a girl who had to run across a Cricket Field at Sabina Park while gluing on pocket crests to Sports Jackets (don’t ask..)
Herding up models and making sure they have on double sided tape and shaved armpits was part of the job description that night.
More importantly though, I was able to help style some of the lines and remind myself that I have come along way with everything.
**Sorry, I wasn’t able to take more pics but I was busy the whole time and snuck these in. You can check out Pulse’s Instagram to see the other designers.