Fashion snapshots in Shibuya / getting scouted for modelling!

Rumour has it that it takes as little as being a foreigner in Japan, to be scouted for modelling.  Well, personally I don’t think that’s true to any degree. I guess everyone can get scouted, you just need to hang out in the right places to get noticed. But since I don’t really aim to plaster my smiling face on a million magazine covers, I often hang out wherever I want, often in places not associated with fashion, like Ueno or Shin-Okubo.  On the day when I got this photo shoot offer, I happened to have something to do in Shibuya — I met my friends and took a ridiculous amount of cute sticker pics (you can see all of that in my previous post).

I was hanging around the Hachiko statue / Forever 21 area waiting for my friends, when a guy with a huge camera asked me if it’s okay to take a few fashion snapshots of me. He said that it was my tattoos that caught his eye. Okay, yeah, I have some time, go ahead. He took a few shots, and handed me the flyer you can see below. He said he needed to show my photos to the editorial department of his company, and if they liked them, they’d invite me for a photo shoot. Okay, I thought, that would be cool, but the main question was : DO I HAVE TO PAY? He answered “Absolutely not, it’s free, no money talk involved”. But! My dad always told me that the only thing you can get for free is getting your ass kicked so I knew I should be careful, even if the guys seemed legit.

But first let’s see what actually happened on the actual photo shoot day…

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What the flyer says:

Currently auditioning many models for work!

100,000 hits on the blog everyday!

100,000 hits on the website everyday!

Number 1 ranking of Dokusha models!  (amateur models who appear in fashion magazines)

Over 10,000 followers on Twitter!

Over 20,000 readers of our mail magazine!

etc etc..

Wowzers! But let’s not get too excited.

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 On that day I was going to meet my lovely friend Ayaka.

Ayaka loves sweets, anime and cute stuff and she basically wears colourful clothes with candy & cookie motives and lots of Madoka Magica accessories. I was a bit surprised seeing Ayaka wearing “adult” clothes on that day. She told me that the green jacket you see, was the first thing she has ever bought in Harajuku and that she picked it up like 10 years ago or so. I’d rather not remember my fashion sense 10 years ago….

The Madoka Magica purse is one of Ayaka’s personal treasures. They’re inseparable.

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 And here’s what I chose for the photo shoot day…

white top: SPINNS Harajuku

denim jacket: GU

DAMMY skirt: WEGO

NADIA platforms: bought second-hand for 2000 yen

Nostalgic plastic wire choker thingy: Paris Kids

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I asked Ayaka to go with me to that model (?) agency. You know, safety in numbers and stuff. I’m so grateful she agreed, they said some things in Japanese I couldn’t quite get and Ayaka has this amazing ability to explain everything using easy Japanese.

Let’s gooo!

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 Here’s what happened next: upon arrival I got some documents to sign.  I had to agree that the company could use my name and my photos whenever and however they want. So basically, I can’t choose which photos go online and I cannot take the whole thing back once I sign it.

Then a funny photographer came and said there’s a park nearby, so we could take a few snapshots there. First, he instructed me on how to pose. I suck at posing, I really do…Oh well, not that it was some magazine photo shoot or anything, so it’s all good.

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 Quoting my mom: “Boring shots”

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  Then we moved to another place and he told me to “look relaxed”.

The photographer didn’t mind posing for a photo with me, in fact he was a pretty cool guy.

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 Apparently this is what I look like when I’m relaxed…

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  And the last stop: the tree shots. As I mentioned before, I suck at posing and I don’t really feel relaxed in front of the camera. I would make a crappy model for sure. The funny photographer told me what to do — “Just touch this tree and look cool”. Okay, sounds like something I am able to do.

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 Touching the tree and trying to look cool

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 He then asked me if it’d be okay if he took some photos of my tattoos…and my shoes. I guess these things were the most eye-catching?

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My dear Aya ♥

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After the photo shoot we went back to the office and I got a questionnaire to fill out (which I handed to Aya). Let’s take a look at the questions:

1. How was the photo shoot? 

 fun?     okay?     boring?

2. (Whatever you previously circled) Explain the reason why you chose your previous answer:

My answer: “I don’t have much self-confidence in front of the camera, but during the photo shoot the photographer said things like:  “Great!” or “Well done!” (← 上手い、いいね)  and I thought that was nice”

3. Do you think you’d like to have a photo shoot again?

Yes      No

4. How about the photographer’s behaviour?

Very good? Good? Okay? Bad? Very bad?

5. Anything he should improve?

My answer: Nothing in particular. It was fun, thank you.

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The last thing and the most important one…

THE TALK

After filling out the questionnaire, a guy wearing lots of silver jewelry introduced himself as the producer and invited us to his little booth-office. If you ever get scouted, expect to hear a lot of good things about yourself. I mean, it’s business and they’re trying to make money — this is something to keep in mind at all times. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. Long story short, basically I was told that I have a huge potential because:

* my skin is sooo white

* my style is sooo good

*my Japanese is sooo cute

He looks at me and goes: “that’s what sells best, foreigners are cute when they make some mistakes while speaking, it’s not good when their Japanese is perfect. That’s not cute”. Ha.

He even told me that I could model for wedding dresses and I was like “Hmm, yeaaah” (look at me, 154 cm tall and lots of tattoos? PUH-LEASEEEE).

And the last little tiny itty-bitty thing: if I am interested in working for them, like getting fashion modelling offers and stuff, I should get a super-duper-professional photo shoot. And that photo shoot would cost me …. 120,000 yen (about $1200?)

*applause*

I’m satisfied with my current job and I don’t really trust some random people promising an amazing career after taking just a few snapshots of me, so I said “I’ll think about it” and that was it. I don’t really think they are out there trying to trick people. Who knows, maybe if I got that special photo shoot, I could get some other offers? Anyway, I got some fashion snapshots for free, it was fun, that’s it.

They put up my pics on their website, check it out if you’re interested.

http://sweets-selection.com/profile.php?user_id=2840 ←

I guess that a vision of a modelling career is really tempting, especially when some serious people like photographers and producers tell you that you’re so cute and unique. But I have my priorities sorted and I’m a realist, so they didn’t manage to convince me that a 120,000 yen photo shoot is something absolutely necessary.

If you ever get scouted on the street, always, ALWAYS ask if it’s going to cost you money.

Has anyone had a similar experience?

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♥Thanks for reading!♥

 

Well…Hello!

Who am I?

I’m a 23 year old Polish girl living her Tokyo dream since the 12th of July, 2012. My first memories?  The city lights, the sweet smell of a humid summer,  the singing cicadas, the stray cats in Nippori, geeky Akihabara, the colourful people of Harajuku, fashionable Omotesando and the cozy cafes of Koenji. I love exploring Tokyo, traveling in Japan, finding new places. This is the place that makes me truly happy.

日本に住んでる23歳のポーランド人です。2012年7月12日に初めて日本に来てから、幸せな生活が始まりました。

日本に初めて来たときの最初の印象 → 街の明かり、湿度の甘い匂い、谷中銀座の野良猫、原宿を行き交うカラフルな人々、オシャレな表参道、高円寺の可愛いカフェ。

このブログでは、東京のそんな楽しい日常の中で見つけた日本の面白い場所や、美しい所、又 ちょっぴり変テコで独特な物や場所を私の視点で私なりに紹介したいと思います!

 よければ見てくださいね♪

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What will I be blogging about?

 

 

Awesome places

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Madosh Cafe, Omotesando. Delicious avocado dishes and a lovely pug keeping the guests company (also little dwarf figurines flipping fingers…hmm).

1.これは表参道にあるMadosh Cafe というアボカド料理レストランです。 時々お店には看板犬のパグがいる時もあります。

American burger place in Kita-Senju. I found it by a total coincidence and fell in love with its vintage interior and photos of Elvis, Marylin and the Beatles all over the place.

2.ここは北千住で偶然見つけたアメリカンバーガーのカフェ。素敵なヴィンテージ家具や飾り付けが本場のカフェに行ったみたいな気持ちにさせてくれます。

Church themed restaurant in Shinjuku. They have real soutanes and altars. If that doesn’t convince you to go, then I don’t know what would.

3.新宿にあるキリストンカフェという、教会がテーマになっているレストラン。とってもユニークな雰囲気

Turkish restaurant in Yanaka Ginza, Nippori. Lovely atmosphere and super friendly service. And you can get a lamp like this for only 800 yen or so,

4.谷中銀座にあるトルコ料理のレストラン。料理が美味しくて、優しくてとてもフレンドリーな店員さんが接客してくれました。

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Tattoo studio La Ruche, Shinjuku 5-Chome. I got my old tattoos fixed and new tattoos done there – I trust them entirely.

1.これは新宿5丁目にあるLaRucheというタトゥースタジオです。タトゥーを入れたい人におすすめ!

Jiyugaoka, O’Carolans Pub. It doesn’t feel like Japan at all, and sometimes that’s exactly what expats need. Pint of Guiness for 900 yen though.

2.これは自由が丘にあるO`Carolansというアイリッシュパブです。ホームシックになったときに、そこに行くのは一番楽しいと思います。

Beautiful Art Aquarium exhibition in Nihonbashi. Ambient music, laser lights and fishbowls (and who doesn’t love that?)

3.これはアートアクアリウムです。レーザーライトや、心が落ち着く音楽が流れていて、すごく美しい空間でした。

The coziest place in Shibuya, a lovely cafe full of candles and flowers. Veranda swings and sakura latte, two good enough reasons to go.

4.これは渋谷にあるand peopleというかふぇです。ヨーロッパっぽくて超かわいいです。

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Hairstyling and makeup

Nothing professional or fancy.

Just a hobby I enjoy on the days when I don’t need to put a suit on.

プロじゃないけど、休みの日には色んなメイクや髪型をしてみるのが好きです。

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Tattoos

I have always thought that tatooed bodies are beautiful. And yeah, all these babies are mine and there are still many more to come.

元々タトゥーを入れいてる人が美しいと思っていて、18歳の時に最初の星タトゥーを入れました。今24歳でタトゥーが10コになりました。入れたいタトゥーはまだまだたくさんあります。

Volunteering

I started volunteering at an orphanage (it’s a bit different in Japan though, I might explain some other time) in July 2013.  I don’t have much free time, but I always keep in mind that just a couple of hours for me means the world to them.

2013年の7月に児童養護施設のボランティアになりました。仕事としても子供に英語を教えるけど、英語の勉強をするチャンスがない子供達の事を考えて、ボランティア活動を始めました。

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Travelling

Before I moved to Japan, I have travelled to quite a few places. I have been to Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, France (Paris, Eze, Nice), Monaco, Holland, Ireland, Croatia. I have studied and lived in the UK for a year.

I went to South Korea, Seoul in November 2013. I travel in Japan from time to time and I’ll be sure to share lots of beautiful photos here! ~

日本に来る前、ヨーロッパ旅行をたくさんしました。行ったことがある国→スロバキア、ハンガリー、イタリア、フランス、モナコ、オランダ、クロアチア。一年間イギリスに住んでいてリーズ大学で勉強しました。

2013年の11月には韓国にも行ってきました。

I don’t know where I’ll be in a couple of years.

For now…I guess I’ll just stay here for a while and see where my life takes me.

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