Face of Photolife Top Ten Assignment Part One

Face of Photolife Video Launch

An extremely long notecard arrived in my inbox yesterday regarding the next phase of the Face of Photolife Assignment.
As mentioned previously in my The angels are on my side blog, we were given 2000L in order to help create a look that speaks clearly to those who will be judging us on our creativity and our confidence to present who we are. The look needed to be casual / pants. Photographs needed to be taken in this outfit and submitted ready for judging on Sunday. Based on these photographs, someone will be crowned 'Miss Creativity' and potentially move forward into the next round. I racked my brains today in the car how I was going to promote myself. The only condition was that this needed to be taken on the photolife studio. So my creative foot forward, this is my submission for Miss Creativity ..........
In addition the title of Miss Photogenic will to be given. We were asked to provide a new faceshot and will be judged also. Here is my submission ......... Just hoping its enough.

Hung, Drawn and CAPTURED

The Captured Photography Book should be on the tip of the tongue of any wanna be model, designer or photographer. So who wouldn't want to be in the 2009 edition? Applications started approximately 2 weeks ago and a staggering 400+ people applied. I successfully made it into Heat One, which included approval of my photographs and general application information.

120 people were selected to go through to the next round, which consisted of 'The Interview'. Actually, no one had a clue what was going to happen at this stage. It was all very hush hush. Models who had been selected were pinging left right and centre, asking questions like, ' Are you preparing quick changes?', 'What are you wearing' , 'Are you wearing your huddle?' I think we all got each other in a bit of state really, cos there is always someone who has prepared more than you and visa versa.
I was fairly calm leading up to the event, until Laya IMed me saying, 'You re up next Jula, await the TP'. The feeling of dread came over me and I started shaking ........... shaking because its much easier doing an interview with people you don't know rather than people you do. I arrived to a sea of ghost like figures smoking like crazy ( not with a cig, but you know what I mean )

It was like cross fire at dawn on arrival, questions being fired left right and centre, coming in at all angles. I don't think the panel meant it to be a terrifying experience but it frightened the living daylights out of me. To top it off, some random TPed in on my head mid interview which was most off putting, as all I could see was a pair of feet over my eyes and the rest just some misty body trying to rez up. I don't know how I did but I'm glad I prepared that's all I can say. Vixie, bless her during the interview said, 'excellent answer Jula' . I was chuffed with that only because she gave me the strength I needed, even if it was really a crap answer.

So once again its a waiting game. A few people IMed me after comparing notes etc, but I do secretly hope I get through to the next round ..... I mean really HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BOOK ?

Outfit for my interview - casual but chic

Skin by Blowpop, Caramel Tuesday

Hair by Truth, Ivy

Pants by LBD

Top by Bianca F

Jewellery by India

The angels are on my side

Well what can I say, its been an amazing but very busy couple of weeks for me ..........

JCNY Model Fest didn't come to fruition and my name wasn't picked out for the wk 3 successful applicants. However after looking back on my email transaction of inventory received, it never actually made it into the hands of JD Hansen. Therefore Ive resubmitted and hopefully it wont get lost in the realms of the SL metaverse. So once again its in the hands of the gods.
On a positive note however, let me tell you about the Face of Photolife Pageant that's running at the Opium Sim. As an owner of a photolife studio, I am always popping over to HQ to check out any new gadgets, textures and props that may enhance my photography. Mooching around the sim one afternoon, I noticed they were promoting ' The Face of Photolife' (FOPL). I strongly believe in only entering competitions whose 'brands' I would be happy to represent. PL is one of these, as one would say ' Its da bomb.' So I decided to apply. Ask any of my close friends, I thought I didn't stand a cat in chance hell of getting through to the pre-selection final that consisted of 20 strong beautiful women, so I couldn't believe my luck when my name was called. Lots of exciting coverage including video production by FallFilms contestant diary, Blogs and promo. The event is large scale and the prizes are wonderful.

The short list for the top 10 was pre-selected at the weekend. This was based on an interview that was conducted by some of the Opium Team midweek. These Q&A sessions always make me nervy and OMG what do you wear to such an event??? Anyway to my delight, I have made it through to the top 10 and will be taking part in a runway pageant with more Q&A's on Sunday 26th October 7pm SLT. I have received 2000L for making it through to this stage, this money given to potentially assist us in purchasing a new outfit and accessories for the event.

I still don't have a clue what I'm going to wear, but I'm grateful and privileged that Ive made it through this far. Even if I don't make the final 3 or 5 I think it is, then at least this is another personal accomplishment and another string I can add to my bow.

Its been a long time coming

My friends will wonder why am I blogging about this , considering I have tried to be as fairly low key as possible about this particular competition. Im talking about the one and only JCNY Model Fest. For the past 4 months I have been mentally preparing myself to enter possibly one of the biggest competitions in secondlife, but Im too scared ! Why? Im afraid of rejection.

Its not easy being a model in SL, contrary to popular belief. The competitiveness of the industry is immense and virtually everyone I know have attempted to become a model fest winner. My very good friends Chalice Carling, Vixie Rayner and Ella Quinsette are all past winners and they have all encouraged me to enter.

I have spent many an hour poodling around Farrah Island looking at all the beautiful portraits on the wall of the JCNY theatre, admiring all the models on the stage in their fabulous couture.
Now stepping back a moment, I mentioned that I was scared. The winning hasnt even entered by head. Im not even thinking about that. I am more concerned that I wont even get selected. For me I just want to be a model fest finalist. Of course winning would be fantastic. The prizes are fabulous and the exposure as a model winner is immense. So I am now taking the bull by the horns, taking copius amounts of photographs hoping they are right ones. October Model Fest here I come, I hope youre ready for me !!!

'CACHET is too cool for school'

Now Im not really sure why I havent come across Cachet before, considering I have of late spend many a spare minute walking through the Glamworld Sim, trying to get my bearings as there seems to have been a mass store overall. Its like going to the supermarket to find a tin of tomatoes, you know what aisle they are in, you head for them and 'Pooof' they have moved to another aisle.

There I was looking at Minnu hair, when a little voice rose in my ear. My good friend Chalice Carling was muttering something about a beautiful bag and did she need it and I was not to teleport to her as she was sure I would spend my hard earned lindens on more clothes that I would wear once and chuck in the back of the closet.

Now Chalice is a fashion icon in my eyes. She loves to accessorise so her cooing in my headset about a beautiful bag , I was going to have to pay this shop a visit. On arrival I swooned around the accessories section, ooooing and arrrhing at the divine new fall collection. Bag was not purchased on this occasion but that bag is playing on my mind, so Im going to have to go back and buy atleast one.

I headed upstairs to the clothing section. I could have spent a fortune, but I do have some restraint and am able to manage my SL lindens to a certain degree. That damn mouse of mine hoovered on so many outfits. Little devil voices in my head were saying, 'Buy Me, Buy Me' , but the little angel voices in my head were saying, ' Do you need it , like really ?'

I TPed out of there after purchasing 3 items of clothing and a gorgeous pair of earrings. However, the memory of the experience is a pleasing one and I shall definitely return. I dont think I even bought any of the new fall collection, but what I did purchase I was thoroughly pleased with. If you have been hiding in the dark like my good self, I suggest a visit. I think you will be pleasantly surprised and enlightened. Nice work Thora and Minnu. Edited on 2nd October, thank you Thora, you know why x

Model and Photographer Jula Carnell
Cachet - THEO Dress - Pastel Tirque
Cachet(VG) - Deborah Earrings (Tirque)
Hair by Armdi
Shoes by Indyra Originals
Skin by Redgrave

Model and Photographer Jula Carnell
Cachet - Dress Marlene
Cachet - Deborah Earrings (Tirque)
Hair by Armdi
Shoes by Indyra Originals
Skin by Redgrave

Model and Photographer Jula Carnell Cachet - Dress Marlene
Cachet - Deborah Earrings (Tirque)
Hair by Mirai
Shoes by Indyra Originals
Skin by Blowpop