The Clock and Flow Modeling and Mentor Method will be all things modeling and mentorship. Cairo Williams will share her tips on how to not only build confidence but make it as a professional model. This blog will be written by Cairo Williams International Supermodel and creator of the Clock and Flow Modeling and Mentor Method.
Have you ever googled the word Model? Go ahead google it. Are you still interested now that you know to model is to first think about how to sale the product?
If your answer is yes get ready to study! Yeapers, it’s going to take more than a desire and definitely more than a pretty face to work as a professional model. Give the craft the respect it deserves. Give yourself a fighting chance to make it in this wild business. The first thing I did when I began modeling is reading everything I could find about the modeling industry. I asked models I admired if I could attend their photo shoots and if I they didn’t mind sharing their experiences. Models became my tight circle of networking friends. Create a circle for yourselves. Pass along information and castings. Be each other support system. We all can relate to each other because of our chosen careers and the constant rejection we face. It makes sense to befriend one another for these very reasons because we do not succeed alone. Take charge of your modeling career by training and taking an initiative in learning everything you can about the modeling industry.
“I want to Model. How do I get started?” Model Coaches get this question all time. Trust me when I say we do not take anyone serious when this is your first question. It is a basic question that take only a few minutes to google. When you are truly interested in something, do you not research first? Raise your hand if you did not google Game of Thrones or Wendy Williams this week? The growth of Instagram models has resulted in the rise of models in every category who at the top end can make millions a year through the endorsement of products. This is not an easy accomplishment.
Starting today think of yourself as a brand. Ask yourself these questions and answer honestly. • What is branding? • What is my point of view in fashion, beauty, and any other interests I may have? • How many hours and days can I commit to branding and marketing? • Where will I receive training? • What type of Model am I?
These questions and answers should help you understand yourself so you can brand correctly. My modeling career began before social media was used in the fashion industry. We relied heavily on our Agents and Managers to secure us work. No longer my queens and kings. You must put in equal amount of work with your team. Think of it as a collaboration. The more hands invested in networking on your behalf and sending you out on auditions the better chances you have in creating a buzz behind your name. Take some initiative. No one will work harder for your brand than you. When the check writers see you’re actively involved in your success, they are more likely to trust that you have the know how of today’s standards in “selling” their products. So, you see, life as a working Model isn’t glam all the time. You must put in hours of training and work. Good luck out there! #ClockandFlow
One day a model handed me her business card. According to her, not only was she a model but also an actor, choreographer, makeup artist, dancer, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, personal trainer, screenwriter, paralegal, welder, spiritual adviser, Karate teacher, shoemaker, photographer, mechanic, hairdresser, army recruiter, juggler, film critic, book critic, food critic, human resources administrator, flutist, dog whisperer, licensed family counselor, traveling circus freak, dental hygienist, architect, Lead Trauma Surgeon at Emory Hospital, refrigeration technician, equestrian instructor and funeral director. I was impressed that she had so many side hustles, but how thin can you spread yourself?! When I suggested that she streamline her approach, she scoffed at me and walked away. I mean, what do I know right? I’ve only been doing this for 85 years.
I am so happy to see eager young models striving for perfection. It ain’t easy beatin’ your face, trekking to an audition, dealing with other models in the waiting room while they throw shade with a stank face. Then there’s the wait afterward to even see if you get a callback let alone book the job! Needless to say, we must do everything we can to stand out! However, this does not mean that you show up to the audition dressed like a floozy who just staggered into the audition after a long night of running from pimps and police.
You may have a beautiful figure, but when your boobs fall out from the bottom of your neon pink halter top and your butt cheeks are making a cameo appearance through your virtually translucent leggings, it may be time to evaluate your audition wardrobe. So you say to yourself, “Okay know-it-all, Clock, and Flow Administrator, if I can’t showcase my dusty thong or sport my green “night dress” with a split up the old wazoo, what should I wear?” My answer? “Sign up for Clock and Flow classes and Cairo will teach you everything one needs to look like a Pro Model. After all, she can’t give you these gems for free, momma gotta eat!
Cairo Williams has been a working model for ten plus years. She’s scorched the runway for Calvin Klein, was hired as a campaign model for Maybelline and as a commercial model, she has shot with countless name brands, from Verizon to Citibank. Currently, Cairo is a face of Tokyo Fashion Express Japan, Model Coach to Our Children’s Story Inc, and Brand Ambassador for Yblimited.
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In the early stage of her career, Cairo was extremely self-conscious in front of the camera. Photo shoots were terrifying and it was reflected in the photos. She grew determined to break the cycle of anxiety and self doubt. Cairo realized she didn’t have complete control over her movements and body mechanics, no “structure” or “template” to fall back on. Everything she learned from various coaches was useful but limiting. She was taught to “mimic” and “recreate” her instructor’s poses and movement. Although she utilized these techniques, they weren’t “flexible” or “adaptable” and could not be relied upon.
Out of this need to evolve, Cairo began formulating a “system” designed to yield poised and purposeful angles while generating natural yet compelling face and body positions. Year after year Cairo honed her “system”, testing it during hundreds of photo shoots and runway shows. The results were undeniable, the work poured in!