Reality Check: Life of a Working Model

    “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

The “Jack of all Trades” Epidemic

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.

Should I Dress Like a Stripper for my Audition?

Should I Dress Like a Stripper for my Audition?

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! 

What Is Clock and Flow?

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.

YBLimited Mobile Glam Squad. 

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.

NYFW 2019

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!

NYFW 2019

 She named her method…Clock and Flow!

Cairo’s Clock and Flow