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Monday, December 13, 2010

Ace Melody and Queen Marie In Double Deuces

December 13th Release
Ace Melody and Queen Marie In Double Deuces

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Thursday, December 9, 2010

How Do I Become The Top Model

How Do I Become The Top Model

My best advice is to get with a team of people who will work with you day and night and push out product

#1 Do projects with anyone and everyone (as long as they are reputable and legit)

#2 Get training, skills and development.

#3 Look at what the greats have done and what they currently do.

#4 Don’t sit back and wait for things to happen- Go get it.

#5 Be workable, friendly and a down to earth person.

#6 Be loyal to those who have your best interest.

#7 Don’t take no for an answer- find other options or ways to make a deal work.

#8 Never give up, Never, Never, Never Give up.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

You Live In A State Where There Is Not Much Going On In Modeling

You Live In A State Where There Is Not Much Going On In Modeling

While most people will tell you that you are doomed, I say that this is a gold mine…

Especially if you live in a small town

Why do I say this

Everyone Knows You

Because think about it, what better opportunity to make it in modeling than to do it in a place where everyone knows you and your family, you can start at the small business level, approach business owners and ask them it you can promote their products and services

Work Your Way Up

Once you have done a fair amount of projects with business owners then you can take your work to the next town and do the same thing, after you have build up a good amount of projects, then you can start contacting modeling agencies or companies and submitting your work to them.

Just remember, you will experience rejection…

Keep going….

Someone will bite…

When they bite you will be on you way.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

What Do Models Wear At Fashion Shows?

What Do Models Wear At Fashion Shows?


But to be more specific, a model can wear the clothes that they have in their closets or depending on the people involved in the fashion show and the decision makers, there may be times when the clothing designers, wardrobe persons or others in charge will want you to showcase clothes by a certain designer, and in these cases, usually everything is set up before the show, so that you know what you’ll be wearing or showcasing at the show (That’s if the show is organized)

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

The Person Keeps Rescheduling

The Person Keeps Rescheduling

I recently had a model ask me advice on how to deal with a photographer who keeps rescheduling her photo shoot.

Busy Professionals

Understand that photographers, modeling agencies, managers, clothing designers etc. all have a lot on their plates and there will be times that we have to reschedule meetings, shoots, fittings or whatever the situation or task may be.

Example, The Photographer

But there are times when it gets to be questionable if your appointment or shoot is rescheduled multiple times (like 2 or more) this is when you will have to ask yourself if this is a person who you want to be involved with, and at this point if I were you I would research them some more and also if you do decide to deal with them and money is involved ask them if they will take payment after your photos are edited and delivered, and the reason why you ask this, is because if their actions show that they don’t get back to you in a timely manner or can’t keep appointments, then this indicates that they may have a lot going on and that they may be the same way when it comes to delivering your photos, they may drag their feet or come up with excuses like- I was busy, I wasn’t feeling well, I was dealing with family things or I had this big project to finish and so on, but if you make an agreement to pay for your photo’s at the time of delivery (after editing) then the only thing you lose if the photographer never delivers your photos, is time and not the money you paid up front.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

If It Doesn’t Feel Right Don’t Do It

If It Doesn’t Feel Right Don’t Do It

When looking working with others

#1 Meet with them

#2 Ask questions

#3 Ask for a resume

#4 Pick their brains

#5 How long have they been doing this?

#6 Review their work

#7 Find out who their clients are

#8 What are their processes?

#9 How do they work?

#10 Ask for referrals (phone number and email address and contact the referrals and ask for their opinion on that person)

#11 When working projects what are the security measures taken or how many people are there and who are they.

If it feels good and you feel comfortable, then go with this feeling, but no matter who you work with always bring someone you trust to any project or meeting.

Your personal safety come first.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What is the Easiest Way To Become A Model?

What is the Easiest Way To Become A Model?

#1 Find a Good Photographer and have him or her take photos of you
Always remember to research the photographer, look at track records, past clients, and always take someone with you when doing any photo shoots.
Remember: Photographers sometimes have you sign releases or agreements, so make sure you read the entire agreement and ask questions like the following

What will happen with my photos?

If your photos are going to be used their site and in their portfolio, make sure you get this in writing. Also include in the release or agreement that any other use of your photos, by the photographer will have to be authorized by model (YOU) and that the photographer agrees to ask for my permission before use or distribution

Do I own the photos?

In most cases if you do a free photo shoot, then the photographer owns the pictures, but this is negotiable.
Also in some cases when you pay, the photographer still holds ownership of your photos, so read the agreement and negotiate accordingly.

How many edited photos will I receive

Usually photographers will charge you for any extra editing of photos you want, so know how many photos you get up front (edited) and what are the costs for extra photo editing.

#2 Submit your great looking photo’s to a modeling agency or you can go at it alone and target businesses in your area.
You can also ask family and friends who own businesses or others who own business to give you a chance to promote their products and services.

#3 Promote/Market Yourself- In your space time, promote your photo’s or work you have done to everyone you know and don’t know, or find someone like me who will promote you and get you exposure everywhere.

#4 Repeat the whole process over and over again

Remember: rejection is part of the game, you will experience a lot, but don’t give up, just keep going and going and going… soon you will be where you want to be

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

How To Make Money As A Webcam Model

How To Make Money As A Webcam Model

If you google or search web cam models, you will find tons of opportunities and money in this area.

My research as led me to believe that some of these sites or opportunities are scams.
It is in your best interest to check them out completely.

For example

#1 If the webcam company is located out of state be careful, you should try to find out the location of the company or person in charge, email them, call them or write them a letter, also if you can use a friend in that state or family member, to locate them and check them out.

#2 Contacting the BBB or better business Bureau Doesn’t hurt either, but they may not be a part of the BBB

#3 Ask the company for references- they may not give them out, but ask any ways

#4 Finally read the fine print on the agreement or terms of service
Web Cam opportunities say they will pay you for X amount of dollars for the number of views, clicks, sign ups or whatever, but the problem with that is they control and know all the tracking and know the number of hits you receive, so basically that means they can tell you whatever they want to, so if you had 10 thousand hits, they could tell you that you only had 1 thousand hits and pocket the money they owe you.

I’m not saying that Web Cam Opportunities is a bad idea and that you should not do it, all I am saying is read the fine print and research the hell out of them, then make your decision, don’t be lured by the money and/or big promises offered by them

Know your business affairs.


Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Tattoo's In Modeling?

Tattoo's In Modeling?

This question is always asked and in my honest opinion, I always like to do what the greats do, and if you look at the greats, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Kimora Lee Simmonds.

Do They Have Tattoo's?  No they don't

Some Agencies may discourage you from getting them, but I say it is up to you what you want to do and how far you want to go.

Again this is my opinion, I think having no tattoo's will take you further, than if you did not, because as you get higher in modeling, you may run into those image particular folks that frown on them and because of this they may pass you up.

but again times are changing

Some models that have tattoo's are
Tyson Craig Beckford
Carolyn Murphy 
Ana Beatriz Barros 
Isabeli Fontana 
Gisele Bundchen 

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

How Do You Become A Model For Nordstroms, Target, Gap etc

How Do You Become A Model For Nordstroms, Target, Gap etc?

To model for Nordstroms, Target, Gap and other National Department Stores, Retailers and companies,
you will have to go through one of the these major modeling agencies Ford Models, Wilhelmina, Elite, Next and DNA.

These National Departments, Retailers and Companies mostly rather deal with professional modeling agencies.

But there are some exceptions sometimes Department Stores hold open casting calls. Periodically, department stores will have their own casting calls and auditions to find new models for their in-store fashion shows, local print advertisements and mall events.
The Best way to find out how you can model for a particular department store, is to call the store and ask.
Just say
 I am looking to model for your store and would like you to direct me to the person who can give me information on how to submit my resume and portfolio to you.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Do You Have To Go To College To Be A Model?

Do You Have To Go To College To Be A Model?

Certainly not, but some form of education or skill will definitely help
Going to modeling school can give you advantages over those who didn't, you will learn valuable skills like makeup, hair, fashion etc. and this knowledge and training will really help you in your search for work.

Schooling gives you a boost in confidence.

Schooling looks really good on a resume/portfolio.

Schooling with a Well known agency may be able to help you get into doors that others, who with out the training and recognition of the agency  cannot.

But it all boils down to what you think will help your career the most.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

What Does It Take To Become a Model?

What Does It Take To Become a Model?

It takes passion, I get this question all the time, and I tell those who want to model that if modeling is something that you really want to do just do it, but make sure you have fun doing it.

#1 Get yourself a good photographer, you will have to check out their work and make sure it is what you like, also make sure the photographer is legit and has references.

#2 Promote your self everywhere and to everyone

There are other things you can do but these are the basics

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Thursday, December 2, 2010

That Ain't Rain It's Pee

That Ain't Rain It's Pee
Contract and Agreements

Protect your self at all times Models and Talent, there are some real shady characters, people will say one thing, build your dreams, promise you the moon and get you all excited and before you know it, they got you.

Contract and Agreements

Protect your self with contracts and agreements, and tell people what you want and what you don't want, make sure you put people on your team that will work and work hard, never settle... never, never, never.

I can't stress this enough

Doing this will allow you to have more rainy days.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Are Our Dreams Reality?

Are Our Dreams Reality?
Or Are We In Reality Now?

What I mean by this is, it took me along time to see the full picture, I learned from my experiences and now I am sharper and more aggressive.

I know how to win.

Don't Be Afraid to Fail

Failure is good, you must embrace this if you want to be the Greatest at what you do. I have failed alot and continue to do so, but the failures are not massive enough to shut me down.

Wake up to Reality

Remember when you understood something clear as day, there was no denying that you understood it fully, it is like a rush and the confidence you felt was fantastic.
This happened to me only because of the experiences I went through.
Actually it was a DREAM that did this, then afterward I had to question if our dreams are reality or are we in reality right now?

Nothing is Different (everything cycles)

Models and talent, understand this--- everything that we are seeing now has happend before.
At first it was hard for me to grasp this, but after reading history and doing some extensive study, I have found this to be true.

A good example is the Real Estate Market (it cycles all the time)

To End

I guess what I am tring to say to you is.... Open Your Eyes, Look, and Learn.
Think about why this happens and why that happens, it will amaze you.

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Use Pain, Hurt and Disappointments to Push Yourself to Greatness

Use Pain, Hurt and Disappointments to Push Yourself to Greatness

All Talent

Those who have hurt you, disappointed you, doubted you, not supported you, downed you and have done things to you that are way beyond understanding you must keep pushing on.

You must use this to your advantage, the best revenge is success, I quote by Frank Sinatra.

You must put yourself in a positive place or space no matter what.

You must limit interaction with negative people.

You must push yourself and work at your passion, especially when you get angry or hurt.

Flood the market with your projects and work, make people know you are serious, be better than the best.

 Work work work set a goal to make sure that the world knows who you are and what you do and trust me you will see some amazing things.

People will do things that are so nasty and crazy that it will catch you off guard, but don't let it, you must prepare for the worst.

You will succeed I know it

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You Got Talent Dont Waste IT

You Got Talent Don't Waste IT

You only live once ok if you have a passion just do it right now

Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects


His name is Dre Thomas, and he is the Creative Genius behind flytalkxl

In a state where there are not many supportive and friendly online sources, flytalkxl is changing that, he is truly out for the artist, and giving them a chance. Project and model manager Dontae Brown and Popular Model Ace Melody, had the pleasure to meet with Dre and work with him, and they both agree that he is the real deal.

Dre and flytalkxl are doing some great things for the talent here in Minnesota, and if you are a serious about your career, it would be a great added benefit to you if you were able to get an interview with flytalkxl.

look for more talent features from Dre Thomas and

He is a fantastic person to know.

Stephanie Larson
Dontae Brown Projects
Media/Public Relations
Model Hard


Published on December 1st, 2010
Not so often you meet someone young, talented, humble and on the grind…Ace Melody is all the above. Managed by Dontae Brown Projects and armed with more than a couple fashion shows, photoshoots and connects under his belt he is determined to be one of Minnesota’s highest profiled models. We did a quick photoshoot and sat down to chop it up, here was the outcome.
flytalkXL: So Ace how old are you?

To see the rest of the interview go to: or even twitter!/flytalkXL

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Dontae Brown (Project Manager)
Dontae Brown Projects