Allow me to reintroduce myself…

My name is Hov, (Oh) H-to-the-O-V.……..
But not really tho! Lol

Hi I'm Alean

If you haven’t figured it out by the domain name of the site, my name is

Alean Elston

(AL-leen ELS-ten)

and welcome to my digital space!

I’ve been modeling for 12 years now (and still getting stronger) and as I’ve gone about in my career I’ve come across some awesome people and learned a lot about business and a ton about myself. What I’ve realized is that I learned the most when I shared with others and when they shared with me. It enabled me to grow and I hope that I’ve enabled others to grow as well. With that being said, my goal is to connect with the aspiring models, the professional models, the drinks and business enthusiast, and the beverage and modeling/entertainment industry folks who want to follow along with me in our journey with my blog. I believe that if you are one of those people, then we have a few things in common.

 

I love modeling, modeling led me to start my own business, starting my own business enabled me to work with various beverage brands and sparked the passion of me working within the beverage industry. All of these things are very connected in my life and if you have a passion for any one of those things, there is where we share our connection. I’ve been in your shoes as the inexperienced model, looking to find out how to get started and how to start booking shoots, shows, and getting paid. I’ve been the business owner that struggled (sometimes I still struggle) to get the first client and develop the momentum to continue to build a customer base. I am the person passionate about cocktails and wine and beers and wanted to learn all I can about the business of it, I’m also the blogger that lives life just like you but my goal is to share my experiences and ideas and to connect with those who share the same sentiment, and build and grow.
The one thing that I hope that you take away from my blog is that you can have multiple goals but they mean nothing if you don’t pursue them. All it takes is a few baby steps towards your goals for them to gain traction and watch it grow faster than the speed of light. I’ve watched it happen to a number of my peers, and now it’s my turn.

Watch me work.
If you need to reach out to me with any questions, or you would like to work together please don’t hesitate to email me – alean@aleanelston.com

The hairstyle that made me stand out to modeling agents #modellife #modeladvice

Over the weekend, I was in a Modeling Competition that one of my agencies holds every year. I’ve been with them for about 10 years now and I’ve never entered it, I never entered ANY modeling competition before but I’ve worked numerous events behind the scenes of them. They have a bunch of agents come from all over the country and the world to judge it and give out some amazing prizes. What made me enter it this year was the opportunity to go to China for an all expenses paid, paid model booking. Who could give up a chance for a free trip to China, international modeling creds to add to my resume, and did I mention being paid to model in China?! lol

Memories of my Last out of the country modeling related excursion. Ready to blow the dust off of my passport.
Memories of my Last out of the country modeling related excursion. Ready to blow the dust off of my passport.

I was a little self conscious about entering the competition, mainly because MOST of the people competing were literally half my age or younger (if you can guess how old I am, theres 50 brownie points for you lol), and a tad bit slimmer than me. I’m still slim just not supermodel skinny like I used to be! lol But I entered this competition because it was for a lingerie/swimwear client in China, and swimwear and lingerie is PERFECT for my body type so I thought I could walk away from this competition confidently with the winner’s trophy in the bag.

So did I win?

5 “Business Models” who are great at minding their business

They say it takes several streams of income in order to be wealthy. Which got me thinking about other models who have done more than modeling to create more revenue streams. I like to think of it as Business Models Minding their Business. (cute right?! :-D)

As a model, you should always conduct yourself as a business and these models have done that plus created seprate businesses that have generated more for them in addition to their modeling. Click  the next page to check out my short list.

How to Get Work as a Promotional Model #modeladvice #modellife

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It’s a lot simpler than you think. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen that I work a lot of events as a model for various beverage brands, in addition to the work that I do with my company (Pour Models) as a special events bartender and model. I make a good portion of my income as a promo model for various brands and I am always asked how others can get started doing this type of work. I know if looks fun and it is, fun that I get paid for having and I get paid to travel to do.

Me as a Promotional Model for Remy Martin!
Me as a Promotional Model for Remy Martin!

With that said, here’s my advice on how you can get started working as a promo model making anywhere between $20 and $50 per hour and more!

Recap: Funny Moments at #NYFW – #ilaughed

New York Fashion Week comes around but twice a year and every time its filled with the seriousness of FASHION and STATUS (insert glitter sprinkle here). I personally did not attend any shows this season but with my poppin Instagram Feed, Chef Roble, and Nicki Minaj, I caught all the hilarity without having to hop the train the NYC.

With that, here are 3 moments that occurred during fashion week that I found funny. If you don’t laugh, chuckle, or crack a smile…drink some prune juice 😉

Model or Actor with Tattoos? Find out how Rapper/Actor Ludacris feels about them.

Video credit – Instagram

 

We been seeing rapper/actor Ludacris throughout the years in various films and if you follow him on instagram, you got a quick behind the scenes look at the prep that takes place before filming the upcomig Fast & Furious 7. (I know, I know…when the hell did they get to 7?! You don’t even remember 3-6 coming out!)

Most rappers that we know of have tons of tatts, “bodies marked up like the subway in harlem,” to quote Weezy. In the above clip, Ludacris talks about one of the reasons why he only has so few tattoos. Hint, it has to do with work and time, and if you didn’t know…TIME IS MONEY. Especially when it comes to the process of covering up tattoos. Its just more money that comes out of the client’s pocket to pay the makeup artist or retoucher to get the look that they believe is perfect for the project. If there’s too much time that it takes to cover up ink…(ie you have a ton of tatts) you might lessen your chances of being booked! Thus, no money.

 

Get my drift?

 

I’ve mentioned before in a previous post (click here to read it) that tattoos can work against you in the modeling industry and that you should cover them up when attending any casting or when you have booked a job. Your special body art may not work with the look or character that is being portrayed and thus, you should cover up your ink, or if you don’t have any, like me, don’t bother getting any. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle with potential clients by not having any ink.

Any actors or models out there ever been told about their tattoos at a casting or booking? I’d love to hear your story, comment this post or contact me via Twitter or Instagram – @CompleteBeauty

 

xo

 

Alean

Prime Example – The wrong pose can make or break an outfit #PromBat #Rihanna

I saw this on Complex and I couldn’t stop laughing. Its a shame that Rih came at one of her fans like that but its hilarious! lol

Source: Complex
Source: Complex

 

 

Seeing this has further proved my point. Those that have taken any one of my modeling classes know that I preach, about the right pose, that the way you pose, stand, sit, etc. can make you look great or it can make you look horrible! You have to know how to properly pose according to your outfit and body shape.

Rih does it correctly, in a standard posing stance, cant go wrong with it no matter what your shape or outfit, but #prombat, as they call her, thought she was “doing it” and ended up looking like she was about to take flight and therefore ruined what could have been a great prom look.

 

Remember, its all about the pose when you doin it for the ‘gram!

Source: Complex
Source: Complex

My 5 Favorite Shots from my #deeplyrootedproject #Photoshoot with @PRiMo_SuPReMo Photography

Before you read my little blurb about this shoot and you take a look at the pictures I want to make sure I mention that the great idea for me to be involved in this shoot came from

@PRiMo_SuPReMo

Check out his website – www.primosupremo.com

Follow him on twitter – @primo_supremo

Follow him on Instagram – @primo_supremo

and like him on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/primosupremothebrand

Phenomenal Photographer Endorsed by Yours Truly! Contact him to book your shoot today!

Now, onward to the pictures!!!!

This was my first photoshoot of 2013. Before then, I cant remember the last photoshoot that I have done. I have been modeling consistently for the past 10 years but this was the end of a looooong season of not having a photoshoot. I was so excited honored when I was approached to participate in this project, when you see the pictures you’ll see why. Bola aka @Primo_Supremo is a great photographer and takes a fresh approach to photography that steps away from the current fad of highly glamorized and over edited pictures. And for that I love these images! Everyone looks for photography to make them look great, but I think it should show what is there and bring to life an emotion or thought that you may not have thought of or felt before. His photography does that, and I’m glad to have been a part of this project.

Oh yea, I know the post title says 5 of my favorite shots, but I had to add more. There were so many frames from this shoot that I loved I couldn’t limit myself to just 5!

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Also, as part of this project I was asked to share my natural hair story. Read about it and see the rest of the pictures that feature me from the Deeply Rooted Project here – http://www.primosupremo.com/alean

Want to book me for your next photoshoot or photography project? Email me the details – alean@aleanelston.com

 

Do You Need Professional Pictures to Start a Modeling Career? #modeltip #modeladvice

One of my blog readers had a really good question about starting off as a model. On my blog post – 3 Resaons You Didn’t Book That Modeling Gig (http://aleanelston.com/ae/2012/03/02/3-reasons-why-you-didnt-book-that-modeling-gig-modeltip-modeladvice/) Amanda asks what are you supposed to do if you don’t have any professional pictures to submit in order to start getting work? Check out the post and the comment to see the advice I gave her, and if you have more to add to this subject, please comment and discuss below.

 

BTW please excuse brevity this video, I’ve been playing catch up with my blogging/vlogging and in my haste to make this vid, I’m not wearing any makeup 😛
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