Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Modelling as a Career option in India

This section features Modelling as a career option, elaborated with reference to the job profile, personality traits required, the courses and training involved, premier institutions and future prospects.

Modelling today has become one of the most sought after career options for youngsters in India. This is one of the most thrilling as well as lucrative profession, it attracts males and females equally, though there was a time when females dominated the field. With the expansion of consumerism and media there has been a fabulous boost in the ad industry. This along with upsurge in fashion industry have made modeling an attractive career option. It has generated a large and continuing demand for fresh faces and personalities to launch and promote a variety of branded products or show a garment to its best advantage.

Modelling is, undoubtedly a glamorous field which offers tremendous opportunities to travel and meet various classes of people. Moreover once established it is a highly paid job. Even with all these plus points it involves lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance to be successful in this field. It is a highly competitive and short- lived career. Further, stress factor is high and the hours are erratic. The job also requires a lot of stamina and patience.

It is a profession where educational qualifications become insignificant and physical attributes and personal qualities assume importance. Modelling are of various types. The modelling can be broadly classified into ramp modelling, television modelling and print modelling.

Personality Traits
There is no specific qualification or age limit to enter into this field. First step for making an entry is to prepare a modelling portfolio.
Modelling can be mainly classified into Television modelling, Print modelling/Still modelling, Ramp modelling/live modelling, Show room modelling, Advertising modelling etc. Main attributes required to become a model is a good and healthy complexion, and lustrous hair. Models should be tall, fashion industry criteria for best models are 5'7" to 6' or 6' plus. For a man, height should be 6' or 6' plus and he should be muscular. Being photogenic is the single most important quality to have for a model. Apart from this good knowledge of acting, camera friendly attitude and a great amount of self confidence will reward success in this profession. They must also be open to criticism.

Modelling Courses: Modelling can be mainly classified into Television modelling, Print modelling/Still modelling, Ramp modelling/live modelling, Show room modelling, Advertising modelling etc.

1. Television modelling: This involves modelling before the Movie camera, to be used for Television commercials, cinema, video, internet etc. Modelling for video or films often includes some acting or dance and is mostly conducted on location. To make a successful television model you need a flair for acting.

2. Print modelling: Models generally pose for still photographs, to be utilized in the press advertisements, brochures, magazines, catalogues, calendars etc. Models for print media have to work along with ad agencies and photographers.

3. Show room modelling: As per the name it take place in the showrooms. Models work generally for the exporters, garment manufacturers and the big garment retailers to display the latest trends of fashion to the buyers.

4. Ramp or catwalk modelling / Live modelling: Requires models to display the garments and accessories in front of a live audience. This can be at an exhibition or a fashion show, or at a showroom or point of purchase. Ramp modelling, thus, requires long hours of practice. Performing in a live show before an audience can be very stressful. It requires tremendous confidence and poise. Ramp models should have a good posture, walking style and body language.

5. Advertising modelling: This is the one where both print & electronic media has equal importance. It is in order to promote or popularise a product. Advertising models appear in press advertisements, on posters, in TV commercials and advertising films. Advertising modelling is open to models of all age groups. Basic acting skills and a photogenic face are must.

There is no specific qualification or age limit to enter into this field. First step for making an entry is to prepare a portfolio. This consists of a series of photographs taken by a professional photographer. The portfolio can then be shown to an advertising agency, a model co-ordinating agency providing suitable models according to requirements, or a fashion designer. Another way to enter into this career is to apply for the contests sponsored by magazines, cloth manufactures, cosmetic companies etc and participating in beauty pageants.

There are no set standards of training in this area, and models are usually expected to learn on the job. A beginning for training in this field has been made by ex-models who have set up training schools, however it is restricted mainly to Delhi and Mumbai. Training programs includes instructions on beauty care, make-up, hair styling, diet and exercise, how to walk and carry yourself elegantly and so on. These training programs include guidance on how to make a contract and other technicalities. Guidance on making a portfolio also forms a part of such training programs.

Placements And Prospects
There is no dearth of jobs in modelling these days. Job prospects are available to models :

* In product advertising
* Featuring in music videos
* Doing live fashion shows
* Showroom displays or garment fairs
* Opening a school for models
* Setting up a model co-ordinating agency
* Acting in television programmes or films

The amount of money paid to models depends upon how prestigious the show is and who the organisers are. Female models typically earn more than male models for similar work. An established model who is consistently on the popularity charts earns anything between Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 per fashion Show. Low budget shows pay models somewhere around Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. Print ads pay according to the number of photographs used. Magazine spreads and billboard advertisements also pay well - reputed magazines paying around Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per photograph

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SSC results on June 25

The Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) will enable students to view the results of the secondary school certificate (SSC, Std
X) examination online at its MS-CIT centres across the state. The results will be declared on June 25.

The SSC results can be seen online at over 5,000 MS-CIT centres across the state at no cost. According to a statement issued by the MKCL, the state education board has made special provisions to make the SSC results accessible from the MKCL's centres.

Candidates will have to register their examination seat numbers at the MS-CIT centre to see their result after 11 am on Thursday. The list of MS-CIT centres is available on the MKCL website at

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Advanced Brain Technologies

Do you always feel that you are forgetting something or you always tend to forget important names,addresses,telephone numbers or tend to get confused in your exams then I have something that may interest you.Recently i came across Advanced Brain Technologies which offers you solutions to all these problems.

About Advanced Brain Technologies
Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT) is a neurotechnology company that develops and distributes interactive software and music-based programs for the improvement of memory, attention, listening, academic skills, sensory processing, brain health, peak performance and more.

ABT was founded in 1998 and is located in Ogden, Utah. Their family of products includes an extensive line of interactive software and music programs including:, BrainBuilder, Sound Health, Music for Babies, Shelly’s Interactive Computer Learning Series, as well as professionally administered therapeutic products including The Listening Program, Spatial Surround HD, ABT Bone Conduction System, and iListen.

In addition they offer professional training, certification and continuing education opportunities to health, therapeutic, education and music professionals as providers of The Listening Program. Our international network includes providers implementing ABT products in home, school, clinic, hospital, and corporate settings on six continents.ABT products are improving the lives of countless children and adults by training brain function at its core.

ABT is working worldwide in an effort aimed at increasing the sequential processing function of society. Research indicates that up to 50 percent of the world's adult population is functioning with digit spans below 7,which represents the processing skills of a typical five or six year-old child. Increasing the average digit span by two, three, or even four would be equivalent to taking the population from a developmental/educational level of junior high school to that of a master's or doctoral degree.

The brain building products have been working wonders for many people and I want you to have a look at them.Some of the advantages of brain training are

  • Better memory and attention
  • Sharper focus and clearer thinking
  • Improved visual amd auditory processing
  • Increased BrainSpeed
  • Stronger problem-solving skills
Some of the products under brain training are
Brain Coach-The Coach will test your BrainSpeed, design your daily sessions, track your improvement, adjust your training program and motivate you along the way.
Brain Exercises-Train your brain with a library of more than 20 diverse, visual, auditory and focus exercises. Options for easy, moderate and challenging training sessions with multiple training levels keeps your brain fitness program interesting.
Brain Games-Enjoy fun and interactive brain games – each designed to engage and challenge you.

So go ahead and take a look at them .

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Monday, June 1, 2009

HSC results to be declared on June 4

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education said on Saturday the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, held in February-March, would be declared at 11 am on June 4. The results will also be put up on the Internet.The site

The HSC exam was conducted in eight divisions of the Board, including Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Amravati, Kolhapur, Nashik and Latur. This year, 11.84 lakh students from 5,301 junior colleges in the state had registered for the HSC examination. Out of that, 4.94 lakh were girls. Students who wish to verify their marks after the results can submit their applications to the Board by June 15. While students who want to reappear for the exams in October 2009 can submit their applications by the same date. The date of submission with late fee is June 22. Students can also reappear for the exam under the Improvement Scheme. The board said the government has given its approval to General Mathematics (part 1 and 2) as optional subjects for Arithmetic and Geometry for SSC from this academic year. Students, who will appear for SSC exams in March 2010, can opt for General Mathematics after the schools reopen.

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