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From Model to MC – 1200 Techniques N’fa

‘Let’s talk’ with N’fa Forest Jones, from model to MC

Good Morning, Noon or Night (where ever in the world you may be)‘Let’s talk’ with N’fa Forest Jones,who some of you may remember him as the Tim Tam Genie-GOD (he’s totally going to kill me for mentioning that ha ha) and some may remember him from 1200 Technique’s  .. I can go on babbling on about this wonderful human being but Ill let you check out his web site or I will be here for days typing: http://nfajones.com/

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I have been lucky enough to have been rescued by N’fa at age 14  at my first ever Melbourne FashionWeek

I asked N’fa if he remembered his rescue and his words were: I am glad I stood up for you that guy was being a bit of a BLEEP….  And so a friendship blossomed

N’fa stood up for me for my first ever Melbourne Fashion Week, I was being yelled at by the choreographer and at age 14 must of  looked like a deer in headlights, N’fa and friend Oliver walked passed and he put his arm around and gave a the choreographer a little talk  too and has looked out for me ever since

I found a photo I took back in the day when film needed to be developed so many many moons ago, this was taken in NSW when the boys came and picked me up to go clubbing (yes fifteen years young) sorry mum

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I look back being so young and I knew age twelve that I wanted to do modelling and walk the white mile (catwalk)

Great friendships that go on forever

I can still smell the hairspray that was sprayed around back-stage and the last minute touch up’s by frantic makeup artists who probably were as nervous as me as I stood behind Claudia Schiffer to open my first ever catwalk!

The crowd goes silent; and ‘cheque music” … Big Breath…..  Go!

Great memories to have

N’fa has actually been at the peak of some of my embarrassing moments to look out for me, and which some I wont share ha ha –  but when I told my mum I was doing a blog that featured him she laughed and said: I remember when I first met him at the bus stop and i was going to take you somewhere and he was there and put his arm around you and said “I’ll look out for her” and to this day she is his biggest fan ha ha

When I approached N’fa about what his thoughts were on pressure in the industry and being bullied, he was more then happy to help

I asked N’fa if he has been bullied himself and what his thoughts were, this is what he had to say:

Everybody i know in the entire world has been bullied at some point.. some worse that others.. shit, I’ve probably bullied, just being a idiot kid… but nothing too terrible.. I have definitely been bullied, but at an early age around 5 or 6, I decided that what others thought of me meant very little.. the only way I wanted people see me was as a good person, a kind person.  People were rude, racist, selfish, bitchy and I just figured there was something wrong with them, and I moved on.

I would feel disappointed when I came across it all, but I never took it on board.. I don’t personally understand why you would.. but I really feel for them

True friends would slowly emerge out of it, and I was happy alone, happy writing, happy training and running (for the readers out there playing at home this is just a little trivia) N’fa ran 4th in the trials for  National championships

 I got injured a couple seasons later, and that’s when ‘1200  Technique’s blew up..  And didn’t they ever?

I will teach my kids the same.. there are people with all their inner doubts and fears that they’ll push on you because they feel intimidated, and themselves are self conscious and therefor will assume, you are as powerful as you look to them without them even trying to know you(they’re idiots), and then there’s good balanced people who will treat you well.. they may not wanna hang with you, may not find you funny – and that’s okay  at least they won’t be idiots about it.  Same goes for people who wanna hang with you because they think you’re cool, and that is a representation of themselves via association.. I teach my kids to be still, be with self, breathe, worry not of others slanders, but consider any constructive criticism even if it hurts your ego, and don’t be an idiot yourself.. That’s how I do it..

What about when being picked on becomes violent? 

The only time I’ll teach them to react directly to bullying, is when they see someone who can’t handle some other pricks abusive words, and need someone to step in for them, or when bullying is physical.  I’ll teach them to strike in defence with all they have.  Words mean nothing unless you take them on board, but physical, is physical contact.

No matter how one feels, should they be fearful , unsure, sensitive, one must look confident within

I personally would  look confident within, calm, pleasant, and not give a damn about what anyone says (but without being obnoxious about it) that’s my “look”  maintaining that face You learn a lot about oneself and others

I’d like to thank N’fa for the chat

You can follow N’fa on twitter: https://twitter.com/NfaJones

As always,

#itstartswithus 

Keep safe

Signing off,

With Love,

Joline Lootsma

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Joline's Journey PT 1

Why Choose modelling?

Modelling 101, things that I think you need to know,

I was online yesterdays and a girl was asking for directions in the modelling industry, she was a pretty girl and had a few photo’s up of herself and some measurements too

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I have been out of the industry (can you ever be out?) for a few years now and started age 14 when my mother entered me into the Dolly Magazine competition and I got into the finals, that is where I met Miranda Kerr (I remember sending each other snail mail) Pia (played the cop in neighbours) claudia schiffer, Silverchair and so many more, it really is an amazing industry to have been part of, and the knowledge gained I always want to pass that along

 

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Winner’s of The Myer Centre International modelling Competition

There was someone on Facebook trying to give advice (I am sorry but seriously there are some people that tend to misguide the young ones) and responded with the WORST ADVISE EVER, so I decided to give some pointers in response to his post

I encourage these workshops  they’re a lot of fun and you meet new people

 

Modelling 101


If you want to get into modelling here are a few basic steps I think are important to know.

When you get paid for a photo shoot don’t ever tell the photographer what to do, it’s kinda rude and unprofessional and you really don’t make friends in the industry that way

Never ‘use’ anyone also unfortunately you are replaceable… and depending on your age (if you’re 18 and above) go with your gut feeling as to who to befriend or not (I personally met some lovely people way back and still talk to them today, some are some have become life long friends

Just quickly, when I said “do not use anyone” I was referring to the post that was up on the weekend on Facebook and said to think of people as tools and to use them?… Don’t ever do that, don’t even type it as it was the worst advise ever (hence i actually posted this to the girl who wanted advise)

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You can enrol into classes that help you with confidence and being comfortable in front of the camera and choreography and performance skills

My advise is always to either to find a reputable agency or to try and find somebody that knows the industry, and usually I’d still advice a reputable agency.
I think classes are important at a young age for guidance, there are people like myself that are always happy to point you in the right direction, I find myself always on Facebook giving advice as  there are a lot of sharks online preying on new starters and that is the honest truth, so parents GET INVOLVED!

Don’t be scared off by what people are writing it is in fact a great industry to be in and as in any industry you choose to work there is always going to be ‘bitchiness‘ but that’s every where just don’t choose it be like that. And don’t let it get to your head if you do succeed..

If you have any questions and would like to know more, please feel free to contact me and I will blog more about commonly asked questions https://www.facebook.com/JolineMLootsma/

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As always

Signing off,

With Love

Joline Lootsma

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