Model Hair Casting For New Fly On The Wall TV Documentary
For the past two years I’ve been styling hair for my YouTube channel as well as uploading different TV shows that I’ve appeared in. Although there fairly difficult to produce (filming, editing, etc) there great fun to make. For each tutorial video I use one model and this can take around 6 hours to film including the photo shoot. Stuartphillipssalon’s channel has been active for 2 years and in that time I’ve been very lucky to have had over 1.2 million views, this is great news as YouTube themselves has taken notice and offered my own customer care for my channel! They explained although views and subscribers are important, it’s also about uploading original and exciting content!
Back in July 2012 I joined a PR company called Superstar PR, who are now my new agents for TV and any media related projects. After I joined they explained that I am now part of a new TV documentary, this involves Superstar PR and their clients being followed around. They decided to film my next exciting YouTube video along with my radio show “The Stuart Phillips Show” and various other cool projects. I now realized that my next video would need to be the biggest and most adventuress one to date, so for the first time on my channel I decided to create eight different hair designs for one video, to achieve this I needed a team of three talented hairstylists (including myself) and two make-up artists, so I approached my own fabulous team of hairdressers and I know many great make-up artists.
Caron-Ann has been working at Stuart Phillips from day one and is a very artistic hairdresser and a great team player!
Lara is no stranger to my channel; in fact she’s produced amazing colour work on six of my videos.
The talented make-up artists were Natasha Daniel who I’ve worked with on many projects and is really good and Amy Alexander, Amy is also very good and would be the first project that we’d work on together!
On the day of the actual shoot to help assist would be hairstylist Christina Avizienyte and Jasmine Pengelly, Christina and Jasmine both work as stylists at my salon!
All the clothes were going to be designed especially for this shoot by no other than Leeanne Ripley-Garrett!
Now that I knew exactly what I wanted from my shoot it was time to do the marketing on the casting itself, for this I designed an advert in the Metro (London Underground paper) and many other forms of internet media. Potential models from all across the UK had now heard about this exciting casting opportunity.
On facebook alone there were about 200 models attending, which meant roughly 40% would show. The casting was potentially going to be huge, so I decided to hire security and door control!
I was hoping that many models would be queuing outside waiting to be cast, if so this could potentially mean a couple of hours wait, so I hired a rock band called “Dirty Epics” they agreed to sing to the models and entertain them. They flew over from Ireland just for my casting, I was very privileged.
I was still a little concerned about the number of models attending, meaning for the documentary I needed at least a 100, as this would look good on TV. The casting was supposed to start at 2pm, at 1.45pm there wasn’t one model in sight, so a little panic kicked in. I checked again at 2.15pm and to my sheer delight the queue was very long, so I decided to start the casting!
Everyone also had the great pleasure of being entertained by the amazing Illusionist Scott Xavier, fresh from New York! http://scottxavier.com/
There were five judges helping me to choose 8 models, Fashion Designer – Anoosh Naghibi, Hairstylist – Lara Clark , Marketing Director at Superstar Magazine – Adam Danyal, Model – Kadian – and myself! This made up the judges panel!
The casting was definitely one of a kind, 330 models turned up and 4 hours later my judges and I whittled it down to 17 models. My next task was fairly difficult, I walked outside where all the models, friends and family were waiting, (there were so many people crammed on the street) and read out at the top of my voice the 17 semi finalists, I asked them to walk back into the salon and make one line!
While the judges were standing opposite I called out a models name and asked them to step forward, this was repeated eight times. I did find this pretty tense so I couldn’t imagine how the models were feeling!!
A few minutes later eight models were cast and chosen for the photo shoot, YouTube video and the new Fly-On -The-Wall TV Documentary, the girls looked relieved that it was over. One model said that she’d been to many castings and this was by far the most tense but with brilliant results (as she was one of the chosen eight).
A handful of models that entered the casting wrote to me, saying it was a good experience and had a great time, that was lovely to hear. It certainly was the best hair casting that I’ve been too!
Since this blog was written, the spectacular hair shoot has been filmed for YouTube along with the TV documentary. Once the video has been edited I will blog the memorable day!
The official photographers for the casting were Rebeca Riofrio, Adnan Siddiqui and Dan Hartley.
Filming for YouTube was by Rebeca Riofrio from “Art in Fusion TV”
ENJOY THE CASTING VIDEO! 🙂