How to Build a Model Instagram Account

Social Media is a growing business and we are seeing Models with successful Instagram accounts getting better overall exposure to prospective clients and agencies. In order to remain innovative in our community, we want to offer the following advice when building a professional Model or Talent profile on Instagram!

Your Images reflect you and the company which you represent. You want to look your best, and it is important to filter the content you post.  Some of you may choose to maintain your own personal account, which is totally great, we simply recommend that any personal accounts are private. This means  you can control who can follow you and see your content.

Building Your Account:
Keep your name simple. Try for your first name and last initial and keep it as close to that as possible. Avoid use of _ or – as these can effect your searchability

On Your Text Portion of your Profile: You should include @Geminimodels  and your GEMINI Web URL. If you have other representation you may also include it here (i.e @Langmodels #langmodels #sherrida @Nextcanada #nextcanada)

Do not include any personal contact info! You may include if you would like: Inquiries: info@geminimodels.com [or agent’s email]

  • How often to post: This is key! If you post too often you might overwhelm and lose your followers, but if you don’t post anything for long periods you might also see a decline. We typically recommend no more than one Instagram post per day or job worked, and at least one biweekly.  If you are at an event and want to show more clips, we suggest you try out the “live” feature so that the moment can be shared more casually. (Snap chat style)
  • What to post: You can post content that applies to the industry; from jobs, previous work, and portfolio content. Please remember that you need to include all Styling / Photography / Team / Publication credits on all Professional photos you publish. This helps to make you look organized and legitimate, as well as credits those who did the work. (Much like a modern version of your resume reference list.)
  • Posting on the job: Please ensure if you are posting anything at any GEMINI related booking or event, that you check with the client in advance of posting, to ask permission, and see if there are profiles tags or hashtags you should include or avoid. Don’t forget to tag @geminimodels and include the hashtags: #geminimodels #geminimodelsspotted
  • Liking, sharing, following and commenting on other peoples’ images will help to grow your following. Be sure to support your local businesses. Check out Geminimodels account to find some of our clients and community friends.
  • Other Recommended Popular Hashtags:

#kwawesome (106K)
#commercialphotography (153K)
#fashionphotography (4million)
#models (12million)
#model (87million)
#torontomodel (120K)

  • Helpful Apps for Instagram users:

Boomerang – Boomerang will take video footage and play it in a fun quirky loop (* Be careful not to overuse this one, or you might make people dizzy!)

Square Fit – Adjusts your image to fit to the instagram square post dimension

Repost it! – Allows you to copy share urls / repost other instagramer’s posts with the proper captions included.

 

Good Luck and Happy “Gramming”

Laurie Cadman
Social Media Expert

March Break Camps @ The GEMINI Academy

websiteimagev-2Calling all girls!      It’s March Break… and that means it’s time for some FUN! Set aside the school books & homework and join the girls at The GEMINI Academy for a week of inspiration!

The GEMINI Academy is excited to be offering March Break Camp options for girls ages 6-11 and 12+.

Are you looking for something fun for your daughter to do this March Break? Why not send them to a camp designed to help girls celebrate their inner and outer beauty! The GEMINI Academy uses modeling as a fun and interactive tool to help girls find their confidence, celebrate their beauty and raise their spirits!

During our camps,girls will enjoy a variety of activities including runwaylessons, DIY Facial Masks, Age Appropriate Make-Up Tutorials, Hair Styling, Fashion Show Fun, Yoga, Baking, Pajama Day, Cheesy Popcorn-Movie Parties, a Photo Shoot and More!

We may be a Modelling Academy but it’s not only about Modelling! We believe that girls will make better life choices when they have a more positive attitude towards themselves and others! What better way to achieve positive attitudes then by fostering creativity in young minds and encouraging them to try new things! Besides modeling, girls will enjoy DIY’s, craft projects, team building activities and more!

Modelling & Crafts Club

Ages 6 – 11
Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17
9am – 4pm
Cost: $250 + HST
*includes all cosmetics & craft supplies

 

 

 

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Ages 12+
Monday, March 13 – Thursday, March 16
5pm – 7pm
Cost: $100 + HST
*includes all cosmetics & craft supplies

Don’t let your girl sleep her March Break away… Sign her up today!
To register, call us at 519-578-2111 or visit www.geminimodels.com/marchbreak

What Exactly Is Gemini?

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When I was first considering joining GEMINI MODELS, my family had some concerns. My mom didn’t want me getting wrapped up in appearance, and she didn’t want me to feel the need to look a certain way. You see, the term “modelling”  from the public eye can be quite confusing. Modelling is a “blurry” word.
Once I finally convinced my mom to allow me to join, her and I began to see what GEMINI MODELS really was. GEMINI MODELS is a form of self-expression. At the Academy, they teach us a whole lot more besides how the world sees looks and appearance, they taught me how to look good for myself, confidence, self-defence, etiquette, and good food choices.
Modelling actually made me feel a lot better, even though I’m not exactly what you would consider “shy.” I joined GEMINI with little experience with makeup, and the urge to learn more about it. But I ended the year with a whole lot more than just makeup skills. I learned that looking good and feeling good are two completely different things.
By joining GEMINI, I made a lot of new friends from my class. Julia D, Kate G, Emma BO, Emma G, Ashley W, Grace L, Hannah M, Lexi W, Melissa V, Murphy E, Rachel BR, and Savannah S. I never thought of GEMINI as a way of feeling good, more of a way of looking good. But of course that was before I had joined the Academy. Once I joined, I found out that GEMINI is about more than just looking good, it’s also about feeling good inside.
So what is GEMINI MODELS?
GEMINI MODELS is guidance.
GEMINI MODELS is a family with lot’s of different backgrounds. And it is a family that grows and grows. Ms. Meghan has become a sister figure in my life and seeing her each week was an honest to goodness blessing. GEMINI gave me a little something to look forward to each week. Even though each class is only onehour long, it is an hour that makes each week worth pursuing. So join GEMINI MODELLING AGENCY today, whether it’s the Pre-Teen, Teen, Advanced Teen, or Elite Teen class, join GEMINI MODELS to add a little bit of sparkle to your week.
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XOXO
A GEMINI GRAD 2016

To book your private studio tour today, contact Meaghan@geminimodels.com

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Why it’s good to be a GEMINI Girl! – KW Girl Expo

GEMINI Model’s is excited to announce the KW Girl Expo – It’s Good to be a Girl! taking place Sunday June 5, 2016 at Pearl Waterloo.FINAL--eblast--8.5-X-11-POSTER-

The KW Girl Expo will include 2 Fashion Shows featuring graduates of the GEMINI Academy, local retailers, shopping & show exhibitors, lips & lash bar, a fun photo booth and amazing door prizes!  GEMINI has consistently hosted over 500 guests annually and this year they expect that number to grow!

This year, GEMINI has chosen to support the KW Princess Project, a local community based charity established in 2011 as their charity of choice.  They welcome all attendees of the KW Girl Expo to bring new and gently used prom, semi-formal and graduation dresses as well as footwear and accessories to be donated to the charity.   The KW Princess Project donates these items to young women in our community who could otherwise not afford them.

Our focus of the KW Girl Expo is to show the female youth in our community why it’s Good To Be A Girl!   During class, we asked our students one question. What does it mean to be a “GEMINI Girl”. In less then an hour, one of our GEMINI Academy teen students wrote this inspiring piece.  Thank you to Emma B for allowing us to share your words!

Why it’s good to be a GEMINI Girl!

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GEMINI Academy Student & Guest Blog Writer: Emma B

Many people ask me “What’s the point of being a model?” or “Do you want to be a model in the future?” I’ve never been able to answer those questions without some hesitation, because you aren’t technically ‘being a model’ when you join GEMINI, you’re ‘being a GIRL’.  The GEMINI Academy has opened so many doors in my life and I think it’s important to share my thoughts in this blog.

Growing up, I was never good at making friends.  But when I started going to GEMINI, I saw that I was slowly making NEW friends every class. From the first class where I was so shy and didn’t know anyone, until now at the beginning of the third term, I know everyone’s name! I’m also no longer shy to ask them questions like “Does this accessory match this top?” or “What are we doing this class?” … because I’d always lose my binder.

In my first year of going to GEMINI, when I was around 8 years old, I thought I wouldn’t be accepted. Some girls already knew each other so I thought they might like other girls more than me.   I then came to a conclusion later on in that semester, that this thought in my head was incorrect.  Going to GEMINI, was like being around another family. I was always excited for Tuesday night to come because I knew I’d get to see my new friends once again. Just thinking of going back to GEMINI brought the brightest smile to my face, and it still does!

Before writing my blog, I asked two students in my Tuesday class at GEMINI to be interviewed with two different questions:

  1. “What is the main reason you enjoy GEMINI?” One responded – “I enjoy the fun and the activities we always do, and also the positive and bubbly energy that Miss Meaghan always shows during our classes”.

I asked another girl:

  1. “Do you think that going to GEMINI ever changed your life or how you were before?” She responded – “Before I went to GEMINI, my self esteem level was quite low based on the media’s portrayal of women and girls. When I was 8, it was my first year at GEMINI and the exposure to other girls my age with the same issues helped me improve my self-esteem. The environment at GEMINI was a big change because of the staff members and their accepting nature”.

My teacher at GEMINI has always been Miss Meaghan although I have had many amazing teachers in my past. I feel she is my favourite teacher I’ve had in my short life. Over this past school year in the first two semesters plus the third one we are now being introduced with, she has always been one to help girls who need it. If someone is feeling down, or having a bad day, you can always count on Miss Meaghan to be there. She always makes sure everyone is included, and she really only had one rule I’ve never heard a teacher say in my schools in the past … “have fun”!

Hearing those words first come out of her mouth, made me feel so much more confident about myself.   I am very thankful to have Miss Meaghan as my GEMINI teacher.

As for our student teachers, they have always been so nice. And the thought that they come to GEMINI once a week or more, and balance school work (if they’re in school) plus a social life, I find very impressive. I also find it inspirational that they would be able to balance all that stress.

To the conclusion of my blog, I have many happy memories of my only two years of coming to GEMINI back in my mind, making me laugh to myself. I feel like GEMINI, has opened more windows, got me off my browsing position and on the treadmill with heels on, silently hoping I won’t fall.  I’ve learned to have better posture, learn to do a smoky eye, make sure I don’t cry while putting on my fake eyelashes, but there is one question I haven’t fully answered.

Why IS it good to be a GEMINI girl?

Throughout this blog, I’ve been trying to figure that out. That’s when I just lit up like a light bulb. It’s good to be a GEMINI girl, or just a girl, because you can be you, and no matter what, no one can take that away from you.

 

We could not agree more with Emma!  Thank you for allowing us to share your words with our bloggers!

Don’t miss out on this great event! Doors open at Noon. Show Times are 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  $15.00 + hst per ticket.  Tickets to the KW Girl Expo are available at KW Girl Expo Tickets or at Conestoga Mall Guest Services.

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Finding Your Inner Superwoman!

New article by style expert, Audrey Wilson in the Spring 2016 Most Magazine.

Find Your Inner Superwoman

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Visit the Most Magazine website for access to the digital magazine: Click here.

Here are the Top 10 Fabulous Women Over 40
Congratulations to our winner – Oksana Grygorashyk
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Fashion seen in this picture from LaCreme – St. Jacobs