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Real or Fake? My PR / Marketing/ Industry Experiences…

Recently, I just severed ties with my last PR company @Kingpublishing. Now, I’m not going to get to deep into it but as it turned out I spent 1500$ in total and they never got me any of the magazine publications they promised. After three months of no luck, I asked for a refund from the PR owner, Geoffrey Parsons and he promised he would give it back to me. I provided him will all proper banking info and waited. Five days went by and still… nothing. Another week passed.. still nothing. I messaged him asking if he sent and every time he would reply with “Yes”. I would then ask him for the conformation from the bank he would make something up. As it turns out a few days later I go to search for his Instagram account @KingPublishing… it has now vanished. I checked from another account to see if he blocked me, but to my surprise, his entire account has been disabled. 

This unfortunately is not my first time working with a company like this. My first experience with a “shady deal” was actually a year ago with a company called MASS MEDIA LABS. I discovered the company through Linkd-In and they seemed super legit, or so I thought. They told me they would build me a website, Create my Patreon Page and add special edits to it to make it nicer. They also said they would market my Instagram page and get verifications for both FB and Insta. Once again, I paid 2,000$ in total, and as it turned out. Nothing happened. Angry and frustrated, I threatened to sue the company and luckily, was able to at least get this website built from it do to their prior web designer being extremely apologetic and professional. I found out later that the guys who sold me the package quit due to the CEO spending all of their money on drugs. Crazy I know. The company is now Non-Operative.

My last experience with “Business Shade” was with a Facebook marketer on Upwork.com. Once again, this man was all smoke and mirrors. He promised rapid growth, FB and Insta verifications and social media Management. But just like the others, after paying one months of service with him for 500$. At the end of the month, I found myself again VERY disappointed. None of my accounts grew at all, in fact they were actually loosing engagement. And the only verification I got was a business grey check verification (which later I discovered you can do all on your own for free). Once again I found myself swindled out of my money, severing ties and ultimately… very discouraged.

I know these stories seem pretty bleak, but believe me when I say this… there is a silver lining to all of this. Let me explain! Despite finding myself in scam after scam, I eventually discovered a hidden gem that would change the way I looked at businesses forever. The YELP of the online and corporate world… RipOffReport.com. Now, I want you to listen closely to me when I make this next statement, especially if you are a newcomer to the modeling/acting/music industry. “Always watch your own back. Companies, managers, marketers or anyone that does business with you in Hollywood has the potential to screw you out of time and money. Yes even companies steal too. Do not fully trust randoms and be especially careful if they reach out to you first or ask for money up front.” My entire goal for this blog is to educate and protect people in Hollywood. Its the city of glitz and glamour but remember, its also the town of broken dreams. It’s a sad vicious cycle, that real human people, with real dreams fall victim too… all to often. For years these artists fight to make headway in an industry that seems nothing but stacked against them. As the years go by, they begin to loose hope, slip into alcohol, drugs and depression and by that time the dream… along with all their hopes, goals and aspirations have now evaporated right in front of their eyes. Hearing stories like this, breaks my heart and that’s why out of ALL the thousands of models, actresses, musicians here on social media, I AM THE ONLY ONE, RECORDING AND SHARING EVERYTHING I KNOW. Telling you every step I took, on how I booked a Magazine, got a TV role, who I work with, how I started a Patreon, and much more; all for the sake of improving the human condition.

On a final note, I know deep down my blog and the words I have said have brought value to the lives of many people and perhaps even changed their lives in a positive way. I know my purpose in this industry is to do much more than be out for myself. I genuinely care about the goals and dreams of others and want nothing more than to see my fellow comrades succeed in this industry. That is why I take the time out of my busy schedule to keep this blog going and people informed about whats going on in the industry and how they can get ahead. A lot of people knock me though and say I’m wasting my time, I should just move on and make money and focus on myself and forget about everyone else… I just cant bring myself to do that. I am a fighter in this industry, and a fighter for you all. I won’t let you guys down. I am also the only IG model featured on mainstream news outlets such as NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS. I know I’m doing good here and despite the criticism I get I will keep fighting for you all. No Matter What.

So in summation, before doing business with ANYONE… FIRST check Rip-Off Report, check FB reviews, check Yelp reviews, check this blog, and always remember watch your back. We got this. We will make it… together.

*** ALSO ON A FINAL NOTE: If you are the victim of a shady business deal, take it upon yourself to be a shining light to warn others. Report the scammer to the BBB, Cyber Crimes, or Rip-Off Report. Do not let them get away with it and hurt another person. Its up to you to spread knowledge to your fellow colleges. 

Stay Strong,

Lauren B.

 

How To Run A Great Patreon Page


Now many of you may be dying to know if there’s a magic formula on to how to run a successful Patreon Page. Well I’m here to tell you a few things… if you provide quality content, stay engaged, and remain consistent, your Patreon will continue to grow and thrive. Its also best when first starting out, to mirror other successful Patron creators in your same field and provide your fans with the same benefits they do. Simply because, if their Patron’s are happy and enjoying the benefits, yours will too.

Now, I will say, every girl is different when it comes to what type of benefits she is willing to provide on her Patreon. Some girls are more comfortable offering benefits such as private videos, personal phone numbers along with private snapchats. Others not so much and only want to provide pictures to their loving fans. And that’s ok! My motto is “ONLY do what you are comfortable doing!” I admit, I’m very open and close with my fans. I see them as my second fam, my crew and my cheerleaders so, granted I’m more comfortable with providing the benefits of private personal snaps, FaceTime calls, texts and monthly private videos. And if you are are open to providing the same benefits as me or some of them, simply copy mine, or another model’s and use it as a baseline for your own Patreon.

That’s right, Mirror other successful Patreon Creators in your industry. Why do I say this? Because, if you see someone in any industry doing something that’s working out for them, copy them and you too will begin to see similar results. One of my favorite motivational speakers, Brian Tracey encourages people in his sales training courses to copy the successful in any industry to achieve the results they do. He’s right. Before modeling, I worked full time at a company selling life insurance over the telephone. We had a strict script and the script was designed by the top people at the company. Interestingly enough, if you read the script word for word and we’re just nice to people, you could actually sell the insurance products with your eyes closed. (Literally, I did it once just to prove it could be done, it was so crazy!). And Strangely enough, if I veered too far off the script, my numbers would plummet. The same went for other people as well, if they stopped following the script, their numbers would begin to drop. So I guess what I’m trying to say, is that if you copy those who are already established on Patreon, you should have no issue making income on the side, allwhile providing your fans with great content for them to enjoy.

 Next, always remember to stay active! Every single day I send at least 5-7 snaps. I also try to post to my Patreon account once every 2 days. Inactivity shows a lack of care to your fans and although emergencies happen always make it a point to be active almost every day on these platforms, especially private snaps, private

IGS and Patreon pages.

Finally, you need to constantly be promoting your Patreon on your IG stories, Twitter and Facebook so people can get a preview of what kind of content you will be providing. Sexy teaser Videos are the best way for your loving fan base to get a glimpse at what’s coming to them if they sign up!

 

 

 

Also on a final note!!! Before sending out any private personal videos or gift packages, make sure their payment clears with Patreon on the first of each month. Remember, you, the creator, have the right to provide those higher tier benefits when you know they are all paid for. Also remember, that once they are paid for it is YOUR obligation to get those benefits out in a timely manner !

Many Blessings!
-Lauren B.

How To Get Published

     You’ve seen them. We all have. You know, those unknown social media models who all of a sudden grace the covers or insides of your favorite magazines. Sometimes you even see them as online features in Sports Illustrated or Maxim Lady of the day. While glazing over these publications, you may first think to yourself , “Who is this person?” Or, better yet, How did they get this opportunity?”. Well ladies, I’m here to tell you, the honest to God truth on how these women, along with myself got their pictures into publications. And it doesn’t involve meeting some random middle aged tycoon at an elite Hollywood party. No… in all honesty, published models just chose the right PR company to work with.  In the beginning, when I first started modeling… things were undoubtedly tough. For one, I was investing a ton of my hard earned money into photo shoots that didn’t lead anywhere, and two I was doing tons of free work with inexperienced photographers who in the end never coughed up the photos. (I know violating and devastating). I knew no one in the industry and was extremely naive to the hidden scams that newcomers may face. I also fell for many of them. Some of them were so painful I still have not recovered… Indeed it was a perfect storm for a young girl with high hopes of hitting it big; born for adversity. As the months went by so did my accruing number of failures. Failures such as shooting with unprofessional that never give you your photos or shooting with unprofessional that only give you 5 photos after hours of shooting. And despite my best laid plans, it took over 2 years of eating dirt and gaining knowledge to finally be one of those women to utter   the words “I’m published!”

Image result for pr companyPR by definition is an short acronym for the words Public Relations. And weather you’ve just started or have been in the entertainment industry for a while, you will discover that PR, in combination with your talents of course, is a vital part of your career. Statistically speaking… the more published exposure, the more familiar you become to the public, the more familiar you become… the higher potential for you to gain a stronger following and receive more modeling opportunities .

    Now, I will say, If you can get PAID PR go for it! two weeks prior to auditioning for Playboy, I did come across a  casting call online and decided I’d submit my cosplay photos just for kicks. (Yes, I started out as a cosplay model.) As it turns out, those photos landed me the audition and in time, it proved to be the turning point of my career. I can go into that later, but the Golden PR ‘nugget’ to take away from this story is to first, try your best to attend auditions or casting calls with reputable companies like this, who can publish your photos and give you a paycheck. Paid PR is ultimately the best form of PR. So go out and audition for as many paid modeling gigs as you can! (Additionally, I wrote my last article on how to audition for Playboy Plus, check it out if your interested!)

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Another way to get published is simply reach out to a PR company and ask for their rates. I reached out to Main Street Productions. Ryan Dwyer and Luis Rodriguez run the company and are the best in the business when it comes to getting models published fast. They work with you in obtaining your perfect  look and also give active direction along the way. They are honest and straightforward with all of their models and set the expectation every time. They do what they say they will do. They don’t make false promises to models. That’s why I enjoyed working with them. And if your wondering, is Lauren being  paid to promote them on this blog? I do not wish to be paid for it and will reject any payment if I was offered it. For the entirety of my career, I will continue to share every drop of life giving information with women so they to can perhaps achieve their dreams and hopefully advert themselves from the same strife and pain I encountered, on my own in this industry.  So you are a model, interested in working with them like I did, go follow @mainstreetproductions on Instagram and ask them about their PR services and rates. You will get nothing but quality from them.

Photographers: 7 Types

As a model, it’s natural that you will come into contact with several different types of photographers. However, I’m here to let you ladies know, that not every photographer is all that and the bag of chips they claim to be! In this industry, you will encounter 7 distinct types of photographers. Yes, indeed, 7 distinct types of photographers that you need to be aware of before entering the industry or delving deeper into it. If you constantly struggle with model/ photographer relationships this is the blog for you…

Photographer Type 1: The Pricey Professional

This type of photographer may cost you a pretty penny, but in turn, they know their craft and is apparent in their art. Working with the Pricey Professional will be fun and almost always a learning experience for the model. They may offer you guidance on how to pose, and will experiment with a variety of lenses and different camera angles to capture your best looks. Most of all, they will promptly and proficiently deliver all of your photos you request from them without fail. These guys know their work inside and out, they are experienced and know how    to treat a client. Their proficiency in photography as well editing outweigh the price every time. I still pay for some shoots time to time, but the only times I pay now are for distinct reasons, such as owning the publishing rights or website usage.

Photographer Type Two: The Trade for Print Pro! 

This Photographer is your go to. You both vibe well together and create killer content for both your pages. They don’t charge, but you don’t either. You both just love creating amazing art together for your audiences to enjoy. Keep these guys close!  You wont have to worry about not receiving your photos from them. They generally send them in a few days time  Their editing is also superb! Keep these guys close! You make a great team.

 

Photographer Type Three: The Pro Creep!

Now this type may be All Stars when it comes to taking photographs, however they also can be professional Creepers! Yes, the photography skills for these types are extraordinary but if you deny them a chance with you on the “casting couch”, you will never receive your content. Generally speaking, these types  have large egos and come across slightly disenchanted with the world, in other words… embittered. They believe they are the best in the business due to the quality of their work, however lack in interpersonal relationships and professionalism. These types are the MOST LIKELY to try to hook up with models then suddenly vanish when it comes time to deliver their photos. You will see these types shooting with known models, unknown models or perhaps celebrities from time to time. Just to let you know they don’t show the celebs or well known models this scandalous side of them because they know the model or celeb has the power to dismantle their career. A sad story, many see all too often. Don’t be fooled! Be Leary of these types and before working with them or any photographer in question, have them sign a model release form before shooting. There is one attached to this blog you can download and print out for yourself. If they don’t want to sign it, that’s usually a bad sign. Let these types know you don’t play!

Photographer Type 4: The Just Plain Creep! 

These types, we all have fallen for once or twice. It’s extremely disheartening  but it happens to the best of us. This type is  simply put, a CREEP. Chances are, this type has low grade camera and is extremely flirtatious and touchy. Most of this type never went to school for photography, or even studied it for that matter. This type will most likely try to make a move on you… or even worse ask you to spend the night. These types usually insist on implied nudes the moment you walk in the door. To your dismay, they may even make you sign your “Model Release Form” on a used Buffalo Wild Wings napkin! (UGHH! Sorry, repressed memories!). Anyway, these Creep types will single handedly achieve at taking some of the most unflattering photographs you will ever see of yourself in your entire lifetime. And when it comes time to ask  for your photos, you may as well not even bother, due to the fact they will never provide them and despite months or perhaps years going by, will claim they they are still in the “editing” process. If by chance you are lucky enough to score images from this type, they may be extremely low quality and you probably won’t be able to post much or perhaps not at all, due to the majority being, terribly out of focus. When you spot a photographer like this. Just walk away. Better yet, run. For they are most likely, up to no good and will almost always, waste your time.

Type 5: The Blooming Artist 

I enjoy these types. Although their photo skills may not compare to the Pros in the business and their cameras are lower in resolution, these guys are really fun to work with. This is also a trade for print set up where you both just create art and share it for free. Together you will experiment with unique poses and props, laugh, and just have a great time. The photos may appear vintage due to the camera quality, but that’s ok, because vintage is in! You will get some good content from this shoot and have a chance to practice nailing certain poses. In the end, you both will have a great time creating art.

 

Now, for the last two types , I thought I would shake things up a bit by personally interviewing a popular model on Instagram who also once shot for Playboy. Her name is Bailey Madison and goes by the Instagram name @whereisbailey. Here is what she told be about these types.

Type 6: The Paying Professional

Bailey states, “This was a great experience for me. Usually, Paying Professional Types of photographers are actively trying to grow their audience. We agreed on him paying $300 total for the shoot. He asked me to bring specific sets of clothing to match certain locations. He picked me up and we drove to several different spots, all  scouted out before hand. We shot and talked briefly about each other’s goals in the industry. The photos turned out fantastic, it’s been a few years since my first shoot with him, but now am happy to see him getting his works published and  shooting with some of the top models in the industry.”

Type 7: The Paying Unprofessional

Bailey then goes on to say, “My worst experience was a couple of years ago with this type of photographer. The man initially reached out to me through social media, requesting that we do a paid shoot together. From the looks of it, his work was a bit Amateur.. but I shrugged it off and agreed to shoot with him for an even $300. Upon arriving at the meet up location I noticed the photographer was being very rude to me. He told me I needed to get a better tan and that my hair needed to be fixed and the color changed, along with countless others. This bothered me. Simply because I didn’t change my appearance going into the shoot, he already knew what I looked like so it felt as if he was just looking for things to find fault in. After shooting for a couple hours, things seemed to be going well… until we starting doing fully nude implied photos. While taking these photos, I noticed him grabbing his pants and saying he was getting hard. After hearing this, I tried to brush off the comment and attempt to change the subject. I’d never heard a photographer say that at a shoot before. By the end of the shoot, I was covered in paint and asked to use the shower before I heading home. To my dismay, he then asked if he could join in. Awkwardly and uncomfortably, I laughed and proceeded to go into the other room to take a shower. A few minutes into washing my body, I see his hand pulling back the curtain and immediately asking if I needed anything to drink. Complete intrusion of privacy! Aggravated, I said no, and resumed my shower. Once I finished, I heard the door fly open again. It was him, barging in as I was getting dressed. It seemed like the entire time he was under the impression I would take his sexual hints and jump into bed with him. After getting paid, I pretty much ran for the hills. I never spoke to him again, the photos turned out terrible. So bad in fact that I never even posted them…”

So there you have it! Those are my “7 Types” of photographers to get familiar with. Also, here is a list of all the photographers I work with. Feel free to reach out to them and set something up! They are all great artists I trust to deliver professionalism.

Also! Don’t forget to print out the photo release form attached below! This will help you weed out the pros from the phonies! Follow my favorite IG photographers below and message them about shooting!

Save this photo release form for your records ladies! Get your pics and know your rights!

https://eforms.com/release/photo/

Beach Photo: @partylikejzl

Forrest Photo by: @girlsonglass

Pool Photo by: @stevebitanga

Los Angeles Skyline Photo: @edwinevolvephoto

Pastel Beach Photo: @mishanw

Why Every Model Needs Her Own Website

Wow, what a journey its been to get a website created, paid for and ready to use! One thing every professional model needs for her business is a nice, functional website. Now generally speaking, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a website. You can actually do it super low cost or free using the .me websites. If you are a model or heck, even a business owner looking for a great website designer, use Solomon Ilochi. He created mine and did a fabulous job. I know when it comes to business, I can be a bit of a perfectionist. YOU CAN NOT GO WRONG WITH HIM. Solomon was very responsive and professional throughout the whole process. Now, I know what some of you ladies are thinking…. “Why do I need a website??”. Well, as it turns out, having one has several benefits.

Benefit 1: A website will add another degree of professionalism to your personal brand. Being seen online is the lifeblood of brands and public figures nowadays, and you, the model are your own personal brand. On your website you can express your personality through videos, photos and blogging or perhaps just offer your merch to followers who love you. Having all of you, in one place that is all about you is also a more intimate experience for your followers. Because now, not only are they simply seeing pictures of you or short posts. They are seeing the products and services you created for them along with blogs and personal never before seen pictures. They are now seeing you as an artist, who has put their creations for sale just for them.

Benefit 2: You need to be seen by people and by golly people need to see you! The more exposure you have, the better chance for more business opportunities to come your way. Its also an online home for you and the followers who love and support you. Especially if you blog! 🙂

Benefit 3: Your merchandise you offer to your followers is controlled by you and you only. (Now, you can defiantly pay someone to run your website, however that can get really expensive really fast. Remember, if your just starting out, you want to keep the overhead as low as possible.) The benefit to you controlling your own merch distribution is you knowing what orders are received and sent in a timely fashion.

In summation, if you are a model and want to start offering merchandise for your followers to enjoy and cherish, or you just want to google your name and see a professional website come up instead of houses in Humbolt Texas, (LOL google Lauren Briar and go back a few pages and you’ll see what I mean) start by creating your own website. You won’t be disappointed!

Much Love and Blessings!

Lauren B.

***p.s. Listed below is Solomon’s email! Message him if you are interested in having him make you a website like mine

 

Have Solomon Create Your Website:

Solomon’s email : ilochielectronics@gmail.com

Create Your Own Super Low Cost on .Me and just pay hosting fees:

https://about.me/