Friday, June 28, 2013

FREE Acting Seminar

Thursday, July 11th

7:30PM - 9:30PM
*Los Angeles, CA*

"Craft Meets Business"

presented by
Matthew Arkin
(Award-Winning Actor & Premier Acting Coach)

Kristina Hughes  &  Brian Vermeire
(Founders of Holdon Log/PerformerTrack)
Join this highly-informative & entertaining seminar where you will learn how to be the Actor that Producers, Directors and others want to work with again and again. Also, never again will you ever attend an Audition and 'hope' you get it...
this seminar will teach you what you
NEED to know in order to walk in assuming
you already got the Callback.
Click here to see more details &
RSVP for this FREE event!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why Olive Oil Benefits your Skin

Olive oil is an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acid that is affordable and easy to find in most households. It's a powerful antioxidant and also has vitamins E and A that benefit hair and skin! Use some of this on your skin and in your hair to make it soft and luxurious feeling and give you that glow you want for your portfolio photos or video reel.

Start from the inside out and use it in your food but if you want more instant results, here are some uses that can benefit you and your skin using this great home ingredient. If you don't already have a bottle around the house go to a grocery store and pick one up!

1. Moisturizer - nourishes your skin and leaves it silky smooth
2. Exfoliator - scrubs dead skin cells and moisturizes skin
3. Anti-Aging Agent - anti-oxidants and vitamins help prevent and fight signs of aging skin
4. Shaving - a safe and natural lubricator that can replace your shaving gels
5. Lips - soothe and repair dry lips
6. Damaged Cuticles - moisturizes and revitalizes damaged cuticles
7. Eye makeup remover - doesn't irritate your eyes and removes eye makeup effectively
8. Stretch Marks - vitamins nourish your skin and help prevent and treat stretch marks
9. Treats Dry Skin - *see moisturizer
10. Diaper Rash - treats naturally

A Natural DIY Hair Cream: Curly Hair

For those of you girls who have curly hair, this natural hair cream will work wonders for sealing in moisture and yields amazing twist outs for your curls. Use this every couple weeks to hydrate your hair and keep your curls beautiful. If you have natural curls and a casting director's chooses you for a role or photo shoot, you want your hair to be as healthy as possible to shine in your photos or on camera.
8 oz of raw natural Shea butter
4 oz of raw coconut oil
1/2 cup of Aloe Vera gel
1 tbsp of jojoba oil
1 tbsp of Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ice Cream Cupcakes for Summer

Now that Summer has arrived, here is a guilt-free and delicious summer treat that is great for you or the kids! Reward them for their patience and good behaviour on set with an Ice Cream CUPCAKE!

9 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
8 strawberries
Half a ripe banana
1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips (or carob!)

  1. Place 12 mini silicone baking cups on the top of an ice cream tray or small wooden cutting board.
  2. Fill each of the cups halfway with yogurt, using one six-ounce container.
  3. Puree the strawberries and banana. Add a small spoonful to each cup, so no white is showing.
  4. Add a dollop of yogurt to each cup using the last three ounces of yogurt. Sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips on top of each cup. Gently place the tray in the freezer for at least an hour.
  5. Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for 10 minutes before eating.
Makes 12 Servings and is only 30 calories!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nails for Casting's and Go-See's

It's great to be up to date with nail trends and colours but for casting's and go-see's it's best to be as natural as possible. Here are two great neutral nail colours that look beautiful on anyone and will spice up those plain nails that have nothing on them, while still adding that elegance of simplicity.

My two personal favourites are listed below. The Essie polish has more brown tone's that works great for any warmer skin tone's and the OPI polish has more peach hue's that is great for us girl's who are on the paler side. Both look good on anyone, so use your discretion when choosing a neutral polish that will be a huge staple for you for your upcoming casting's or go-see's.

Remember, having a neutral canvas for casting director's to look at is best and will help you in booking jobs as they are better able to see you in the role or as the character they have set in their mind for the project. Minimal makeup to go along with these neutral nails is a MUST as well!

Enjoy and happy nail polish shopping!
Bree xoxo

OPI "Glints of Glinda"                                           OR                                            Essie's "Jazz"

How To: Fight Celulite

Here is a great tip that will help fight cellulite while exfoliating your skin leaving it soft and smooth. We all know how much of a pain cellulite can be, and being in an industry that depends on image, anything that can help is an asset. This at-home DIY treatment will be your best friend.

You will need:
3/4 coffee grounds
1/4 brown sugar
A dash of olive oil

Mix ingredients and bring it into paste form!  Exfoliates, fights cellulite, gets rid of the red bumps on the backs of arms and also moisturizes your skin!

This is an amazing mixture that with exercise can help rid your body of the hated cellulite!

Bree xoxo

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pilates Alphabet Workout

Working in the entertainment industry can be hard on your body image and self-esteem. There is a lot of pressure to be fit and toned, especially for models. One big tip is to not sweat the small stuff - there are roles for everyone! 

However, here is a great Pilates workout that will have you on your floor in no time! Not only is it super easy to do but it's fun and give your legs a killer workout.

It's this easy! Lie on the ground flat, raise your legs and write the alphabet in the air with your feet! Your stomach and legs both get a great workout, your abs will be on fire after doing this easy fitness routine.

Enjoy this great workout and have fun! Do it with some friends and get some laughs out of it. 
Bree xoxo

5 Healthy Snacks for On-The-Go!

It's important to eat breakfast - one of the most important meals of the day. If you have a long and busy day a head of you for casting's or being on set it's even more important to eat breakfast. If you're on-the-go, here are 5 great and quick breakfast idea's that are healthy AND delicious.

Pumpkin and Granola Parfait: This one’s perfect to try out as fall sets in. In your favorite small Tupperware container (with a reliable lid!), top plain Greek yogurt with canned pumpkin puree and a handful of granola, then sprinkle with cinnamon. The best part? Pumpkin is a bonafide superfood rich in beta carotene, which is essential for eye health.

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins: An oat-based muffin packed with healthy carrots and zucchini, lightly sweetened with raisins and just a pinch of sugar makes a perfect breakfast or snack. Use a mini-muffin tin for smaller portions, and eliminate or cut back on the brown sugar or choose a healthier substitute to cut back on sugar.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait: One of the easiest, healthiest, and tastiest snacks (or breakfasts) out there is a classic fruit and yogurt parfait. The best part? It can really be made with any toppings you like. Try choosing fruits that are in season locally for the most flavorful options (try our stone fruit salad for summer, and opt for apples come fall).

Breakfast Quinoa Bites: Here’s a new way to enjoy quinoa — make mini quinoa breakfast quiches! In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup your favorite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion into a lightly-greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. These are easy to bring along and delicious to enjoy warm or cold.

Fruity Breakfast Quinoa: Cooking quinoa in milk (cow, soy, or almond) and adding some sweet spices and fruit makes for a great substitute for classic hot breakfast cereals. Plus, it’s high in protein and essential amino acids like lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Simply cook quinoa according to package instructions, but substitute milk for water, and add some cinnamon or nutmeg instead of salt and pepper. Top with fresh berries and chopped roasted nuts.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Beauty Tip Thursday - How To: French Braiding

If you have an upcoming photo shoot and are on a budget, here is an elegant yet simply classic braid that can look great on anyone, for your photos. Not everyone has learned how to french braid, so here is Lauren Conrad's signature french braid step-by-step tutorial to help you figure out the trick to the french braid.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wellness Wednesday - 3 Day Body Detox

If you have an upcoming photo shoot or day on set and you want to look your best, a quick detox is your best friend. This will help you clean your body, tone up and feel refreshed the day of your event/shoot/set day. Follow this simple juice/smoothie detox to help cleanse your body so you can shed a couple pounds and look your best for that special occasion.

Wellness Wednesday: Gluen-Free & Vegan Healthy Sweet Treat

Here is an amazing and quick recipe that would be great to take to casting's or go-see's or to eat if you're trying to keep your body healthy and fit for modelling or being on camera. It contains under five ingredients and takes virtually no time at all. With this recipe, you can avoid almost every type of diet limitation since it's gluten-free and vegan-friendly as well. Start melting the chocolate and go!

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons melted dark chocolate
Dried cherries (optional)
1 1/2 cups whole almonds
Handful of coconut shavings

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Start melting dark chocolate pieces in a pan on low heat; it won't take long to melt. If you want a sweet cherry taste, throw a handful into the pot once chocolate has melted.
    Note: The serving size is for melted chocolate, so if you measure out the pieces beforehand, allow more chips to be added than the recommended amount. 
  2. Place a teaspoon of melted chocolate on parchment paper; top with a small handful of almonds. Drizzle almonds with one tablespoon melted chocolate. Repeat process with remaining almonds and chocolate until your pan is full. 
  3. Sprinkle coconut shavings over each tiny delight. 
  4. Transfer to refrigerator for about 10 minutes to chill and remove them when firm. They'll be ready to enjoy right away! ***Makes 32 pieces.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CASTING CALL: Female Models Wanted

WHAT: Portfolio project for a hair and makeup artist
WHY: Great exposure and to help build your portfolio and gain more industry experience

*Volunteer job, unpaid

If interested and for further information contact: Jessica at

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Beauty Tip Thursday: Home Remedies for Dull Hair

Brighten Locks with a Tea Treatment 

It's important to have healthy and shiny hair so that you can stand out in your photo's and impress clients and no one likes having dull, lifeless hair.
Soak your strands for high-wattage shine and rich color, whatever your hue.

What You Need
2 tea bags (chamomile, a golden mix for blondes; rooibos, a rich orange for redheads; or black tea, dark for brunettes)
2 cups water

1. Once a week -- or whenever you feel you could use a shine boost -- steep tea bags in boiling water for 10 minutes. Let the liquid cool to room temperature. (In a rush? Refrigerate it.)
2. Pour the mixture over wet, just-washed hair, rubbing it through the way you would shampoo.
3. Leave the rinse on for 10 minutes; wash and condition to seal in the silky, glossy results.

Beauty Benefit
"Tea lowers the pH of hair, closing the cuticle for extra shine, softness, and manageability," says Philip Pelusi, owner of Tela Design Studio in New York City. Tea's natural pigments can also neutralize brassiness for more flattering color.

Beauty Tip Thursday: Best Oil Treatments for Your Hair

We all want to have shiny, healthy hair without overspending on pricey products and treatments. It's important to take care of yourself, especially your hair when in the entertainment industry. Having shiny and hydrated hair gives it life and luster and can help you book jobs or stand out in your upcoming photo shoot for updated photos.

For centuries women have sworn by one DIY method: all-natural hair oils. So here are some suggested oils depending on your hair type and how you can use them.
How to use
Hair oils are a great way to nourish and hydrate your hair. Not to mention the perfect way to give your hair the exact vitamins and minerals it needs. Itchy scalp? Oil is the perfect cure! The high fat content in all these natural oils gets absorbed into your skin to instantly soothe irritation and rid dryness. Once or twice a week, use your fingertips to massage one (or more!) of these natural hair oils into your dry tresses.

Brush the oil through from roots to ends using a hairbrush until your mane is completely saturated. Then shampoo or condition normally. If you have more time, try an at-home hot-oil treatment. Heat the oil in the microwave and coat your hair with it. The oil should be just warm to the touch, not steaming hot. Then wrap a warm, wet towel around your hair and wait 30 minutes before rinsing. For really damaged hair, cover your oil-drenched mane with a shower cap and leave in overnight. But be warned: Sleeping with oil in your hair can be a bit messy, so use a thick, tight shower cap to minimize the mess.
 Fine Hair: Pomegranate seed oil
Pomegranate seed oil is a favorite because it has a lot of punicic acid, which revitalizes dull strands and increases flexibility. Mix it with olive oil to thin down its texture for those of you with finer hair.

 Rosemary oil
Rosemary oil is great for mixing with other natural oils because it stimulates the hair follicles. High in iron, calcium, and vitamin B, the oil acts as an anti-aging agent, helps boost color, shine, thickness, and prevents hair loss.
Wavy Hair: Sweet almond oil
Like most nut oils, sweet almond has high contents of vitamins A, B, and E. The oil heals split ends, improves circulation in the scalp to produce stronger hair, and can add luster and shine to dull hair. The fatty acids add UV protection by reflecting harmful rays.
Coarse Hair: Avocado oil
Avocado oil is excellent for the hair because it is rich in proteins and amino acids, and it has high levels of vitamins A, D, and E. The proteins help fill in all the crevices in your hair’s cuticles, so each strand is stronger and better protected from future breakage. Since it’s a thicker oil, it works best on medium- to coarse-textured hair.
Thick Hair: Olive oil
Need a deep-conditioning treatment? Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat, which has been used for years as a holistic, natural remedy to alleviate dryness. Not only is olive oil ultra-hydrating but it is packed with nourishing antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that improve elasticity and restore strength and shine. Olive oil is very heavy and works well with thicker, coarser hair.

All hair types
Two other oils Corey swears by? Rice bran and hemp seed. Rice bran contains vitamin E and creates a harder shell around the cuticle so your strands have less breakage. You can hardly smell the oil, and it works for any type of hair! But I also love hemp seed oil because it is packed with amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and minerals that make hair stronger and healthier overall.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Snack Bites for On-The-Go

 Here is a great snack idea for being on-the-go. Take these with you to casting's or go-see's or even on set with you and the kids! Sometimes foods on set aren't the best, especially not the healthiest so this is a great option to take with you.

Are your bananas browning before you have a chance to eat them? Since it's way too hot to even think about turning on the oven for a batch of banana bread, here's a delicious way to use up ripe bananas so they don't go to waste. These frozen nibblers make a much healthier alternative to ice cream, and because they're bite-sized, you can nosh on a little something sweet whenever your sweet-tooth cravings strike.

This decadent-tasting treat is just over 160 calories per serving and offers 4.1 grams of fiber and 3.7 grams of protein, so you can feel good reaching for an extra nibbler or two. For an added bonus, they are a cinch to whip up, and since you can store them in the freezer, you'll have a go-to healthy dessert whenever your sweet cravings kick into high gear.

5 medium ripe bananas
1 tbsp. all natural creamy peanut butter
2 oz. nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

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Wellness Wednesday: Lose Your Love Handles Workout

  It's important to look your best in the entertainment industry, so here is a great simple workout you can do at home that can get you fit and tone your torso. Get rid of and love handles, or just tighten up your body to stay fit and toned by following these simple steps. Check out the link below for more detailed instructions from the original post.

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