So things in the film world have certainly heated up and I’ve gotten quite a bit of work as well as gone to a great deal of castings and auditions in the past two months. This is all since joining my agent Samantha Bernhardi!
Time now for my Christmas break
One thing to remember about going to castings is that just attending them doesn’t mean you’re actually going to get the job.
You may think you’ve done very well in the room and you may even get a ‘callback’ or an ‘option’ (meaning that out of everyone they saw, you and a few others have been ‘optioned’ for the role pending the director’s final choice)
…….but it doesn’t always mean you’ve got the job.
It’s not until you get the final call saying that you’ve been ‘confirmed’ or ‘booked’ for the job do you pop the champagne, if you catch my drift
For those of you who are wondering what a casting looks like, well this is it
– A whole bunch of people waiting to go into a room and act out a scene that the advert requires.
Here is a snap of a typical casting:
Everyone ‘signs in’ when they arrive at the casting venue and gets a number.
They put it on their chest and wait their turn to go in.
In Cape Town, there are different casting studios (as they are called) around town.
From KFC to Emirates to Aquelle, there’s also been BKK Mobil Oil, ASDA, Ferrero Rocher, Queenspark, Standard Bank, Liqui Fruit, Savannah and a Russian pasta called Shebeneskie (to name a few).
I booked a commercial for Fortuneo bank in France which I shot two weeks ago – the product is a credit card.
For my first ever commercial, I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to more!
Here it is:
Of course I have gone to auditions for a feature film or two, as well as a British series for next year…. those ones take a bit longer until you hear back (so holding thumbs).
I’ve also MC’d a couple of events in the past few weeks – one for a selection of up-and-coming designers in the FCM Fashion Show at the trendy ZAR nightclub here in Cape Town, and another for a Varsity College function. It was a group of students who were completing their final year practical assignment.
For those of you who don’t know what “MC” stands for… it’s short for “Master of Ceremonies”.
I really love MC’ing – I love organisation and structure, so overseeing that an event runs smoothly is my forté! Hehe
Here is a snap of some of the models:
It’s a very rewarding experience.
For fashion shows specifically, I love helping the DJ select the playlist for each designer. I also love the research aspect of each designer and their label – their influences, their target market and how they got where they are.
I enjoy communicating that to an audience as the models walk by.
Here is a snap I took of the crowd:
The welcome is my favourite part of the event, as it’s my job to set the mood for the night.
What really works nicely is if the organiser has something to offer the guests such as canapés, cocktails, gifts or a raffle later on.
I must say that being part of these events makes me want to be involved with event management! Looks like sooo much fun (although stressful, I’m sure)
What I’ve also recently been busy with is shooting for Death Race 3: Inferno, the new instalment of the Death Race feature films.
The production company working on it here in South Africa is Moonlighting Productions (http://www.moonlighting.co.za/).
My role in the film is a member of Olga’s Pit Crew.
What great guys!
Not to mention South Africa’s very own Tanit Phoenix, who has a leading role in the film.
- Here’s a snap of her and co-star Luke Goss in Death Race 2:
Here’s the poster for Death Race 1:
On the modelling front, I recently did the summer shoot for the Longstreet Fashion Boutique here in Cape Town.
They’ve just got new stock for their summer collection this season. One of my best friends, Nella Coetzer, took the snaps!
You can click here and view them.
What I love about the Longstreet brand is that it’s sassy, fresh, stylish & dynamic! It’s very colourful and vibrant..beautiful pieces for daytime..
We shot in Longstreet and Kalk Bay.
I’m also still looking for a sponsor for Top Model Worldwide… ok, so I haven’t actually been ‘looking’ just yet – but I should be!!
London is a mere 4 months away!
I took a few new snaps for the competition’s marketing… Yes, they involved me in a swimsuit on a beach! Eeeek!
I have included them in the gallery below.
You can also click here to view the snaps – Swimwear
and Click here to view the rest of the snaps from that day not included in this article – Beauty Shots
I need sponsorship for the outfits I’ll be wearing to all the launches and parties surrounding the PR and marketing for the competition up in London.
The sponsorship is £175 and includes:
* Up to 4 months prominent web presence for the sponsor or sponsor’s company/brand
throughout the build up to the Grand Final shows (March 2012) with continuous logo branding
and web link on the individually sponsored Grand Finalists page at http://www.topmodeluk.com or
http://www.topmodelworldwide.com – the main Top Model professional campaign websites.
* Branding association via any press achieved by, or with, the sponsored Grand Finalist.
* Consent to use the sponsored model throughout the show build up for any local press and PR.
Non commercial use only and subject to availability and reasonable reimbursements, if applicable.
* A pair of tickets to the Top Model UK or Top Model Worldwide Grand Final show that
the sponsored Grand Finalist is appearing in (March 2012) at the Hilton Metropole, London
In addition to wearing my sponsor’s apparel at press events, I’ll mention them on all my social networking platforms.
Here are the links to my Twitter and Facebook page:
My Twitter - Tamika’s Twitter
My Facebook Page - Tamika’s Facebook Page
So please if you have ideas, inbox me on Facebook or comment here!
Here is the website with all the models joining me from around the world in the competition
And here is my individual profile for the competition
Please Vote for me!!:):)
For sponsors, I’m looking at wine estates here in South Africa in the Stellenbosch region.
But I’m open to anything that’s proudly South African!
If you want to know more about this event…. I wrote a blog article when I was still applying for it… You can read it here (http://tamikadoubell.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/top-model-worldwide/)
Over the past few days I’ve had some calls about voice-over work for next year (radio and such forth) which I’m excited about.
Are you wondering what I sound like when I do them?
Click here to listen- Tamika’s Voice Demos (click on the word “Clips”)
I have a great feeling about 2012.
The past year has been really busy.
As I was settling down to my daily dose of Christmas hot chocolate today *made with real cocoa*, I came across some old newspapers I was in.
It’s so weird to think back – can’t believe how the time has flown!
Here are some of the news articles:
Tamika in The Herald’s Weekend Post 2011 – October 2011 on my Timeline
Right now I’m back in my hometown of Port Elizabeth soaking up some sun and festive season cheer!
I am on a much needed holiday.
Until my next update, I leave you with this quote~