'THE 12' SUBMISSION
Don't let the title fool you, this is not your everyday "model" competition; selection is determined not just by a pretty face. Selection is determined by an outgoing personality (you have to enjoy being dressed up and photographed!) and also by your "story". Winning models will travel to Palm Springs in January for a one of a kind photoshoot which will be published in an upcoming issue of SEEN magazine, along with your story (details below).
As many of you know, this year we had a winning model, Kara Halpin. We traveled to LA, California for her shoot and it was SUCH an amazing experience! Entrance into the competition is completely optional, so if you would like me to enter you, I will need a few things ASAP!!!
Parent Release Waiver
One form must be completed and submitted by a parent or legal guardian of each senior you enter, regardless of their age.
Senior Model Release
Each model being entered into 'The 12' Competition must complete and submit the following Model Release. This is a separate release from my model program.
This competition is not just about 'being a model', it's about telling people about who YOU are. I need this ASAP to submit with your photos!! (Details Below)
This is you, in your own words. We are looking for roughly a 30-60 second video that is both unpolished and un- edited. (Details Below)
WHAT SHOULD YOUR STORY BE ABOUT?
(From the judges themselves)
Tell us your story - what makes you interesting and unique to others who don't know you? This can be your past, present or future story, and can include experiences, hopes, dreams, plans, events or anything you feel that you'd like to share that makes you who you are. NOTE: We Are NOT looking for 'resume' type stories (i.e. we aren't looking for things like 'I went to XYZ school, I played XYZ sport, I was in XYZ activity and I want to go to college). Tell your story as if you are telling it to someone who has no idea who you are, has never met you, doesn't know your age or anything at all about you. WHY would they want to hear about you? What event, part of you, story, etc. makes you interesting to others?
You do not have to write a book; just a few detailed paragraphs about what drives you, what gets you up in the morning.
For those of you that know, we had a winning model this year, Kara Halpin!! The experience of traveling to LA for her shoot was INCREDIBLE!! And while her dream IS actually to become a model, that is not why she was chosen...it was her words. And while I can not yet reveal her whole story (you can read about it this winter in SEEN magazine!), I will share a small excerpt from her submission:
"If no one else is going to believe in you, you always have you. No matter the size of your dream, no matter what it is, you should always go after it and try to obtain that. Having an interest in modeling and having those people not believe in me, made me not only a stronger person but also motivated me because I knew I didn’t have to listen to anyone but myself." - Kara Halpin
READ THE STORIES OF PREVIOUS WINNERS
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WHAT SHOULD YOUR VIDEO BE ABOUT?
We are looking for roughly a 30-60 sec- ond video that is both unpolished and un- edited. The purpose of this video is simply to get to know their personality and see how they interact in raw form on camera - we don’t want them overthinking any- thing at all. The content itself is not im- portant except to see them talking and interacting, as well as walking or playing around. The entire purpose is JUST to give the judges a glimpse into their personality and see how they interact on camera. They can simply talk into the camera and tell a story, do something funny or goofy, be interviewed (by you or a friend), state their basic facts, etc. Have them walk around, or jump around, or do something silly, or dance, etc.
This is meant only to give a real life view into their personality (are they confident? shy? exciting? boring? etc...) plus let us see how comfortable they are in their own skin, as well as their confidence. Quite simply - random is not only FINE, but WELCOMED! Tell them to just pretend you're videoing something for their snapchat story, or to snap to a friend. :)
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR IN 'THE 12'
IN SHORT: VARIETY | INTEREST | AUTHENTICITY
There is no single ‘type’ that we are looking for in a winner.
What we are looking for, in short, is variety, authenticity and what about them is interesting to others.
Here are a few of the things the judges are looking for in each entry:
Confidence. Are they comfortable in their skin? Do they stand out from the crowd or do they blend in? Are they sure of themselves?
Authenticity. Are we seeing a true look at who they are as a person in their images? Or are we seeing fake/over-posed images meant to show 'perfection' to the outside world? Can we see more than one side to their personality in their images?
Interesting and UniqueStory. Is their story different from other seniors who entered? Is it interesting? Does it capture the attention of the reader and make them want to know them? Or is it just a list of accomplishments and a 'resume' of activities and goals? What about them stands out and says "My story should be heard!"?
Personality and Relationships. Do they have an outgoing personality? Are they comfortable in front of the camera? Are they easy to photograph, or do you have to work with them to get them to relax? Are they 'go with the flow' or 'high maintenance?' How do they relate to others (family, friends, photographer)?
Stands Out From The Crowd. We are not looking for a particular ethnicity, body type, hair color, etc. We are looking for individuals who stand out from the crowd. Those who don't look 'like everyone else' and who grab your attention with their individuality.
NOTE: The variety in the ethnicity, body types, hair color, height, etc. of the winners depend solely on the variety of entries by the photographers. We are looking for the 12 strongest individuals, no matter what their backgrounds, ethnicity, body types, etc. are .
REQUIREMENTS FOR 'THE 12' WINNERS
JANUARY 2018 | PALM SPRINGS COLLECTIVE
'The 12' winners are required to attend and model for a two-day shoot in Palm Springs, California in January 22-24, 2018. All travel, food and accommodations expenses are the responsibility of the winners.
DAY ONE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 28th
The winners will be photographed by the lead photographers for SEEN Magazine for 3-4 hours on Saturday. No other photographers will be allowed to photograph during their scheduled time. This session is for their first feature in SEEN Magazine.
DAY TWO: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29th
The winners will model for an all day instructional shootout with multiple photographers at a set location in Palm Springs (TBD).
The winners will receive all digital images from both days from every photographer who photographed them.
Winners are required to have completed their senior session, placed their order and paid in full prior to January 15th, 2017, in order to participate as one of 'The 12.'
SEEN MAGAZINE | EDITORIAL ASSIGNMENTS
'The 12' Group Four (this set of winners from 'The 12' Competition) will be published in 2 issues of SEEN Magazine:
• Issue#8.Spring2017 • Issue#9.Summer2017
INTERVIEWS AND EDITORIAL ASSIGMENTS
The winning senior will be given a set of interview questions to complete and submit for Issue #8 of SEEN Magazine. This will be sent out in January 2017, and due in February 2017.
The winning photographer and the winning senior will be given an Editorial Assignment to complete for Issue #9 of SEEN Magazine. These assignments will be sent out no later than March 2017, with a due date prior to May 2017.
The photographer's assignment will consist of an editorial shoot of some kind centered around the senior, their story or a fashion concept. The senior's assignment will consist of his or her story. Final details will be given in the spring of 2017 when the assignments are sent out.
Other parts of the assignment may include, but are not limited to, behind-the-scenes images from the senior's life, the editorial shoot, and so forth.
Good Luck to ALL entrants!!