an open letter to media makeup

To Media Makeup,

Recently, on local creative page that I am a part of on Facebook, I came across a post from one of your students. The student was seeking a model for a shoot as a part of one of her assignments for you. In her post, she claimed that for a whole day’s work, the model would receive one image for her time, and would have to purchase every other image for her portfolio.

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FIRSTLY

[I spent half an hour staring at my computer; dumbfounded; trying to start this paragraph.] A model having to purchase her photos? I can’t honestly believe how ridiculous it is that I should have to explain it. I’ve had modelling agencies warn me that if someone tries to charge you for your own photos, to get outta there quick smart, because they are scamming you. Creatives have been fighting this for years, amateur or professional. Listen to us! We are not slaves or servants. You are seeking models (or any type of creative) out as amateurs/professionals that deserve to have their time compensated in one way or another. Why? Because they have a skill that you do not possess, that you need. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE HIRING THEM.

Your student sent me a personal message after I commented on her post, asking why I was so upset, and that I shouldn’t be because she herself has to purchase the images too. Which, of course, made my head nearly implode. You charge $11,800 for a diploma in Makeup, plus the student has to buy pictures of their own work? Who are these photographers you are are using, and why are they and you yourselves, scamming students who are just trying to learn? I’m beyond astounded.

I’ve been modelling for six years, and working as an editorial stylist for three. I consider my skill of considerable worth, and I charge accordingly. Now, considering how you are conducting and letting your students be a part of the aforementioned shoots, I’ll have to assume that perhaps you’ve never been a part of a professional, creative photoshoot for example a magazine, or advertising. IMG_4226You see, the way it works is that each creative person (photographer, creative director, model, makeup artist, hair stylist, so on) are compensated for their time, in the monetary amount decided by themselves, or an agent. Photos that are created on this shoot are not exchanged for monetary value (unless being used for licensed advertising, but thats a whole other issue), they are distributed to the team because they deserve those images; those images are their work.

SECONDLY

You are a school. You are responsible for students. These people are passionate fresh minds, and you are responsible for helping shape their ideals, their creativity, their confidence, and their self-worth, both today and for the rest of their careers. By showing them that people in creative fields will pay money to work, you are not only lowering their inevitably low self-worth when they launch themselves into the creative work force, but you are also lowering the standards of local creatives everywhere. By the end of their course with you, they should know that 1) you do not pay for images you work on yourself, 2) sometimes it’s okay to work for free when starting out, but only if you feel confident that the images will be worth it for your portfolio or experiences, and 3) you deserve to get paid for what you do, because what you do is important and wonderful!

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Advertising on a creative Facebook page is not the greatest of ideas for your students. The page itself is used for TFP or paid work, and generally, trying to charge creatives for their own time while receive incredibly hostile feedback – not something that students need at the blossoming stages of their career – ESPECIALLY if they expect the creative to be experienced/skilled (like in this post, ‘Model needs to be confident with posing’). Professional people will get angry (somewhat like I am now) at your students for trying to get them to work for free or trying to charge them for their time and skill. If your students are planning on advertising for amateur models or creatives for their assignments, it comes highly recommended that you allow your students to do it TFP. That means time for prints, by the way. I can confidently assume you might not have heard of that term because you were too busy trying to make money. Please feel free to get back to me via email to explain this process, and why you are ripping off local creatives, and the students that you are entrusted to protect and teach.

Thanks,

Chloe Sargeant

– I have protected not only the student’s name (as she is at no fault whatsoever) and also the name of the creative Facebook group, to protect the admins who played no part in the interaction at all –

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balenciaga virgin

Balenciaga was one of the first labels I ever truly loved. I got a ‘chucked in the deep end’ kind of education to high end fashion labels when I started modelling at the age of sixteen, and Balenciaga was one of the first labels I looked at and went ‘oh yeah, I get it.’ (I remember the first collection I ever loved, it was Ghesquière’s spring RTW 2007, with those jewelled science lab goggle sunglasses.)

It’s taken me seven whole years since then to get a piece of my own from the label. I knew I wanted my first piece to be something quintessentially Balenciaga, that I’d be able to wear all the time. So I decided on the Arena Wrap Bracelet. Those riveted Balenciaga studs; you can spot them a mile away. I’m a happy gal.

 

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pedestrian blogster awards

Sick news! I’ve been nominated for a Blogster of the Year Award by Pedestrian.tv. I am very very humbled to even be nominated, so thanks to everyone who’s helped me in any way with this site, and that includes my readers! \(*^▽^*)/ To vote for me, click on the banner above, then click on the little ‘Like’ button on the right hand side of the site. Thanks again you legends \(^▽^@)ノ

winter uniform

This is what I’ve been wearing during the bitter winter we are having here in Adelaide. Literally every single day, like an army uniform. It’s fucking freezing outside; it does feel a little like walking into a war zone. My current job doesn’t really allow for really out-there fashion choices anyway – I wear jeans with boots or sneakers everyday. So before and after work, it’s all about thick rollneck and/or cable knit jumpers, draped leather jackets, dropcrotch jeans, and minimal accessories. I like to scare the customers with gothic dark lipstick sometimes though. And if I had a spare $450 to blow, I’d be buying those rimless CÉLINE beauties, instead of a shiny sunglass number off the rack at the servo when I’m buyin’ my Marlboro Golds.

All outfit notes are underneath the image.

erryday winter outfit

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the holiday season roundup

There’s such a mental lead-up to Christmas, that you often forget about the rest of the festive season. After Christmas is done, there’s so many other things to look forward to! Boxing Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, and of course, the copious amount of barbecues and relaxing afternoon cocktails!

Here’s some happy snaps during my final days of 2012…

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1. Bookshelf // reading list 2013, and my crystals

2. Claddagh // the claddagh ring my parents bought me for christmas

3. Self portrait // seeing eye necklace from ASOS, crystal necklace, flicky hair

4. Presents //dictaphone, ring, Vivienne Westwood perfume, The Dark Knight Rises

5. Juicy // juicer, present from parents also

6. Instrumental // favourite christmas song (so huge)

7. Tower // meringue & Malteaser tower

8. Veiny // ASOS rings, Savvy by DB nailpolish in ‘Tropical Martini’

9. Last drop // last sip of my Christmas Day Moët and strawberries

10. Fight! // yearly Christmas Day waterfight tradition

11. Punchbowl // Pimm’s punch

12. Christmas Outfit // Liza Emanuele chiffon shirt in ‘spell’, Faux leather dress from Ally.

13. 2013 // L, daily journal from typo R, disappointment diary & subtitled leather-look shorts, courtesy of General Pants Co.


Happy new year everyone! Here’s to a wonderful 2013.

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To all my lovely readers,

Thank you dearly for your unwavering support in 2012. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, some crazy downs, and many insane highs, but the one thing I could always fall back on was Swim with the Current, and all my amazing readers.

I hope you all have an amazing holiday season, a delicious Christmas dinner, a New Years Eve that lives up to the hype, and a fresh, cleansing, and relaxing beginning to 2013!

Merry Christmas!

Love from the biggest Grinch of them all,

Chloe x

miracle hair treatment

You guys know I am usually strictly fashion, however, you seemed to enjoy my post about skincare company Manenocte so much, I thought I’d give the beauty post another go-around!

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So not long ago, I got to work with hair genius Joey Scandizzo, and aficionado of hair and beauty photography, Andrew O’Toole. They made me look pretty in a photo and it was great fun, because they are all-round good dudes. But they are also the creators of new product company Eleven Australia, and they were kind enough to give me a sample of their first product, Miracle Hair Treatment, which was super lovely of them. I had been having some hair troubles recently (read: it was basically snapping off), what with all the bleaching my naturally dark brown hair regularly goes through.

I had a bit of chop (which you probably noticed if you follow me on Instagram), but I also use this after every time I wash my hair now. It makes my hair feel silky smooth, even though I still have to bleach my hair and blowdry it all the time. I think one of the things I love the most is that it’s not super heavy, like some other leave-in treatments. I really struggled with Moroccan Oil even though everyone recommended it, it was super heavy and left oily residue on my hair, no matter how little I used. This Miracle Treatment is the complete opposite, you can’t feel it at all, and it leaves no residue whatsoever. And obviously, it’s excellent if you are lazy like myself and really can’t be bothered doing those hot oil, wrap plastic on your head, wash out treatments twice a week. They take a whole bunch of effort and moving etc etc, plus its super messy. This is so simple, perfect for the lazy person who has to maintain coloured hair.

It boasts 11 wonderful qualities:

  1. Adds shine, smoothness and softness
  2. Controls frizz and flyaways
  3. Moisturises
  4. Strengthens fragile hair
  5. Prevents split ends
  6. Detangles and creates manageability
  7. Protects against heat styling
  8. Enhances natural body
  9. Repairs dry damaged hair
  10. Protects hair colour with UVA and UVB filters
  11. Prevents chlorine and sun damage

So basically, everything. Obviously perfect for summer too, what with all of that protection, from both natural elements and styling-wise. It smells coconutty, but not in a super dominating way, really just light and fresh.

I noticed a big difference in my hair from using Eleven Australia’s Miracle Hair Treatment. My hair was softer, fresher, it grew faster, and just overall shiny and healthy. Excellent work Joey and Andrew 🙂

You can buy Eleven Australia’s Miracle Hair
Treatment from selected salons, for$24.95 RRP

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