While Corey was visiting many of you in KC, a great opportunity for my hair biz came my way. For the first time, I got to be the stylist for an album cover! The gig was with Aemmp Records. It's the Columbia College run record label. The artist is Amanda Sena. Look her up on myspace or through the link on Aemmp's site.
With it being a not-for-profit company, this obviously wasn't a huge paying deal. However, I was able to make some great connections of people that are working towards being in the industry. I really clicked with everyone, the President of Aemmp, the Artistic Director, the photographer and the artist were all anxious to get my card for future jobs and personal styling. Even the chick who's studio we used is talking about using me for color work later. I went out of my way to look a little rockstar edgy for the shoot so that I'd make an impression on them. Pete, you'll be happy to know my hair has pink streaks through it now.
From what I gather, the label is run by students, but the talent can come from anywhere. My hope is that as they graduate (most of them were seniors) and move on to bigger and better things, they'll keep me in mind for future work. Amanda has apparently performed in many festivals around the country and opened for acts like Jessica Simpson and Alanis Morissette. Hopefully this will mean more connections for me. That or if Amanda makes it big someday maybe she'll hire me again - this time for more $. Who knows, maybe she'll need a back up singer!
Not only will I be listed in the liner notes, but I'll also get to use the pictures for promotional use. I'd love to get to do other album covers and even jump into styling for fashion shoots. This is a great start or at least a good resume builder. The photographer said he'll definately get ahold of me again. He's really going to be focusing on the fashion industry and has good connections in the biz, but doesn't have a lot of stylist connections. Cha Ching! I'll post some of the album pictures when I get them.
Next up... hair and makeup for a music video. What's that you say Mo?
That's right, I get to be the stylist for the new Blackpool Lights video. The same one where Corey will be the only non band member appearing in it! I'll tell you all about it after we shoot in the beginning of March. It's going to be a blast!