All Women's Talk

All in a Day's Work.

By Elke

One thing's for sure. This job is never boring. I've been shooting non stop since my feet hit L.A. Yesterday was my first day off in about 25 days.

Just a few days ago? I shot an ad for a new heart medicine. The coolest part? They reconstructed a hospital room underwater. Everything. Bed, medical equipment, patient.

Except the patient's head was above water and everything else was underwater. In a large rubber swimming pool. Photographer was in full scuba gear with a $16,000 special underwater camera to capture the feel of 'going under.' My job was to make the two patients, a man and a woman look ill. Gray under their eyes, no color in their lips or cheeks, pasty pale skin tones, greasy hair. The shot looked amazing.

Yesterday's shoot? The beautiful Raluka from LA Models for a 15 page fashion editorial submission. Raluka is the most beautiful thing, in town from Romania for the summer. Seriously, one of the best models I've ever worked with.

And tomorrow? A fashion story with one of Janice Dickinson's models from her Oxygen show. (She was the one with the great freckles.) Though I don't see her on their website, supposedly, camera crews will be filming our shoot tomorrow, or at the least, our photos will be seen on the show. And no, Janice will not be there. (I asked!)

I'll be back in New York at the end of the month. And I'm so excited! As Beauty Editor of Fashiontribes Downtown Doll Magazine, I get to go to the shows! As a makeup artist, I never get to see the shows, even when working, doing makeup for Dolce & Gabana, Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and many others. Usually security is so strict, that you cannot venture from the backstage area. I so hope I'm not sad, watching models go by, wishing I was working it instead. But then, I'm so thrilled to be actually there, seeing it all.

I'll let you know what happens!

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