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If i live in ny and want to look for modeling agencies can i look for them in places like LA?

Actually, until you have professional modeling experience, you don't have much of a chance at being signed to an agency at all. There are literally a handful of models each generation who are courted by agencies without first having experience. They're the "face of a generation" types -- the Cindy Crawfords and Naomi Campbells -- who are so singularly striking that agencies take a chance on them. But since agencies (legitimate ones) don't offer training and at least 90% of people with "model looks" aren't capable of the work, agents don't generally consider potential clients who don't have portfolios showing they've worked professionally. They receive literally thousands of unsolicited inquiries every week from people who dream of modeling, but they can't afford to spend time weeding through them for people who are actually marketable. But if a model has a portfolio showing she's actually worked professionally, that will earn her consideration.

Just about all the models you see in magazines and on billboards are the 5'10" variety, since high-end fashion publications and designers hire models who meet runway standards. Stores that cater to average people (Target, Walmart, JC Penney, etc.) use models who aren't held to such rigid standards, though, so not all models are genetic anomalies. But since national and international chain stores also hire through agencies, you'll need representation to be considered for work in those stores' print ads.

Since models need experience to be taken seriously by legitimate agents, most of them begin their careers at the local level, appearing in newspaper and magazine ads for independent, regional stores or chains that advertise where they live. If you contact the main office of a retailer that advertises where you live, you can inquire about modeling in print ads. If you're chosen, you'll begin building a portfolio showing that you've worked professionally and are qualified to be sent into the field. Agents know that anyone can hire a photographer, shoot dozens of photos, and choose a few flattering ones to try to get modeling work. But models must be overwhelmingly photogenic, take direction well, and be able to overcome their self-consciousness when striking poses that range from unnatural to stupid. A professional portfolio is the equivalent of a diverse resume and can get a model access to agents who otherwise couldn't be bothered.

There are agents in every city who represent models of all shapes and sizes. Some of the most famous agencies are known for providing clients with runway-caliber models, but most agencies offer some variety. Until you have a portfolio, though, you'll probably have a hard time even getting a meeting with an agent. There are simply too many experienced, professional models looking for representation, so agents can afford to be choosy.

do you think its ideal to engage in a restaurant / bar & grill business?

do you think its ideal to engage in a restaurant / bar & grill business?

If you're looking to make your first venture into the business world as an owner, I suggest one of two things:

1) Forget the food business, it's the most complicated industry out there. In no other industry are you expected to be a warehouse and a manufacturer, with parts that are perishable, be a retailer, run a delivery business, and sell service also.

2) If you insist on the food business, especially with no experience, find a very, very well structured franchise to buy into. Forget the cost, it's a drop in the bucket when you weigh out the chances of success or failure compared to trying to build a concept from scratch.

The risks of getting involved in the food business are evidenced by the failure rate of restaurants. These failure rates don't even take into account all the country club, college and university food services that lose money every year and have to be subsidized by other departments. There are unsubstantiated rumors about the food industry that place failure rates as high as 90% in the first year. Though that is a gross exageration, the failure rate in the restaurant world is high, just ask your banker, accountant or lawyer. They deal with it every day. There's a reason restaurant loans are among the toughest to get approved for. According to a report in Restaurant Startup & Growth magazine, based on information gathered from the National Restaurant Association, it's estimated that around 57% of restaurants don't live past the five year mark. Of these, the main casualties are independent restaurants. While 7 of 10 independent restaurants will likely fail, 7 of 10 franchise restaurants will survive. As there are many, many people out there that don't realize the value that real structure will bring to their restaurant, and increase their chances of survival, the greater number of independent restaurants opening compared to franchise restaurants pushes the total restaurant failure rate to 57%.

Most other businesses contain elements of only one or two different industries. With a simpler business, it is much easier to focus on marketing and growth than with a restaurant. Inside a restaurant, most your day is filled with operational procedures, and you CAN NOT work ON a business if you are working IN the business 60 hours or more a week.

Brandon O'Dell

O'Dell Consulting


Where is a good radio station to get weather information and warnings?

Where is a good radio station to get weather information and warnings?


NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).

Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes 1000 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz):








There are a lot of Radios that you can purchase that have NWR programed in to them from the manufacturer.

Here are some links as to where you can buy them. it is buyer choice as that the NWS does not endorse any manufacturer.

I personally have a NWR radio that is specifically for the purpose of receiving NWS Advisories, Watches and Warnings I also recommend that if you get a NWR get one with SAME technology.

SAME, or Specific Alert Message Encoding allows you to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. Most warnings and watches broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio are county-based or independent city-based (parish-based in Louisiana), although in a few areas of the country the alerts are issued for portions of counties. Since most NWR transmitters are broadcasting for a number of counties, SAME receivers will respond only to alerts issued for the area (or areas) you have selected. This minimizes the number of “false alarms” for events which might be a few counties away from where you live. (Public Alert ™ - required)

Radio Retailers

or you can google search "Where to buy a NOAA Weather Radio"

Any of your news stations are good resources but the first warnings will go out over the NWR

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