- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: The Friday Project (5 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906321825
- ISBN-13: 978-1906321826
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Model for Living Paperback – 5 Jan 2009
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An essential, practical guide to modern life and relationships.
From the Publisher
We all care so much what people think about us and our looks are often our greatest source of insecurity. Just because someone is beautiful doesnt mean he or she feels good about themselves. Modelling is like normal life; just a bit more intense and a bit more threatening. In actual fact most models dont even consider themselves as "beautiful". They know they are lucky enough to be photogenic but they also know that they exist in a highly competitive environment where 50 models may go to a casting, but only one will get the job.
How much courage would it take to present yourself to a modelling agency and say not only "I take a great photo", but "Look at me, Im as good or better than all those other beautiful people in those glossy pictures"?
The answer is more courage than most of us have, yet these young people have to put themselves up for rejection day after day. This is the experience of all our lives. We want acceptance, recognition and dignity, but to put ourselves forward can feel like risking humiliation and rejection, fears of which affect the healthiest human beings, whether you are in the public eye or not.
Of course we have always encouraged our models to be aware that rejection at a casting is not personal or belittling but simply a matter of not being quite right for the brief. However, we both feel that understanding and dealing with this process would have been much easier had it been clearly explained a long time ago. A Model for Living does just that and then life can start to make sense.
We know a good self-esteem is essential to happiness and that none of our young family of models has a chance, if they are undermined by self-doubt. We help the models through the difficulties of rejection and self-doubt with the ideas from A Model for Living. This book doesnt make them supermodels, but it helps them on their way to success and even more importantly, to be happy with themselves whatever life throws at them.
It can do the same for you too.
by Carole White (Premier) & Sarah Doukas (Storm)See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Though supposedly aimed at models (and endorsed by modelling agencies) it provides an insightful and practical guide for 'everyone', building on a base concept of self respect and dignity, and intelligently dealing with what the every day throws at you. Several chapters rang true for me and I read through the pages with ease and understanding.
Just because I enjoyed this book so much, I will be looking at Julian Short's other book, 'An Intelligent Life'.
I have read and re-read this book so many times I've lost count. It's an easy and intelligent read on matters rather complex: building strong, loving relationships and being happy. I've read a great deal of books on psychology, including textbooks and professional manuals, but this one is by far the best. My copy looks like it's been chewed on by a mouse, I go back to it often and underline things.
Written by a professional (a psychiatrist with 30 years of experience, so he knows people a little!), it is a very kind and practical guide to questions all of us without an exception have had at one time or the other of our lives. Happiness is given from within, we hear that premise quite often, but very rarely anyone tells you clearly how to do that. Some things the author writes about are so profound and yet, so very simple that you can help but wonder: how come I haven't thought about it myself? It is so obvious! It is very simply written, and has bullet points at the end of each chapter to summarise it all.
A quote from the book: "Despite all the problems and difficulties, relationships are still the best things we have". But the thing is, we are rarely taught this science. This book might help you.