Get it?? Like Build-a-Bear….but it’s Build-a-Butt.
That’s funny isn’t it?! Or maybe I just find silly titles like that humorous. Moving along…
I survived my first posing seminar this past weekend! Woohoo! And by surviving I mean I didn’t fall down in my stripper shoes. That’s a victory in itself.
If you consider my competition the SHOW, you can consider this the dress rehearsal…kind of. Only with a lot less people…and no spray tans…and no make up or big hair….and no judges. ..okay so it’s not a dress rehearsal at all.
It’s a scrimmage. Yes, a scrimmage would be a much more appropriate description.
I met some amazing looking women like Beth (@SansPantsGirl) and Callista (@StillaLandShark) with matching amazing personalities. You couldn’t help but size up the competition but what was great is that we were all in the same boat – feeling like we perhaps didn’t belong. All of us (as I found out later) are first time competitors. I was shaking in my stripper shoes from the get go, not quite sure how to maneuver in these ginormous heels.
The seminar itself was great – I learned a lot from Chuck and Melissa who are both trainers and have competed several times. Just watching them give cues I was in awe. They are both BIG little people. Big physiques, shorter in stature. Like you just wanted one of them to bench press you just because you knew they probably could, ha! (See picture – I’m sure you can tell who they are just by this description).
As for the poses themselves – here are some visuals to help you understand just what I was doing on Saturday afternoon and the advice I was given:
FRONT POSE: I feel like I’m trying to be the Hulk in this pose. You have to give the impression of size, specifically, that you have some. And not just with this pose, with all of them. But this is your first one that the judges see. I’m still “under construction” so I’m not as large as I would like to be. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t exaggerate and fake it in the meantime. You’re not supposed to suck in the gut either – it’s more of an elevation of your ribcage. You also want the judges to see your lats on this pose. See how you can see that muscle underneath/behind this woman’s armpits? Yeah, you want to be able to SEE those. NOT EASY.
BACK POSE: This is the most painful pose, in my opinion. I had a very hard time with this one. I kept putting my arms out too far and not flexing my back correctly. I was told by one competitor a couple weeks ago that when you get it right you have to remember how it FEELS, especially since you can’t see yourself. So, I’ll be recording this one for sure.
SIDE POSE: I wasn’t too bad with this one although I have to remember to stick the butt out and create a curve with the back/tailbone. Oh and my hands..hand placement is very important with all of these. Hands have to be relaxed and again, it’s al ot easier said than done.
SIDE RELAXED POSE: There is nothing RELAXING about this pose. Of course I had to post a pic of my girl Nicole Wilkins for this one. See how the front foot is so close to the other foot and it’s pointed? You have no idea how much that HURTS when you are not accustomed to wearing heels. I was dying in this pose. Plus I kept forgetting to twist myself so the judges would be able to see me. This is also the pose you hold while everyone else is on the stage doing their poses. So it’s imperative you master it (keep smiling keep smiling keep smiling) so you can stay in it for a long period of time.
Some other bits of advice given to me throughout the seminar:
“Get your butt up…you have no butt so you have to create the illusion that you have one.”
“Relax your back..don’t let your blades jut out.”
“Point your toes as you walk…don’t let your knees bend so much.”
“Stick that butt out.”
Can you tell I need to work on sticking my butt out? 🙂
All in all it made for one very uncomfortable afternoon – but that was the point. These poses aren’t necessarily comfortable or relaxed in any way. You are literally shaking (at least I was) as you stand there trying to recall all the pointers that were given to you. I can only imagine on Competition day what will be going through my head as I pose in front of the judges…”Make eye contact. …Smile…Relax the shoulders…Keep smiling…Hands in front…Butt out But out…Butt out!!!”
In the meantime it’s practice practice practice. I actually wear the heels while I do housework as often as I can. And since I rarely do housework, this is not a common occurrence. But hey, if it gets me to load the dishwasher and do laundry more often, it’s a win-win situation right?
In the meantime, we got 10 weeks! The countdown continues.
Tweet of the Week: Courtesy of Me – Note to Gen Pop: “Glad you’re doing well but you’re wasting away to nothing!” is what is defined as a Backhanded Compliment.
Sometimes I can’t believe the nerve people have to tell you to your face what they think you look like. And even after it’s explained that I’m happy and this is for a purpose (i.e. a show) I was told “That’s great! Good for you! But you’re still wasting to nothing.” Hey thanks random person! You’re just fueling my fire to keep this going!