Alaska Metropolitan’s Second Life book, So You Wanna Be A Virtual Supermodel, is now available via the SL Marketplace as a Thinc book object. This lengthy publication is written as a how-to guide for anyone interested in becoming a Second Life fashion model.
Topics of the book include body proportion and shape creation, inventory organization, smart shopping, styling and colour theory, runway techniques, choosing poses, finding work, and more. The guide is written in a casual style with plenty of full-page reference diagrams, photo examples, and bullet-point lists. Topics are separated into chapters and chapter reviews are included, making So You Wanna Be A Virtual Supermodel a good companion book to more structured Second Life learning.
The Thinc book format can be read in-world as a rezzed object or a worn “HUD” object. Marketplace customers can also request a .PDF eBook version for convenient offline reading. So You Wanna Be A Virtual Supermodel retails for L$500 at https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Book-So-You-Wanna-Be-A-Virtual-Supermodel-by-Alaska-Metropolitan-124-pages/3654160.
While the book makes certain assumptions (the example model, “Ruth”, is slender, Caucasian and female), Alaska’s advice and guidelines should be applicable to any aspiring Second Life model. Even veterans in this cutthroat industry should be able to learn something from this in-depth guide.
For more information please visit http://slfashiontutorials.com/ebooks/so-you-wanna-be-a-virtual-supermodel/ or contact Alaska Metropolitan.
I’m happy to announce I’m close to publishing a book about Second Life.
While there’s a number of topics I could have written about (fashion marketing? Disappearing for two years and coming back? How fully hand-drawn skins won’t sell? A sociological thesis on why the majority of SLers look like Jersey Shore cast members?) I’ve chosen to produce a how-to guide on becoming a Second Life model. Why? Because I feel it’s a topic that I know a bit about, and I feel the average Second Life female avatar that says “well, I could model, it doesn’t look hard” may find that they need guidance.
My book, tentatively called So You Wanna Be A Virtual Supermodel (release date: mid-Spring 2012) covers more than just walking in a straight line on a prim runway. I included chapters on creating a unique model look, styling fashion for outfits, photoshoots, and the runway, organizing your inventory (don’t ask me about mine; I can’t take my own advice,) putting together a portfolio, finding work, and more.
I’m hoping this book will be helpful to both newcomers to the Second Life fashion industry, and veteran virtual models. I’ve designed it so that it can supplement any official in-world training or appeal to someone curious about it all. I’ve kept the tone light and humourous; I hope it’s clear that I don’t take myself, Second Life, or virtual modelling too seriously!
So You Wanna Be A Virtual Supermodel will be available both as an in-world book object and eBook .pdf. A single purchase from the SL Marketplace will give you access to both.
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