Japan 2017 – Day 1 – March 18

Journey to Japan – Day 1

Boarding a plane bound for Japan is an exercise in mixed feelings. We’re SO HAPPY to be going but dreading being trapped in an aluminum tube at 37 thousand feet for 12 hours.Michael Helms Los Angeles Headshot Photographer
I’m jealous of those who can sleep on planes…I can’t. So, I have found the best way for me to pass time is to catch up on all the movies I haven’t seen. “LA LA LAND” was first on my list. What a horrid film…slow paced, predictable, schmaltzy, and I’m sorry but Emma and Ryan are neither singers or dancers. Watch Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire…listen to Julie Andrews or Judy Garland sing.
On the other hand, I LOVED “Moonlight” and feel it deserved to win. Well shot, directed, acted, and a wonderful story that walked a tough line concerning a sensitive and current topic. Sadly, the people who SHOULD see it, probably won’t.
I saw “Doctor Strange” – liked it a lot and recommend it. I’d watch Benedict Cumberbatch read a phone book.

We arrived at Narita Airport and on our way to pick up our baggage, Squi was running through the airport, tripped, fell, smacked his face on the floor and got a black eye. Great….we hoped this wasn’t a sign of things to come.

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We got to AirBnB rented house in Shinjuku around 3 in the afternoon and Kaz had to leave soon after to go teach an acting class. Squi and I decided to have a treasure hunt, so we went out on our own and wondered around. The “treasure hunt” consisted of taking photos as we went so we could find our way back home. I think it worked better than bread crumbs. But ultimately we were too tired to walk very far, so we found our way back home, put our feet up, and watched Sumo Wrestling!
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John Jack, the head honcho at The Stella Adler Acting Academy arrived that evening.
So when Kaz got back, we started our first food search.Los Angeles Headshot Photographer
We knew of a teeny hole in the wall restaurant in an alley in Shinjuku called Shinagawa Tei. The restaurant has room for about 8-10 guests and is owned and operated by a little old lady and her son. It’s a VERY popular local eatery and is practically impossible to get reservations but the last time we were there we just walked in at the right time and got seats! So we thought we’d go by and just say hello. As fate would have it, we got there just as they were opening and we got to eat there again!!! When we walked in the little old lady looked at Kaz and said, “OH….Matamura-san!!” We were stunned that she remembered us but so happy to get to have more of their wonderful food.Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photographer

We love Japan and I’m pretty sure living there part time will be in our future. Also – MANY of these blogs will mention food! Food you can’t get in the US, food that you can get in the US but is WAAAYYY better over there, and food served in a way (both in terms of service and presentation) that you can’t find here in the US.Los Angeles Actors Headshot Photographer Los Angeles Headshot Photographer

After our meal, we wondered around a bit in Shinjuku before we met up with Rick, an instructor  from Stella Adler, who was also coming in to join the teaching forces.
We’d been up for a LONG time, so after a snack and too many Asahi beers, we crashed  at our house, happy, full, and excited about the days to come!

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Year 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR

So, we have said goodbye to 2016. One thing that is always good this time of year is that we all get to start 2017 with a clean slate and good intentions. New Year’s resolutions aside, it is a good time to see what was positive in 2016 and continue doing whatever it was with renewed vigor. We get to fix what was broken and keep what worked.

In the business of being an actor, it’s easy to let things slide because you are your own boss. Not too many agents in LA are going to call you up and ask how you are, how was your day, and how they can help get you more work.

Most agents these days just want to cut contracts. As harsh as that may sounds, when you look at it from their perspective, they have a huge pool of people who want to be actors and very little time to develop and guide individuals. YOU have to get the work and then they will do the contract deal. That means you have to make sure they have all the tools they need at their disposal. Your resume, reel, and head shot must all be up to date and available.

In less than a year, if you are going out much at all, most casting directors will have already looked at your head shot. Whether you got an audition or not, your photo has been out there and, hopefully, circulating. With that thought in mind, your head shot can become “stale”. If you are being submitted (or are submitting yourself) but are not getting any auditions, then you need a new head shot. If you have five head shots and only two of them are getting you called in, then replace the other 3 with something new.

Point is, your head shot is your first point of attack, your first calling card, and your first opportunity to get in the door. To let that slide is to undermine your career from the get go.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2017. Start the New Year with a fresh shot and listen for opportunity to knock!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Michael Helms

 

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Photography Workshop – Weekend intensive – July 2016

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RESERVE YOUR SPOT – EventBrite   STUDIO vs. NATURAL LIGHT SPECIAL WEEKEND SEMINAR: Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM $375.00 – Two Day Intensive Saturday – Arts of Photography Basic of Photography – Natural Light vs. Studio Light How to work with Lighting equipments Glamour – Old Hollywood Look […]

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Tokyo – Fri. March 18 & March 19 – 2016

I will be shooting headshots and portraits for Japanese public figures and actors!

We still have several spots available.

Please contact Sayoko or myself directly.

 

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PDF:

Tokyo Shoot 2016

 

 

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Super Special Thanks to Hi Tech Dad!

Michael Sheehan of HIGH TECH DAD brought my website from the WHITE SCREEN OF DEATH.

I would have to re-built my damn website if it was not for him.

So, here’s my endorsement:   If you are a WordPress user, and get that infamous white screen of death, do not hesitate – Just CONTACT MICHAEL!

Also, his website is so informative.   www.hightechdad.com

 

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This year’s Labor Day weekend ….

Nope.  I didn’t got to the Burning Man.

I had four days off !   I laid one more row of cement block on my front retaining wall (125 feet long!) then stucco on the whole thing, then brick cap on top.
Too old for this shit!

I love doing projects like this.

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Shooting engagement in Nashville!

We are going to see my parents in Nashville in September to cerebrate Squi’s 3rd birthday!

So, while we are there – I thought I should shoot some artists!   Contact Kaz via email to make an appt!

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Kinbaku Photography

On April 11th I am proud to announce, I will be hosting a Kinbaku Workshop with legendary Master K.

Author or several books on this fascinating erotic art form, Master K is well known and respected all over the world.

We have two models, one of which is adorable porn star, Marica Hase. We are keeping this class SMALL, so it is imperative that you sign up right away if you are interested.

I will be teaching the lighting and photography.

This is a one day class held at my studio.

$750 = and you will own all the images, of course

Contact me at:

Michael@MichaelHelms.com

Kinbaku Photography Marika Hase

Marika Hase by Kinbakushi Marcus Ranum

 

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Kinbaku photography workshop

9 am
Michael=about photography

9:30 am
Marika Hase (Kimono) / Photo shoot ops

10:30 am
Master K … about Kinbaku – Basic History and art

11 to 12
Photo ops / As Master K & Marika

12 to 1 Q and A …. Master K, Marika and Michael
Brown bag Lunch break.

1 pm to 3 pm .. Photo shoot
– Photographers are split into two groups Group A and Group B. – 30 min each)

1 to 2 pm
Master K with MODEL 1
(1 to 1:30. Group a & 1:30 to 2 pm. Group B)
Kinbakushi 2 with MODEL 2
(1 to 1:30 Group B & 1:30 to 2 Group A)

2 pm to 3 pm
Master K with Model 2
(2 to 2:30 – Group B & 2:30 to 3 pm Group A)
Kinbakushi 2 with Model 1
(2 to 2:30 – Group A & 2:30 to 3 pm Group B)

3:15 to 5 pm
Photo Critique and photoshop with Michael Helms

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Instagram!

Here’s Link to my instagram page:

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ANIMALS! Production Stills

Men Are Pigs - by Randy Gross

 

Men Are Pigs by Randy Gross

 

Rusty Goes to the Vet by Frederick Stoppel

 

Building a Better Bordello by Felix Racelis

 

Blindman's Bluff by Steven Korbar

 

Blindman's Bluff by Steven Korbar

You're Not Walking by Chris Widney

 

Avery by Roy Battocchio

Avery by Roy Battaocchio

MOCKINGBIRD

The Gospel According to Bowser

The Gospel According to Bowser

 

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