Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’

Australian born Melissa Riemer is child to a German father and Chinese mother. Blessed with her father’s stature and mother’s refined features, Riemer’s Eurasian look is in high demand through Asia.

Riemer has worked extensively through the Asia-Pacific region for six years, with recent campaigns including Robinsons (SGP), Nescafe (BKK), Max (NZ).

With a versatile and timeless look, Riemer’s presence within the industry is secured for a long time yet.

Viviens- Australia
Red Models- Thailand
Nova- New Zealand
Upfront- Singapore

How did you get your break into modelling?
I sent my shots into two of the top agencies in my city, and the first one accepted me straight away.

Where has work taken you abroad?
Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand.

What has been you favourite and/or most memorable job?
Most memorable, we were shooting an editorial for Luxury magazine (SGP), and shot at a haunted abandoned hospital in amongst wastelands in Singapore. The whole team being Asian and superstitious, first burnt joss sticks and held bank notes to appease the spirits. Then proceeded to shatter glass all around me for the shot!

What fashion designers/brands do you like and why?
Emannuel Ungaro and Roberto Cavalli, I have two differing styles depending on my mood. I love to dress really preppy/military for everyday, but when I’m in party mode I like to experiment with what I wear.

Who is your style icon?
I’ve never actually had any one particular person as a style icon! I think I prefer to take bits and pieces from each person’s style.

What is the biggest misconception about your job?
That it’s easy, we get paid a lot, we don’t eat and we are uneducated.

What is the most gruelling aspect of your work?
Shooting for 14 hours with no breaks, finishing in the early hours of the morning, then waking up an hour later to find out you’ve been booked for another job that day and having to look like you’ve had 8 hours perfect rest.

What has working as a fashion model taught you about yourself?
Surprisingly to be more comfortable in my own skin, and realise that perfection is more than what is on the surface.

Has working in the fashion industry influenced what you will do post
modelling? (If so what do you see yourself doing?)
I was a musician before I began modelling fulltime, I’m definitely keen to go back to my roots, but I feel that modelling and travel has taught me so many things in life that I needed to learn before I got back into music.

What would you suggest to boys/girls contemplating working as a model?
Understand that it’s definitely not as glamorous as everyone makes it out to be. You need to be extremely patient, and know that most of the time you are not the star, the clothing is. You are simply there to do a job and be professional about it. But other than that it’s a fantastic way to see the world, and meet some of the most amazing people. The opportunities are endless if you persevere.


when in melbourne…where to stay

Posted: June 15, 2010 in stay, travel
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Depending on what you are willing and not willing to put up with …the Crown Metropol maybe for you!

Aesthetically the hotel is pleasing, spacious, minimal without being stark, arty without being uber-trendy, a large hotel without the stuffiness of standard chain hotels. A great location, with all the offerings of the city, and the South Melbourne/Albert Park precinct at your door step.

I will suggest people being lured to stay here because of the chic TVC shot for the hotel promotion that this is not indicative of the clientele nor the atmosphere you will experience. On occasion, quite possibly, on long weekends…not a chance in hell.

Rather than rant and rave about where expectations can fall down I will give you some simple suggestions in case you do stay here:

– DO stay in your room
– DO order in room service
– DO have patience with valet
– DO make plans to have breakfast off site, rather than at Maze
– If eating at restaurants at the Crown South Bank complex, leave the building and walk across the road rather than walk through the walkways provided
– Do visit St Ali near the intersection of Clarendon and Coventry St, on Yarra Place (or Lane) in South Melbourne
– Do eat at Koko’s, Nobu and Giuseppe Arnaldo and sons

We were fortunate enough to get a room on the 21st floor. What do you think of our views?

My internship to date has encompassed working on accounts for the following clients; ATO, Australian Organics, Caroma Dorf and Origin.

Most recently I have been assisting with the Caroma Dorf/State Government of Victoria strategic public relations pitch for the dual flush toilet incentive/iniative, that encourages households still with single flush systems to be more green, and change over to a dual flush system. The state government is about to increase the rebate for installing a dual flush toilet from $50 to $100. With the recent announcement that water costs are set to rise, this is a great option for householders to select, to strive for the SAVE 155 goal and get a new loo.

I have started working on the Australian Organics campaign, by composing the first series of media releases and brainstoriming potential spokespersons/faces of the Australian Organics range and the locations in Melbourne and Sydney to have the beauty industry launch.

I have just completed my second day at in the BEAUTIFUL city of Melbourne. I have been doing two days solid work for some of their blue chip clients, Origin and The Australian Taxation Office.

Origin are looking to expand their LPG residential service into Kalgoorlie  and looking at ways to promote their products and services to the area whilst and The Australian Taxation Office have just completed their new Corporate Communication Strategy and have enlisted to review the document. Further to this they are seeking to internally promote the communication relevant and helpful tool rather than another document to be filed away.

I have and will be working long hours (8:30am – 6pm with one hour for lunch) during the placement , but that is ok, there is plenty of work and so much to learn! I am in a great office, my former modeling agency Chadwick Management is one floor above, in a great location! The team is hardworking and dynamic. I made the right decision coming to M-town to do my internship!

Well I am venturing over to Melbourne for the month of June to gain professional field experience in a Public Relations agency. I am looking forward to putting my knowledge into practice and showing to myself this is the right career industry for me!

Being in the fine city of Melbourne is not such a bad thing either, I will have a great opportunity to scope out all the new restaurants and bars that have opened since my departure over ten months ago.

I will be freighting myself,  my car and my life on the Overland train this Friday from Adelaide to Melbourne for a non-epic 12 hour journey.