Here at Blah?, documentaries are one of my essential must-sees. The latest I watched is this worthwhile film titled "Pretty Boys." It's a tale of that glamorous occupation a lot of starry-eyed men want but can't have because of its unusual requirements (i.e., a pretty face): male modeling. Of course, the documentary goes beyond the stereotypes and delves deeper into the industry and its major hurdles, such as the stress, unpredictability, and most importantly, the harrowing truth that a pretty face can be pretty easy to replace.
It offers you numerous perspectives about the industry, so you know you're gonna get the nitty gritty.
Following a reality show format, the documentary shadows Kelly, an aspiring model, in his pursuit for success. You take a glimpse of what his life is like living in the big city, going back home to his humble country roots, and jet-setting to the fashion capitals of the world. Sure, he's living the dream (I mean, who doesn't want to travel and earn money getting pictures taken?) but you also learn about his constant struggle to earn his place in this fickle business. And it really is business, especially when you see him talk to a booker regarding his present finances.
Also featuring Tim Blanks (of Style.com), "Pretty Boys" gives you a 45 minute peek into male modeldom. It offers you numerous perspectives about the industry, so you know you're gonna get the nitty gritty. Still, it's fun to watch Kelly and his adventures. The dude really is enjoyable to watch (read: not stuck up and conceited like another aspiring model) as he comes across as authentic and candid. Eventually, the film gives any career-minded person advise. Take it from Kelly!
"Pretty Boys" is available at Logotv.com.
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