In honour of National Yoga Day team Boss are sharing what they love most about the mind, body and soul practice..
Caroline Buist – Boss Model and Yoga Teacher
“Yoga is my saviour! As the years have gone by I have come to realise that Yoga is far more than just the physical practise. It’s a journey for self exploration and really has taught me so much about myself and how I want to live my life. It’s a beautiful road to be on and has allowed me to meet some incredible people who also share the love and passion for it as well. It is a beautiful community of people who are supportive, kind and loving. Being on your mat gives you an opportunity to really explore yourself, the workings of your mind, how the body & mind communicate with one another and gives us the tools to go away and be the best versions of ourselves.
I do a guided meditation every night before bed and you can find loads of these on YouTube which is what I do, it helps to slow my mind down from overthinking which tends to happen when we get into bed, and as someone who is naturally very anxious its really helpful to me, it’s really life changing and I encourage anyone to try yoga and meditation. If it’s something you’ve been meaning to try please remember yoga has many styles so if you go to a class that isn’t for you and you don’t resonate with the teacher or to the style of the practise don’t give up, just keep searching for one that suits you!”
Lauren Mellor – Senior Model Booker
“I first tried yoga in my early twenties and giggled throughout, it evidently wasn’t the right time. However I have rock climbed since the age of 15 and during a session at the local climbing centre (a few years later aged a mature 27 this time) there was a ‘improve your climbing yoga class’ on. In wanting to see an improvement in my climbing ability I joined the class. And that was it, my yoga journey had started. Yoga soon took over my life and climbing moved into second place. With a hectic work schedule and long hours, yoga is a lot more accessible to fit in than a rock session.
Climbing over the years has made me strong but flexibility is not on my side and the journey is slow. However yoga isn’t an end result, it’s a joyous journey and a lifestyle choice. It calms from the centre out and brings internal peace, I know when I haven’t done it for a while, i.e. now whilst I am busy out of work renovating a house, my body misses it and my mind craves the inner calm. A full on yoga schedule is the first thing on my to do list as SOON as the house is finished.
I prefer hot yoga where possible, after all my yoga journey began in the warmer climates of India so it makes sense to me. I was fortunate enough to spend a week at the https://www.sampoornayoga.com/ and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Upside down in a headstand with a monkey behind me and whilst the sun was setting, it truly was unforgettable. I also love Jivamukti and have been lucky enough to have the best teacher Andrea Everingham at http://www.oneyogastudio.co.uk/ I love everything about her class, it is full on with a dance vibe, powerful and feminine. It’s an absolute must try.
As for advice for newbies, it’s all about the breathing, get this right and everything fits into place. Alignment also is crucial, don’t get into bad habits, it can take years to remotely get in the right position, which is fine, yoga isn’t an end result, it’s a journey.”
Louise Farrow – Casting Booker
“I’ve only recently started yoga after my housemate recommended his teacher (who is amazing). I’d previously tried it a few years back but I didn’t really get into it as I found myself becoming easily distracted by my surroundings. I’m really enjoying yoga this time round and have found that I’m able to forget about what is going on around me – I think that’s the main reason I’ve stuck at it. I’ve also noticed a massive difference in my flexibility which is an added bonus! I love how calm and relaxed I feel after a session, even on an overly stressful day I still find that my worries and anxious thoughts drift away. If you are debating trying yoga my advise is to be open minded and allow yourself to just go with the flow (no pun intended). Everyone has different levels so don’t let that put you off, go at your own pace and listen to your body. Most importantly leave any negative thoughts at the door and allow yourself to shut off from the outside world even if just for an hour!”
Debra Burns – Founder and Managing Director
“Yoga is amazing for body conditioning and mindfulness, a fantastic combination and essential in this brave new world with all kinds of daily work/life pressures. I started yoga in my twenties and was lucky enough to discover YogaPlus in Crete, who offer yoga holidays in a fabulous setting at affordable prices and a no nonsense, friendly and nurturing environment. https://yogaplus.co.uk/
Radha and Pierre are inspirational and do a fantastic job of making yoga accessible to all and also for teachers in training to develop their skills. After enjoying incredible holidays here year on year, and searching out the best teachers in Manchester, I settled into regular yoga which helped me cope with the demands of a busy life! It also compliments my other huge passion which is horses, as it stretches and tones the muscles which get tight from riding. I have always been a fan of Ashtanga because its a tough workout but non competitive, and good teachers are mindful of building up your strength as you develop – not trying too hard to get into positions which you can’t quite master (yet)!
Yoga guru Matt Ryan at Yoga Express holds Ashtanga based classes in the city in short bursts so you can easily try a workout at their local dance studio. https://yogaexpressmanchester.co.uk/
Check out http://www.oneyogastudio.co.uk/ ran by Andrea Everingham who used to be our personal tutor – one of the best.
Manchester legend Granville Cousins was my go-to guru for many years, a wonderful and unique human being http://www.yogawithgranville.com/.
Advice to beginners? Persevere – its worth it, don’t give up and you’ll have a calm mind, strong supple body and empathy for the world around you. What better foundation is there in life? Don’t over-do it – listen to your body, and respect it, those incredible postures will come with time.
Thank you to all the teachers I have worked with over the years, you have enriched my life!”
Our Boss models were fabulous as always in the Leeds Arts University Fashion Show. It is a delight to see fashion and new talent celebrated, and to witness our models doing what they do best.
Our new face Bintou is mesmerising in this shot by Danny Lawson from Press Association, which has been featured in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Yorkshire Post.
Graduate designer Sabrina Styles was delighted to be working with her, “She looks amazing in the outfit, she completely made it!“.
Not one, not two, but five gorgeous Boss faces appear in Jet2’s brand new advert for the Love Island finale and we cannot stop watching it! It’s so rewarding to see our talent working alongside each other and we couldn’t wait to hear about their experiences..
Jamie Stanley – Boss Casting Talent
“Jet2 has been the highlight of my year so far, it’s safe to say it’s the closest I’ll get to the perfect job. I’ll never forget the memories I’ve made with these bunch of misfits, it’s great to work with such talented people. The moments they captured on film are the moments that we’ll all remember for years to come.
The team and I were very excited to see the first advert release. I feel incredibly proud to have been part of the cast. We’ve shared some unbelievably breathtaking moments together and we’ve bonded as friends. It’s not every day you get to drink champagne and watch the sunset on a yacht is it?”
Graham Scaife – Boss Models
“I love travelling – being able to go abroad to work is always a bonus, especially with a company like Jet2. The camera followed us all wherever we went to create a documentary styled piece and we were fortunate enough to go to 5 or 6 locations each day! My favourites were the snorkelling trip, parasailing and the yacht party. I don’t think these are in the first ad but they’ll be in the next ones so keep an eye out! We also visited orange & lemon farms, drove around the countryside in a convertible, visited a castle, explored Palma, filmed a pool party and club scene, chilled on the beach and jet skied! The pool party was hilarious to shoot, we filmed continuously for about 20 minutes and had to go crazy for the camera, popping champagne, dancing and singing. Despite strict orders from hair and makeup to stay dry (sorry Sophie).
It was great having a little Boss family there. I hadn’t actually met any of the other models before but we all became good friends by the end of the week! I was nervous to watch the advert for the first time but, was proud to see how it all came together. The cast and crew were amazing to work with. This is my first proper advert since I first began modelling and it has always been a dream of mine to film a TVC. On top of that for it to be aired on a channel like ITV which has such a vast audience, makes it even more rewarding.”
Watch the Jet2 Love Island advert right here 👇
Our amazing casting booker Rhiannon has a very dramatic hobby that we wanted to hear a little more about..
Has performing always been a hobby of yours?
I have always loved performing, I’ve been a part of amateur dramatics since a young age and then went on to study it at college. At the age of 18 I was thrilled to be involved in the reopening of the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, where I did a 6 week run of An Enemy Of The People – it was incredible to be a part of a professional show! I then moved on to Carney Academy, which gave me excellent training in all three disciplines and I was lucky enough to work with west end directors and choreographers. Whilst being there I also attended University and trained in dance and musical theatre this gave me the chance to work with dancers from Matthew Bourne’s company – a once in a lifetime opportunity! Some of my favourite roles to date have been Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ruby in Behind the Scenes at the Museum and a Frug dancer in Sweet Charity.
Was there anything in particular that inspired you give acting and performing a try?
Initially, I attended ballroom classes from around the age of 6 and took exams in all the grades. A few years later a new drama society started up in my little village back in Sheffield and I joined and never looked back! At first, it was just a bit of fun to go to with all my friends but then I realised how much I enjoyed it, and wanted to fulfil it as a regular hobby.
What show are you working on at the moment and what is your role?
I recently joined Salford Musical Theatre Company and have just finished performing in Singin in the Rain at The Lowry Theatre. I played a featured dancer with a few lines of dialogue. It’s fantastic to be back treading the boards after a three year gap and I’m loving it!
Would you say being a performer yourself helps as a casting booker?
Being a performer definitely helps me in my job at Boss, I can look at the casting process through the performers eyes and when it comes to giving advice on self tapes I can talk from experience about what works and doesn’t work, as well as giving direction on how to deliver lines. I also have training in screen acting, as well as having undertaken intense audition preparation courses and have ran one to one sessions here at the agency for various castings.
Do you intend to keep up performing in your spare time?
I love performing in my spare time and my main hobby is being a member of Manchester Show Choir. We get so many fantastic opportunities such as opening the prestigious Smile ball charity fundraiser run by Danny Miller, performing on various television shows like Hollyoaks and Jane McDonald and we recently hosted our own sing along cinema screening of The Greatest Showman! We have also been honoured to ask to sing at various events over the last year to pay tribute to the Manchester attack, including a live acapella singing on The Last Leg which I felt incredibly proud to have been a part of.
I have definitely got the bug for performing theatre again after Singin in the Rain, I am looking forward to the next one, the best part of performing outside of my job as a casting booker is that it relates so well to my position here at Boss.
Can you spot yourself in this spectacular new advert for Adidas? We had lots of Boss artists filming on a 5 day shoot for this masterpiece!
Yesterday marked 100 years since women attained the right to vote – an anniversary which as an Agency full to the brim of strong female influence we wholeheartedly commemorate.
The suffrage movement in the UK began right here in our beloved city of Manchester, home to the first ever public meeting that took place regarding female rights in 1868. This is where the first Women’s Suffrage Committee was established and lead by Manchester’s very own powerhouse Emmeline Pankhurst.
In light of the anniversary we recognise the fight our ancestors endured to ensure a much more promising future for the women of today. We encourage our clients and team to celebrate the influential females in their lives, and remember those who made all the difference so long ago.
Sustainability – an incredibly important issue to all of us here at Boss. Mindful of World Oceans Day this article aims to inspire others to contribute in bettering our environment.
The United Nations sustainabilty goals include both preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution of all kinds by 2025, in particular from land-based activities – including marine debris and nutrient pollution. To contribute, simple measures which we have adopted at Boss are easy to pick up – keeping on top of recycling materials and waste such as food, paper and plastic takes little time yet can make a huge difference.
With this topic in mind, we praise those going above and beyond to raise awareness. Ben Lecomte and his team are undergoing ‘The Longest Swim’ from San Fransisco to Tokyo in which they will have to endure pushing through The Great Pacific garbage patch, which in a recent estimate is double the size of France containing almost 80,000 tonnes of plastic. Their expedition is a powerful reminder of how far we really have to go, we strongly urge our readers, team, clients and talent to become productive in loving our planet.