HerStory Photoshoot Casting and Applications

Hello! Thank you for your interest in the HerStory photoshoot. For the last few years, this photoshoot has sought to recreate iconic images of influential women. This year, we want to focus not just on influential women, but on the ones you, unfortunately, haven’t heard about. The experience of HerStory involves relearning history with an awareness of the women who were forgotten by it. That is why we are dedicating our HerStory Photoshoot to telling the stories of those forgotten women. And we are so excited for your participation. #ForgedYetForgotten

Before you apply, please take some time to review the roles we’re looking to fill below. We are looking for both model and crew roles. The shoot will take place on Sunday, February 10th on Emerson’s campus. You must be available on that day to apply (with some flexibility for models and assistants). 

Here is the model application: https://goo.gl/forms/UqRXUhTQZNx8kl0N2

Here is the crew application: https://goo.gl/forms/6J2D86ZH5lSzlht63

Applications will close on January 19th at 11:59pm. Decisions will be made at the end of January. Our cast list is flexible, so every woman on this list may not be portrayed and there are women who may be added depending on the applications we receive. If there is a woman you would like to see portrayed, but do not see on this list, please, please, please send us an email at emersonsigma@gmail.com. 

 

Crew Role Descriptions

Photographer (Paid)

In need of photographer for full day on February 10th for Sigma’s HerStory Photoshoot. We will be recreating portrait style images of famous women. Looking for someone with experience with portrait photography and a passion for this project. You must be able to provide your own equipment or check it out from the EDC. Photography and lighting equipment necessary. The position does include editing the photos. A small compensation will be provided.

Lighting/Photography Assistant

In need of a volunteer for full day on February 10th for Sigma’s HerStory Photoshoot. This position will involve assisting the photographer with lighting design and set up for individual photos. Experience with lighting and photography preferred.

Videographer

In need of a volunteer for full day on February 10th for Sigma’s HerStory Photoshoot. This position will involve taking behind-the-scenes footage for a promotional video. You must be able to provide your own video camera or check one out from the EDC. Includes the opportunity to create a promo video for marketing purposes.

Costume Designer

In need of a volunteer to work closely with the creative team for Sigma’s HerStory Photoshoot from January 26th until the day of the shoot on February 10th. Must be available all day on the 10th to assist with costuming. The position will involve designing and collecting costumes to recreate 29-30 images of famous women.

Costume Assistants

In need of several volunteers to assist the costume designer for the full day or part of the day on February 10th for Sigma’s HerStory Photoshoot.

Hair and Makeup Head

In need of a volunteer to work closely with the creative team for Sigma’s HerStory Photoshoot from January 26th through the day of the shoot on February 10th. This position will involve planning hair and makeup for 29-30 models by recreating the looks in images of famous women. Hair and Makeup experience necessary. You will have the opportunity to bring in your own team or we will provide you with volunteers.

Hair and Makeup Assistants

In need of several volunteers to assist the hair and makeup head for the full day or part of the day on February 10th for Sigma’s HerStory Photoshoot. Experience with hair and makeup preferred.

Modeling Roles

Ada Lovelace

Mathematician & Writer

Nationality: English

Emma Gatewood

Extreme Hiker & First Woman to Hike Appalachian Trail Solo (and in one season… and at age 67)

Nationality: American

Raye Montague

Naval Engineer

Nationality: American

Alice Guy-Blache

Pioneer Filmmaker

Nationality: French

Sarla Thakral

Pilot (First Indian Woman to Fly an Aircraft)

Nationality: Indian

Sybil Ludington

Revolutionary War Hero

Nationality: American

Kathrine Switzer

Runner (First Woman to Run Boston Marathon)

Nationality: American

Margaret Bourke-White

Photographer

Nationality: American

Komako Kimura

Suffragist & Editor

Nationality: Japanese

Hedy Lamarr

Film Star & Inventor

Nationality: Austrian

Rosalind Franklin

Chemist & X-Ray Crystallographer

Nationality: English

Henrietta Lacks

Tobacco Farmer, Contributor to Cancer Research

Nationality: American

Margaret Keane

Artist

Nationality: American

Jeanne Manford

Cofounder of PFLAG

Nationality: American

Frances Perkins

Sociologist & First Female Cabinet-Member

Nationality: American

Christine Jorgenson

Entertainer, Author, and Transgender Rights Advocate

Sometimes titiled the “first transgender celebrity”

Nationality: American

Claudette Colvin

Civil Rights Activist

First person arrested for not giving up seat on bus (age 15)

Nationality: American

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Self-taught Scholar

Nationality: Mexican

Captain Nieves Fernandez

Guerilla Leader & School Teacher

Nationality: Filipino

Katherine Johnson

Mathematician for NASA

Nationality: American

Mamie Till

Activist & Mother of Emmett Till

Nationality: American

Simone Segouin

Resistance Fighter

Nationality: French

Shirin Ebadi

Lawyer & Human Rights Activist

Nationality: Iranian

Maud Wagner

Tattoo Artist & Circus Performer

First prominent female tattooist in the US

Nationality: American

Pauli Murray

Lawyer & Minister

Nationality: American

Valentina Tereshkova

Astronaut (First Woman in Space)

Nationality: Russian

Anna May Wong

Actress (First Chinese-American film star to gain international recognition)

Nationality: American

Madame CJ Walker

Entrepreneur (One of the First Female Self-Made Millionaires)

Nationality: American

Donna Strickland

Physicist

Nationality: American

Isabel Allende

Author & Journalist

Nationality: Chilean

Have another woman in mind?

Send us an email at emersonsigma@gmail.com or indicate it on your model/crew application. We’d love to hear your idea!