Hello everyone! One of the things that I always get comments on , whether it be on Facebook or in a chat is that I usually have some pretty good advice. I shoot straight from the hip, I don’t play the games ( and if I do, I always play to win). I had given so much advice till I was blue in the face. A few years ago, I decided to start my own modeling consulting company. I love working with new models! I love getting them the assignments that they are looking for. No it is not an agency. I don’t have the staff for that nor would I ever want to compete with some of the agencies that are out there. I think that your modeling can only be a success if you make it a business. There is really no other way around it. If you are a model or even a beginning photographer, please contact me for more information on how you can be involved – visit My Modeling Boot Camp.
Every day I read more and more posts about what is wrong with this modeling industry. I am shaking my head over and over knowing that certain instances do not need to happen. I am a model. I have been in this business for several decades. I have heard complaints from models about photographers and from photographers about models. It is one of those things that will never change. What needs to change it the way that we seem to treat each other. There needs to be come compassion and some dropping of the egos. If I hear about another model who flakes yes, that is a problem but, I also hear about the photographer who also flakes as well. It is a vicious cycle. The only way to change this standard it to start making changes and to make people see the results. That you know would be amazing!
This has been a real labor of love and adventure this time around. I have to give a shout out to everyone who has been involved in being a part of this relaunch. I could not have done it without them!
Yep is has it’s ups and it’s downs. The thrill of the image that you have created and then to possibly to have it published. I have had more success with having such a great rapport with my photographers, models, and companies that I have worked with. It is he nature of the business that you can watch models come onto the scene and then they drop off the side of the earth. They have huge goals that they want to achieve really fast. They never seem to get them done as they fall for scams, take images that are not what they are looking for but, it is the quick pay day, or they land in other trouble.
One of the things that I have learned as a model is that you have to have a game plan. You have to know that people will not have your best interest. You have to get that very close group of friends who you can trust. You also have to listen to your gut. There are tons of people out there that will try to take advantage of new models. You have to be the investigator and find out the intentions. Stand your ground.
Ugh. I have to say that there are times when I hate waiting for images. I hate being the one who tries to contact and make a follow through on the emails. It is one thing to drop the ball but, then another thing to drop off of the side of the earth. To me it is just unprofessional. So if you are one of those who do not communicate well, please do not try to work with me as all I am going to be is frustrated with lack of communication. Life does get in the way. There are emergencies. We all have them but, if you never tell anyone about them, then all we get to do on the other side is assume. And that never ends well. The best thing to do is to put an auto reply on your email or even make changes to your voice mail. I as well as other models will just quit calling, emailing, texting, and definitely stop referring any business your way. This goes both ways – Models please do take note. The time is now to raise the bar and learn modeling as a business. It will do wonders for your portfolio, your rapport, and what assignments come your way.