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Alright folks, so here is the first installment of my advice to new models or people considering nude modeling. Like I said before, I’m breaking this up into sections, so that its not just one long piece of text. Because I have a tendency to write a lot. (I talk a lot too…its a problem.) I’m the kid who turns in a 10 page paper when the professor asks for a 5-7 page one. Hah, anyway.
This section is: Before you Start: Part I.
I. Once you are naked on the internet, you are naked on the internet for good.
So you are considering nude modeling, and you haven’t actually started yet.
One of the most important things to realize is that with the nature of the internet and instant sharing and blogs and all that jizz-jazz, is that when you put a picture online, it will most likely be accessible for years and years to come. Especially with nude work. People love nude pictures. Even if they don’t fit the definition of porn.
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by Roxana Hire on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 4:56pm ·
Photography Meet and Greets offer wonderful opportunities for networking between models and photographers. These events are also great for beginner photographers and models to practice and learn from the pros.
After one of the recent events I attended, I was sitting around with other models talking about how the day had gone. Many of them had the same complaints about how they had been treated. They were shy about speaking up about this behavior because they were new to modeling and thought that "that is just the way things are' in "the industry." Honestly, I do not know about "the industry" but I DO know how I want to be treated at a Meet and Greet, AND I know how I DO NOT want to be treated. To this end I have written an etiquette primer for new photographers.
If you follow these rules you will have a very good reputation with models and we will be happy to work with you again.
If you do not follow these rules, we will do our best to avoid you and tell our model friends to do the same.
written by: Michelle Mousel
I get a lot of questions about modeling in China, "What is it like?", "Is it a good place to work?", etc etc. I've decided to write a very decisive, coherent article about it so you everyone can better educate themselves on this market and make responsible decisions accordingly.
I will give you a breakdown of the *typical* situation and this will all be in reference to MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
Before we begin. DISCLAIMER: What are my credentials? I don't claim to be an expert. I'm not an agency. HOWEVER, I have spent over a year and half working in China both freelance and under agency contract with several of the top agencies and I can speak Chinese, which better enables me to understand the clients directly and better negotiate and navigate the industry there.
So you wanna work in China do you?
This isn't necessarily false, it's just not necessarily true either. I could charge you $200 to do your make-up for a shoot. If I suck, it won't help you. If an awesome MUA thinks they need your look in their portfolio, they may do trade and give you better results. Likewise, paying $5,000 for a camera doesn't mean you are a better photographer than someone who paid $1,000. It means you have a more expensive camera and you may be able to utilize its awesomeness if you have the skills to match up.
Just like mainstream fashion modeling, plus-sized modeling has requirements.
There are all sorts of requirements to being a model. Sometimes people just have one, like being very tall, but they know someone. But even if you are a size 0 and 5'10, if you don't have the look, you aren't likely to get booked.
Types of Modeling Scams
The world of modeling has been around long enough that it has been infested with all manner of low-lifes. These are the companies that promise great things for you with no intention of delivering anything of real value. Some of them look real; others rely on no more than hype and bluster to separate you from your money:
Model “Exposure Books”
The Pitch: A model or actor pays to have their pictures put into a book or magazine, the book is to be sent around to Casting Directors and/or agencies who would “discover” their new talent by finding them in the books.
The Reality: These books look something like a legitimate agency marketing tool: the headsheet book. Nobody ever explains why a fashion agency in New York might want to “discover” a 5’4” model in North Platte, Nebraska. But never mind that - send in your pictures and your money and take your chances. A few of this sorry breed of entrepreneur actually do produce the books and deliver them to some casting directors and agencies, where they hit the wastebasket within minutes of arriving at the office.
Welcome to the world of internet modeling! Your profile is your introduction and resume, so it's important that it be detailed and complete.
By James Glendinning/ SilverLight Esoterica Photography
Hey folks, how about some REAL, VALID safety tips for models? (these are for Internet modeling, not agency work)
If you're under 18 and not an agency model (they operate differently) always take a parent or legal guardian with you. A boyfriend or girlfriend or sibling is NOT ok. First off, your parents should know about and support what you're doing or you shouldn't be doing it. Second, the photographer probably will want or need papers signed that require a parent or legal guardian, and there are specific legal requirements someone has to meet to fill that role. If you can't tell your parents what you're doing...you shouldn't be doing this. You have bigger problems.
If you are under 18 and the photographer says "Come alone" that is the exception to automatically assuming there's something creepy going on. If you're under 18 and they say that, there probably is something wrong. Why chance it?
By Curt Burgess, PhotoworksWS
In the debate about the usefulness of an escort for safety purposes versus doing one's due diligence the question often comes up about exactly what is involved in the due-diligence process. First, in wondering if you even need an escort, find out from the photographer if a make-up artist, stylist, or other staff will be present. If so, consider if you really need an escort. But what is meant by due-diligence? It is commonly known as "doing your research," "checking references," "doing your homework," "using common sense," "having a clue," or "being an adult" among other things. Due-diligence is the process that you undertake to verify the quality, professionalism, and safety of a prospective experience with a photographer. This is a list of some possible steps to take - nobody would need to do all of these. You need to assess your concerns and interests to determine what specific steps to take.
So what are the specific behaviors entailed in the due-diligence process? Here are some of the possibilities to consider:
So you just got an email asking if you'd like a choice modeling or photography assignment, congratulations! Unfortunately, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Every day, hundreds (if not thousands) of models, photographers and makeup artists receive these emails. Often they say that they saw your portfolio online and they want to hire you to model clothing, or walk in a fashion show, or shoot or do makeup for a wedding. They offer great, though sometimes not outrageous pay, and assure you that all will be handled for you. If you respond, you typically find out that they will send you a check for the full payment plus additional money that you should forward on to someone else. Often they'll state that they'll send you money for travel which you should wire to their travel agent. Or, perhaps, they'll tell a model that she needs to wire the extra funds to the photographer. Either way, the check turns out to be fake and you're out the money.