Back in April I got an e mail from my agent about a casting for a catalog shoot for a company that makes baby toys and products. I'm still listed with an agent even though I haven't done any modeling in a long time. She's really cool about the fact that 99% of the time I have to say no because most castings and jobs are during the work week. This time however, I was able to say yes. It was going to be a quick one because they were only asking a limited number to come in and I could get it done on my lunch break. I don't like to bother with a casting if I already know I probably can't make the shoot, but she already knew the week the shoot would be on so I had time to wrap my head around juggling it with work.
|On Set // I got to work with those adorable babies|
|Hair & Make up // Wardrobe // Display monitor while shooting // Beach Shoot Day 2|
There is always a little bit of pressure because there is a room full of people watching. This project is important to the client and I'm being paid to get good shots for them. I want to do a good job. It was a little confusing because the client told me to show more expression when the photographer had just told me not five minutes earlier to tone down the smile. The monitor where the pictures pop up was actually facing towards me which I found unusual. I'd never been on a set where I could actually see how the pictures were turning out so that was kind of helpful. The hair stylist was obsessed with my pony tail. She kept popping up next to me with her brush and hair spray. My hair was basically shellacked by the time I was done. The make up person was always right there checking out my face and giving it a swipe here and there. I had one outfit change and a hair change throughout the shoot.
Day 2 was at the beach. I'm not the biggest fan of outdoor shoots because you have to deal with the elements and logistically it can be a pain in the butt. I'm usually either too hot or too cold. There might be dirt or itchy grass. I just don't like it. My call time was 7:30am. The hair and make up station was a park bench and wardrobe was under a tree. Once the clouds burned off it was a perfect day. It was exhausting because I had to smile while lifting and carrying the 5 month old from yesterday all over the playground. My arms felt like noodles by the time we were done. Then I worked with a toddler and they are even more unpredictable then babies. We sat in the sand and tried to get this kid from dumping out all the sand onto his pants. My fake husband was late. I felt really bad for him because he showed up all flustered and the client was obviously mad. Apparently there was a mix up with his agency about what his call time was. I did some shots with him and another toddler on a play mat and then it was over.
In the grand scheme of things this gig was small potatoes but modeling opportunities for me are few and far between so any chance I get means a lot to me. Even if it rarely happens I always feel lucky that I've been able to do it at all. There is a lot of waiting around and it can be really hard work but it's so much fun.
That was five months ago and what I got in the mail reminding me that I hadn't blogged about it was a fat paycheck. It's real nice to get paid generously for doing something I actually enjoy. What a concept! It would take a 40 hour work week at my day job to get paid what I did for just 6 1/2 hours of modeling. Don't even get me started on how depressing that thought is. If modeling could be my real full time job we'd be rich. It's pity I can't do it more often. It really is great work if you can get it.
|Throwback modeling pic|