9.09.2013

Great Work if you can Get it

I got mail last week that reminded me of something that was kind of a big deal for me but that never made it on the blog.

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
At the casting the person in charge said the client really liked me.  That should have made me confident but instead it made me even more nervous.  What if they liked my agency photos but HATE my casting pics?  Well, they didn't and I got an e mail that I had been booked for the job.  I was so excited because booking a job is practically a miracle.  That's how I see it anyways.  It's just such a crap shoot because there are so many variables that go into it.  Either it's a giant casting with a million girls that all look a like and you wonder how they ever choose one or everyone is so different that you have no clue what they are looking for.
Hair & Make up // Wardrobe // Display monitor while shooting // Beach Shoot Day 2
The shoot was at Groovy Like a Movie Studios.  It had been so long since I'd been able to do this that I was soaking everything up from the moment I got there.  I was so early they were still setting up.  You NEVER want to be late for a shoot.  It's unacceptable.  It happened to me once for my very first shoot ever.  It was at the beach and I got lost.  It was awful and my agent forgave me but I never wanted that to happen again.  The make up and hair person showed up and the fun began.  I went from the make up chair to the hair chair.  The client kept asking if we were almost done so they were rushing.  As soon as they finished I quickly changed into the outfit they had ready for me.  It was a basic top, sweater and capri's from Target.  In commercial print it's not about the clothes it's about the product.  Most of the shoot clothing comes from places like Target, JC Penny's or Marshall's.  And some of them like you to leave the tags on in case they want to return it.  I rushed over to the set to meet my son.  He was an adorable 5 month old baby boy and the next few hours were spent cuddling him while they took pictures.  It was really tricky.  You can't always get babies to do what you want them to do when you want them to do it but this baby was such a little pro.  He never cried even though he got passed around from person to person for hours.  Then my fake husband did some shots with our fake son and then all three of us did shots as a fake family.  The idea of course is that it look convincingly real.  There is a lot more acting in modeling then people may think.  And it's a painstaking process.  The baby's diaper is showing in one shot and my sweater is falling open in another.  It was always something and yet everything has to be perfect.

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

More about my illustrious modeling career here and here.


24 comments :

Nylse said...

you could be depressed or you can think of it as having 2 income streams which allows you greater flexibility....glass half full.
sounds like alot of fun...i'm not tall enough to model...

Christine said...

how fun! You have got to share some of your newest modeling pictures!

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

that is way too cool! too bad you can't do it full time

TOI said...

that's so cool. I always wanted to be a model but I stopped thinking about it when I turned 18 because I never moved up in the field, meaning I never got a job from it. I love the pictures from your modelling career, I've seen some pictures about never knew it was you until now.

Amy said...

you are so pretty! my favorite modeling pic of you is the one where you were a doctor :)

Faith said...

That is so cool! I love that you're in that industry, I often forget!

I think it's exciting that you have more than one way to earn income!

Pegster said...

Wow, this is really cool. I always thought that you were so pretty and should totally be a model little did I know that you actually were :).

I so want my boys to become models but I realize that it's a tough industry so that actually might not work out.

PS - the salary sounds pretty good too. Way to go, keep up the good work

Tea&Sequins said...

Such a cool opportunity! I know I could never deal with the instability of having it as a permanent job, but it's awesome you're able to juggle it with your other commitments. That last photo is great!

Kaitlin
www.teaandsequins.com

fancythatfancythis.com said...

I also envy those who model...I could never be in front of the camera. That's why I work behind the scenes in TV!

You are a gorgeous model! Happy to hear about the fat paycheck too...

The Lady Okie said...

Oh my goodness how fun is this?! I'm glad you get paid to do something you enjoy. Hopefully more opportunities will come open for you! Love the throwback picture ;)

Carla said...

Wow! Congratulations girl! You look beautiful!

Je Ne Sais Quoi Jules said...

You are GORGEOUS! and that looks like a ton of fun!
Jules

Vett Vandiver said...

this is so awesome, you are beautiful!

Whitney said...

How awesome!! I'd love to do something like that full-time. Wouldn't that be the greatest?

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

How fun!!! That is so exciting, you are absolutely gorgeous!!!

Splendor said...

This was so informative and you're beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Brittany said...

Oh my gosh, I had NO idea you have done so much modeling!! I know you're gorgeous and can totally picture it (especially now after seeing pictures..ha), I just had no idea you've done it. And loved it!! That's the most awesome thing! Really cool that you were on a cover of a book...bet that was so crazy to walk by and see!

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

Wow that's awesome!! Too bad you can't do this more often!!

Ashley R said...

You are so pretty- this is so cool!

Renae said...
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Renae said...

Great, looks like a lot of fun Mrs. Model!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

oh my goodness only if you could do this for your day job...that would just be the dream life lady! glad you took the opportunity to do this shoot..it looks like a good fun time with the kiddies!!

Catherine Gacad said...

what an amazing opportunity. so glad you are still able to work in your passion for modeling!

Janna Renee said...

Woohoo! That's AWESOME! I always love getting the fat paychecks, but it's been quite some time since I've done any modeling too. I think you should do it more, because the camera loves you!

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