Jercarr MoralesModel Male New York, New York, US
My Website: FacebookMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/jcar2492
Mayhem # 1916365
About MeBEFORE YOU SEND A FRIEND REQUEST-->I only add/accept friend requests from people I have already shot with. If you want to shoot with me, only send a message or tag with your contact information. Don't send me a friend request just to add me or because we're discussing working together or we discussed working together, I will deny it. If I sent you a fr, I'm interested in shooting with you, and a tag/message will follow. I'm only doing TF and paying shoots, no messages/tags about discounts, specials, and deals please.
Answers to (F)REQUENTLY (A)SKED (Q)UESTION(S):
1) Jercarr Morales is my real name. It's pronounced "Juh-Car" but you can call me "J." Jercarr is my parents names Jerry & Carol combined
2) I really am the age on my profile. My birthday is February 4th, 1992 (I'm 23 as of right now). If you still don't believe me, I will show you my ID, ON THE DAY WE SHOOT TOGETHER
3) All of my pictures are recent, I really do look that young (Black don’t crack)
4) Those are my actual stats on the left
5) I've lived in NYC my whole life. I wouldn't live in any other city (this is my home), but I plan to be bicoastal in LA soon for acting. Once I make it/rich, I plan to have additional residences in other cities across the U.S. (Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, etc) and around the world (London, Paris, etc) with NYC remaining my home base. I'm Brooklyn born and raised in Flatbush, but now live in The South Bronx (Highbridge). My subway station is E 161st River Ave-Yankee Stadium (B,D,4 trains)
6) I'm Puerto Rican (father) and African-American (mother). I'm not fluent in Spanish (poquito), don't judge me
7) Transportation must be provided or expenses reimbursed or covered for work booked outside of NYC. However if I submit to a casting where it states they won't be, I will pay my own travel costs. Also if I submit to a TF casting, I'm fine with no compensation. I read as well as I write
8) I'm in college majoring in Hospitality Management. My current career in hospitality (I work as event staff and as a banquet server/bartender and am seeking a full time hotel job as a concierge and/or banquet server) is my right now, fall back, & alternative career plan. My classes this semester (April 2015-July 2015) are Monday-Thursday 6PM-10PM. I'm available BEFORE those times, and am completely free on the weekends. I'M NOT CUTTING CLASS FOR A TF SHOOT/PROJECT. I (really meaning me) pay tuition out of my own pocket, financial aid doesn't cover everything. Tuition (along with NYC rent) leaves me broke most of the time to keep it real. Over $4,000 spent on tuition so far, I'm not trying to screw school up. However, when I'm not in class, I work (and study/do homework). We must plan a shoot (see 1C)
9) I don't have a website, but I have more modeling photos on Facebook (see the link above). My album "Modeling Portfolio" is public, so only send a friend request until after we've shot together. What I said at the top about MM friend requests above, applies with FB. My Facebook is for personal friends only
10) Most of my wardrobe is from H&M. I have a closet full of blazers, buttons ups, pants/slacks, jackets, sweaters, etc in varying colors & styles (dark, light, and in between). I always bring multiple looks to every shoot.
11) I'm a commercial-print model specifically. I do commercial, lifestyle, and fashion shoots, and always updating my headshots. I'm an actor that does all genre's (whichever gives me the million first). I have done extra work in music videos and movies, a web-series, and plays so far with acting. I will take acting classes soon (undecided where). I'm aiming to be successful in acting AND commercical-print modeling
12) I'm currently freelancing as both a model & actor. However I will sign with a commercial agency (IE: Abrams Artists Agency, CESD) and get a manager this year.
13) I'm aware and have been told countless times that I'm not the conventional definition of a model (in terms of height, size, and look) or not a model period. I'm also aware that I'm not big in the industry (yet), super experienced, and I'm young. However none of these "factors" justify not treating me with respect or professionalism (whether we shoot together or we're discussing potentially shooting together).
PHOTOGRAPHERS (If you're serious about working with me, please read this section)
A. Once we have done a shoot, I must have the pictures and final retouches in no later than two to three weeks. I understand you're busy, have other projects (TF and/or paying), work, school, personal issues, life, and what not. However I need the pictures from our shoot to keep my portfolio updated. I don't care that it's a TF shoot. We cannot work together if this is going to be an issue. I'm never waiting six months for pictures again.
B. If we agree to shoot together, don't flake or back out later. Unless you have an emergency, don't wait until the last minute (the day/night before, an hour or two before we're supposed to shoot, etc) to let me know we're not shooting due to: Cancellations, the need to reschedule, time changes, availability changes, scheduling conflicts, location changes, "new portfolio direction," now wanting pay for our previously agreed TF shoot, "you booked a paying job" on the day we're supposed to shoot together, you "forgot what day it was" the day we we're supposed to shoot together, no longer interested in shooting together, personal/family drama, etc. I do alot over the course of a day (ditto FAQ #8), and I could've done something else (worked and made money, studied, done another shoot, or just rested with my busy life) instead of had my time wasted. Don't "forget" to follow through with me, even if we're still discussing potentially shooting together via MM messages, text, or email. Again I don't care that it's a TF shoot. No or lack of communication in either case is very disrespectful, unprofessional, unacceptable, and a waste of time. Do you like when people do that to you?
C. Unless I submit to a casting at a specific date and time (don't wait until the last minute to let me know I was selected), I cannot work on specific days and times, on short notice, or at the last minute. Aside from college (ditto FAQ #8), I freelance with multiple event companies (brand ambassador, catering, and staffing-if you're looking to hire) to pay my bills. My education comes first, and until modeling and acting can actually pay my bills, my jobs take priority (unless it’s a compensated gig). I live on my own (rent and everything else ain't cheap in NYC) and support myself financially (no family/friends are helping me out like that). My availability changes week to week, because of the kind of work that I do. You must plan a week in advance with me for any shoot or project. Weekends are preferred for shooting, though I'm flexible and can shoot during the week after class. If we agree to shoot together at a particular day/time or if I submit to a casting for a particular day/time, and you need to reschedule/cancel, (if you still want to shoot together) we must work with both our availabilities to set a new shoot date ASAP (not months, weeks, or year(s) later or "you'll let me know"). I'd do the same if I needed to reschedule/cancel.
D. I do NOT book via phone. I'm either in class (ditto FAQ 8), working, or on the go. Please contact me via text/whatsapp or email ONLY. There is no way I'd remember everything talked about if I talked to everyone on the phone each day. I need a solid record of what's been said for reference or if any issues arise. I'm always on my phone (except when I'm working, taking a test, or shooting) and respond very quickly to both. I'm sorry if you're a phone person, but most bookings are handled over email and texts/whatsapp these days anyway. It's also really not necessary in my case, I pretty much answer and address every question and concern you'd ask/have in the FAQS and here.
E. Please email or text/whatsapp me, rather than messaging me on here. While I constantly check and respond to MM messages all the time & have a smartphone and laptop, it's easier and faster to communicate directly. I always provide my # & email (which I actually check all the time). I'm sorry if you don't feel comfortable giving your direct contact info out, but in case something comes up we can directly contact each other.
F. I'm 100% straight (not bi, bi curious, or interested in "trying/experimenting"), not desperate for career advancement, fame, or money, don't even think about it with me (you know exactly what I'm talking about). I will screenshot whatever you said and block/report you. If you pull this with me at a shoot: I will knock your ass out, call the cops, never work with you again & let everyone know you're a creep. I love what I do, but I will not have sex with anyone or do sexual acts/favors for anyone to get to the top and/or get great pictures. Just because I'm not the conventional definition of a model and our shoot is TF, doesn't give you carte blanche to do as you please with me. Modeling and acting are not my life. They aren't the only things that I do, that I'm good at, and can be successful with. That's why I'm in college and have multiple jobs. I respect myself too much, find another model to do that with.
FEMALE MODELS (These aren't the terms and conditions for connecting to a WIFI network, don't skim/read through this section, please read everything)
Begin the Star Wars opening theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGsKzZtRwxw (I was serious)
A) Before I messaged you about potentially shooting together, I took the time to look at your whole Model Mayhem profile and/or travel notice. I looked at your portfolio pictures, read your entire bio (no matter how long or short it was), and looked at your website (if you had one). I believe that we'll look great together, the shoot concept/theme I want to do is great for us, work great together, and ultimately have a great shoot. Don't use: your height and/or weight, height and/or weight in comparison to mine, how old you are, that you might be more muscular than me, how old you are in comparison to me, that you have a relative (son/daughter-you're old enough to be my mother, cousin, uncle/aunt, niece/nephew) the same age or around the same age as me, experience or lack of experience, experience or lack of experience in comparison to mine, current professional quality of your portfolio pictures, current professional quality of your portfolio pictures in comparison to mine, how young or old you look, how old or young you look in comparison to me, how you look in general, the type of model you are/genre of modeling you do, the type of model I am/genre of modeling I do, tattoos, piercings, or hair color, you not being good at speaking English, say "why can't you find/shoot with a model in your own city or country" (if I'm contacting you and you're out of NYC) as reasons/excuses why you can't/won't shoot with me. I took all these possible "factors" into consideration, before I messaged you about shooting together. If I thought those things would be a problem too, I wouldn't have messaged you (to address this concern). Instead of being subtle/polite & using those factors, just reply back with, "no thanks," or "not interested if you don't want to shoot with me
B) I intend to shoot ASAP, in the month that I messaged you. If you're already booked for that month (with other shoots, work, school, have travel plans, etc) we can shoot the next month or after you’ve fulfilled your obligations (To answer those questions). Please keep me updated on your availability and I'll follow through (one or twice as month on my end) with you as well. Communicating your availability to shoot is important, if that's something you won't do or will continue to do, don't reply back with interest in shooting with me or agree to shoot with me. I don't want to hear "I'll get back to you when I'm available to shoot with you" or "I'll let you know when I'm free to shoot with you," (meaning don't contact me, I'll contact you, save that for the guys trying to date you) I WILL FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOU to see when you're available to shoot with me. If I responded to your availability notice (or if I tagged your profile) and you're already booked and can't shoot with me while you're here (or you're not living in NYC), I will ask if you plan to visit again (or if you plan to visit NYC anytime soon). If you say you do but you're not sure when, I will ask that we stay in touch via social media (FB, Twitter, IG) until you come back. I will follow through you with monthly on there, that way our shoot will be in your travel agenda for your next trip here. If you're not interested in what I've proposed, "don't want to plan that far ahead," can't guarantee that we'll shoot together the next time you're in NYC (whenever that is) due to your busy schedule/limited time, or you're really not interested in shooting with me to begin with, just "no thanks" or you're "not interested" & decline my offer completely (eliminating the usual lines & getting straight to the point). I don't want to hear "I'll contact you as it gets closer to my travel to date and let you know if I'm still interested in shooting with you," "something may open up by the time I get to NYC" and/or "let's stay in touch and see how our stars align" (give a straight answer instead of being polite/subtle/indirect). I don't have a specific date/time in that I want to shoot with you on. However our exact shoot date/time will be when you, the photographer shooting us, and myself are all available at our earliest conveniences. Refer to FAQ #9 & 1C for my specific availability (to answer those questions). We're not shooting: "someday," "later", "someday later", "one day,""someday in the future,” "soon," "maybe","when the time is right," "at the right time," "when you're ready", "when you get used to your current or new work/school schedule," "when you decide/are ready to model," "when you're ready to shoot again," "when you come back from your modeling hiatus," "when you're ready to shoot with a male model," "when you're ready to shoot the concept/theme I want to shoot", "when you work things out", "when you get things together," "when you get new headshots," "when you get professional pictures," "when you get new professional pictures," "sometime", "next year, "years from now, "you'll let me know," or "you'll keep me in mind." If you're pregnant and clearly showing, we can shoot together after you've given birth. I will follow through with you a month after you've given birth. Sorry this is the entertainment industry, plenty of women in this business (celebrity or regular working actor/model) start booking work and/or working again shortly after giving birth. That may not be you (especially if you're not a career/agency model/actress and model more as a hobby/extracurricular activity), but that's how this business works. I'M NOT OUT OF PLACE/WRONG FOR FOLLOWING UP WITH YOU, SHORTLY AFTER YOU'VE GIVEN BIRTH. Don't use being pregnant and give an "I'll let you know after I've given birth" or "maybe next time" line as a subtle/indirect way of declining my shoot offer. If you're not interested in shooting with me while you're pregnant just come out and say it (say "no thanks" or "not interested"). If you need more time to commit to a shoot (more than 30 days, but not past 60-90 days) just say so, it's no problem. If you don't want to return to modeling, don't want to shoot with a male model, don't want to shoot with me anymore, and/or focus on your new family after giving birth, just say so. Don't never reply to me again (ignore my messages) when I follow through with you. Don't use the "I'm not obligated to do that for you" rationale with me and be professional please. If I responded to your availability notice or casting to shoot in NYC, you must communicate your availability while you're here, and set a shoot date/time ASAP. Don't wait until the last minute to book a shoot with me, I cannot put a shoot together on the fly (myself and the photographer shooting us have lives and they don't revolve around you). No tourist acts, I know you want to sight see and explore NYC (who doesn’t), spend time with your significant other and/or family, relax, do other shoots/projects, handle business unrelated to modeling, and what not while you're in NYC, but please honor our agreement to shoot together and respect my time. Again, I'm not the villain for stressing that you commit to a specific shoot date/time if you're coming to NYC on more of a personal than business trip. You shouldn't have posted a notice saying you we're available to shoot, if you wanted "personal time," that's not my fault/problem. I've heard and basically listed/quoted every commonly used excuse/scenario, don't waste my time. Again, just say "no thanks" or "not interested" if you don't want to shoot with me. I'M NOT TRYING TO DATE YOU OR SLEEP WITH YOU, save these lines/scenarios I mentioned, for the guys/girls you blow off/front on, be upfront. I say that since alot of you write in your bios "this isn't a dating site," so reciprocate and be professional/direct when declining my shoot offer.
C) I'M THE MODEL SHOOTING WITH YOU, NOT THE PHOTOGRAPHER SHOOTING US (to answer this obvious question by now). "My profile states I'm looking to shoot with photographers, and you're a model" or "My casting/availability notice was for photographers and your profile states you are a model." I was aware of that when I read your profile or casting/notice (ditto 2A), and I obviously know I'm a model. However I have a photographer that'll be shooting us, so you're still being contacted about doing a photo shoot, just with me *ding dong.* People at every industry career level (including celebrities) change their positions/stances if they like the project that's being pitched to them (or the potential of it), or if they want to work with someone in particular (the same is true for the business world). This is why I'm contacting you about shooting together, even though you may only be looking for photographers. You're hearing my "pitch" throughout this narrative, so please keep reading and if you're not interested, alright (it's only an inquiry from one model to another). --> "I am still a bit confused. I understand that you are not a photographer, but a model? And you are inviting me to do a shoot with you? Am I right? <--Are you serious? --> "I did read it, which is why I am asking to clarify" <--Moving along, I will private message you the Model Mayhem # and website of the exact photographer shooting us (the photographer shooting us varies according to their availability). I’ve done shoots with multiple times with them and they are good friends of mine. They are experienced/seasoned, legit, professional photographers, NOT a GWCs/Guy With A Cameras (to answer that question). You will get solo shots for your own portfolio throughout our shoot (if you're thinking of declining my offer because you're "looking for more solo shots/headshots” or “looking for more of a one on one session”), this is a three way collaboration for a reason (to answer that question). There are no hair stylists, MUAs, wardrobe stylists, or clothing designers for this shoot, you'll have to have these things taken care of before we shoot (to answer those questions). Our shoot will be ONLY for our three portfolios; NOT for future publications, submissions, sales, galleries, or anything else you're afraid of happening (to answer that question). If you actually want to have our couples shots submitted for publication, featured on my photographer's website, and what not, that's something we can discuss amongst the three of us before AND after we've shot. In the same instance for the solo shots taken of you, that's something you and my photographer can discuss before and after we've shot (I will not be involved in that process). However in both of these instances, that's only if YOU choose that course, this shoot by default is only for portfolio use. Note this applies with any photographer shooting us. You have just been informed from the get go (whether you decide to shoot with me or not) about the usage of the pictures from our shoot. If you ask me before we shoot, at our shoot, or after we've shot together, what will be done with our pictures after we've shot together (or after we've shot tell me not to publish them, etc), I WILL NOT ANSWER OR RESPOND TO YOU (whether in person, you call <I will hang up>, text, etc), I'VE JUST TOLD YOU HERE. My photographer and I have plenty of tags (and great feedback/references) on our profiles from the models (he's shot) and photographers (who've shot me) we've worked with (please see our tags on our profiles). To be completely honest with you, we don't have references from most of the models him and I have shot with because alot of have stopped modeling (haven't logged onto to Model Mayhem in months/years) and we've lost touch with them or they were just so unprofessional that we're never speaking again.
D) If we're working with this particular photographer: The shoot will be shot at my photographer's home studio (with complete professional equipment) in Fleetwood (just outside The Bronx in the suburbs). Models living in NYC or Westchester County, OR if you're staying in NYC or Westchester County (if I've responded to your availability notice), you have two options to get the studio: If you're comfortable, my photographer and I can pick you (only you not your escort sorry) around Harlem (or further uptown in Washington Heights, Inwood, The Bronx, or in Westchester County), drive you to the studio, and back to Harlem (or further uptown in Washington Heights, Inwood, The Bronx, or Westchester County) after we're done shooting (you have nothing to be afraid of, if you choose this option). Where my photographer and I ultimately meet and pick you up is at his discretion (it's his car, lol). This will take no more than 30 minutes. If you're not comfortable, you can get to the studio by taking the Metro North to Fleetwood and taking a bus/cab or walking from the station to the studio. That will take 90 minutes with a 45 minute train ride & a 15 minute cab/bus ride to the studio or 30 minutes walking to the studio. If you already know you're gonna be uncomfortable coming up to Fleetwood to do this shoot with us because its' a "remote location" and you're shooting with and possibly considering getting into a vehicle by yourself with "two strange men" that are "strangers you're meeting from online" and with no references, don't reply back with interest or ask me ten thousand questions (don't agree to a shoot you know you'll be uncomfortable doing). I will NOT reimburse you and/or your escort(s) taking the MetroNorth & bus/cab ride to the studio, as you declined a free option. Sorry we're not paying for your uncomfortability. For models that live or are staying (if I responded to your availability notice) in the 5 boroughs of NYC and get around by public transportation (subway and/or bus) only and don't have unlimited Metrocards. As long as you stated in your bio or notice (not when you reply back to my initial message about wanting to shoot with you or while we're messaging/speaking on the phone later) that you require that reimbursement, no problem. However I'm only reimbursing the $5 (I ride the subway and buses also I know how much it costs) for you (not your escort[s]) to go meet us in Harlem (or further uptown or in the Bronx). I'm not paying for you to ride the Metro North also, my photographer and I meeting and driving you to the studio in Fleetwood is free (we want to save money too you know). For models LIVING in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island ONLY (NOT STAYING IN THESE PLACES WHILE VISITING NYC), if you stated IN YOUR PROFILE (not when you reply back to my initial message about wanting to shoot with you or while we're messaging/speaking on the phone later) that you have a car (not you taking cabs or taxis) & only get around by driving in NYC and don't use public transportation, I will reimburse your travel costs (gas & tolls) to commute from there to Fleetwood and back (not your escort(s) driving you to the shoot that one time). To piggyback off that, I'm not reimbursing gas/tolls if you drive (or you're being driven by your escort directly to the studio by car) if you live in the Bronx or Manhattan. Note I've been saying "reimburse" this whole time. I'm not giving you the cash or Metrocard prior to us shooting (too many flakes on here), but at our shoot. Don't worry I'm a man of my word (as you can see). Everything I just said in this paragraph similarly applies with any other photographer shooting us who has a home studio in Long Island, Westchester County (or further upstate), New Jersey, or Conneticut.
E) This is an all around TF shoot/collaboration, there is no compensation/pay for you, the photographer shooting us, or myself (just great pictures for our portfolios). Other than the travel cost reimbursements I will provide for models that I directly book outside of NYC/the US, this is nothing else offered (no stipends). I as a model/actor myself respect & understand that you may do only paid shoots, primarily paid shoots, limited TF, TF & paid shoots, shoot certain genres paid only (lingerie, implied topless, topless, implied nudes, nudes), this is your bread and butter, "pictures don't pay your bills, you "get paid or you don't shoot," shoot only with full teams (MUA/Hair, designer/stylist), only do shoots that are guaranteed for publication, shoots with great promotion or goods in return, shoots with a specific set design (ie: haute couture dresses with a full-sized harp both provided-I laughed when I got this demand), only agency test shoots, only shoot ad campaigns, only do shoots that will make you famous or bring you one step closer to fame ("beneficial shoots/shoots for exposure"), that this may be your only means of income, do TF shoots if people buy you items off your internet wish-list or paid shoots along with internet wishlist purchase(s), have bills and rent to pay, don't have time for TF, you're a student, you're a parent, you're a single mother, you have boyfriend/girlfriend, you're engaged, you're married, you have family and/or friends to take care of, have to make up for expenses incurred while you're in NYC and/or traveling (if I responded to your availability notice), that you have an agency and/or manager, and/or you're "just not in a position to work for no monetary compensation." If those are things you're looking for or factors for you shooting with anyone, then this shoot isn't for you. From one model/actor to another, I respect your hustle. However, I'm not paying to do a photo shoot with a fellow model and my photographer will not pay/compensate you for this shoot. When I'm contacting you about potentially shooting together, it's a straight TF shoot (no stipends or food provided either). So why then did I message you or respond to your availability notice about doing a straight TF shoot and "disregarded your request for payment", if I knew what I just mentioned above, are the things you're looking for or factors for you shooting with anyone? Here's why: There are plenty of people at every career level in the industry (even celebrities or other industry bigs) who normally do paid work, but will do unpaid & lesser projects/shoots if they like the concept/theme of the project and/or want to work with someone in particular, EG: James Franco works on student films, John Legend did two free (to the public) summer concerts in Brooklyn and unexpectedly donated his earnings to charity, etc. Even lawyers and doctors do pro bono work from time to time. Once people reach the "celebrity" level of their career, they really don't have to do any unpaid opportunities presented to them at that and have every right to scoff & be pissed at the notion of being contacted for one (like how you're doing right now). However inspite of being at the top of their career, some (not all celebrities, since some think like you're thinking right now) make time (they're busy with their own lives and getting paid and want to use their time to continue making money like you) for the occasional unpaid project. I had the same rationale for contacting you about doing a TF shoot. People major in the industry always get bombarded with people wanting them to check out their mixtape/ep (especially rappers in Times Square), reel, script, portfolio, etc. That's how Big Sean got discovered by Kanye West, and how countless others have gotten their projects off the ground. So if they have to deal with that, what are you complaining about when people message you about doing a TF shoot? Most of the people (with good intentions) you yourself have done shoots with, shoot with, or will shoot with, don't charge you for shoots. They like your look for their portfolio, and want to shoot with you and/or keep shooting with you because of that and they (presumably) like working with you. If you're still not convinced/inspired and/or don't want to or have time to collaborate TF: Stop reading this section at this point, get over "having to read this wordy FAQ in order to find out that I'm only interested in trade, wasting your time," not message me back a lecture about why I shouldn't have contacted you, not say what "your profile/notice says/"clearly says", say "I should've been upfront about only shooting trade" or say "I should mention only doing TF in my original message, so people don't waste their time reading 4 long, boring paragraphs before they can figure it out," and/or give me your terms for shooting with you (publication/promotion, goods provided, hair/mua provided, designer/stylist provided, etc) and only say no thanks or not interested (not, "I am only taking/doing paid shoots at this time," "I am only accepting paid assignments at this time to help cover trip costs," "not at the moment," or "not right now"), I was only inquiring. If you were really interested in shooting with me, this being a regular TF shoot wouldn't matter, you'd make the time to shoot with me (not to sound like your man/relationship coach). In that same instance (if I responded to your availability notice), you'd incorporate our TF shoot into your travel agenda (regardless of how much time and money it will cost for you to travel and stay in NYC while you're here). Now if you're visiting NYC 1-3 days, I wouldn't expect you to do that (possible not plausible), so I'm clearly referring to a longer term stay in this case (common sense). This is same rationale for why other people on here keep contacting you about doing TF work, even though they read in your bio you only do paid work. "Well Jercarr I'm not a celebrity or industry big like you're saying, modeling and acting are my bread and butter & and I don't shoot unless I'm getting paid." or (if I responded to your availability notice specifically) "I'm sorry, I am a model on tour of the east coast/visiting NYC made possible by photographers/other models that pay for my rental, food, lodging, gas and other travel expenses. This is my career, not just a hobby so unless you or your photographer can help with any of the mentioned above I cannot." You clearly missed what I said about people at ALL industry career levels changing their position then. People at all career levels in general do volunteer their time for things that interest them (charities, political campaigns, etc). Having volunteered for & managed non-profits myself, I've even gotten the rich to volunteer their time for causes. It's not the out of the question to ask you about doing a TF shoot. You're completely right about not being a celebrity or industry big, so to address that: I completely respect and congratulate you on how "fully developed your portfolio is", "how long you've been modeling/in the industry", you're a working "independent artist," how old/grown you are (I respect my elders :-P)," "what agency/management you're with, "who you know in the industry", "what you're working on," how many publications you've been in, how many states/countries you've modeled in, how many paid shoots you've done/do, that this might be how your full time job, how much money you get, etc however...You're NOT a supermodel (IE: Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Ashley Sky) or any other big name/celebrity in the industry. Some of you don't even use your real name on here (since you don't want people to know you model due to your day job, family, for your own privacy, etc). Heck your alias/stage name isn't even famous (IE: Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z, Peter Hernandez aka Bruno Mars). Even though you may already have a fan base/following and an "established" name in the business. I still didn't know who you we're until I saw your profile or notice (and if I ask most people they wouldn't either). Before you say "Well I'm famous in my genre, industry, or circle that's why you and your friends don't know who I am," please keep in mind most people who don't watch porn and/or "read" Playboy (like myself before you think I do) would know who Jenna Jameson and the popular Playboy models are, before they'd know who you are. It's also the same with athletes, fictional comic book superheroes, televangelists, news reporters, politicians, soap opera actors/actresses, etc (to use better "cleaner" examples). Even though not everyone follows sports, wrestling, reads comic books, goes to church, watches/reads the news, politics, or watches soap operas, most people still know who they are or of them. You're really not "famous" knock it off. Regular women (pretty or not) who post selfies (and they're not necessarily showing cleveage, wearing tight clothes, or half naked) on IG all day have large followings (and stalkers) too. You're on the right track, but not there yet, bring it back. Who doesn't have "bills to pay", that's so cliche. You're not above/exempt from being contacted by me or anyone else on this site about doing a TF shoot (no matter how many times you say in your bio "paid assignments only"), get over yourself. You're using Model Mayhem like I am to book work and/or get money (regardless of either our experience levels). In comparison to other casting sites like NY Castings, Central Casting, & Backstage, Model Mayhem is more for networking/trade collaborations, than booking legit paid assignments & working with industry professionals anyway. Which is why it's not seen in such high regard in most major industry circles (not that I'm dissing this site). Nobody is booking a Hugo Boss ad campaign, major starring movie/TV role, or ANY major job (as for as the kind of work booked) on here or those sites I mentioned either. You don't book major jobs like that on casting sites, they wouldn't even be on there. Bottom line, we're all hustling at the end of the day, you just may (or may not) be closer to the top than I am. So yes I "disregarded your request for paid shoots", it won't hurt you that I asked anyway. Until you become rich & famous (model, actress, reality star, singer, dancer), or just have real name recognition in the industry, you'll keep getting TF offers from people. And like I said before, some of those people at that level will even work for free if they like the project. So I have absolutely no problem asking if you or any other "paid shoot only model" would be interested in shooting TF with me. Why you mad? If you're in a small market & you're booking the work you're booking, that's why (your talent + less available talent=no real competition=more bookings). Even then you're still a small market model with x amount of major and/or minor bookings. If you're in a major market like this one, booking paid work on the regular (even with an agency/connections) isn't steady and even then it doesn't pay enough or isn't really beneficial to your career (you've probably declined some paying jobs like celebrities do for that very reason). Very few of you are living solely off modeling jobs (again even with agencies/connections), you probably still have a day job (temping with a bunch of staffing companies, and/or working part time or full time) like me (and I work with alot of people in the industry at all career levels at my day jobs) or get financial help from somewhere. You can't put on a show with me, I know the deal. Whether you're a big or small market model, you're essentially starting over whenever you go from market to another in the industry. Unless you're super famous or known in the industry, your career accomplishments don't matter as much as you're thinking (stars like French pop star Shy'M who you probably never heard of until I just mentioned her is an example). Even celebrities & big names in the industry take the "lesser jobs" (the equivalent of working TF for them) to pay the bills when money gets tight. So female models from both markets, please spare me the lecture about your career achievements, what you get paid to shoot, why you should get paid, and why I shouldn't contact you about doing a TF collaboration, and how I "mocked every independent artist model on here with what I just wrote in this section," you're not all that. I have to burst your bubble (I have to keep it hundred), but alot of you need a reality check (especially the inexperienced models, new to modeling models, models with no professional pictures, "models" posting selfies and/or bathroom mirror pics, models who got published that one time all expecting to get paid). The best collaborations in the industry can be unpaid. It's a matter of picking the right ones. Models that only do shoots with full teams (hair/mua, and/or stylist/designer), I'm not knocking that, but please note (in NYC especially) while photographers are more inclined to shoot for free, those other four aren't (and if they do best believe they want alot of pictures in exchange & have their own terms). Hair/MUAs:Makeup kits cost money and have to be replaced all the time (for sanitary reasons and just plain common sense, they're shouldn't use used products on your face) and depending on the MUA's budget she might not want to pay for that from her own money (especially with the history of flakes on MM), so you or the photographer will probably pay for it. Similar situation with hair stylists (constantly purchasing new hair products) and in both cases (even with experience) if they don't meet you prior to the shoot, they might not be familiar with your skin tone or hair texture and could make a mistake. MUAS and Hair Stylists almost always get paid in the end. Designers/stylists: Designers in NYC especially aren't that generous with their clothing. Alot of them require cleaning or dry cleaning (whether you get the clothes dirty or not), charge pulling fees, require you sign a legally binding agreement to return the clothes when you're done or be sued, and are very selective with who they let borrow their clothes (paid, "exposure," or not). With the history of flakes and shady people on MM, designers and stylists aren't gonna risk you not returning clothes, damaging them (the fabric store ain't cheap either), or misrepresenting their line/collection.
F) If I responded to your availability notice/casting, and we’ve agreed to shoot together, it is still YOUR responsibility to cover ALL OF your travel expenses (flight, hotel, etc) while you're in NYC, this is still a TF shoot. IT MUST BE STATED IN YOUR NOTICE, NOT IN YOUR PROFILE BIO (don't ask when you reply back to my initial message about wanting to shoot with you or while we're private messaging or speaking on the phone later) that train/bus/air fare or gas/tolls being covered, reimbursed, or contributed to, is a prerequisite of you actually coming to NYC and shooting with anyone here. Me not paying to shoot with you and your travel expenses are two SEPARATE things. However to reiterate what I said in 2D (whether you live here or you're visiting NYC/staying here) what I said in there still applies as far as getting to the studio in Mount Vernon. "It's common courtesy" (cliche), and/or "you're not paying me or I'm shooting TF with you, it's the least you can do" (in my case) are not valid reasons for not communicating that in your notice. Semantics aside, a local availability notice means you're ALREADY gonna be (unless you stated otherwise) in a particular city for a designated amount of time and you're available to do photo shoots there & for whatever terms WHILE YOU'RE THERE. It's NOT the same thing as being directly contacted by someone to do photoshoot(s) in a city & for whatever terms TO COME THERE. Don't shake me down later on, say what your exact terms for shooting are in your availability notice please (I'm upfront about everything when contacting you). To piggyback off that, if I responded to your availability notice, please say in your notice if you're not actually staying in NYC or Westchester County, but commuting/will travel from somewhere else for shoots while you're here and you want to be reimbursed for travel costs. My budget does not allow for ANY last minute changes (ditto FAQ 8), so everything must be communicated in your notice. However if I'M THE ONE who directly messaged you, we’ve agreed to shoot together, & you're outside the five boroughs of NYC/Westchester County/The US: Unless you we're coming to NYC anyway (please be honest), prefer to cover your own travel expenses, or already have your own way of traveling here (again please be honest), I will REIMBURSE some or all of YOUR travel expenses (just yours, not who you're coming with) of coming to NYC and shooting with me. To make clear, I'm only reimbursing the travel expenses of you coming straight from where you are, to Mount Vernon, and back home that's it. Please tell me how much exactly your travel expenses will be & provide receipts when you arrive, so I can reimburse you. I WILL NOT reimburse you without receipts, don't "lose, forget, or misplace" them. When I said “travel expenses”, I specifically mean transportation costs (train/bus fare or tolls/gas). NOT daycare for your child(ren), pet, escort, or significant other; food on ride to the studio or back home, lodging (unless I have the budget to provide that), or anything else you can think of/demand, JUST TRANSPORTATION COSTS. Travel cost reimbursements depend on how much the costs will be and my budget at the time, so this is on a case by case basis.
G) When you first see my message about wanting to shoot with you, don't take forever (hours, days, weeks, months, or years) to reply back. If you don't check and respond to your MM messages constantly and only check them once or every other hour/day/week/month/year or you're "just getting to/seeing my message" after a few hours, a day, few days, a week, weeks, a month, months, a year, or years, only leave your cell # when you reply back (models out of the US, I have Whatsapp, Viber, and iMessage). I'll still be interested in potentially shooting with you, if this is the case (no matter how long it was ago I messaged you). I'm not doing MM message tag where you respond one message every thirty minutes, an hour, day, week, month, or year don't reply back with interest in shooting with me, if that's gonna be the case. Bottom line, the first time you see, read, and reply to my message about wanting to shoot with you (and subsequently this whole section) leave your phone #. If you have a problem with that, don't reply back with interest in potentially shooting with me. We can easily discuss everything about our potential shoot (and if you're interested), and book a shoot in less than an hour over texts. When you respond to my MM message about wanting to shoot together whether it's hour(s), days, weeks, or months later, I will only say "text me" and that's it (even if you ask me what shoot I want to do/whose shooting us). Don't read my message and stop replying to me as result of me asking for your # (because you "don't/won't give out your # until you know the shoot I want to do and whose shooting us, while responding or "letting me know" if you're interested or not days later). If you're only going to provide your email, only do so if you check it constantly and respond promptly like you do with text messages. This means, that you get your emails on your smartphone or tablet and you're constantly looking at & responding to them like a business professional does. If that's not the case, ONLY LEAVE YOUR # (you have nothing to be afraid of). I'm not doing email tag, what I just said about MM messages applies with communicating by email. If you "only communicate through MM messages and/or email until after you've been booked," and for "privacy/safety," you must be checking and responding to them constantly like clockwork to be respectful of people's time. If we are texting about potentially shooting together, I'm not doing phone tag either, where you respond to each text every: thirty minutes, hour, every other hour; once a day, every other day, once a week, every other week, once a month, every other month, once a year, or every other year. Only text me when you have the time, and can freely text back and forth. We can arrange a day & time when you're completely free to text back and forth about shooting together. Regardless of the method that we communicate, respond ASAP (within 24 hours) when we start discussing potentially shooting together. If you know you're busy with work, school, other priorities, projects, have personal issues, etc, communicate that and when is an appropriate day/time to contact you BEFORE we begin messaging each other on here OR exchange contact information. We can arrange a day & time that works out for you when you're completely free to discuss potentially shooting together. If you also know that you "work around the clock" or are "so busy" (for whatever reason), that you CAN'T/won't be able to commit to a time or make time to discuss potentially shooting together or that it will be difficult for you to commit to a time or make time where you'd be free to to discuss potentially shooting..DON'T reply back with interest in potentially shooting with me. Once we've exchanged numbers, be prepared to discuss potentially shooting together either that same day, the next day or the day after next (if you're busy that same day and/or the day after), but within a two to three day window max. Again if that will be a problem, don't reply back with interest in potentially shooting with me. It shouldn't take that long to discuss a potential shoot, who isn't busy? Because this also happens ALOT: DON'T reply back to my message about wanting to shoot with you, saying you will call or text me once you're free or after xyz happens/is done (not leaving your # when replying back to my message). Just leave your # when you reply back to my message. You will more than likely "forget," get busy, be distracted, or have xyz going on and forget to text me later. Also even if we're not shooting immediately, leave your #. Please note, I'm NOT meeting you in person to discuss potentially shooting together, end of story. Because this happens alot, when we're communicating (whether we're discussing potentially shooting together and if we agree to shoot together): Please write in complete sentences, and use proper grammar. Don't communicate with slang and ebonics, please use basic proper (and professional) English. I'm not fluent or speak in any other "dialects" of English. If you have a disability (that inhibits basic reading/writing) please be honest and communicate that before we start talking (I won't judge or make fun of you, my little brother is special needs so I understand). If you have difficulty speaking English, please communicate that in advance, so we can work around the linguistics/language barriers well in advance. If you're not good at writing in English, please write me in your native language. We can use a translating app, to make things easy for the both of us. I'm fully aware translating apps aren't always accurate, but since we both are fluent in our own languages, then we can figure out what we're trying to say (common sense is universal in every language). If you're about to go on vacation or on vacation, that's still not an excuse and it's unprofessional, to have me or anyone else wait until you come back (especially if that's weeks/months from now) or respond sporadically to discuss potentially shooting together. I don't care if modeling is "just a hobby to you" or "it's not that serious to you," "you just want to focus on your vacation and relaxing," "you only want to focus on spending time sightseeing," you only want to focus on spending time with your significant other or family," "this is a TF shoot/you're not paying me," "this isn't a major project you're contacting me about," you're not paying attention to your phone as much as you would if I were home," respect my time. If we're approaching any major holiday season or it's a major holiday (IE: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, New Years, etc), what I just said still applies. I don't care that "it's the holidays," you're out of town and/or busy with your family/friends and/or XYZ, you're going to parties/bbqs, shopping, etc, I still expect a prompt response. This industry is 24/7 and in the professional world in general (ie: athletes play on holidays, Broadway shows and other productions are on holidays), people (including myself) still work and/or have to work/handle business on vacation and the holidays. Respect mine and my photographer's time (this being a TF shoot is irrelevant), stay on top of your ish whether you take your own industry career seriously or not. For those of you who are/claim to be or aspire to be professional models, I hope you wouldn't "check out" because you're on vacation or it's the holidays when you have major jobs coming in? Those people booking you for them don't want to hear that crap. <-"The industry and money aren't my life Jercarr, family and xyz comes first on the holidays and vacation besides you're not paying me" -> Good luck trying to have a career in this business with that attitude. Even if I was paying you, you'd still take issue with me contacting you on the holidays/and or vacations. I'm being courteous and understanding (I myself can't respond right away when I'm at work, school, etc) by even arranging a day/time to discuss a potential shoot with you. VERY FEW people on this site, in the industry (especially your agent or manager) or the professional world in general do that (whether the project is paid or TF). You either respond right then and there or ASAP, or you potentially lose that booking. When we’re also discussing potentially shooting together, don't "forget" to reply back to me, “reply when you feel like it" or use the "I was going through personal problems/issues," "I'll get back to you" or you "just saw/getting to" my text, email, or MM message" lines. I shouldn't have to and will not contact you more than once to get a response and/or see if you're still interested in shooting with me or not (just say no if you're not), or get responses hours, days, weeks, months or years later. I understand people are busy and/or really do forget things (I am/do too), but this gets out of hand & is annoying. Delayed or no responses to communication about a potential shoot (paid or unpaid) is unprofessional and a waste of time (agency models have gotten dropped for this). I don't care if modeling is just a hobby to you, or "not that serious," respect my time. -->"I will get back to you when I get back to you and if you expect for people to respond to you immediately you may want to check that ego. It's really not that serious. This is not a job therefore there is not a deadline that I need to meet just because you want a quicker answer. And FYI - assumptions are just as unprofessional especially with someone you haven't even met. The only thing diva-like about this situation is your demand that people respond to you immediately when you are the one writing them in the first place AND you want them to read your novel of FAQs." <---Then you shouldn't be on a casting site in general, if you're not gonna get back to people in a timely fashion. People (not just myself) have lives and don't want to waste their time contacting people who aren't on top of their craft. There's too many hungry people in the industry trying to make it. Besides we only get five messages a day on here. Because this has happened MULTIPLE times: 1) In the instance that you experience a loss of a family member, significant other, or friend or they're dying/ill while we're still discussing potentially shooting together please communicate that immediately (within 24-48 hours) and I will contact you back in two weeks. Please respond ASAP when I follow up with you within two weeks (I will have genuine concern as well), if you need more time at that point (for whatever reason pertaining to the particular circumstances), communicate that and I'll give you a full month. Do not shut down communication for no reason by the time I follow up with you at that two week point on account of you "focusing only your loved one." A simple text saying you need more time to attend to your loved one (or they passed and you need time to grieve) will suffice. I will honor and respect that on account of you communicating that and genuine respect/condolences for you on my part. If you don't reply at that two week point and you contact me back weeks, month(s), or year(s) later, that's still unprofessional(and I will point that out). I don't want to hear/care at that point "that "being there for your loved one was all that mattered," "you're not paying me/this isn't a serious gig, "my loved one comes before my career," "I'm insensitive," "all I care about is modeling," I had my phone off & and was at the hospital the whole time," etc. Again all it takes is a simple text or email, communication is important. If after a month (depending on the circumstances) you still can't shoot with me at that point (due to grief over loss or taking care of your sick loved one), we will have to discuss at that point if shooting with me is for you at this point in your life or at all period (maybe you should focus only taking care of your loved one or grieving their loss). 2) If in the midst of us discussing potentially shooting together (or if we're set to shoot together), you yourself get seriously ill and/or require hospitalization, I'm obviously not expecting a response within 24 hours. However you still must communicate, that you we're in fact seriously ill when you recover/recuperate when you reply back to me. On my end (since I didn't know what happened to you and don't want to assume anything right away), I'd be wondering, why I hadn't heard back from you yet, so communication is important. When you recover and get back to me, DON'T reply back saying you had/we're going through a "personal problem" since (in your mind/rationale) "you don't know me yet" and you "don't want me in your business." You MUST state that you were ill and what EXACTLY made you sick (my photographer and I need to know, in case the remnants of your illness are contagious; plus people do fake illness line to flake out of things in general). If you don't state you were sick and go ahead and say you had a "personal problem" and that's why I didn't hear from you, I will berate you for being unprofessional (completely unaware that you were sick). I'm not in the wrong for berating you when you didn't tell me (communicate) you we're sick (you know how many times I hear the "I had a personal problem" line used as a BS way to flake). Don't tell me later on (especially if we still managed to shoot together) that you had been sick (and didn't tell me because I didn't know you before) and that's why I hadn't heard from you (trying to make me feel bad/guilty and hold it against me for berating you before), your lack of communication isn't my problem. If you're sick, but still able to communicate (you're not in a coma, in surgery, ICU, medical rest, etc), please still let me know within 24-48 hours what's going on, and I'll contact you back in two weeks. When I contact you after two weeks, if you need more time at that point (again for whatever reason pertaining to the particular circumstances), communicate that (if you're able to) and I'll give you a full month. Do not shut down communication for no reason by the time I follow up with you at that two week point on account of you "focusing only on your health and being with your loved ones." A simple text saying you need more time to attend to your health and recovery will suffice. I will honor and respect that on account of you communicating that and genuine concern for you on my part. If you're obviously able to, but choose not to reply at that two week point and you contact me back weeks, month(s), or year(s) later, that's still unprofessional (and I will point that out). I don't want to hear/care at that point "that "focusing on your health was your only priority," "you're not paying me/this isn't a serious gig, "my health comes before my career," "I'm insensitive," "all I care about is modeling," I had my phone off & and was at the hospital the whole time," etc. Again all it takes is a simple text or email, communication is important. If after a month (depending on the circumstances) you still can't shoot with me at that point, we will have to discuss at that point if shooting with me is for you at this point in your life or at all period (maybe you should focus on getting better). Don't use the common cold or basic seasonal allergies, as a reason to break down communication. In one or both of these unfortunate scenarios does occur, I don't want to hear "Don't contact/follow through with me, I'll get back to you when the particular situation is better and/or I'm ready to shoot again. If we are going to shoot together and an unfortunate situation like this occurs, I will be following through with you (within two weeks and a month). If that will be an issue, don't reply back with interest in shooting with me or agree to shoot with me. Also in both scenarios that I mention, if you're really not serious about wanting to shoot with me and/or have no real intentions to ever shoot with me, don't keep using/manipulate your loss, sick loved ones, or your own personal illness as the reason why can't shoot with me everytime I follow up with you as a subtle way to "let me off, " and/or stop responding or delay responses to communication from me. Just back out of shooting with me completely with a "I'm no longer interested in potentially shooting with you" response and that it's. Manipulating people with your circumstances is really unprofessional, a waste of my time contacting you, disrespectful, manipulative (do you like when people use their plights in life to lie & manipulate you) and I take personal offense to that myself as that brings up my personal painful memories/experiences of being sick myself, having lost loved ones, and watching loved ones being gravely ill and eventually dying sympathizing with your current plight. I'm sorry, I don't mean to be insensitive and/or heartless and I understand everyone handles adversity/grief differently. However while this is an unpaid shoot and not a major project (both of which you're quick to point out, the entertainment industry in general (paid and unpaid jobs) is still a business (show business to be exact). Even though you've experienced a tragedy, have an ill/dying loved one, or are gravely ill yourself, the industry (including major million dollar productions) still has to keep going. I (and others) will work with you, but you still have to be in communication (and not stop responding), keep people updated, and eventually work towards setting a date/time ASAP at BOTH yours and THEIR convenience once you've had a reasonable amount of time off and cleared your mind. Your industry career and life may not matter in that exact moment/short term when you've experienced something major in life, but you still have to be professional over the long hull. Even at a regular job <--"this isn't a job, it's a TF shoot and you don't know what I'm dealing with"-->Shut up.. You couldn't no call show when for weeks when you've experienced bad circumstances in life and come back when you feel like it. You'd first have to let your job know what exactly happened or is happening, then REQUEST (you have to see if it's ok with them first) time off (hopefully you work for a good company), and then come back eventually (or lose your job if you take too much time off). Therefore I expect the same respect and professionalism. I've practiced what I'm preaching throughout my whole professional career, as I've lost my father (unexpectedly) and grandmother back to back years (2010, 2012 respectively), have been (and still am) not in good physical health, in addition to dealing with personal issues, but still communicated, took time off when appropriate, and got back to/eventually work with people. In addition even when my father and grandmother were alive up until the very end dying in hospices, explicitly warned me (more like "I'll take off my belt and come down from Heaven" in their words) to not blow any opportunities (financial, career, educational, etc) "shutting down" grieving over them. They both said take time to grieve and process their loss, but to keep moving forward with my life. I damn sure won't let my health stop me from achieving my goals. While not everyone is Jercarr Morales or my loved ones, that's ultimately what being professional comes down to whether you believe it or not. Even though we're shooting together this one time, and it's a regular TF shoot (though you'll probably want to work with us again because we're so professional and fun), I expect the same professionalism and communication you'd presumably give to a regular paying job. With all that said in this paragraph, the faster I communicate everything about the shoot to you, the sooner you can decide whether or not you want to shoot with me, and whether I need to find another model. Please note though that everything in this paragraph concerning communication still applies if we agree to work together leading up to the day we shoot together.
H) When I first contact you about potentially shooting together, everything will be discussed through WRITTEN COMMUNICATION ONLY (IE: MM messages, texts/whatsapp, email), not a phone call. I need to keep everything in writing to have a solid record of what's been said for reference or if any issues (miscommunication, misinterpretation, misunderstanding, semantics) arise (leading up to and/or at our shoot) and possibly prevent them. If you give me your # when you reply with interest in potentially shooting together, we will only be discussing potentially shooting together through text messaging or whatsapp/viber only. DO NOT CALL ME UNTIL AFTER OUR SHOOT IS SOLIDIFIED IN WRITING, I WILL NOT ANSWER YOUR CALL. I'm not gonna, if I already have your # then discuss potentially shooting together with you through email or MM messages because "it's more realistic", and you "don't want to miss anything, since "texts come out of order if they're long on your phone." If you have basic reading skills you can figure out/read what order the text messages I'm sending go in. I'm not gonna communicate through multiple platforms just so you can have your own documentation of what to expect. It's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY (not mine or my photographers) to save all the text messages (and any written communication in general) we exchange and/or screenshot them (back them up on your phone or tablets offline cloud service) for your own reference, and reread them later whether we ultimately shoot together or not. After we've booked our shoot, then we'll we speak on the phone (to go over everything we've discussed in writing and finalize things). While we could "nail everything down in a 15 min call,” “texts are easy to misinterpret” (you see how this section is written), "you can't convey emotions through text” (I’m not your man), and you just don't want to text back and forth all day; I do NOT book via phone (ditto 1D). I will be texting you from a Sprint smartphone (Galaxy S3). If you don't have an unlimited texting plan and have limited texts: 1. If you don't have a smartphone at all-I can compromise and do half our communication in the beginning stages through email. However you must arrange a day/time with me when we're both free and where you'll be behind a computer (a laptop or tablet ideally with WIFI) constantly responding to my emails. If you do decide to work with me from that point on however, I can't be as flexible as there will be a greater need for my photographer and I to instantly communicate logistics with you (you will have to use as many texts as possible sorry). Alternatively you can create a free Google Voice account (which has free unlimited texting) and text me from your computer or tablet, however like I said with email you still must work out a day/time with me where you'll be behind your computer/tablet connected to WIFI constantly responding to my texts in the beginning, and if you decide to shoot with me, start using some of your limited texts. 2. If you do have a smartphone, but don't have unlimited texts-Download whatsapp or viber (both free) and we can communicate there. If you don't have unlimited minutes for calling, download Google Voice (free) and you can call me from your laptop or tablet (if you don't have a smartphone-arrange a time when you'll be connected to wifi for us to talk) or your cell phone (if you have a smartphone). If you're out of the US, but don't have a smartphone at all, we can communicate by MM message (which you must check constantly). However we still must actually speak before we shoot (for the verbal communication component), so we will have to skype or facetime (standard call no video chat).
I) I know you take exception with being directed to this section (especially since it’s so long and "impersonal") and the FAQs, when you see my message about wanting to shoot with you. After all, "it's a lot to expect and it kinda makes me look demanding and unreasonable." You feel I should either answer & address every individual question & concern you have one by one in private messages we exchange and not in a long section like this, “answer the questions ask in your profile” “provide the main points,” "save the info push for at least the second message upon my future conquests," "give you as much as information as possible" when I first contact you in my message, "make a document to send interested parties before they work with me, rather than expecting folks to read the book I wrote before they contact me," or just "keep things short and straight to the point.” You either "don't have the time,” “too busy,” and/or “won't take the time to read something this long." Consider this though, when you go out to eat/drink, doesn't the restaurant/bar provide a menu before you order, or has it hung up where everyone can see it (especially in fast food restaurants)? The host/hostess, cashier, waiter/waitress, or bartender (especially on a busy day/night) doesn't have time to tell you everything the establishment serves and how it's prepared (sure they'll recommend what to eat/drink and what not). The menu is there to save everyones times. As a cater-waiter who works high profile events, we have to tell the wealthy, celebrities, politicians, and world leaders to read the menu to keep the event moving. Menus are so descriptive these days, they even tell you how the food is cooked, drinks are prepared, and the allergen & calorie information by law. It's YOUR responsibility to read the menu before ordering. Most businesses and governments in general these days have maps, directories, apps, signs, instructions, kiosks, to answer/address most questions/concerns, so employees don't have to (unfortunately eliminating their jobs in the process). They also have these things in multiple languages if you don't speak the native language of that region. You yourself didn't speak to a rep from "Internet Brands" (the owner of MM) to join/get help with MM, you read all the long instructions, created the account, and kept using it until you got the hang of it (same with all your social media accounts). When you apply for jobs, don't you fill out an application (which can be super long like this section depending on where you apply) and give your resume and/or cover letter also? HR (and the person who eventually interviews you) want as much information as possible, to see if you're qualified for the job or not before they interview you. They want the interview to go quickly and make a decision as soon possible (for the most part). The same applies when applying for anything with the government (welfare, unemployment, drivers license, court papers, etc) as far as applications. Conversely I'm busy myself and don't have time to field your questions/concerns individually (ditto FAQ #8 & 1D), so I made this section is to cover everything about shooting with me. All the general questions and concerns are explained in this section (the menu). The reason this section is so thorough/in depth, is to explain why I do things the way I do them. Giving just the direct answers to your questions/concerns in a FAQS section like I do about myself above, just doesn't work. With inquisitive minds and angry models demanding to know exactly why I contacted them if I knew their positions, I have to really explain. Plus you get you get hear me out before you decline my shoot offer. Electronic devices and vehicles come with troubleshooting guides, if we actually read it, we wouldn't have so many problems later on. To that end, I also troubleshoot every potential issue/scenario that can come up prior to or at our shoot (as you're reading) in this section, rather than after we've agreed to shoot together in further private messages (that would take too much time to go over individually). The only things I will discuss in private messages with you are: The shoot concept/theme I want to do and the other specifics relating to that shoot (wardrobe, how the shoot will go, recap of everything discussed in this section, shoot date/time, etc). I know this section is very long, but don't "skim/read “through/look over it" or "read fast," again please read everything. Don't read "some of" this section on the premise that you get the gist of my bio and you don't need to read my "rationalizations" since they're a "give-in for somebody who has proper work ethic." Sorry I still will request that you read everything in the "FAQS" & "Female Models" sections before we discuss things further (to answer this question). By doing this before you and I message about the specifics of the shoot, you'd have all the general information & we’re already on the same page. Not to be difficult, rude, or mean, but I will direct you back here if you ask ANY questions or have concerns that are answered/addressed this section (at any point throughout our conversation). I'm very serious about not serious about not fielding questions and concerns that are already in this section. Even if I did answer/address "a few of your basic/simple questions/concerns" or "just the ones you're asking me for right now or ask for in your bio" while we're messaging each other, you'd still ask/have more (the same way young children keep asking question after question), and we'd back at square root one, so no please read this whole section. If you're directed back to this section, I don't want to hear: "I'm making things more complicated than they are," "I really don't appreciate the hostility," "I get/got over 50 messages regarding my posting and some small things slipped my mind, it's really no big deal "I'm not speaking to you with respect," or "no respect-no cooperation from you." I give all the information upfront rather than being vague on MM This section (and my whole bio) is organized like this, so you or anyone interested in shooting with me can have as much information before making an initial decision. It only takes 15-20 minutes (depending on how fast you read) for you to read everything in this section and decide whether or not shooting with me is for you. If you are still interested in shooting with me after reading it, and subsequently like the concept/theme I want to shoot, then we book a shoot, simple. It only takes less than a day to get this all accomplished sparing us both time and a bunch of messages. Yes it’s easier to 'keep things simple,” "answer the questions you're asking," and you "have no problems working with others communicating that way.” However this is a short term solution that can lead to problems of miscommunication, drama/issues and ultimately wasted time later. I find it interesting alot of people on MM are very clear in the profiles/notices about only doing paid shoots and (amongst other things) and get mad when they're messaged about doing TF. Yet they wait until they're discussing shooting together later or after they've been booked to say they want or disclose certain things (travel reimbursements, publication, etc), causing issues later. If more people stated everything they wanted on Model Mayhem (maybe not to my extreme), there wouldn't be so many problems, issues, and drama on this site. You read and write long papers for school and work (the more details/information equals an A or positive review). In addition I hope you read and look over everything (including the fine print) before signing any document or agreeing to do anything no matter how long it is. Applying that rationale here, reading this section shouldn't be a issue/problem. The further you go into your industry career (if you're not already there), you'll be given contracts that are much longer than this section. For your sake, I hope you read everything (and don’t rely on your agent/manager to) before signing them. Ask TLC, what happened when they didn't properly read their first recording contract?
J) If you're not interested in shooting together or doing the concept/theme I want to do, or if you're uncertain/unsure about shooting together or doing the concept/theme I want to shoot, or if you can't guarantee that we'll shoot together when you're in NYC (due to this being a TF shoot and you want to see what paid shoots you book first or book paid shoots first), DON'T: say "you need to think about it", say you need thirty minutes, an hour, a day, a few days, a week(s), a month(s), a year(s) to think about it; have me “add, follow, or like you on social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram) first" before you decide to shoot with me, ask for my photographer and/or I to meet with you in person to discuss potentially shooting together and/or to "get acquainted/feel us out" before you decide (even if we agree to shoot together, we're only meeting at our shoot), ask that "we build a professional relationship, so if you're comfortable with how our first few shoots go then you might decide to shoot certain genres (lingerie, implied topless, topless, implied nude, nude) with me (if I contacted you about doing a shoot that would entail that), ask me to send you recent personal fitness, nude, or other explicit pictures of myself before you decide to shoot with me (it's just as creepy when women ask this), ask to modify, alter, or adjust the shoot concept/theme that I want to shoot to what you're comfortable shooting or what your limits are, ask to modify, alter, or adjust the concept/theme I want to shoot because you only shoot certain genres paid (ditto 2D), ask to do a different shoot altogether (we're only shooting what I've contacted you about shooting), tell/give me your terms for shooting with you (rates, hair/makeup, designer/stylists, publication/exposure, etc), suggest doing another shoot (paid or unpaid) "that would fit us both," say "you'll be happy to negotiate on your rate to work with me-now or in the future", say "find us a paying assignment and I'll shoot with you," say you're too busy to shoot with me let alone solo (why do you have a Model Mayhem account that you're always active on then?), say "right now you don't need to update your portfolio (again why are you active on MM then? To turn down people all day), say "you're not shooting/posing with male models at this time," say you're "not currently interested in working/posing with male models", say "you're not interested at this time," "not at this time," "not interested in doing the concept/theme I've contacted you about shooting at this time," say "you're not doing TF shoots at this time," say "at this time (any "at this time" responses will be responded back from me with how about another time"), I do not think we would benefit from working together," say "as of now I am going to decline or respectfully decline", say "you're unable to shoot with me (I will ask why)" say "you have limited availability at the moment," say "this is just a hobby for you and/or you're only taking on few paid/publication shoots," say "maybe," say "you'll let me know", say "you'll get back to me", say "you'll keep me in mind, say "you'll get back to me if you're interested" (this isn't your dating life keep it professional), say "you're not currently interested" (again this isn't your dating life) say "you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, fiancé, or husband/wife (I'm not hollering at you), say "you have a child or children," say "you're gay/lesbian (what does that have to do with you shooting with me or not, I'm not homophobic), say you "need to look for/book paying assignments before deciding to shoot with me or before shooting with me (if you were really interested in shooting with me, you'd make the time)," say "hopefully we can work together in the future," say "I'm not shooting TF on this NYC trip (I will ask if/when you come back to NYC are we guaranteed to shoot together next time and TF won't be an issue) or stop responding all together in the midst of us still discussing potentially shooting together. Only say "NO THANKS" OR YOU'RE "NOT INTERESTED" (definitive, direct, and straight to the point); DON'T TRY TO BE NICE/POLITE/RESPECTFUL/SUBTLE GIVING ONE OF THOSE DUMN REPLIES!! In addition don't tell me about anything about this section (whether you want to shoot together or not), I'm not changing it. Any feedback or "constructive criticism," you give on this section, will become one of the " "s in here. If I did message you or responded to your availability notice about doing a shoot concept/theme that would entail genres you say you don't shoot (lingerie, implied topless, topless, implied nude, nude), here's why: There are plenty of models & actresses, even celebrities, who've changed that position over time (Cameron Diaz just did her first nude scenes recently in the movie, "Sex Tape”), or change their position if they like the concept/theme of a particular project and/or want to work with someone in particular. I had the same rationale that you could possibly be swayed (even if you said from the beginning when you first replied to my initial message about wanting to shoot with you, that you don't shoot those genres) when I presented the particular concept/theme in question to you. If you’re still not convinced/inspired, still won't shoot these genres, and "your morals are non negotiable” …Do not message me back a lecture about why I shouldn't have contacted you (saying what "your profile/notice says or clearly says," say you "already stated directly to me that you didn't shoot them, so why'd you still ask" or say "you can see by my portfolio", quote what I state in 1F (it's not the same thing), say "it would've saved me a step to not contact you, since I like to keep things moving," break down communication & stop responding to me, or block me, just say no thanks. I was only inquiring if you might be interested in shooting that concept/theme and as a result change your position (not asking you to compromise yourself). I'm no perv/creep, I respect your values. This is also the same reason (for the most part) why other people still contact you about doing these genres, even though you say you don’t shoot them. You're in the wrong industry if you get mad when people (professionally/respectfully) ask. Note, if you're a minor (under 18) that I'm contacting about doing a shoot with, I WILL NOT be contacting you to do any shoot concept/theme that entails lingerie, implied topless, topless, implied nude, and/or nude. I'm not stupid, so don't bring it up. However if you're 17, I will inquire how soon you're turning 18, present that particular concept/theme to you now, and we can shoot it when you turn 18. "Why did you contact me, if you read in my bio that I didn't shoot with male models? Like I've been saying throughout this section, people (including celebrities) change their positions (doing unpaid work, posing in lingerie/nude, working with male talent in your case) if they like the project or just want to work with someone. Again I made my pitch to you & you're not interested, so that's that. It's only an inquiry from one talent to another. BTW for all the female models that don't shoot with male models; shoot only with their significant other, their "own male talent", or “friend” (since they're models also) and “not open to doing shoots with any other male models,” heads up...While "modeling alone is your preference," "respecting your significant other's wishes," "family comes first," "you and your significant other have established some boundaries for your modeling career and working with male models is one of them" and "priorities change once you get in a relationship/engaged/married" are valid points. No matter how long you've been modeling/acting, if you plan to go further in this industry & be the next major model (and it's not just a "hobby" or "extra cash" for you), working with other male models & talent (paid and unpaid) is inevitable. There will be photo shoots: the unpaid test shoots your agency (legit ones like Wilhelmina, Ford, etc) will have you do with the male models on their roster and out of camp. Would you risk being dropped from your agency because of your "preference" or being in a relationship or married? I'm sure you'll find an agency (especially in a smaller market) that "will have to deal with your limitations" (be careful about saying "deal with" what I said in the end of 2D is what everyone else thinks also). However depending on the agency, what market it's in, and whether the agency is legit or not, you may be booked for less work (if you're ok with that); ad campaigns you'll get booked for (would you turn down a major ad campaign paying thousands of dollars because of your "preference" or being in a relationship or married?). Also every major supermodel (Naomi Campbell, Anne V, Lydia Hearst) has done a test shoot or campaign with a male model (if you trying to emulate their careers); acting roles: playing the love interest of your male co-star in TV shows, movies, plays, commercials, or with an artist in music videos (would you turn down a major acting role paying thousands or millions of dollars because of your "preference" or being in a relationship or married?). Sometimes you'll even work with the same person on a different production (how many times have Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore and Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts acted in movies playing lovers?). You will even have to take pictures with your co-star or the artist to promote the production and even then some productions don't make it to production. Singers of the opposite sex even collaborate on songs/albums. Remember "My Boo" by Usher and Alicia Keys and "Dilema" by Kelly Rowland and Nelly? They weren't couples in real life. Would you turn down a recording contract paying thousands or millions of dollars and a great collaboration because of your "preference" or being in a relationship or married? The main point of all these jobs is modeling/acting as though you're really lovers and creating chemistry for marketing (dancing is self explanatory). Well "I have integrity, which means that if I decide I do not want to do something, there is no amount of money that will change my mind." <-Alright, so that means shooting an ice cream ad or commercial (paying $5,000) with a male model/actor, where all you have to do is pose and smile together eating a cone is out the question then?<-"It isn't about thinking it's wrong or right; its about having my own personal boundaries and not crossing them for any reason, unless I actually change my mind." <-I'm all about personal boundaries and not crossing them for any reason myself, now you just said "actually change your mind"? You thought about the $5,000 and all the money you'd be passing?<- "Just to clear this up, every limitation I have is subject to change depending on the direction I choose to take in the future. The only ones that are not subject to change are ones based on personal morals or ethics." <-Yeah right you thought about that money. "I have been modeling for x amount of years and many of my limitations changed over time due to me becoming more comfortable with the idea or myself." <-You thought about that money <-"Are you trying to tell me that there's nothing you wouldn't do for a paycheck or advancement in your career? Cause that's a dangerous position to take." <-I have my own boundaries when it comes to my own career: I don't do certain genres (fetish, bondage, etc), I'd only do commercial themed shoots with male models & nothing past that (so I do get where you're coming from ladies), I wouldn't do gay or crossdressing roles as an actor (no I'm not homophobic), nor do I do acting roles terrorizing women and/or children or exploiting blacks/hispanics. I'm definitely not having sex with or doing sexual favors to do advance my career either. <- "I'm not considering changing my mind because of anything you said. I just don't box myself in a corner with a limitation that may change in the future for a reason that I decide. At this point, money won't change that (I don't care how much), someone convincing me won't change that (I've been around the block long enough to know what I want and what I don't)."<-Ok all the best, enjoy that ice cream ad. If you say you don't shoot certain genres (lingerie/swimwear, implied topless, topless, implied nude, nude) with male models because of "your preference," having a boyfriend/girlfriend, fiance, or husband/wife or only shooting those genres with their significant other, "own male talent" or "friend" ...I'm 90% certain that you'd throw that condition out the window (and dump your significant other if they got mad), if you we're offered $5,000-$10,000 to shoot like that with a male model in an ad campaign/modeling project (major or not). Or if you had to do scene(s) like that with an actor (A listers like Brad Pritt, George Clooney, or regular actors) in a movie paying you alot of money & exposure. I know I'm not at that career level, but I wanted to point that out.<<"My limits are my limits. Don't you dare imply that I should throw away my agreement and my choice between my man and I for more money and publicity." *sigh* Bottom line, even if you don't shoot with me, get in the habit of working with other male models and talent it's good for networking. Sure you can do "quite well" or maybe "you're already doing quite well (bought a house, been on TV, been in magazines, traveled the world, etc) " in your career working alone. You may even "have a day job(s) where you (and/or your significant other) make good money at without depending on your modeling career." However if you want to go the next level, you will have to collaborate with the opposite sex at some point. If you come from a small market city talking about "how good your career is going working solo" (that's why), please note that's not gonna fly in a major market like this one trying to go somewhere serious. There are too many hungry models, actors/actresses, singers, and dancers in NYC, LA, ATL, etc (who aren't content with "average" industry careers); they'll gladly take the opportunities (paid and unpaid) you're declining because of your "preference," working only with your significant other or friend, or having a man (even if they have one themselves and they'll ditch him if necessary). In general that's why so many people live or move to these major markets, to go the next level (NYC especially is all about that). I'm not "trying to be in your business," telling you how to run your relationship or career, suggesting you compromise yourself or your values (like I say about myself in 1F, if you're gonna quote what I say there), nor am I "trying to school you in the industry", it's the truth (not my "opinion"). What you do with your body and whom you allow near it is most definitely your preference. It's your prerogative as Bobby Brown says, and it's your career at the end of the day. If you're content with your career as is, good luck. "My relationship status or reasons for making business choices are none of your business. You and I are obviously catering to different markets and doing different sorts of work. Not modeling with men is not hurting my career and will not hurt my career. I choose what my career is and where it goes, and I'm doing just fine without compromising what I want."<-You totally missed my point, team work makes the dream work. Like Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock said It takes two to make a thing go right, It takes two to make it outta sight. Or if you're not into/follow Hip Hop, like Bill Withers said, "just the two of us we can make it if we try." <-"I don't pose with men cause I don't want to end of story. It has nothing to do with my relationship, society's views or anything else. I've been doing this long enough to know that working with male talent isn't necessary, I have traveled the whole country for work and RARELY am I asked to shoot with male talent, and I have actually turned down $7000 due to the shoot being something i wasn't comfortable with. money doesn't sway me as it isn't everything and I don't need to throw my comfort levels out the window in order to make this a career as I have been doing so nationally and in the markets you mention for the x amount of years. so please don't preach such garbage to me. Now leave me alone, thanks"<I'll say it again, you can have a great career, even get a little recognition (don't let that get too into your head) not working with male talent for you craft (even in major markets like NYC, LA). Being a working (getting good money) actor, singer,dancer, or model and one who travels the world (what you say you are/do) because of that is awesome, who doesn't want that? Who doesn't want to be paid to do what they love? It's not predicated on working with male talent. However people from around the world don't come to places like NYC to LA just to be working in their field (career actors, models, singers, dancers, etc). They come here ultimately to attain stardom, fame, riches/wealth, recognition, and all that jazz. In general, even SOME doctors and lawyers want to be the next Ben Carson or Johnny Cochran. While not everyone in the business will attain fame, riches, or even working status, to them it's worth going for and they grind it out. There's so much unknown talent in the world that should be in the spotlight and so many non talented people (don't get me started) that are famous. If you're fine either not booking jobs, not booking as many jobs, or just being a career actor, model, singer, and dancer who get's to travel, good for you. However if you want to book more jobs, and ultimately achieve fame you will have to work with male talent and other people in general. If you want to be a supermodel, or celebrity actor, singer, or dancer they don't only work solo, that's my point.
K) If we haven't already been communicating by text, if we agree to shoot together, you MUST provide your cell # (this isn't up for debate/negotiation/compromise). If you're a model that doesn't give out your # because you: "only communicate through MM messages and/or email," "only communicate through MM messages and/or email to keep everything in writing for yourself (you can screenshot texts),” "only give out your # until you meet someone in person," "only give out your # until the day before, of, or a week before the shoot," the phone number you give out is to be used strictly for confirming with you within 48 hours of a shoot, getting lost, other emergencies, last minute changes etc, "you're not phone-phobic or unfriendly but your correspondences are far too numerous to have details mixed up between chains of texts and multiple emails," "having everything in one simple email is the ONLY way you can stay organized and keep track of everything, and everyone," or any other BS I've quoted, we CAN'T work together if that's your stance. ALL further communication regarding shoot logistics (the exact date & time we're shooting, what wardrobe to bring, how hair/makeup should look, what time we're meeting, recap of everything before we shoot, any changes, etc) will be done through texts & phone calls. Plus my photographer will call you after we're done messaging each other, to go over what you and I have discussed, and give his input, so we’re all on the same page. Respond as quickly as possible (again within 24 hours) to communication (calls, texts, or even an email with shoot ideas) from my photographer and I going forward. We won’t keep contacting you/blow up your phone, and you don't get back to us. Again communicate in advance when is an appropriate time to contact you, and if/when you're busy. Don't "forget" to respond to communication either. At this point, it will be very important that logistics are communicated ASAP. If we don't get a response past 24-48 hours, We'll assume you're no longer interested in shooting together anymore and move on. If you no longer want to shoot together after we've booked a shoot, just say so. "Alot happening in your life," your life getting off track" "being overwhelmed & depressed," and our "shoot agreement slipping your mind" are NOT valid reasons/excuses to break down communication and flake (we all go through tough times including me), it's unprofessional. Again I already said in 2G above concerning communication especially applies at this stage.
L) Once we've agreed to shoot together, please don't: no call no show, flake, back out later, say you "changed your mind", say "you need to rethink or consult" with whomever (significant other, manager/agent, family, yourself), say you're "taking a break/hiatus from modeling" (take it after we've shot together), "say you had a "scheduling conflict" (you should've had your schedule organized before agreeing to shoot with me), ask to change, adjust, alter the concept/theme that we've agreed to shoot (we're only shooting what we've agreed to shoot nothing else), say you don't want to do certain parts or all of the concept/theme we've agreed to shoot anymore. Especially not at the last minute (the day before, of, or at the shoot), I'm not hearing it. If this happens at the shoot, our shoot will end right then and there. I will not be getting into an argument with you at the shoot (that would be unprofessional & unethical of me), and/or hearing your excuse/explanation, I'm just not shooting with you any further. You should not have agreed to to shoot together, if you had these issues/excuses/problems: Being comfortable/nervous, Being comfortable/nervous shooting with a male model, Being comfortable/nervous shooting with me, being comfortable/nervous shooting with me because I'm Black and Hispanic, general negative stereotypes of Blacks and Hispanics, being comfortable/nervous shooting with me because I'm American, being comfortable/nervous shooting the concept we’re shooting, being comfortable/nervous shooting the genres that the concept/theme of our shoot entails, being comfortable/nervous shooting the concept we're shooting and what it entails because I'm black, hispanic, and American, you being unable to understand and speak English when it comes time for us to shoot and/or shoot certain genres, how old I am, how young I look, my look period, me being slender and not muscular, now that you're seeing me in person and you see that I really do look young, am short, slender, and don't have a super masculine look & body that you've lost the desire to shoot with me, personal issues/drama, no longer interested in modeling anymore, no longer interested in shooting with me anymore, you're only doing paid assignments now, significant other or any family/friend objection to shooting with me and/or the concept we're shooting, your manager or agent objecting to shooting with me/and or the concept we're shooting, work schedule, general scheduling/availability issues, sickness, nervousness, family or friend issues/drama, personal issues/drama, religious issues, image issues, change in career direction, there being no compensation for our shoot, this shoot not being "beneficial" to you, travel/vacation issues that make our shoot no longer a priority, plans before or after the shoot, how long the shoot is taking, tiredness/exhaustion prior to the shoot, or any of the other millions of things I've heard before. I don't want to hear that I'm a jerk, rude, not understanding, inflexible, you have a right to change your mind, I'm inconsiderate, a perv/creep, making/forcing you to do something you don't want to do anymore, and/or I'm pressuring you, it's BS. You are unprofessional and you wasted my time and the photographer's shooting us. We have no time for buyers remorse; once we've agreed to shoot together and/or at our shoot. My photographer and I lay out everything clear, concise, direct, blunt, and to the point (as you're reading in this section). We will go over everything about the shoot, everything discussed in this section, how exactly the shoot will go, and shoot logistics (shoot date/time, what wardrobe to bring, where to meet) via phone conversation AND text messages (verbal and written communication) one last time before we shoot together. I also will hold onto every message we exchange (just like you probably do yourself) and screenshot them, as well as have a printed copy of this section (which is why won't argue with you) in case these problems happen at our shoot. Will all of these measures in place, there will be no miscommunication, misinterpretation, misunderstanding, semantics, and definitely no excuse on your part if the above issues/problems occur before we shoot together or at the shoot. The photographers I work with and I come from human resources, business and legal backgrounds, communication and record keeping are daily practice for us (that's also one of the reasons this section is the way it is). Don't even think about trying to save face (lie) and act like it was something we did at the shoot or leading up to the shoot, to make you not want to shoot with us anymore. We're not stupid, unprofessionals, or pervs/creeps, you just weren't up for the shoot and it's concept/theme. In addition, don't agree to shoot with us (knowing full well you're not up for/uncertain about shooting with us and/or the concept/theme we're shooting), so you can get free professional pictures for yourself. I know this trick, you take a few pics with me, get your solo shots, "start to pull back," take a few more pics with me, get more solo shots, then you use one of the BS issues/excuses I mention above or say "it's getting late, "you have a long way to get back home from Mount Vernon," "you have family at home","you're on your period," "you're sick," "you're tired", "have xyz to do in the AM and need to rest," "have plans/things to care of after the shoot," "had an emergency," "your escort is sick or tired," your escort wants to go and he/she's your ride," "say we made you uncomfortable," say you're uncomfortable," and/or start an argument with me, to get out of shooting with me (Mama ain't raise no fool). The agreement for your travel expenses being reimbursed will also no longer stand, if ANY of the above things happen at our shoot. If you couldn't conduct yourself professionally at the shoot, I'm not spending my hard earned money. If you no longer want to shoot together, not comfortable shooting the concept we've agreed to shoot and don't want to do it anymore, really are taking a hiatus from modeling/no longer modeling, have personal or long term health problems that prevent you from shooting with us and/or modeling in general, be honest, upfront, tell the truth, and let both my photographer and I know immediately. Don't wait until the last minute, a week or two before our shoot, the day of or at the shoot. If you're sick/injured, have an emergency (personal or family/friend) and need to reschedule our shoot, just let us know if/when you can ASAP. If you're on your period, PLEASE don't book a shoot or shoot with us while it's occurring. If it does occur last minute, PLEASE communicate that and reschedule our shoot for another day/time or communicate that and cancel our shoot if I responded to your availability notice (and you're only in NYC for a few day<s>), I'll completely understand. Note I said "communicate," communicate that you're on your period and you'll need to either reschedule or cancel our shoot. Don't just no call/no show for our shoot since you automatically assume it's "the rules," you still need to communicate. If you book a paying assignment last minute and need to reschedule, let us know ASAP & not last minute, we'll understand. When rescheduling our shoot, please follow through with us (and we'll follow through with you as well) on setting a new shoot date/time ASAP. If you're availability changes (even if it's because of work/school) in the midst of us rescheduling our shoot, from that point on, you have to work with the availability of my photographer and I, no exceptions. Also while my photographer and I communicate all the time, when canceling please text the both of us separately (I may not get to him at that very moment and vice versa). Please don't break down communication and stop responding all together. If in the process of rescheduling our shoot, you decide you don't want to shoot together anymore (for any of the reasons I just mentioned), tell the truth, be honest, and upfront, and let us know ASAP. Don't waste our time, the sooner you let us know, the sooner we'll move on. As a model and actor myself, I also understand that if you're offered or already booked with paying gigs that they'll take priority over setting our shoot date/time. However if we've already agreed to shoot together, I expect you to honor that agreement. Treat our agreement to shoot together with the same professionalism you'd give a potential paying gig. Please keep us updated (and we'll follow through with you as well) on new scheduling and availability changes. That way we know that you still want to shoot with us, and so we can arrange our schedules. In all of these scenarios I've mentioned, don't have my photographer and I contacting you, you stop communicating and/or respond days, weeks, months, or years later.
M) When we shoot together, please be professional, respectful, not distracted, focused on our shoot, not worried/focused on plans after the shoot, hair and makeup done, wardrobe on, and just ready to shoot. Work out any nervousness, tiredness, exhaustion, personal issues, drama, negative experiences from previous shoots, sobriety (meaning don't come to our shoot with drugs or alcohol in your system), sickness (reschedule if you're not well), fear/stereotypes of Blacks & Hispanics (not all of us are thugs out to rob, kill, and harm you; I'm not), fear of Americans, or uncomfortability before shooting with us. There's only so much photoshop can do, all these things will show up in the pictures later and mess them up. I shouldn't even have to bring this up and break down what this means, but because it's happened MULTIPLE times...please come to our shoot with good hygiene: showered with HOT water AND soap for at least or more than five minutes, face washed, hair washed with shampoo & conditioner, lotioned your whole body, used powder if you sweat alot, used deodorant, teeth brushed, used mouthwash, used a hair product, and used body spray/perfume (in that order). Also don't come to our shoot with dirty clothes (especially underwear), that is disgusting and unsanitary. We do have a steamer, so don't worry about wrinkled clothes (iron them still, so we don't waste time). I really hope you're not thinking that I should pay for your laundry or dry cleaning if I expect clean clothes. NO SMOKING CIGARETTES/CIGARS OR DRUG USE OF ANY KIND ON THE DAY OF OUR SHOOT (BEFORE WE SHOOT OR DURING). I DON'T WANT TO SMELL CIGARETTES OR WEED ON YOUR BODY OR YOUR BREATH; MINTS, MOUTH WASH AND PERFUME/BODY SPRAYS DON'T COVER EVERYTHING, DO THAT ON YOUR OWN TIME. DON'T SMOKE WEED 24 HOURS PRIOR TO OUR SHOOT. If you can't "commit to not smoking a cigarette before we shoot (in your own car or whatever)" don't reply back with interest in potentially shooting with me. I don't care that you don't like being told what to do. Please be on time for our shoot (account for potential traffic/transportation delays when coming to Mount Vernon, if you didn't come with us). If you show up late to the shoot, expect to stay later (if we haven't already cancelled it). I don't want to hear how long it took you to get to Mount Vernon in general or because of “traffic” or “the trains had delays” (I use those two popular lies myself when I'm running late/late and should've left earlier *sighs*). The shoot will not be shortened or rushed through, even if the shoot is on a weeknight/evening if you're late. It's not right (or professional on your part) that my photographer and I arranged our schedules to shoot at a particular time (especially if we have work, or I have class at 9AM the next morning), you showed up late (messing up our schedules) and want to leave shortly thereafter (or just get your solo shots like I mentioned in 3L). We're both busy, rescheduling isn't that simple. We'd both want to make up for the lost time on THAT day (not "next time") and get the shoot done. Our shoot should be three to three and a half hours in duration, and will not be rushed through. As is the case with the industry (fashion, acting, music, dance), anything in life (work, trips to the hair salon/barber, etc) or any shoot that you've done before, it can possibly go over that estimated time (that doesn't mean we'll be shooting past five hours) for a variety of reasons (lighting, getting different looks/poses, etc). Sports games even go into overtime. Please keep this in mind, be flexible, and plan accordingly. If you show up late to the shoot, this still applies. I don't want to hear complaints of how long the shoot is taking, "how long it's gonna take you to get back home," or "it's getting late" (the displeasure in your face and body language will show up in the pictures) if the shoot goes over. I highly advise not making major plans after this shoot or booking this shoot on a weeknight/evening, on your day off, or when you haven't worked alot prior to shooting. My photographer and I are very flexible when booking a shoot date/time (we have lives too). While this is an unpaid shoot and/or you're "trying to leave as much time as you can for profitable work," and this is being shot without a full team (hair, mua, stylist, designer), and not an ad campaign, this is still a professional shoot being shot by a professional photographer, in a professional studio with professional equipment, and organized by a professional model (not to toot my own horn) and photographer. A real professional photographer like my photographer (or any professional in life) doesn't rush through a shoot, but takes the time to get the right shots (poses, angles, looks, lighting, backgrounds, etc). At the end of the day, the three of us all want the pictures (including your solo shots) to come out the right way for our portfolios. If the timing of this shoot will be an issue, please don't work with us. If there was a full team involved in this shoot, do you think they would rush though a shoot if they wanted the pictures to come out right? We really would be shooting well past five hours (paid or unpaid). If there are specific shots you want to get of you and I together (related to our agreed shoot concept/theme or not) let my photographer and I are always open to new ideas. An escort (one only, not an entourage) who takes you to the shoot (only if you didn't drive up with us to a studio outside of NYC), is absolutely no problem, and plain common sense. You as a female are shooting with two men (in my photographer and myself) that you met online for the first time and don't know at a location you're not familiar with. Also whether you want to admit or not (deep down it's possible), you still may have reservations about shooting with a Black/Hispanic man, inspite of me calling you out (if you think that way). Bottom line, bring an escort, if you want!! However my only thing is that your escort/person coming with you (whether it's your manager/agent, parent <even if you're under 18 and a minor>, friend, family member, significant other, etc) cannot be present on set while we're shooting. They can meet/get acquainted with my photographer and myself before we shoot, see where we're shooting (feel us out in the process); but then they must leave and come back to pick you up when we're done shooting. They also must not be a distraction/hinderance to our shoot behind the scenes. Make sure your escort is completely on board with us shooting and what we're shooting. Keep in mind what I've just said, the shoot will not be rushed or shortened to accommodate them either. I want no issues/drama with your escort. Also, don't give your escort, significant other, or whoever, my # and have them calling/texting me or my photographer every five minutes at the shoot (my phone is on silent anyway), or doing the same thing distracting you (I understand about safety concerns and what not, but this gets out of hand). The shoot will only go exactly as it's been planned, agreed upon, and communicated, end of story. I'm not changing any of my "terms & conditions" later (if you're thinking I'll "let up" as we get closer to the shoot date/time). Yes plenty of productions and shoots in the industry, get scrapped, changed, altered, and adjusted and sometimes at the last minute. However keep this is in mind, people at the top of industry (and people at that level in general) have the time, money, and resources to absorb losses and take on major changes last minute. I (and the average person) can't afford/don't want to have my limited time, money, and resources wasted. That's the difference between Donald Trump losing one of his mansions and me getting evicted from the room I rent. You also absolutely have the right to change your mind when don't want to do something anymore, but don't be a transformer on my time. I must stress this again: You would have had ample opportunity to decide whether or not shooting with me and the concept/theme we're shooting was for you. Don't wait until at our shoot to decide that's the not the case anymore and make me the villain. If you're still uncertain/uncomfortable/nervous about shooting with me after we've agreed to shoot together...DON'T pull the "I'll see how the shoot goes" act (playing it by ear), just back out. Be 100% certain & comfortable about shooting with me, I have no time for indecisiveness.
N) Female models, I know you're turned off (an understatement) from wanting to shoot with me after reading everything that I've written in this section, (thanks for reading it this far). You think this section (and my initial message) is "too long," "off putting," "crap," "a pre-written list of do's and donts," "a waste of time," "nobody likes to waste their time maybe except me", "maybe I should think about switching professions to a novelist," "my writing tone is like I'm treating everyone like a fourth grader (to be sarcastic, how many contestants actually won on the show Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Cause me and everyone watching it sure got alot of questions wrong)," "redundant," with "some or most of it being unnecessary, especially if you've been “modeling for a while (if you don't know, now you know).” Modeling for a long time doesn't automatically mean you're professional and wouldn't do the things I've been talking about, "experienced" models did almost all of the things I talked about. You also probably are feeling as though "I'm talking down to you," "I come across as a total control freak and bossy." "I can get everything across in a short paragraph," "most of those details don't need to be on here, they should be discussed between me and the model and photographer only," "I have no right what to tell other people to do and what not to do," "I'm not a famous celebrity agent, and I'm coming across like I am, and I'm not. After reading everything, you think I "demand/expect alot for a TF shoot" (when I have tried to pay models, they still think I demand/expect alot, and then complain I'm not offering enough, like we do with any paying job in general), and one that doesn't even give you any exposure (is wanting the model I shoot with to have good hygiene and clean clothes too much to ask?), I should "reach out to people like they're a person, not an applicant" (a booking is an application), “have requirements as if you we're working for Beyonce,” "I'm not big/known in the industry to have demands like that & should be if I expect demands like that," "I cite celebrities too much in this section (they're regular people like us at the end of the day & make the same life/career decisions we do and encounter the same career/personal problems like us, only they're famous and we know about them) “my requirements sound like everybody is a piece of shit,” "I don't respect your needs" (I'm not your man), I'd be "difficult and/or annoying to work with" (I may be blunt about what I want, but I'm one of the most easy going people you'll know and to work with), that my "ego would suffocate you if we worked together," (you're just buggin now), I'm "ocdish" (as many times I've gotten grounded growing up for not making up my bed and still don't as an adult), and that I'd "babysit you" if we agree to shoot together and/or at shoot together (this collaboration is straightforward so that's not the case). In addition you think that I'm a "control freak," "anal," "jerk/asshole," "narrow minded," "miopic," "inflexible," "arrogant," "stuck up," "on a high horse," and/or "chauvinistic". You also feel "the tone of my words throws you off, as though you've done me wrong before you even finished reading this section." However if you don't do the unprofessional, unsanitary, or racist things, that I've been talking about throughout this section, you shouldn't feel "threatened and under attack." My bark is worse than my bite. Conversely, if you had contacted me about shooting with you and directed me to a "male models" section in your bio (some female models on MM have stricter/rigid guidelines than mine for shooting with male models and photographers), where you lay out everything about shooting with you like I do with you, I have nothing to lose. I would read it completely and not be turned off from shooting with you. Whether your sections wording was harsh or sweet toned, it doesn't matter to me. I wouldn't do (and don't do) anything appropriate with you or any woman, I don't do drugs period (not even weed), I'm not racist towards white people or anyone outside of my race, I wouldn't be scared that if a white model contacts me about shooting together that she could be setting me up and luring me somewhere to get lynched or beat to death with a bat (this is alot of black people's ridiculous fear of white people), I have good hygiene, clean clothes, stay in communication, respond ASAP to communication, and don't forget to communicate with who I'm working with (even though I'm busy all the time, especially when I do 14 hour catering shifts), don't flake, don't have a jealous girlfriend, not dangerous/violent, come with my A game to every shoot (healthy, rested, on time, etc) and wouldn't agree to a shoot and subsequent shoot concept/theme I'm uncomfortable doing (excerpts of things I talk about and have experienced with female models previously). Because I don't do things like that anyway, I wouldn't be turned off from shooting with you because of what you wrote. You and everyone else in the industry has their own way of doing things (whether it's professional or not), and their own professional expectations (and some explicitly state them in their profile like me) when working with people (on here especially). You choose to work with them/they choose to work with you and meet those expectations (presumably). So you saying how I do things "is very strict, with no maneuver for creativity & compromise, that "I was the one who contacted you first asking for a collaboration, this isn't a collaboration, this is me dictating to you what we will do" is complete BS. You're just mad I eliminated every excuse you could use. Before you tell me about how your one or two friends that are big in the industry do things, please note even at the top level people do things differently also (professional or unprofessional). The main reason you think I shouldn't demand/expect alot (aside from me not paying you), is because I'm not an experienced or established model (signed or unsigned) myself. Keep it real, you probably don't even consider me an actual model because of my height (5’7), size/weight (small/slender), and look (I look I’m 12) or any commercial-print model if that's the case. There's the fact I'm 23 (I'm either around your age or younger than you), and you have thoughts on that too (you're probably thinking “he’s still young or "he's a baby” if you’re older than me). In addition you think I shouldn't "demand" alot is because I "don't have a "beyond stellar portfolio" (way to disrespect every photographer that's shot me, as if your portfolio is perfect). While you're thinking all of those things, let me ask you this though: Since I'm not paying you, not giving you any exposure or bringing you closer to fame at least (since I'm not paying you), I'm not Tyson Beckford or any male model of that caliber & my photographer isn't Annie Leibovitz or another well known photographer, my current modeling portfolio doesn't wow you, I'm not "grown" or I'm your "peer," does that justify not treating him and I with professionalism and respect? I also understand in general not everyone has my work ethic/standard with modeling (with paid or unpaid shoots). However since the start of my modeling/acting career (August 1st, 2010), my work ethic has gotten me a lot of opportunities. I'm not a supermodel or anything; inspite of that & not being a conventional model, I have done and do countless photo shoots, and have built and am building some great contacts. I still shoot with, have a rapport with, and/or still talk to the photographers I've done shoots with since I first started modeling. Some of these same photographers, have shot my friends (for free) and launched their modeling careers or developed their port. I'm building a great career and connections, just keeping things professional. If you're unprofessional and get the same results, more power to you. I'm on the same course to success and fame working with my hundreds compared to your thousands. At the end of the day though, you should understand exactly where I'm coming from, from one professional to another. Every last unprofessional thing I talk about in this section, I've experienced and won't tolerate anymore. That's also why this section is so long (to prevent the issues and scenarios I mention). My expectations are really reasonable, realistic, and plain common sense. As I said before, if you plan to go further in the industry, you will have to work with other male models & talent. The people who book you for these jobs, may or may not spell everything out like I am here (I have to when working with people on Model Mayhem). However everything they have to say, will be in that long contract I hope you read before you signed. They will have the same expectations I have and more (like all day/night shoots, not four hour shoots and they call out you out when you mess up), and if they're not met, you ruin your own career. Having money and fame only amplifies what you already are. You may hide your unprofessionalism, jealous significant other(s) problem, and issues (personal & family) the first few career beneficial/paying jobs. However everything comes out in the end, ask any celebrity (Lindsay Lohan, Lil Mama, Macaulay Culkin, etc). For the models/actresses with jealous significant others, there are also plenty of high profile Hollywood splits (too many to name). You may get away with being unprofessional with me and others at the "beginning level," "hide your personal problems/issues, but everything will catch up with you on the "major level." You seemingly think you're exempt from these things and you're even not a celebrity. I don't care how long you've been a model & doing photo shoots, how many shoots you've done, who you've done shoots with, if you've shot with male models before, if you're with an agency/have a manager, that you've been doing things the way you've been doing them, if modeling is a side endeavor for you, if modeling is just a hobby for you, that you have to balance your other career(s), how you redefine the industry, how much you get paid, that this is an uncompensated shoot, that this shoot can't make you famous or one step closer to career advancement, what you think of me (size wise, industry wise, experience wise, personally) who you are, how old you are, how grown you are, your other priorities, or who you know in the industry. If you're gonna shoot with me respect me & respect my time that I don't like being wasted, as well as the photographer we work with. We have no time for BS. This may just be another TF shoot for you, but we'll both be treating you with professionalism: professional photos shot in a professional studio with professional equipment, the best photos (retouched) from our shoot that are sent to you promptly, a great experience working with two friendly, comedic (I know you thought some of the things I said in this section we're funny), down to Earth, non ratchet, professionals in my photographer and myself, the opportunity to network with us, and do more future shoots (solo & couple) & respect: no sexual advances, coming on to you, hitting on you, inappropriate touching/contact, inappropriate comments in that order (see 1E, I've had these issues with photographers myself), putting you or your escort in danger, inappropriate conversations, talking down to you. We expect professionalism and respect. Female models, I'm the only male model/talent on Model Mayhem that has been this honest & upfront with you, and not afraid to go there (you should respect that). That along with your own previous negative experiences in the industry, should lead you to want to shoot with me. If you're still turned off from wanting to shoot with me, it's because I hit a nerve and called out all the unprofessional things you do with other people, and I would've been the next victim. And all the photographers, makeup artists, stylists, fashion show coordinators, and designers that read this said AMEN!! I was an agency intern & fashion assistant, so I know you deal with these problems that I talk about too.
"Touched" (created by and starring Guiding Light's Lawrence Saint-Victor) as Thug 4
Extra work (movies)
Missed Connections (2 days) (#1903521 casted me)
"Tourne" for French pop star Shy'm (casted by Marieta Blaskova & #418291)
"Tohm Girl" for Tohm Lev (#2223262)
"I Don't Like You" for The Digital Dawgs (#1462252)
"Been Around The World" or Jabari "Jubi" Gray (casted by #2194136)
"Sex + Money" for Neon Dynamite (casted by #1137452)
"U Can" for Body Language (casted by #1579551)