—Location is where I'm going next [not where I live].
—Not currently receptive to TF inquiries.
—Interested in hiring me? Please read sections below on "Inquiries" and "Payment" before writing; they'll answer a lot of preliminary questions and save us both time. 8]
tumblr: Painted Lips, Dirty Knees
Click me! Girl's Gone Wheels: More information about my trip [plus travel blog, portfolio, interviews, etc.]
Spring 2015: East Coast Bike Tour
Update June 29, 2015 in Bangor, ME: I DID IT!
From March through June, I rode my bicycle up the entire Atlantic Coast [Key West to Bar Harbor], stopping in major cities for modeling work along the way.
March: FL, GA
April: SC, NC
May: VA, DMV, MD, PA, NJ
June: NY, RI, MA, NH, ME
Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this trip possible! Those who hired me, hosted me, fed me, or otherwise offered support and good vibes and helped make this such a flabbergastingly memorable experience!
Summer 2015 — Mazu Temple Build
A. I will be based in Reno, NV...
B. ...with local availability only
C. ...because I'll be building an interactive fire-breathing temple that's been brought here all the way from Taipei.
For more information, please check out our awesome Kickstarter that was put together by Theresa Manchester! Ends August 7th, and there are a ton of good people busting their asses to make this dream come true, so pretty please consider donating for some awesome swag, especially if you're headed to the Burn this year!
[Psst, for those photographers considering visiting the Reno/Tahoe area...not only will I be here all summer on the Mazu crew, but so will my homegirls and fellow models Theresa Manchester and Enoli.]
Fall/Winter 2015 — TBD
Hm. Got a few ideas. Help me decide?
A. Fall: Tour select cities in the US
I can be persuaded to go anywhere for the right job, but here are the US cities/states I'm currently considering [will visit at least a few of these]:
Seattle, Chicago, NYC and surrounding, Baltimore, VA, NC, GA, FL [particularly Jacksonville, Tampa, and West Palm Beach through the the Keys], Texas, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Phoenix/Tucson, Los Angeles. Also considering Puerto Rico.
Final destinations will depend on interest, so get at me!
B. Winter: Set up home base in New Zealand or Australia and travel thereabouts for an undetermined length of time [a few months to a year].
A message that only says "hi u look great lets shoot let me know" may come from a place of genuine interest...but it sounds like spam, and doesn't infer that you're serious about hiring me.
Want me to respond to your inquiry? Please do the following:
0. Read my profile. When you message me, it's usually immediately obvious whether or not you did.
1. Please send me a PM rather than a tag or comment.
2. This is huge: Message subject should include your city/location [or the city/location you'd like to shoot in]. Not "hey" or "shoot" or "nice port" or "interested" or "love your look".
3. Message body should say more than "hi u look great lets shoot soon let me know if ur interested". You don't have to be a literary genius, and you don't have to be formal, but please give me some real information to demonstrate an earnest interest [location, availability, content, duration...etc]. I'm not big on formalities or professional niceties, but I AM big on clear communication, and I only respond to work enquiries that appear sincere and legitimate.
Happy to work with photographers of all skill levels; what's more important to me is whether I can level with you as a fellow human being [i.e., that we can communicate effectively, with mutual respect and honesty].
Yes: Cash; Stripe
Maybe: Decentralized currencies
No: Personal checks
My rate, as outlined below, is utterly unambiguous. Emails take a lot of time without having to back-and-forth nickel-and-dime with fifty people, and I think my rate is transparent and fair. 8]
$125/hour for standard photo shoots up to art/glamour nude [does not necessarily include all fetish/video/specialty/commercial/group/event assignments: these are case-by-case].
Non-negotiable *except in special circumstances* such as the following: you're booking me for more than a full day's worth, providing me with a free trip to a country I'd otherwise be hard-pressed to visit, greatly diminishing my travel expenses/efforts or greatly increasing my quality of life in some quantifiable way, etc.
I will never try to convince someone that they need to hire me at my full rate if it's outside their current budget or otherwise doesn't feel worthwhile to them; please show me the same courtesy by respecting that I don't need to work with you at a lesser rate.
Both for the sake of those who hire me [who deserve to get a presentable bundle of creative verve—not a burnt-out model who's already had three shoots that day] and for my own well-being, I opt for quality over quantity so that every one of my clients is ecstatic with my performance and our results. If working with me is important to you, please respect that while I love this job, it is actually a job, not just a frivolous indulgence or a hobby, and budget accordingly.
Fun stuff [i.e., you don't have to read this, but it's here for those interested]:
-I rock climb, scuba dive, do yoga, am a general mover and shaker and incidental athlete. I can limbo like a boss.
-I've worked as a Thai massage therapist at an upscale spa in Mammoth, a certified snowsports instructor, a research assistant at NASA Ames, a freelance writer and editor, a trail builder for the National Parks, a stable hand in Utah, driving heavy machinery in North Dakota, and so on.
-I build large-scale projects and the like for Burning Man: in 2012 I was with the Pier and worked as a golf cart mechanic for DPW, in 2013 I built the pyrotechnics for the Control Tower [did all the plumbing myself], and in 2014 I spent six months building Embrace, a seven-story structural engineering nightmare shaped like two giant people.
-Modeling's been my primary anchor for five years, but my other recurrent pursuits include music and writing.
-I've got the travel bug and spend as much time living out in the woods, out of my car on the open road, or hidden in far-off corners of the world out of a backpack as I can get away with. In 2014 I backpacked through Southeast Asia, Yosemite, and parts of Northern California, and did my first Australian modeling tour from Brisbane to Hobart, in addition to spending six months building Embrace.