So I've been modeling in Raleigh for a few years now, and I'm just wondering what else does it have to offer.. good photographers, MUAs, events, publications, agencies? Anybody have any good feedback?
Jul 09 13 07:59 pm Link
Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US
When life pees on your kitchen floor, make lemonade. Home is where you make it.
Jul 09 13 08:06 pm Link
Cary, North Carolina, US
I hear they have some bars down on Hillsborough St.
Columbus, Ohio, US
You do live there, right?
HUNT VALLEY, Maryland, US
This state is horrible for shooting. If the photogs don't flake you're looking at TFP or very very low pay. I travel 3 weeks a month just so I can shoot. The best place for an agency is Richmond or Charlotte, but they are commercial print and fashion.
Jul 09 13 08:13 pm Link
Detroit, Michigan, US
It is interesting. Raleigh is a big place. It is part of the "research triangle." I go there periodically because I have family there. The problem with it being the "research triangle" is that there are a lot of engineers there but not a lot of products being made. That translates into a smaller commercial market.
Jul 10 13 06:56 am Link
Boston, Massachusetts, US
The first year and a half or so that I modeled for photography, I was working in NC and SC. There were VERY limited options there, and the preference seemed to be for very tanned, blonde, Playboy-type looks, even for art nudes. From 2005, until I left NC in 2008, most of the real opportunities were in classroom sitting, and figure drawing groups. Those paid, on average, about $15/hr, but it was reliable money, and there was not the same standard for appearance, so being pale and small-breasted didn't effect my work in that market, the way it did with photography in the Southeast. Everything was very different when I moved to New England. I began making income from shooting, and getting excellent trade options almost immediately - like before I'd even unpacked my moving boxes, I was booking shoots.
Jul 10 13 07:04 am Link
High Point, North Carolina, US
There are lots to do . . . keep looking. I shoot people from Boone to Wilmington and Virgina to South Carolina . . . but that's just me . . .
How are you marketing yourself?
Jul 10 13 07:14 am Link
GPS Studio Services wrote:
I haven't ventured much outside of Wilmington and Raleigh, but that's why I'm trying to see what else there is to offer now that I'm getting older and becoming a lot more serious about my work. Where would you say to start off in Charlotte? I'm thinking I will probably have to start off within state for now, start small and work my way up. What should I be looking for? Are there just a better variety of photogs willing to bring more opportunities for TF, or are there specifics venues and events I should be paying attention to towards that way?
Jul 12 13 11:12 am Link
Mostly through here on MM and slowly starting on my personal facebook page. I'm kind of a newbie when it comes down to it, what would you suggest? I've checked out a few local agencies, like John Casablanca, and had a few offers from small name companies, but I didn't want to get tied down into something I wasn't exactly sure I was being drawn into.
Jul 12 13 11:14 am Link
Walnut Creek, California, US
Red Hat is in Raleigh. Someone ought do a photo exposé of Red Hat employees. Are they truly geeky, or has the corporate atmosphere driven out the true nerds? In other words, do they wear suits and ties and dress socks to work?
How many employees have the stuffed Tux penguin in their cubicle? How many have the GNU mascot?
Jul 12 13 11:32 am Link
Lodi, California, US
wait, shouldn't I be asking you what's there?
Jul 12 13 11:45 am Link
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California, US
You might check out the art classes at colleges in your area. They are always in search of models. If you are willing to pose nude, you would have more opportunities, but they need clothed models too. Pay isn't great, but it is better than nothing. You should also check out the photography programs at the colleges too.
Jul 12 13 11:56 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
This doesn't help the OP much, but I found a couple of my best models in the Raleigh area. always showed up and on time. What a great place to find beautiful models. There seemed to be a plethora of slender beautiful models in the Raleigh area on here. and they were very helpful in finding places to shoot.
There's plenty of great outside places to shoot there. What a beautiful area.
I was seriously thinking of moving there when I was in upstate NY... and I probably would have if I didn't get rocky mountain spotted fever.
Jul 12 13 12:06 pm Link
Boone, North Carolina, US
I've worked with a couple of photographers in the Raleigh area who actually "get it" and understand that taking off your top and posing next to a motorcycle isn't fashion modeling. Also, that side of the state has several colleges and universities. You're a 20-30 minute drive from UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State and if they're anything like Appalachian State, they have photography and art departments who are constantly looking for models. (Two years ago, AppState even had an open casting at the very beginning of the year to find fresh faces to work with. I know that doesn't help you, but that gives you an idea to at least see if any of those other Triangle Area universities do as well.)
The good thing about being in Raleigh is that you're pretty equidistant between Charlotte and Richmond, which gives you more options when it comes to agencies, as opposed to being closer to just one of those cities, or not being close to them at all. But that's assuming you consider two and a half to three hours as "close".
Keep your eyes peeled and your bridges un-burned. Working with one person can open you up to working with more people and leads on agencies that are hiring.
Jul 28 13 04:53 pm Link
New York, New York, US
I just took a gig as a creative consultant for an ad agency down there that has it's roots in NYC. Been back and forth a few times.
I can safely say there is nothing down there.
Actually, that isn't true at all, as far as industry goes. The research triangle is still pretty busy, but for models, not so much. The model shoots that do wind up coming out of the agency, all get done in NYC.
Jul 30 13 08:34 pm Link