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Munirah Kokumo
Posts: 1
Detroit, Michigan, US


Hi! My name is Munirah! A few weeks ago I created this account not really understanding modeling, but willing to try something new and expand my horizons! You only live once, eh?

But, I am kind of stuck at the moment, I don't know where to go from where I am now. A few photographers added me and asked to work with me, but I'm nervous because I have never modeled for anyone! Well, only for my webcam for Facebook. Also, I have scars on my arm that make me even more nervous that the photographers wouldn't want to shoot with me.

Please give me advice and tips? Anything?

Thank you!
Jan 17 13 01:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Caveman Creations
Posts: 580
Fort Worth, Texas, US


Well, you'll never know unless you ask! Rejection is a big part of this industry, and more often than not, it is not meant in a mean way. If you don't have the look a particular photographer needs, then the answer is going to be no, no matter who you are. But, if you do have something that a photographer needs, the answer will be yes. And......... you won't know until you ask! LOL

You can browse photographers in your area, and send them a message to see if they would like to shoot with you or not. The black bar at the top of the screen has this feature in it. The second option.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/browse

You can put out an availability notice. This lets photographers in your area know that you are there, and ready to shoot. That is also in the black bar at the top of the page under "Casting/Travel"
http://www.modelmayhem.com/casting/new_ … litynotice

You can post a Casting Call, which lets photographers know that you are looking for them to shoot with. This however, is not the place to quote rates! By checking "Paid" in this means you are willing to pay the photographer. That is in the same place under "Casting/Travel"
http://www.modelmayhem.com/casting/newcasting

In addition, I know a nice guy in the Detroit area, who just might shoot with you. You will have to hit him up, and talk to him, but....... You won't know if you never ask! Check your messages in a minute.
Jan 17 13 02:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Pantaleoni Photographer
Posts: 69
San Diego, California, US


OK, this does sound cheap, apologies.

"Well where do you WANT to go?"

I do suggest you even pay for a pro photographer to work with you for an hour or two to give you better exposed images for your portfolio.  You'll also learn - lots - about 'how to'. 

(When taking work here, LOOK at the portfolio of the person asking you to work.  Don't like the portfolio?  DON'T work with the photographer.  I'll get yelled at for this, but: If you feel you need an escort, insist and bring one.  ahem - Escort:  One who stays in screaming distance and other wise sits down, shuts up and stays the stink out of the way.)  {Um, if you think you need an escort, you probably shouldn't be working with the photographer.}

If you like it, let nothing discourage or deter you.  It will be hard work and it can be exciting, fulfilling and rewarding.

   Immediately, talk to every friend you have who owns a camera into taking pictures (distinctly in the plural) of you.  Try ideas.  Look at the results and determine what you do well and like to do.

OK?
Jan 17 13 03:49 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark Salo
Posts: 7,788
Olney, Maryland, US


Munirah Kokumo wrote:
Hi! My name is Munirah! A few weeks ago I created this account not really understanding modeling, but willing to try something new and expand my horizons! You only live once, eh?

But, I am kind of stuck at the moment, I don't know where to go from where I am now. A few photographers added me and asked to work with me, but I'm nervous because I have never modeled for anyone! Well, only for my webcam for Facebook. Also, I have scars on my arm that make me even more nervous that the photographers wouldn't want to shoot with me.

Please give me advice and tips? Anything?

Thank you!

Pretend that you are modeling for your webcam.
I recommend that you mention your scars in your profile.
Do you want to aspire other girls or inspire them?

Also, never cash a check for too much money and forward the overage to a third party.

Jan 17 13 04:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kev Lawson
Posts: 6,293
Daytona Beach, Florida, US


Munirah Kokumo wrote:
Hi! My name is Munirah! A few weeks ago I created this account not really understanding modeling, but willing to try something new and expand my horizons! You only live once, eh?

But, I am kind of stuck at the moment, I don't know where to go from where I am now. A few photographers added me and asked to work with me, but I'm nervous because I have never modeled for anyone! Well, only for my webcam for Facebook. Also, I have scars on my arm that make me even more nervous that the photographers wouldn't want to shoot with me.

Please give me advice and tips? Anything?

Thank you!

Hi Munirah!

There is a group here, called "the List" which is comprised of selected photographers willing to help out new models. I will post the link here, and you should read through the pertinent areas of the first post.

About mid way down the first post is a section listing photographers that are participating organized by state. Scroll until you see Michigan, and possibly message any of those members whose work and profile seems like they would be the best to assist you.

the List - http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=503930

Good luck smile

Jan 17 13 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Rainbow Candy
Posts: 118
Seattle, Washington, US


Honey - I think you should just be yourself.

I have scars on the inside of my arm, on my nipples, on my neck. They are light, but I am also very light skinned. I have two tattoos and my ear has scars from a piecing that healed over.

I have had people work with me and I have people who want to work with me. I meet everyone before I shoot. I suggest meeting people beforehand and being honest about the faults.

Dermablend is great for covering up scars. You can find it at Macy's and the people there are great at matching skin tones. Just use a little bit to cover up your arm if it can't be worked around in a shot. That is my advice there.

I think once you meet some photographers face to face before a shoot your nervousness will go away. It's normal to be somewhat nervous, but just be on time and make your best effort, and I think you will be a really good model and people will see you both as a great model and a wonderful person. Because that's what you are! That is what we ALL are.

Keep that in mind as you proceed, and you shouldn't have that many problems.

-but also keep in mind that people are picky, people can be jerks, and people will make awful remarks. Let it wash off your back. This isn't an easy if you do not have a thick skin. And even those with a thick skin may have troubles. We all do.
Jan 17 13 04:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jason B FORBEs
Posts: 163
New York, New York, US


Welcome to MM.

Too shy or scared to shoot with certain photographers? Let them know it's your first time modeling and ask if it would be ok to bring an escort. Most will allow it. If they don't...oh well, move on to the next one.

As far as your scars go...God was nice enough to create a program called Photoshop lol. Most photographers wouldn't care about scars since they can easily be edited out.

Just keep your head up, be confident and go pursue your dreams! Best of luck smile
Jan 18 13 06:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
EdwardKristopher
Posts: 3,338
Tempe, Arizona, US


Munirah,

Welcome to MM!

I wish you the Best of Success in all of your endeavors out here!

Kindest regards,
Edward
Jan 18 13 09:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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