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The Original Sin
Posts: 13,894
Louisville, Kentucky, US


I happened to be on set for a photographer friend, helping out since my bookings had cancelled out, and he had two brand new models come in.  One of them has very definite goals and knows how to get there, the other one is one of those girls that could do a million and one things well and doesn't yet know which ones she wants to do (6', nice figure, one of those faces/skin tones that could go into any one of a dozen nationalities, very level-headed and calm).  They ended up picking my brain (I was helping with hair and makeup), and since they're both local to me, I offered to help them find some decent TF in their comfort levels if they wanted. 

Have you ever worked with models that were that new and close to you?  I certainly don't want to be managing them or overly influencing their decisions (both of these are young girls, and my particular modeling path could screw up a dozen career options), but I also feel like I could help them meet good, solid people who could give them good work to get started and decide if this is what they want to do for a while.

Should I just facilitate a meeting with these people for them and step back, or should I stay available for them in the future to ask questions and advice from?
May 03 13 07:43 am  Link  Quote 
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Leonard Gee Photography
Posts: 16,101
Sacramento, California, US


The first time I walked into Wilhelmina, Nancy allowed me access and gave me a few pointers. If the models are smart, that's all they need. There are people that need a two by four over the head, but what you find is that most models who will be successful are relatively smart and don't need too much hand holding. New smart ones with potential will do well.

Avoid the dumb ones.

True management is about making money. Giving advice and assistance is not management.
May 03 13 08:38 am  Link  Quote 
Model
The Original Sin
Posts: 13,894
Louisville, Kentucky, US


Leonard Gee Photography wrote:
The first time I walked into Wilhelmina, Nancy allowed me access and gave me a few pointers. If the models are smart, that's all they need. There are people that need a two by four over the head, but what you find is that most models who will be successful are relatively smart and don't need too much hand holding. New smart ones with potential will do well.

Avoid the dumb ones.

True management is about making money. Giving advice and assistance is not management.

I never want to be a manager.  I have friends who do it, and TBH, their lives are hell.

May 03 13 10:35 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Solas
Posts: 9,486
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Leonard Gee Photography wrote:
The first time I walked into Wilhelmina, Nancy allowed me access and gave me a few pointers. If the models are smart, that's all they need. There are people that need a two by four over the head, but what you find is that most models who will be successful are relatively smart and don't need too much hand holding. New smart ones with potential will do well.

Avoid the dumb ones.

True management is about making money. Giving advice and assistance is not management.

This is the most idiotic thing I've ever read and couldn't be further from the truth. 

Giving advice, unsolicited..bad idea. But be available and make yourself available to be reached out to by your peers..good idea.
Being available, outreaching and educating your peers is what the new industry is all about. Everyone knows someone who needs something. Not like you have special knowledge or trade secret. It's the fucking creative industry, it breathes on collaboration and engagement.

It's called *networking*

May 03 13 10:43 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Apodyopsis
Posts: 6,087
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Offering them the info they need to make their own decisions, and saying "Im going to give you all my fetish contacts, youre GOING to shoot with these people" are two different things.


If theyre truly smart girls like you say they are, they'll know which pieces of advice suit them and which to say thanks but no thanks to.
May 03 13 10:55 am  Link  Quote 
Model
The Original Sin
Posts: 13,894
Louisville, Kentucky, US


I guess part of my concern is that especially for the one girl, I worry about her friend, who knows exactly what she wants to do and is going to do VERY well in that field, pushing her into doing higher levels than what her true comfort level is.
May 04 13 06:34 am  Link  Quote 
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