There are no "fool proof" ways to read strangers. Many of these young ladies don't have lots of work experience, scared, just a hobby for them, or just don't like your work. Some have a hard time saying no because they don't want you angry at them or asking them why. I am not saying they are all good reasons at all. I would not waste time trying to understand women my age let alone women half my age....Just play the numbers. Someone will bite eventually.
also i think that there is often someone in the background (boyfriend, husband, relative, friends) influencing their behavior. which may explain some (but not all. lol) of the irrational things that happen. think about wormtongue in LOTR. i really think that there are a lot of wormtongues in the world.
some of them do shift work and if they get called in at the restaurant may not have a choice but to take the money. but i certainly appreciate the ones who are willing to let me know when that happens vs. no-showing.
Marin Photography NYC wrote: I would not waste time trying to understand women my age let alone women half my age....Just play the numbers. Someone will bite eventually.
GreatMomentsPhotography wrote: +1 I am in love with your work. I can't wait to work with you. Then its a no show. Lies lies lies!
+ I have absolutely no idea why this is true, but it's happened to me again and again.((
Then again.....Whatever the (TFP) girl says, there's about a 70% chance you
you'll never hear from her again.
I think it's just a built-in, probably unconscious, socio-biological behavior pattern, where young women will jerk around any man who tries to pin them down ( to a schedule.) MM causes PTSD in photographers.
My Golden Rule: No shoot unless I speak to them on the phone before the shoot.
I don't have girls flake on the day of the shoot ( because they drop out before then. )
If they return email in a consistent way, will give you their number and speak on the phone ( after you've developed some connection via email.)
You probably shouldn't have many drop out the day of the shoot.
Every week I contact at least two girls who respond that they'd love to do a shoot-- and then I basically never hear from them again.
Grin Without a Cat wrote: The better you pay them, the less likely they are to flake...although to be honest even this is not a guarantee...
In the last five years, I've had way more models flake for paid shoots than for test shoots. I'd say the ratio is probably 5-1 or higher. Paying a model most certainly does not mean they will arrive on time, if at all. However, hiring one from an agency means they have some accountability to that agency if they flake so they have a higher, vested interest in showing up on time if you book through an agency.