How to attract people worth working with

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When you are looking for new people to work with, it is very important to present yourself in a way that will help you attract desirable collaborative teams, as opposed to those that are not worth your time.

Whether you are a model, clothing designer, photographer, or makeup artist, you can benefit by reading this article. If you want to be taken seriously as a creative professional, it is important to treat your craft as a business. Even if you are not doing this full time and do not intend to, if you display that you are serious about your craft, other people will take you more seriously.

Photographer: IMS PHOTOGRAPHIC, Wardrobe Stylist: Savilla Creations.

So, what do you do to minimize collaboration requests from those you don’t want to work with and maximize the response from those that you desire to team up with?

1. Show Only Your Best Photos

When you are putting a portfolio together, use only the best photos that showcase your work. You do not have to put up 40 or more photos just because that’s what the limit might be. I believe that 10 great photos are far better than 40 or even 60 poorly done photos.

2. Fill Out Your Model Mayhem Profile Completely

When you are filling out your Model Mayhem profile, it is very important that you do not underestimate the importance of having it filled out properly.

3. Do Not Post Tacky Images All Over Your “About Me” Section

To make it easier on the people viewing your profile, do not splatter tacky images all over your “About Me” section on Model Mayhem because most people just want to know the basics, such as whether you have tattoos and scars, what previous experience you have, and what you are interested in and would like to accomplish. If you have tearsheets, then, yes, by all means, put them in your “About Me” section because those are indicative of your experience.

4. Watch Your Spelling and Grammar

Unless English is not your first language, there should be no excuses for improper spelling or grammar. Firefox has spellcheck, and if you don’t use Firefox, then you can use Microsoft Word to make drafts of your messages, profile text, etc. When people come across a profile that is written in all text-speak or capitals, some might deem you to be lazy and not serious because you didn’t even bother to check your spelling. Essentially, your “About Me” section on your profile is equivalent to a summary on a resume or a cover letter. If you wrote your resume or cover letter that way, would you get the job?

5. Don’t Post Drama

People don’t need to know about every bad experience you have had with other people. So, if you want to work with serious professionals, then don’t bring drama because they have no time for BS.

Photographer: IMS PHOTOGRAPHIC, Makeup Artist: Mallory McGowan.

6. Write a Proper Message when Contacting People

When initiating contact with people that you want to work with, write a proper message, as opposed to “hey, wanna shoot sumtime?” or “u r so sexi, lets shoot” or other messages of such nature. When you are sending someone a message, you should first introduce yourself. Then, tell the other person what you are looking to shoot or describe your concept, describe why you like their work, explain what you offer as compensation, and state when and where you want to do the shoot.

7. Initiate Contact

The best way to attract people worth working with is to somehow contact them first. If you are new, they won’t know that you exist unless you make them aware of your presence. You don’t want just to add them as a friend, though, since a lot of people just accept all friend requests without even looking at people’s portfolios. So, if you want to add someone as a friend, especially if it is someone that you want to work with, tag or message them first.

8. Do Not Post Huge “No TFP” Signs on Your Profile If You Are New

Just because more experienced people do it, does not mean that it is right for someone who is just starting out. Some people, when they come across a profile with such a sign, will simply click the “Back” button and go to a different profile. You want your profile to be as welcoming as possible for people to contact you.

9. Ask for Testimonials

If you end up working with a high caliber Model Mayhem member, then the best way to attract other people of that caliber that are worth working with is to ask him/her for a recommendation or testimonial to put on your website or profile. (It’s like if Donald Trump publicly states that you’re an amazing business person, chances are, other people in business will believe him and want to work with you.)

10. Write in a Welcoming Way

Make your profile on Model Mayhem or any other social networking site as welcoming as possible. You should also make it easy to read and understand. Don’t write irrelevant, long-winded paragraphs describing every detail of your life. People will not care.

So, how do you attract people that you want to work with?



AvivaH has been a model for 2 years and track athlete for 6 years. She lives in Victoria, BC, and specializes in fitness, promotional, bikini, lingerie, and commercial modeling.

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