This has been on my mind for a little while now. Where I live, there isn’t a cohesive group of models. Finding work for a model, especially a new one, can be daunting and a bit depressing as I found when looking for new work. I thought that there could be a better way, a way of having a place, even if it’s virtual, for models to have their info, ideas, tips, etc. to help themselves and others along with the info of all the different drawing groups in the area both so they could be know to artists but also so they could contact and hopefully hire new models.
When speaking to many of the places I have modeled, it is a constant complaint that it is difficult to find models, or at least reliable ones. I am hoping to build this group into one where the members take their modeling seriously, and work to erase the stigma and idea that models can be flaky, cancelling at the last moment, or just not showing at all. It would be nice to also have the member models be ones that have a passion for figure modeling and are not just trying it out to cross it off a life’s bucket list or just decide that after a few times, it isn’t for them. New models can have educational tips and contacts for any questions they may have. I hope to partner with a gallery or drawing group a few times a year to help train new models, to make sure they are capable of modeling. I still have the view that anyone can take their cloths off, as long as they have the nerve to do so. What is also needed are those who put thought and effort into their poses and work not to be bland, drift or break the poses.
I’m sure that starting this new effort may ruffle some feathers of those who think the current system is working. The current system being new people pop up who want to model for whatever reason, good or bad, don’t know where to look for work, and once a group takes a chance on them, they may or may not show up to the session and if they do, there is a high chance that it won’t be all that good. Also, anyone who is serious about modeling and wants to find more work has to rely on artists or group coordinators to pass along their information. While the world is full of good intentions, a model cannot guarantee that this will be happening. I personally like to contact new places myself. While I do not discourage anyone from passing along my info to those they know may be hiring, I don’t hold my breath that something will come of it.
I know that some established models may also look at it as a bit of a threat. Being established and well known, some people don’t want the competition of new models, especially ones that may be good, cutting into the bookings they are currently getting. Depending on the number of venues where you live that offer figure drawing mixed with the number of models and sessions available, the more established models that some groups have been booking, possibly more because they are reliable than anything else, may start to find their number of bookings decrease. I hope that this mindset isn’t the case but have to be prepared just in case.
I’m interested to see if this idea will take off and grow. I suppose only time and effort will tell.