“We have a professional model with us tonight.”

It’s been quite a while since I updated this blog, for which I offer my apologies.  Summer of course is a slower time for figure modeling, as many groups take a break due to so many artists being off on vacation.

I received a nude model request from the local arts college, and happily accepted.  I showed up for the class, and was happy to find out that it was for mostly beginning artists and that I was the first nude model that the class had drawn so far, and for many artists, the first nude model they had drawn.

I try to keep remembering things about modeling to write about, experiences, things people say etc.  That night, it was the introduction given by the teacher of the class, and it hit me about how far I have come, and labels that people attach to others.  That night, I was introduced as a “…professional model…”.  I almost did a double take when I heard that.  Usually I am not formally introduced past my first name, so getting a longer intro and the moniker of “professional” was a new one.

It got me to thinking, what makes a figure model a professional?  Is it the amount of experience they have, the number of years, reputation, or just being professional about the job?  I don’t think I have landed on an answer yet.  The closest I can think, and the closest I feel about it is that a professional model is one that takes the job seriously, exudes enthusiasm and offers great, interesting poses in addition to being on time and taking direction or working with the class or artists. 

I have to confess that I have become somewhat snobbish about some models, and it has more to do with many not taking things seriously (modeling is FUN, but you have to be disciplined), and many of them checking off figure modeling as a bucket list item or to see if they can do it, and then quit.  I know that many committed figure models are working hard to change the mindset of other figure models, and what is thought of them.  To me, figure modeling is a blessing that one should appreciate.  It’s others that don’t who diminish modeling, and reinforce the preconceptions that models can be flaky or flighty.  Ones that “try” modeling, wing it and don’t practice, or research good poses.

Of course, with that last paragraph, I just realized that I could be more snooty than I want to be.