Today I had lunch with a good friend of mine photographer Heather Talbert. I hadn't seen her in a while and it was really nice to just sit and catch up. We talked a lot about how dead it is right now and how its really hard to find good models because its not season. Model apartments are empty and shooting is scarce but it is a really good time to network and get in contact with people before things pick back up again. Make your connections now wether it be with photographers, designers, bookers you never know what kind of doors it will open for the next season.
Its funny how small the industry is we can sit and talk about everyone on a first name basis because everyone just seems to know everyone. When you live in NY there is such a massive amount of talented people its amazing and then here... its a struggle just to find a good stylist or a model who isn't burnt to a crisp with tan lines. How are creatives (stylist, MUA,photographers) supposed to make a living in this industry when everyone is wanting everything for free or at a really cheap rate. Testing models for agencies isn't even a good way to make money anymore. The rate for testing was once about five hundred to seven hundred dollars depending on what you wanted... and now it seems as if you are lucky to even get two hundred dollars. People really don't understand the amount of time, talent, and preparation that goes into doing these shoots.... and to not get paid from it is a bit ridiculous. So I say let the people who cant hang die out, it makes more room for the more talented artist that are really in it because they love it. If your in this business to make money you should probably stop now, but if your in it because you love it and truly find the beauty and art in all this mess then I say fight the good fight and hang in there.
If your a talented artist and you like Skinny Intern, contact me. I want to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org