Archive for ‘examiner article’

May 7, 2012

Model Networking Sites, Safety, & More

Roger Talley, the guy who wrote www.newmodels.com and The Professional’s Guide to Modeling has written some articles concerning model networking sites (like OMP, Model Mayhem, Model Insider, etc.) that are very worth the read.  Roger owned a modeling agency once upon a time, and really understands how the modeling world works–both agency-wise and Internet-wise–and these articles touch on Internet-related stuff that isn’t addressed at www.newmodels.com.  And while, at first glance, these articles may seem like fear-mongering, knowing Roger personally, I can tell you that’s not the purpose of these articles.  Roger is big in educating models and giving them the tools to keep themselves safe, and fear-mongering ends up having the opposite effect.  These four articles were, no doubt, written to make models aware of certain things that model networking sites aren’t doing in the interest of their safety, and to explain to them why continuing to do their own due diligence prior to shoots is still very important.

Model Networking Sites and Common Sense
In the first article of the series, Roger leads with saying that, largely, “transactions” on model networking sites like Model Mayhem, OMP, and Model Insider (along with the vast majority of others) go off without a hitch.  However, he does take the time to highlight some of the “extreme cases on all networking sites that go horribly wrong”, listing a few cases where members have gotten others involved in prostitution, or have resorted to drugging and raping, or (worse), murder.  Very rare events, but it happens, and Roger talks about how sometimes, these few-and-far-between extremely bad cases can be blown out of proportion and result in near-paranoid handling of things.  And, of course, he touches on the flip side of that… that some people think everyone who signs up for those kind of sites is legit and safe.

Read Model Networking Sites and Common Sense here.

Model Networking Sites and Warnings to Models
The second in the series, this article talks about what the modeling sites are doing to warn members that other members may in fact be criminals, scammers, registered sex offenders, or whatever.  In short, the answer is “not much, if anything at all”, but it’s much, much more complicated than that.  Roger talks about the rules on some sites regarding telling members of others’ one has dealt with, as well as what some sites encourage others to do when registering.  It’s a good read, and an important one, that begins to shed light on what you’re either getting yourself into, or have gotten yourself into, once you’ve signed up for model networking sites.

Read Model Netowrking Sites and Warnings to Models here.

The Will to Believe and Model Networking Sites
In this article, Roger talks about “the will to believe” and how it relates to model networking sites.  What I am talking about (and thus what Roger is talking about) is that quite often, models think “oh, well this must be what it’s supposed to be like” and carry on with things that they might not be comfortable with, or might not feel right about.  And in some cases, this can get them in trouble ranging from getting scammed to getting hurt, sometimes even multiple times because “this is part of the job”.  Roger touches on how easy it is to lay blame on the victims of these scenarios, but that’s not always fair.  In the vast majority of these cases, the model networking sites and how they handle members (especially after being informed that a member is in fact a danger to others on the site) comes into play.

For more on this, read The Will to Believe and Model Networking Sites.

Prudent Use of Model Networking Sites
In the final article of the series, Roger outlines some of the problems that have arisen because model networking sites don’t educate their members, encourage members to sign up with fake names, and don’t police their members at all.  Roger talks about how, keeping things in perspective, it is possible to have positive experiences on model networking sites.  He talks about how members can often use the forums on the networking sites to research and discuss scammers and bad experiences (but user-beware, as the forums are also often full of misinformation and trolls).  Roger also points out resources like www.newmodels.com and the article database at Model Insider, often recommended by forum regulars, who are often fonts of information (and worth conversing with) themselves.

Read Prudent Use of Model Networking Sites here.

December 3, 2010

Now on Examiner: Shoot-Friendly Snacks

I wrote the original article ages ago, but thought it would be a good one to add to Examiner.  Basically, it’s a list, compiled with the help of numerous other models, of food and drinks that are relatively easy to bring along to a shoot, as well as fairly easy to nosh on while shooting (er, in between sets and all that, that is).  Enjoy!

Shoot-Friendly Snacks

October 25, 2010

Another article published!

My great blog entry on coming up with shoot ideas is now an Examiner article too!  Check it: http://www.examiner.com/modeling-in-chicago/coming-up-with-shoot-ideas

October 19, 2010

New article!

I’ve taken my “Comfort While Shooting” blog and made it an Examiner article.  Check it out: http://www.examiner.com/modeling-in-chicago/comfort-while-shooting

August 30, 2010

First Shoot Advice

Awhile back I wrote an article here on first shoot advice for models.  I’ve taken that blog and expanded on it a tad bit, and have published it on Examiner.  Check it out…

First shoot advice for new models

August 20, 2010

The Importance of Proper Undergarments

A couple things spawned this examiner article.  The first was a new model I worked with who only brought a grey leopard print bra to the shoot, and wasn’t comfortable taking it off.  The second was a fashion show I was recently in, where I saw a girl modeling a white dress in a hot pink thong (guess how I knew it was hot pink?  It’s not because I saw her changing…), and where I saw visible panty lines on every 3rd model.  Yikes!

So, here we have it, folks.  Examiner article #3:

The importance of proper undergarments

August 10, 2010

How To Article: Keeping Track of Your Stuff

Over the weekend the MUA and I were talking about keeping track of stuff on shoots, and stuff going missing.  And yes, I’ve had stuff go missing on shoots (usually group events).  I’ve also had people borrow stuff without asking, and have forgotten stuff after a shoot.  I’ve come up with a pretty good system for keeping track of things.  A combination of labeling everything, making a list, and having a recognizable bag start it off.  To read more, check out my newest Examiner article:

Keeping track of your stuff

August 5, 2010

Check out my first Examiner article!

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-62802-Chicago-Modeling-Examiner~y2010m8d5-Local-Networking-Groups–Events#

It’s about local modeling and photography networking groups, and how to go about joining one.  It also highlights a few of my favorite local groups on MeetUp.  Check it out, share it with your friends, and then let me know what you think!

August 5, 2010

I’m Now A Chicago Modeling Examiner!

That’s right, I’m not writing for the Examiner as the Chicago Modeling Examiner!  I’ll be looking at some of my older blogs and revamping them for the site, as well as writing a lot of new content for the site.  I haven’t yet published my first article, but I’m going to start with some great stuff 🙂  So bookmark now, people, and head there often to read more great stuff from me.

http://www.examiner.com/x-62802-Chicago-Modeling-Examiner

Oh, and don’t worry, when I post new stuff there, you’ll see it on here, my facebook, and my twitter 🙂

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