Let me add my two cents with an entry for Tales from the Classroom… more of a dropped pearl than an actual anecdote.

In my time as instructor, or even part of a casting crew, I come across two questions that erk me, no end, when it comes time to discuss the ‘sensitive’ issues about a show, shoot or event. In fact, there are two questions that I tell my student models to avoid:

  • “How much are you paying us?”; and
  • “Do we get to keep the clothes?”

It seems simple enough; perhaps even logical to some. Simple and logical, though, don’t always make it right.

In this environment, where models desperate to work outnumber the jobs available for them to do, the exposure one would get from the job is worth ten times more than the L$ that will end up in one’s pocket. In actual fact, anyone into modeling for the money should probably consider another line of work. Even super models, here, get… oh… about enough to get by without having to upload any local currency and still buy clothes, and whatnot, to keep improving themselves. A new model, not so much. The ultra rich super models, you can bet, are also entrepreneurs with businesses of their own. What walking in a show, shooting a magazine or being central at an event gives you is exposure. Being seen, as a model, by people who might not have seen you otherwise and, perhaps, that very path to the large L$s.

Let the person, or people, running the casting let you know how much you’ll get and be grateful for any. For every one that is not, there are ten more than willing to step in with equal skill and/or better talent.

My other pet peeve is the clothing. Yes, most times, because this is SL and models really aren’t paid that much, the clothing is kept but it takes money for the designers to make these wares. It takes time, which can translate to salary. It takes textures, which need to be bought or uploaded. It takes an account on SL which, for the most part, needs to be paid for in some for since basic accounts are relatively limited to some designers. In effect, the L$ 300 to L$ 1500 outfit that is being strolled down the runway is being given away for free. As a business person, that’s profit lost on top of whatever is being paid to the agency, and/or models, for the actual show.

Generous is generous but that said, generosity should be the designer’s choice not the model’s demand. If the clothes are to be kept, let it be a pleasant surprise rather than an expectation.

Believe me that such a simple matter can make a huge difference. Sometimes, the difference to the point where people; designers, agencies, etc, will want to do something for you. They’ll want to make you the offers and you will be that Super Model who only needs to upload local currency on extremely rare occasion.