Sunday, 30 October 2011

It was the calm before the Storm - What a Busy week

First post for a couple of weeks and have no excuse for it as it has been extremely quiet throughout this month. Modeling wise there has been very few castings, which has left a lot of people struggling in the industry ad not just the models. Casting directors have also struggled, as have make up artists, stylists and photographers. The industry is in a big slump unfortunately, due to the state of the economy, where as discussed previously, companies reduce their spending on advertising, which has a big affect on my industry as you can imagine. But I have been working on the casino channel a lot, which has included a lot of late nights, to keep me ticking over.

Then all of a sudden the storm started brewing and I found myself trapped in the busiest week of my life. After a lovely trip to Leeds to catch up with some friends last weekend, I arrived to start a hectic week of presenting and modeling, with very little time in between to sleep. A couple of days presenting Sunday night and Monday evening and an early start on Tuesday morning. Tuesday I was shooting for new clothing company, Versatile Apparel. It was for their website and unrecognisable, which means my head gets cut off ha ha. I'm sure theres a few comments ready to come out after admitting that ha, but it makes the shoot very very simple. Simple poses, no hair or make up needed and not a huge amount of clothes to put on. Mainly t-shirts, shirts and trousers and a couple of ultra tight wife beaters too! (Breath in)

After another long day in the studio, it was down to Christchurch, Dorset for a shoot for Barclaycard. Long way to go for half a day shooting, but luckily it was a full day's pay and I got the opportunity to work with some great energetic and fun people. I had worked previously with the creative department for the shoot when I shot for Fitness First a couple of weeks ago, so that straight away makes you feel good and comfortable in the situation. There were 5 models in total on this shoot and we all had a lot of fun throughout the day. It was a simple shoot and we had a lot of time to chat and do our usual model behaviour...moaning. Yes, it is the way models role ha, we love a good moan about work, money, agencies etc ha.

The shoot went great though and even though customers in the hotel we were shooting in were mesmerised by what was going on, and often very distracting, the shoot was successful. This is something that happens on so many shoots away from the studio. The client and the creative team are always trying to gain the realisation to shoots, hence why they are shot in actual realistic locations. People watching and wondering in the background is something that everyone has to get on with. It often requires a lot of patience by all involved, but often causes very few problems.

My busy week was ended in the studio Friday and a nice day off to recharge my batteries for another long week ahead including a 6am finish Tuesday morning and a 9am shoot! Yes crazy! But it's times like this I just suck it up and deal with it. With the inconsistencies within the modeling industry at the moment, I need to just take advantage of work whenever I can get it.

Happy Halloween everyone

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