I am one of the leaders of the Acadiana and New Orleans Models Guilds. They are regional not-for-profit trade associations for working models. These guilds are not a front for agency/management recruitment or "pay-to-play" schemes. Nor can they be leveraged to promote other model industry services. The purpose of these guilds are to provide education and protection for experienced and aspiring models of all genres. We also serve a function to protect artists, teachers, and producers by providing reliable and reputable models for their needs. Independent and agency-signed models are equally welcome. With honest recognition that we have more viable models than available work, we are also engaged in activities to expand paying options for local models. Depending on the specific agenda, many meetings will also be open to industry professionals who hire or partner with models. Join Facebook Group
I want to give this advice and cautions to the aspiring models who are willing to learn. Please scroll down to view:
Posing Practice Video:
This is a short video mix from one of my model workouts on the ‘day off’. It’s based on the artistic poses I try to give photographers for only a moment and improves the dynamics of poses I can hold longer for other artists. The day before I got bug bites on a shoot in the woods. The day before that I bled from a cut on location. I still have some sore muscles from a modeling gig the day after.
When a pro model is paid for a few hours of service, that pay is also covering a ...few hours of prep not seen, many hours of training, the investment in learning, the effort to improve, and the overhead of finding work and developing business.
The investment made by photographers, makeup artists, costume/fashion designers, prop makers, set decorators, and all other talent and crew skills should not be underestimated either.