I get asked quite a lot about my work. People want to know why I do what I do, how I got into it, how they can get into it, if they can hold my reflector etc etc etc.
I also get asked a lot about the models. What do they get out of it? Do they make any money doing it? Do they really just come round your house on their own and get naked on your Moms bed? etc etc etc.
There's a lot to this business so I thought I'd put together a series of blogs that interviews both models and photographers and gives you a little glimpse into the good and bad of what we do.
First up is Beffy. Beffy is an internationally published model based in Birmingham as well as a social policy and criminology student. She is also better at Skyrim than you.
Why did you get into modelling?
The honest reason I got into modelling was because I wanted to see how cool I could look on camera. Haha! I wanted to see if I could see myself from someone else's perspective, and how someone else could see what I couldn't. A lot of models say that it is to boost their self-confidence, but not for me. If anything it has made me become more reclusive about my appearance, looks and how people think of me! Since I've been doing this I genuinely care less about what people think of me... that's kinda weird to say haha!
What do you enjoy about it?
I've been doing this for three years now, and it's now starting to become routine, but still very enjoyable. I like meeting and working with new people on the weekly basis. It really highlights how different people are! I also enjoy how photographers, MUA's, stylists etc perceive me as a business woman - as being someone they have never met, as I believe first impressions count for everything. I love the clothes I get, the money I make, the tips and tricks I get taught, and the amount I learn about life and the world with every passing shoot.
What don't you enjoy about it?
I don't enjoy the frequent expectations from people. Every person I have worked with, or has researched my profile, will know that I do not do this full-time; I don't want to be agency signed again, I don't want to be in this for a long time and I most definitely don't want a career in the business, but people assume I do. Therefore, they put the same pressure and expectations on me as they would do a full-time professional. Being completely honest - I do not like the repulsive chase some guys have. Recently I have been with a person who I found out was using me as an accessory, and when you get introduced to others as 'the model', it makes you feel horrible, like you're being objectified and people have this opinion that you're stupid because of what you do (or people have with me), then when I tell them what I have achieved, and what I want to achieve they look at me as if I won't... I really hate that because I am an intelligent woman.
How do you feel about the fact that some people find what you do offensive?
Honestly, it does not bother me. I can completely comprehend where those people come from; everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and its hard not to stereotype, but that does not mean that people should do it.
Do you feel like you ever feel like you are ever treated badly or disrespected by men / women because of what you do? How does this differ between the sexes?
Absolutely. Over the past few years I have had some rather 'interesting' experiences, with some revolting people. Without exception, when I shoot with someone that I don't know through the business, they haven't got references from people I know or I feel uneasy about the shoot, I will ask to bring a chaperone. The sole purpose is to ensure my safety. I have had some photographers throw abuse, argue with me and say bad things about me because I want to bring someone with me... to ensure my safety? I remember a few separate occasions I could get into, however the one that my mother always brings up really put things into perspective for me - about 2 years ago I was supposed to do a lingerie shoot with a team of 6 different people (all being men), in a hotel room, in the middle of Birmingham, all lingerie was to be provided and I was not to drive up. I knew something wasn't right about the shoot, but they offered me £3,000 to do it, which is WAY above my rates (dodgy!) I asked to take my mother as a chaperone, and I had abuse hauled at me for the next two weeks... what do you think would have happened if I went? I've got my own opinions, but I was petrified.
You can take a look at my shoot with Beffy or have a look at more of her work and get in touch with her through her Facebook page by clicking the buttons below.