A very dramatic title I know. I just thought I should lay my cards down on the table on a thread rather than in my profile notes as I’ve been told they’re too long anyway! And I’ve been asked several times “Are you really quitting? All photographers know it’s just a marketing ploy” – ouch!
From October to mid June I’m planning on pretty much being a library and dance hermit. No shoots whatsoever as I absolutely need to get good grades (if you see me online tell me to bugger off back to my work!) then I’ll be in the big wide scary graduate world. I don’t think modeling looks great on a CV as you’re relying on the CV-reader being open minded and non-assuming. You think “model” and then many think “page 3” “tits, mmm” “stuck up/snobby” “Ooh maybe I can get with her” “airhead”.
Many from my last tour said they’d hope to see me back up again in Scotland, and I had to say I hope I didn’t see them again cos that means I’d be unemployed!! Eek. Job hunting takes up so much time especially if you want to spend a lot of time writing decent job applications and Bristol living is expensive.
Cross your fingers for me that I’ll get a 2.1 or higher and that I’ll land a job reasonably quickly! I don’t suppose I’ll ever truly quit and will continue to dip my toe in on the odd Saturday if I can be tempted.
I’m off to the states again next week – decided to make the most of the travelling opportunities modeling offers so that’s why you won’t be seeing my mug in any more UK portfolios this summer.
To those that have me on your Want to Work With List now would be the time to get in touch to add me to my email list of certain areas. If I do happen to travel next summer I’m probably going to tour the Ontario and Texas areas, and if I do give modeling a month more I’m most likely doing London and the north west I’ll probably leave my profile up as a gallery/museum of what life was like for me in 2011-2013!
You are right - the labour market is deeply scary, and especially so for new graduates. I'm glad that I'm not in your shoes right now. It's difficult at all levels, but youth unemployment (or at least under 25) has never been higher. The best of success in your degree course, and in finding relevant and rewarding employment thereafter.
Remember though that "model" is just another form of "self-employed entrepreneur" so take the attributes adn skills from the time you spend NOT in front of the camera and emphasise those - logistics, marketing, book-keeping, networking, budget control etc. - all models do this when they are not modelling.
The same goes for your dancing - you are not just a ballroom dancer, you are the President of a significant organisation and are developing the management and business process skills that go with that.
Whatever you do, do NOT undersell yourself, others will do that for you - they are called HR Managers.
I'm glad that I got to work with back in April, I wonder if Tim has got the reflector back in the case yet. Very best wishes for whatever you do in the future. If anyone starts a thread "Best Models Ever" you know that you'll be there.
Your posting prompted me to look at your profile, - all I can say is WOW! I hope you have your own album of all these shots, you'll be able to look back at them with pride, - credit to the photographers of course but you're the one who basically created the image they took.
I've had to take a step back from modelling for the sake of my degree...so I completely understand where you are coming from! Don't disappear completely though Jen...I still want to shoot with you in the future please!