Sitting on Standby

Since I got dangerously close to writing soft-core porn on my previous post (sorry about that), I figured I might provide something tame and innocuous to offset the naughtiness. Take a temporary hiatus from fantasizing, trembling, and heavy breathing if you will.

Nothing is more innocuous than the art model assignment known as “standby”. All busy art schools should have a standby system as far as I’m concerned. It’s the only way to handle model no-shows and guarantee a model in every class.

Standby is simple. A model is booked for standby during any given work slot, sits and waits in the office, ready to dash off when and if the call comes in. “The call” is a panicky instructor in his/her classroom, contacting the model registry’s office to report that the model has not shown up. The office tries to locate the missing model. If it appears that the model won’t make it, the standby is sent in his/her place. Problem solved. If no call comes in within an hour, the standby model is cut and free to go. Paid for the full three hours of his/her time. Good deal 🙂

I work at SVA, aka School of Visual Arts. The model coordinator, Jim, has an efficient standby system. I like working standby at SVA. You can just hang out, read, eat, check voicemail, do a crossword puzzle, give yourself a manicure, knit, even sleep! That is if you don’t mind putting your head down on the table and snoring like a rude, lazy slob. Hey, it happens! That’s standby for you.

My favorite way to pass the time during standby is chatting with Jim, for whom I’ve been working happily and contentedly for some time now. We talk about the art modeling business, the city, share many laughs, and have a very pleasant time. Standby is cool in my book. And after the rough, restless night I just had, sitting on standby this afternoon was just what I needed to chill out, calm my anxious nerves, and find emotionally stability. (Please, who am I kidding with that last one?)

In a stupid attempt to visually document standby, I snapped pictures of the SVA Model Registry’s Office. Folks, trust me, in the state I’m in right now with all this “crush” madness, be grateful for these tame, pointless pictures. The alternatives would stigmatize Museworthy with an X-rating and degrade me into the Internet porn underworld.

Our window on West 21st Street, with the SVA street banner hanging outside:

Directly across the street, West 21st. The heart of Chelsea:

The desk of a true model coordinator, with a “pose board” of photos on the wall:

The perfect ornament to dangle from a model office. Nice pose! Something to aspire to:

Happy Halloween everyone. Enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Sitting on Standby

  1. lkwinter says:

    I like seeing pictures of things in your daily life, not that nude pics are bad or anything. This was a nice look into the things you experience, with an added touch of simplicity; and clearly you’ve calmed a bit of your “crush” nerves here, like you came down back to earth for a minute. Don’t worry too much though, as frustrating as a crush can be, it’s a fundamental beauty of nature; means you’re not arrogant. When you start stalking the guy, that’s when we’ll worry. : )

  2. artmodel says:


    Great to hear from you! It’s nice to know that pictures of the SVA Model Registry office make for a good blog post in your eyes. I’ve taken better snapshots than those, but you are easy to please, my friend 🙂

    Yes, my nerves have calmed a bit about the crush. And they will likely calm some more over the weekend – only to see a resurgence next week! But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

    You’re right that I am not arrogant. I’m many things, but arrogant is not one of them. As for being a stalker, that’s not my thing. I have my own version of “stalking” – I do it completely in private, with candles, shrines, voodoo dances and rituals, some of which involve chanting and face-painting 😆 JUST KIDDING!!!!

    Actually, I’m quite normal. I’m emotional and sensitive, which, in my book, IS normal.

    Thanks for commenting, as always.


  3. Lavena says:

    Wow this is awesome! Hey I’m an art student. Except I’m more to the web! I found you through Blog Catalog. You’re school sounds really interesting!

  4. artmodel says:

    Lavena, thanks! Glad you found Museworthy, via BlogCatalog.

    Yes, the School of Visual Arts is an excellent school, although I work at several others here in NY.

    Thanks for commenting, and welcome!


  5. Stephanie says:

    Hey Claude,

    Love the picture looking out the window of the office. One of my favorite things to do as a kid, and later when I was taking acting classes in the city, was sit and look out the window. And there are no better windows to look out of than ones in New York.

    What a great post!


  6. artmodel says:

    Hey Steph!

    Great to hear from you and glad you liked these pictures. They didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped, but they do the trick. Like you said, New York is the perfect place for window-gazing.

    Email you soon.


  7. Standby modeling sounds like a great idea. Perhaps the School of the Art Institute of Chicago does this, but I have no idea if any venues in Chicago have standby models, even other schools (I’ve modeled for many). Unfortunately, non-school modeling sessions here seem to have a tough time scraping together enough cash for one model. I’ve modeled at a several in the past three years that have dissolved, which is sad.

    If I were a standby model, and the other model showed up, I would be very temped to make it a dual model session, just for the experience (dual model sessions are also a rarity around Chicago – I’ve been in only five dual sessions in three years. Three were draped and two were seated, back-to-back).

    All the Best,


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