I have been really lucky with this prodigious year of art modeling. Seems like almost every day I’m getting an email or a text, returning a call, sitting with my calendar open on my lap as I write down a booking. I’m not certain but I think that this period – from last September to the present – has bestowed my most thriving and steady work schedule. Just today I booked six dates! To what can we attribute this current bounty? Many factors I suppose. An active art scene. My own proactive efforts to maintain contacts and connections. And maybe a little of my reputation as a reliable, dedicated art model who people seem to enjoy working with. Go figure 😛
I share this with all of you not to be boastful, but to counterbalance previous blog posts in which I’ve expressed the frustrations and unpredictability of freelance work. It’s nice when those of us who don’t have a steady 9 – 5 job can claim a stretch of consistency in our employment. Steady work is good. Steady independent work is especially good. Steady independent work when you love what you do is as close to professional fulfillment as you can get. And I love what I do. However, I take nothing for granted. I am wise enough to appreciate it and enjoy it now, while it lasts, and anticipate the imminent summer season which slows down considerably.
It is most fitting that I salute my thriving art modeling schedule with an artist who equally appreciates a full plate of pursuits, my dear friend Daniel Maidman. Last Monday, Daniel managed to find time amid his many creative endeavors, such as writing for the Huffington Post, to draw me at Spring Studio. I was so happy to see him! We had terrific fun and, as always, he created lovely figure drawings of me: