Slowest. Summer. Ever. Those three words just about sum up my modeling schedule for the next two months. Yes, summers are typically slow, but this year is easily the slowest ever in my experience. Such is the nature of freelance work that is seasonal in nature, and I’ve touched on this topic in previous posts. Some summer classes don’t get enough enrollment which leads to cancellations. And small private groups often suspend for the summer. So here I am; a model without a platform, a muse without a studio, a blogger without material. Cue the violins. Waaah! 😥
Model in the studio, 1900, by photographer Heinrich Zille:
Just kidding about the violins, of course. Don’t cry for me Argentina and hold the Kleenex. I shall make the best of it. Besides, this situation is partially my own fault. A few weeks ago, when the time was ripe to reach out and pursue summer bookings (which requires more initiative than during the regular school year) I was distracted with personal problems. So I kind of dropped the ball.
But I do have some work written in my calendar. I also have a few books on my summer reading list, volunteer opportunities at the local children’s hospital, the summer festival of Sacred Music at St. Bart’s, and museum exhibits I”m dying to see, namely Edward Hopper drawings at the Whitney Museum. As long as the restless need to model doesn’t make me completely cuckoo, it should be an interesting and fulfilling summer of discovery, leisure and, well, sunbathing 🙂 And should my phone ring out of the blue with an offering for a modeling gig, I’ll take it!