This is a space for me to share my experiences as a spiritual, brainy urban model as I maneuver through the cracks and walls in the small world of the modeling/entertainment industry. This journey will test my morals & values, my educational knowledge, my artistic expression, my spiritual foundation, and ultimately challenge me being “MADE”. This is the beginning of my plus mark to make a spark.
So, a few months ago I did this video for B.o.B “Lonely People”. I was contacted through the director via Model Mayhem, a great website for networking in the modeling world. I agreed to do the video for 2 dollars!! Dude, I figured this is my first “paid” job, I better make the most of it, LOL. So I did the video, not knowing B.o.B’s reputation and never actually met him in person because it was done on green screen in the director’s apartment. The video actually came out to be super dope and although I was just an extra, I had multiple friends contacting me asking me about it after they had seen me. I was lowkey excited! The video is a bit raunchy for my taste, so I wondered how it would affect my reputation, and overall I believe I portrayed myself in a positive light, and maintained respect for my body while performing in the video.
Now, I have this dilemma. Another rap artist, Yung Cash (who I also don’t know, lol), contacted me and wants to me be in his video for his song “Money Maker”. It’s unpaid. I’m unsure because it’s unguaranteed exposure. I also hope he’s not a creeper, lol, jk he has an official myspace music page. His image is a bit thuggish, which almost makes me want to work with him because I can relate to his swagger after growin’ up in my hood. I’m delighted to help out most times, but I’m conflicted because I want my work to reflect my attitude (sophisticated, sexy, and classy). If I accept this offer will I compromise the kind of reputation I’m trying to establish for myself, or will it open up more doors for networking in the industry and is just a means to an end? What would you do? Yung Cash seems like a very nice guy, so I want to do some research and hear the lyrics to the song before I agree. -I’ll have updates next time-
On another note, I had recent photoshoots that came out SICK! One I paid for, the other a family friend did it for free. I started my port working with photographers for (TFCD-trade for CD). Based on the results, I will never be a cheapo when it comes to building my portfolio. Paying was well worth my money, and although my family friend did a great job, I can see the professionalism in paying vs. non-paying shoots. Soon, I hope to be the one being paid though! There is a difference between working with male vs. female photographers…read my next blog ;)
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