My very first professional shoot was a TFP (trade for picture/print) yesterday morning with Ikonas Photography. Check out one of the photos we got from yesterday! We met at 7am on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, and it was pretty cold out. It was hard to find a good place to shoot, so we ended up climbing over the fence of the BU Boat House and shooting there. Thankfully we did not get busted for trespassing-- and the images are simply wonderful.
Therefore, I can now officially call myself a freelance model/dancer. I have a ModelMayhem profile, which I actually set up when I was back in Singapore but never activated. Through MM, I have been contacted by several photographers. Julius was not actually supposed to be my very professional first shoot- I had another photographer cancel on me Friday due to family emergency. However, I don't think I could have asked for a better starting experience!
Here's the thing about freelancing- it's not the easy way to go. It's probably easier to get an agent, but you seriously lack the flexibility you get with freelancing. If I don't want to shoot with someone, I don't have to. I can build my portfolio as quickly or slowly as I want, and there's no pressure from anyone to do anything I don't want to. Freelancing doesn't pay well to start (I didn't get paid for this shoot, and I don't expect to get paid in the near future), but it eventually will pay for itself in regards to clothes/shoes/makeup necessary to start. I'm definitely finding that dance is an asset to this business.
I'll probably do a bit of a series about freelance modelling, but these are just my starting experiences. I'm pretty proud of myself for deciding to do this, and even though it was an early morning, it was worth it!