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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Craigslist


Oh, what to say about craigslist. When it comes to modeling gigs, it can be both good and bad so I'll just give some basic outlines. This particular entry should be read by all young girls who are under the age of 18 and by their parents as well.

Craigslist is comprised of people who are offering services, goods, etc. It's anonymous and you are dealing with strangers. It is easy to be scammed and taken advantage of. When used properly and with caution, Craigslist is an excellent source for getting modeling gigs, among the hundreds of other things that are on there.

There is a section called "Gigs" and under that is a sub-section called "Talent". This is where you will find everything having to do with all types and kinds of modeling. Please note that while there is an "Adult" section dealing with adult modeling and XXX type of stuff, these posts do randomly get posted under the "Talent" section, so be careful as you go through these.

For beginner models looking for ways to expand or start their portfolio, there are tons of great photographers who post on craigslist all the time seeking models to work with for TFP/TFCDs (Remember those? If not, check my post about Model Lingo but it's basically a free photo shoot).

These are great opportunities to get professional shots without having to pay for them. Most photographers will post saying they are looking for models for TFP/TFCDs to add to their portfolio or will list if they are looking for a specific kind of model and what project it's for.

If you are considering working with any photographer from Craigslist, be sure to read over the post carefully and make sure that it is a photo shoot where beginners or models with little to no experience are wanted. Note where the photographer is from (if it's listed) and the nature of the project, if given.

Contact the photographer via the email address given and take things from there. Make sure before you meet up with this photographer, that you've seen their work. When you first contact them, ask to see their portfolio and choose a photographer whose style matches yours and/or the type of look you want to create.

If you're under the age of 18, have your parents arrange the photo shoot with the photographer and make sure that an adult who is over 21 is present with you during the shoot. Any professional, legit photographer will be open to having supervision on the shoot, especially when the model is a minor.

Do not, do not, do not bring one of your girlfriends with you or someone who is under 21, even if they're 18. As I've said before, even up the moment you meet the photographer, this person is a stranger to you and there are a lot of suspicious characters who post on craigslist.

Stay away from photographer posts who say they will do the shoot in their room or personal residence. If they have a studio set up in their home, that's different, but even in this event, take a parent with you to that place first to see if everything checks out.

Craigslist can be a useful tool in networking and building your career but if you are underage and still starting out, be careful and involve your parents. Do not go about trying to get modeling jobs and corresponding with photographers on your own.

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