I talked in my last post about my dreams of being a professional reseller. Well, that has to include stepping up my game on Etsy, which is my first love. I currently sell mugs and clothing. But clothing has something like an 80% higher chance of selling if it is modeled by an actual person and not just hanging or on a dress form. Currently, I use two dress forms, one large and one small (Thelma and Louise I call them.) I have a mannequin but she doesn’t have a stand so she’s just a mess to use. So the point is I need models, something I’ve known for a very long time. I’ve talked to people about doing it in the past but just never went through with it. So I took a leap and put up a Craigslist ad. I’ve had a lot of responses, more than I expected. Mostly women but a few men as well (I have menswear as well.)
Just talking to these people via email gives me anxiety. Then I have to meet them, then style and photograph them. I want it to be easy and fun but it’s going to be hard work just to show up. I’m trying to look far far into the future when, if I can get my anxiety away from this, it will just be something that I do that is comfortable. But I’m trying to be considerate of my feelings. I might find some great people and they might be great to work with but it still might be something that makes me uncomfortable. I’ve done it before though, I was a photographer before, and I’m trying to be confident that I can do it again.
I figure the more I plan this, the less things are left up to chance and the more control I have, the less I will feel anxious. So I do have a location scouted and confirmed, a neutral place that’s not my house where I normally take my photos. I’m also thinking that in the beginning I will focus just on doing the exact same thing I do currently with clothing on dress forms and not worry about styling very much. That’s something that can happen later if I get more comfortable. I mean, these aren’t exactly editorial shoots out in the desert with elephants and ponies. I can make it as easy or as difficult as I want.
So anyways, I have my first appointment with a potential model on Sunday at 3. Wish me luck!
*Note: the featured image is the reason I do not do my own modeling. :)