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1. Who Should Model?

Modeling is a valuable activity for people who have, or who want,
a career in any performing art.  It is helpful for development of
self-image, and correction of minor physical and emotional
imbalances.  It is a good way of making friends and of getting
involved with groups of people who are interested in artistic
happenings.  Above all, it is itself a performing art, worthy of
respect’as such.  People who can recognize this, and have the ability
to carry it out, make good models.
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2. Model’s Rights

2.  What Models Should Consider Their Rights at Drawing Sessions

A)  Personal respect.

B)  Adequate payment (about fifteen to twenty dollars an hour, in the area of
Raleigh, NC in 2010): negotiations should be completed
before a session starts.

C)  No photograph will be taken without advance notice to and
agreement of the model.

D)  No photograph will be exhibited or submitted for publication
without the model’s consent, written and witnessed (see
sample model release form. Appendix D).

E)  Studio must be physically comfortable (heat, bathroom,
furniture, cleanliness).

F)  Reasonable posing requirements (length of poses, length of
session, length and frequency of breaks).

G)  Sessions will not last beyond scheduled time.

H)  Care in regard to physical contact.  Touch may be proper or
may be improper; an “impersonal” touch – because it is
impersonal – is basically improper, under any circumstances,
and demands apology.  Ordinarily, permission should be
asked for any direct touch.  The request with its acceptance,
makes the touch personal.

I)  Payment on a reasonable, and previously agreed, schedule.

3. Artist’s Rights

3.  What Artists Should Consider Their Rights at Drawing Sessions

A)  Model will provide at least 24-hour notice, and suggest an
alternate, if unable to take part in a session.

B)  Model provides full attention to best possible modeling.

C)  Artist’s work is private, and need not be shared (of course,
sharing can be very helpful indeed).

D)  Model will fulfill any reasonable contract agreed to before
a session or set of sessions has begun.

E)  Model will arrive on time, and will not leave early:
exceptions require notice.

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4. Modeling as a Base for a Broader Career

Most people who model do not consider modeling their primary
career, but model to increase their income while they are trying to
develop careers in other fields.  Good modeling itself, however, is a
performing art, and deserves to be respected as such, by models as
well as by everyone else.  A quick illustration: an actor who models
well learns to act from the body out instead of from the costume out.

Stress aspects of modeling which most apply to other things that
interest you; performance, athletics, design, health, personal
relations, fashion, or whatever.  These stresses will help your
modeling itself, as well as other things you do.

5. Fashion Modeling

Fashion modeling differs from modeling for life-drawing for
several reasons:

A)  The fashion-modeling job is better paid.

B)  The career of a fashion model is usually short, because
magazines don’t want to use faces and figures that have
become familiar.

C)  Clothes, make up, and hair serve as focus for fashion work.

D)  Very few people are accepted as fashion models.  Art
modeling is not likely to provide a successful entree, but
gives practice.

E)  Fashion modeling is for advertising, and is more eligible for
misuse than art modeling is, though both can be misused, and
both can be appropriate.