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Monday, 8 April 2013

To Do list for today- a typical model's "day off"

I just wanted to show you guys what a typical "day off"- i.e. a day not spent actually posing in front of a camera, and being paid- is like for me. Hopefully it will further help to dispel the myth that being a freelancer in general and a model in particular isn't "really" working, and help photographers and other clients understand that when you book a model, you are inevitably not simply paying for the number of hours spent pressing the shutter release. You're also paying for the time and money spent in the days preceding the shoot that a professional will use to prepare meticulously, and thus give you the highest possible standard of modelling, punctuality, pre-shoot comms, grooming, posing, skin tone and texture, and self-styling.
  • 8.30 am: Pilates
  • 9.40 am: Shower
  • 10 am: Buy baking potatoes, salad, coffee, goat's cheese and smoothie ingredients, and make 2 x Glowing Green Smoothie. Have a pint for breakfast. Par-boil potatoes
  • 11 am: skinny goat's cappuccino and a banana. Put potatoes in oven
  • 11.30 am: Dye hair. Check-in online for various flights over the next three weeks while colour is setting
  • 12 pm: lunch
  • 12.45 pm: rinse out dye, pick a dress, lipstick, mascara and shopping bag
  • 1.15 pm: leave house
  • 2 pm: meeting with Fabulously Fetish, my favourite shoe couturier!
  • 3 pm: head back to East Finchley- with new shoes! :D Snack on fresh fruit on the way
  • 4 pm: full body waxing appointment (joy)
  • 4.45 pm: mani/ pedi
  • 6 pm: pick up dinner on the way home (Japanese?)
  • 6.30 pm: pack for Asia. Launder and press anything that needs it!
  • 7.30 pm: pack healthy lunch for the plane to Singapore tomorrow- maybe fruit, salad and leftover sushi
  • 7.45 pm: wash up etc
  • 8.15 pm: wash off makeup, brush and floss, scrub and moisturise, change into my vintage padded peach satin housecoat and enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fire while answering emails on my new laptop!
  • 10 pm: make a cup of homemade Detox Tea
  • 10.30 pm: go to bed with a book! It's quite entertaining so far... xxx

I go into the details of preparing for modelling work, from the very first moment a girl decides that she wants to become a model, much more in-depth in my book on non-agency modelling, The Ugly Girl's Guide to Becoming a Model. Join the community on Facebook now to be kept updated :)