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Model Behavior With Sharon Quinn: Part 1 - Models Behaving Badly, 2/01/2008
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Meet Sharon Quinn

As a veteran plus sized model with many years both behind and in front of the camera under my belt, I am shocked at the alarming trend of "Models Behaving Badly" amongst the growing number of aspiring plus sized models.  I decided to pen this particular article after a dinner conversation among several industry notables turned to the subject of photo shoots and the behavior of the models.   As veterans to the business we know there are rules spoken and unspoken as well as etiquette seen and unseen in the business of plus sized fashion.  With it being a new year and all, I figured this would be a great time to start reviewing some them for those of you who are either already in or thinking of entering the plus model industry.
 
Punctuality – As a casting producer I have heard and seen MANY a horror story about models who show up hours late for castings, bookings and/or shows and many without any sort of excuse at all.  Be warned, this is the kiss of death for ANY model whether you're a newbie or a pro.  Why?  Because TIME IS MONEY, (even when YOU are not being paid).  Producers spend LOTS of money to book studio time for castings.  Clients spend LOTS of money for photographers for their campaigns.  Photographers spend LOTS of money to rent space and hire a crew for a shoot.  Agents spend LOTS of time and energy selling you to clients hoping to receive a return on their investment (YOU).  And so on and so on.....Get the point?   When a model shows up on the set late, leaves early or (Gasp!) doesn't show up at all...EVERYONE pays for it – including you.  Bad news spreads like wildfire in fashion circles and clients will be reluctant to hire you if you build a reputation for being unreliable.
 
Be On Time!!  Plan your route ahead of time if you know you have to travel.  It's better to be a few minutes early than late.  A late model is a non-working model.  
 
Open and Closed Sets – It is not uncommon to be a little nervous on the set of a photo shoot, particularly if it's your first one and your nerves are a little unsteady.  I don't really care for the idea of bringing someone other than your agent or manager on set with you unless you are underage and parental presence is required.  If you absolutely positively MUST have someone with you, please have the common courtesy to clear it in advance with either your Set Producers and/or photographer and then have your guest bring a good book to read.  I STRONGLY recommend that you do NOT bring your husband/boyfriend/partner/significant other with you.  Personal emotions can (and usually will) run high during photo sessions and that sort of energy can destroy the chemistry between the photographer & the model and ruin the entire shoot. 
 
Leave the personal bodyguard at home.  His or her presence and/or opinions are not required on the set.
 
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