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Model Behavior With Sharon Quinn: Part 5 - Is it time for a "Spring Cleaning" of your Career?, 6/01/2008
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Part 5: Is it time for a "Spring Cleaning" of your Career?

A few weeks ago I found myself in the difficult position of comforting a friend whose world had recently been turned upside down, when both her lover and her roommate abruptly moved out of her apartment on the same day.  After watching her pack up the remaining belongings of her former lover and roommate and place them in bags to be given to Goodwill, I told her to try and think of all of the events that took place during the last few days as a "Spring Cleaning" of the closet of her life.

It got me to thinking about "Spring Cleaning" from a model's perspective and I wondered aloud....

Is it time for a "Spring Cleaning" of that "Closet" that's otherwise known as your modeling career?

Let's pull out that portfolio shall we?  Open it up and take a long look...then ask yourself honestly:

Are the last photos that I shot over 6 months old? 

Do I have photos in my book that are OVER 5 years old?

Do I have clippings from circular advertisements (i.e. K-Mart or Macy's) in my book?

Does my book contain photos that are out of focus and/or dated?

Do I have photos in my book that no longer look like how I look NOW?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions then it's probably time for you to do a "Spring Cleaning" of your portfolio.  If your photos are more than six months old and you aren't getting many requests from your book, it's probably time for you to think about testing again.  On the other hand if you are still walking around with a book filled with pictures that are more than a few years old unless they are tear sheets, you should probably start removing those as well.  Clients are always interested in seeing the work you've done but they are more interested in the "current" you.

Putting circular advertisements in your book is generally an across the board no-no.  They are usually printed on newspaper quality paper and are cheaply printed and they just don't look "professional" and that's why most models (although we DO love getting the work don't get it twisted) refrain from putting those particular "tears" in their books.  If you have them in your book currently – EVEN if you have NO OTHER tear yourself a favor and take them out.  You can verbally TELL a client that you've done this sort of work if don't HAVE to show them the actual circular.  The same goes with tear sheet pages ripped from a mail order catalog.  FYI, when you DO begin to acquire tear sheets please take a moment to make sure that they are evenly trimmed on all sides before you add them to your book.  Neatness DOES count here - A neatly kept portfolio is a professional looking portfolio.



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