I just turned down eight weeks of modelling work (a class every Monday afternoon) because I had a preexisting job on two of those days.
Maybe that’s stupid. Maybe I should’ve told the other school I couldn’t make it and to find a replacement for me. But the other school is one that’s given me a lot of work in the past, not to mention a fantastically useful coaching session on how to pose better. I feel like it’s better, in the end, to establish myself as a reliable, never-cancelling person with this loved and trusted school than to bail on them for someplace I’ve never actually worked before. The devil you know, etc., etc.
Shit. I hope I did the right thing.
The guy from the new (to me) school didn’t seem put off by my decline, though; when I asked him to call me if he has anything else for me, he said he would and his tone sounded sincere. He mentioned to me that someone had said I was really good (Awww. I wonder which of my references that was?)
He also asked if I could recommend anyone, and said they could be male or female, so I told him I’d ask Doug to call. Doug got sick the other day and couldn’t work (at the school both of us pose for) and I was the first one he offered his shift to, so I’m returning the favour (and hoping to establish a pattern where we vouch for each other and give each other work. Yay networking!)
And that’s been my day so far.
I don’t suppose any of my readers coordinates life models and can tell me whether I made the right call? Maybe it’s totally commonplace for a model to cancel a class because they were offered something better and longer-term. Maybe everyone in the industry knows it happens and it’s not a big deal. I just really don’t wanna establish a bad reputation, especially with that one school because I love them.