I think I have come to the point in my career where I really don’t have any more fucks to give. Seriously, why do I do what I do? I do it because I love it. In the process of all of this I have to deal with some very messed up people. And I’m not talking about the talent I have to deal with at all! The models and actors are quite easy to deal with. It’s the idiot guys who drive me insane.
I get random texts from people asking me “how do I get models naked?” Hire a nude model! Really simple. But then they go on and on about how they have a model in mind for a shoot they really want to do but that model doesn’t pose nude, so how can they convince her. How about you try this, don’t be a dick and don’t try to get someone to do something they don’t want to do!
I am currently scheduling a shoot with a model, she doesn’t do nudes, she is kind of considering implied nude. So do you want to know what I told her? Sure you do. I said why don’t we shoot this concept (insert concept here) and if you feel comfortable we can try some implied shots, if you don’t like them I won’t show them to anyone. And guess what, even if there is a nip slip or if she ends up not wanting them shown, nobody will ever see them.
This industry seriously lacks respect. There are a couple of models who got sued recently for creating a black list of photographers who have allegedly acted in an inappropriate way with other models. I won’t talk about the list and my opinion of it, but I knew of two of the photographers on it and they are very sleazy guys! I know this from personal conversations with them.
But of course there were some photographers who were all butt hurt for being put on this list and they had to sue the models. Once again, egocentric male photographers blaming female models for calling them out for their inappropriate behavior. I’m so over this industry.
This is why I blog a lot. I really need to vent sometimes and I have probably lost a lot of followers because I am not part of this stupid “Boys Club” of idiots who just want to sexually exploit women because it is the only way they can get close to an actual woman. Okay, maybe I’m wrong there, but that is totally what it seems like. I get emails from these guys, one offered to pay me anything it took to get one model to shoot pornographic photos with me. Dude, I don’t shoot porn. But this is what I deal with.
I am about one more step away from just focusing on art and leaving this whole industry behind. Of course I have already started my new project which is much more positive and already super fulfilling. But this has been a very weird year. I don’t know why it has gotten so crazy, all I know is that I am over it.
The good news is that I had a great shoot with Nicole over the weekend. She was part of a mentoring session and she hung out at our place an extra day to shoot some fun photos around the house. This is why I keep on doing what I do. I get to meet some cool people and create some fun images that have absolutely nothing to do with anything except for creating fun images. I need more days like this.