After modeling for a while now, I can honestly say that there is one aspect to the modeling industry that still gets to me from time to time. Possibly because this particular episode happened to me just yesterday. Anyone who has modeled for a decent amount of time knows that you cannot, and won’t, get every job. It is simply impossible. There are likely tens if not hundreds of other models going to the same castings and auditions you are. This is not what bothers me. It is when you have been told that you have been confirmed for a job, make plans accordingly, and suddenly, the job is canceled or they don’t need you anymore.
A great modeling buddy of mine once told me a story about a time he was confirmed to be in a Puff Daddy music video as one of the lead roles. He got his eggs in order and set out for LA only to find out that night, Puff Daddy was arrested with Jennifer Lopez for a weapons violation in New York City! The video was canceled! My buddy went mad and destroyed four local bars, stole a chihuahua, and assaulted sixteen innocent bystanders. Now that last statement is a complete dramatization of course, but I suspect he wanted to. He actually took it well and shrugged it off. In my case, I was supposed to perform a large job for Baltimore National Harbor and come to find out two days prior, I am not needed anymore. Now this is fine, it’s more of the fact that I spent much time preparing and changing my schedule around that creates a bit of frustration for me. But I will be alright. There is a lesson to be learned here.
The lesson to learn from all this is that in the modeling industry, nothing is guaranteed. In the beginning I would hang my hat on jobs and cling to the idea of each one. Then when I didn’t get one, or did but lost it due to some mishap, I was crushed. This recent frustration simply reminds me that until I am actually on set actually doing the job, nothing %100 certain. This seems to apply significantly to those in modeling and furthermore, entertainment. So for anyone who is getting into one of these fields, just know that until you have done and been paid for the job, nothing is guaranteed.