Art Modeling - A Great Job for Aspiring Models
When you think of all the different ways to be a model, art modeling probably doesn’t come to mind, but it can be a great way for aspiring models to develop their careers and earn money.
Art modeling is an untapped source of income for aspiring models who want to make money while advancing their modeling skills and growing their portfolio. Because art modeling isn’t usually at the forefront of an aspiring model’s mind, they often have questions about it once they consider trying it.
Here are answers to three common questions people have about art modeling.
What Does It Pay?
While all modeling jobs have a different rate of pay, modeling for an art class tends to earn you between $20-$30 for each hour of work you do, and a session usually lasts at least three hours. You will move positions regularly and get short breaks, as well, so this is a decent wage for the amount of work required. If you are the sole model for an artist or photographer, you will likely earn more per hour, but these sessions often last longer than three hours.
How Do I Get Hired?
There are a few different ways to find art modeling jobs. The best and safest way is through a modeling agency. If you don't yet have an agency, you can go to an art studio in person and inquire about art modeling jobs and leave your information so they can contact you if a position opens. You can also search online job boards for art modeling jobs, but make sure you learn about the studio ahead of time, so you don’t get yourself into a dangerous situation. Alternatively, you can contact colleges and local schools that have art classes and see if they are looking for art models. When you are seeking art modeling jobs, you will probably find out there aren’t enough opportunities to turn it into a full-time career, but you can earn some extra income on a part-time basis.
Do I Have to Be Nude?
One of the biggest reservations models have with trying art modeling is based on the assumption they will need to be nude in front of a crowd while they are drawn. Some jobs do require nude modeling, but there are clothed art modeling jobs too. This is why you need to get all the details about a job before you accept it. An ad for this type of work will generally explain if it is clothed or nude modeling, but if not, be sure to ask ahead of time. Not all art modeling is nude, so if that is something you’re concerned about, you still have a chance to do clothed art modeling.
See more on this topic at our modeling expert site at TheBalance.com (formerly About.com)
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