RE: Modeling is easy money
You have the blessings and encouragement of everyone who does it or
would like to do it. Best of luck!
The downside is getting started. Unless one lives in an area where
the art community is very active, finding work as a model for
anyone but a hot-bodied 20-something female is a daunting task.
Outside of those urban/suburban areas, where there might be one or
two life drawing sesssions per week within 50 miles, there is no
market for a variety of models.
IMO, it's an example of feedback in action. If there are a couple
of weekly classes or open studios within a reasonable distance,
their need for models is small and they usually have a few regulars
on tap to meet their needs. It is a safe assumption that pro or
advanced amateur models don't live there. They are where the action
So what happens if the existing sessions want or need a different
type of body than their usual roster of models can provide, or some
group decides to start their own weekly sessions based on a full
range of body types? What do they do? All those "interesting"
bodies are elsewhere precisely because there is no call for them
there, so they are left without access to them.
The feedback effect is as follows:
1. Limited modeling openings mean that there are no opportunities
for models with real-world bodies.
2. Models with real-world bodies therefore go where there is a
demand for them, taking them out of the modeling pool.
3. When there is a need for models with real-world bodies, they
can't be found.
4. Ergo the modeling jobs remain restricted to the existing
5. GOTO 1.
Colleges tend to get their models from the students, although they
are more likely to have an occasional need for variety than are
private groups and open studios. One drawing instructor at a nearby
college wrote this in response to an email.
Our studio assistant posts ads for models as needed- and I
understand that the great majority of replies come from women. But
we're talking about very small numbers- no statistically
significant info here, I'm afraid.
One thing to consider is that if there are just a few possible
groups or classes in areas away from the population centers, they
may not advertize for male models because from experience they
don't expect to find any. They post generic requests for models and
wait for the responses from the females.
Why don't more men apply? One cause could be that while men are
more likely than women to enjoy being nude, they are less likely
than women to offer their nude bodies to artists and art
As nudists, we are well aware of the preponderance of males (e.g.,
at TN), to the extent that many resorts have quotas for single men
in a misguided attempt to create an artificial balance of men and
women. However, the same men who drop trou immediately at the
nudist venues would balk at standing nude in front of artists while
they stare at his body and try to capture it on paper. One possible
reason for that is the difference between being one of many nudes
with no one paying attention vs being the only nude and the focus
There are three other factors that can put significant roadblocks
in the path of male models:
1. There is a mindset in many men that it is "gay" for a man to
allow himself to be studied and drawn naked.
2. There is a foolish assumption by male artists/students that
drawing nude men (particularly if the drawing includes the
genitalia) is evidence that they are "gay".
3. A good many male "artists" and "art students" are there for the
sole purpose of looking at naked women, not in doing art, and they
will avoid or walk out of sessions where the model is a male.Sadly,
the classes or group organizers cater to the immature twits and
schedule only females, denying the real artists access to half of
There is little chance that the situation will change until a
certain segment of the human race grows up.
The only advice I can offer is to find the classes or groups within
a reasonable distance, and contact or visit them to find out if
they are interested in working with the male form.
Also be ready to self-promote. Practice in front of a mirror and
work up a number of poses that would be interesting to draw and
that can be held for different times, as long as 30 minutes between
breaks if the person with the timer misses the 20-minute break
Once you have a retinue of poses at your command, contact the folks
in charge and offer your services. I would suggest having someone
take a few shots of you in poses and use them as "advertizing".
However, I have no personal experience with that, and I defer to
the views of the active models as to whether a basic portfolio
would be useful for a first-timer.
If you live where there are opportunities, go for the gusto!