The blog always makes me feel better, so I thought I’d write a little.
I’m approaching the end of this traveling modeling for a little while. For the rest of the year at least, and then we’ll see what happens in the spring. No job related reason, I’m just getting too busy to be gone 140 days a year.
I’m presently on tour in the Southeast. Stops include Birmingham, Atlanta, Tampa and Orlando among others. And I’m having one of the worst trips of my career. I’m making money, but in the past several days I’ve had over 30 hours of bookings cancel for this week and next. This amount of work is the equivalent of my entire tuition bill for the fall. I have it all covered and everything, so no dire straits, but I’m so disappointed that this happened!
Many of the people who cancelled are my long time clients. Any they’re canceling for reasons like ‘I didn’t plan the money right’ or ‘I booked another job.’ Things I’ve had on the calendar since April – evaporating. I plan on one or two cancels every trip, and as much as 30% in places like LA….but I’m well over 50% at this point. I feel so disrespected…what happened to planning or at least a decent amount of notice? Most of them haven’t even * apologized*. I’m on this trip solely to work/travel while I have time before school starts, so when someone cancels I literally have nothing else to do. I’m spending hours and hours in Starbucks online attempting to rebook, sending out my pathetic “Last minute availability in your area” notices.
This isn’t a cry for sympathy, outrage, or even bookings. I’m doing a little venting here, but mostly trying to reason out what I’m going to DO about this problem. Model Jess can’t start knocking heads together because I have to be nice to my clients, even the (apparently) shitty ones. But at this point I feel extremely taken advantage of. I’ve never liked the idea of a shit list or a ‘do not recommend’ section, but its getting to that point. In the past I’ve felt that such actions would move me from ‘easy going, nice to work with’ to ‘high maintenance drama bitch’ which I’ve so painstakingly avoided. In three years of communicating with knuckleheads on MM, I haven’t made even one inflammatory remark.
This frustration paired with my upcoming hiatus may be the perfect storm. It may be time to tell it how it is, start spending some of that political currency, but I’m trying to think of the best way to do this.
Tangentially, I’ve never taken deposits and until this trip it hasn’t proved to be a problem, but if I resume this mode of work, I will certainly institute a deposit system.