Freelance Model

Jo started being a freelance model in summer 2015.Although she is not a well-known teen model , she believes that it is just a beginning. As long as she grasps the chances in the industry, she will be able to succeed .Before, she worked as a part time ballet instructor and an intern in an Indian diamond buyer company.She started her career as a freelance model when she accompanied a friend to a model casting, and found out that this job is flexible in terms of timetable.

Freelance model is a popular career among young girls in Hong Kong, as the time is flexible, and the income is good. There’s a job called freelance promoter, which is slightly different from freelance model, is even more popular, as promoter has less requirement in appearance.

Jo在2015年夏天開始從事自由模特兒。她還未成名,但她相信衹要堅持和把握機會,她就可以成功。她曾經當過兼職芭蕾舞導師和一家印度鑽石公司的實習生。她本來是陪朋友去模特兒試鏡,但去完之後,發現這工作的時間很彈性,於是開始有興趣去做了。自由業模特兒是頗多香港年青女孩會做的工作,因爲時間彈性,收入也可觀。有一種相似的工作是產品推廣員,就職要求比模特兒低,不用長得太漂亮也可以做,不少女孩也會在閑暇時接這種工作。

She once encountered a production house (i.e. something like model agency) who asked her to pay a few thousands for shooting a comp card. This is unreasonable because normally, model agency shoots comp card for models for free.  (A comp card is a marketing tool for actors and especially models. They serve as the latest

Sample of COMP CARD
Sample of COMP CARD

and best of a model’s portfolio and are used as a business card.)

有一次,她到一家製作公司面試,公司要求她付港幣數千元拍攝模特卡。但正常來説,模特卡是模特兒公司免費幫模特兒拍攝的,所以明顯地,這家製作公司是有問題的。

She loves this job, but she prefers to accept jobs that are more artistic rather than commercial. Commercial modelling requires models to look mainstream-ly beautiful, sweet and cute, and to just sell a product with punchlines provided by the clients. However, it is not realistic to choose clients according to personal preferences, and it is hard to avoid some compromising.

模特兒工作有兩種,一種是藝術型,另一種是商業型。而Jo比較喜歡接藝術型的工作,可是她接的大多數是商業型的工作。普遍來說,商業型模特兒工作要求較低,衹需要長得漂亮、甜美、主流就可以接。而模特兒衹需要聽從客人提供的資料去推廣一件商品,毫無性格和個人特質可言。新入行的模特兒不能選擇工作,不然就會流失機會,所以Jo暫時都接較多的商業廣告,這是一種不能避免的妥協。

The most difficult part of freelance model is to be ready every moment, like , having a fit figure, looking good and fresh, in good skin condition and in good mood to show affection in front of camera or to the audience. Also , it is important to do homework on the jobs, like if you receive a job on sportswear, you need to study how to pose for it.

這份工作最困難的就是要隨時保持最佳狀態,不論是體態上、皮膚狀態上、衣著上,還是心態上,都要保持著良好的狀態。另外,拍攝前的準備功夫也少不了,例如當你接了運動服飾平面廣告,你要學習其他模特兒如何擺POSE去賣這件產品。

The happiest part is meeting clients who take care of her feelings. It is normal for model agency to treat full-time contract models better than the freelancers. She worked for an ad that requires her to get wet in an air-conditioned studio, and the clients would hand her a big towel after shooting. She also loves clients who would communicate with her about how to pose or what to express, and she hates it when the clients only gives out a one-way direction for models.

她曾經遇上過體貼的客戶,令她覺得這份工作也不是那麽難受。有一次她需要在攝影棚裏面濕身拍攝,冷氣很大,她和其他模特兒都冷到不行。拍攝完畢後,客戶的代表馬上遞上毛巾和熱茶,也有問候她身體如何;她認爲做模特兒最開心的是遇上體諒的客戶,她也喜歡和客戶交流和談論如何拍攝、表達,她認爲,這樣的客戶比起一味命令她怎樣做的客戶好,因爲對她來説,模特兒工作不應衹是收錢,然後一味去任由客人/攝影師擺佈。

Other than money, the most rewarding thing of this job is getting photographed beautifully. It is also rewarding when the clients feel satisfactory of her photo shoots, and when she met other models as true friends in the industry. Last thing to mention is that she thinks freelance model is suitable for her as a career as she was a dancer in school, and she likes performing in front of audiences and she is very expressive. She is also not afraid of competition.

金錢以外,她最享受的是攝影師把自己拍攝的漂漂亮亮的。有時完了工作,她從客戶得到好的意見和稱贊,也會令她有成功感。在工作期間,她也認識了知心的年輕模特兒朋友,和她們互相支持,才令她能繼續堅持下去。最後,她認爲模特兒工作很適合她,她形容自己是一個表演欲很强的人,從小到大也跳舞,習慣了成爲大家的焦點,也很喜歡在觀衆前表演自己。她跳舞的背景也造就了她不怕競爭、堅强和愛表達的性格。

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