I have done five test shoots. I will admit at this point I was expecting to be paid rather then shuttled around the inner city. For the first I received a beauty gift bag (although I will admit, much better than Colleen's cheap perfume and weight watchers biscuits), the second unlimited hair treatments for a year and the last three nothing at all. I do complain but the second one did give me a golden ticket to hair expo (the fashion week of hair dressing) but I suspect that I would of gone anyway considering how many other girls from Vivien's are going. Any opportunity to get the hair jobs is taken well as they are always something interesting: Annie style wringletts, apple green extensions, foot high towers, conch shaped swirls, hot pink corn rolls with so much hair spray that I cant tell when frantically trying to undo it before running out to get take away what is the bobby pin and what is my hair.
One of the hardest decisions of my little life has been weather to go to Fashion Week or an art trip to Arthur Boyd's studio on the Shoalhaven River for a week. A very difficult decision as it felt like my entire life rested upon it and every direction voiced a different opinion on the matter. I chose art despite swearing to prioritizes modeling. On reflection, yes, I regret it but as all the 'stay in school' advocates said "there will always be next year" (although they will probably be no more enthusiastic as it is my HSC year).
I have joined Instagram under 'sophiewarnervivs'. "Follow me" as just about everyone says. So far it is going well and I am starting to see what all the fuss is about with my followers climbing to 100.
After over eight months I have finally gotten the pictures from Christine. I emailed the photographer, waited two months for him to say that he was in New York and didn't have the pictures, emailed Christine, waited for her to reply, sent her a USB through the post, got a call saying that the letter had torn, waited for her to send another one and finally, fine-all-y here they are:
Jo Candelaria has sent me cuts-outs of the third test shoot that had been published in beauty industry magazines. Although I didn't particulary like these ones It seems that everyone else does, curious.
And, as a first, one of the photographers has sent in their pictures within the month! It is ridiculous the number of people who say two weeks but will not give you anything until you chase them to the point of harassment. Here is proof that my growing cynicism should be quashed.
I feel that each of my photo-shoots is getting progressively better despite no increase in actual work. The above and the latest ones I am especially proud of as they soften the planes of my face into something that is beautiful rather then shocking. Some of the previous ones were really raw. With each job I do something different and learn something new. I look forward to showing off my new pictures for prospective clients and hopefully there will be more good news to report.