Modeling: The Option

Option. What a word. First, let me quickly explain what this word technically means in the modeling world. We all have agencies that try to get you booked for jobs. A client might be looking for a certain kind of model, and will start checking with different agencies which models they have that would fit their idea. The ones they like the best (with or without a casting), they will put on option.

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

What does The Option really mean

Alright, that was the more technical definition. Now here is what it means: we might pick you. Then again, we might not. For now, we just want to know if you're available. And if you're not, get available.

The word 'option' is without a doubt the most hope-giving and disappointing word in the modellng industry. A good option is like having an amazing guy or a girl flirt with you, and you know somewhere deep inside that that person is just too good looking, too perfect for you. Yet sometimes he or she will come and talk to you and other times, well, they go home with someone else.

What makes the option such a difficult concept as well is that the agencies normally don't help. Think about it from their point of view. They want to tell their models they are on option for big campaigns or good money jobs, because it shows the models that they are working for you. We got you an option! Yet it is always surprisingly hard to figure out how many models are on option. This is, of course vital information for your excitement. But in my experience, the answers remain rather vague. There are reasons for this: one agency might not be sure how many models are on option with other agencies. But I think there are also reasons for an agency to keep it a little vague, or to make the option seem stronger than it actually is: they need you to keep that day, or those days free. If an agency tells you you're on option, together with the major part of the models present in New York, you might plan a beach day. If it unsure how serious it is, or they tell you it is indeed serious, you'll be available.

Needless to say, hearing you have a big option is always nice. It's always better than having no options at all. But how to handle this terribly exciting word?

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos
Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

How to deal when an option falls through

  • First of all, never ever take it personal if you don't get the job. Think of all the times you didn't get a job. If you would have to be personally insulted all of these times, you'll be very busy, have a bruised ego and a lot of spite towards many people you've never even met! And the worst part of it is that nothing changes because of it. They were looking for a different look, a different style. They didn't reject you personally.
  • From the moment you hear you are on option for something big, you're going to try to not think about it too much, but somewhere in the back of your head you booked it, did well, and you're spending the money. So, a second tip: do not count your chickens before they hatch. Do not spend money that's not yours yet, do not claim a campaign that's not yours yet.
  • A third tip would be to not tell too many people about a big option. Think about it, why would you? Sure, it's exciting news, but on the other hand, it's not news yet! And then when the option doesn't go through, you'll be stuck with curious friends with the best intentions constantly reminding you of the disappointment, by asking you if you got it or not.
Marius by Alique
Marius by Alique

My Strategy

My strategy, after some too exciting options that bombed in the end has been to ask my agencies not to always tell me all the options. To let me know when it really gets serious. Like this, I don't get needlessly excited, and I know that if I do get a call about an option, it really means something. And from there on I move around with my fingers crossed.

Maybe by now I've slightly terrified you of this innocent-looking word, and if I did, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to.  I've just been fascinated for years by this word and the implications of it. To end it on a bright note, it's good to remember that no matter how deceptive the word is, you will always first need the option before you get the job.

Cheers!

Marius

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

 This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on May 12th 2012. Updated in 2019.


Modeling: Model Behavior

'Ah, you're a model! So, you fly around the world to nice places and you get your picture taken. No skills involved. Easy and overpaid job.'

This is the reaction I have received so many times over the years that a big part of me believed it as well. However, to do modeling as a job involves a lot more things than most people can imagine. I think, especially in the beginning years I would have agreed with those who said this. Yeah, piece of cake.

Modeling is not easy

Yet now I don't agree anymore with this 'modeling=easy' reflex many people have. So what's changed now? The actual work? No, I don't think that has changed for me. I would still not describe it as at the same difficulty level as rocket science. What has changed my mind more and more is all the other circumstances that you must deal with as a model, which are foreign to most other professions.

Think of both job and personal insecurity. Think of the times away from your normal social environment: family and friends. Think of being alone in a very foreign place. Think of what to do when you don't get booked for a while (not sure how many models will admit it, but 99,1% of us do hit the occasional dry spell). Think of the temptations a model faces when he or she decides to party a bit, or a bit too much. Think of how to deal with disappointment if a big option falls through. Think of how to handle too many compliments at a too impressionable age. Think of how to handle too much critique at a too impressionable age. Think of the pitfalls of the irregular life. Think of how to prepare yourself for a life after modeling (it does arrive for most of us) and the difficulties and temptations that come with it. And I'm only getting started!

Being both a student of psychology and a model, I would like to expand a bit on these topics. Not so much to convince readers we got a rough life (tough sell), but more to expand a bit more on the part of the lives of many, if not most models. A part that is mostly overlooked, since it is not so glamorous and possibly also not openly talked about. Yet still a part of the models' life!

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

Who knows, maybe you find it interesting to read, maybe you're a model and you feel like I am overlooking something important, or you just think I am plain wrong. Should be interesting, no? Here are 2 articles I wrote about the subject:

READ MORE: Modeling: How to deal with insecurity

READ MORE: Modeling: The Option

Cheers!

Marius

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on March 26th 2012. Updated in 2019.

 


Feng Shui Your Desk

I came across this article about Feng Shui – How to organize your desk so Feng Shui can start to work its magic. It is quite simple to understand, so stay with me and read on!

How to Feng Shui Your Desk

Imagine you are looking at your working desk from the above. Now divide it in 3x3 board ( it call BAGUA in Feng Shui world).

 MONEY  FAME  ROMANCE
 FAMILY
& SECURITY
 HEALTH  CREATIVITY
 KNOWLEDGE  CAREER  HELPFUL PEOPLE
& TRAVEL

Sit at your desk, and start at the left side. This is KNOWLEDGE area. Its ideal area to store your reference books, dictionary, manuals, and anything that you often reach while working.

If you have a bookcase or a counter to the left of your desk, this could be perfect place for the symbols of FAMILY. You can put the family photos and SECURITY symbols.

The back left corner of your desk represents MONEY. Make sure to keep this corner clean, dust free and uncluttered. Also, place some pictures of what you would like to do in the future.

At the back center of your desk is FAME area. Display awards, diplomas, certificates and achievements. Add red color to this area, to draw attention.

At the right corner of your desk is a ROMANCE. Place the photos of your sweetie or symbols of love.

At the right corner is your CREATIVITY. Be sure to keep symbols of what you do that’s original, as well as tools that you use for your work. This area should be as creative and original as possible. Place your child drawings here!

At your immediate and front right it’s the HELPFUL PEOPLE & TRAVEL area. Place your address book and phone numbers here, as well as travel related items and pictures.

At the center of your desk is the HEALTH.  If you want a healthy career, your work area should be clean and “happy looking”. Add some yellow color in here!

Finally, your chair represents CAREER. Keep your chair nice and clean, Always vacuum around it and keep it polish.

Good luck!

LOVE, VAL


Inspiration: the key to life?

We all find Inspiration in many ways. Whether it is from others, nature, travel... it surrounds us every single moment of our waking hours. But how to stay inspired?- sometimes I find that hard! I am inspired for a moment, but prolonging that inspiration takes some practice.

Always keep your eyes open, at all times, stay present whenever possible, and allow yourself to breathe in that inspiration.

Inspiration isn’t just a one-time thing. You’ll need it on a regular basis.
When you practice the above — keeping your eyes open, staying present, and breathing in inspiration — you get better at it. It becomes a skill ( it is important to look at it as a skill, as it is something you have to practice) you can use at any time, and you’ll use it often.

Some tips for keeping the inspiration coming:

  • Work with inspired people – one of the best ways to stay inspired is to work with creative, energetic, positive people.
  • Read daily – varied things, from blogs to magazines to books of all kinds.
  • Get outside – nature is one of the biggest inspirations, and you’ll miss it if you’re inside all day. What is better then fresh air in the early morning, a brisk evening walk at sundown... pure bliss to me.
  • Talk with new people – they’ll always expose you to new and interesting things, if you’re open to it.
  • Break out of your routine (this is huge for me as I can be a natural creature of habit!) – see things from a different perspective. Take a new route home. Go to a new restaurant. Visit someplace new in your area.
  • Find time for silence – it’s more inspiring than you might think. Unfortunately, not enough of us do it, and it can feel lonely at times (this is especially difficult for us living in NYC)
  • Exercise – or at least get moving. It helps the blood to circulate, and gets ideas moving around. Some of my most inspired thoughts come when I am walking around the city.
  • Don’t just feel inspired. Take this inspiration and use it, be moved, and do something. Channel that inspiration into creating something amazing.
  • Put that something out into the world, and in turn, you will inspire others.

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ~Vincent van Gogh