This is in regards to my feelings about Model Mayhem, a networking site that I used to launch my efforts into working with models. It’s an excerpt from a letter I wrote to a friend who knows the experience.
The alternatives are definitely worse which is why MM is even more of a pain.
My analogy of the mall – we have a mall here in Nashville (Opry Mills) which was built next to the expressway on land that was once home to a family amusement park. The place literally has two points of entry. The main entrance is fed from the expressway from both directions (talk about traffic jam) and then there’s a “back door” entrance which connects to the only main road that runs by the location. It’s mostly one lane either direction with a few turn lane cutouts. Parking is, also, in limited supply, although if a person doesn’t mind walking for nearly a mile spaces can be found. During max busy times they have taken up running shuttles from satellite parking locations, but those shuttle buses still have to contend with the traffic. Once inside, it’s the typical mall experience and for a guy like me who nearly has a phobia of being in the midst of large crowds it’s a tiresome journey through masses of people meandering about (I used to have to deliver pizzas to this location). Just like this mall, MM has its usefulness, but I loathe going there.
I recently contacted a local model on MM who was much experienced, but she had taken a break and now her portfolio was years dated. She was looking to update her stuff. I’m sure my TF* offer wasn’t exciting, but the only response I got from her was a picture compliment on one of my recent pictures with Ashley. -_-
My work stacks up, but I will defer to the notion that experienced models know what they’re looking for. So if they don’t see that in my portfolio I’m gracious enough to let it go. Again, this was a MM experience from a local model. This is why I’m pleased to be working with Ashley. Too much B.S. to go through with MM and local models. It’s practically a time waste and it definitely ruins my enthusiasm.
I have a ton of respect for MM. It provided me the platform I needed to take my artistic intentions with photography to a level of respectability. Even more than that I have met and gained friendships from some amazing people and artists. The latter is part of my life’s treasures. It has been worth the battle.
That being said, my feelings about the site are closer to that of old neighborhood stomping ground that isn’t what it used to be. So, yeah, I’ve pretty much moved on from the place.