Over the past week or so I have run into more than one story about a body painter being less than professional with a model. I cannot tell you how angry this makes me! I’m not going to name names because there are already enough people doing that and I doubt that body painter will be working for very long. One of these guys lost a gig because of their lack of professionalism now I am taking over.
The point is, be good to your models. Word travels. Models talk, about the good and the bad. I just hope that my reputation is what I think it is. It only takes a second to destroy your reputation forever.
Here are some tips to make sure that your model knows that you are being profesional.
Always invite the model to bring along a friend. Its simply a small gesture but its impact is huge. The simple act of allowing them to bring someone they trust shows that you are really about the art and not about getting someone to take off their clothing. This will also give you a chance to show off your work.
When you are going to touch a model make sure you warn them and say, “Hey, I’m going to touch you here…” and say WHY you are touching them. I also try to get the awkward areas done first, get it out of the way so the model can relax.
Don’t flirt... Are you an expert at flirting? If you answered yes then you are surely not! The problem is that it is very easy to cross the line with flirting without even knowing. So it's better to not even try.
If you catch yourself sounding like a lounge lizard you are doing it wrong! Imagine being body painted by a person you are not attracted to. How would you feel if they started talking to you like you are a price of meat.
On the flip side what happens when you treat a model with respect
Your model can be better source of promotion if you treat them well than any ad you pay for in any magazine. Models are great resource for finding other models. A model introducing one of their friends is almost instant trust. Think of this as the goose that laid the golden egg.