When I started out this month with my update, I was planning to shoot a new video with two models. It turns out there were numerous setbacks and frustrations, and I have not yet been able to put together this project. Normally, I don’t like to write too much about these things, as it is just part of the business and the nature of coordinating with various individuals among other logistics. But it is funny how I mused about never being able to shoot in August. That seems to be the case again.
However, in a way, that’s what this blog is for. So I figured I will document what my experience was like this month, and looking ahead to resuming production very soon.
With the concept for a video in my mind, I started by posting a casting call at the beginning of August. One part required full nudity, the other would be for the antagonist. As usual, I received responses from interested parties and followed up with them. The first lady who expressed interest in the more challenging role was from upstate New York, probably two hours away. Another girl contacted me and I liked her look for the other character, but she was from Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, she said she wanted to be part of this project. I know I should always have reservations about casting models who have a distance to travel, especially when trying to line both up for a shoot. But the initial communication went well, and I decided to take my chances.
We agreed to shoot on August 19, which was a Sunday. The first model requested that date, which I also thought made the most sense since it would make for easier traveling, not much traffic. So far so good, now I just needed to secure the location. No problem.
There is always a dilemma when I embark on a project that will involve two new models, and a brand new location. Do I rent the location first and then cast for the video, or should I lock the date and time in place with the ladies, and then go about finding a suitable venue. Obviously for this, I went with the latter. I didn’t anticipate I would have such a hard time finding somewhere to shoot with two weeks in advance.
Because of the story for the video, I was going to rent a private home as I have done in the past, and as recently as back in March, for The Rules. My first inquiry came back that the property was not available. So I kept searching and sending out requests. I did get a favorable response from one lady, however the house was only free for the week before we were going to shoot. I would not be able to book it for the desired Sunday. The photos I saw were taken from a previous autumn, so I may follow up with this contact and shoot there in a few months.
I started to realize what I was up against, right in the heat of the summer vacation season. And with Labor Day weekend fast approaching here in the US, these rental homes were becoming limited.
Moving on, I reached out to another homeowner with some gorgeous waterfront property on the north shore of Long Island. He seemed agreeable until he asked the nature of the photography. Yes, that little detail of having a naked woman running around his house and grounds. Maybe he has a wife and kids, but unfortunately he had to turn down my request.
Now I was getting really frustrated, and anxious to find a location for this video. It was a week before the scheduled shoot. At last I came up with a suitable arrangement. I touched base with my two models again, and they were both good, still on board. I booked the location, and figured we were all set.
The whole time, I had this nagging feeling as I would be bringing in two models I have never worked with before, and both would have a long drive ahead of them. I checked in with the lady who was out of state, and asked if she wanted to take the train. This was Thursday, and she suddenly stopped returning my messages. The first model, however, was still good to go. So the worst case scenario, I thought to myself, would be a solo shoot. I hastily made plans to accommodate such a scenario.
And that was looking more like the case, until later on Friday, the first model text messaged me to say “something” came up. I knew she was going to be away for the weekend as she told me previously. And now it seemed like she would not be able to commit to the Sunday shoot. We cancelled, and the second model, I had not even received a final confirmation.
During the interim, I did hear from other interested models. So that Friday, I sent out messages to two of them, knowing it was very last minute. I wasn’t even thinking of trying to pair them up. If just one responded, I would go ahead with a solo shoot.
Alas, more frustration from these models! The networking website allows me to see the activity of the models, such as when messages have been read and even the last time they logged in. Both ladies did not see my offer to shoot throughout the whole weekend. Now that’s what really starts to make me wonder. These are people claiming to be professionals, and this is a paid assignment. They know there are possible working opportunities, and they don’t bother to log in to check their messages?
As it turns out, one of the girls did get back to me on Monday and gave me her private e-mail. We started to talk about setting something up before the end of the week. Then she asked me to discuss a little more about the shoot. When I described to her the basic idea about what was involved, suddenly she was like, “Oh, never mind… thanks, though!” It’s like some of these ladies will pose for nude photography, but the premise of video work that would require taking off or losing their clothes is somehow uncomfortable for them. Oh, well!
Now for some good news. A completely different young lady reached out to me just the other day. We had a nice chat, and she is interested in collaborating on a project. Due to her schedule, we have arranged to shoot in the middle of September. I’m really excited as she is quite cute and sounds intelligent. We will see if we can put together something fun and entertaining.
I also have other video plans lined up for September. And I will be looking to bring back Lydia Lael and Tara Rose during the fall. So while August turned out to be a little disappointing, I did make a couple of promising contacts. Next month ought to be full of surprises.
As always, stay tuned!