Firstly can you tell us a little about you – age, where you’re from, what you do with your life?
I am 22 years old, from Vancouver, Canada. I am an explorer in every meaning of the word. I have been living and travelling around the world for a few years, and soaking up all that life has to offer. I believe the best way to live is to keep trying new things and constantly look for ways to step outside of your comfort zone. That is the mindset that led me to take a life modelling course.
What inspired you to come to our Life Drawing Workshop?
The workshop intrigued me from the moment I heard about it. I had never been to a life drawing class, but the idea of using the human body as a live inspiration to create art felt like something I wanted to be part of.
Did it meet your expectations?
To be honest I can’t say I really knew what to expect when I signed up for the course. It was something very new to me, and I was both scared and excited to find out what it would be like. I enjoyed it a lot, it was a great introduction to Life Modelling. I ended up having a blast and discovering a whole new side of myself. The most spectacular moment was when the class was asked to de-robe. It felt like we all stepped in unison out of our boundaries and into a new realm of exploration and openness. The setting and mood made it a perfect environment for us to feel comfortable taking this step into unfamiliar territory.
Had you done anything like this before? Or was this a really new realm for you?
I had been dabbling in nudity for a couple years, mainly by spending time at nude beaches and having the occasional skinny dip with friends. This however was the first organized nude event that I had been to.
How did you go about finding Life Modelling work? Has it been difficult, or relatively easy?
The night after my first modelling gig I spent hours excitedly scrolling through my photos of all the drawings from the class. It occurred to me that this was something I really enjoyed doing, and I wanted to do more of it. So I created an instagram profile to share my portfolio. I didn’t have a lot of art to work with at the time, so I had to get creative and post some photos as well as drawings. Within a couple weeks I had a reasonably established account, and I started to get a few offers from classes around Australia. I also reached out to a few places and offered my services. If you are willing to put yourself out there, it is quite easy to find work.
Did you do this just for the fun of it, or as a new skill to earn income from?
I must admit, I was intrigued by the opportunity to earn a little cash at the beginning. As a full time traveller, I’m always looking for creative ways to fund my next adventure. However once I experienced the exhilaration that comes with modelling for an art class, the money aspect became less important to me.
Do you enjoy life modelling? What’s the best part of it?
I love everything about life modelling. From the incredible people I’ve met in the industry, to the stunning art work I’ve seen that was inspired by my poses. It has all been a crazy beautiful journey. I have also gained a lot of confidence from the experience. It’s a vulnerable place to be, completely exposed in front of a live audience, and that is exactly why it feels so good. Most societies deem nudity as “taboo,” and it is always scary to stray from societal norms. So when I remove my robe at the start of every class, a rush of fear and excitement runs through my veins. I am not just shedding my clothes, but also my protective barriers (in other words, my social anxiety). It is a powerful and invigorating feeling, that gives me a lasting self esteem boost every time.
Would you say it’s a good way for a traveller to earn money as they move around?
I think it is the perfect job for a traveller. Even if you are just visiting for a few days, most cities have life drawing classes on every day of the week, so you’re bound to find something if you do a bit of research and set it up in advance. It is also a fun way to meet interesting, creative people when you are travelling in a new and foreign place.