Christy had never modeled before meeting me. She was a bit of a tomboy and at twenty had just started wearing makeup the year prior. A slender 105 lbs., size 2 and 5-foot 8-inches, she sported statuesque abs and unforgettable bone structure.
Tia, one of my models, recruited Christy while we were out searching for talent. Tia was quite familiar with my style of shooting and my processes, so she was a capable advocate.
Tia and I were at a bar known for female bartenders dancing on the bar. It was not the one you may be thinking of, but a local version of the famous one. We intended to use a decidedly soft-sell approach. If we met someone who would eventually model for me, that would be marvelous; otherwise, we had a bit of fun and nothing was lost.
It was at the beginning of the evening, so there were not many patrons in the bar. Several of the bartenders were practicing their moves on the bar. I was sure to glance at the dancing bartenders occasionally, but I was careful not to come off like a fascinated newcomer. You may meet prospective models who are professional club dancers, ballet dancers, or dancing bartenders. When watching a prospective model perform, you should not act like you’ve never seen anything like her before.
Although there was almost no business, Christy was intensely energetic and stayed active, doing things in various parts of the establishment. Sometimes prospective models appear busy to stave off boredom and other times they have a pressing agenda. Remember that being rude and interrupting someone who is busy hurts your cause. In this case, we judged correctly, as she jumped at the opportunity to engage in something different and exciting.
Tia decided she was going to have to go up to Christy if she was going to get a chance to speak to her before the bar began to fill up with patrons and noise. As Christy headed down a stairway toward the front door, Tia scurried after her. I am sure Tia’s smile and innate charm helped steer the mood toward intrigue on Christy’s part. A few minutes later, Tia came back and said, “She’s going to do it,” and gave me Christy’s contact info.