As an introvert whose every social interaction or mandatory party requires about 48 hours psych up time, I was shocked to discover how amazing it was to meet with other people who do what I do. I went to a meeting with a bunch of other figure models last week. We shared experiences, ate, and discussed a model’s bill of rights. We talked about putting a list together of places to model, helping other models get into the scene, maybe compiling a database of models, like a non-creepy Model Mayhem (that I’m not linking to).
Face to face interaction with community is so important. I think a non-creepy MM wouldn’t be possible because technology really has the potential to make relationships creepy, especially if there’s nudity involved. I like that the community is small and made by personal relationships- face to face interaction with community is so important.
Mediating relationships with technology can lead to some pretty messed up stuff. Like facebooking mundane bullshit. Like going to a concert and messing around with your twitter account the whole time. Like going to a concert and talking about all the other concerts you’re going to go to. Like blogging with a sense of self importance.
Technology and art both provide remove from the moment and allow a different moment- one interpreted and unilateral and controlled. It’s not always creepy. Maybe I’m just creepy.
As an introvert, I love the fact that I can e-mail someone instead of having an awkward phone conversation.
I like being in art and creating art. I like that it’s my thing. I like that it’s a small community based on personal connections. I like that I can trust the people I know.