CHENNAI:Part time jobs have always been a smart way for students to make money through their wonder years. The latest rage with part-time jobs among students in the city is part-time modelling. Despite issues like inconsistent work, inadequate money and dealing with shady clients, part-time modelling is still extremely attractive for college girls
Lifestyle. is the answer. In an age, where carrying designer bags and eating at upscale restaurants are hot, part-time modelling gives one the privilege of earning that extra cash along with other benefits such as making one’s own schedule, choosing clients and negotiating rates. “Flexibility of pursuing any kind of modeling and not being restricted to any agency are big advantages,” says Akansha (21), a student, who has previously done ad campaigns for brands like Chennai Silks. She has several options ranging from walking the ramp to photo shoots for products and services. “I started part-time modelling when I received offers after I participated in my college fashion show, since then I have been a regular in ramp walks for designers as well as individual shoots for companies,” says Priyanka Jain, (20), another student.
And what do they do with the cash? “Travel! I save the money until I have enough to go and explore a new place. I’ve got a few places I’d like to go to this year. Hope it all works out,” says Tanitha Pereira, model and student, Jikki Nair says otherwise “I’m not a saving person. I’m more of a ‘live in the moment’ kind of a girl. I basically started modelling for the extra penny in. So it’s only fair to accept that I spend it lavishly. I mostly indulge on high street designer brands. Zara being my favourite!”
Though part-time modelling is a professional job, students also have the extra burden of managing their studies and college work. “I put college first, always keeping a check on attendance and class work. I do miss out on a lot of modeling projects because it clashes with college, but it’s okay because I’m not looking for a career in modeling,” says Jikki.
But despite the many advantages and perks, they still need to be super-wary, “There have been situations when I was not paid the amount I was promised. Since then I always double check and have become very picky,” says Preethi K.
Being wary of shady companies is important for college-going girls who model, as they are considered an easy target. While proper professionals, who offer decent money are hard to find, the other tricky part is work availability. “Part-time models are offered money depending on the type of work they are involved in. It can be for product shoots or basic profile shots. Money ranges from anywhere between Rs 500 rupees and Rs 5,000. Small-time agencies often offer a limited amount while big ones do not have a specific limit,” says Prakash Kumar, fashion photographer.
However tricky the industry may be, these girls have set their priorities straight and know what they are doing. For now, study, pose and earn is their steady mantra!