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often grows very quiet before a storm, and you can’t always see
a revolution happening. The Tampa Bay modeling market is about to change,
and models are going to benefit. - Chrisfucious
- Happy New Year from Tampa Bay
Year, and welcome to 2023!
This is going to be a great year for Tampa Bay Modeling, as we build
and deploy an armada of next-generation talent resource web sites that
have been in development since 2007, and are now ready to be built and
deployed. Much more advanced and more user-friendly than this one, and
updated to address the current industry, these sites will be extremely
easy to use and are one hundred times more effective, with cutting-edge
tactics, resources, and tools.
That catch, however, is that new sites have priority at the moment.
Tampa Bay Modeling is being monitored by hostile parties, and we want
these new sites to start showing up in large numbers for relevant search
results before we show our hand, here.
Please be patient. Keep searching for the information that you are looking
for in search engines, and you will soon start seeing these sites.
This site will be overhauled and upgraded later this year.
you a player in the real modeling industry, or are you a pretender?
To those “photographers”
and “models” out there who are new to what you think that
you are doing, and whom do what you see everyone else doing on social
media as the “right” way to do things. Arrogant and entitled,
you think that you can do what you want to. You also think that you
can compete with established professionals because you fake your work
by over editing (cooking) images to misrepresent what you can do when
you market yourself, not able to give people what they expect at the
rates, often set to undercut real professionals, that you “advertise”.
Question: Have you made money at what you are calling a “career”,
You can be honest with yourself, unless you are deluding yourself thinking
that you give anyone any level of competition.
We did not think that you were making any money at it. That is why you
are insecure, and why some of you justify lying, cheating, and stealing.
Pathetic. You not only hurt those whom you associate with, but you are
in some pseudo alternate “industry” where no one feels that
they have to pay for anything, which means that none of you can compete
with those whom actually invest in their careers.
Good luck competing with us and with our models, as you won’t
be able to.
What annoys us is that your mistakes, and your acceptance of mistakes
as the way that things are done, give the perception of power to middlemen
such as modeling and talent agencies, as they are seen as the only way
of booking legitimate modeling work.
We are going to fix that. - 01/28/18/0611
security measures implemented.
for new content, and, eventually, next-generation talent resource web
site tools and tactics (We will be deploying them on brand new next-generation
talent resource web sites first, simply because no one will immediately
know what those sites are. We want to delay our opponents getting a
look at what is being deployed until it is deployed in overwhelming
numbers all over the Internet. No one will know fully what is going
on), we have implemented new security measures on Tampa Bay Modeling.
Other than our general site update log and generalized dates, as well
as time sensitive additions which require a need to know regarding the
date of posting, all content posting and update date information has
been removed from some content and new content.
Our opponents are monitoring us. Fine. This site is for models, and
we will engineer it in a way that it benefits our target audience more
than anyone else. If anyone wants to figure out what we have recently
added, they are going to have to monitor everything, which will take
a lot of time.
Hell, we intend to waste their time.
Models who need something, on the other hand, will be able to find it.
See how that works?
We have some other things that we are doing, too, which we will not
go into. If you are someone who is on this site for the wrong reason,
we will take steps to ensure that it will not be as productive for you
as it will be for our intended target audience. As a matter of fact,
those whom are not on this site for the right reason will find that
their plans will backfire.
We just added some things to Tampa Bay Modeling, now, too. Good luck
That is all for now.
Models updated, again; addressing age and career appropriate modeling.
Models has been updated, again. No, we won’t link to it. You all
know where to go.
A lot of people aren’t going to like it, either. Tough. You can’t
do whatever it is that you want to do, especially when it is at the
expense of others, and misrepresent what it really is. Exploitation
is not art, either.
and Support of the Local Market Suspended.
the “supporting professionals” strategy outlined in an earlier
post, it still stands, but it is now a future thing not intended for
the majority of the current players in our market (there are, perhaps,
maybe a dozen local photographers and models whom I would help, and
that is IT).
Effective immediately, the professional associations, networking events,
and modeling jobs that I have planned are suspended, until the market
is ready for them. They will be further developed, and the web sites
will be established (I already have all of the relevant domain names;
I now have over five times the number of domain names that I had in
2014, and the resources in place to use all of them cost-effectively.
Hell, I can even afford to give away a few. I also have the best ideas,
born of experience which others do not have, and never will have, unless
they can invent a time machine and go back to experience the market
environment which I evolved from), as will the support infrastructure,
but I no longer want to help most of the current players in the Tampa
Bay market. In my opinion, they don’t deserve my help or support.
They also don’t deserve my respect, as they simply have not earned
it (No one can tell me who to like or respect, especially when I actually
know what I am doing). It is my opinion that these people do not know
what they are doing, and what they do, frankly, bores me (You have no
idea. Then we have the “art” argument which these idiots
use to justify whatever it is that they are trying to do and they want
to do, especially when what they do is at the expense of others. Exploitation
is not art, regardless of how you try to spin it, anti and wanna be
“artists”! ). That goes doubly for the photographers who
are too stupid and arrogant to understand that all photography is not
the same, and that they cannot do all kinds of photography (the wedding
photographers who think that they can shoot models, and understand what
they are doing, simply shocks me. It is arrogant as hell, and cripples
the careers of any “model” whom are ignorant enough to work
with them. There is a lot more to servicing a specialized professional
market than taking pictures of a model, and they will learn that the
hard way when they can’t compete with me. Their “models”
will find out the hard way that they cannot compete with my model clients,
as well, and that is going to cause a lot of problems for them).
Can they teach each other? How? If they don’t know what they are
doing, they will only be learning, practicing, and perfecting mistakes.
Amateurs networking with amateurs is like the blind leading the blind,
and it sets up a faux local market industry where people are conditioned
to accept mistakes as the way that things are done, crippling their
careers and their ability to compete with real professionals whom do
not make their mistakes. It could be argued that there is a wealth of
information available online which can teach these morons, but, in my
opinion, you have to know what you are doing to sift through all of
that and to separate the good information from the bad information,
and, frankly, no one in the world is teaching anything as effective
as what I do because I am the one who developed my processes over the
years from experience. If I am not teaching anything, people are screwed,
because they will be forced to reinvent the wheel. Those people out
there in Internet land are not me, and that is that. Nothing out there
that I have seen is going to help any of these people compete with me,
or other real professionals.
If anyone contacts me and asks me for help, I am simply going to ignore
them, as no good deed goes unpunished.
I have made more enemies by being nice and friendly to people in the
past five years than I ever did fighting any modeling scam or unethical
photographers in the years before. It seems that they want to talk to
me to see what they can rip off from me, and I am not tolerating this.
The market seems to be glutted with amateurs misrepresenting themselves
as professionals, and these insecure people have proven to be equally
unethical (what do you expect from people who are cool with lying?)
by seeking out known professionals whom have been doing what they think
that they should be doing just to scam them and rip them off (These
people “helping” each other and “supporting”
each other is B.S., as these “friendships” are self-serving.
These people will turn on each other and backstab each other when they
feel that they have the most to benefit. I don’t do that, as I
am genuine). These people even go so far as to justify what they do,
trying to portray faking it until you make it as a legitimate way into
a career (do we even have to debate this when the opening argument is
wrong on every level?), and, if you call them out for doing something
such as ripping you off, they will victimize you again by trying to
make you look like the aggressor, and, themselves the victim.
Don’t even get me into the people whom prove that they are idiots
from their support of others who are doing wrong.
Indeed, most of these people are mad at me for something that they have
did, and they also run around slandering me to everyone.
I have “photographers” now whom I have been nothing but
nice and respectful to, whom I have done nothing to, and these people
are now going around convincing others to make me some sort of pariah
by blocking me on social media (as if I had the time and the inclination
to look at people’s social media accounts to see what they are
doing. The idiots are doing what the other idiots are doing, so there
is no tactical advantage in looking at anything that they are doing
individually). This is actually helping me weed out the followers, and
I now know whom not to trust or work with. Then there are the rumors
that I am “reporting” the pictures that people are posting.
Well, them posting inappropriate material which in the violation of
have time for that. I can say that I will not be reporting anyone for
anything, especially since I don’t have time for that. Basically,
you people are not important enough for me to give you any attention.
Then I see all of these “models” on social media supporting
them. I consider these models to be idiots, and to be tainted.
Frankly, I do not need any of you, and I don’t have to give anyone
a chance, either, considering the potential risks and the waste of my
valuable time. It is far more your loss than it is mine.
I am going to focus on my business and on my support infrastructure.
I have a lot of web sites to build and deploy, too, and the next-generation
talent resource sites are on their way.
Will there be photography events, professional associations, and modeling
jobs? Of course there will be; I would not continue building support
infrastructure and resources if they were not still on the way. It is
just that most of the current players don’t deserve it, and that
will be for the future.
The modeling and talent job boards on my talent resource sites will
still be built, deployed, and expanded; I am going to need them in the
future. As for models, however, I will have more than enough to choose
from in my client pool of models; those models being the ones whom are
booking all of the modeling jobs (and, no, I will not be baiting model
clients in with the promise of modeling jobs, as that is how modeling
job scams work. I won’t consider these models for jobs until after
they have become clients.).
Until then, I will use the present infrastructure, such as what I have
developed for Tampa Bay Shoots, for the support of my projects, such
as my Shimmerworks research and development program and my secret Mirage
Shoots experimental photography events. There will be photography and
modeling events, but they will be mine, and they will be private.
As for the amateurs misrepresenting themselves as professionals whom
lie, cheat, and steal, well, I will just sit back and let them hang
themselves as they do it to each other, and I will smile when they do
it. If they do it to me, they will do it to you. The difference, though,
is that I am smart enough to keep them from doing it to me.
As for this market, they can simply sit back and wonder how I am getting
my business, and beat themselves up trying to figure it out, because
I did not tell anyone how I do anything; what can be seen is what I
want them to see, or what are the results of what I am doing. Studying
the effect will not teach anyone the cause of that effect. Additionally,
my social media accounts are not a good source of information on what
I am doing, anyway, as I only post information on there that I intend
for people to see (I do not post any sensitive information or secrets
on my social media accounts).
I have 16 years as a professional photographer whom has successfully
specialized in modeling portfolio and talent headshot photography (and
those continue to be my specialties, despite the claims of the idiots
in the market claiming that you can’t make a business out of those
specialties. I know better). I have 19 years of experience in the modeling
industry. I have 23 years of experience as a casting director. Etc,
etc, etc. None of these newbies can come close to approaching being
able to do what I can do, or even think about competing with me. I even
know things that the modeling and talent agencies don’t (as it
shall be proven).
I should not have to say anything, however, because I am merely stating
I will continue to help models and talent with my talent resource web
sites, and I will certainly help my model clients, but the “help”
that I freely give publically will be sanitized and generalized; no
trade secrets or sensitive information will be published on any of my
web sites. That watered-down generalized information is the same information
that I gave to the people whom wanted to talk to me, as I wanted to
give them the chance to earn my trust and see what they would do with
my information. Now I know, and what they took and misappropriated is
not as effective as they thought it was. The real secrets remain secrets.
If you knew what I did and knew what I was working on, it would blow
I am the future of this business, make no mistake; history will prove
it. I know the future because I will be the one creating it. I also
run the market. If I don’t want to help someone, it is a severe
loss to them, and the worst thing that could happen to them.
Everyone can stew in the market chaos for all that I care, blinded in
the dust, and I will transcend whatever it is that they are doing far
above the chaos, a business deity whom will not help them.
C. A. Passinault
Professional Photographer and modeling expert
Editor, Tampa Bay Modeling
Editor, Florida Models
Editor, Independent Modeling
Editor, dozens of other sites
Models updated with important information.
has been updated with a lot of important information which directly
affects the Tampa Bay Modeling web site, as well as our sister talent
What? Did you think that Tampa Bay Modeling was the only web site that
We’re not linking to it, though. You all know the web site and
how to find it.
The photographer whom stole content from Florida Models a few weeks
ago and plagiarized it obviously knows where to find the web site.
You will find it and read it, simply because you want to know what is
going on, what we are thinking, and what we have planned. Big things
C. A. Passinault, Editor, Tampa Bay Modeling
There seems to be a misconception being spread around about me that
my work has the objective of eliminating competition. This is not true.
I believe in collaborative competition, and I have no issues with competitors,
even if they are better than me. My objective is to support other professionals
so that we can set standards in the market and build it into something
where we can all benefit. Period.
Tampa Bay Modeling and my other modeling resource web sites are set
up to help and support models, too. Period. I am only interested in
helping models and other professionals. As a matter of fact, I am working
on making sure that these web sites are around, free of charge, after
I have passed away, so that they can continue to help models and professionals
in the industry. That alone is proof that my intention is only to help,
as none of these sites will benefit me or anything that I am doing after
I am gone. In 1993, I dedicated my life to art and entertainment. It
is what I live for. Period. My only motive is to help professionals
and the market.
I only ask that people respect that, and if they don’t, well,
it is their loss. It certainly is not mine. I will not be punished or
penalized because of what others may think of me. I know the truth,
though, and I can look myself in the mirror and stand proud, because
I know that I am doing the right thing. I also know that I am not the
My greatest advantage is that I believe in what I am doing. Do you believe
in what you are doing? Do you even know what you are doing?
I expend a great deal of time, money, and resources to fight modeling
scams, too, with next to no possibility of making any of that money
back or making such operations profitable. I believe that helping the
market to have integrity and ethics, in the long run, will benefit all
professionals, so, for me, it is a damn good investment.
I do, however, have to be selective about those whom I help; to ensure
that they are true professionals. Also, supporting the market is only
possible if you do some weeding; to support everything is to support
nothing. There are some people out there who will take what they can
from you and use it to compete with you and weaken the position of professionals;
exploiting the market for their own gain.
The security measures and the resistance to being studied and copied
built in to every facet of my businesses preserve the integrity and
the potency of my ability to help real professionals whom deserve that
help. To allow yourself to get ripped off and exploited makes you a
fool, and diminishes the value and the effectiveness of what you have
to offer to other professionals.
Someone called me “petty” because I am outspoken about people
ripping me off, such as when people plagiarize what I write and publish
(and you know what you have done, as do I. Don’t insult my intelligence,
and yours, by playing innocent). I’m sorry, but I am not going
to bend over and smile about it when people rip me off. I am going to
fight for my rights and the rights of other professionals. Sticking
up for yourself and for others is not being petty.
This said, my outspoken ways are turning into a P.R. issue, as certain
people are using it to turn people against me. Well, it is time for
a change of policy.
Effective two days ago, I decided to stop complaining about what was
wrong and to deal with issues more positively. That “witchhunt”
that someone accused me of has been put to rest; I am over fighting
with individuals over their nonsense because what is wrong is seen as
right, and vice versa. I am not a bully, nor am I bullying anyone, but
I am being accused of being one.
I am going to stop paying attention to what others do in the market
and I am going to stop complaining about what they are doing. I still
refuse to help them or the people whom support them, though, and that
is my right. Also, what these people are doing is hardly new or original,
since they demonstrate that they do not know what they are doing by
doing what everybody else is doing. They are all followers, and it is
a case of the blind leading the blind, IMO. I don’t have to look
at what people are doing anymore because their copycat ways make them
predictable, and perhaps even boring.
What you do will catch up to you.
When people resort to spreading lies about me to “win” and
to justify whatever it is that they do, they are merely taking enough
rope to hang themselves, as it will catch up to them. They will destroy
their own credibility with others. In the short term, however, it is
actually helping me weed out the people whom don’t deserve my
help. Most people who are mad at me are mad at me for something that
they have done or what they have allowed themselves to believe, and
it is their problem. It is certainly not mine.
Tampa Bay Modeling and the next-generation talent resource web sites,
as well as the existing web sites, will be more positive from now on.
Not that we have to be negative. Our new tactics and tools are actually
quite positive, and the measures and countermeasures don’t have
to be explained, and we don’t have to saber rattle or show the
flag, because our effectiveness will speak for itself. Why state the
obvious when you don’t have to? We are going to help, and our
actions will be seen as helping others.
Also, my security precautions are actually invisible in operation, so
no attention needs to be brought to them for them to work.
I refuse to fight anyone or go after anyone (although I will fight back,
legally, if anyone wishes to make anything a legal issue). I no longer
have time for that, and it is counter productive. I will be looking
at the big picture from now on, and it is up to each person, individually,
if they want to shape up or stay at a disadvantage.
So, don’t worry about what I think, say, or do. Just do your thing.
When you fail, I don’t want to put myself in the position of being
blamed for your failure. Just keep in mind that I will be helping the
professionals whom you are also trying to compete against, and that
I will not help you if I do not see you as a professional and you have
not earned my trust. With all of that “networking”, particularly
using social media, I am not worried about people spreading B.S. about
me, either. Why? Because it will backfire. I know what I am doing, I
have the experience to back it up, I don’t mislead anyone, I bring
more to the table than my opposition, and I actually get along well
with people once they get to know me and I earn their trust. I will
put more faith in me earning the trust of others over my opponents earning
the trust of others any time, as you are what you do.
What is going to happen when people talk to me and get to know me and
they realize that people have lied to them about me?
Regarding the plagiurism and the other issues, well, I have developed
new tactics and tools to address those situations. Theses measures will
be seen as positive ones, too. Regarding plagiarism and ideas, if you
can prove first use, and I can, and the plagiarizer knows it, you can
effectively deter them from plagiarizing to begin with (I will explain
more in the near future). I like that, too, because I would rather be
nice and prevent issues from happening in the first place than have
to deal with those issues. In essence, you save them from themselves,
and that is the nicest thing of all.
Everyone do their thing and be nice, and I will be nice, too. We can
all be nice, and things will turn out the way that they were meant to,
and we will only have ourselves to blame.
Talent Resource Site Strategy.
C. A. Passinault, Editor, Tampa Bay Modeling
Although I originally wanted to write a long article putting some people
in their place, I decided, for PR reasons, as well as because I don’t
want my opponents to know what I know about them and to be able to easily
figure out their shortcomings so that they can fix it, that new content
and tools on my current, as well as the future (next-generation) talent
resource web sites should be more positive and more spread out with
the criticism (if someone wants to know the full picture, they are going
to have to read the entire web site, which will take up too much of
That said, if only I could publish my observations and criticism. There
is a lot. I will keep those notes to myself, though, and will use them
to develop new tools and tactics to fix what is wrong (I will use some
of that information in articles on my talent resource web sites and
book projects, although it will never be conveniently accessible from
one place, and will be spread out so that someone would have to expend
a great deal of time finding it all and reading it, which will make
it highly unlikely that any one person will know the full picture).
So, what AM I going to do?
Basically, I am not going to attack anyone, nor am I going to do anything
to anyone. I simply will be too busy to waste my time with that, and
this will come soon. Indeed, the worst enemy that some of these people
have is themselves, and I don’t have to directly do anything.
They will be their own undoing.
Some of my opponents have taken to networking, and that is exactly what
I am going to do, as one part of my overall strategy, as other professionals
need to be saved from my opponents. Because of that, I have to minimize
the negativity and work on my public relations, which I am actually
quite good at. I can beat them at this, too, because I actually have
things of value that I can bring to the table that my opponents cannot
match in any way. Most frustrating for my opponents is that they know
this, too, even if they won’t publically admit it.
All of this will work toward building a comprehensive, effective, and
easily sustainable strategy.
In fact, the three worst things that I can do to scams and unethical
people in my market are:
Deploy and work a vastly superior business model which is resistant
to being copied.
Although I was very successful as a photographer starting in 2000 and
have been consistently booking the past 16 years, in 2007 I began developing
a next-generation business model from what I knew worked (Ironically,
because I wanted to expand my business, and not because of the economy
being in trouble). By 2010, this next-generation business model was
ready to be implemented, although I decided to hold off on that because
the economy had crashed in 2008, and the market was starting to become
swamped with hordes of amateur photographers and models, who were enabled
by social media and smart phones, which became more and more common
One reason that I decided to hold off was because I did not want to
show my hand before the market was ready to sustain and support what
I had developed, especially since it would give my opponents time to
counter what I was doing and the market itself would not make my efforts
My primary market has always been modeling portfolio photography and
talent headshots. Most of the people in my market, however, became convinced
that there were no markets in those areas. I knew better, however, especially
since I had been doing, for years, what everyone else was trying to
do; I succeeded where they failed.
Because I realized that people would try to figure out my new business
model and copy it once they realized that it worked, and that they could
not compete with it, I began to do more work. I knew that what I was
going to do would start a business arms race in the market as everyone
tried to adapt and counter what I was doing. I did not want to do development
of a superior business model only to be taken advantage of by others
and benefit my competitors against my will, to the detriment of my own
business interests. So, I continued to develop new generations of my
business model, with tools and tactics which would counter anything
that was done in the earlier versions, anticipating measures and countermeasures,
and with the idea of using older business models in operational use
while withholding newer models so that I could instantly compete with
anything that was compromised (I NEVER introduce anything without a
counter to it in reserve, and counters to those counters, and so on;
I always anticipate how others will react, and the cause and effect
cycle in a sandbox environment where things can evolve faster than they
can in real life; this helps me to extrapolate what the future will
be in emergent results, and the probabilities of that future). I also
engineered measures into every facet of my business operations, including
marketing, services, workflow, and sales, so that my business would
be extremely resistant to being studied, reverse engineered, and copied;
that no one could figure out the details of what made it work, and could
only observe the results, with the source of those results also difficult
to see and track. Every facet of my business operations were segmented
and insulated, with details only shared on a need-to-know basis, only.
These extreme security precautions made the effort to make an advanced,
next-generation business model worthwhile, and ensured my market dominance
once operations were completely up to speed.
The result was a very advanced integrated and segmented business model
which was decades ahead of anything else out there, but which was cost-effective
and sustainable with existing technology and resources; a modular, scalable
business model. Hell, what I engineered was so brilliant, and operationally
independent and flexible, that it could be supported and sustained with
resources from decades ago; while the Internet enhanced everything,
it was not dependent upon the Internet or anything else. Like a virus
being introduced to an ecosystem which was not equipped to counter it,
you could use these business models back in the 60's and completely
dominate everything; the same was true for the present and the future
(I wish that I had what I have developed back in 2003. This future would
be a lot different than it is, now).
Of course, there is more.
I even came up with business tactics and models which I could sell to
clients, so that they, too, could take market share away from their
competition, without risking my own business models if those tools and
tactics were compromised, reducing risks while largely eliminating any
potential conflicts of interest.
My opponents are going to want to know what I know and be able to do
what I can do. Their clients won’t be able to compete with my
clients, especially when they themselves cannot compete with me (how
can you help others when you cannot help yourself?). I have the answers
to just about every question in the market, and a big part of this is
because of my vast experience and education (there are other factors,
too, which I will not go into because of security protocols). I have
the details which make this all work, details which they cannot see,
while being able to see everything that they do.
God help anyone trying to compete with me. It does not matter if they
accept this or approve of this, because the reality of the situation
which will result from this will force them into a position where they
are reacting to everything that I am doing and will have to attempt
to adapt to it, making them a follower and me the market leader by default.
I will keep the opposition reacting, trying to adapt, and off balance,
which will make competition with me extremely frustrating, if not outright
Follow the leader, if you can, which is kind of hard to do when you
can’t see what I am doing, and can’t see what I see, which
includes what everyone else is doing.
I will have complete dominance and leadership of the market, as well
as situational awareness.
Cut my opponents off from help.
This means that I simply don’t help them, and helping anyone will
be out of the question until I figure out their motives and cross reference
whom they are associated with. I also avoid helping their friends and
allies; I will let the blind lead the blind as they network with others
who can’t help them, especially since those others can’t
even help themselves.
When I “helped” the vermin photographer when she begged
for my help and cried about the possibility of losing “her”
house, I was careful, and only told her basic things that were no secrets.
I avoided giving away any great tactics and information. When her true
motives became known, and I refused to further help her, nothing of
my business was compromised. She became angry, though, and started spreading
lies about me to others, calling me “evil”. I guess refusing
to help her and stopping her from taking advantage of me makes me “evil”,
and the bad guy. Defending myself and standing up for my rights and
the rights of others makes me evil, too, I suppose, in the eyes of her
ignorant, foolish friends.
Anyway, because of what I am working with, what will prove to be a business
model with marketing and sales infrastructure which is far beyond anything
else out there, the most devastating thing that I can do is to NOT help
my opponents, especially when I am helping worthy professionals whom
they are also trying to compete with.
Which brings us to this.
Help other professionals.
It is no secret that I don’t trust many people. This comes from
experience. They have to earn my trust, and that is how it should be.
Fortunately, I have engineered something that will enable me to network
with and collaborate with others, and I have spent years working on
it and perfecting the details of what makes it work.
I have many layers of vetting for others, which minimizes risks, and
risk is further minimized because they will only be able to know so
much, with information dispensed on a need to know basis, only, and,
like my clients, they will receive help which will enable them to dominate
their competition, although that won’t be enough to compete with
That said, by the time a professional is actually collaborating with
me and working with me, they will have earned my trust, and even then,
it is provisional.
I also encourage others to allow me to earn their trust. I know that
I am a professional with integrity and ethics, but I want them to know
that, over time, through my actions; that I can be completely trusted.
I could go into the many layers of the process, but I won’t, as
I don’t have to. Let’s just say that it will work. I CAN
reveal that I am working on a professional photographer association
for the Tampa Bay area, which will be known as the Tampa Photography
Society, and similar sister organizations for models, actors, and talent
will also be established, as well as connected to the relevant talent
resource web sites.
This said, I DO keep track of who my opponents work with. While a model,
for example, working with one of my opponents would not prevent them
from working with me, a model whom actively promotes and supports one
of them will cut themselves off from working with me, as I feel that
they should know better (this is another reason for models and talent
to educate themselves and to recognize and avoid working with scams
and unethical parties. There are a lot of models whom I refuse to work
with, and they have done it to themselves).
It is all about establishing checks and balances, and making everyone
would like to see my opponents copy all of that. They can’t, though,
because they are not me, and they do not have access to the details
of what makes it all work.
They know that I am smarter and more experienced than they are too,
and that they can’t even come close to competing with me.
Anyway, I am dedicated to supporting professionals in the market, even
if they are my competition, and even if they are better than I am as
a photographer or anything else. If you are professional and have ethics
and integrity, you won’t have a problem from me.
Some people think that I am negative. I can assure everyone that this
is far from reality. I am actually a positive person. I do not wake
up every morning and decide to be a jerk to everyone; if I am annoyed
about something and am “against “ something, there is a
reason; it is not me, it is them.
Keep that in mind.
for the Tampa Bay Talent sites are coming soon.
in content and tools for our talent resource sites are coming, and they
are long overdue.
One thing which will be a priority in overhauling the web sites will
be to make them easy to use, and to intuitively organize the content
and the tools. It won’t be like it has been.
Although the content of the sites will change, and will be expertly
organized to make the sites easier to use, the designs will not, other
than some adjustments to the buttons, and, in the case of Tampa Bay
Acting and Tampa Bay Talent, the colors (We are not happy with the colors).
With the fast-tracked deployment of next-generation talent resource
site content and tools on the Tampa Bay Talent sites this year (before
those next-generation talent resource sites launch in 2017), the left
side menus will change on the existing sites, starting with Tampa Bay
Feel free to look at the current menu and compare.
NOTE: These menu changes are NOT final. We are still figuring out how
to integrate social media accountability measures and tools into the
overhauled sites; models and talent will be able to level the playing
field when it comes to social media and address how people use those
Tampa Bay Modeling
Tampa Bay Acting
Tampa Bay Talent
Once the menus change,
that will be an indicator that the sites and their content have been
overhauled, although we intend to announce the overhauls on our sites.
Sensitive content which may be a conflict of interest or which could
be used by our competition or the competition of Aurora PhotoArts to
compete with us will be removed from the sites.
The new tools and content which are coming will be at least 10 times
more effective, as well as easier to use, than anything which has been
on our web sites before. Content such as the interactive tutorials,
which will entertain while they educate, may be extremely controversial.
Modeling portfolio photography, career tools, headshot photography,
and headshots will be directly marketed on the sites. These services
will be provided to models and talent by Aurora PhotoArts, a Tampa Bay
photography and design company which is directly affiliated with us,
and Aurora PhotoArts will be the sole advertiser and services provider
on not only our talent resource web sites, but on the modeling job board
and audition sites, as well.
That said, no one is obligated to buy any services from Aurora PhotoArts
in order to use the sites or to be considered for any jobs or auditions.
Modeling jobs by the sister company of Aurora PhotoArts running the
Tampa Bay Shoots (the successor to Tampa Shootouts) will also be considered
with no obligation to buy anything from Aurora PhotoArts. There is nothing
wrong with advertising on the sites or on sponsorship material, however,
especially since we are not a talent agency. This will help to keep
the sites and the resources free of charge.
We are even coming out with shirts, bumper stickers, mugs, cups, keychains,
and other things to promote our brands.
Florida Models and Florida Actors, as they currently exist, are not
compatible with the new content or tools, but once their new web sites
launch, they will be.
rates, working for free, "charity", and the fate of idiot
models whom support their abusers.
A. Passinault, Editor, Tampa Bay Modeling
will keep this brief, as I don’t want to turn it into a big article,
and I have other web sites to update with this information (copy has
to be custom written for each site).
It is my opinion that there are unethical (and genuinely unprofessional)
people out there who hide information such as modeling job pay rates
when they post job notices and casting calls on social media so that
they can use the prospect of a “modeling job” to bait models
into contacting them so that they can sell models something, which would
be a deceptive business practice (misleading your target marker through
advertising, which would be a deceptive business or trade practice,
is fraud, which would make such activity a scam).
That is not to say that I am claiming that the organizer who posted
the modeling job offer which started all of this is unethical, unprofessional,
are misleading anyone, or are running any kind of scam, but the fact
is that they did not answer my question, still, and it is my opinion
that their response was unprofessional. In fact, a model posted that
she had contacted them and that it was for “charity” and
that there was no pay.
Why would that be so hard to say unless there was something more to
“Models” who do not understand this and whom support the
people whom do this are idiots who will not last long in this business,
in my educated, experienced opinion, especially when they go up against,
and alienate, real professionals who have the jobs that they supposedly
have a career to book and to work.
If it is for charity (and there are issues with that, too, which go
beyond the scope of this post, so I won’t get into it), they need
to say that there is no pay and that it is for charity. Period.
What is wrong with being upfront and with helping to avoid any potential
for a misunderstanding?
While it is preferable that the pay rate information is published along
with the job post, it has been fairly pointed out that some rates may
be negotiated between parties and would not be publically posted information,
which is legitimate, as well. That said, in that situation, the poster
should, at the very least, post that pay is negotiable, and reveal that
there is pay.
Then there is the argument that anyone who is not a model, and who is
not the target of the job post, has no right to ask about rate information,
and that it is the responsibility of the model to ask about rates. While
it is true that it is the responsibility of the model to ask about modeling
job rates, it is not limited to them, nor should it be, especially when
many “models” don’t do that and allow themselves to
be taken advantage of!
If ANYONE sees missing details, missing information, information which
is purposely withheld (pay/ no pay, company/ identity, contact information,
etc), or anything that does not look right or looks suspicious, they
are professionally obligated to ASK QUESTIONS.
Asking questions is, in no way, an allegation or accusation of wrongdoing,
of misleading people, or of being a “scam”, and models should
make that clear; at the very least to keep the job poster from being
offended and defensive. Just make sure that they know it is because
you want them to be as concise and as accurate as possible in their
job post to make sure that they attract professionals whom are the right
fit for the job, and to help reduce the risk of confusion and potential
misunderstandings. Everyone in business should want to communicate effectively,
It is not “negative”, nor is it an “attack”
for anyone to ask questions! It is also not “bashing”.
If anyone on social media does anything that is not right, or could
be misleading, such as padding reviews on their pages with five star
“reviews” by themselves or their friends and family, they
also need to be called out on it. As for myself, I would give them a
one star rating just for that while calling them out on it.
It is NOT “unprofessional”, nor is it “rude”,
to ask for pay rates. At the very least, you should get a reply indicating
whether the “job” is paid or not. It is also not “unprofessional”,
or “rude”, to ask questions, even if you are not the intended
You need to be educated with the facts and the details, and know what
you are getting into, before getting involved with anything or anyone!
Also, if a “job” is for “charity”, make them
prove it. Ask for the name of the charity and information about their
501 (c) (3) filing with the IRS. If there is none, reevaluate if the
event is really for “charity”, as many event organizers
and other sources of modeling “jobs” will say that it is
for charity just to get the models to work for them for free, and, in
most cases, the models are exploited as free labor while the organizer
makes money at their expense.
If the organizer makes money, so should the models! If the “job”
is for commercial purposes, such as models walking a runway to show
off clothing or fashion couture, the “charity” line (lie)
is a conflict of interest.
NO models should EVER work a fashion show for “charity”,
if that actually applies (and most don’t), for “experience”,
or for their “portfolios” (the latter being ridiculous,
because fashion shows are not portfolio photography sessions).
Which brings us to the models.
Pay attention, Alexandra. You too, Tinkerbell.
I have been fighting for the rights of models for the past 15 years,
starting back when certain 22 year old know-it-all “models”
were 7 years old, and way before at least one of the 22 year old “models”,
had her first “shoot”, which was back in October of 2014!
Both of you, in my opinion, don’t know what you are doing, and
do not know what in the hell you are talking about. One of them, too,
had the nerve to say that I was “unprofessional”, just because
I asked for the job rates, which I was supposedly not allowed to do
because I was not a model.
Yeah, you girls should talk. I don’t comprise, and I don’t
network with and work with amateurs; none of you has any room to talk
Everyone thinks that they are an expert, even when they have no clue
about what they are talking about.
It is my right, as well as my job, to ask these questions, especially
when “models” don’t!
I don’t have any problems if a model makes a mistake and works
for, or with, someone who is unethical or unprofessional. We are all
human. What I DO have a problem with is when people claiming to be professional
models defend those whom take advantage of them, or even help to enable
them by supporting them and helping to promote them. In my opinion,
it is the modeling equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome, and it is sad,
as these misled, ignorant, arrogant “models” assist in other
models falling into the same trap!
One of those models, and another model in Orlando, have been posting
some pretty haughty things on their social media accounts, claiming
to be “successes” and giving advice to other “models”
about how they could be “successful professionals” like
I certainly hope that they never try to charge for that advice, because
it is like the blind leading the blind.
Anyway, if “models” show themselves to be amateurs by what
they do and say, especially the amateur who dared to call me unprofessional
just because I was looking out for models, they are not qualified to
work with me or for any of my modeling jobs, and I am not inspired to
help them in any way. As far as I am concerned, they blacklisted themselves;
they will not last in this business. I will also help real professional
models make sure that they don’t last in this business by making
sure that these faux “models” are not able to compete with
them on any level.
Jobs which are not really Modeling Jobs.
Information about modeling jobs which are not really modeling jobs,
modeling job scams, why they should be avoided, and our statement about
why we will not post them on our modeling job boards.
anyone out there offering modeling jobs which do not pay:
Please stop sending us modeling “job” notices which do not
offer compensation to the models.
We will NOT post these so-called “job” offers on the job
board of Tampa Bay Modeling, nor on the job boards of our affiliate
web sites, which include, but are not limited to, Florida Models, Independent
Modeling, Modeling Job Board, Tampa Bay Talent, or Tampa Bay Auditions.
If you make money, even if the alleged job is for “charity”,
the model needs to make money, too.
Also, don’t state that “no experience is necessary”,
as we know that this would not be a condition of a genuine job offer,
as it makes sense that any legitimate modeling job would want to book
an experienced, professional model to make the project a success. What
professional or business in their right mind would seek out unqualified,
unskilled people for their jobs? If you seriously lack such business
sense, do you know what you are doing, and is the job going to be worth
it for the model? Additionally, models with no experience and no investment
into their career cannot be taken seriously, as modeling is both a talent
and a skill, and most people will find that they can’t model,
or, at least, model well. Just because you are attractive does not make
you a model, and it takes experience, skill, and talent to be a model.
Why else do you think that so many people claiming to be models can’t
compete with real professional models?
There are some who will claim that they can train models who have no
experience so that they can “work” the job, such as those
whom are advertising that models are needed for major department store
fashion shows in the Tampa Bay area. More often than not, these are
bait and switch schemes where models are baited in with the promise
of a “job”, only to be sold services such as modeling portfolios
or model training. In our opinion, this is unethical, a deceptive (misleading)
trade practice, and it is now modeling job scams work. Anyone claiming
to offer a modeling job and that no experience is necessary, in our
opinion, is either running a scam or does not know what they are doing.
Additionally, regarding the advertisements, it is obvious that the party
offering the modeling “job” is spending money advertising
the modeling “jobs”, and we have to wonder how they are
making their money back, especially as these ads keep running.
In a nutshell, consider this, and take heed:
1. If you are offering
a modeling job, a real job is going to require experienced professionals
to make it as easy to accomplish as possible. The models need to be
considered for the job without any obligation to by anything, which
includes services, “training”, or products. Additionally,
if you are considering the model for a job, you have already done so
on the merit of their modeling portfolio and composite card, and those
tools have done their job; you have no business telling them that their
portfolios or comp cards are no good and that the model needs to replace
them when it is obvious that they have done their job and got the model
a go-see (audition).
2. Modeling jobs
which are a conflict of interest with the professional marketing image
of a model, especially when it deals with photography and photographs,
are not worth it. If the results of the modeling job will cripple the
marketing of the models and their ability to book future jobs, no amount
of money is worth it.
3. If a model is
eligible for a modeling job, and this goes for real modeling jobs which
you used to have to go through an agency to get, they are experienced
and already have effective, relevant modeling portfolios, composite
cards, and tools in which to market their careers; those tools having
done their job if the model is sitting down at the job being considered
for the job.
This means that they are not in the market for any services being sold,
and that they do not need a modeling portfolio, composite cards, or
4. If a model has
no experience, then they are not eligible for a job. They may be in
the market for a modeling portfolio or composite cards, but they need
to invest in those services from professionals who specialize in those
services, and not from anyone offering the modeling job and requiring
models to pay for something to be considered.
5. If you are offering
a modeling job offered by another party, and are acting as a middleman
for that job, and compensation is involved (which legitimate jobs DO
pay), then you have to be a licensed talent agency in Florida to make
any money referring models to those jobs. It is a felony to make money
by referring models to jobs if you do not have a talent agency license.
If you are unable to legally make money doing what you are advertising,
then what you are advertising is misleading, which is a scam.
Prototyped and Deployed Web Sites?
This has nothing to do with the current Raptor 3 variant of the Raptor
Class web site that you are currently on, which Tampa Bay Modeling has
successfully used for over 9 years (see the post about Raptor Class
site development, below), but the fact is that we are sitting on over
60 brand new domain names, we have been since last year, and they need
to be used, especially as we are renewing them on Thursday (we have
the money, and it has been authorized). With the new mobile-friendly
requirement imposed by a certain search engine, and other nonesense,
we need to take special care with building and deploying web sites which
will not have a high risk of having search performance degraded in the
coming years, especially since we are now working on the next generation
of talent resource sites.
Sites such as the Raptor Class (the current Raptor 3, specifically)
use late 3rd Generation web site technology, meaning static web sites
built with HTML and CSS; such sites are optimized for desktop viewing
and use, which is their main weakness. The new Raptor 4's being introduced
this year are still late 3rd Generation, static web sites built with
HTML and CSS (they will look the same, too), but they will be mobile-friendly.
The future Raptor 5's will probably still look the same as the current
sites, but will be true 4th Generation web sites built using PHP databasing
and multimedia technology; such sites will no longer be static, as they
will be dynamic and interactive. Of course, we have three “flagship”
4th Generation web sites in development, the Destiny Class, the Aurora
Class, and the Centurion Class, but the upcoming Raptor 5's will be
able to hang with the Centurions, which are designed to replace the
Raptor Class for sites such as Tampa Bay Modeling (although it is possible
that this site will be phased out with cutting-edge Raptor 5's and maintained
in reserve capacity, and that we will plant our flag on a brand new
Centurion Class web on a new next-generation modeling resource site
under a different branding name which currently does not exist. Tampa
Bay Modeling is currently a front line talent resource site, and testing
of new next-generation talent resource site technology and tactics have
been approved for testing on Tampa Bay Modeling, so you will probably
see most of that here, first).
That is just the background, though.
With ongoing issues using old WYSIWYG web site editors such as Dreamweaver
generating mobile-friendly code for our aging late 3rd Generation web
sites (which is the reason that there have been few updates on here
and on other sites, and new site construction has stalled), and the
need to get those 60+ domain names online as web sites, we need to quickly
build and deploy lots of effective, mobile-friendly web sites using
modular, standard design components and scalability developed for newer
late 3rd Generation sites such as the Spirit Class (which is looking
more and more like the successor to the very advanced, but desktop-friendly,
Mosaic Class web site currently used by Aurora PhotoArts. The Mosaic
Class was designed in 2011, and there is only one online at the moment
because of the attention to detail and the years of testing needed to
prepare them for mass production, something which we may have run out
of time on. That, and the Mosaic Class sites were designed to be built
as large web sites by default, which makes building and deploying four
per month a challenge, although even without the mobile-friendliness
the Mosaic Class’s advanced SES, or Search Engine Superiority
technology and tactics, an enhanced form of SEO, would make the Mosaic
Class a tremendous performer in search results, especially with the
strategic application of stealth technology to shape and sculpt search
results; such technology is still relevant and ahead of its time, even
with the mobile handicap). One way to do that is to combine such techniques
with web site development software such as Wordpress, something which
we have thumbed our noses up at in the past, but which could help us
rapidly built and deploy fleets of effective web sites. The cool thing
about Wordpress is that it has mobile-friendliness and 4th Generation
features such as PHP built into it by default.
The advantage, too, especially with modular and scalable design such
as that used by the Spirit Class (The Spirit Class is a low/high observable
site, built as a stealth web site with tailored high observable components
for superb search engine performance, mobile-friendliness, and the ability
to build and launch the sites as small sites, meaning that they could
be quickly built and deployed), that the sites can be quickly built
and deployed at rates as high as one per day (The Mosaic Class is designed
to be quickly built and deployed, but they are not as scalable, meaning
that they launch as big sites and require a stockpile of more parts;
a Mosaic Class takes from 3 days to one week to be built and deployed,
with the rules leaning more toward one week, and the plan was to have
built and deployed a fleet of Mosaic Class sites for over a year; while
the exact marketing web site fleet size for Aurora PhotoArts is classified,
or a secret, with the sites not being identified or easy to locate,
the production rates and the time allotted alone gives you a clue to
how serious that the marketing for Aurora PhotoArts, our photography
and design company, is being taken. Although the main fleet of marketing
and support web sites for Aurora PhotoArts may consist of new Spirit
Class web sites instead of the Mosaic Class, we do have plans to complete
the Mosaic Class, bring it to full operational capability, make it mass
producible, and to build and deploy up to five new, production coded
Mosaic Class web sites for evaluation; the production coded Mosaic Class
sites are much more advanced under the hood than the prototype site,
although they all look the same, and all of the sites would receive
mobile-friendly features so that they would not be handicapped. On the
other hand, we now have plans to build and deploy a fleet of several
dozen Spirit Class marketing and support sites for Aurora PhotoArts,
and the main site would also be a Spirit Class, with the small number
of Mosaic Class sites being used for comparison studies, as well as
main operations; although the Mosaic Class is not as mobile-friendly
as the Spirit Class, it is a large beast which should have incredible
search engine performance, possibly even greater than the Spirit Class).
The problem is that the hosting needs that we have are excessive, and
that the plans that we have been looking at only allow for up to 5 Wordpress
web sites. That won’t do. At all. Although the exact number is
a secret, we are looking at having over 120 web sites online by 2017.
Those 60+ domain names? Not only are we renewing them on Thursday, and
then have to immediately work on getting them online as web sites so
that the search engines can see them, but we have a long list of domain
names that we still have to get.
Such is the challenge. We need a hosting plan which allows for PHP and
has no limit on the number of web sites besides the usual server space
and bandwidth (There may be one for several times what we pay, now,
but it would so be worth it). This hosting plan also has to have dynamic
I.P.s, so that all of the sites have different online signatures.
If we can’t do it, then we may have to stick to our current web
site editor and use a virtual Wordpress site builder to generate mobile-friendly
code which we can then import and tack on to our existing sites, Frankensteining
For more on this, please check out the March 2016 issue of Frontier
Pop, which is now being updated and should be online this week.
site armada ready for action.
We are about to deploy some information addressing some serious issues
in the Tampa Bay market. This information will be published on Tampa
Bay Modeling, Florida Models, Independent Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting,
Tampa Bay Talent, Tampa Bay Film, Florida Independent Film, and Florida
Actors. Tampa Bay Dancer and Tampa Bay Actor will also have this information
when they launch with their new Raptor Class web sites. Some of our
other sister sites will also have this information, soon.
These issues began back in 2007 and 2008, but became serious in 2011
and 2012. Now, these issues are not tolerable.
This information will cross fire figurative nukes across the bows of
amateurs pretending to be professionals, and will address things such
as fake professionals, social media, and an ecosystem of amateurs masquerading
of as an industry. It will give them a chance to shape up before we
do something about them, although this information alone will cause
major problems for most of them, now.
Tools and tactics to address these issues will be deployed on our web
sites this year.
Raptor Class sites in the works.
With at least two brand new Raptor Class web sites on order for Tampa
Bay Dancer and Tampa Bay Actor, and the requirement of the sites being
mobile-friendly, the Raptor 4 variant of the Raptor Class web site design
is in development, with 2016 late 3rd Generation web site technology.
Although they will have advanced code under the hood and will be mobile-friendly,
the new Raptor 4's will look virtually the same as the current Raptor
3's; the design of the class will not change. New Raptor Class sites
will be Raptor 4's, and the existing fleet of Raptor 3 web sites for
Tampa Bay Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting, and Tampa Bay Talent will be upgraded
to Raptor 4's.
The Raptor Class web site design was derived from one of the first 3rd
Generation web sites, the Diana Class, and it is 10 years old. The first
Raptor Class site was deployed on January 18, 2006, and it was for Tampa
Bay Modeling, which launched in late 2004 using a web site design which
predated the web site design classification system that we use now.
The Raptor 2 variant was introduced on September 7, 2007. The Raptor
3 was introduced on December 16, 2007.
Tampa Bay Film originally used a Raptor Class web site, which was quickly
upgraded to a dual menu variant known as the Super Raptor, which was
optimized for a meta site strategy. A fleet of 8 Super Raptor web sites
were built and deployed in 2008, and used successfully for several years
(SES tactics and techniques used now, in fact, were developed from proven
successes using the Super Raptor web sites, specifically the online
film festival of Tampa Bay Film, which is how we know how our sites
will perform). Tampa Bay Film eventually was rebuilt using a Revolution
Class web site, and the fleet of Super Raptor sites were disbanded and
taken offline, with only one online today at Tampa Film Review (and
its second menu taken offline, but still visible).
A super secret Raptor 5 variant of the Raptor Class web site is rumored
to be in development. This will be a mobile-friendly stealth web site
with SES (Search Engine Superiority) enhanced SEO for high observability
capabilities on a low observable design (such dualities are inherent
with the newer late 3rd Generation web sites such as the Spirit Class
photography and design marketing and support web site designed for Aurora
PhotoArts, which may replace the Mosaic Class. The Spirit Class is designed
to be a scalable, mass produced web site using common design elements,
and it is a stealth web site with high observable operating profiles,
or LO/HI; it is designed to outperform the Mosiac Class and to be easily
mass producible in less time. The Spirit Class web site can be rapid-prototyped
and brought online extremely quickly, unlike the Mosaic Class. The Spirit
Class uses SES, much like the Mosiac Class, to shape and sculpt targeted
search engine results for high search performance). The Raptor 5 may
not look like the current Raptor Class web site, although both the Raptor
4 and the Raptor 5 wil be designed to be ungradable to true 4th Generation
web sites (3rd Generation web sites are static HTML web sites using
sites are dynamic web sites and are scalable, built with databasing
code such as PHP, and using interactive graphics and audio; true interactive,
multimedia web sites which are mobile-friendly by default. Currently,
three 4th Generation web sites are in development, the Destiny Class,
the Aurora Class, and the Centurion Class, with more on the way.)
Compatible with even the current Raptor 3's, new next-generation content
and tools for Tampa Bay Modeling will be added to the site, soon. The
tools, tactics, and content will be the same as will be used on the
next-generation talent resource sites, and are at least 10 times more
effective than what is on Tampa Bay Modeling, now (the content, tools,
and tactics on Tampa Bay Modeling in use now, which still effective,
are from 2002. The new technologies began development in 2007, from
proven tactics and tools, and the mature next-generation talent resource
site tools and technology, from at least 2014, will be added during
the overhaul to Tampa Bay Modeling this year, before those new next-generation
talent resource sites are built and launched.. The overhaul to Tampa
Bay Modeling will also see some content removed). Raptor Class sites
will be built and produced for years to come, although the current Raptor
Class web sites will be replaced a few years from now by the Centurion
Class. The Mosaic Class and the Spirit Class web sites used by Aurora
PhotoArts will be replaced by the Aurora Class, eventually.
market in Tampa Bay is weak. Shady characters. Renewed agenda in 2016.
We have been doing a lot of preparations lately for what is to come.
Our assessment of the modeling market and industry in Tampa Bay is that
it is weak, with shady characters, scams, and agencies taking advantage
of the weakness. We have accomplished a lot over the years, despite
what people may say, but we have a lot more to do, and this will be
done in 2016 with new tools, tactics, and technologies.
It won’t be weak for much longer, and it will be because of us.
We have the ability to change things, and we are going to do just that.
Modeling and talent agencies are about to be swarmed with competition
in the form of professional models and talent who will use our tactics
and tools to directly compete with them for jobs, taking work away from
them and the ignorant talent whom decides to be blindly dependent upon
them. Agencies, too, are still seen as the main credible way to have
a modeling career (This is WRONG, and it enables scams) because so many
out there use tools such as social media to make fools of themselves
and others in the name of being “freelance” models, not
knowing what they are doing, working for free, and networking with other
amateurs who also do not know what they are doing. Shady event organizers
exploit models as free labor for their own gain, too, at the expense
of the models, with tacky runway fashion shows and fashion weeks which
are cheap knock-offs of what the real industry is doing in large markets
such as New York (despite what people say, too, there is no fashion
industry in Tampa Bay. Just ask the fashion designers who have been
taken advantage of and are forced to leave the area. We are also going
to work to establish a real fashion industry and a new modeling industry,
These are but a few examples. We are going to fix what is wrong and
force everyone to change, and we have a plan... A very good plan which
One of the main areas in which we will change things is with modeling
jobs, and our modeling jobs program. We will also equip and support
a new generation of aggressive professional independent models which
will flood the Tampa Bay market, and which will take work away from
other models, including “models” using social media such
as Facebook, as well as the agencies themselves.
We also have four next-generation web sites coming in 2016 which will
change everything. Wait until you see what we are going to do to this
This will be our Christmas gift to the real professional models and
other professionals in the Tampa Bay area.
updates. Overhaul of the web site is in the works.
Tampa Bay Modeling, after a break, is resuming updates.
We’ve been busy, lately.
An overhaul of the web site is in the works, too. Although the design
will stay the same (there is nothing wrong with it, so it won’t
change; it may even be more compatible with the new mobile-friendly
“requirement” that a certain search engine has than some
newer site designs. Tampa Bay Modeling will look the same, using the
same Raptor 3 variant of the Raptor Class design, and we even have additional
Raptor Class sites being built, right now!), the content is going to
be replaced, in time, after everything is backed up and archived.
In some respects, the slow updates and the lack of new additions may
have worked to our advantage, as we have less to replace and more to
Newer technologies will be used with the site in 2016, including the
latest scam fighting tactics and tools, full compatibility with the
modeling job board site (as well as the modeling jobs program), cross
compatibility with sister sites Independent Modeling and Florida Models,
and much more. The site will also begin to use more multimedia content,
such as videos. A contextual, scenario-based front end will be installed
on resources such as the scam analysis database to aid in educating
while entertaining, and the conventional databases and tools will be
enhanced, and made easy to navigate and use; content will be lighter
and to the point at the front end, and get deeper and more comprehensive
the further that you click down into content (Face it, modeling is not
a simple career); the site structure will be more like an interconnected,
integrated series of pyramids with the tops at the front.
Pay vouchers for models are on the way, too; we have four different
ones in development at this time!
Due to the sheer number of web sites that we must now keep updated (well
over 100), we have a very efficient content generation and updating
system now in place, which involves strategic planning in both the web
site and with affiliated web sites, working out the details, execution,
deployment, follow up, and adjustments (PCE, or Planning, Compiling,
and Execution). This will ensure that all of the web sites will be kept
Passinault has decided that Tampa Bay Modeling will continue to be the
front line modeling resource site for the Tampa Bay area, despite another,
brand new, next-generation modeling resource site in the works for the
area in 2016, and that the site will be aggressively marketed (a good
reason to overhaul the content on the site and upgrade it to current
standards. As a matter of fact, Tampa Bay Modeling will continue to
serve as a test bed for new ideas, so this site will have more revolutionary
concepts and tools than the new modeling resource site for the Tampa
Bay area, which will be armed with standard, proven content and tools).
Business cards and other marketing tools are in the works.
A replacement for the Raptor Class Tampa Bay Modeling site is in the
works, but it is years away. It is the Centurion Class, a true 4th Generation
web site which is scalable, is built using PHP databasing and multimedia
technology, and is a dynamic web site in comparison to the current late
3rd Generation Raptor Class web site. 4th Generation sites will also
include user defined content such as social media integration, message
boards, and more.
care, or disrespect?
When you are trying to sell something, such as a workshop, and a potential
customer asks a perfectly valid question, and you censor that question
because you obviously don’t have an answer, you lose a good customer.
It also becomes obvious that, although you have skills to teach, that
you are only trying to cash in by teaching things that are, ultimately,
professionally useless for most.
Is it really a career if you don’t make any money doing it, and
when you network with other amateurs?
Could it be like the blind leading the blind?
Getting likes on Facebook and claiming to be a model or photographer
does not make you one. You have to learn the business, learn better
ways of doing things, and pay your dues; there are no shortcuts. Professionals
are going to put you in your place, and, when you give up and go away,
no one will miss you.
Networking and associating with amateurs, while claiming to be a professional,
will alienate you from real professionals, and they won’t want
to work with you (your loss, not theirs, because they have leverage
and you have more to gain by working with them. With all of the competition
in the market, it is not difficult to find real professionals whom you
can’t compete with). Pretending to be something that you are not,
embellishing or lying about your experience and marketing on that, is
fraud, which would make you a scam.
Also, how good can a model be if they willingly work for faux modeling
fashion shows in the Tampa Bay area for free, supposedly for “charity”.
How good can a model be when they do modeling which is completely inappropriate,
and which undermines the marketability of any chance that they have
for a career, ending it before it can get started? You think modeling
HAS to be sexy? You do know that people see that you are insecure and
that you are trying to get attention, right? What a joke, and it is
at your expense.
Anyone whom thinks that doing all of this is a real modeling industry,
and that “models” whom go along with this and support it
are real, professional models, does not know what they are talking about.
Could it be that they are buttering aspiring models up so that they
can be taken advantage of?
We especially like the people whom have been pulling this in the local
scene since 2008, 2010, 2011, etc, while ignoring the established, proven
professionals, whom have already been here for years, and disrespecting
them. You play like you are “experts” and know what you
are doing, while blindly fumbling along with what the other amateurs
You’re an expert? Really? Do you know what you are doing when
your opinions are born of ignorance, and are the same as what other
amateurs are spouting?
We also like the no-talent, so-called artists, obviously business people
trying to cash in on art, trying to spin themselves as “Artists”.
Love the tar pit look! We also like seeing you put out one promotion,
which is soon replaced by another, and so on, and so on. Can’t
find something that works? Soon, you will give up and go away, and we
look forward to that day.
Are we worried about what amateurs think of us? No. If they can’t
make their career or business work, they are certainly not able to compete
with us and other real professionals. They need to be concerned about
what we think of them, though, because we know what we are doing.
We also have the experience and the resources to do something about
Also, anyone who spreads lies about us or shares a bad opinion about
us will lose credibility when the find out that they were lied to and
the discovers that we know more about this business than our critics;
that we are right.
For those whom try to attack the credibility of others by slandering
them (“Oh, he is some crazy person that owns a bunch of web sites”),
not only is it pathetic, but we hope that you believe that, because
underestimating someone gives them the advantage. Believing what you
wish does not change reality, and makes you a delusional idiot.
Prepare to get schooled.
2016 is not going to be a good year for some of these people. The irony,
however, is that we could sit back and do nothing, and these people
still won’t make it, as they are their own worst enemy.
entertained at your expense. Massive domain name buildup.
The following is our opinion.
We shall keep this short, because we are busy working on.... Things.
When we do work in the studio, we often watch and listen to videos which
we download off of the Internet from so-called “models”,
“photographers”, and modeling industry “professionals”
in the Tampa Bay area.
We laugh and laugh and laugh. We laugh some more. In fact, we are so
entertained by these videos that it is sometime difficult to get anything
It is obvious that most of these people do not know what they are doing.
It is also obvious that they can’t compete with real professionals.
It is no mystery why these people often compromise and cater to the
lowest denominator in taste and class, too. It is no surprise why they
are neurotic, insecure, petty, and why they can’t make it in this
The Tampa Bay modeling industry, in our opinion, is a joke, and it caters
to poor tastes and unprofessional standards which make it a joke. All
of these attention-craving, damaged people think that they are models
and photographers, and they are not; hell, they know this, too, as they
cannot compete with the established professionals who’s market
share that they feel entitled to. Indeed, 99% of everyone on social
media today thinks that they are a model or a photographer, and sometimes,
both. They “network” with other amateurs, think that modeling
has to do with night life and night clubs, and make fools of themselves.
They make real models and photographers look bad. This is why many models
are still dependent upon agencies, too, because the jobs don’t
want to put up with the B.S. that is out there.
A rude awakening is coming.
Things are going to change. The professionals are going to benefit,
and we will work together to flush the amateurs from this market, discouraging
them and frustrating them when they can’t compete, until they
give up and go away.
Over the past few weeks, we have also invested in over 30 new domain
names. This is, by far, the largest build up of domain names that we
have done since we started all of this 17 years ago. Whatever do we
have planned for them? We are not saying, but the ramifications for
the future of the modeling and photography industries in the Tampa Bay
area will be dramatic; it will be a pleasant surprise for some, and
a nightmare for others. Our work on the modeling jobs program, in fact,
is something that we are particularly proud of. We have put together
something which is extremely sophisticated and comprehensive, and it
will prove to be effective to the point of being revolutionary. Professional
models are going to work, are going to be paid fair rates, and are going
to be able to do this without having to go through an agency or being
dependent upon an agency. Professional photographers, and other professionals
in the modeling industry, are also going to be able to have productive
careers. They will all cut through the noise of the amateurs and their
social media, and will be able to thrive in a new modeling industry
which we will help establish, and which will offset and displace the
dysfunctional mess which is out there now.
For now, we return to watching videos. We laugh and laugh and laugh
and laugh. We are entertained at your expense, especially when, in our
opinion, you make a total fool of yourself. We also laugh at the garbage
that you spawn and enable in the market.
Say, are you paying your models when you charge for these things? We
did not think so!
What do you suppose will happen when models start getting paid for their
work? Do you think that they will support you or work you “jobs”
or “fashion runway events” anymore?
Also, what do you suppose will happen when the modeling jobs, the jobs
which you usually have to go through the modeling and talent agencies
to get, realize that you can cut out the agency middleman and get quality,
professional models and talent directly? With our work on our modeling
job boards on Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Models, and on Independent
Modeling, combined with our new resources for the modeling jobs program
such as Tampa Bay Auditions and the Modeling Job Board, as well as the
consistent and quality modeling jobs which will offered by the successor
to Tampa Shootouts, we will aggressively educate the market and set
new standards! Others will be forced to react to what we do and follow
our lead, if they wish to stay relevant.
The resources and the support infrastructure which we have spent years
investing in and building are about to pay off.
What do you suppose will happen to the local modeling and talent agencies
when they get HUNDREDS OF COMPETITORS in the form of professional models
and talent whom directly compete with them for jobs? What will happen
to the careers of the models and the talent whom ignorantly and lazily
allow themselves to be dependent upon the agencies for work when they
can’t get work because the agencies can no longer compete with
the models and talent whom go around them?
Hey, you fools did it to yourselves, and you deserve what is going to
happen. You reap what you sow.
modeling job scams using new tactics.
A problem in the Tampa Bay modeling and photography markets for many
years have been modeling jobs scams, mainly in the areas of fake modeling
jobs advertised in the newspaper and online, radio commercials claiming
that models are needed for “major department store fashion shows”
and that “no experienced is necessary/ needed” (a big red
flag is when they claim that amateurs are needed for “professional”
modeling jobs, and we have never seen a single “job” offer
like that turn out be legitimate), and amateur photographers getting
models to do jobs which ruin the careers of the models involved, among
other types of job offers which are not worth it, or outright scams.
Another problem had to do with online job boards on modeling resource
sites such as Florida Models, where unethical people would steal job
offer information off of the site and then repost it on their sites,
omitting the contact information so that the models responding would
be forced to go through them to submit information to the job offer,
and use the modeling jobs as bait so that they could sell the models
things, effectively hijacking the modeling job offer and using it to
These modeling jobs scams continue to be a big problem, and they are
the reason why we have put a lot of work into new modeling job boards
on our web sites over the past few years. Regarding our modeling job
boards, which are the most advanced (and will, ultimately, prove to
be the most effective when they go online this Spring) modeling job
resources in the world, we have even come up with checks and balances
which are seamless and which are almost invisible to most users, making
the job boards easy to use, and have even come up with solutions to
people stealing job offer information from the sites which will make
such tactics backfire.
This said, it must be noted that we do have mixed feelings about “saving
models” from modeling job scams, especially when most of the ones
whom fall for this stuff are irresponsible, reckless aspiring models
and stage parents, anyway, which is not our target market. You also
can’t save models from themselves when they are their own worst
enemy, and when they ally themselves with less than professional and
ethical people in the industry. This is why we will only go so far to
“save the models”, and why we are not out to completely
destroy these scams (We have had the ability to completely destroy scams
since before 2010, using legal and ethical means, and can do so without
breaking any laws, but choose not to because it is risky and would take
too much work; it is not cost-effective and would not be worth it, and
it would leave some serious power vacuums and balance issues in the
market which would be very tough to address. We are sitting on that
capability, though. In 2011, during a test of that capability, we put
a shady modeling photography event business out of business in the Tampa
Bay area, so we have done it before. We will put some serious leverage
on the local scams in the near future, however, as we achieve a balance
between capability, cost, results, and sustainability), as they do serve
a purpose for weeding out the willful amateurs and unprofessionals in
the market; checks and balances in the market. There are plenty of people
out there calling themselves “models” whom we have no desire
to help, mainly because they don’t deserve to be helped. When
we started out helping models when we started Independent Modeling back
in 2001, we were naive to think that all models were good, and that
they would all appreciate what we were doing to help them. In short,
this has been (mostly) a thankless job, and there are models out there
who are very much against us because of their ignorance and stupidity.
To summarize, if they are not for us, they are against us, and we are
very much going to make it difficult for such models to stay in the
game. If they want to hate us and assume the worst, then we will give
them a reason to hate us.
We are going to help genuine professional models take work away from
the models whom do not deserve to have a career, or whom are allied
with the wrong people. Those whom are against us will find that our
models and model friends will take work from them. We are only interested
in helping professional models, and of those, would prefer to help the
independent, or freelance, models whom find and book work on their own,
without being dependent upon the modeling agencies.
There is a nasty side to this as well, because helping professional
independent models will, by default, turn each and every one of those
models into a direct competitor of the modeling and talent agencies.
By taking work away from the modeling agencies, that, in turn, starves
the models whom ignorantly (and lazily) CHOOSE to become blindly dependent
upon the agencies to work of jobs, solving another problem by FORCING
those models to become independent models. It is survival of the fittest,
baby, and this will be a game changer. Right now, the agencies have
it made, because they have convinced models that they need them to get
work (which is only enhanced because most of the people whom call themselves
models and go around the agencies do not know what they are doing and
make fools of themselves, undermining the independent talent movement
and strengthening the lie that the agency way is the only way to be
a professional model, and to have a career), and the agencies, in Florida
at least, are regulated, which cuts down on their competition.
This will change, of course.
The Tampa Bay area will be ground zero for change. The agencies here
are going to be sorry, because of increased competition and new market
realities which cannot be ignored or dismissed. Sure, there are many
out there whom will point out that we have “tried and failed”
over the past decade and a half, but the truth is that we have not even
begun to try, yet. When we do try, too, it will be successful. It should
be, with all of the research and development that we have put into what
we are about to do; we have had well over a decade to prepare for what
is going to come.
Let’s put it this way: Talent agencies are about to become a very
bad investment, especially in the Tampa Bay area (in 2014, we even put
a local agency in their place because of an arrogant booker of theirs;
there is a cost for one of their bookers running their mouths on the
Internet, and they found that out. They also found out that we are better
at working on the Internet than they are, and those operations are ongoing.
What we did to them is nothing compared to what is coming, however).
We are going to cost local agencies a lot of money, and some will end
up going out of business. They deserve it, too, especially with the
lies that agencies have been spreading about professionals in the area.
The key, of course, is the models. We are going to make models think
for themselves and go around the agencies, effectively cutting out the
middleman, to find and book work. Models will no longer have a choice
in the matter. We will force them to change by changing the conditions
of the market in which they work. If they want to work, they will get
serious about this, and they will have to react and adapt to new conditions
which we introduce to the market and which we control.
What do you suppose will happen when Tampa Bay modeling and talent agencies
have thousands of competitors, in the form of professional independent
models, taking work away from them? Sure, some agency owners will scoff
at this idea and claim that the businesses offering the modeling jobs
will only deal with agency models because of credibility and liability
reasons, but, seriously, don’t you think that we have already
come up with solutions to this? We have. The solutions are cost-effective,
and they work. You will find out.
There will come a day when they sources of modeling jobs routinely cut
out the agency middleman, and the models will realize that, too. The
agencies will lose their power and their leverage as a result.
Those are just modeling jobs in general, however. Really, we don’t
entirely control them, and those jobs alone won’t do as much to
fight modeling job scams as we would like. Those modeling jobs and how
they booked will affect the agencies more than anything else, and although
many agencies have their issues, most agencies are not modeling job
The real key to fighting modeling job scams will be in modeling jobs
that we offer, which is something completely different from helping
professional independent models compete with the agencies, take work
away from them, and starve the agency models.
We are certainly smart enough to tackle these issues on multiple fronts,
and by integrating and overlapping those fronts, enhancing all aspects
of the strategy by default. We are also smarter than the agencies, as
well as the others. History will prove it, too. Most already know that,
The main effort in fighting modeling job scams and keeping them in check
will come in the form of our first-party modeling jobs. We will practice
what we preach. We have spent years working on a cost-effective, sustainable
source of modeling jobs for professional independent models. This started
with the Tampa Shootouts project of 2011, which has evolved into a full
business with improvements made and new branding, today (See posts on
the front page of the Tampa Shootouts site for more information). We
are even developing professional, ethical, relevant alternatives to
what is out there, now, for paying modeling jobs for models. Those runway
shows? Well, in the future, the best runway shows in the Tampa Bay area
will be ours, and ours will pay models. The runway shows which claim
that they are for charity, and in which they exploit models as free
labor while they make money? Soon, they will be forced to change. When
there are better runway shows out there which pay the models, they are
going to lose their models if they don’t change and at least start
paying their models.
There is more, too, but we cannot go into specifics. Let’s just
say that modeling job scams will soon by put in check consistently.
of hidden things.
Some times, models will see some offer which is too good to be true.
It often is. Take, for example, an offer for a photography session which
has a low rate and where they offer a couple of “free” pictures,
which are “included”.
How generous of them!
Is it really worth it?
Well, if that is all that you are getting, it is not worth it. Common
sense will tell you, though, that there are hidden costs and that they
will try to sell you back things which you already supposedly paid for!
Do NOT be misled! Of course, if they ARE being straight-up with you
with that kind of offer, then they obviously do not know what they are
doing in business, and will be of no benefit to you at all.
Time is valuable, often more-so than money. You really don’t want
to waste your time being nickle and dimed with some offer which actually
is not worth it unless you pay hidden costs for extra things, and even
then, it still is not worth it, as you pay far more than you would have
agreed to had you actually known about everything up-front.
Make sure that the photographer is straight-up with what the offer is,
and fills you in on all of the details, before you agree to it.
Often, less than professional photographers will bait models in with
such offers because the photography and their other services aren’t
worth it, and the photographer, despite their low price “bargain”,
is all about making money at the expense of the models whom are tricked
Make sure that you know what you are getting before going in!
Ask yourself if it is worth it.
Some of these people have NO BUSINESS trying to work with models!
Many photographers and studios will lure you in with a low
sitting fee and then hold your picture hostage by making you pay a lot
of money for them afterwards. If they “offer” a picture
or two, that is ALL that you are going to get unless you pay a lot more
than you originally agreed to! To make these offers worth it, especially
if you are going to be spending a few hours shooting with them. Insist
on them giving you ALL of the picture image files, raw and unedited,
on a CD or a flash drive (you would bring the USB flash drive, new,
of course, in a sealed package from the store), and also insist that
they sign a release for you to be able to use those files for your portfolio
and web sites. Make them agree to it BEFORE you agree to do the shoot
and before you pay them a dime. ALSO, get these terms in writing in
the service agreement!
is this site online? Because we care about models and we sincerely want
to help them. Also, speaking for ourselves (and this is no way advice
or any claim; it is our opinion), what is on this site works. We would
not have it on there if it did not, because we practice what we preach.
Models CAN manage their own careers, get work without being dependent
upon anyone or by having to go through a talent agency, and they can
even put the agencies in their proper place and tell them what to do
(after all, the agency is supposed to be working for you. If you don’t
take charge over your agency servants, you are a fool, and have no business
Soon, agencies, their models, and photographers will be taught a lesson
(on December 11, 2014, we uncovered a serious, major industry flaw which
we will exploit, as it is our professional obligation to do so; 100%
of all models and most “photographers” are vulnerable to
this flaw by default, and our models friends will be educated about
how to avoid it and use it to cripple their agency model competitors
in a professional and ethical way, as our models will quickly acquire
a reputation as being much smarter and more professional than their
limited agency counterparts; don’t look for it on this site, as
we will be telling people about it verbally and in encrypted, stealthy,
and traceable - only by us, in the unlikely advent that they were ever
leaked - communiques which are kept off of the Internet. We won’t
point it out, and our most powerful tools will be kept off of our sites
and dispensed only to trusted allies and clients on a need to know basis,
only. A war is coming, and we will clean up the market. Models will
not be happy with the agencies about it if they ever figure out what
is going on, and what will be going on, especially since the agencies
are supposed to know what they are doing and they put themselves in
the inappropriate position to “guide” and “manage”
the models. They will be forced to change their ways, but not before
they fall flat on their faces and eat humble pie, shedding precious
credibility along the way; credibility which they will not be getting
back. In 2015, in our 11th year as the dominant resource for modeling
in the Tampa Bay area and after over a decade of hard work and development,
Tampa Bay Modeling will be supercharged with new content and tools,
and this site will become the most powerful and useful tool for modeling
in the Tampa Bay area; we will be the best friend of the professional
model. Agencies, their stupid, willing, unconfident victims, and the
fakes and pretenders will bow before us and know that we have them beat.
We already have them beat, but they will finally realize it. Also, soon,
all of the idiots with the faux modeling “jobs” which are
jobs in name only and which exploit models, mainly because they do not
pay them, will be forced to pay models. Seriously, models, we care and
are here to help, and we are going to help regardless of if you want
us to or not, and with or without your acceptance. We cannot, however,
save you from yourselves and from your mistakes, and we will not do
that if you are negligent and bring it upon yourselves, as we will help
more deserving professional models take work away from you. We won’t
care if you don’t care. You are welcome!
What are we talking about? It is unsettling when you realize that you
don’t know as much as you thought that you did, isn’t it?
We are not going to explain anything when we don’t have to, and
if we do not know who you are. We will only educate those who deserve
In short, and this is also our opinion: Agencies suck. Photographers
want your body in unprofessional ways. Agency-dependent models are stupid.
Most agency owners don’t know what they are doing, and only succeed
by default, in spite of themselves, because of the false perception
that they are the only game in town and that they are the only “legitimate”
way to do things (this will change, of course). Everyone today claims
to be models and photographers, but most are liars and fakes. Models
who try to get sexy make it more difficult to for them to compete. Most
photographers who take sexy pictures of models touch themselves when
they look at the pictures that they took, and in doing so they pretend
that they had the models in ways that the models would not agree to,
a form of professional rape (any glamour, boudoir, swimsuit, or lingerie
photographer, or any photographer who insists that you need this in
your portfolio, that you have to be “sexy”, or try to get
you to do provocative poses or age-inappropriate modeling should be
avoided unless they have earned your trust and they actually know what
they are doing. Most do NOT know what they are doing and do not have
your best interests in mind, and are out to exploit you in ways that
will permanently hurt your reputation and career). Many talent agencies
are run by con artists and crooks. Modeling management companies are
flawed, and can’t work. Most advertised modeling jobs are deceptive
and are bait and switch scams (We have never seen one which is legitimate,
and we have been monitoring the market for years). Modeling schools
are poor investments, if not outright scams, and most ARE scams. Scams
are everywhere. Anyone telling you that you have to go through a talent
agency to work either does not know what they are doing, and are useless
for your career, or they don’t care. Modeling jobs for “charity”
are just an excuse to exploit models as free labor; if they make money,
models need to, as well, or the models are being ripped off. Religion
and business have no business mixing, and some use religion as a way
to boost their credibility and get you to lower your guard so that they
can take advantage of you; some of the most religious people are con
artists and criminals. Knowledge is power. Trust no one until they have
earned your trust.
Models should obtain representation from several talent agencies in
ADDITION to finding and booking work on their own, and only use the
agencies as one of many sources of modeling jobs, as the agency works
for the model. Models should also make the agencies work harder for
them and let the agencies know that they may book the jobs without going
through them and will cut them out of any commission if they do, and
that the only hope that they have is to work harder and find the job
offers for them before the model can; models need to also make the agencies
compete against each other in the race to find and to refer them to
The best hacks are done legitimately. We are smarter than they are.
An open market is superior to a closed, limited one. -
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with modeling and talent agencies in the Tampa Bay area.
We are starting to get reports of agents and agency owners giving models
and talent flawed, and sometimes bad, advice.
Remember, models, you do not work for agencies. They work for you. If
they try to tell you what to do, it is alike an employee trying to tell
their employer what to do while working for the competition of their
employer; it’s screwed up.
We are frankly getting sick of what the agencies are doing and what
they are saying. They need to STFU, and quit while they are behind.
A certain photographer today did some pondering. “If I ever
were to quit being a photographer, I would open up my own talent agency
and become an agent. I am sure that they won’t want me competing
Something to consider.
In 2015, Tampa Bay Modeling will increase efforts to put the local modeling
and talent agencies in their place, and to make them accountable for
what they say and do. We will be building and launching additional web
sites, in addition to TampaModelingAgency.Com, TampaTalentAgency.Com,
TampaBayModelingAgency.Com, and TampaBayTalentAgency.Com.
We are also going to go out of our way to make sure that models and
talent all have access to this information and to new tools.
You are so very welcome!
2015! Happy New Year from Tampa Bay Modeling!
2015 is going to be a very interesting year, too, because it will be
the year that our plans go into high gear.
Some of you may wish that is was still 2014 later this year, because
what we will be doing will not be a nice thing for you.
Oh, and new talent resource sites for 2015 are about to launch. These
sites will be much more advanced than this one, and their innovations
and technology will be retro applied to existing sites such as ours
after they launch so that we will be upgraded and will be in synch with
our new sister sites.
In other exciting developments, our modeling jobs program will also
launch and take off in 2015! That site will launch in the next two weeks.
a modeling and photography Superpower? These are his markets.
I am a superpower in the Tampa Bay photography and modeling markets.
These are my markets, and I only wish to share these markets with other
professionals. I command significant power and possess more resources,
and more advanced resources at that, than any other player or association,
to the point of having more leverage and influence than everyone else
combined, including the agencies.
This will become more pronounced, and obvious, in 2015, as both the
total power and the effectiveness of my resources are increased by a
factor of ten. There will be more web sites, web sites which are much
more advanced and effective than what I have been using (including four
new ones just for the Tampa Bay market, due in early 2015). There will
also be projects which will prove to be dominant elements introduced
into the local market ecosystems, and they will change the conditions
of those ecosystems and force change. Others will be forced to react
and adapt. Those who fail to adapt to new conditions which I will introduce
to these markets will become extinct in the markets.
By 2016, many modeling ”jobs” will also be forced to pay
models instead of exploiting them as free labor, which includes, but
is not limited to, all of these fashion modeling “runway shows”.
If you make money, declaration (excuse) of charity or not, so should
models! Also, models, if you are not making money, you need to avoid
bragging about all of the modeling “jobs”, especially fashion
runway shows, that you are doing, because those of us who matter know
what the deal is, and you are making fools of yourselves. Get real,
and stop fronting. You need to also stop supporting these faux fashion
shows and jobs, because they undermine your credibility; you are whom
you associate with. Sure, helping someone out or working a job is one
thing, but openly supporting and helping to promote these things is
another. Keep it up, and we won’t work with you.
I have been watching many so-called “professional” models
out there, lately, spinning their wheels and filling their lives, or
schedules, up with all sorts of frivolous nonsense; jobs which are not
really jobs (as an additional example of how I feel about this, check
out the statement that I published on Florida Models, Florida’s
leading modeling job resource, about fake modeling jobs. I own the site
now, and I refuse to post job offers for things which I know are fake,
even if they try to pay me, and some have tried to pay me! You can guess
that I do NOT respect models who work and support these fake jobs, especially
if they are doing it over and over again; I do not take such “models”
seriously. It matters what I think, too, and models will find that out).
Wasting your time on fake jobs just makes you unavailable
for real opportunities, as it displaces them, so that is a double disadvantage.
Also, networking by working free jobs just to get other free jobs in
which to network with in order to obtain even more free jobs to network
with is pointless, and makes you look unprofessional, as well as look
like idiots! When does the exploitation end? Break that chain, and just
say NO! It is OK to turn down work if the profitability is low, or if
it benefits the other party way more than you! Is it worth it? Are YOU
worth it? Some of these models, which I refer to as “tarnished”
models (and possibly ruined models, as far as I am concerned. I will
not work with damaged goods! It is not my job to try to fix broken,
used, and worn-out models, especially if they allow it to happen, as
you cannot save someone from themselves! With the average shelf life
of a modeling career only good for between 5 to 7 years, it’s
very rarely worth it), ally themselves with other amateurs who do not
know what they are doing, which is like the blind leading the blind.
I also look at their weak portfolios, portfolios full of mistakes and
poor to mediocre, as well as irrelevant, pictures, and wonder why I
would ever want to work with them. Oh, and models without a web site
(and which use a freebie social media account such as Facebook, MM,
or Instagram as their “web site”), a portfolio consisting
of a book with relevant pictures demonstrating your range of looks,
and composite cards? AMATEUR, and hardly worth the consideration, especially
if the model is brainwashed into thinking that they can get into this
business without investing in it. You might think that you
have leverage, but you don’t; if I decide that I do not want to
work with you, it will be your loss, because I have plenty of professional
models to work with. It may not seem like it now, but it will.
If models wish to make fools of themselves and demonstrate that they
are expendable and that they are not worth anything as a model, I will
be sure to let them know, through my actions, that they are expendable.
I won’t work with them, and neither will anyone else who matters.
I will not respect them, either (and you can get mad at me. It doesn’t
matter. I’ll just wait a few years until your modeling “career”,
or, to be more accurate, any potential that you have to establish a
real modeling career, is over. I can wait. You can’t. I will easily
replace you before then, too, as well as assist professional models
in competing with you and taking work away from you. I can do that,
too, because I know more about this business, and about business in
general, than you do; I will allow models who deserve me to benefit
from my experience and help.)
I will give the models who have potential, and who are working these
free jobs, a chance to redeem themselves, but if they continue to make
an ass of themselves by continuing to support a faux industry, I will
write them off and will refuse to work with them. Those other guys can
have them, and the “models” can go down with their ship!
I refer to social media as “technologically enabled mass-ignorance”.
I also consider social media to be an enabler of fake photographers
and models whom pretend to be something that they are not, and I do
not like, nor respect, them.
Regarding people who models ally themselves with, tell me: How will
they be able to help you when they can’t even begin to compete
with me? Don’t settle for, or accept, anything less than the best!
If you do, there will be consequences, as you will be unable to compete
with real professional models who do not make your mistakes.
Someone recently told me that I needed to stay out of their way. I really
have no idea what that means, because I am ahead of them and they continue
to fall behind, which means that I could never be in their way, by default.
I don’t follow like they do. I lead. I don’t react. I initiate
things which others react to. I’m not the weak one here, and I
do not negotiate from a position of weakness. Follow my lead, and if
you wish to remain relevant in the markets, do as I say. Saying anything
on my part is irrelevant, however, because they follow my lead and try
to copy me, anyway; just don’t expect them to publically admit
I have no parity, and I command an advantage which many will come to
describe as unfair. It is as it should be, and it is what I have both
earned and deserve. I have paid my dues and have a history of over 15
years doing great work, and I demand respect for what I have accomplished
and the work that I will continue to do. I work for professional progress
in the markets, and support other professionals in their careers. I
genuinely care about the integrity of the markets, as well as other
professionals, and they will come to know that I am not only honest
and fair, but that I know what I am doing. I will show them the way.
Sadly, the markets desperately need leadership, experienced, competent
leadership which has answers and good ideas, and I will become that
leadership by default, judging from what else is out there (I was actually
hoping to have something close to resembling competition, because it
is going to look like I am bullying people and taking their candy from
them. Yes, the difference between them and I is that great, and it is
The noise from the crowds of amateurs saturating the markets will become....
irrelevant. Some might say that it already is, especially those of us
who continue to work while they do not.
At this point, it is professionally irresponsible to not be aware of
who I am, and regardless of if they agree with me or not, most of the
people who are serious about working these markets know who I am. Anyone
who does not, in my opinion, either is ignorant to the point where they
are negligent, and will cripple their ability to compete and to remain
relevant, or are in denial. Some will say that they have no idea who
I am simply as a feeble attempt to insult me. It doesn’t work,
and they only make themselves look stupid. Regardless, it doesn’t
matter. What I do, and my position in the markets, affects them. Ignorance
or underestimating the conditions and the market factors which affect
them will handicap them, and that is something which will only enhance
my position, especially since I do not need their approval, I am not
relying upon them to help or to buy what I am selling, and they are
useless to me. Some may say that they may be able to dissuade people
from working with me, but that it also something which history has proven
does not work. After all, if you can’t sell to someone to begin
with, what make you think that you will be able to convince them to
do anything else? I would stick to trying to sell to them if they are
talking to you, and avoid pointing out someone to them who you cannot
compete with and that they will go to for what they need.
There are some in the markets who say that I am a “crazy guy with
a lot of web sites”. This makes me laugh, and greatly amuses me.
I hardly think that they actually believe what they are saying, because
while these people will publically state that they are not concerned
about who I am and what I do, their actions betray their words, and
make them hypocrites, as these same people seem to spend a lot of time
reading what I post on my web sites. Some of them are probably cursing
me out right now as they read this, and this, too, makes me laugh, thinking
about a bunch of professionally impotent primitives getting mad at me
for something that I publish on just one of my web sites. It’s
amusing that they get so worked up by someone who is “crazy”,
and I can only hope that they refrain from getting emotional and violent
and are gentle with their computers, tablets, and “smart”
phone devices. I suppose that “crazy” is code speak for
“smarter”, because there is nothing crazy about the information
that I publish on my web sites. What I publish and create makes a lot
of sense. What I publish works, and they know it, because they spend
a lot of time paying attention to what I do and reacting to what I do.
So, who is crazy? Not I. I will not apologize for being smarter and
more experienced than they are, either. It really does not matter what
they think, because they are not my target market, I have no desire
to work with any of them, and they are irrelevant. I only work with
professionals, and it seems that the professionals are not the ones
trying to attack my credibility. I wonder why.
Any model, photographer, agency, or industry player who stands in the
way of progress, which is my agenda, will find themselves on the outside
looking in, and will be crippled in their ability to remain relevant
in the market. I would suggest that they impress the hell out of me,
starting now, because there is a growing list of people whom I will
not work with, and will never work with, and it is their loss; it certainly
is not mine. They answer to me. Yes, this includes the agencies, too,
who need to be kept in their proper place, as they answer to the models
and the talent whom they work for, too; it is not the other way around,
and never was.
This position does not require anyone’s acceptance or permission,
nor is it defined by their support; smart professionals will come to
support this, and I could care less about the amateurs, especially the
amateurs pretending to be professionals. I call the shots. I will also
help professionals take market share away from the pretenders.
An open market is superior to a closed market, especially as a closed
market is limited. Ignorance and denial of business reality will put
anyone who does not have total situational awareness of the market,
and who does not adapt to new conditions in the market, at a severe
I want people to reject what I have to say today, because it will help
separate the professionals whom I want to work with and support, from
the pretenders, as the pretenders will reject this. It will make it
easier to run them out of the market and to take market share from them.
I consider the pretenders to be people who wish to control and “manage”
models and talent, as well, and they will quickly learn that they do
not know what they are doing, and they will pay for it, as will the
models and talent who support them.
I will make it my life’s work to work against anyone who does
not support me or what I do, because if you are not for me, you are
against me. I will help your competition put you out of “business”,
if that is indeed what you are doing, or are trying to do. History has
proven that I can do this, too, just like I have put many of my past
competitors out of business. Hell, in 2011, I put a modeling photography
event business out of business by writing an article about them on this
site and by launching another web site which provided the threat of
competition (I never had to actually compete with them, either). I have
over 70 more web sites, too, as well as substantial business and resource
investments, most of which I have spent over a decade developing and
I literally have no competition in what I am doing, and 15 years of
experience, hard work, and preparations will give myself and my allies
an unbeatable advantage in what is to come. Feel free to underestimate
myself and what I am doing so that you will enhance my advantage. I
am counting on it.
I do not just run a business or a group of businesses. I run entire
Never forget that.
Some may think that this statement is arrogant, but in reality it is
not, especially as arrogance is defined as unwarranted or undeserved
pride. I am not arrogant; I know exactly what I am saying. I have earned
the right to make this statement, and the history of what is coming
will back up this statement. I know the future because I will be the
one creating it.
So, go right ahead. Think what you wish. Underestimate me. You are not
doing yourself any favors.
You can also guess that I am quite disgusted by what I am seeing going
on in my markets, and I am about to assert myself. For those of you
who give me a hard time, well, I will remember. So will you. The difference,
however, is that what I think, and do, actually matters.
- C. A. Passinault
Editor, Tampa Bay Modeling
title bar on site.
We replaced the “Tampa Bay Modeling” title bar this morning,
removing the slogans and the description, updating the mouse over action,
and enlarging the title. We backed up the old graphic, as well. We need
to come up with a new slogan for 2015, too, so that this site can keep
up with the new 3rd Generation talent resource sites which are on the
The current Tampa Bay Modeling site is a 1st Generation talent resource
site with some 2nd Generation additions here and there.
Please note that this site, a Raptor 3 variant of the Raptor Class,
is exactly what we want, and although the site organization, content,
and tools will soon undergo an overhaul, and we may tweak some of the
graphics and formats like we did today, Tampa Bay Modeling will continue
to use the current Raptor Class site for several more years, at least
until the Centurion Class sites are online and available. The design
of this site is great, we are proud of it, and it has been extremely
effective. It will continue to be extremely effective, and even more-so
once the new technology is deployed.
Want to see what is coming before it deploys here? Keep an eye on Florida
Models, which will be among the first of out talent resource sites to
be overhauled to 3rd Generation standards.
awareness required for professionals.
Ignorance is your worst enemy. Accept it or not, but it is reality,
and you are bound by that reality.
A troubling trend has come to our attention, a trend where people who
claim to be industry professionals are ignorant of who the players and
the pretenders are in their market, and are unaware of what is going
on. This is dangerous, too, as the majority of the players are pretenders,
and most of those are running scams or are doing unethical and unprofessional
things which are dangerous for models and the integrity of the market.
We are going to state the obvious, now, but it is a law of nature that
those who are ignorant of the dynamics which affect them do not make
Professionals have a responsibility to know what is going on. They also
have a responsibility to help to maintain the standards in the market
and to address issues which are discovered, at the very least, and they
cannot do that if they do not know what is going on.
What happens to the deer drinking water from a stream when the deer
fails to look up from time to time to ensure that they know what is
going on around them? The deer does not last long. Predators prey upon
deer which do not pay attention.
The more that you know, the more power that your career has, and the
better you are at maneuvering through the minefield of the industry.
Starting in 2015, all of our talent resource sites, including Tampa
Bay Modeling, Florida Models, and Independent Modeling, as well as our
upcoming 3rd Generation talent and career resource sites, will have
an emphasis on situational awareness. They will also have an emphasis
on fighting ignorance and any dependence upon others.
As a professional, you need to invest the time to be aware of what is
going on in your market, as well as who and what the players are and
whom they associate with. You also need to use this information to be
selective in your career, and this means turning down paid work if it
is not in the best interest, or if it conflicts, with your career.
Simply put, if you remain ignorant, or just don’t care, you will
not be able to compete with the more educated professionals who will
take work away from you.
It also means that you have no choice but to read what is on our sites,
as it is for your own good.
At this point, we will go on record to state that at least two thirds,
or 66%, of the players or the people claiming to be players in the Tampa
Bay market are not good for your career, and need to be avoided and/
or addressed. Do you know who they are?
Would you know a scam if you saw one? For the idiots out there looking
at this site right now and nodding, you are wrong, and we prove it in
what we do and how we do it. We are not a scam. We also know what we
are doing, unlike you. You need to learn the difference between a scam
and between someone or something which is legitimate. As a rule of thumb,
anything legitimate in the Tampa Bay area in the modeling industry is
going to be rarer.
Situational awareness is critical, and it is the key to making your
career work or last. It is important to know who people are, what they
do, and whom they are associated with so that you can see conflicts
before you encounter them and before you make a mistake which will haunt
you and harm your career.
Also, you have to be able to identify the players who are professional
and who can benefit your career. A lot of the current models, and others,
who claim to be professional seem to have this disposable mindset where
they do not respect anything. Professionals will not tolerate such unprofessional
conduct, and you will not end up working with them and will burn a bridge,
bringing your career another step closer to ending, often before it
has a chance to begin.
Some people sell themselves short, or out, by jumping to conclusions
and being ignorant of potential and opportunities. Do your homework
and know what is going on.
Professionals who may benefit you or who you could work with one day
will be looking at you, what you do, and whom you are associated with.
Don’t lose work because you look like an idiot who does not know
what you are doing.
Oh, and models, working for free is not really work. It’s charity,
and often misguided charity, at that; don’t enable a scam or allow
yourselves to be exploited as free labor. It makes you look unprofessional,
perhaps even desperate, and will keep you from being able to compete
with real professionals and from booking real work. If you want to be
taken seriously, know what is going on so that you look like you know
what you are doing and are not misrepresenting what you know. If you
lie or mislead people, your credibility will be gone WHEN they find
out, and you probably will never get another chance.
Ignorance also makes you dependent upon others, too, which makes you
weak and unable to compete. Models who are dependent upon the agencies
to get work will not be able to compete with smarter, more educated
professional models who go around the agencies and who take work from
the agencies before the agencies can refer it to their models.
Only the strong, the educated, and the smart survive in the market which
we are helping to create. Don’t get caught up into and get tricked
into supporting a faux industry in the Tampa Bay market which will eventually
be destroyed as it is displaced and replaced by better things. Don’t
go down with a sinking ship because you chose to be ignorant and dependent.
Learn and think for yourselves!
what you can’t see which will hurt you.
With the new generation of talent resource sites upon us, there is going
to be a transition with our tactics.
First, we don’t want to look like we are bullying or beating up
on anyone. That would make us look like we have an axe to grind, and
that we are “haters” with no legitimate issues to address
or cause. Far be it for us to sabotage our credibility, especially since
the people and the scams which we are coming up against are hardly a
match for us.... It’s been a market massacre, and does make us
look like we are beating up the opposition.
Tactics in the future will be far more tactful and subdued. We will
be walking softly and carrying a very big stick behind our backs, figuratively
speaking. Most of our aggressive actions will be very low key, indeed,
and will not be able to be tracked.
In the future, our talent resource site will focus on the behavior patterns
of scams and unethical conduct in the industry, as well as how to fight
back, but that will be kept in the relevant sections, and will not spill
over to the rest of the sites. We will also avoid publishing any kind
of solution on how to fix a scam, unethical practice, or business mistake,
because we do not want these people to fix what is wrong and become
“legit”; the worst thing that could happen is if one of
these scammers were to figure out how to run a legitimate business and
hide behind a cloak of legitimacy while running more tactful shady schemes,
because it would turn them into a super scam, with an enhanced ability
to lure people in and to take advantage of them, which would be very
hard to detect and to deal with (and that is all that we will say about
this, because we don’t want to give these people any ideas). Enhanced
stealth scams, or super scams, are a real possibility of a future threat
to models and others in the industry, and while we do know how to create
such an operation, because we study scams and have to engineer future
iterations of them in order to come up with counters (kind of like virus
research. We are always thinking about what people can do and the counters
to those actions, as well as counters to the counters, and so on, in
a virtual, encrypted, “black”, sand-boxed catalytic think
tank where any idea which we work on can evolve much faster than they
can in the real world without any actual consequences, and we can cycle
them quickly while nailing the details and making them reactive to conceptual
and extrapolated stimuli, some of which are a direct cause of the scam
algorithm itself in the hypothetical environment; a closed loop of interacting
variables interacting with other variables in the environment for emergent
behaviors and accurate extrapolated evolution. We have some scams from
the year 2036, at this point, in a virtual sense, and they can be done
now, with what is out there now, cost-effectively, which is kind of
scary if you think about it, because there are NO counters to them out
there, and we are the only ones with the tools to counter them. Most
out there would not be able to adapt to these scheme or figure out a
way to counter them, and would be defeated by them. Some of these scams
are so nasty that you literally can’t see them coming, and can’t
figure out what makes them work, as they are invisible and work in the
background in layers. We can see the future because we are creating
it, but we can also change what is to come if we choose to. Also, we
NEVER introduce any idea or concept to a market without a counter to
it, as well as counters to those counters, and so on. This keeps things
from getting out of control, and keeps what we do from backfiring),
we would never run one, because we are legitimate, and are going to
great lengths to keep the information and the details secret, and to
keep a lid on that Pandora’s box.
If what we knew got out, it would destroy the market and the industry.
Yes, we are that far ahead of the game here. We are simply smarter,
and everyone knows it. So do we.
That is why we are both humble and responsible. That first part was
obviously a joke.
We have engineered scams in the lab which are years beyond what anyone
has even thought of, and which can be done with current technology and
resources. We have to figure out these things in order to be prepared
to counter them if they ever emerge. They will stay in the lab under
lock and key, because it would be very bad if they were to get out (aren’t
you glad that we are the good guys, and are professional and ethical?).
Some of these engineered evolved scams have very good ideas and tactics
which emerge from the brew, too, things which could be used to enhance
a legitimate business (another reason why our research pays off) without
being an actual scam. We are going to keep those things under wraps,
too, because it could make a business unstoppable and impossible to
With Aurora PhotoArts recently creating a second photography company
to go after markets which it cannot touch, this new company is an enhanced
business model, a predatory business model, which is the future. By
“predatory”, we do not mean a business which will take advantage
of its target market, but rather one which will prey upon the competition.
It’s something new in business dynamics and tactics, and it works.
It’s also professional and ethical, although it is a bit aggressive
and dominant, a position which it will earn while avoiding conflicts
with antimonopolistic laws (not that something could be considered to
be a monopoly when the competition simply is not there because they
went out of business or were assimilated). This new company is revolutionary,
using the latest technologies and tactics developed by Aurora PhotoArts
and our collective of talent resource sites, and it will benefit from
the full resources of Aurora PhotoArts, as both companies are designed
to cross benefit and to work together.
At any rate, the new talent resource sites are going to be more positive,
although we will continue covert operations to address issues in the
market. Our recent social media operations have been extremely effective
and successful, as well as cost-effective to plan, execute, and sustain,
and that can’t be ignored. Some of these operations use technology
and tactics developed from a war on a local classifieds site which was
revolutionary back in 2008, and it was extremely effective (The best
hacks are legitimate, and which do not give the opposition can leverage
against you). Just a hint: Those who use freebie resources such as social
media for a web site are at an extreme disadvantage, and are weak. They
will not be able to compete and will not last. The only hope that many
of you have is to operate legitimately, invest in your business, invest
in a real web site, learn your business, and to work hard. If you are
making mistakes, you cannot compete with professionals who do not make
your mistakes. Being cheap and cutting corners, as well as rushing things,
are a fatal mistake to any business in a competitive market. Also, a
big mistake that many are making is that they allow their egos and their
emotions to dictate what they do, and they do what they want to do regardless
of what the consequences or if it good for their business or clients.
They, too, will not be able to compete with professionals who know what
they are doing and take the bad with the good to run a balanced and
Oh, and agencies, you will soon be competing with professional models
themselves for those jobs. If the stupid models who allow themselves
to be dependent upon you are not longer able to work because the jobs
are snaked from you before you can get them to refer them to the models,
it is their fault. This alone will change the market forever, and will
force the players to change and try to adapt to new conditions and standards
which we introduce to the market; it is survival of the fittest, baby,
and the back of the agencies will be broken. Any models who do not work
hard and follow the new rules will find their careers over, and they
deserve it. We will help professional independent models take work away
from them, because, simply, those who are not for us are against us,
and we would rather see those who are against us out of business altogether.
One more thing. Anyone, such as schools and photographers, who push
that the agencies are the main or the only way to have a modeling career
are going to look like fools, because it is our opinion that they are,
and that most of them do this because they don’t know what they
are doing and attempt to pass the buck to the agencies.
An open market is superior to a closed market, providing that there
are appropriate and cost-effective checks and balances in place. Remember
sites in the works.
Next month, in October, Tampa Bay Modeling turns 10. We are working
hard to overhaul the site and to make it useful, as well as effective,
by then (We want results, and no more smoke. This site needs to be effective).
It will, however, be essentially new, loaded with new 3rd Generation
tactics, technology, and tools (Tampa Bay Modeling is built with late
1st Generation talent resource site technology, much like Florida Models
currently uses, with 2nd Generation technology added over the years.
Independent Modeling currently uses late 2nd Generation technology,
which was ironically put through a long and trying test in real world
conflicts by Tampa Bay Film from 2008 to 2012. 2nd Generation technology
was developed in 2005, and was basically a refinement of 1st Generation
technology used by Florida Models in the late 1990's. The difference
between 2nd and 3rd Generation talent resource site technology is a
quantum leap, however, with 3rd Generation technology optimized to be
intuitive, easy to use, and extremely effective; 3rd Generation technology
is built around front-ends to hand-hold the user and give them deeper
and more useful information when they are ready. It also uses multimedia
technology. 3rd Generation technology began development in 2007, was
developed over a lot of experience and hard lessons from 2007 to 2012,
and began deploying in 2013 with the new Revolution Class Tampa Bay
Film site. All of our current talent resource sites will be brought
up to initial 3rd Generation standards by the end of 2014, in preparation
for the construction and deployment of four powerful, brand new 3rd
Generation talent resource sites for the Tampa Bay market).
First, however, we have been working on Tampa Bay Film and are trying
to finish that work. Work on bringing Tampa Bay Film up to speed, and
fully operational, should be done by next week. After than, we have
to build and deploy a new Athena Class site for Florida Models (bringing
it up to 3rd Generation standards from its current 1st Generation content
and tools in days), as well as a Spectacle Class stealth web site for
Aurora PhotoArts and begin the construction and the deployment of the
fleet of Mosaic Class marketing and support sites for Aurora PhotoArts
(there will be over 16 of them online by 2015, and they will be impossible
to ignore), and THEN we will be able to work on the new Tampa Bay Modeling.
Well, after we create a new support site for our modeling jobs program,
too, which has to be redone now because the site that we had developed
for almost a year, and was days from being completed, was crippled when
someone took a domain name that we had planned on using to market and
brand the site with; we launched what we had of the site under a backup
domain name with the same keywords just to burn them. That new modeling
jobs site won’t take long, however, and it should be done in less
than a week after work on it is started.
Work on the new Tampa Bay Modeling site is expected, therefor, to begin
in late September, and be finished in time for our 10th anniversary
The design of Tampa Bay Modeling will NOT change, however. We are happy
with it. The Raptor 3 variant of the Raptor Class site which we are
currently using is a cutting-edge, front line late 3rd Generation web
site, will not be replaced anytime soon, and at first glance, no one
will notice that the overhauled site is “new” because it
will look the same. As a matter of fact, we are developing new Raptor
Class sites using a refined version of the Raptor 3, which will use
some minor refinements in the code and file organization, which will
be invisible to the eye, for upcoming sites such as Tampa Bay Dancer.
A new Raptor Class site will be built and deployed for Tampa Bay Dancer,
so we are still making them (The replacement for the Raptor Class site
will be the Centurion Class, and it is a long way off, because it is
a 4th Generation web site which uses newer web site technology such
as PHP databasing and multimedia such as flash. We are considering replacing
the Diana Class sites, currently used by Passinault.Com, with a new
class of web site, also using late 3rd Generation web site technology,
developed from the Raptor Class as a stop-gap measure until the next-generation,
4th Generation Destiny Class web site is ready. Likewise, the Mosaic
Class web sites used by Aurora PhotoArts will eventually be supplemented,
and then replaced, by the upcoming next-generation 4th Generation Aurora
Class, which is interesting because the Mosaic Class is designed to
be used in front-line service until at least 2024, a necessity because
the development period, needed to perfect the design, took 3 years,
and because so many will be built and deployed. Aurora, Centurion, and
Destiny Class sites will begin deployment after 2017, as they use 4th
Generation web site technology, which, for those who may be confused
by the generations, is completely different from 3rd Generation talent
resource site technology, which pertains more to content rather than
web site design. The current Raptor Class site used by Tampa Bay Modeling
is a late 3rd Generation web site using 2nd and 1st Generation talent
resource site technology, if that makes things more clear; there are
two different Generation lines. Late 3rd Generation web sites, which
include the Athena, Mosaic, and the Revolution Class, are also designed
for easy future upgrade to 4th Generation web sites. On the other hand,
4th Generation talent resource site technology, which pertains to content
and tools, do not even exist, yet, and probably won’t until the
end of this decade, which is over 5 years away; development of 4th Generation
talent resource site technology will begin in 2015, once we begin analyzing
the data coming back from the new 3rd Generation talent resource sites
and by experience in the market, all of the sites which, ironically,
use new late 3rd Generation web sites).
Looks can be deceiving, however, because the new Tampa Bay Modeling
site will have new files, organization, content, and tools. It will
be brought up to full 3rd Generation talent resource site standards
instead of being stuck with 2nd Generation technology from a decade
ago. It will be 100 times more effective, too. Likewise, sister sites
Tampa Bay Talent, Tampa Bay Acting, and some others will also be overhauled
to 3rd Generation talent resource site standards. Web sites will be
built and deployed for support sites such as Tampa Talent Agency, Tampa
Modeling Agency, and our other sites, too.
The new Tampa Bay Film site, which launched last year and should be
fully operational next week, is the first of the true 3rd Generation
talent resource sites. As a matter of fact, a massive conflict with
a group of unethical and unprofessional people in the Tampa Bay independent
film scene from 2008 to 2012 helped develop and refine new concepts,
tools, technology, and tactics which are now being deployed on the new
Revolution Class Tampa Bay Film site, which, because of some damage
from that conflict, is operating from a new operating domain name. No
longer using a Raptor Class or a Super Raptor Class web site, the new
Tampa Bay Film web site uses a Revolution Class web site because the
Revolution Class was designed to incorporate the online film festival,
which has been extremely effective and successful over the years. Indeed,
new SES (Search Engine Superiority) technology was developed, tested,
and refined from the old Super Raptor Class stand-alone web site for
the online film festival, and those tactics and technology were built
into everything from the new front-line Mosaic Class marketing and support
web sites for Aurora PhotoArts (Photographers and others are going to
be shocked by what those web sites will be doing by 2015, and by how
effective that they will be) to the new 3rd Generation talent resource
sites. That SES technology even uses stealth technology to enhance search
performance and specifically tailor search results.
Work on the format and the technology behind the 3rd Generation talent
resource sites is complete. Those sites will be completed and launched
by the end of the year, and will dominate all by 2015. Although Tampa
Bay Modeling will be overhauled with the new technology and tools, and
will be refined as a support resource site for models, the new regional
modeling resource web site for the Tampa Bay area, which will be one
of several of those new sites, will take point away from Tampa Bay Modeling
in the near future, while Tampa Bay Modeling gets to where it needs
to be. Another of those sites will aggressively address the flawed and
corrupt local fashion scene, our gift to those who have been bad mouthing
both Passinault and this site for doing the right thing. Some people
are going to discover that they DON’T know what they are doing,
that they are duplicitous and unprofessional, as well as liars who behave
unethically, and that you can’t do whatever you want and use others
just because you want, or have to.
We are the authority on modeling, photography, fashion, and other markets
in Tampa Bay, and don’t forget that. We were not only here, first,
but we know what we are doing. We are going to assert that authority
and make it very difficult for some very bad people to work.
These new sites are going to be very, very nasty affairs for some people,
and they will be extremely effective and impossible to ignore or dismiss.
They will make what Tampa Bay Modeling, Independent Modeling, and our
other sites have done over the past decade look friendly, innocuous,
and entertaining in comparison.
The party is over. Everyone is going to be accountable for what they
do and say. New standards will be introduced to the market, and change
will be forced. Those who fail to adapt and clean up their act will
find themselves unable to compete and will end up out of business. -
this week, nothing will be the same.
We are working on a series of highly secret, interconnected projects
They will change everything. Everything.
Everyone will understand in 2015.
For now, just sit there and wonder what is coming, and if you made a
mistake or not. We haven’t.
site needs an overhaul. This Fall. Maybe sooner.
We have been looking over this site today, and it is inexcusable. Tampa
Bay Modeling, now celebrating its 10th year, needs to be the relevant
modeling resource site for models in the Tampa Bay area. Sadly, it’s
not. By default, though, we ARE it, because no one else out there is
trying to help models, and we are the only ones; we literally have no
competition in what we are doing, and need to get our act together before
we do get competition (and we will, eventually. Bet on it. Everything
described on this site works, and others will soon realize it. Many
already do. While we will not guarantee anything, and we will not claim
that anything on this site constitutes advice of any kind, for legal
reasons, we do admit that we practice what is on this site because it
We know what we are doing, and have to start showing it.
We are at the point that we no longer care about search engine rankings
or placement. It’s irrelevant if the site is useless to begin
with. We are going to fix this site. We are going to make it a resource
for our clients, which will be our priority, and although we could care
less about who finds the site and who uses it, although they are welcome
to use it, this site really isn’t for them. It’s for serious
We will be adding some security features, of course, so that “competitors”
cannot benefit from the site, and that models who are not our clients
will only have access to basic features (although the site will continue
to be useful for them). We will be doing a lock and key arrangement,
where we give our clients a key to unlock the full power of this site.
At the moment, our search engine obsession as far as this site is concerned
is over. We have new, more advanced sites coming in 2015 which will
have that job, and they will have relevant content to support that job.
We are more concerned about making Tampa Bay Modeling useful. Again,
we are going to fix this site, as there is a lot wrong with it, and
a lot needs to be fixed.
Entire sections will be redone, old directories will be deleted, and
new ones will be created. Navigation will be redone, and it will be
easy to find what you are looking for. This site will be receiving a
massive overhaul, and we could care less what it does to our search
engine rankings. We will be redoing this site to be a resource for the
user, and will engineer it to be useful.
This week, we will be going over what we need to add to the site (for
example, the pay vouchers, of which there will be at least four different
types. The vouchers have been so overdue that it is a cruel joke by
this point, as they should have been available years ago, as far back
as 2006!). We will create that content and those tools, and we will
make it so that they can be used.
For those of you who have been disappointed with this site as a career
resource, we apologize. We will soon rectify that, and make this site
the best modeling resource web site that it can be.
Our 10th anniversary is coming up in October, and we need to have this
site in great shape by then, at the very least, and make it even better
going into 2015, especially since it needs to be compatible with our
new generation talent resource sites which will be supporting it.
Ironically, our projections indicate that by fixing this site and by
making it useful, that it will show others the way, and will create
the competition which we have been avoiding for years. We say bring
it, because, regardless, models will benefit, especially our clients,
and that is all that we care about.
Trying. Please Do.
It is amusing to see many newcomers trying so hard to do what we have
been doing for the past 14+ years. We keep doing, and they keep trying.
We know what we are doing, and they don’t. Some never will, because
they sell themselves short.
This business is not easy, and some are finding this out the hard way.
Just because you pick up a camera does not give you the right to work
with models; how are you going to help models and show them what to
do when you don’t know what you are doing, yourself? Just because
you are a pretty girl does not make you a model, as well. For both,
when you think that you have to be “sexy”, you already cripple
your career before you have a chance to start it, because pictures are
forever, and cannot be undone once mistakes have been made. You do want
to be able to compete, don’t you? This industry is not for those
who have self esteem issues, and who are trying to find themselves.
You already have to know who you are before you can do this.
Many taint themselves by becoming involved with the wrong people, as
you are whom you associate with and support. Some of you will never
work with us because of those mistakes, as you are tainted, and are
damaged goods as far as we are concerned. Not that this is means much,
“models”, as most models don’t last more than a few
years even if they do well.
Also, why is it that so many who claim to work in the local modeling
industry can’t seem to do anything legitimately? We are talking
about those who do this knowingly, and not the majority who do so out
of ignorance. How do you sleep at night and live with yourselves knowing
that you hurt people? We know how to work it, legitimately, and will
prove it. We wouldn’t do it any other way.
We have been.... Biding our time while we are working on something great,
waiting for the economy to improve, which it has since 2008, 2008 being
the time that so many decided that this was the business that they wanted
to get into. Preparations are now nearing completion. Soon, very soon,
we will assert ourselves aggressively upon this market, and the market
will be revolutionized.
Most will fail to adapt, and will fail to be able to compete against
what is coming. We are the standard; we always have been, and we will
continue to be. Many of you will find yourselves out of business soon,
as if you were in business to begin with. The half-baked and unbalanced
shall fall before us.
Resistance is futile. Give up while you are behind, and save yourselves
What is coming in 2015 will be a university course in the new way of
doing business in the modeling industry, and most will fail to learn
and benefit, unless they are our clients, because we will simply not
allow them to study what we have engineered. They will all simply know
that it works, but won’t know what makes it work. The primitives,
the unethical and the unprofessional, will be kept down in the dirt
where they belong.
Most will not be able to compete because their mistakes will not allow
them to, and that is fine by us.
Oh, and those who rely upon others, such as agencies, will learn that
it is a false economy. Those who rely upon the middleman are idiots
who select themselves for professional extinction because they allow
themselves to be controlled, handicapped, and limited.
So, what is coming?
A new Florida Models. A new Tampa Bay Modeling. A new Independent Modeling.
An aggressive jobs program. A new photography company and related companies
which will set an entirely new professional standard in the Tampa Bay
area. Four new talent resource sites. Modeling photography events where
professional can network.
That’s only the beginning. Oh, and it’s also only for those
who we invite to participate. Remember that. We have leverage, we always
will, and we call the shots. - Edited 08/06/14/0841
of work to be done on Tampa Bay Modeling in August!
Along with a new Athena Class web site for Florida Models and lots of
updates for Independent Modeling, Tampa Bay Modeling will also see a
lot of work in August, 2014.
This is needed to support the modeling jobs initiative, obviously, because
the new modeling jobs site is hours away from launch, and the modeling
job boards of all of the supporting sites are going to have to come
online as quickly as possible to assist.
Professional independent models need to get paid for working modeling
jobs, they need to find and book paying modeling jobs, and they need
to do so without going through an agency or being dependent upon one.
This will go much further, too, as Passinault intends to flood the Tampa
Bay market with an army of fierce, smart independent models who will
directly compete with the talent agencies for jobs, and, by default,
will take work away from the limited agency models who choose to be
dependent upon the agencies. Passinault has also indicated that he will
assist professional independent models with competing with “models”
who are giving the local industry a bad name; models who are hurting
the industry by working for free, assisting charity scams, enabling
modeling scams, working with unethical industry people, and making professional
compromises. A lot of the “established” models are about
to see an end to their careers, and they brought it upon themselves.
We are not going to have the time to overhaul the content on Tampa Bay
Modeling, obviously, nor deploy the new cutting-edge tools, as that
will come later this year and into 2015, but all of the updates will
be a good thing for this site. We WILL have time to update some of the
existing content, however.
to increase modeling industry work.
As reported on Florida Models this morning, C. A. Passinault will be
dramatically increasing work in the
modeling industry this Summer, and will dominate all aspects of the
industry in Tampa Bay soon, indisputably and rightfully so. This is
especially true in regards to modeling photography by his Aurora PhotoArts
company, which will continue to specialize in that field and expand
upon it, as well as helping provide the tools that professional models
need to find and book work without going through or being dependent
upon the agencies. Passinault will deploy more job resources, as well
as help fight modeling scams. He will also assist his model clients
in taking work away from other models, which include agency models.
The modeling scam fighting resources which will soon be deployed on
Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Models, and Independent Modeling have been
in development since 2007, and are extremely advanced; they will prove
to be very effective, as well. The new generation of modeling and talent
resource sites now in development, which will be deployed and fully
operational by 2015 (there are four in the works for just the Tampa
Bay market, and some people are not going to be happy about those new
site), are built around these new tools and resources. These new sites
will augment, and will not replace, current talent resource sites such
as Tampa Bay Modeling.
Passinault has indicated that he is bored with what others are doing
in the local modeling industry, or trying to do, especially in regards
to the “fashion” scene, which, in his opinion, remains to
be established here. The fashion scene in Tampa Bay will be aggressively
addressed by Passinault in 2015, when it will finally get the help that
it has been lacking. Fashion shows will be forced to start paying models,
too, instead of using them and making money at their expense (and don’t
give us this “charity” excuse. It’s B.S.).
While it is true that Tampa Bay Modeling has not been updated a lot
recently, there is a reason for that. We’ve been busy preparing
for what is to come. Tampa Bay Modeling will soon be overhauled and
In related news, we are still working on that new modeling jobs web
site, and it should launch at the end of this week. For security reasons,
we will not name it or link to it when it launches, although we are
sure that everyone will see it when it starts turning up at the top
of search engine results, which will be especially quick since it will
launch as a fully operational web site with tons of content.
modeling job site to launch this week.
A huge, new modeling job web site will launch this week. This will be
a marketable third generation modeling resource site specifically for
modeling jobs, and will tie into the modeling job boards of Tampa Bay
Modeling, Florida Models, and Independent Modeling.
The new site will be an Independent Modeling web site. We have been
working on this site since August of 2013.
The modeling job boards of our three sites, which will all be formatted
like the master job board on Independent Modeling, will be the place
to go, eventually, for the same paying modeling jobs that models used
to have to go through an agency to book, minus the agency fees. Since
we are not a talent agency, the information will be made available free
of charge, and we will not make any money running these boards. Why?
Because we care about models! Since the most common modeling scams are
modeling job scams, this new site will be critical to helping models
recognize and avoid modeling job scams, too.
Several thousand business cards will be printed to support the new site
this weekend. These cards will be used to get the word out to professional
models whom we encounter, for starters.
Once the modeling job boards of our three sites are operational and
updated, the new site will link to them.
After all, in 2014, it is all about the modeling jobs, and independent
models need to get paid for their work. - 05/20/14/1314
of modeling and talent resource web sites underway.
Well, since we can’t do some things at the moment, which we cannot
elaborate on, we will do what we can. The good news is that this opens
the door to a whole lot of time to do what needs to be done with Tampa
Bay Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting, Tampa Bay Talent, Tampa Bay Film, Tampa
Bay Dancer, Florida Models, Florida Actors, Independent Modeling, Independent
Acting, and several of our other sites.
The Tampa Bay Talent sites, which includes Tampa Bay Modeling, will
be overhauled immediately, and the sites will be changed around with
new content by the end of this month. Keep in mind, however, that the
content which will be posted here will be specifically engineered to
assist models (We won’t post all that we know and are using, however,
regardless, and will be holding some things back. We can do that, too,
without watering down the sites and reducing their effectiveness, because
we are several generations ahead in development from what is being used
on the sites now; we will publish content developed from technology
a generation or two ago, which is at least ten years ahead of the 2002
technology on this site now). The best content and tools will be reserved
for the model and talent clients of Aurora PhotoArts, although there
will be plenty of great tools and information on this site, including
the new interactive tutorials and the long-overdue pay vouchers for
models, of which there will be at least four types (!). The content
will also be organized better, and more intuitively, so that the site
is easy to use, too, so models won’t get lost, but can also access
deeper, more in-depth content if they need to (Frosting on the top,
and a rich cake underneath).
Tampa Bay Dancer will launch this month. Florida Models and Florida
Actors will relaunch in May, 2014.
Oh, and the design of Tampa Bay Modeling and the other Tampa Bay Talent
sites which use the Raptor Class design (Raptor 3) will not change,
although there may be some adjustments. The site designs are great (regardless
of what the jealous aspiring competitors may be saying), as far as we
and models are concerned. Tampa Bay Dancer, in fact, will use a brand
new site using the Raptor 3 variant of the Raptor Class site which Tampa
Bay Modeling is using right now.
Then there are the four huge, highly advanced, next generation talent
resource sites for the Tampa Bay market in development for 2015, which
will launch and deploy later in 2014, but those sites are classified.
These sites will be more effective and revolutionary than anything that
we have up now or in the near future, and they are going to rock the
That’s it for now. We need to get back to work, and have just
let everyone know that the wait for new sites, and consistent updates,
is almost over. - 04/08/14/2119 - 04/11/14/2108
We spent some time this morning looking over our existing site content
to update it and to prepare for what is to come later in 2014.
Tampa Bay Modeling, with its first generation, 2002 vintage content,
which is still useful, will be upgraded to a full third generation talent
resource site in 2014, with the latest technology, content, and tools
which can be publically revealed (We never show our best hand, and hold
things back while providing content, tools, and resources which are
still cutting-edge and highly effective, as well as available free of
charge), which would be 2011 and 2012 content which is a decade ahead
of anything currently on the site now. The current, older content will
still be maintained on the site in archives, as it is still useful,
but the most effective content will be the new content. The new content
will be organized well so that relevant things are easy to find, will
be easy to understand, and will be easy to use; benefits which do not
currently apply to the present web site (we often have a hard time finding
things on this site, and we created it and maintain it!). The Raptor
3 design of the current Raptor Class site, meaning the design of the
web site now, will remain, as it is good.
Florida Models and Independent Modeling will also be upgraded to full
third generation talent resource sites in 2014; Florida Models, one
of the oldest talent resource sites in the world, if not the first,
is a first generation web site with technology and content from the
90's (1996, to be exact, with some updates up to 1999 and new content
added afterwards; the site is obsolete compared to the current Tampa
Bay Modeling and Independent Modeling, but deserves to be brought up
to speed with the others), and Independent Modeling, which launched
in 2001 as a first generation talent resource site, is currently a second
generation talent resource site with technology and content from 2010.
Independent Modeling, like Tampa Bay Modeling, will keep its current
site design, while Florida Models will get the complete overhaul, advancing
18 years into the future with cutting-edge third generation content
and tools, and obtaining a web site design, a new Athena Class web site,
just like Independent Modeling. All of the sites will be true third
generation talent resource sites.
Passinault has indicated that he has even more advanced content and
tools already completed, which can be considered to be fourth generation,
but the latest content will be withheld for his clients, and the content
and tools which can be revealed are one generation behind what he is
working with, as he needs to maintain some lead time, although it is
still extremely effective, as well as made available free of charge.
The free content and tools, however, can be further enhanced by content
“keys” only made available to his clients, as that is how
the third generation talent resource sites are engineered.
Another catch, too, is that third generation technology is built with
tried and proven concepts, and the latest fourth generation technology
is more experimental.
Before Tampa Bay Modeling is upgraded, however, four third generation
talent resource sites specifically built and optimized to address the
Tampa Bay market need to be built and deployed.
In other news, as we have already stated, 2014 will be all about the
jobs. The modeling job boards of Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Models,
and Independent Modeling, which have been in beta form for years, and
have been delayed, will be up to full speed, and a stand-alone modeling
jobs web site, which will also serve to tie in with the modeling job
boards, will launch in mere days. We will be aggressively marketing
paying modeling jobs in 2014, and won’t charge anyone anything
for the service, because we care (and also intend to put agencies and
their pawns in their proper place), and we are not a talent agency.
04/08/14/2119 - 04/11/14/2109
2014, it is all about the modeling jobs, and money talks.
We support professional models, as well as the legitimate modeling jobs
which they are looking to book, which would be paying jobs which do
not undermine the ability of models to book more legitimate, paying
modeling jobs. As far as the jobs themselves go, too, we are referring
to those jobs that models used to have to go through an agency to book;
the exact, same jobs.
We understand that some people out there are not happy with us supporting
models, and are against us actually working to help the industry; as
a result, we question their integrity, ethics, professionalism, and
motives, and so should you. Why would they not want us to do the right
thing and help people? If you are not part of the solution, you are
part of the problem. Likewise, if you tolerate unethical and unprofessional
people and conduct around you, or worse, support them, you are an enabler,
and are just as guilty as those who do wrong. We see too many followers,
and hardly any leaders, and it is pathetic (pretending to be a leader
while you are fake with everyone and try to get along with everyone
is pathetic, too! If you actually knew what you were doing, and did
the right thing, you are going to get some people mad at you). It is
said that evil triumphs when good people do nothing, and we absolutely
agree. There are too many spineless cowards in the Tampa Bay area, and
we want nothing to do with them. So, you think that most of the current
players are ethical and professional? Stop deluding yourself, and quit
being a fake person who goes along with the same crap that everyone
else either tolerates or has bought into.
These people will not last in this market, and they will do it to themselves.
We will also help legitimate professionals compete with them and put
them in their place, which will expedite their departure from the market.
There are too many modeling scams out there, too, and the top modeling
scams are modeling jobs scams.
We would have thought that the industry here in Tampa Bay would be further
along by now, but it isn’t. This will change, and it will be because
of us and our supporters. We know the future of the modeling industry
here in Tampa Bay because we will be the ones creating it.
What does that future contain? Glad that you asked!
No agency required. No agency fees. Free job leads exactly like the
ones that you used to have to go through an agency to find and book.
Models who get paid to work. Models who no longer get used or exploited.
Modeling “jobs” which used to get away with not paying models
will be forced to pay them, or lose their model support, as models discover
that better alternatives, which pay them, exist.
Independent Modeling and Florida Models have been working on a new modeling
jobs program for about a year now, and are about to launch a web site
which will tie into the modeling job boards of all three sites. Agencies,
middlemen, managers, exploiters, photographers, and wannabes are about
to be put in their place. This site will launch imminently, and will
be fully operational by mid 2014, as all of the job boards come online.
In Tampa Bay Modeling news, work on our new site is going well. Keep
in mind, however, that this means that we will be getting all new content
(2012 standard, replacing the 2002 content on our site, now. Some of
the old 2002 content will be archived on the site in the discontinued
sections where they are published. Cutting-edge 2014 content will be
restricted, however, and will immediately, and exclusively, be made
available to the model clients of Aurora PhotoArts, and then will be
made available online by 2017, tentatively, once the next generation
of tools and content have been created and are operational) and content
organization. We are also working on FOUR brand new, cutting-edge 3rd
generation “Tampa Bay” branded talent resource sites for
2014 (the current Tampa Bay Modeling site is actually a late 1st generation
talent resource site, and the current Independent Modeling site is 2nd
generation talent resource site. Tampa Bay Film, online now, is the
first of the 3rd generation talent resource sites, and it has not deployed
all of its features and tools, yet). The scope of these four new talent
resource sites are well beyond the scope of this site, and all of the
sites will overlap in their markets and agendas, supporting each other;
the new sites will be much more effective and advanced than the current
Tampa Bay Modeling site, and will also be easier to use. Tampa Bay Modeling
will receive the same 3rd generation upgrade in 2014.
In closing, although the content of this site will be replaced with
current, more effective content and tools, the design of the site itself,
which you are now looking at, will NOT change. Again, we are NOT going
to change the design of this web site! We have had at least one person
call our site a “badly designed” site, and while their opinion
may have some merit if they were referring to the organization of the
content and the usability of the site, we think that they were referring
to the actual design, in which case we completely disagree (and, considering
the source of that opinion, they do not have room to talk). The current
Raptor Class web site, other than some adjustments to the menu options,
stands, and it will stand for years to come. We love the way that this
site looks, and so do a lot of models out there! The current Raptor
Class site which this site uses is a Raptor 3, and was brought to Raptor
3 specifications on December 16, 2007 (The original Raptor Class site
was brought online on January 18, 2006, and was upgraded to a Raptor
2 on September 7, 2007. Tampa Bay Modeling itself launched on October
18, 2004, and we are ten years old this year!). Thus, this 2007 web
site design will continue, and it will possibly continue well past 2017,
well past it’s 4th generation web site upgrade and after 3rd,
and eventually, advanced 4th generation talent resource sites are online.
Another hint: The current Raptor Class web site used by Tampa Bay Modeling
is the key to the successor of the Diana Class site which Passinault.Com
uses, as well as the new Celebrity Class sites.
Today, Project Cloak has begun.
This project will be in effect throughout 2014, and it has to do with
the modeling industry in Tampa Bay. Project Cloak sets the groundwork
for long-term Operation Clean Sweep. That’s all that we can say
about infringement on the marketing slogan “Invest in your
This notice has also been rewritten and posted on sister sites Florida
Models and Independent Modeling,
as of this morning, with the largest and most comprehensive post published
here on Tampa Bay Modeling because it is most relevant to this market,
and to our web site. There is also a blog post about it on the main
Mosaic Class Aurora PhotoArts marketing and support web site
(those operating domain names are classified), which should be fully
operational later this week (and will humble any photographer who see's
it, as they realize that they can't compete with Aurora PhotoArts or
the Mosaic Class marketing or support web sites exclusively
used by Aurora PhotoArts, which will begin mass production and deployment
in October. Aurora PhotoArts will have a fully operational fleet of
at least 16 Mosaic Class web sites within a year, and the fleet
could be expanded to 24 by the end of 2014); this could be the start
of a lot more published about this issue across more than 40 of our
Further infringement on our intellectual property may lead to legal
action being taken against the offenders. Offenders, the market will
know that you cannot compete with real, legitimate professionals, and
that you have to learn from them and take their property in an attempt
to compete. Why admit that we are better than you are when you have
to learn from us and steal from us? It’s not true, is it? Well,
a lot of people may very well learn the truth, if needed.
We are hereby serving notice that the slogan “Invest
in your career”, especially when it pertains
to modeling portfolio photography and talent headshots in the Tampa
Bay market, is the trademarked intellectual
property of Aurora PhotoArts, as a service mark,
and has been for several years now. Both Aurora PhotoArts, Tampa Bay
Modeling and our affiliates have been using this slogan for several
years, now, and others are now using it, either through ignorance or
willful infringement, in an attempt to turn what they are trying to
do in photography into a business. It’s pathetic, and unethical.
We reserve the right to take legal action against offenders, and we
will not tolerate anyone stealing our property and using it in an attempt
to compete with us.
Additionally, the fleet of over 16 Mosaic Class marketing and support
web sites for Aurora PhotoArts will use this slogan a lot
more, and why shouldn’t they, as it was theirs to begin
with? We will not be bullied into abandoning our slogan by those who
are unethical and steal from us. We will continue to use our property,
and much more aggressively, as both we, and they, know the true source,
and so does everyone else.
You are not a professional if you have to steal from those
whom you try to compete with. You cannot be trusted. Your target market
will know that, if you do it to others, that you will do it to them,
too. By stealing from us, you have proven that you are unethical and
With all of the Aurora PhotoArts web sites using the slogan, as well
as our affiliate web sites, people are going to see it on our web sites,
first, before they see you using it, and it will be obvious that you
stole it and are trying to rip off professional photographers whom you
cannot compete against (We checked this morning, and the slogan already
returns our sites first because the slogan is all over all of our web
sites, so anyone using it is literally promoting Aurora PhotoArts and
us. It's obvious that we own it, already!). Your unethical activities
Also, if anyone has any questions about our ownership of the intellectual
property, including attorneys, we will furnish them proof, and it will
raise questions about your integrity, undermine your credibility, and
cost you business!
We are going to take it further, as well.
Since we have dominant leverage in the market, we officially declare
that photographers and others who steal from professionals be blacklisted
in the market. Models and talent who willingly and knowingly support
such unprofessionals will also be blacklisted, and they will NEVER work
with us. This notice will be added to all of our talent job boards on
TEN of our top talent and professional job/ audition boards, and that
information will also be shared with the companies who use our job boards.
You are, after all, whom you associate with. Help them, and we won’t
help you, and since we are the best operation going on in the Tampa
Bay market, and have been for years, it will be far more your loss than
it will be ours; You need us more than we need you.
In 2011, a group of amateur photographers crossed us, and we addressed
what they did on just one web site, Tampa Bay Modeling, and created
one additional web site, Tampa Shootouts, to also put pressure on them.
In the span of a few short months, the photographers panicked and were
forced to react and try to adapt to new conditions which
we imposed upon the market (If you don’t believe
us, just ask around). They failed, because, well, they did not know
what they were doing (just like the current offenders don’t know
what they are doing and have to resort to the unethical tactics of learning
from us and stealing from us). We put at least one modeling photography
event business out of business, and crippled the businesses of the other
photographers to the point that they are pretty much back in the stone
age, and are now insignificant, if even a part of, the industry.
It was a spectacular demonstration of the power that we command, and
it was done using just two web sites. What would happen if we were to
go all-out and unleash the might of twenty times that amount?
We thought that the results of our addressing this unprofessional mess
and cleaning it up sent a message to the others in the market (and for
the most part, it did, and they are not daring to step to us), but it
is obvious that there are others who are ignorant of this, and don’t
know the giant which they are taunting with their unethical conduct.
In late 2011, there was another incident with a so-called “photographer”
backstabbing us (when we did nothing to him) and someone slandering
us, but the attacks were so feeble and ineffective, that it failed to
illicit a response from us (we do not dignify idiotic attempts to attack
us with a response. Also, if they believe “karma” will get
us, we have nothing to worry about, because we are not doing anything
wrong). The current situation may or may not have stemmed from this
earlier incident, and it if did, we would have to think that it was
done out of ignorance and from an emotional crisis of overreacting because
of insecurity, because no one in their right mind, in our opinion, would
be stupid enough to brazenly slander us and steal from us.
This is your only warning. This is not a threat. We will not get emotional
about it, like you obviously do, and make a mistake that you can leverage
against us. We do, however, reserve the right to address your unethical
and unprofessional activity, and we have the ability to do it very effectively
and very efficiently.
We have all of the leverage in the market, and hold all of the cards.
If you don’t realize this, or do not want to accept it, fine.
You will be underestimating us and the full might of the repercussions
which you may be provoking, and anyone underestimating us is at a disadvantage
by default. Don’t be stupid. We’ve been in this industry
longer than you have. We know what we are doing (obviously you know
that, because you know who to steal from and attempt to copy). We are
smarter than you are. We have spent over a decade investing in resources
which no one else has; resources that can be used against you. We are
also better than you are, in every way. We know that, and we think that
you do, too.
You are hereby commanded to cease and desist from using the
protected intellectual property “Invest in your career”
immediately. If you fail to comply, we reserve the right to
take legal action against you. We also reserve the right to address
It’s not worth it. Stop, now, while you are behind.
We know that the offenders are trying to make photography a business,
and are getting frustrated because that have, so far, failed to do so
(they don’t even know the basics, such as what is appropriate
to charge!). If you ever learn enough about what you are trying to do
to make a business out of it, and turn it into a business, don’t
you think that you would want to stay in business? Why destroy your
career or any chance that you have to make photography a business when
you are paying for unethical things that you have done to others? We
are the last ones that you want to start anything with, because we have
the resources, the experience, and the power to address it and force
you to change. If you fail to change, your business will never make
it, and you will be forced from the industry because you
will fail to adapt to market conditions which we will change around
Be professional, and be ethical, and we won’t bother you. You
need to learn the industry, though, before you try to work in it, and
it is obvious that you don’t know what you are doing because you
have to steal from real professionals whom you are unable to compete
In related news, it is now obvious that there are a lot of unethical
and unprofessional players in the market, and that we need to take steps
to prevent being ripped-off in the near future.
The next-generation talent resource web sites, and the 2014 overhaul
to our existing talent resource sites, will be built with technology
not only designed to combat scams and risks, but will also have effective
built-in countermeasures which will discourage or prevent anyone from
stealing from us. We will also be more careful about the information
published on our web sites from now on.
There are obviously, and this is our opinion, a lot of photography,
modeling, and talent scams in the Tampa Bay area, and the the main reason
that these scams exist is not only because the people running the scams
are unethical, but because they do not really know what they are doing,
and feel that misleading people is alright because that is the only
way that they feel that they can make what they want to do into a business.
We won’t go into the “photographers” who try to mislead
people by implying, or stating, that they are busier, or booking more
work (especially paid work) than they really are, in an attempt to boost
their credibility and get people to book them. It’s unethical,
and if people do book you because they get the wrong idea that you are
busier than you actually are (i.e. They fall for your lies and their
actions are a result of them believing you), then it is FRAUD because
you marketed a service using deceptive practices. There are tools coming
which will force photographers to qualify their statements and claims
in writing before the clients book them, and if found to be deceptive,
the photographer can be charged and convicted of a FELONY. If you make
a claim, you are going to have to PROVE it. We are sick and tired of
people lying, cheating, and stealing, and so are other professionals.
Be ready to be held accountable, idiots.
At any rate, you people wonder why our security measures are as tight
as they are. We’re obviously not in a situation where we have
any real competition, or even peers in the market, and the “photographer”
in this case is too new, and too inexperienced, to be any threat to
the business of any real professional photographer, and what our talent
resource sites do, well, has no competition at all. This photographer,
in our opinion, is jealous of photographer C. A. Passinault and the
modeling portfolio photography and talent headshots done through Aurora
PhotoArts, and is proving it in their actions. They can’t compete,
and it has to be very frustrating for them. Stick to shooting portraits,
and learn about the business that you are pretending to be a contender
Give up. Find some other business, and some other industry, to soil
with your lack of ethics and professionalism. Go do something that you
are actually good at, if you can find it. People don’t respect
you, because there is nothing to respect, and a lot of people don’t
even like you.
to think about.......
This is for some “photographers” whom we are aware of who
are fairly new to the game, and it is indicative of most photographers
which started out in 2008 and 2010, around the time that the economy
crashed and they cashed in their savings and 401 K’s because they
lost their jobs, or something else happened where they decided to start
a business. What business was that? Well, photography, of course, because
they thought that it would be easy and fun! Oh, and they also thought
that it would allow them to work with so-called “hot” women
and models, so that they could hang out with them and maybe even hook
up with them (which is an unprofessional motivation for working with
models, and many models are sick and tired of this)!
So, they cashed in that money and bought cameras and photography equipment,
thinking that the acquisition of such equipment would make them professional
photographers, and that they were entitled to have market share in the
Oh, and wouldn’t you know it.... ALL of them think that they can
shoot models by offering modeling portfolio “services”,
and shoot talent headshots, because, of, course, it’s easy, and
anyone can do it! They think this, too, despite their “portfolios”
being full of consumer pictures, such as weddings and portraits (and,
portraits are NOT headshots!)
Some of these “photographers” have no idea how to appropriately
market themselves or run a business. They have no idea what to charge.
They have no idea about legal requirements which need to be met to operate
a business. They also hurt the people whom they take pictures of by
not knowing what is appropriate to shoot, turning their “customers”
Photography is permanent. It is a powerful medium, and can directly
affect the reputation and the credibility of the parties involved. It
needs to be respected, and most of these idiots do not respect something
as powerful as photography. Many of these “photographers”
are like children with loaded guns, waving them around, and they are
Models, don’t pay for the mistakes that these so-called “photographers”
make. Don’t allow their mistakes to become yours.
Most photographers are not able to shoot modeling portfolios and talent
headshots, because of their lack of experience and lack of knowledge.
Professionals need the assistance of professionals who know what they
are doing.... Not someone who services the consumer photography market
or who thinks that every model needs to be “sexy”.
A lot of these “photographers” insist on doing high-risk
work, such as glamour, pin-up, lingerie, boudoir, and nudes, and either
not knowing, or not caring, that it cripples the mainstream marketability
I suppose that this could apply to models, as well.
In other issues, one “photographer” recently raised his
“rates” to a ridiculous amount, pricing himself out of the
market. I suppose that he is either quitting while saving face, because
no one will book him at those rates, especially when his work is worth
less than $100.00 a day (and I’m thinking $20.00), or he is trying
to raise his rates in order to convince people that his work is actually
Might I suggest that you learn the industry which you profess to work
in, first? You need to learn what you are doing before trying to step
up and compete with real professionals, and you are not learning this,
either, especially when you figuratively keep getting knocked down on
your ass. Perhaps you like being abused, and thrive on it? Only you
know for sure, and I’m not even sure that you know.
I know, I know.... You went out and spent insurance money, or whatever,
on expensive equipment, such as a new camera. We are all positive that
you did not buy that camera with money from shoots. Isn’t it going
to be frustrating when you wear out that camera long before you get
anywhere near making your money back? Maybe that is why you raised your
Good luck with that.
Being in business is about making a profit, isn’t it? If you lose
money, how to you manage to spin that as a “business”? Pathetic.
Are you wondering why no one respects you?
I’m not even going to go into his association with people who
I consider to be unethical, such as modeling schools and faux fashion
companies. I would not do that. You are whom you associate with, after
all, as well as what you do. Compromise much? How about selling out?
In closing, consider this.
How can you hope to compete with professionals when you
cannot compete with your own mistakes?
This is why I am not concerned about competing with other “photographers”
when it comes to modeling photography and talent headshots.
I am C. A. Passinault. I know what I am doing, and have more experience
in this than any of these new guys. You know it, too.
Of course, then there is the fact that I have invested in resources
which no other photographer in the world has, but that is something
for another post. If anyone thinks that they can step to me and compete,
good luck with that. You are going to need it.
Bay Modeling site overhaul delayed to early 2014.
As of today, September 13, 2013, Tampa Bay Modeling Director C. A. Passinault
has ordered a delay to the overhaul on Tampa Bay Modeling until early
The delays also apply to Tampa Bay Acting, Tampa Bay Talent, Tampa Bay
Film (No overhaul, but needs more content), Tampa Bay Dancer (which
has not launched, and has been in development hell), Florida Independent
Film (Has not launched. Will use a Revolution Class site like Tampa
Bay Film uses), Advanced Model (Has not launched, and will launch as
a Pioneer Class site under a new operating domain name, retaining the
existing AdvancedModel.Com domain name as a branding and marketing domain
name which will lead to the new web site under the new operating domain
name; If you are smart, don’t bookmark the current placeholder
site), and Independent Modeling (No overhaul. Just needs content). Florida
Models, Florida Actors, and Independent Acting will be brought to 2nd
Generation Independent Modeling specs this Fall with new Athena Class
sites to match the current Independent Modeling site, and then all will
upgraded to full 3rd Generation talent resource sites in early 2014.
Two additional talent resource sites are on hold until Spring 2014,
and they will be built as Athena Class sites with 4th Generation technology.
Regular updates on Frontier Pop, as well as the construction and deployment
of the fleet of Mosaic Class marketing and support sites for Aurora
PhotoArts, will proceed as scheduled (and it is the reason why resources
from the talent resource sites need to be diverted, because we will
not divert them from there. Massive amounts of resources will be needed
for the new sites). The modeling jobs program by Independent Modeling
will also not be delayed, and will proceed as scheduled, since it is
scheduled to be deployed and pushed in early 2014, already.
The entire fleet of talent resource sites, which exceed 24 web sites,
will be fully operational and regularly updated by the end of 2014.
Many of them will hammer and police the Tampa Bay markets. Act Model
Now, Tampa Bay Modeling Agency, Tampa Modeling Agency, Tampa Bay Talent
Agency, and Tampa Talent Agency are among them.
The reason, which will be announced on several of our sister sites this
morning, but not in the detail that we will reveal here, is as follows:
Resources for talent resource site fleet diverted for Q4 2013.
Passinault has ordered four brand new talent resource sites for the
Tampa Bay market. They will all launch at the same time. One of those
sites will be for professional photographers, with technology to help
them avoid being ripped off and scammed by unethical photographers,
models, and others. These sites will be engineered with the latest technology
and tactics, and built from the ground-up around new capabilities, and
new missions. These sites will be new 3rd Generation talent resource
sites built with 2014 specs, using a new web site design class derived
from the proven and effective Pioneer Class site (Frontier Pop, Tampa
Film Revolution) and the even newer Revolution Class site (Tampa Bay
To put the generation and technical leap into perspective, the current
Tampa Bay Modeling is a 1st Generation talent resource site built with
2002 era Independent Modeling technology. The current Athena Class Independent
Modeling site is a 2nd Generation talent resource site with 2008/2010
era Independent Modeling technology. The latest Tampa Bay Film site,
which uses a Revolution Class web site design and has been online for
several months, could be considered to be the prototype for a 3rd Generation
talent resource site (and has clues to where we are going with this),
but, due to other projects, it has not been updated much since launch,
and does not have all of the technology up and running- yet. Although
the current Tampa Bay Film site is a prototype of what a 3rd Generation
talent resource web site is, it utilizes 2013 spec technology, and the
actual 3rd Generation talent resource sites will all use 2014 spec Independent
These technologies have to be further developed and finalized, and after
they are deployed on the new talent resource sites, they will then be
retro applied to the older talent resource sites, which will all be
overhauled and brought to full 3rd Generation, 2014 Specifications.
Yes, that includes Tampa Bay Modeling.
So, we wait. All talent resource site work will be diverted to the new
sites, and God help anyone who attempts to go up against these monsters.
The four new talent resource sites for the Tampa Bay market will all
share a common branding, and the brands are currently classified. They
are tentatively scheduled to be brought online and deployed as complete,
fully operational talent resource sites within minutes of acquiring
their domain names in January 2014.
Don’t expect them to support modeling and talent agencies.
2014 - The year of reckoning.
related articles updated, with new content added.
have dropped in the Tampa modeling industry",
about Tampa shootouts", have been updated with
a lot of new information. If you have read these articles when they
were first published in 2011, read them again.
changes coming with site overhaul.
Thinking about removing the blog from the main menu when the site is
overhauled, and, regardless, are not sure if the blog will be continued.
May also be updating the graphic files on the main menu. Regarding the
blog, there is a lot of content here on Tampa Bay Modeling from the
past nine years that some of you may have not seen. Check out our opinion,
news, and mail
bag (the mail bag will NOT be continued on this site,
and is going to continue on one of our sister sites) sections, as well
as our blog.
Oh, and don't forget out favorite collection of emails from our mail
bag series, the French
Fry Mail Bag, which is extremely
entertaining! Go ahead and read them, unless you are a washed up, jaded,
agency-loving, man-hating, snobby, crass old angry model. Also, we moved
most of the content on this page to an archive (Tampa
Bay Modeling Page One) in preparation for the overhaul
Bay Modeling overhaul scheduled for Fall 2013. Site to be, essentially,
new by 2014.
2014 specifications for Tampa Bay Modeling were announced today.
The current site, a Raptor 3 Raptor Class site, will stay the same,
as the design is good, until it is replaced
by a cutting-edge 4th generation Centurion Class site by 2016 or later
(all of the current Raptor Class sites will be replaced by Centurions.
There probably will not be a Raptor 4, but if there is, it will be a
completely new site sharing the current design layout but utilizing
4th generation technology). The Centurion Class, which is now in development,
is a 4th generation web site built on PHP databasing, Flash, and multimedia
technology. The current Raptor Class site is a late 3rd generation web
site, several years old, and will continue to be the workhorse of the
regional talent resource site fleet. The Raptor 3, being a 3rd generation
web site, uses HTML, CSS, Java script, mouseovers, and JPEG image and
graphic files; it is a static online document (The new 4th generation
web sites are dynamic documents, with modular design, contextual interfaces,
and full interactivity and multimedia). A new Raptor Class site, in
fact, has been ordered for sister site Tampa Bay Dancer, and it will
be a Raptor 3 like this one, so new Raptor Class sites will be built
and deployed; Raptor Class web sites are proven, they work, and they
have years of life left in them.
With the web site design remaining, what will the overhaul involve?
Glad that you are wondering.
There is nothing wrong with the current web site for Tampa Bay Modeling.
It’s just that the content is outdated, and what is there is not
organized well, at all.
Development of new technology, content, and tools for Tampa Bay Modeling
has been in the works since 2007, and we have simply not had the chance
to build and deploy that content, yet. In the meantime, however, we
have done some experiments, some additional development, and have refined
the technology in those six years. The 2002 technology and content that
we have been using is going to be retired or archived.
The overhaul will cover new navigation, organization of content, content,
modeling career tools, interactive
tutorials, tutorials, articles, interviews, releases, vouchers, marketing
material, a new scam analysis database, a risk analysis database, references
to relevant tools, and exciting new technologies, such as technology
specifically engineered to help models and industry professional keep
modeling and talent agencies in check (independent modeling works, and
we are going to prove it. We believe in it, and models will, too. Genuine
smart models already do. Models no longer have to be dependent upon
the agencies, and an open market is superior, in every way, to the closed,
limited market that the agency system and the old modeling industry
uses. They realize this, too, even if they do not want to admit it,
and this independent talent movement terrifies them. They should be
scared, as this can put most of them out of business, and, frankly,
this may be exactly what they deserve, and what the industry needs.
What do you suppose will happen in the Tampa Bay modeling market when
the agencies have, literally, thousands of competitors competing with
them for those modeling jobs, and the modeling jobs themselves start
cutting out the middle man and deal directly with the models? These
are not cheapo promotional modeling jobs that we are talking about,
either, as we will be gunning for the modeling jobs that traditionally
were booked by going through an agency. What will happen to the idiot
models who choose to be dependent upon the agencies for work? Those
models will be forced to go the independent route in order to compete,
that’s what, or they won’t work. Anyone who tells you that
the agency way is the only way is, in our educated, smart opinion, either
an idiot, or is trying to scam you. It is also our opinion that the
agency-centric modeling industry enables, and is the root of, all modeling
scams. Don’t worry, we will explain this all in the coming months,
and it will be easy to understand). There will also be new tools specifically
engineered to help models address high-risk photographers such as glamour
photographers, modeling agency placement scams, model management schemes,
and modeling job scams. A lot of the site will also specialize in helping
models deal with modeling “photographers”, which currently
rank pretty high up there in the risk and scam categories. Some photographers
are going to hate us, and we would not have it any other way (right
Jonathan, Larry, Alex, Darryl, Dewayne, Jeff, and Rick? Right? Some
of you will be going out of business, if you ever really were in “business”,
and you deserve it).
existing content on Tampa Bay Modeling will remain on the site, but
will either be moved to archive
sections, or will be updated and used, accessible from the new navigation
system. There is way too much clutter on the site, and it is not easy
to use, at all. This will change. We are even overhauling the new image
file format. For example, see that picture of Brandon model Megan that
we added to the site today on the upper right? It is a placeholder.
This image will be the last using the old templates currently in use,
despite the new watermarking technology used. The new templates, using
new techniques developed and perfected for the new Mosaic Class marketing
and support web sites used by affiliate Aurora PhotoArts, will be a
general format used for Tampa Bay Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting, Tampa
Bay Talent, Tampa Bay Dancer, Tampa Bay Film, and some other Raptor
Class talent resource sites. It will be ready and deployed this Fall
throughout our powerful fleet.
By 2014, Tampa Bay Modeling will, essentially, be a new web site, with
new content and tools far outweighing what is on the site now. The site
will be what it was always intended to be, and will finally reach its
full potential. It will also be easy to navigate and use. It will be
highly effective. The site will also be 100% free of charge to use,
of the new content and tools will be spread out cost-effectively by
developing the new resources through Independent Modeling. The content
and tools, developed for our mother site, will then be optimized for
use on Tampa Bay Modeling. The same resources will also be used for
Florida Models and our other sister sites. All of this work will especially
be cost-effective with all of the talent resource sites being used for
client support of the model and talent clients of Aurora PhotoArts and
its projects, including Tampa Shootouts and its workshops, as well as
a new ongoing modeling and talent jobs program rolling out in 2014.
The current fleet of modeling and talent resource sites will not only
be improved and expanded, but there will be more of them. A lot more.
This overhaul, and a renewed Tampa Bay Modeling web site, is appropriate,
especially with Tampa Bay Modeling celebrating its 10th anniversary
Florida Modeling and Talent Agency in the Tampa Bay area removed from
Florida Models for being part of a modeling scam.
Add this page to our growing book of why modeling and talent agencies
should not be trusted until they have earned your trust. Just because
they are licensed does NOT make them legitimate. Stay away from modeling
and talent agencies affiliated with, or which endorse or refer models
to, modeling schools, workshops, classes, boot camps, modeling portfolio
photographers, or any other services which models would have to buy.
There is a reason that this is specifically
addressed in the State Statutes, models; read and
Agencies are only allowed, and supposed to, make money by finding models
work and referring them into modeling jobs!
Also, in our educated and experienced opinion, anyone who tells you
that the agency way is the only way either does not know what they are
doing, or is trying to scam you.
For more, please check out our sister site Florida
Models, where the scam agency was addressed today.
Torch Has Been Passed. New Independent Modeling Site.
It took an additional two months of work, due to other projects, but
the new Athena Class Independent
Modeling site is now online, and as of this moment,
the torch has been passed from Tampa Bay Modeling back to Independent
Modeling, and Tampa Bay Modeling is now officially an Independent Modeling
site. The information below is still accurate, but displaced two months,
and the late 2012 schedule dates have now become early to mid 2013.
Effective immediately, work on this web site is on hiatus as we await
our overhaul in the next few months. The Independent Talent sites, which
includes Independent Modeling, must be up and running, with their new
tools and technology, before it can be applied to the Tampa Bay Talent
sites, which includes Tampa Bay Modeling. Tampa Bay Modeling had a ton
of updates the past few years, and it’s been a good ride, but
now the site has been scheduled for an overhaul, with the addition of
the latest tools and technology from Independent Modeling, so we are
now idling. There will be few, if any, updates to this site until our
overhaul. When the overhaul happens, which is currently scheduled for
Spring 2013, Tampa Bay Modeling will have its content reorganized, and
the site will be much easier to use. We have a lot of cool things coming
to the site, too. It’s just that it won’t ever be like it
was between 2005 and 2012 again, with Tampa Bay Modeling taking the
lead, as Independent Modeling is now taking the lead, again. Oh, and
what a beauty the new Athena Class Independent Modeling site is, too!
It’s as beautiful as the models whom it supports. We could literally
stare at it all day long, as it is finally the site that it should have
been when it originally launched in September of 2001.
Obviously, before we get our overhaul, Independent Modeling has to get
up to speed, as tools developed for it will be ported to Tampa Bay Modeling
for our use, with those tools optimized for this web site. At the moment,
Independent Modeling is online and operational, but only barely, and
it will be months before it become fully operational, as a lot more
needs to be done.
Now that Independent Modeling has re launched with its new Athena Class
site, this opens the door to more Athena Class sites, and those sites
will be built and deployed much faster than Independent Modeling was.
Independent Modeling was a very old site with a lot of outdated content
and directories, and it took a lot of work to get the site to where
it is now. Now that the old files are sealed off, updates should be
faster on that site, too. There are some of you out there who may not
know that we took over Florida Models and Florida Actors back in September
2012, and that was a LOT of added work which had a direct impact on
work on Independent Modeling and our other sites. Additionally, we were
backed up with a lot of emergency work on over 50 web sites at the time
from an issue going back to May 2012, which has finally been resolved
(Let’s just say that we have a lot of brand new web sites launching
this year, with none of the mistakes that were made before happening
again, none of the baggage from old files, and all of our experience
coming to bear to make sites which will be unstoppable. By 2014, issues
going back to 2008 will be resolved in addition to the issues from May
2012. A lot of revolutionary breakthroughs in web site tactics were
made in 2012, and we are now applying them to our work). At the moment,
Florida Models and Florida Actors are using emulated versions of their
old (classic) sites which were rushed online. There will be one more
update to those classic sites before brand new sites are built on top
of, and over, the original sites (the classic sites and directories
will be left online and intact as an archive and an online museum).
With the first Athena Class site now online for Independent Modeling,
it opens the door for the others to be built and deployed. Because those
other sites are much smaller and simpler (initially), we can pretty
much start from scratch, and do this right. Each of the new Athena Class
sites can be built and deployed in less than a week, and we have a total
of six more on order for the first half of 2013, which makes seven,
and we may add an additional one by the end of the year, which will
make eight (that last one would be a regional professional photography
and photographer resource site, the only Athena Class site used for
the Tampa Bay region). Right now, we are working on the Aurora PhotoArts
web sites for the rest of January, which means that Independent Modeling
will not see many updates for a few weeks. Independent Acting will use
the second Athena Class site, and should be online in February, followed
by the third Athena Class site for Florida Models, and the fourth Athena
Class site for Florida Actors. The remaining three Athena Class sites
on order (all of those sites are currently classified, and we cannot
name them at this time), will be built and launched in the Spring of
2013. With Aurora PhotoArts, we will have a total of 12 state-of-the-art
Mosaic Class marketing and support web sites up and operational by the
Summer of 2013, and the first three of those will be operational by
Which brings us to Tampa Bay Modeling and the other Tampa Bay Talent
All of the Tampa Bay Talent sites, with the exception of Tampa Bay Film,
which will use a new Revolution Class site because of its online film
festival (a lot of resources are being invested in Tampa Bay Film, too),
will use the current Raptor 3 variant of the Raptor Class site, so other
than some minor aesthetic chances, such as colors on some of Tampa Bay
Modeling’s sibling sites, the site designs will remain the same.
The content and the organization of the content of all of the sites,
however, will dramatically change. All of the sites will be loaded up
with the latest tools and technology from the mother Independent Talent
sites. The new content and tools will be organized well, making the
sites easier to use. Oh, and we will be building and deploying a brand
new Raptor Class site for Tampa Bay Dancer in 2013, when our newest
sister site finally launches. This new Raptor Class site, too, will
utilize a Raptor 3 variant.
2013 is going to be an exciting year.
Since 2005, work on Independent Modeling was diverted to Tampa Bay Modeling
as some of the latest, and most experimental, modeling resources and
support technologies were tested through our site. Some of these technologies
were proven, and became operational. During that 7 year span of time,
Independent Modeling itself became largely dormant, with two site upgrades,
but little content published.
This is about to change.
Just over 2 years ago, in October 2010, a new Athena Class site (not
to be confused with the original) was developed for Independent Modeling,
with plans on using the new class of site, which is a cutting-edge,
late 3rd Generation site, on Independent Acting and other talent resource
sites. This new site has been tested and adjusted since, and sometime
this week, Independent Modeling will re launch with the new site. At
that time, the work from Independent Modeling which had been published
on Tampa Bay Modeling will be diverted back to the main mother site.
At first, due to the fact that Independent Modeling is a huge, and old,
modeling resource site, being 11 years old, the new Independent Modeling
site will be barely operational, as old outdated files have been sealed
off. In the coming months, however, certainly before the end of 2012,
new resources, tools, and technologies will be added to the site. These
new tools and technologies are completely developed, and will be deployed
as operational, and some of them will revolutionize the modeling industry
(if you could only see what we have seen. Independent Modeling has developed,
tested, and has been sitting on mature technology for the past 2 years).
By the end of 2012, Independent Modeling will eclipse Tampa Bay Modeling,
and will become the most advanced modeling resource site in the world
And, with that, Tampa Bay Modeling passes the torch back to Independent
Modeling this week.
It’s not the end of Tampa Bay Modeling, however. It’s just
the end of this site being used as a test bed for new concepts. It will
also be the beginning of less frequent, and more strategic, updates.
Tampa Bay Modeling will be overhauled with the latest Independent Modeling
technology in the coming months, technology edited and optimized for
the Tampa Bay Modeling market, and formatted and adapted for this Raptor
Class web site, which is a different design than the much newer Athena
Class site, but no less important, or effective (this is a Raptor 3
version of the Raptor Class, which, like the current Athena Class site
for Independent Modeling due online this week, is a late 3rd Generation
web site, and it is still a front line site. The Athena is more advanced
that this one is, but, with an overhaul, the Raptor will have no problem
keeping up, as well as being an appropriate and effective platform for
the latest Independent Modeling tools and technologies. This Raptor
3 came online on December 16, 2007, and the original Raptor Class site
was commissioned on January 18, 2006, with the Raptor 2 online on September
7, 2007. Although the new Athena Class site used by Independent Modeling
was designed in October 2010, the Raptor 3 is still a front line site,
able to handle whatever Independent Modeling gives it, and the Raptor
3 Raptor Class sites, used by Tampa Bay Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting,
Tampa Bay Talent, and Tampa Bay Dancer will be used until replaced by
a 4th Generation site sometime around, or after, 2014). After the content
and directory organization of Tampa Bay Modeling in late 2012, site
updates will be less frequent than before, as most of the work will
be over at Independent Modeling. Tampa Bay Modeling, however, will continue
to be important, and regularly updated, as it is the Tampa Bay regional
modeling resource site of Independent Modeling, and with Independent
Modeling also published and operated out of the Tampa Bay area, but
optimized for the national and international modeling industry, the
Tampa Bay market is very important, especially with the concepts of
Independent Modeling being developed and proven here. Tampa Bay is ground
zero of the independent talent revolution, and the main ones who will
pay for this would be talent agencies in the area, as well as modeling
and talent scams. All of the regional modeling and talent resource sites
of Independent Modeling are ensured continued support.
On the subject of regional talent resource sites, we have become much
more powerful, too. Remember the earlier report that we closed down
Florida Modeling Career and obtained a much better site in return? Well,
if we had retained Florida Modeling Career, we would have still had
to close it down, as this newer site is more established, and we would
not have had the time to run two Florida regional modeling resource
sites. As of September 27, 2012, we are now the proud owners and publishers
of Florida Models and Florida Actors, legendary modeling and talent
resource sites that literally started it all years before Independent
Modeling was ever thought of. The sites are currently online and operational
as emulated versions of the classic web site design (notice that there
is no design class specified on the sites, even though C. A. Passinault
put together the emulated sites), and, in a few weeks, those original
site files will become an online museum and an archive, as both Florida
Models and Florida Actors will be re launched as new Athena Class talent
resource sites, just like the one used by Independent Modeling.
With that, it is back to work for us! Tampa Bay Modeling will not see
any major updates until the overhaul, which will happen after the Athena
Class web sites for Independent Modeling, Independent Acting, and the
Independent Talent sites are up and running, the new Revolution Class
site for Tampa Bay Film is operational, and at least the first 3 Mosaic
Class photography and design marketing and support sites for Aurora
PhotoArts are online (which would bring us to sometime in December).
Advanced Model, which uses a Pioneer Class site like the ones used for
Frontier Pop and Tampa Film Revolution, is scheduled to be brought online
as an online modeling resource magazine and site in early 2013. The
Pioneer Class site, which was proven to be extremely effective since
being initially deployed for Frontier Pop in 2010, directly led to the
innovation and the technology used be the new Athena Class sites.
changes coming. New sites.
This fall, Tampa Bay Modeling and its sister sites will undergo an overhaul,
with the latest modeling career tools and new organization of all of
the site content so that the site is easy to use. It will also be easy
for our readers to find what they are looking for.
Currently, Tampa Bay Modeling is the most advanced modeling resource
site in the world, with Independent Modeling work done on this web site
over the past 7 years as we put our mother site on hold. This will change.
Independent Modeling is about to be relaunched with the most current
modeling resource tools and information, and we have another new sister
site coming, a Florida regional modeling site, which is old, but will
now be new.
In 2008, new modeling resource technologies and formats were developed
for our then-Florida regional resource site, Florida Modeling Career.
Florida Modeling Career had some very advanced tools developed for it,
and they were to become the standard. The tools were never deployed,
however, and over time, work on Independent Modeling developed tools
even more advanced, building on the tools developed for Florida Modeling
Career. Florida Modeling Career launched, but was in limbo as the years
progressed. Recently, in a domain name shakeup from the spring, we decided
to close Florida Modeling Career, which left a gap in our regional coverage,
and let the domain name go. This was a small mistake, however, not because
of the regional modeling resource gap for Florida, but because a cybersquatter
took our domain name and attached it to a scraper site (a type of spam
site). They then wrote up some phoney archive section going back to
when we owned the site. This is more annoying than it is a threat to
us, however, because the site is now full of gibberish. As a result
of this, we will now be burning any domain names that we are planning
on getting rid of before we do so, making them worthless to anyone trying
to acquire them. Regarding the domain names for Tampa Bay Modeling,
Independent Modeling, and Advanced Model, however, these are strong
brands, and they are not going anywhere.
As fate would have it, we now have a new Florida regional modeling resource
site in the works which is even better that Florida Modeling Career
was, and we are committed to this site because of its legacy, as it
is already well-established. It will fill the gap. That is all that
we can reveal right now, but everyone will be stunned when we reveal
what the site is.
Now, for news about our overhaul.
This site design will not change. It currently uses a Raptor 3 Raptor
Class site, and will continue to use one. Tampa Bay Modeling, Tampa
Bay Acting, Tampa Bay Dancer, and Tampa Bay Talent will also use Raptor
3's. Although we had one person complain about the design of the site,
and they said that it was bad, it isn’t, as we disagree (ironically,
the detractor has no web sites). These sites have good designs.
Our content, however, will change, and it really needs to be organized.
We will also be adding the latest, most advanced tools for models.
Independent Modeling, Independent Acting, our upcoming Independent Talent
site, and our Florida regional modeling resource site will use Athena
Class sites, and will have the most advanced modeling and talent career
tools in the world. The new tools on Tampa Bay Modeling will be based
upon the latest from Independent Modeling. Advanced Model, which officially
has not launched yet, will use a Pioneer Class web site, much like the
ones used by the successful Frontier Pop and Tampa Film Revolution sites,
but more refined.
It will be a while longer before we will have time to overhaul Tampa
Bay Modeling, however, as one of our sister Tampa Bay Talent sites will
be the first to be equipped with the latest advancements, and it will
work out all of the details before our site is worked on. Ironically,
this sister site will be the only Tampa Bay Talent site which will not
use a Raptor Class site. It will use a Revolution Class site, which
was derived from the Athena Class, as it has an online film festival
which is more compatible with the new design class. That site is Tampa
Bay Film, and you only need to look at that site to preview what is
coming to Tampa Bay Modeling.
Our Florida regional modeling site will retain its old site files in
a legacy archive section (emulated, of course, because the original
owner coded it weird. The new web site directories and files will use
a new, state of the art Athena Class site like the one that Independent
Modeling will use later this year, but the design aesthetics will pay
respects to the original design, so it will look different from any
of our other sites. We will be using our trademarked slogan “Where
Florida models build their careers”, which was originally used
for the now-closed Florida Modeling Career site, on the Florida regional
modeling resource site. Also note that we still own the trademark for
Florida Modeling Career, so we don’t know what the person who
took that domain name is thinking, as they can’t really use it
for anything). The Florida modeling resource site will also support
its original founders, and pay the proper respect to them.
We have posted pictures of the upcoming, new Independent Modeling site,
as well as the upcoming new Tampa Bay Film site. Again, keep in mind
that Tampa Bay Modeling’s design will not change, but those new
resources, content, and tools will be coming to this site later this
On Site Content
Tampa Bay Modeling director C. A. Passinault ordered an overhaul on
overall site content on not just this site, but over 60 others. Most
links to other affiliated sites will be disconnected, and excessive
content will be removed. This is an effort to stabilize overall SEO
performance and position us for the long term. We are abandoning the
meta site strategy, and are going to do more of a stand-alone site strategy
with content overlap; we will no longer telegraph our web site resources
to hostile parties, especially as old domains are dumped and new ones
are invested in. This is also in preparation for the overhaul of the
Tampa Bay Modeling site this summer, which will make this site easier
to use and more relevant for the careers of independent models.
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our opinion, although models should use agencies as one of many sources
of finding and booking work, they should never be dependent upon an
agency, allow an agency to manage them, or allow an agency to tell them
what to do, as the agency is supposed to work FOR models.
Do not accept the limitations of modeling agencies, and take charge
of your modeling career! An open market is superior to a closed, limited
market, especially when a closed market is corrupt. Do not sell yourself
Tampa Bay models are getting exploited and ripped
off by working for free at fashion shows,
events, workshops, and charity events. If THEY make money, so should
Shootouts and Tampa
Workshops. Tampa Bay Modeling photography
and modeling events, and the professional alternative to what others
are doing in the Tampa Bay market. The standard in modeling photography
shootout events and in modeling and photography industry workshops.
Get involved, today!
TO MODELS ABOUT TAMPA SHOOTOUTS
of unethical bait and switches in Tampa Bay modeling photography workshops
Get the full pay that they promised as well as pictures from the workshops!
Don’t let them hold things from you to talk down your pay rate,
and NEVER allow them to sell you anything at a modeling job!
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A. Passinault: Tampa Bay’s original, and best, model maker.
Writer. Photographer. Innovator. Pioneer. The leader of the modeling
industry revolution known as the independent modeling movement. The
one who has changed markets and industries, and continues to do so.
Bay Modeling is directed by C. A. Passinault, owner and lead photographer
PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design. Since 2000,
for over a decade, C. A. Passinault has been the original model maker
in the Tampa Bay market, and he still is. He is also the best, a modeling
and talent expert with no equal in Florida. C. A. Passinault has more
leverage in the market than all of the modeling agencies and schools
combined, as well as more credibility; you only have to ask the models
who work with him to verify this. C. A. Passinault, unless otherwise
indicated, is the author of all of the content published on Tampa Bay
Modeling, as well as the photographer behind the photographs and the
C. A. Passinault is the man behind the best models in this market, as
well as Florida. Those models will be the ones taking away work from
less professional models who do not invest in their careers, or who
choose to be dependent upon modeling agencies which are supposed to
be working for the models whom they represent. Balance and true integrity
will be maintained in the market.
Tampa Bay Modeling supports the Passinault agenda, and it is the first,
middle, and final word on modeling in Tampa Bay. This our market, and
we are the gatekeepers. Agencies, schools, scams, and amateurs fall
before us. Follow the leader, and learn the lessons of what we do, or
lose your way. - 06/09/11
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VS Professionals - Now online.
TO MODELS ABOUT TAMPA SHOOTOUTS - Now
about Tampa shootouts - In May 2011,
Tampa Bay Modeling director C.
A. Passinault, who is also a top modeling and talent photographer in
this market, was invited to attend a modeling photography shootout event
in the Tampa Bay area. Organized by a man claiming to be a model coach,
the organizer assumed that Passinault owned a modeling agency, which
was not the case. Thinking that was the case, he invited Passinault
to his event, although he was aware, too, that Passinault was a professional
photographer who had over a decade of experience working with models.
Hours before the event began, Passinault was talking to the organizer,
who offered to refer his models to Passinault’s
modeling agency. Passinault stressed that he did not have a modeling
and talent agency, and that anyone who read Tampa Bay Modeling would
know that. The organizer asked Passinault what he did. Passinault told
him that Tampa Bay Modeling was a modeling resource site, and not an
agency, and that he was a modeling expert and a photographer who was
in business to provide models with the career tools that they needed.
The organizer then said “That’s what I do!”, even
though he had only been doing TFP photography sessions with mostly amateur
models for only two years, and had yet to turn it into any kind of business.
Passinault had been in business as a professional modeling and talent
photographer for over a decade, and the organizer already knew that;
in a previous conversation, he told Passinault “You are where
I want to be as a photographer”. Although Passinault knew that
the organizer did not do what he did professionally, and was not capable
of it, he was polite to him. The invitation to attend stood, though,
and Passinault informed him that he would try to attend if he could.
Passinault was able to attend, and the organizer, according to witnesses,
was very insecure about Passinault being around his shootout event.
The organizer was rude to Passinault, keeping Passinault away from the
main shootout area, and denying to the other attendees, behind Passinault’s
back, that he had invited Passinault, insisting that Passinault had
“invited himself”. He also told the photographers and the
models to avoid talking to Passinault, and to not accept any cards or
other material from him.
Passinault stayed around, hanging out outside of the main shootout area.
Passinault realized that many of the models and photographers at the
event were amateurs, but he was polite to them. He decided to observe
the shoot as best as he could, as he was noticing mistakes. Passinault
was also not impressed that the organizer had new models doing high-risk
modeling, which crippled their marketability, raising serious credibility
issues about the organizer knowing what he was doing. At least one of
the models was rude to Passinault, and Passinault could not understand
why she had such an attitude. Still, others did talk to him. Two others,
who’s ability to model was questionable, gave him dirty glances.
At the end of the day, as he left, not aware that the organizer had
told the others to avoid him, he asked the organizer if it was ok to
pass out business cards and Tampa Bay Modeling flyers. The organizer
told him that Passinault could give the material to him, and that he
would make sure that everyone received them. Of course, Passinault and
already talked to a lot of them, and many of them already had exchanged
cards with him or asked for cards and flyers.
Many of the attendees knew that Passinault had been invited, as it was
obvious, and that the organizer was being rude to him for no reason.
They also knew who he was. Afterwards, they read an article that he
had written about the shootout, and confirmed his suspicions; they filled
him in on things that he was not previously aware of.
Passinault was fed up with the unprofessional nature of not only this
shootout event, but with others that he had studied over the past five
years. Enough was enough. Passinault realized that the material that
he had given to the organizer was probably destroyed, and that the organizer
had lied to him and misled him, which made it a scam. This known, Passinault
began organizing the professional standard for shootout events in the
Tampa Bay area, and he would do it with the help of professional photographers
and models who were also fed up with the unprofessional mayhem in the
industry; mayhem caused by amateurs who pretended to be professionals.
The first shot in the Tampa shootout war began, and Passinault moved
to finish it.
have dropped in the Tampa modeling industry - What
happens when Tampa Bay Modeling’s C. A. Passinault pays a visit
to a Tampa modeling agency and travels to an amateur modeling photography
shoot? He discovers that standards really have fallen in the Tampa modeling
industry! The research was worth it, though, as it leads to a new generation
of modeling career tools to be developed for Tampa Bay Modeling and
can thrive in a modeling market full of free alternatives!
- The way for both professional models and photographers
to make it in a saturated market full of hobbyists and amateurs who
are enabled by cheap technology and free online profiles in today’s
modeling industry. Free or low cost is a false economy, and professionals
who position themselves in the market properly, and who market their
services by demonstrating true value, have a career where they can make
a living despite others trying to drop the bottom out of the market,
as free is no alternative to professional and effective work. Professionals
do not work for free when those who are in the market for what they
provide need it.
- Blast from the
modeling jobs to avoid. Real models
get paid, and the jobs are worthwhile!
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