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First modeling portfolio picture of a Tampa model on Tampa Bay Modeling. All portfolio photographs, unless otherwise noted, by C. A. Passinault, lead photographer for Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design, as well as Director of Tampa Bay Modeling. C. A. Passinault is a top photographer, as well as a modeling expert.Second model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Click on the image for an anecdote of the modeling shoot which produced this picture.In this third picture, you can see why the Tampa Bay area is one of the best in the world for modeling portfolio development work. Photograph by Tampa photographer C. A. Passinault.Image four of our online portfolio of another Tampa model. This photograph, if we are not mistaken, was taken on location in the Tampa Bay area. The best modeling portfolio photographs are location shots.This is another great picture. This is the fifth model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Pictures featured in our thumbnail array may not be the same as those of models which are in our featured model section, but often, they are one and the same.Unmatched in any Florida modeling market. The quality of this image is excellent! Photograph by C. A. Passinault, our resident photographer and modeling expert.Another top Tampa model gets their look on. The best models can obtain a wide range of looks, as you can see when you look at other pictures of this model!Is it any wonder why more and more companies and art directors are booking independent models without going through an agency? Proof that you can be a professional model, with a lucrative career, without being dependent upon an agency to find and book modeling jobs!Another awesome photograph of a Tampa model by modeling photographer C. A. Passinault, lead photographer Aurora PhotoArts, and director of Tampa Bay Modeling.For modeling portfolio work in the Tampa Bay area, nothing beats location work. Studio photography is not nearly as cost effective, or appropriate, for modeling portfolio work.Keep in mind that this picture, for a modeling portfolio, was taken by a qualified modeling portfolio photographer, C. A. Passinault, for a specialized, professional market, which is modeling. A wedding photographer or a portrait studio will not be able to give models what they need for an effective modeling portfolio, as you have to know what you are doing!This is the 12th picture in our Tampa Bay Modeling online portfolio. Yet another Tampa model shows a marketable look in their portfolio. The best models are capable of the most looks, and are not locked into a single look!Agency model or independent model? It doesnt matter, anymore, especially in Tampa Bay. Professional models like this one can be booked without going through an agency, saving both the model and the job agency fees.Modeling portfolios need at least six looks, and by looks, we mean different looks. A composite cards needs at least five, on average, with a headshot on the front, and four different looks on the back of the comp card. This Tampa model is demonstrating a marketable look right now, in this photography. Picture by C. A. Passinault.
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Friday, April 16, 2010 - 8:05 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

The Next Modeling Industry

The next modeling industry was born here in Tampa Bay. This is ground zero for a new industry, and if you’re an unethical modeling agency, a modeling scam, an unethical modeling job, or someone who is unprofessional, someone who is trying to swindle your way into the modeling industry, you might want to quit now. The Tampa Bay modeling industry, as ground zero, is going to be very difficult to work in with the coming business environment.
In the future, too, just about everyone who thinks of “modeling scam” will think of the Tampa modeling industry. To many, it will look like that models in the Tampa Bay market became so fed up with modeling scams and modeling agencies not doing their jobs, that they fought back, and took matters into their own hands. Modeling scams and unethical people in the Tampa modeling industry are about to experience a growing backlash, and rightfully so.
That’s nothing, too. There are plans with Independent Modeling to launch a new web site project to take on the top modeling industry market in the country, which is New York. The tools and concepts developed, and proven, in Tampa Bay will force change in the strong modeling market in New York. The plan is already underway, and it may culminate in yet another modeling resource site.
Shortly, Independent Modeling will be working with the national media to give the issues in the modeling industry the exposure that they need, along with solutions (and we’ve had quite the education with dealing with the media here with the local media, who have been good to us; we’ve had dozens of television interviews and appearances from 2008-2009, and the only reason that we haven’t had any this year is because we haven’t tried. We’ve been busy preparing for the next phase). What’s been going on in the Tampa modeling industry will be exposed for what it is, and if it is wrong, it will be stopped.
Independent Modeling, which launched in 2001, has changed the business of modeling in many ways. Independent Modeling, also, has been waging an ongoing war in the modeling industry since 2003, winning every battle. Tampa Bay Modeling has been in a state of war since we launched in 2004. We became the proving grounds for many of the latest concepts from Independent Modeling, and what we’ve developed, proven, and refined will change the industry forever.
If you think what started nine years ago was out best, you haven’t seen anything yet. We’ve only just started with our agenda, and the best will be coming in less than a year. I recall some of the ideas which didn’t work out so well along the way, too, such as the Professional Model Bureau (PMB), and the TALON Talent Online Database; both, incidently, which depended upon centralized databases. Now, we have new tools, such as this new thing called the RAS, or Risk Analysis System. The RAS is particularly nasty to anyone who does not invest in their career, and it will cripple the credibility of anyone who uses a portfolio networking site or a freebie social networking profile as a primary way of doing business. The RAS will also address amateurs who use TFP to build portfolios, and modeling jobs who don’t pay models. Invest in your career, and allow the money to flow, or find it difficult to be taken seriously, or even get work.
Those modeling pay vouchers are going to be very important, too. The vouchers, which should have been available years ago, will make it easier for models to get paid for working modeling jobs (remember, models, if there is no pay involved, it doesn’t count as a booked modeling job!). There will be two types of pay vouchers, one for small modeling jobs which require payment the day of the job, and another which is for delayed booking; for large modeling jobs which normally work with agencies to obtain their models.
The war rages on, and will be ongoing for years to come.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:30 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

This Is Going To Get Very Messy!

Come on, guys, be ethical about this. We want modeling jobs to be open to booking models into their jobs without going through an agency. You’re already saving money by not having to pay agency commissions. Don’t take advantage of models by assuming that you can get them for free just because they didn’t go through an agency, though. In the long run, this is bad for everyone. The agencies become more legitimate, and credible, because their models get paid when they book work. Also, it gives the agencies leverage over the models who they are supposed to work for.
The problems are not simple, the solutions are not simple, and this is going to take work to address. Sure, we can make it relatively simple for the models to address, and simple to put the modeling jobs in their place. It’s not going to be easy for us to sort all of this out, though, and will take time.
A new type of modeling job scam has been defined. We’re going to address it.
For now, models, evaluate every modeling job. If it is “for charity”, weigh it out. Don’t work for free, especially if the parties offering the modeling job are making money from the effort. Stick to your guns, and get paid for being a professional model.
Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, Independent Modeling, and Advanced Model are all going to address these new modeling job scams. This is the largest danger to the independent modeling movement, and needs to be addressed now before it destabilizes the market and fair market rates (and, yes, this will hurt the agencies, too. Agencies need to get paid, too, if they refer models into a job!) .
We need those new vouchers, as soon as possible.
First, we stuck up for models, and their rights. Then, we end up fighting a few unethical models. So be it. Recently, we stuck up for modeling jobs which need to give opportunities to freelance models and save agency commission. Now, we fight the unethical modeling jobs trying to rip off models. This is going to get very messy. This is another facet of our modeling industry war. There are unethical, unprofessional elements in every area of the modeling industry. There are bad models, bad agencies, modeling scams, bad photographers, and bad modeling jobs. There are good people, too. It’s our mission to bring balance, and integrity, to the industry, and it will be done.
It looks like, because of this new modeling job issue, that modeling job scams will be at the top of our target list for a long time to come. We welcome the battles, and the ongoing war. Our work is never done.
Look for a lot of this work to be done in the next month. Right now, the modeling sites are on standby, as we are tackling a series of blogs, and our web team is working on photography marketing sites. This will take a few more weeks, and by May 2010, the modeling and talent resource sites will be the primary focus.

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Monday, March 28, 2010 - 8:42 PM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

This Is Going To Get Messy

Just finished a modeling scam evaluation online, tracking what we’ve accomplished, and what needs to be done.
Tampa modeling scams have dramatically decreased activity. It could be considered that the increase in modeling scam advertising in 2009 was a result of a decrease in business already, and they were getting desperate. With the noted decrease in advertising, combined with reports from our operatives in the field, some Tampa modeling scams are on the verge of total collapse.
Tampa modeling agency business is also down by over 50%, due to a dramatic decrease in legitimate modeling jobs. There are signs, however, with reports from our contacts, and monitoring of the commercials being run (new advertising traffic) on Tampa media, that the modeling job market is rebounding. We hope that the increase in new business is not temporary, and that more modeling jobs become available, not just for the sake of the agencies, but for the sake of models who are seeking to book those jobs on their own.
Don’t count the modeling scams in the Tampa Bay market out, yet, though. At the moment, most of them are oblivious to the fact that we have undermined their unethical businesses. They don’t have the resources that we do, or access to our numbers. This said, we project that 2010 is going to get messy for us, particularly over the summer. We are preparing for an ongoing, and intense, war in the modeling industry. We will be on the radar of more modeling scams this year, and it will become obvious that we are hurting their business, especially with our prime search engine positioning.
There will come a time when we expect some of these people to start calling us a scam. They will have to prove it. Tampa Bay Modeling and our affiliates are being very careful about how we are going about bringing integrity and balance to the modeling industry. We are not in the business of slandering, smearing, or misleading anyone. If anyone has any questions, please email us, or simply take a moment to read our site, and open your eyes to what is really going on.
With the introduction of the Risk Analysis System (RAS), a new Tampa modeling industry information section, modeling pay vouchers which can be printed free of charge, a new modeling scam analysis database, new scam-fighting tools, and other new tools, it is going to get messy, too. Advanced Model will also be launching shortly, which will stimulate new content, and the modeling job board, on Independent Modeling.
The people who will lose business the most in the local modeling industry this year, though, will be the ones who refuse to invest in their careers, especially with widespread adoption of the RAS. Using a freebie myspace or portfolio networking profile as your main business site? Have a portfolio full of amateur pictures from TFP/TFCD? Good luck making any money! You’ve been warned.

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Friday, February 19, 2010 - 7:20 PM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Research And Work

Just completed some research via the search engines, and I’m very happy. Everything is in optimal position.
I’m finishing up a “how to get started in modeling” article, and it’s already larger than ten pages. I would have finished it last night, but I had to edit my blogs (both my attorney and my PR person were harping me about having more PR-friendly content on my blogs which are connected to business- The modeling sites are on the outskirts of those endeavors, and I have full discretionary power to post as I please here), which there are a lot of, and work on Independent Modeling.
I will be finishing that article tomorrow. At the moment, I am thinking about publishing it here, but since Tampa Bay Modeling is a geographic lead-in site for Independent Modeling, and a marketing platform as well, I may publish the article on Independent Modeling instead, as it is controversial (not to mention that publishing it here may be redundant). The articles is so big, that it will have to be formatted into several web pages and organized as an array. It’s enough content to become a stand-alone web site itself.
Independent Modeling is going to take a lot of work. A lot needs to be done, and I will be focusing on that well into next month. We will be adding vouchers, the new scenario based second generation scam analysis database, and a lot of other things.
One thing which is critical is to get the modeling job board and resource up on Independent Modeling. I’ve been tinkering with this over the years, and it works well, but it needs to get moving. It will become a tool to combat modeling job scams, as well as become a great source of modeling jobs. Also, much like other tools and information which will be available on Independent Modeling, the modeling job board will be used by Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and Advanced Model.
Ah, and the new “model letters” (modeling mailbag), which has not had a finalized name yet, will become the official mail bag of Tampa Bay Modeling, Independent Modeling, and Florida Modeling Career once Advanced Model launches in the coming weeks. The monthly mail bag, a refined version of the mail bags which started on Independent Modeling and then Tampa Bay Modeling, will be published on Advanced Model, referencing information and tools on the other modeling sites; mainly Independent Modeling.
Currently, we’re working with the following:
Four modeling resource sites.
Two acting resource sites.
The acting resource sites will have audition boards which are versions of the job board on Independent Modeling. Presently, these sites, Independent Acting and Tampa Bay Acting, are not positioned correctly. Tampa Bay Acting is at marginal performance, and Independent Acting is completely off track. Once the modeling sites are up to spec, we will be working on the acting sites. I really need those audition boards to be in prime position, and fully operational, in 2011, and we need to start now to get it ready for the future.
Independent Acting, although it is technically still up, will have to be completely rebuilt from scratch and moved under its own domain name. It will be based on Independent Modeling, and will tie into Tampa Bay Acting much like Independent Modeling ties into Tampa Bay Modeling and the other modeling sites.
I have more to say now, but I can’t because the work is sensitive, and it’s classified until tomorrow. I can say more tomorrow.

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Friday, February 19, 2010 - 9:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Blogs Edited

I had to take a few hours to back up files and remove a massive amount of content on my assorted blogs, and do some editing. I will resume work on the modeling sites tomorrow. Both of the blogs on Tampa Bay Modeling and Independent Modeling have also been adjusted. This is a PR move, and nothing more. I tend to state the obvious, and some more specific things needed to be removed, sticking to pattern analysis and useful information.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 8:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Working On Independent Modeling

I’m keeping this short, because I have a lot of work to do. I’d much rather be finishing things then Tampa Bay Modeling model, actor, and writer Somali Rose was a featured guest on the July 7 FOX 13 Lightning Round. Click image to watch. All links open new browser windows.spending 30 minutes writing about it.
I’ll be spending a couple of hours today glazing over Tampa Bay Modeling and doing updates. After that, all of the work will be done on Independent Modeling. Independent Modeling is the core site which Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and Advanced Model depend on. As an example, the modeling job board on Independent Modeling will be used by all of the sites (see the blog on Independent Modeling for details).
Independent Modeling will be worked on at least five hours a day until this Saturday (around 14 hours of work this week). Another 25 hours of web site work is scheduled for Independent Modeling next week, which should bring it up to speed. In March, Florida Modeling Career will be brought up to speed. Advanced Model is also scheduled to launch in early March 2010.
The Independent Modeling modeling job board, which is the most advanced online modeling job board in the world, has been sputtering in and out for the past eight years. It’s time to get serious about the modeling job board. It will be fully operational this weekend, with all of the checks and balances in place (hint: Steal modeling job leads from this board, and you’ll be sorry. Ditto for agency bookers who try to use the board for leads to solicit. We’re going to be educating our job board posters, just like we will we will educate models and photographer.)
I’ve already had long discussions about modeling job board with industry experts, including my friend Kitty, who owns Florida Models. I’ve learned about the pitfalls of established modeling job boards, and have aggressive solutions in place. Kitty already gave me permission to contact her posters so they can start posting on my board, and she will continue with her board.
Search engine performance of all the sites is finally where we want it. Everything is now in place for what is going to happen.
This said, we don’t want models being dependent upon anything... not our web sites, not our job board, and not on any agency. We don’t control them, and don’t have any leverage on them; we do not desire to have a monopoly on a modeling industry that should be open source. Models will learn how to be truly independent.
The goal is to balance out the modeling industry, which has been backwards since it began. By default, this will also cripple modeling scams, which hurt our industry and have no right to make money at the expense of others.
This has been in the works for seven years now, and we are finally beginning our plan now. This is bad news for modeling scams and unethical agencies, photographers, and models.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Ready

My research is done for the moment, and we are ready to implement our plans. Both Tampa Bay Modeling and Independent Modeling are in prime position on the Internet, and once Florida Modeling Career is brought up to specifications, it will be in prime position by this fall. Advanced Model, my monthly online modeling magazine and the official web site for my modeling book, is ready to launch, and will do so when work on the other sites is completed; I'm planning to launch it in April 2010, and the delay should give me some lead time. Advanced Model's search engine placement is pretty much irrelevant for now, at first, because each issue will have aggressive lead-in promotion links from the already prime and established modeling sites, being Tampa Bay Modeling, Independent Modeling, and Florida Modeling Career. This is exactly like my online strategy when I took Tampa Bay Film's Online Film Festival and created a stand-alone site for it. The online film festival enjoyed the full traffic of Tampa Bay Film, despite having to online search engine presence, because Tampa Bay Film linked directly to it, and both sites were interconnected (within six months, the online film festival had better search engine performance than Tampa Bay Film, too!). Such will be the deal with Advanced Model, and once it is on top, it will serve as the main lead-in for the sites which kick-started it. Oh, and what is interesting about Tampa Bay Modeling is that I have twice the investment that I have into the modeling sites, and this was after the online film festival took the lead in search engine performance. I have four modeling sites. I now own eight Tampa Bay Film sites. Looking at what the modeling sites have accomplished over the years, it will be very interesting to see where the Tampa Bay Film sites will be in the near future.
I'm really looking forward to the return of such features like the modeling mail bag with Monica Stevens, too. The new mail bag will benefit from being referenced from Tampa Bay Modeling, Independent Modeling, and Florida Modeling career. It will be the official readers letters for all four modeling resource sites. We've fixed some of the issues with what made it less cost-effective in the past, too; long replies which require an article or tutorial will see the relevant article or tutorial published on Independent Modeling, and the mail back reply will reference it on Independent Modeling. This time, the mail bag is back for good, as this is very cost-effective, and eliminates the issues that killed it the other two attempts. Third time is the charm (and I won't miss editing and organizing 20 page mail bags. The new formats will be shorter and sweeter.... well, maybe not sweeter; it depends on Monica. I can say that I am looking forward to more letters from the French photographer in Clearwater who she refers to as "French Fry"- his letters are entertaining, as well as informative).
It looks like the strategy of turning the modeling resource sites into marketing platforms is working, too (last year, it didn't work that well, because of the crash of the economy in late 2008, and because few were in the market for modeling portfolios in 2009). I'm now seeing record inquiries into modeling portfolio photography because if these modeling sites- yesterday alone had to be an all-time record. That's just the prelude to what is coming, too, because today we start something really cool. I expect to book more modeling portfolio photography shoots in 2010 than I did, combined, since this all began in 2001. These investments are paying off, and will give us an advantage over everyone else.

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Monday, December 28, 2009 - 05:40 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Doing Research

I believe in looking before I leap. Although I have everything is place for what needs to be done, I’ve spent the past few days doing a lot of reading and looking around. I’ve been looking at what is going on in the modeling industry (and I especially adore the pretenders in California and in Europe who have been on my modeling resource sites and are trying to capitalize on what we are doing. The one in California is even using some of our slogans! Fortunately, they are coming off as cheap, third-rate knock-offs, and are doing a poor job at whatever it is that they are trying to do. Independent Modeling is about to become a superpower modeling resource site again, and will put the copy cats in their proper place. I’m flattered, I suppose, by the imitators, but everyone will want the original, and the real deal, over the pretenders, especially with some of the cool things that we are about to do).
I’ve read modeling books at the bookstore and on Amazon. I just finished listening to every podcast on the modeling industry that I could find, too (this one series of podcasts out of Texas, which is about photography and modeling, seems to focus more on glamour, nude, fetish, and other non-mainstream type of modeling. They also seem to ask their guests the same series of questions, and they promote portfolio networking sites as “professional”. I like the series, but I strongly disagree with their views on the modeling industry; a view which could be spun as independent modeling / photography, but is more of a result of the web 2.0 explosion of portfolio networking sites than the independent modeling and talent movement). Ironically, there aren’t really any other modeling resource web sites out there, and mine are dominant, in any case. Every other modeling site out there are either modeling agency web sites, model web sites, and portfolio networking web sites. There is a “modeling resource web site” out there which is supposedly information for new models, but I strongly disagree with some of the information on that site, as much of it is old-industry propaganda (I rather like the position that they are in, too, with their outdated information. It will be much easier to defeat them and to put them in their place in the near future). In regards to the latest modeling industry information, however, the most current would be in those podcasts. People may not like to write (or are unable to write..... I know photographers such as Rick and Dig Doug who write like three year olds, but who, inversely, are very good at talking up a storm), but they certainly talk. This is also the reason that I haven’t found those podcasts until now, when I was messing around in iTunes. The search engines cannot read what is spoken in a podcast, but they find plenty to index at my modeling resource sites, which are filled with tons of content.
Right now, all of my modeling sites are positioned where they need to be, and where I want them to be. It’s taken years. I’ve spent years testing concepts and waiting for the right time to begin what needs to be done. I now own the most effective modeling resource sites in the world, and it’s time to use them as platforms for a revolution (this portfolio networking/ GWC/ TFP/ myspace business web site/ exploitive glamour crap is about to be schooled and put in its rightful place; in the gutter of the industry. It’s the sewage of the modeling industry, it’s been piling up, and it seriously needs to be flushed. Primarily as a result of freebie portfolio networking sites, digital cameras with no overhead for shoots, and people who claim to be professionals, but don’t have a clue, and a poor economy, the modeling industry stinks at the moment).
Many years ago, when I first launched Independent Modeling and the modeling resource site concept (which I cannot entirely claim as my idea, either, because there were a few modeling sites up such as Florida Models, which I owe a lot to. I merely refined the idea), a model was hanging out with me, and lamented that no one was going to read all of the content which was up on the site. I told her that everyone reading the content was not the point. The search engines would index all of the content, making the sites relevant in search engine results, and the smart models would take the time to read the information. As a result, the smart models would obtain an advantage over other models who chose to remain ignorant.
Another irony, too, is that her concerns are about to be addressed, on several levels. In the near future, even the clueless, illiterate models will be able to quickly, and easily, learn information which will benefit their careers, without reading a single word. We’ll still continue to write, a lot, and update the big four modeling resource sites with new, and updated, content. I have a lot, lot, lot to write about.
Models and photographers who run around doing TFP to build portfolios, who do not make the appropriate investments into their career, and who use portfolio networking sites as their primary professional web site are about to find their tactics backfire. All of this is a false economy, and the models and photographers who work their careers like this are high risk (after all, they have nothing to lose if they didn’t make any investment, and they are far more likely to flake out, or do something unethical). Many of them also don’t know what they are doing, with all of the marketing conflicts and tacky nudes all over their ports (there is a difference between a tacky nude, which exploits the model and undermines their career, and a fine art nude, which few are qualified to do).
I will be addressing this, and much more, in 2010.
I have to update Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and Advanced Model for now. Much remains to be done.
Advanced Model is an online modeling magazine, and it will take point when it launches in January 2010. Tampa Bay Modeling will receive new tools and regular, Tampa region-relevant updates, but nothing major.
Oh, and did Christmas already come and go? I hardly noticed with all of the prep that I’ve been doing.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 08:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

To Be A Fly On My Walls

It is time. If only you could see what I'm working on now. Sorry, agencies and photographers, the day that you've been afraid of is here. I'm sure that you've convinced yourself that I've tried, and that what has happened is it, but the truth is that I haven't even started to try. That is, until now. I certainly hope that you have enjoyed the years in the modeling industry doing things the way that you've been conditioned to, because all that is going to change. The modeling industry is going to change, models are going to get the help that they've been crying out for, and I'm going to make a great deal of money doing it.
What happens to an established ecosystem when a dominant, superior element is introduced? Change is inevitable (It could be said that the only constant is change). The modeling industry was evolving toward where it is going, but I'd rather be a catalyst for that change, take the lead, and make the future happen sooner. The tools and concepts that I am now finishing up have not only been proven to be highly effective, but they are several decades ahead of anything else. Most importantly, they are not hard to do independently, and can be done today, with or without the Internet. Do you think that independent modeling is Internet modeling? Not hardly. The Internet is a tool which enhances productivity and the cost effectiveness of doing business (and I could argue that the Internet, with its freebie portfolio networking sites and the promotion of general anarchy in the modeling industry from questionable people who have no business being in the industry, is a double-edge sword), granted, but with the future of a free Internet increasingly clouded, these tools will work with, or without, it. If I were to be able to go back in time to the 1960's, and was able to introduce these ideas back then, the modeling industry would be much further along now that it is. It could have changed back then, if the ideas were available, and models actually opened their eyes and used their minds.
For now, other photographers, agencies, and the portfolio networking anarchy has little bearing on my business, and on my agenda. I am not threatening anyone, and am not going to go out of my way to do anything to anyone. I shouldn’t be what they should worry about. They need to look at themselves. Indeed, what will put most of these people in check, even to the point of going out of business and failing, will be what they do. They will do it to themselves.
Revolution cannot be contained, and it cannot be stopped. New, good ideas are like a virus. They cannot be controlled, even by their creator. Once unleashed, they take on a life of their own.
Could these ideas backfire and come back to bite me? There is always that chance, but because I’m not doing anything wrong, it is an acceptable risk. Don’t think for even a minute that I would ever engineer anything, and unleash it, if I didn’t have a way to address it. I even have a business model here for the modeling agency of the future which could thrive in the industry which is coming. My modeling agency business model, utilizing proven concepts, is, at the least, decades ahead of any agency in the world (it is highly improbable that any agency, or agency owner, has the IQ, or the experience, to compete with it, although I do know a few smart agency owners who are very good at what they do. I’m merely stating that this would be on an entirely new level). Importantly, much like the modeling tools, this advanced agency could be done today, with or without the Internet.
It cannot be stopped. These tools, once they are out in the wild, will take on life of their own, and the industry will be forced to adapt. Take away my web sites, and take away me, and it will still happen.
Of course, in the here and now, I have all the advantaged. My web sites are now positioned for what is to come. I have hard data to forecast performance based on experience. I have the first, and the last, word. The foundation is in place for what needs to be done.
The time is now. The veil will finally give way to a revolution in 2010 (the time is also good now, because the economy has crippled most agencies, and they are at their weakest now).

NOTE: Please note that I am not threatening anyone, and do not do anything illegal, unethical, or unprofessional. I’ve just built the proverbial “better mousetrap”, and the beauty of it is that it may give me leverage in business and profitability, but will not put me in a position of power and control. That power and control is now in the hands of professional models, where is belongs, and where it should have been in the first place. I’ve always believed that the modeling industry is backwards in nature, with a flawed nature supporting an environment of biased politics, exploitation, out-of-line business practices, and unethical conduct. Why else would their be so many modeling scams, and why are so many agencies regulated? You wouldn’t have to regulate something unless it was high risk. Think about it.
My point made, I am not anti-agency, and my opinion is that modeling and talent agencies have a place in the modeling industry which is coming. It’s just not where they have been, which is in control, and calling the shots. Here’s to a balanced modeling industry where ethical professionals thrive.
Wow, just wow. Models are going to be very happy about what I’m working on at the moment, and the advantage that it will give them in their careers (not to mention over the ignorant, agency-controlled models). A thought, too: I don’t know about you, but if I had a business (being a model is a business), and I had people who worked at me try to tell me that I didn’t know what I’m doing, that only they could do it, and they tried to manage me (the agencies), especially while working for my competition (other models), I’d fire them. This wouldn’t work in the real business world, but yet it is allowed to be that way in the modeling industry. See what I mean by backwards?

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Friday, December 18, 2009 - 08:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

The 2010 Tampa Modeling Industry Will Change

Sorry that it’s been a couple of months, but we couldn’t make deadline for our five year anniversary (which was celebrated, thank you very much, and will continue to be celebrated with certain site projects in 2010), and I we had a project to wrap up. That project, a network of eight Tampa Bay Film sites, is now finished, and Tampa Bay Film has been placed on standby effective immediately (actually, the end of last weekend). The sites are ready for the time that I’ll be ready to utilize them.
Also effective immediately, all non-modeling and talent related projects, such as my indie films and film festivals, are also on standby. They’ll get done, but right now, I have more urgent things to focus on. I’m going to focus on the Tampa modeling industry and my photography business, especially since that is now the main source of my income. Money for these other projects, which I consider to be investments rather than money makers, will be dependent upon my photography business, and later, my event planning business.
With my modeling book deal, my photography business making money even in the current economy, and the need to expand my photography business so that I can compete with photographers from New York and Los Angeles, it would be irresponsible of me not to do this. The modeling industry, and modeling photography, needs to be the focus of 2010.
This also comes in light of what is going on in the Tampa modeling industry. While modeling jobs scams advertising on the radio and in the paper have FINALLY dropped off (I was wondering when they would run low on money and figure out that it wasn’t cost-effective. Our efforts to educate the consumer, and models, the past year have also been effective), we have a bunch of miscreants running amok in the local modeling industry, and I’ve decided to address this garbage. There is a lot of sleaze and low-rent activity going on right now, with trashy models and aspiring (despiring?) porn photographers who claim to shoot models (See my latest posts on my Tampa Photographer Blog and my Tampa Photography Blog for more on this). For example, I recently went through a portfolio that a so-called Tampa modeling portfolio photographer had, and I couldn’t figure out who the models were. The photos were flashy, and leaned more on the glamour side (not great for a balanced portfolio), and he used fill flash to compensate for weaknesses in photographic composition and other basic photographic skills (I was in a rather intense debate with Andy, one of my photographer friends, about this, the other day). Looking at his rather new portfolio, most of which was done in the last 24 months, I realized that, to the uneducated eye, that the work could be seen as “awesome”. Well, I also realized that no professional model would think much of glamour ports, so the pieces began to fall in place for the puzzle. I figured out why I didn’t recognize any of the models. The reason? They weren’t models! They were aspiring glamour models, chicken wing waitresses, call girls, and psychologically damaged, insecure women that I’d have issues shooting, regardless of how much they paid me.
Is this what a bad economy does to the modeling industry? You have all of these people out there claiming to be models and modeling portfolio photographers. As a professional modeling portfolio photographer in the Tampa Bay area, you’re trying to move into my domain, my friend, and I don’t appreciate it. I take the integrity of portfolios, and the business of modeling portfolio photography, very seriously. I also respect models. I’m rather proud of my career, and I don’t like it when people try to cash in on modeling portfolio photography, and drag it through the mud in the process.
This said, I’m not really threatened by these low rent photographers trying to move in. I have integrity. I also don’t have to fake it like they do, and know what I am doing. This, and my experience, give me the advantage. Of course, as a working professional, I also have a responsibility to try to improve the market if I am able to. Fortunately, I have the ability to do just that. There isn’t a photographer in Florida with my resources.
It’s time to school the market, I suppose.
There are a lot of trashy models, too, running around try to make Tampa the next fashion capital, but also faking it until the make it (Erica and Jessica come to mind. Please get out of the business. You make modeling look fake and cheap, and I’m disgusted by both of you). While real professional models don’t have to worry about competition from these idiots, what they are doing tends to alter the perception of the Tampa modeling industry, and could hinder the progress of the independent talent movement if left unchecked.
I’ve said it before. When I first set out working in the modeling industry back in 2001, launching Independent Modeling, I never dreamed that I’d be fighting models (or, in this case, idiot women who claim to be models).
I have six years of preparation and resource stockpiling behind me. Both Independent Modeling and Tampa Bay Modeling are now in position to do what needs to be done. Florida Modeling Career is coming along nicely, and Advanced Model is almost ready to launch.
So, what’s the agenda. We’re going to take out the garbage. As for myself, I’m going to go for the throat with my photography efforts, and will be booking a lot more modeling portfolio shoots in the next year. I’m going to raise an army of professional models, and we’re going to work together to bring back integrity to the market.
I’ll take a minute to go over some of the key components of this, and then I must go.
Advanced Model is a free online modeling magazine and the official web site for my Advanced Model modeling career book coming out soon. It will launch next month.
Remember those modeling mail bags on Independent Modeling and Tampa Bay Modeling? They are coming back, and will a big part of Advanced Model each month. Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and Independent Modeling will all use the Advanced Modeling mail bag (now called readers letters) as their official letters section. All of the sites will hand off to each other, too.
Advanced Model, Tampa Bay Modeling, and Florida Modeling Career will all use the resources on Independent Modeling, such as the modeling job board, too. The modeling job board should finally be up on Monday, December 21.
Oh, and I have a lot of other surprises in store, too, but I’ll report on those later.
The Tampa modeling industry is going to change more in 2010 than it has in the past eight years. It’ll also happen sooner rather than later.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

The Modeling Agency Of The Future?

We're going through the site content today, updating everything that needs to be brought up to date. This includes information originally added years ago. We have a long list of things which will be added to Tampa Bay Modeling this week, and will be sending out press releases shortly regarding our fifth anniversary a week from today. Five years. When our site was launched five years ago, it was helmed by a group of models over in Clearwater. Today, most of those models are still working with us, but the Tampa Bay Modeling site is now owned by Independent Modeling and my companies, Passinault.Com.
A lot has happened to the modeling industry since I launched Independent Modeling in late 2001. The independent talent movement has gained serious momentum, and professional models are finally thinking for themselves, managing their own careers and booking modeling jobs without going through a modeling and talent agency (my spies, and some of the top models in the industry, have told me a lot of interesting anecdotes). I have hard evidence now that a lot of modeling and talent agencies have lost up to 60% of their business because of this. I really don't wish to see modeling and talent agencies go out of business, as that is not our agenda, but it is nice to see them put in their proper place by the models who they represent (i.e. work for). Allow me to stress that modeling and talent agencies are a legitimate part of the modeling industry, and they have a right to continue to be a part of it. It's just that, in our opinion, they have no business telling models what to do, or managing them. In our opinion, managing models who you are supposed to be working for is a blatant, and a brazen, conflict of interest; especially when they agency works for other models who are in competition with the model for modeling jobs. In our opinion, any modeling and talent agency who attempt to manage models is crossing the line. Modeling agencies, you work for the models; do your job and get them jobs. Don't insult their intelligence by telling them that you are the only ones with the experience and the knowledge to get them jobs. Frankly, it is not hard to make contacts with modeling jobs and book them without going through an agency. Actually, it's even simpler than that. Does an agency actually "book" the model into a modeling job? The agencies make it sound like they are casting directors or something, and that they are hiring the models for the modeling jobs in behalf of their clients. This is not how it works. What happens is that the booker refers the models to a casting called a go-see, and one there, the model is not their own. The model still has to interview and land the modeling job themselves. The agency is merely a third party in all of this. The charge the model their 20% (fees vary) for referring them to the modeling job, and the modeling job an additional 20% for the referral. The modeling job pays the agency, and the agency, in turn, takes out their cut and pays the model. This is a time consuming process, and the agency is the middleman. Many professional models have discovered that ANYONE is capable of doing this on their own, without the modeling agency, especially since models have already been doing most of the hard work themselves in the modeling industry. As a result, the model is paid 20% more for very little additional legwork, and the modeling job saves 20%, too (I am still floored by the modeling book that suggested the independent models should give modeling jobs a discount of at least 20% because they booked the job without going through an agency. I say SCREW THAT! Models have a right for full rate regardless of how they book the modeling job! The modeling job is already saving at least 20% by not having to pay an agency fee, and I suspect that the misguided advice in that modeling book is the old industry (the writer is in bed with the modeling agencies) attempting to discourage models from book modeling jobs on their own. Some modeling and talent agencies enjoy ignorant models who are stupid and lazy (I don't like such models, and they can stay away from me. Fortunately, most professional models are very bright, and have a great work ethic; some of the smartest people who I know are models, and the stereotype is not true). They want to control their careers. Could you imagine working for a business and telling them what to do, and that they do not know what they are doing, and only you know how everything works? Do you think that you would get fired for insubordination? Funny, though, that agencies do exactly that. Perhaps models should start firing them when they cross the line. Oh, wait, that's already happening! The agencies try to insult models by telling them what to do, and the models fire them, knowing that they can get modeling jobs just as easily without an agency than with them. Remember that I said that modeling and talent agencies have a place in the modeling industry, even though it is not common knowledge that the agency way is not the only way to have a modeling career? It's true. Smart models now only find modeling jobs on their own, but they also obtain, and maintain, representation for SEVERAL modeling and talent agencies as a source of job leads, and nothing more (note that I said "several". The main reason, in my opinion, for a modeling and talent agency to represent a model on an exclusive basis is to attempt to manage their modeling career. Remember what I wrote about conflicts of interest and crossing the line? If I were a model, and a modeling agency attempted to get me to sign an exclusive representation agreement with them, I'd smile and tell them that it is a two way relationship. I would only sign an exclusive representation agreement with them if they dropped representation of all their other models and only worked for me. That's the only way that allowing someone who was working for me to manage my career would not be a conflict of interest. What's that I hear? I hear some bookers screaming at me right now! It's all right, Chris, calm down. The bookers need to focus on getting jobs for the model who they work with, and forget this attempt at managing their employers).
I now have on the desk in front of me a very interesting document. It is a recently completed document, a secret document, with the simple title “Modeling Agency Of The Future” (and you can all keep wishing that I will include it in my modeling book, or on any one of my modeling resource sites, as that’s not going to happen. I have worked on things, and am working on things, that no one is aware of, and if they were, it would change the way that their business worked. This is one of my new controlled documents, and I keep it in a vault under strict inventory controls. The document is numbered, catalogued, and encrypted. I also do not keep any copies on any unsecured computer, or on any computer connected to the Internet, so it is quite secure; except for now, because it is on the desk in front of me. Hmmmmm.... That reminds me to enhance the biometrics protecting the vault). The document reads much like a business plan, and describes the operation of an advanced modeling agency which is at least 30 years ahead of the top modeling agencies in the world (I’m thinking more like 50 years, and the amusing thing about this is this business model can be done right now, with today’s technology. I’ve already built the better mousetrap).
Do you think that I would introduce ideas into a market without developing, and retaining, ideas which will keep them in check? Do you think that I am so reckless and irresponsible that I would introduce ideas which could get away from me and backfire? As Mondo 2000 taught me back in the early 1990's, ideas, by their very nature, are a virus. They infect, spread, and change things. Every idea which I have developed and deployed has another idea behind the scenes which will balance it, if not counter it. This is not to say that my ideas are flawed, because that it not the case. It’s just that there is no such thing as a perfect idea. Brilliant, yes, but not perfect.
For years, I have had plans for a modeling and talent agency of my very own on the back burner. But wait, you say, doesn’t this conflict with my work in the independent talent movement? Not at all; allow me to explain. As some of you know, I have a performance arts background, with singing, acting, stage production, etc. I have an event planning company, a stage production company, an indie film production company, a music label, and a few more things which I can not go into yet. If business requirements dictate that I must obtain a modeling and talent agency license, I will do so, and if I have to go that route, I will open my own Tampa modeling and talent agency by default. I already own the two absolute best domain names for a modeling and talent agency, TampaModelingAgency.Com and TampaTalentAgency.Com (was EC Talent pissed off when they went to register TampaTalentAgency.Com and had to settle for TalentAgencyTampa.Com, or did they register that when they notice that I owned that domain name, and were inspired to obtain the less-effective one with the words rearranged? I can only speculate, but I am pretty sure that many agency owners screamed at their webmasters when I landed those domain names. Remember: I am one of the best at the domain name game, and because I am a professional writer, I often come up with the best word combinations before anyone else does; a reason why one of my domain names was stolen by cybersquatters once when I made a mistake transferring a domain name between domain name companies many, many years ago. I am also one of the best with web site marketing. These are among the things that I spend a lot of time doing). If I were to open up my own modeling and talent agency, those domain names could be converted for it (at the moment, they are Tampa Bay Modeling sites with information about Tampa modeling and talent agencies, which reminds me that I have to add content to Tampa Talent Agency).
If I were to open up my own modeling agency, Tampa modeling and talent agencies would find themselves unable to compete. My modeling agency would be much more effective than any other agency in the world, and would incorporate some very slick concepts that have never been used in an agency before. Additionally, my modeling agency would use my “modeling agency of the future” business model. My modeling agency would also be fully compatible with my independent talent movement, and would even actively promote my modeling and talent resource sites. Would there be any ethical conflicts with my photography business? Of course not! I would do what an agency is supposed to do. My agency would work for models and find modeling jobs for them. It would not try to sell them portfolio pictures, or try to manage them. No sir! We would be content to stay within our proper boundaries. We wouldn’t have to cross the line. Within those boundaries would be a dynamo of an agency which would take the market. Also, we wouldn’t even have to drop our rates to be more competitive.
This said, I don’t own a modeling and talent agency. I am not licensed to operate one, and have no immediate plans to open one. It’s just that I am ready for that if I have to go that route, and IF I find myself in a position where I have to obtain a modeling and talent agency license, I might as well open up an agency and take the modeling market on that level, too.
How will you know that it is going to happen? Keep an eye on my production companies. Once they begin full scale operations, if we find that we have to book talent into third party jobs, we will have to obtain an agency license. In that case, the modeling and talent agency will be on the way, and it will be a nightmare for Tampa modeling and talent agencies.
Regarding Tampa Bay Modeling, it is not a modeling and talent agency. Tampa Bay Modeling is a free modeling resource web site which also serves as a marketing platform for services; there is no obligation to buy anything to use the site, either. Frankly, I am getting sick and tired of reading emails from morons who want to obtain representation from our “agency”. READ THE SITE! READ THE DISCLAIMER! RESPECT US ENOUGH TO SPEND A MINUTE READING, SO THAT YOU CAN COMPREHEND WHAT WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO! From now on, any emails asking for our “agency” to represent them will be deleted immediately. We will also return the courtesy, and won’t bother reading anything else that they wrote.
If you are a moron and don’t pay attention to details, we do not want you on Tampa Bay Modeling, or on any of my other sites. If you are illiterate, please use a translation program or obtain the help of an educated person who can read. We’ve done everything possible on Tampa Bay Modeling to assist the disabled, even going so far as to include ALT tags on our pictures to describe them to the illiterate or the visually disabled (any translation program can read and translate the transcribed, embedded content). I do not have a problem with the disabled. I do have a problem, however, with those who do not bother to read instructions, follow said instructions, or who do nothing to help themselves. I have a problem with willful ignorance. I have a problem with those who choose to be blindly led, and who refuse to think for themselves.
We have features coming in 2010 for people who don’t like to read. Those new features should make this site faster, and easier, to use.
So, what’s the plan for Tampa Bay Modeling? I’ll tell a little, and then I must go.
Tampa Bay Modeling and Florida Modeling Career will be brought up to their full potential by the end of 2009. They will serve as geographical modeling resource web sites and lead-ins for Independent Modeling and Advanced Model. Independent Modeling will become the main, core modeling resource site again, with a massive modeling job board and other features which support independent modeling (the other sites will also touch on modeling information for agency-represented models). The modeling jobs sections on all of the modeling resource jobs will be updated often, linking to the relevant modeling jobs on the Independent Modeling modeling job board. Additionally, Advanced Model will become one of the most updated modeling web sites, serving as an online monthly modeling magazine, with regular columns, features, and even a mail bag. Advanced Model will also serve as a web site for my modeling book, and will link to all of my modeling resource sites and modeling services.
I have been working on some very cool things for many years. I’ve bene working on some big things as far back as 2003. They are now ready. It is now time to implement, and work, my plan.
It is time to begin.
I now have to get some work done on the site. Good day.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 09:00 PM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Preparing Tampa Bay Modeling For The Future

Wow. Tampa Bay Modeling has become one of my most important web sites. With lots of media exposure since last year (more than all of the modeling web sites in Florida, combined), and professionals, including celebrities in the media, now using Tampa Bay Modeling as a resource, the future for this site is indeed bright.

This morning, I refreshed the site directories, which took some work because the site is huge, replacing some of the modeling thumbnails and adding links to the auxiliary menus. This is but a prelude for a larger update in a couple of weeks, with major upgrades to the site.

I have some cool shoots coming up in October to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Tampa Bay Modeling. I'll be working with swimsuit model Mandy Lee, and some other models. I'll also be working on another run of the Talent Connection Project, which had a first run in early 2007. I'll post project go-see's on the modeling job boards on Tampa Bay Modeling, Independent Modeling, and Florida Modeling career. Please note that I am only interested in working with experienced professional models in the Talent Connection Project, and they have to already have a strong modeling portfolio, composite cards, and tear sheets to be considered (which means that they are not in the market for the modeling portfolio photography services that my photography company sells, which means no conflict). New models and aspiring models who do not have a professional portfolio would have to invest in my photography services in order to be included in Tampa Bay Modeling, because I will not give away services that they need for their career (which reminds me of a shoot that I am supposed to have tomorrow, which is on hold until I can reach the client. Check. Mail. Makeup Artist. We have some things to address regarding the longest, most unusual road that I have ever traveled on the way to doing a modeling portfolio photography shoot. Could it be the economy, or the most unusual set of circumstances ever in any of my shoots? I would have to pick the latter, because the economy hasn't caused a decrease in my bookings; I get full-rate, too, which appropriate because I am not a discount photographer like so many others floundering in the market trying to get business with low rates instead of doing good photography. I am a good photographer, and one of the best modeling photographers in Florida. Check for yourself- all the pictures on this site are mine).

I have to run. I have to find some pictures to use in my archive.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 11:18 PM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Added Tampa Bay Modeling Agency Sections

It took ten hours of work, but the new Tampa Bay modeling agency sections are now up. The models and I were getting rather pissy about the State of Florida DBPR web site that our resource section linked to, as the site was poorly designed and difficult to navigate. As a result, the web sites that we linked to proved to be useless. This has changed. I did all of the hard work already and downloaded all of the Tampa Bay modeling agencies, along with their license numbers and status, and all of the Florida modeling agency laws. All the information is now on Tampa Bay Modeling and I am rather proud of how the sections turned out. I even added new modeling agency scam information in our Tampa modeling agency section. Yes, Tampa modeling agency scams are so risky that I expanded the modeling agency scam information and added it. Likewise, all Tampa modeling agencies, past and current, are now listed on Tampa Bay Modeling. We have them listed by county, and have listings for Hillsborough county modeling agencies, Pinellas county modeling agencies, Manatee county modeling agencies, Sarasota county modeling agencies (heh heh... I remember referring to Sarasota as "Sara-soda" when I was six, because I imagined that the beaches fizzed like soda in the surf. I still like the way it sounds. It makes me smile. What an imagination. I really was a little kid once- but I still have that imagination. It's too easy to remember being an adult like I am now, and sometimes, in between people cursing me out, it's nice to think back toward simpler times when I was a kid), Polk county modeling agencies, and Pasco county modeling agencies. Oh, and I already started working on the new second-generation modeling scam analysis database (which is going to be huge, and will require a lot of writing). Now, to get my modeling job boards online........

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Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 7:30 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

More Modeling Site Updates

First, I must apologize for putting all my blog updates on the main page on Tampa Bay Modeling. There is way too much to read on there.

That said, it's been a long few months. I've been doing a lot of modeling portfolio shoots over the summer, and things are about to go into overdrive with my photography company. I've also been doing a lot to fight these modeling scams, too.

I received a call from a reporter friend at a top Tampa television station yesterday, and wasn't much help because it took me a while to return the call. I then began to wonder if he could have easily obtained the information from Tampa Bay Modeling. It became obvious from a review of the Tampa Bay Modeling site that some information was hard to find- and this is for me, the designer of this site! I have some work to do. I want some additional content added, too, such as current Florida State Statutes (468) covering modeling and talent agencies, and a list of Tampa modeling and talent agencies, including their TA# license numbers. Of those, I will compile a list of the ones that I can vouch for, for those models who would like to use agencies as one of many sources of modeling job leads.

Other things need to be added, too. A new modeling scam analysis database is needed for starters (it may go up here before it is added to the site that it was originally designed for, Florida Modeling Career, which "launched" over a year ago and still is in an unfinished beta state), with new site directories and menus. I'll keep the old scam analysis database in archive, too, because it still contains a lot of great information, for those who would like to sift through a lot of text). I'm looking at finally getting the Tampa Bay Modeling modeling job board online in the next week or so, too, which will run parallel to the ones on Florida Modeling Career and on Independent Modeling. I'm also looking at a full design and roll out of Advanced Model.

Independent Modeling has seen a lot of progress in the past year, but it is still not as operational as it was at its peak in 2004. All the work that went into the site, and updates, seemed to transition To Tampa Bay Modeling in 2005, leaving Independent Modeling adrift on the Internet through a series of redesigns. I can say that I received a ton of complaints about the sad state that Independent Modeling has been in, and some models think that it is lost. This will not be the case for long. Independent Modeling is shaping up well, and it still has top search engine performance. In 2010, it will once again become the main modeling resource site, with Tampa Bay Modeling and Florida Modeling Career taking cues from their mother modeling site. Independent Modeling's new modeling job board and modeling job resources are state of the art, too, and will see translations and region-relevant versions for Tampa Bay Modeling and Florida Modeling Career. Florida Modeling Career is important, too. The new second generation modeling scam analysis database was originally designed for Florida Modeling Career, and region-relevant versions will be installed on Tampa Bay Modeling and on Independent Modeling. Florida Modeling Career is the most advanced of all the modeling resource sites, and it is the future. Much of the design advancements and tools will be used on the other sites. Still, too, Florida Modeling Career needs to be completed and brought up to full operational status. Technically, it has already launched, so we won't do that again, officially. I'm hoping to bring it up to spec next month. Florida Modeling Career will become a very, very important modeling resource site. It is, for all intents and purposes, the next Tampa Bay Modeling.

That's not to say that Tampa Bay Modeling will go the way of the old Independent Modeling and become neglected. Far from it. This site will see regular updates, too, as well as have the most coverage with Tampa Bay media. Once the modeling job boards are all up, Tampa Bay Modeling will see big upgrades; Florida Modeling Career will follow, and Independent Modeling will be next.

What's next for my modeling resource sites? Well, since I will be working with a lot of models from now on, a lot. Without going into specific detail, I have a lot coming up. New modeling scam analysis databases, modeling job pay vouchers, new modeling career agreements, new articles, the most advanced online modeling job boards in modeling industry (they should be, with all of the years of work that I put into them), complete tutorials, interactive tutorials, new articles, a risk analysis system for the modeling industry (which should do a great deal of damage to the credibility of modeling agencies and idiots who don't invest in their careers), and some other cool things. I really, really like the new modeling job board format, too. The new modeling job board format is integrated into the featured model sections as well as the modeling scam analysis database. It will enhance those sections as well as become the best source of modeling job leads in the modeling industry. I've also studied issues that other modeling job boards have had over the years, and have came up with effective solutions. As an example, I have came up with an ingenious system of checks and balances, which will be a deterrent to anyone trying to steal from the modeling job boards or use them to scam models and others. One thing that has really pissed me off about other modeling job boards, and which is the main reason that I created these boards, is that modeling job scams used them to bother post deceptive modeling job offers, and to steal the modeling job leads to sell back to the models who they tried to sell services to. This will not be an issue with these new modeling job boards. First of all, we reserve the right to refuse to post any modeling job ads which are shady, without any reason given. I only want real, professional modeling job offers on my modeling job boards. Secondly, I have some nasty surprises in store for anyone who steals from my boards. Let's just say that those old tactics will backfire. One reason? My modeling job boards are already at the top of search engine searches for modeling jobs, and there is a risk that people will know the true source of the modeling job leads if anyone tries to sell them. Will they trust someone who steals from others? Unlike some modeling and talent sites, my modeling job boards are free, and really easy to check things out on and find. If it's free, the same, and popular, it's kind of hard to sell, now, isn't it? That, too, is only one small example, and I've stated it here because it is obvious. I have some other countermeasures in place, too, and those will take some by surprise if they try to steal from my web sites.

A lot of work has gone into all of this. I've been working on some of these tools since 2003, and they are finally ready to be deployed on the modeling sites.

Oh, and before I forget. For those who hate to read, I will be making, and adding, modeling videos to all of the web sites starting in 2010. I have plenty of models who can host the videos, too. A lot of people are pretty excited about the move into modeling career videos, as they will make the sites a lot easier to learn from, and a lot more effective as far as getting the word out. We're on the threshold of a new era for my modeling industry endeavors.

There's more, too. I just read over my 2004 modeling series Born Beautiful, about a 19 year old independent model and her adventures in her personal life and her modeling career (I just put a link up on the main page of Tampa Bay Modeling, as few people have read it, let alone know about it). I had a lot of fun writing both stories in that short-lived series, and they are really good. Although is has been five years since I wrote them, and they were my last works of fiction, there are more coming. Lots more. Expect a ton of short stories about modeling in the near future, published on all of the modeling resource sites. I will be coming up with new characters, and new series, too. One such series will focus on an independent professional model who researches, finds, investigates, and fights modeling scams while maintaining a professional modeling career and making a living as a top model. Part Veronica Mars, part hacker, part fashion model. This story series is one of many in the works, and trust me: Modeling fiction is going to be very, very important for what I have planned for Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, Independent Modeling, and Advanced Model. Some of those works of fiction will become very controversial, too.

I have to run. I have a shoot to do this morning, as well as a huge shoot tomorrow morning.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 9:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Modeling Scam War 2

The economy must be really, really bad. Despite my fleet of modeling sites hammering modeling scams 24/7 and causing them to lose lots of money, they keep right on going at it. In fact, I've never seen so many modeling scams marketing themselves so aggressively since I've been working in the modeling industry, and that's a good ten years. The top modeling scam? Modeling job scams. One of the most common of all modeling job scams are radio and print ads that claim that "models are needed for major department store fashion shows" and that "no experience is necessary". It's B.S.! First of all, very few models can do fashion modeling because you have to have a certain look for it and there are height requirements. Secondly, fashion modeling shows and runway modeling are the professional stage of the industry, where only season professional models can work it because there is only "one take" to get it right (kind of like film actors and stage actors; stage being more difficult). The risks are much higher with fashion shows, which, unlike print modeling, you have to work with a professional, experienced model. I know of very few modeling print jobs willing to work with aspiring models who have no experience, and no fashion show for those so-called "major department stores" will ever book a model who does not have experience. There are way too many models in the industry with lots of experience, and no new model will be able to compete with them! So, they claim that they will train the model and give them a modeling portfolio to "give them experience", and then, because they are not an agency, that they will refer them to the major department store fashion show free of charge? Don't believe their lies! They are baiting you with the promise of modeling jobs which may or may not actually exist, and have no motive to follow through on their promises of referring you to modeling jobs after they take your money and give you low-quality modeling portfolios that won't book you jobs because the portfolios suck, and are ineffective as marketing tools. Think that the modeling job scam cares? Hell no! They spend their time lying to people, taking their money, reading my modeling sites for ideas to pitch to ignorant aspiring models who believe everything that is advertised, and cursing at me because those same modeling sites cost them a lot of money.

Well, it's on. I am now working to put these modeling job scams out of business. I have some nasty surprises for them in the coming weeks, and it's nothing illegal or unethical. What I will be doing will prove to be very effective, however, and they are going to lose a lot more money before this is all over. Actually, strike that last part. It'll never be over. Every modeling scam that I put out of business is replaced by more. They are like roaches. I'll continue to fight modeling scams and to undermine their so-called businesses, and they will continue to lose money. I am about to put a lot more into this fight, and may launch some more modeling web sites to fight them with (Tampa Modeling Search has proven to be extremely effective so far, and I may deploy a new site specifically optimized to fight modeling job scams baiting idiots with fashion shows).

Oh, and if any legitimate business allows one of these con artists to refer models to you, don't! You become an accomplice if you do, and only serve to help rip off models. Only accept referrals from models who already have experience and professional modeling portfolios, and only accept referrals from licensed modeling and talent agencies who don't make money selling modeling portfolios and composite cards to models. I will be educating legitimate modeling jobs, including department stores, about this from now on.

Oh, and who are the "major department stores" who are doing these fashion shows? I don't know of any in Tampa! I've talked to all of them, and none of them have done any recent fashion shows where they pay models, or plan to. If you are stupid enough to fall for an advertisement for fashion show models needed, ask them for references and to name the department stores. Call the department stores and ask if they deal with the modeling business before you go any farther!

Grrrrrrr...... These modeling scams piss me off. Why am I the main one who thinks for myself and fights them? Well, the fight shall continue. This modeling scam war is going to get good!

The modeling job board resource over at Independent Modeling, which is now operational and will be used by Tampa Bay Modeling and Florida Modeling Career, is needed, mainly to fight modeling job scams. I was on a call with a model just last night, and she told me of a modeling jobs on craigslist which tried to scam her. She contacted them about the go-see, and they responded with an email that said that a $5.00 reservation fee was required to secure a spot at the "audition", and that the fee would be refunded to her afterwards. All that they required was her credit card number. Bastards! A modeling job scam with phishing components combined with it? Once they get a credit card number, they can charge as much as they want to! If it is a modeling job, NEVER pay a dime to attend a go-see. If it is not a legitimate business who is straight-up with selling a service that you are in the market for (you know, a business with a license and a professional web site, not some sketchy operation on a modeling portfolio networking web site or using a freebie myspace or facebook account as their "business web site"), don't ever give them your credit card information. Well, the new risk analysis business model needs to be deployed on all three of my main modeling resource sites, as well as others. The modeling resource sites will also all be receiving new second-generation modeling scam analysis databases and new modeling scam fighting tools this summer (a beta run on one of my other resource sites had incredible results, and it works better than I designed it to! Very effective, and very nasty scam busters are on the way!). The modeling job board is also needed in this fight, so now I must close off this blog post and work on Independent Modeling. Have a great weekend, and stay away from any modeling jobs that you see advertised in the paper or which play on the radio. Also, beware of most of the modeling jobs posted on craigslist- anyone can post an ad on that site, and most of them are scams.

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Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:05 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Independent Modeling And The Modeling Book

Things are interesting these days. After years of work, the pieces are now in place. It is time to begin.
Tampa Bay Modeling, which was originally started by a group of professional models in Clearwater back in 2004 with the support of Independent Modeling, has merged with Independent Modeling. It is now a geographic lead-in modeling resource site annex of Independent Modeling, with Tampa Bay-relevant modeling content published on Tampa Bay Modeling.
Independent Modeling, which began as Tampa Bay Independent Model back in 2001 (we are aware that the domain name did not match with the first name of the site, and we roll our eyes whenever we think about it), experienced explosive growth in its first few years. In late 2003, the first Tampa modeling industry war began, and Independent Modeling took point in the fight in 2004. The war ended in late 2004, with some lessons learned. When Tampa Bay Modeling launched in 2004, more and more modeling site work shifted over to Tampa Bay Modeling from Independent Modeling. The modeling mail bag even moved to Tampa Bay Modeling. Tampa Bay Modeling quickly became one of the top modeling resource web sites, and many great ideas which originally found their start on Independent Modeling were developed and deployed as refined modeling career tools on Tampa Bay Modeling. From 2005 to 2009, Independent Modeling was maintained, but had very few updates. It mostly sat dormant on the Internet, and Tampa Bay Modeling saw all of the progress. There was a staff transition, too, with C. A. Passinault and a group of professional models and modeling industry experts taking over Tampa Bay Modeling, Independent Modeling, and other online modeling industry resources. The real irony came on 2008, when the news media began to cover Tampa Bay Modeling with a series of news stories and guest models appearing on television interviews on behalf of Tampa Bay Modeling. This news coverage, oddly enough, was supposed to be for Independent Modeling back when it launched, and when it finally came, it was all about the new modeling site and not the original. Independent Modeling was mostly adrift on the net, and most models had written it off as over. Through all of this, most of the work concentrated on Tampa Bay Modeling.
This is about to change.
One of the things that has been a continuing work of progress on Independent Modeling has been a new kind of modeling job board for modeling job leads. The format is finally completed, and the details are finalized. Most importantly, the modeling job board resources now have a very important purpose, and it will become a critical component in our fight against modeling scams as we begin the second modeling industry war. This war will focus on modeling job scams, model searches, modeling consultation scams, modeling agency scams, and modeling management scams (the first modeling industry war was against Tampa modeling photography scams, which, while still present, are no longer the top modeling scams).
It was decided today that there would be one main modeling job board for all of the modeling resource sites, and all of the individual modeling resource sites will have lead-in modeling job boards linking to the main modeling job board. That main modeling job board will exist on Independent Modeling.
This, of course, has options. I can always set up parallel modeling job boards on each modeling resource web site relevant to their target markets. If the need arises, and it won’t be too much redundant work, I can easily switch over to this system. Regardless of how this is done, all modeling job posts will be on the main Independent Modeling modeling job board, so it would be redundant.
The modeling job board will go online in April 2009. I have some content to do before then, and I will be contacting the sources of most of the legitimate modeling job offers that we have monitored over the years.
Oh, yes, that’s right. We want quality over quantity. We’re not going to have another Craigslist here. All posts will not be accepted. If it is an obvious modeling job scam, the modeling job offer seems shady, it is an adult entertainment “modeling” job, if we feel that the modeling job offer will undermine the integrity of modeling careers, or we have too many questions about the modeling job offer, we won’t post it. We reserve the right to refuse to post modeling job offers on the modeling job board/s.
At first, all modeling job offers will manually be added by our web team. I originally wanted to do the posts on Monday’s, but some modeling job offers are time-sensitive and we’d rather not add a ton of modeling jobs at once. We’ll update the modeling job board daily.
Eventually, we will be launching a second generation modeling job board which is database driven and updated automatically. This will lead to another set of problems, however, and we will be spending a lot of time monitoring the modeling job board and deleting modeling job offers which are not appropriate. When this happens, the modeling job board will be more like craigslist for models, but we’ll be the ones removing posts and no one else will have that ability. This will make it better than craigslist, and more relevant for modeling.
Presently, Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and Advanced Model will lead into the Independent Modeling modeling job board. We’ll have other job boards which are formatted like the Independent Modeling modeling job board, too. Independent Acting will have an audition board, and Tampa Bay Acting will lead into that. The upcoming Independent Talent Network site, which replaces the defunct Independent Performer (cybersquatters have since taken the old domain name for Independent Performer which we abandoned), will have a entertainment industry job board which will have job offers for production professionals. Entertainment resource web sites that we own, such as Tampa Bay Film, will lead into that board, which will be the largest job board that we have once it goes online.
These job boards are very, very important. They will become defining features for our talent resource sites. They are quite advanced, too, and have all the checks and balances built into them to prevent their abuse. Additionally, I get exclusive advertising rights on those boards for my services companies and my Tampa advertising agency. What will make it legitimate to do so will be the fact that the boards will be available free of charge, and that there will not be any obligation to buy those advertised services in order to use the boards. Additionally, there will never be any question about who is offering those services. We will clarify the relationships, so that no one can accuse us of using deceptive trade practices. If we are not careful and we were to employ deceptive trade practices, that would make us a modeling scam, and since I despise modeling scams, I don’t want that. Also, I wouldn’t feel right about misleading anyone. I am a reputable professional. Far be it for me to end up some sort fo hypocrite, especially since one of the objectives of the job boards are to help fight job scams, and not to become a modeling job scam in the process.
Like I said earlier in this post, the pieces are in place. We already have top search engine placement, and after the modeling job board becomes active, it won’t be long before word spreads among models, and it becomes the dominant resource for modeling job leads. There is another critical thing about these job boards. They will be important for my events and other projects. I have certain events, for examples, which are on hold until this support service is in place.
Ok, on to other things.
Some models out there have told me that they think that I have been holding back with adding content on the modeling resource web sites. Well, I admit that they are right. I have been holding back. It’s all about balance, my friends. I’m writing a modeling book right now, and I have a book deal that I have to maintain. I’ve also spent a lot of time figuring out what to add, and what to hold back, to avoid undermining my modeling book and giving away the store. It is all a careful balancing act, and I have to employ the correct, and most effective, strategy so that all my properties remain balanced and benefit from my work.
There will be some things in my modeling book that will never be published on my modeling resource sites. There will be some things published on the modeling resource site, such as the more experimental tools, that will not make it into the book. Oh, and I have some good news, and some bad news.
The bad news first. Well, it’s not too bad. I will continue to add content to the modeling resources sites, but not a lot. Most of the updates will be to the modeling job board and support tools (those modeling pay vouchers are indeed on their way, too!). I will be updating a ton of things, however, behind the scenes, and will be stockpiling advanced tools and content for the sites. The good news? I will be making most of those additions available on the modeling resource sites after my modeling book is published, which will be soon, and there will be a lot of updates made to the modeling resource sites in a short time after my book hits stands.
I’ll let you know more later. I have to upload this blog and work on the studio for some... er, rather classified work.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 10:40 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Adjustments To Tampa Bay Modeling

Well, the first adjustment is to this Tampa Modeling Blog, and for that, I adapted the format on my Tampa DJ Blog. It looks nice, and those navigation links will become active once there is enough content on here to archive.
This said, I have a bit to cover today. It’s been a busy few months since my last Tampa Modeling Blog post, and I’m just now getting back into the hang of updating all of my sites. We had some issues with a security breach on Tampa Bay Modeling the last few weeks, and now that this issue has been resolved, it’s back to work.
Wherever do I begin?

1. FOX 13 web site archiving issues
It seems that my FOX 13 modeling scam interview is no longer on their server through the links to the content, and there are issues with my Lighting Round model interview archives. Effective immediately, Tampa Bay Modeling will no longer link to other sources, since the links can be rendered dead at any time. As I have more television interviews, and more of our Tampa Bay Modeling models are scheduled for ongoing interviews, I had to come up with a new system to manage all of the media coverage so visitors to Tampa Bay Modeling can see them. I’ve solved it, just like I solved the screen grab issue.
I have DVD’s of all my interviews, including the Tampa Bay Modeling one a few months ago. I am going to rip those interviews and host on my own account, and present them here much like the Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival does. Additional interviews and television appearances will be TIVO’ed and copied to DVD’s, where they will then be ripped to online flash files and archived for review. This should solve this archiving issue nicely.
FOX 13 has been good to Tampa Bay Modeling, but expect to see us covered on all of the Tampa media outlets from now on, as well as on FOX. I would have had more interviews in the past few months, but I have been busy with other things.
Oh, and if anyone wants to see any of my interviews, I have them on DVD, too. For now, I have to remove some links to their server because they default to their main page instead of going to the relevant content.

2. Tampa Bay Modeling 2009 Modeling Scam Analysis Database MK2
It’s coming. We are launching the new format on Tampa Bay Film right now to work out the bugs. As soon as that is completed, and it is operational, Tampa Bay Modeling and Florida Modeling Career will get theirs, as will Independent Modeling, Tampa Bay Acting, and Independent Acting. Fighting modeling scams is our top priority this year, and although Tampa Bay Film, Tampa Bay Acting, and Independent Acting will be getting their relevant scam analysis databases to address indie film scams and other entertainment industry scams, the main scam busting will focus on modeling scams. These modeling scams are getting out of hand, and I suppose that it is a reflection on the economy. People are getting desperate, and their judgement is going out the window. All those modeling jobs advertised on the radio and in the paper are modeling scams, and there are now more of them than in any other time in recent memory. A new modeling war, even more aggressive than the one fought and won by Independent Modeling in 2004, has begun, and the old modeling scam-fighting tools, while adequate, are not nearly as effective as the new ones are. This will be a modeling industry war to end all modeling industry wars. Oh, and you can expect a TON of media coverage leading people to out modeling scam-fighting resources as well as our current search engine domination leading people here. It’s going to get real nasty, people, and expect a lot of modeling scams to go out of business and con artists preying on the modeling industry to get in a lot of trouble.
Something has to be done about these Tampa modeling scams, and Tampa Bay Modeling and my other modeling resource sites are about to do it.

Well, I have to run and update some other blogs. I’ll post more soon.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 9:00 AM - Tampa Modeling Blog entry by C. A. Passinault

Tampa Modeling Blog Launch

Hello Tampa models, and welcome to a brand new section here on Tampa Bay Modeling. Welcome to the first post of our official Tampa Modeling Blog!
This Tampa Modeling Blog is built into the Tampa Bay Modeling site, and replaces the old, but popular, modeling mail bag section (which ran April 2006 to September 2007), and partially replaces the old Opinion section (although there will be new posts there, eventually). The Tampa Modeling Blog will also augment the news and updates section, as well as do a lot of different things.
A short time ago, Tampa model and actor Somali Rose and I talked for over an hour at a Tampa television
Tampa Bay Modeling model, actor, and writer Somali Rose was a featured guest on the July 7 FOX 13 Lightning Round. Click image to watch. All links open new browser windows.station after we did a television interview for Tampa Bay Modeling. She suggested that there should be a modeling blog where models could answer questions from other models and post information. I thought that she had a good idea, although I told her that Tampa Bay Modeling used to have such a feature with Tampa model Monica Stevens and her monthly modeling mailbag, it was discontinued a long time ago. After talking to Somali, however, I kicked around the idea for a while. Should the blog be a stand-alone site like some of my other blogs? If not, what site should it be a part of? Well, a stand-alone site was out of the question, simply because I already have too many web sites now, and following that format I would have to do at least six more stand-alone blog sites. Forget that, at least for now!
Well, here you have it. The “official” modeling blog now online, and is actually on THREE modeling sites! All three blog “channels” are actually part of the same main modeling blog, but each will cover different categories of posts. Tampa Bay Modeling will post modeling blog posts relevant to Tampa modeling and Tampa Bay Modeling. Independent Modeling will post modeling blog posts about independent modeling, the modeling industry in general, and twitter-type update posts pointing at new modeling blog posts on Tampa Bay Modeling and Florida Modeling Career. Florida Modeling Career, our newest and most advanced modeling resource site, and the Florida-region version of Tampa Bay Modeling, will have a modeling blog which will cover Florida Modeling, Florida Modeling Career site updates and news, and, like the other modeling blogs, will post twitter-type updates pointing to other modeling blog posts.
This is the first of the three modeling blogs to go online. Independent Modeling’s modeling blog should be up in the next day or two (with all the online chatter about record-level work being done on Independent Modeling and the decision to make it our core modeling resource site, so much for the surprise!).
So, what will the modeling blogs cover (Tampa Bay Modeling as well as the other two). Glad that you are wondering. These are points, however, and please note that the modeling blogs will not be limited to what I list here. If it works, we’ll do it.

1. Relevant modeling blog posts.

2. Modeling site updates.

3. Modeling industry opinions.

4. Referenced to relevant modeling articles and tutorials.

5. Twitter-type blog posts linking to posts on other modeling blog channels.

6. Modeling industry anecdotes.

7. Modeling scam alerts linking to relevant content and modeling scam-fighting tools on our new 3rd-Generation modeling scam analysis databases and scam-fighting resources (developed for Florida Modeling Career the summer of 2008, but now being built for Tampa Bay Modeling and Independent Modeling, too. Versions of this new technology will be adapted for other my other resource sites, sites such as Tampa Bay Acting, Independent Acting, Independent Talent Network, Tampa Bay Film, and Tampa Bay Photographers. Tampa Talent Scams will be built around an expanded, large scale version of the 3rd generation scam analysis database and resource technology, and will interconnect with all the other sites as well as function as a stand-alone website, much like my Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival interconnects with Tampa Bay Film and also functions as a stand-alone site. Tampa Talent Scams will be one, huge talent scam analysis database and talent scam-fighting resource, and will be even more advanced and much more comprehensive than what my other sites will be packing.

8. Answers to modeling-relevant questions that we receive. The answers will be from modeling experts, such as myself, and will be answered as they come in. After the question is answered on the blog, the question and answer will be copied and filed away into a well-organized modeling Q&A database on the host site (in this case, here on Tampa Bay Modeling). This is much more advanced, and efficient, than the old modeling mail bags were. This Q&A feature of the modeling blogs replaces the old modeling mail bags, too.
Oh, and while we are on the subject of the old Tampa Bay Modeling Mail Bag, which was last published in September 2007. What happened? It became way too much work, with over 20 page of mail bag content published every month. Monica was up for it, but it was not cost-effective for our web master and editors to spend so much time on it, and the search engines were not indexing the content properly because the posts were massive. So, we pulled the plug, and, yes, Tampa model Monica Stevens is still with Tampa Bay Modeling, as are most of the founding models from October 2004, when the site launched. We really need to update the About Us section and the history of Tampa Bay Modeling, for sure.
The Tampa Bay Modeling modeling mail bags began life over on Independent Modeling, and moved to Tampa Bay Modeling once the Independent Modeling mail bags were discontinued. Since we have over a thousand pages of modeling content there, we will be adding the relevant modeling Q&A content to the modeling Q&A databases of the relevant modeling resource sites. You’re welcome!
Ah, and the hilarious French Fry mail bag letters will be archived here on Tampa Bay Modeling, because Monica Stevens wants them to. Hmmm, didn’t I see French Fry a year ago when I did a modeling portfolio photography session with some models in front of his Clearwater photography studio? Cool guy, although I didn’t get the chance to talk to him. That was fun, and there’s a story worth telling. Perhaps I will write, and publish, the anecdote on my Tampa Photographer Blog, soon, as well as other photography session anecdotes!

The modeling blogs will have blog posts from many professionals in the modeling industry, and not just me. Tampa model Somali Rose and some other cool models will also publish blog posts on the modeling blogs, including answering modeling questions, and that’s cool!

At any rate, I need to go now. I have a lot of work to do. I have to create the “Blog” and the “Photography” navigation menu buttons for Tampa Bay Modeling and format the Tampa Bay Modeling 2009 site directories. I then must upload the new site directories to the server, and if you are reading this now, it’s done.
Hmmmm..... Today, I have to set up some shoots with some Tampa swimsuit models (and a few swimsuit models from outside of the Tampa Bay area), and do a ton of work on Independent Modeling so we can get the new site format up tomorrow. The new modeling job boards will be up over the weekend.
Have a great day!

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