As an artist, who is still building up, it is important to have some kind of day job (or multiple day jobs, he he). And I hate to break it to you all, but eventually that day will come…you will need those cozy wool socks, or that cool beanie, that new PHOENIX album — but most of all FOOD (because hey…just because there’s a saying the “starving artist”, you don’t really want to starve, do you? Even though, there are times, when yes…you will have to stick to mac ‘n’cheese or cheap crisps). But luckily, after struggling through internships, movie extra work, and just as much pretty DARN job out there (yeah, even sound engineering), I finally found my OTHER LOVE. Because yes, sometimes I do CHEAT ON MY ART…
In the last little while, my day jobs, other than the time I attempted waitressing and quit within 3 months, have consisted of being physically active. FUN. And often full of bruised legs and scars. There were minor video game roles, and body double gig in a zombie feature film — followed by the more consistent job of art modelling.
Art modelling, in case you haven’t heard of it, because it is completely HIGH ON THE RANDOM RADAR (I don’t even know how the HECK I stumbled into that one), is where you stand still or perform movements for artworks. Sometimes, you are used in portrait sessions — or for strange gigs like neck modelling (which frankly, is pretty darn painful if you ask me). When you’re invited to do gestural, you move around for several hours, in very aesthetically pleasing poses/dances, etc — as you get animated, drawn or even painted. Then, there’s nude modelling…that’s part of it too, although it is not my SCHTICK, so I don’t really know much about it.
It is kind of a really hard job, because you often you’re holding challenging poses for up to an hour, while looking inspirational, not-in-pain, and never blinking too too much. I have gotten pretty good at it with LOTS AND LOTS of practice, because the first time I tried it…I remember thinking: “what the heck, what did I do to sign up for this, gosh,” as I was sweating buckets and attempting to look, like “it’s alright man, it’s all good”.
But once you find a class or teacher that RESPECT you (because yes, some will treat you like a body, a pretty face, a mannequin doll that is pose able), it can be extremely rewarding, especially because you are contributing to the creation of very lovely art. Also, I usually get to influence the theme or the costume, which is pretty cool. Translation: I have an excuse to dress up as WONDER WOMAN (major perk!)…
Today, I worked at a particularly beautiful environment…it is a country club with the coolest artists, including an art teacher who has taught me many important life lessons (but more on that later).
My boyfriend, bandmate, Jeremy has taken these AWESOME pictures of the costume that I wore for the session. It was both inspired by one of my role models, the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo — as well, as the myths of the flower goddess FLORA, and the traditional Ukrainian costumes (which is where I am originally from). So there are the pictures with a deconstruction of the costume:
1. Headpiece was made by me. Originally, it was created for the rapper’s MUGZ’ music video. Mai Ismail was in charge of the art direction, so he brought me on board. Our friend, Rebecca Wengle was also there on that day…she was the stylist, so I helped her with some of the work, and in exchange she taught me how to use a steamer!
2. Shirt from American Apparel Youth and lipstick from YSL #7!
3. Flower leggings are sweatshop free! Wooohooo…score. They’re from Emilio Fiorucci, who is really beloved by Madonna. My sister, who also has an awesome blog by the way, was sweet enough to gift them to me.
4. The boots were an unexpected find at the Hudson’s Bay — they were majorly CUTE, and so MAJORLY on sale. What I really liked about them is that they’re coloured like autumn leaves, and they have these amazing bow details on the side. What’s also really interesting is that their designer MEL is brazilian and super into making everything eco-friendly and local, so they’re made entirely out of recycled materials…
Here is the AWESOME MUGZ video and some of these Wicked paintings I was talking about:
FINAL THOUGHTS –
Oh and remember, there is this stereotype of the STRUGGLING artist. And lastly, that adulthood is supposed to stern and serious. Yes, you have to be responsible and take care of yourself. But I also believe in LIVING WITH PASSION. That means having faith in yourself (yep, just like the Daria Esteemers episode) — and knowing that life doesn’t have to be PAINFUL. Sure it is challenging, but if you’re STUCK in a job you hate…or you can’t stand your LIFE. Know that life can be beautiful (even though there is so much BS around). You can turn it around. Look for positives. Transition. Try things. Experience outside of your comfort zone.
I have been writing almost every day for hours and hours, working on music…finding time for work work (like that Britney Spears song says). Sometimes, the reward looms over you like a carrot, and there is so much unknown just around the corner. Will this work? Am I leading myself to doom? No, worse comes to worse, it doesn’t turn out what you expected. But at least you gave it a go. I for one, am so content to express my inner MOODY FEELINGS, HAPPINESS, EMOTION, etc. So GO FOR IT! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
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Happy Hugs and Love, Iddi Fourka