I know many models are struggling and wondering what will happen to life modelling jobs.
First of all, if any of you are having issues with tutors or artists about not being paid for work you have been booked for, please let me know. I'll do what i can to help. Artists are in the same boat, don't forget. The arts
industry is being decimated by this awful virus.
One piece of long awaited good news is that the self employed will now receive 80% of their earning averaged over the last 3 years. There are basic details hereand you should all also be emailed by HMRC. Basically, it's saying we can't apply yet and they will let us know when we can.
Can you please let me know if this will help you and what you are doing meanwhile. I know many of you have other jobs, but I'm imagining they may have been affected too. I'm trying to build up a picture of what is happening with life models, so I'll be really grateful if you can reply.
Another thing that is happening is that more and more artists are using online apps like Zoom and Skype to do classes and one on one work. Which is great! Please can you let me know if you are modelling for anyone doing this, how you are finding it and who the artists are. I'm also writing to all our artists to encourage them to work this way. And maybe you can contact artists you've worked with to see if they are working this way.
If you'd like to send me your stories of what you are doing to cope and how this is all affecting you, I might start a blog of them. No names mentioned, of course. I'd love to hear how you are doing!
Lastly, i know this is horrendously difficult, but we WILL get through this. There will always be art!
Be kind, stay safe
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