Dear models and artists
First of all a HUGE thank you to those who have continued to support us during these difficult times. You have no idea how appreciated it is and how much it means to us. Thank you so much!
Also, thank you to all those who have taken the time to write in and tell me what you are going through, how you are being affected and what you are doing about it.
After a very hard initial few months, there seems to be a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. Schools and educational institutes are certainly readying themselves and putting measures in place to start again in September.
Also, a lot of artists and photographers are taking the opportunity, during summer, to run outdoor sessions. Make the most of it - and anyone who isn't - please at least consider it. Life models don't have to be nude, they just have to be present!
Now that restrictions have eased a little, some small indoor classes are taking place, with suitable safety precautions in place, of course.
We are constantly looking for opportunities for our models and artists to get work and support.
ARTISTS, it would be great if, as well as contacting individual models, you could put ads on the website. It's free and we need models to see what work there is out there. It is also a great way to find new models! You don't have to be a RAM member to put an ad up - although your credentials will, of course, be checked. The safety of all our members is paramount to us.
MODELS, a lot of work is taking place over Zoom, Skype and other online mediums. I suggest, if you are interested (i realise this isn't for everyone!), please write to me and I'll add this to your profile. Artists now search the site with Zoom,Skype, etc as key words, so models with them in their profiles are getting the work.
Be kind, stay safe.
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