Rivi Madison interviewed by Can Ozelgun


Modeling for Rivi began to reel into full gear when she signed up with networking sites and social media. Ranya Mordanova and Canadian model and actress Shalom Harlow were the first faces to introduce her to high fashion. Now Rivi Madison has been professionally modeling for…

New interview for Can Ozelgun’s blog. Enjoy. 


To Freelance Artists.
- Mainly freelance models and photographers (photographers do not necessarily have to be freelance concerning this subject).

On a daily basis, I feel sometimes as though I have to push myself to use Facebook and every other social media program. 
It sometimes feels like some sort of strain. Almost worse than dieting at times.
I accidentally read things that I happen to find myself reading. And then I have to question myself, “Why Rivi, in God’s name, are you reading this?” 
I feel like some sort of daft pigeon whenever I’m on this mechanism.

I witness a collision of rants, complaints, then an explosion of happiness from nowhere…all these statuses that make me count the hours on the day I won’t need FB anymore.

But one of the many subjects that I come across between the frantic feud of freelance models and photographers is, “WHEN will I receive photographs?” // “WHY do you make me wait?”, and all related variations of such inquiries proceed after the dot.

(I consistently press on the title Freelance, because well, we’re not modeling for Gucci now are we? Also. It is a completely different world from those who do model for Gucci. So onward with the over-use and abuse of Freelance) :

MODELS : Why don’t you…wait a little?
Why the pressure and annoyance on images that you’ve been paid for?
Even if you haven’t been paid, wait. 
Personally, I like to wait 3-4 weeks before I check in. 
If they have to show a sneak peak before you’ve even said a mere thank you, then you know you won’t have to worry with this type of character.
But with those that seem to drop off the face of the earth : well guess what? These people have lives. Whether you consider it a life or not. 
People fall in love, people do cocaine, people fall in love while doing cocaine and then their car gets towed. 
[You should expect this scenario 90x more when living in Los Angeles.]
So. Waiting. Is key.
If you’re a model that asks for photos the day after or even 5 days after, I feel very…sorry…for your expectations (and life in general). 
If you don’t have the patience, leave.

PHOTOGRAPHERS : Why don’t you try…honesty?
To the photographers who understand that they take longer than most and always apologize and in the end come through = this is not directed towards you. 
(Although, try from time to time to just a drop a line of reassurance.)

To the photographers who take forever and use every excuse in the book to not return any photos including the, “But I’m in my minds eye” excuse = this is for you.

If you don’t like the photos : say why you don’t like them.
Yes. Tell the model you shot with why you don’t want to use the photographs.
Shocking? Hardly my dear. 
If the model wants to see them anyway : then vent through MS Paint and write your mother’s name across the demo photo, show the model the photos and explain why you abhor the series you did. Well, I advise not using the word abhor. 
Just explain why it isn’t your style or taste.
If the model then starts to rave, pant, and go mad as if she were auditioning for the role of Ophelia in Hamlet…then…you have a right to disappear. 
But if she seems sad and actually would like to use at least one or two photos from the set, make her sign a release that promises she won’t credit you on any of the images. 
Eyes. See. Differently. 
And if you reallyreallyreally do NOT want any of the images used, express that clearly. 
It feels better to tell me you think I am an ugly duckling than disappear in the middle of my sentence. 
Get my drift? 

Here’s the major problem. Models do their job “quickly.”
They come to the shoot, hopefully decently, they provide wardrobe, hair and makeup, and anything else that you as the photographer may have requested.
They pose, they are directed by you here and there…and then they leave.
During that time of art stuff = you shot everything you needed to shoot.
You’re the one who decides what the images will look like. What you want to do…what you want to execute. Granted, that takes more time than modeling. 
I think this is why there is a short fuse and tension between the freelance model and photographer. You have to go through an array of images that you’ve captured and finally decide : THESE are the few that I want to keep and share. 
Some photographers have a completely different process. 
Some need a day or two away from the photos to then circle back, some do it the same day, some need a week, and some need to go to a bat mitzvah. 
Models. You need to understand, whether you like it or not, photographers need a bit more time than we do to “do what they gotta do.” 
But photographers need to understand, that we provide and expect that same respect in return by eventually being able to have the opportunity to share what we MUTUALLY created. 
When photographers perform the silent treatment, freelance models tend to tweak out a bit. They start contacting. They start circling around. 
But models, you only have the right to do that in an appropriate amount of time.
And never…be irritating.
And never…over contact.
And never…complain obsessively. 
And never…be irritating. Oh wait. I already said that.

Just like the idea of world peace is close to impossible as long as human curiosity exists, I can understand that the same rules apply towards the forever tensions between human beings concerning certain lines of work.
Like freelance models and photographers. 
But please…try to practice patience…try to just say “hey, I do like this” or “hey, I don’t like this because…” and so forth.

Try to fully understand everyones role at the end of the day. 
It’ll cause less headaches and less Facebook statuses.

Those are my two cents for the evening,
Rivi Madison

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