Would you hire someone to represent your business if you knew they had a background as a nude model?
Maybe you would. [Have I told you today how awesome you are?]
And maybe you wouldn’t. It’s cool — I understand some people are put off by the idea.
Not my clients, though. Some of them are amused that I once posed naked halfway up a tree, or perching in a giant birdcage.
I used my background as a pin-up model and burlesque dancer to win one of my first writing gigs, with an upmarket lingerie retailer who was impressed by my knowledge of garter belts and stocking seams.
The client checked out my modelling portfolio to confirm my expertise, and the photos in which I wore nothing but retro stockings and a garter belt sealed the deal. They were pleased to have a hosiery-obsessed pin-up write articles for their website, and I was proud to work with them.
Being a photographic model was fun and paid well, but writing has become even more profitable for me. Here’s why. [Read more…]