With great relief and sadness, I report that I have accepted a new full-time IT position and that I will start my new job on March 13th. I am relieved that our family income will now be restored to 2012 levels, meaning that we can continue paying the mortgage, car payment, etc. I am sad because my availability to model will be drastically cut from what it has been these past two months.
Since the semester started in mid-January, I have had a wonderful time modeling fifteen to twenty hours per week at several different schools. Instead of getting up and going to a job that I felt like I had to go to, I got to go to a job that I loved. Every modeling gig I had, I went with the attitude that I was privileged to be there and that I was going to give those students or those artists the best session that any model could ever give. I was having so much fun that I was beginning to look at home-based businesses and work-from-home opportunities just to keep my days open to model while still bringing in enough money to live on. But alas, nothing I saw started out paying as much as a full time information technology position would, and I need the income now. In the current economy, I feel fortunate to have gotten a new job after only two months off.
I did push my start date back a couple of weeks to accommodate all the model bookings I had. Yesterday, I had to cancel my only long-range bookings (four dates in April at Mountain View College), and doing so nearly broke my heart. I hate having to cancel any model booking. Counting the two classes I did yesterday (at two different schools), I will have 19 hours of modeling this week. I also have a Tuesday morning session at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center next week, the day before I start my new job.
I will still model evenings and weekends, but most of the soliciting I've done for the current semester has been for weekday classes. I don't have much going on in the evenings this spring, so I may not get to model much for a little while after I start my new job. But I will definitely keep modeling for whatever sessions I can get; I plan on doing it until I get so old and decrepit that I can no longer hold a pose...