Archive for Phoenix Chapman

Shamefaced Apology

Posted in Love & War, SecondLife® with tags , , on November 25, 2008 by Catero

This is not the usual Rev post where I bitch and rant about something that “grinds my gears” in a Peter Griffin-esque fashion. Instead, its an apology to my former partner, Phoenix Chapman, who has summarily blocked/deleted me from every imaginable communications tool and has asked that I never contact her again.

As a flawed individual I fuck up regularly. And I royally fucked up and really hurt her feelings, and for that I truly am sorry. Sometimes one is aware of, but doesn’t fully realize what the consequences of one’s actions will be until the line is crossed and the impact of the fall-out is experienced first hand.

I keep re-reading the last message she sent me, seeing myself through her eyes and realizing what complete asshole I am.

For all it’s worth I apologize, Phoe.

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Soundtrack to sadness


The SL® “Modeling School” Scam

Posted in Modeling in SL®, SecondLife®, SL® Fashion with tags , , , , on September 13, 2008 by Phoenix

I see it all the time: a girl who is desperate to become a model and her profile is chock-full of information on how to hire her. She’s in every model-wannabe group she can find and has room to display, though she’s not a member of any real agencies, but of course there are so many now it’s hard to figure out which ones are real and which ones are fakes. She has possibly done a couple of minor jobs, mostly for friends or friends of friends, but she is still not as successful as she feels she should be. So what does she do?

She’s already spent thousands on her shape, skin, hair, clothes, accessories and poses. But so far it hasn’t made much of a difference, because everyone else in her position has too. So perhaps it’s time to take a look at the “big-name” modeling schools and invest 6-10K on a modeling course? After all, if they are asking for so much money, it must be worth it, right?

Wrong. I have worked for two different modeling agencies, including the one I now co-own with my partner, and I have never once asked, or thought it necessary to ask, a model if they went to school and studied to become a model. Because it makes no difference. If I am interested in someone, I can teach them what they need to know in 30 minutes, and the rest is stuff that is picked up over time and refined with practice.

School is not necessary to learn how to stand, walk, pose, use a HUD, learn tricks to reduce lag, learn how to create outfit folders, etc.  It’s a ridiculous waste of money to pay for this, and the “schools” that are doing so are only doing it because there is no money in putting on shows.  They are only looking to make a profit, which in and of itself is not a bad thing, *if* they were offering a truly legitimate service.

And don’t even get me started on those schools who harass designers for gifts and sponsorship for their “graduation ceremonies”.  That’s an entirely different rant.