One might be surprised to find that when it comes to submitting work to art shows I’m horribly bad about procrastinating until it’s too late. Okay, so maybe you’re not all that surprised. The challenge is that calls for submission are typically made anywhere from three to six months in advance of the deadline to give artists plenty of time to create something specifically for that show. That timeline is appropriate.
However, what ultimately ends up happening is that I put the submission in my “address later” mental pile (there’s no actual pile) and totally forget about it until I start getting email notices that the deadline is only a week away, at which point it’s too late to do anything substantive.
I am hoping to get a jump on the game for 2019, especially in the area of erotic art, a genre that I’ve all but ignored the past few years. Over that period of time, some major shows have ended while others have gotten considerably stronger. Competition is strong as only a limited number of places are available. Work has to not only be of high quality but the subject matter has to be wholly unique, sometimes to the point of being shocking, to be included.
A Very Specific Casting
This isn’t just another nude project. What we need is fairly specific in order to achieve desired results. Pay attention and see how many of these qualifications you meet before applying:
- You must be female. We need two. Sorry, guys, not this year.
- You must be at least 18 years old. This should be a bit of a “duh” requirement. I’m not putting a top end on this, though. If you’re 50 and still meet the other requirements we can talk.
- Models need to be physically fit and athletically toned.
- Few, if any, tattoos should be visible. Our reason here is that the nature of the images is such that one may wish to remain anonymous. While ink is very cool and artistic, it also makes it easy to identify someone. We can digitally remove small pieces, but that large, unique, beautiful work on your stomach, thigh, or back won’t work.
- Models should not have any obvious skin allergies to products such as liquid latex, body makeup, or adhesives. While I’ve not chosen specific materials yet, we need to keep our options open.
- Vaginal and/or anal penetration might be necessary. Again, I’ve not decided on specific concepts but I need my options open.
- Intimate contact between models may be necessary. If touching another woman, or being touched, doesn’t work for you, then please don’t apply. We’ll catch you on a different project.
A Bit More Detail
Because this is such a very specific casting, there are a few more things one should know before applying.
- We’re going to be very specific about what we’re shooting. We want to avoid any surprises on either side of the camera. There’s no “winging it” on something this critical.
- We may ask to test any materials applied to the skin. Even though you think you’re not allergic, everyone’s skin responds differently to different types of makeup and adhesives. We want to keep everyone safe and patch tests are the best way to do that.
- Most photos will be anonymous. What I’m picturing in my head does not involve framing that doesn’t leave room for plausible deniability. However, I am aware of at least one exhibition that specifically prohibits anonymous work.
- You’re going to have to be patient. Not only am I going to take my time processing these images, they will not be posted online until we are finished with submissions. It could be this time next year before you see the results unless you attend a specific showing.
- Copies will be provided to models after the spring art show season has passed.
- Oh, you shouldn’t be allergic to cats. This isn’t something we can shoot outdoors.
For Anyone Still Reading
My guess is that all this talk has eliminated 98% of those initially interested. Obviously, we’re being pickier in our model selection than usual. If you’ve made it this far, however, you likely want to know how to express your interest. Here are your options:
- Contact us here. This is likely the most reliable method.
- Contact us on Facebook. We usually see messages within a few hours.
- Contact us on Instagram. We can only reply with short messages, but it works.
That should be everything you need to know for now. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!