As a shoot organiser, there are many pros and cons to the job.
I get satisfaction from participants who are happy with the shoot and go home from the shoot smiling and then joining again for my next shoot.
The downside to it? I feel stressed and worried Every Single Day of the Week.
Now that i just restart my organising status after resting for only 2 months, i already remembered why i quitted in the first place.
Within ONE week, i received THREE models who backout.
And all 3 are high-profile popular models (who are usually the ones bringing in the participants).
When they backout, it affects the shoot greatly, and i have trouble finding a model of the same calibre and rates. Even then, number of photographers who withdraw due to the model who backed out, usually makes me really sad. A shoot can have 10 participants, and then shrink to 2 within a night.
Not only that, i feel super paisei to keep changing models for the shoots! Also, my reputation would be affected and people would think twice before supporting my shoots.
i would be very pissed about the broken promise, but i can't bring myself to fully blame some of the models. Although some give very stupid excuses, some give genuine excuses like "family is bringing her for holiday" - which i cant do anything about it. Sometimes even models with a clean history would back out on me last minute because of some circumstances i can't control. Am i suay or what?
Well, at least the models backed out earlier.
But i have nightmares all the time about models backing out really last minute. Like after i booked the hotel room, or just 10 hours before the shoot. (yes, all that happened to me more than once before). What if the model is genuinely sick?
What if 3 models hired for the shoot, one says sick, another one says sore eye, i can't possibly replace all 2 out of 3 models and present a completely different shoot as advertised right?
What do i do when that happens? I really want to know what other organisers do about such situation.
I understand that sometimes photographers join for a particular model, and if that model is missing on day of shoot, they would be very unpleased, even if i get a prettier model to replace - Because they had already set their mind to shoot that former model.
Any suggestions how i can stop all this?
I thought of doing a "if you back out after agreeing you have to pay the damages" system but that would discourage models from doing my shoots.
I also thought of starting a "my blacklisted models" thread. But then that would be quite unfair to models with genuine problems.
You see, im trying my best but i keep receiving such problems that i can't control. Sigh.