Friday, July 16, 2010
Nothing is ever as glamorous as it appears to be from the outside. That doesn't stop almost all of us from endlessly coveting other people's lives, but it's a senseless enterprise. Modelling is a prime example. What could be better than being young, beautiful and at all the best parties? Lots, apparently. Every model I know complains constantly about the money, the travel, the separation from family and friends, the anxiety that stems from never knowing if you're going to book a job. Tiger is a film about two models who fall in love in Tokyo. It follows their relationship as they go about their daily lives – the castings, the jobs, the cramped shared living arrangements and the parties. They both want out. "I just have to do this for a little bit longer," is a statement repeated throughout the trailer.
If I had a dollar for every time I've heard a model say they want to quit the business, I'd be a hundredaire. And it hasn't just been the unknowns. One of my first major backstage experiences was at the Chanel Haute Couture show in June last year where I overheard a very well known top model telling a friend, "I just don't think I can keep going." Nevertheless, she was seen on the catwalk again this season.
For girls and boys in their late teens and early twenties, the allure of all those things mentioned above – the fame, the parties, the money seems to be too much for them to be able to give it up. That must be why you see so many burnt out, turning to drugs, unhappy and suffering from depression. But it's like anything else, once you're out you look back with no regrets.
I haven't yet seen Tiger but I think it might put the realities of the industry into better perspective for a lot of people. You can order it on DVD here.
(Seen first on Bryan Boy.)
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