Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Brief Career as a Model

I’ve been fortunate to be able to come to Japan and experience so many new things.  Recently I had another new experience – a (paid) job as a model!

My Japanese teachers found me a job as a model for an art class in Sapporo – two mornings, two hours each. The class members wanted a non-Japanese model, so I fit the bill (no experience was necessary).   All I had to do was sit still, which was a little more difficult than I thought it would be.  The teacher of the class “arranged” me, sitting in a chair on a little platform with one hand on a small side table and my head looking to the left out the window. One of the students made a chalk outline of my feet so I could get back in the same place after the break.   The ten students were positioned in a little semicircle around me, so each person had a different view. Some people drew with pencil or charcoal, some painted with watercolor or oil.

I couldn’t understand much of what was said, but I did hear “gaijin” (foreigner) and “muzukashi” (difficult) a lot! There has been research in the criminal justice field about how difficult it is to identify a person of another race, so maybe the same kind of thing applies to drawing a person of another race. I really wanted to see what they drew and painted, but they didn’t offer to show me and I didn’t feel comfortable asking.

So, anyway, being a model wasn’t on my bucket list, but it was fun and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it. 

5 comments:

  1. What an interesting experience. 35 years ago when I lived in Hokkaido, foreigners were rare and often approached for advertisements. I was once dressed up for a cheese advertisement!

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  2. Being a very active person it must have been hard to sit still for a long time. I am sure the stutdents all enjoyed the challenge of capturing the 'gajin' on paper or canvas.

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  3. It is fun to try out new thing in life. Never try, never know. Experience is the matters.

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  4. I don't think I'd have been able to sit still for that long!!

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  5. Amazing opportunity - I'd have itches to scratch, I'd fidget…..kudos to you!
    xxx

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