I have been receiving a lot of enquiries, complaints or just 'Good Healthy Whingeing' from many models recently centred around: "How do I get rid of all the time wasters, wankers, and clueless wannabe photographers who want me to not only model for them, but to supply the MUA and the ideas for the shoot?" "Then after everything is planned, they spend weeks in conversation with me, before they will decide on a date for the shoot, and then another three weeks or so changing the date several times"
There is one, simple but sure fire answer! Value your own worth, value your time, and value your skills.
Charge for your modelling! Even if it is only $10 an hour, (ridiculously low for any model wanting to appear "professional") you will instantly reduce the time wasters contacting you by 90% or more, leaving only the photographers who value your input as a model...yes, instantly!
You will also no longer be wasting your time having endless and pointless private messages at all times of the day or night, or emails from those who have no intention of ever shooting with you, or simply want to "chat with a model".
It works both ways though! If no-one contacts you offering paid work, maybe it is actually time to re-evaluate whether you really are model material, or simply cheap camera fodder for desperate clueless wannabes