Making your presence felt wherever you go is most often a good thing, and getting paid for it … even better! However, there is that fine line where you actually want to make your presence felt, and then there are times where you’d rather just say, “No thank you.” I’ve been getting some weird work proposals of late. First, a random guy calls me saying that there was an opportunity for ‘pretty looking girls’ at a lavish Delhi wedding. “For what?” I asked, “To make an appearance,” he said, as if it were obvious. Getting a blank reaction, he added, “Budget is Rs. 70,000.”
Yes, people are more than willing to pay for the additional glamour at an event, parties and now even at IPL matches! Models ‘attending’ matches get paid around Rs. 15,000 to Rs 20,000 to add oomph to the stands and make for some good pictures for the shutterbugs. With a job description like that, it’s a total win-win situation! No wonder they cheer that much. Whether it’s at trade shows, car launches or racing championships, hot chicks are needed to add that touch of pizzazz. The racy pit girls also make a decent per day package, especially the exotic variety i.e. the Russian hotties that turn into belly dancers by night.
Last year, I agreed to be present at the launch of a furniture store in Hyderabad. All I had to do was wear a classy black dress, pose with the foreign delegates and add glamour to the event, as well as the sofas and beds. Looking back, it was quite a sidey thing to do, and it might not make it to my autobiography. But what the heck, I did take home a whopping pay cheque for flashing a few smiles.
Promoting an event or prancing around as a Red Bull girl is a pretty cool thing to do, especially for teenagers during their summer vacations. This stuff makes for some pretty hefty pocket money (Rs. 2,000 to Rs 5,000 per day).
Promotional modelling obviously has its pros with quick money in hand, relatively easy work and sometimes no work! This, however, has a flip side. These jobs get tiresome, monotonous, have odd working hours, need you to wear high heels, tacky costumes and get stared at by random men, which gets creepy.
I’m sure the shaadi (wedding) gig entails mingling around with the royal ‘stags’ and dancing with the drunken uncles. Can’t be too sure of one’s security, since it will be through an unknown source, and imagine the expectations, considering the budget of Rs 70,000! So it really depends on the trade-off between how much you are getting paid and how far you are willing to go to pocket a whole lot of money, for a little bit of nothing.