"You should only claim things as your profession that cover a good
majority (80%+) of your bills. If what you claim as your profession doesn't cover that 80% it is NOT your career it is a side hustle or aspiring profession."
Every girl who has over a B cup titty or a large ass is now claiming she is a video vixen. Every skinny girl who has taken an artistic black and white picture claims she is a high fashion model.
NEWS FLASH: Posing in a pair of lace boy shorts from Victoria Secrets with baby oil all over you does not make you a model.
NEWS FLASH: Modeling in your home girls boutique launch does not make you a high fashion model.
Ask yourself the following questions: Do you have an agent? Do you get your hair and make up paid for and done professionally for each of your "jobs"? Do you have a portfolio? Is your only claim to fame being featured on a party flyer? Do you get paid to model? Does it cover your bills monthly? Have you been a part of fashion week or at least any semi major ad campaign (Bronner Brothers hair show does NOT count)? Are you 5'8" or taller? You said you are getting your career started and you are 35?
If you answered no to most of those questions you are NOT a model. Sorry ladies.
Everyone who has put together an outfit on a mannequin in your local American Apparel is now a fashion stylist.
NEWSFLASH: Just because you styled your home girl for her photo shoot does NOT make you a fashion stylist.
Ask yourself the following questions: Have you had any celebrity clientele? Do you have great relationships with various boutiques and retail chains that allow you to borrower their merchandise? Does styling pay your bills month to month? Do you have a business card? Do you have a website?
If you answered no to most of those questions...guess what...you are NOT a stylist.
Everyone who has used fruity loops is now claiming they are a producer.
NEWSFLASH: Just because you made a beat on fruity loops for your homeboy who is an up and coming artist who uses empty egg cartons to pad the walls of his mother's basement does NOT mean you are a producer.
Ask yourself the following questions: What type of equipment do you use? Where is your studio? Who have you made tracks for? Do people pay for these tracks? Does producing beats supplement a good majority of your income? Are you registered with BMI or ASCAP? Do you get invited to award shows? Did you copyright any of your beats/songs?
If you answered no to most of those questions guess what...you are NOT a producer and are probably just one step above the high school boy who makes beats on his tray at lunch in the cafeteria.
NEWSFLASH: Just because you threw a cocktail hour event at a spot NO ONE has ever heard of one time and 20 people showed up does NOT make you a promoter. Just because you have a guest list or pass out "free before 10" cards does NOT mean you are a promoter.
Ask yourself the following questions: Does the owner of the club know you? Do you have a bar guarantee? Do you get a portion of bar sales? Do you have to count money when the club closes? Do you have a standing contract with a club? Do you have the pull to let anyone in at whatever time? Do you have a bar tab? Does promoting cover a good chunk of your bills?
If you answered no to a few of the above questions it's safe to say that you are NOT a promoter...matter of fact you may just be the guy who passes out flyers aka "The Help"
NEWSFLASH: Just because you played a few itunes playlist at a house party does NOT make you a DJ.
If you answered no the most of the above then it's safe to assume you are NOT a DJ but just a person who has a lot of music on your ipod and everyone can appreciate that at a house party.
Everyone knows they are a dancer because they have been featured for 5 seconds in someone's video...we are not talking about strippers when we say dancer
NEWSFLASH: Just because you took ballet and tap for 4 years when you were in elementary school, know all the latest dance crazes, you danced on stage behind your homeboy Lil' Doug when he made his rap debut at a lounge, and can shake your ass like the women in the "Walmart Bounce" youtube video does NOT make you a dancer.
Ask yourself the following questions: Do you choreograph things? Have you ever been part of a professional dance team? Do you get paid to dance? Have you danced a choreographed routine in a music video? Do you have any type of professional training?
If you answered no to most of the above it's safe to say you are NOT a dancer but just someone who can dance really well and likes to get in a dance battle at a club every once in awhile.
If you answered no to most of the following it's safe to say you should beef it up, hit some casting calls, and try to get made.
Can you think of any other professions EVERYONE is claiming?