In uncertain times it helps to have a little bit of clarity. Our priority at Models Direct, the UK’s top modelling agency, is good health and wellbeing – yours, our colleagues and clients.
As a prospective or existing model, you might be wondering if work is still going ahead as normal (it certainly is) and what safety measures our clients have in line with the latest guidance from the Government. We want our modelling talent to know that we recognise the importance of personal protection and safe environments now more than ever.
Here’s a quick guide to help you be in the know about the active measures our clients are taking for COVID safety on modelling shoots, photoshoots and filming sets:
Regular hand-washing & hand sanitising
Clients will have hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser available. They will encourage you to use hand sanitiser before you start the job and at the end. You may need to reapply in between as and when necessary.
Regular cleaning & disinfecting surfaces
Clients are regularly cleaning their surfaces, tools and equipment, especially those that are frequently touched to combat the risk of infection. If toilets are available on-site, they will be frequently cleaned taking special care of all areas that are regularly touched. Disposable equipment will be provided such as fabric towels and wipes to reduce the chance of infection transferring from hands to hands.
When indoors or where required by law, especially when you will be in contact with people you normally don’t meet, face coverings will be worn. It won’t just be you though – make-up artists, photographers, videographers, people on set and behind the scenes will all be adhering to the face mask rule too, especially in enclosed spaces.
Everyone you will be working with will be abiding by the 2-metre rule and where this is not possible 1 metre with a face covering. Clients are using signs to help identify how far apart everyone should be as an extra measure and posters to raise awareness about good handwashing techniques and the need to frequently handwash, to avoid touching your face; and to cough or sneeze into a tissue, which should be binned safely, or into your arm, if a tissue is not available
Make-up artists and hairstylists will need to be closer than 2-metres to get you camera-ready and will ensure to wear a face covering, wash or sanitise their hands and use sanitised make-up and tools.
If indoors is the setting for a modelling assignment, clients will make sure that the area is well ventilated. Doors and windows will be kept open where possible to help the airflow and decrease the chances of infection.
(Defined as a group of people with whom you have close physical contact) are being booked for jobs. This means couples, families and people who are in support bubbles are being booked for shoots that call for more than one model.
Assignments are structured where models have a very strict schedule. Models will have a time slot for beauty preparations and production so that they don’t coincide with other models’ slots.
NHS Test and Trace
Clients are on board with the NHS Test and Trace service. Your details will be recorded, and should you come into contact with someone who is displaying symptoms you will need to isolate.
Our clients have been continually putting in measures to ensure that everyone is safe and that modelling work can continue despite the uncertainty of the pandemic. One thing for sure is, they have everyone’s health at the heart of everything they do.
If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with the Models Direct team committed to working hard for you.