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Will Tampa Bay Dancer be the next Tampa Bay Modeling?
By C. A. Passinault
The following is an article about the next big thing, Tampa Bay Dancer, and includes a deeply personal story about an experience which would later inspire the creation of the Tampa Bay Dancer career resource site for professional dancers in the Tampa Bay market.

Will Tampa Bay Dancer be the next Tampa Bay Modeling?
Article Index

01. Dancers are the new model
02. The mis perception of dancing in Tampa Bay
03. The dancer in my soul, and the tragedy which became an inspiration for Tampa Bay Dancer
04. She wanted to be a part of my career, as well as the princess in my life
05. Fallen Angel - Accepting what was not to be as a dancer loses her dream
06. A hot modeling shoot, and the beginning of the end of us
07. Compromise - Believing what you want to as my ex asks me to DJ her wedding! Also, why I came to hate con artists and scams.
08. Tampa Bay Dancer - How the past inspires the future

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The mis perception of dancing in Tampa Bay

There are other reasons, too. One of my older skillsets is DJ’ing, and an even older skillset is event planning, two things that I have gotten away from in the past decade because of photography, modeling work, and developing web sites. Next year, with my photography business stronger than ever, I will be working on my event planning company, Eventi Events, and my stage production company, Eventi Stage. These companies will become my core companies, as originally intended back when this all began in 1990, and will further enhance, and support, what I’m doing now.
This is why I will be investing a lot of support resources into professional dancing and the image of being a dancer in the Tampa Bay market. When I produce an event or production, I will need models who can do a lot more than just stand around and be a promotional model. I need models who are also skilled in the performing arts, and models who can keep up with me professionally. Promotional models, sadly, are a dime a dozen, being the low end of the modeling industry (promotional models only make like $15.00 an hour or $60.00 for working a four hour job, anyone can do it, you really don’t need a portfolio or composite cards to book such jobs, and, if that’s the kind of work that a model wants to do, it’s not really cost-effective to invest in a portfolio or composite cards. Most promotional modeling jobs really just require a body to fill a slot. More specialized, skilled promotional-type, or event marketing, modeling jobs, such as trade show modeling and convention modeling, pay more, but they are harder to book, and those would require a portfolio and composite cards because competition for those jobs is much, much tougher) , and I’m here to say that being a model, especially an effective independent model, is much more today that the cliched stereotype of just having a “pretty face”. You have to be smart and adaptable. You also have to believe in what we are doing, and you have to have true integrity. On a side note, attractive women are also a dime a dozen, and there has to be something more. If someone is attractive, and they define their entire lives on being attractive, they are headed for some serious problems when the “common perception of what being attractive is” changes for them. Physical appearance is never permanent, and the models who throw all of their proverbial eggs in that shaky, changing basket will not last long in any industry. Define yourself, and your career, by things which are more concrete; qualities which you have direct control over, and which you can grow in. Your career, and your life, will be much richer, and more interesting, because of it.
This is why I always tell models to educate themselves. It will empower them in their professional and personal lives, and it will define who they are as they age. Although many models can transition into other types of modeling, such as lifestyle modeling, a modeling career is something which is perishable, and has a limited shelf life, in most cases.
A big pet peeve of mine is ignorance and the mis perception which is caused by it. I know about the issues which can be caused by it because, I, too, and often misunderstood by ignorant people who make assumptions about things which they do not understand, and don’t even try to find out the facts, therefor selling themselves short; missing opportunities (those who talk to me and get to know me, on the other hand, usually like me and want to deal with me. They understand that I’m the real deal, and that I don’t even have to try. I am what I am. Those who are fakes, on the other hand, often have to try too hard, and that’s the best way to spot them). Then you have cliques in industries which try to attack the credibility of perceived competition through slander and attempts at intimidation; I, too, have experienced this, and slander is the new discrimination (the perpetual war that I am in with a few Tampa filmmakers is a result of this happening to me, initiated by a small group of unprofessional idiots, and starting through absolutely no fault of my own. I did not start anything, and tried to get along with these people; I actually thought that I WAS getting along with them for the first couple of years, even when witnessing them spread rumors about people, make them scapegoats for their shortcomings, and run them off. I helped filmmakers out and politely kept my opinions to myself, and was repaid with slander and rumors being spread about me. I also caught them stealing concepts from my web sites, as well as stealing credit for things such as referring actors to films. Really having nothing to lose at that point, I stood up for myself and made them accountable for their slander and unprofessional misconduct. The controversy continues; See Tampa Bay Film and my Tampa Film Blog for more). Regarding simple ignorant mis perceptions, take being a dancer in Tampa Bay, for example. Today, if you were to tell someone that you are dancer in the Tampa Bay area, what image comes to their mind? Well, one of the missions of Tampa Bay Dancer is to help change that misconception, and get what being a dancer means in the Tampa Bay area back on track. I’m sure that dancers who work in high-risk dancing professions will not be happy with the new site, and that’s fine with me. You see, “Dancer” means “Dancer”, as in professional dancer. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, ballroom, choreography, hip hop..... to me, and to other professionals, that’s what being a dancer is, and that’s as it should be.

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PUBLISHED 05/03/11

UPDATED 05/03/11

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