Ah yes, ridiculous email addresses. There is nothing more irritating than searching through your emails for a recent enquiry under the actual name of the person who sent it with not a chance of EVER finding it. But why? Surely searching for the actual HUMAN NAME OF A PERSON would be the most sensible way of quickly tracing a mail right? You are quite likely to find an email quickly that way aren’t you? Yes you are. And let’s face it, most busy working professionals may have the systems in place to file mails in an ‘easy to find again’ manner, but rarely do they have the time.
So, a model booker is sitting at at their work station with far too many things to do for the length of day given, and needs to instantly find an email a potential model sent them last week. But this is NOT going to happen if your email address is called something like, let’s say, “Pwiddyicklefing@ridiculous.com”
HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO FIND IT THEN PWIDDY.ICKLE.FING?End result… potential model signing = NO model signing.
So, “firstname.lastname@example.org”, what makes you think you would be suitable for the role advertised? I guess it would depend on the business, what role it was advertising etc. But for the world of modelling at a high level? Not a chance!
Seriously though, the modelling industry is a BUSINESS just like any other. Would you apply for any other job under the heading of “I’email@example.com”? Just because the modelling industry has a great deal of young people in it, looks like fun and is deemed as glamorous, does not mean that you are dealing with your friends at the end of an email. You are more likely to be communicating with a much older person, a professional, and someone who has the power to sign or NOT sign you. And one who will take one look at your ridiculous email address and either, dash to the bathroom as a response to their utter disgust, and / or delete it spontaneously.
Oh and incidentally, those who are in the business will know that the above statement ‘looks like fun…’ has a strong emphasis on the ‘looks like’. It can be fun of course, but it is hard work, requires dedication, commitment and self discipline to succeed. That and a huge number of other variables more appropriate for another blog at a later date.
So be professional. Keep your ‘ridiculous’ email address for personal use (if you must). But set up a professional email address, preferably using your ACTUAL name.
To be honest there aren’t even a great deal of your friends who will find your ridiculous email amusing either. Do yourself a favour and get rid!