AW models charter // Principles of working with models
30 October 2017; v1.0
abbywinters.com’s approach to working with models is ethical, inclusive and engaging. We work to make “human friendly porn” that our customers love watching and our models love making, in a safe and fun environment.
Note: As of July 2017, this is a new and heavily revised version of our Models Charter. It expected to be in “test mode” until January 2018, then will be adopted in full.
Expectations models can have when working with us
In a nutshell:
- We respect models and work with them to create adult content that is ethical and fun
- Models’ comfort is always our first priority
- We want models to feel empowered in their work with us
We commit to all models:
- We provide safe working conditions
- We present clear, truthful, and comprehensive information
- We are responsive and available
- We respect models’ privacy
- We never touch models
- We champion models
- We aggressively pursue piracy of our content
- We will discuss options for content removal
- We pay agreed fees and reimbursements promptly
We provide safe working conditions
The safety of people is our primary concern, even though we realise models themselves are not so concerned about this. We provide safe working conditions for models working with us. This has many facets, including:
We keep Models’ medical info accessible during shoots
Models appearing in shoots supply next-of-kin contact information, along with medication, illnesses and allergy info. Should we need to use this info (for example, to consult with a paramedic, or your family), we will never disclose the nature of the work.
We ensure models meet stringent STI testing standards
Models appearing in a shoot where body fluids are exchanged are required to be tested for the most serious and commonly contracted Sexually Transmitted Infections (from a list we provide). STI test results must be provided to the company in advance, as issued by a lab, and indicate all tests are negative (or, that the model carries antibodies indicating they have been immunised against that specific infection). Models who supply ambiguous test results will be required to seek clarification from their healthcare provider, before the shoot can proceed.
Models may not participate in shoots that involve body fluid exchange if they have tested positive to any of the tests. Those models are encouraged to seek treatment, be re-tested, and when clear, will be offered work again if other requirements are still met.
Before the shoot, each model is able to review the STI test results for their shoot-partners to satisfy themselves of their partners’ sexual health, and choose not to proceed if uncomfortable with the results. STI test results are considered valid for 30 days, after which the model must be re-tested.
The company will pay for, or reimburse the model for, STI tests when all of these conditions are met:
- The complete and unambiguous STI test results are provided, with test date and model name;
- The test results are provided by the date specified (as defined in the booking email) and;
- Upon presentation of a dated official receipt / Tax Invoice
We ensure models have meal breaks on shoots
For any shoot lasting longer than three hours, Shoot Producers will provide a reasonable cold meal, and 30 minutes to consume it. This is provided at the Company’s expense.
We reduce risks for shoot activities
Shoot Producers will never suggest unsafe activities on a shoot: safety always comes first.
In situations where the model has a unique skillset that involves some risk but would be ideal to capture for the scene, the Model and Shoot Producer will jointly satisfy each other that the model’s skills, the environment, the props, and set pieces meet the standards necessary to ensure the model’s safety. Together, the model and Shoot Producer will make a risk assessment of the location, and put risk-reduction strategies in place as necessary.
Models can choose if they want to participate in these special activities – they’ll be consulted before the shoot day – however, Shoot Producers have the final say on activities on the shoot, and may choose to direct the model to not perform certain activities the Shoot Producer deems too risky.
Such a directive will not mean the shoot is cancelled, and should all other requirements still be met, a complete shoot can still be made.
We ensure Shoot Producers are safe to work with
Before they start working with us, every Shoot Producer completes a “Police check”, so we’re aware of their criminal history. We refuse to work with people who have a criminal history of abuse or violence.
We provide extensive training to Shoot Producers, around 80 hours spread over six months, which includes extensive sections on working with models. We have a full-time Trainer who visits our Shoot Producers all over the world, and improves their shoot quality.
We call models after their shoots, and ask about their experience with their Shoot Producer, and after every shoot, models are invited to complete a survey about their experience working with us (we consistently get excellent assessments from all models), and are also invited to email any feedback they have to the Owner of the company.
We present clear, truthful, and comprehensive information
We provide information to models that is truthful and concise. When models have followup questions, we provide more detailed and comprehensive answers. Should the abbywinters.com worker not know the answer to the question, they will consult their colleagues and get back to the model with the full information promptly.
We openly describe the risks of working with us “head on”: getting nude on the internet means that people you know may see you nude. We recommend to prospective models that if being seen nude by people they know would be uncomfortable for them, they should not participate (we also suggest to models that they are adults, it’s their body and it’s their choice what to do with it!).
Prospective models participate in an informational process where they learn what they would have to do, what they would get paid, and how their material would be used. Later, a phone call with an expert allows Candidates to have their further questions answered concisely. We empower models to make their own decisions about shoots, based on their comfort level.
When a shoot is being booked, we provide detailed information as to the nature of the shoot (“Posing Level” and “Shoot Type”), and what that involves. Models can choose what shoots they want to do (but accept that if a shoot type offered does not meet their liking, we may not be able to offer alternatives, though we will always try to). Phone conversations around shoot booking are “backed up” with an email confirmation.
We provide information to models on how they can ensure the shoot works well (and increase the likelihood of being offered more work), for example, of the most suitable clothes and props to bring. Models also have the opportunity to discuss the shoot with the Shoot Producer before the shoot day.
Shoot Producers involve models throughout the shoot-making process, seeking ideas for poses, activities and conversational topics (but also, accept that some models prefer to be directed). However, as our Shoot Producers are trained experts, they know the most about what needs to be captured to satisfy the company’s customers. The shoot is about the model, showing their real personality, aiming to facilitate not just a sexual connection with customers, but an emotional one, too.
We provide models copies of all documents they sign (for example, Release, STI risk agreement) for their own records, and provide a confirmation of payments we have made, so models can account for their tax obligations. We comply with EU laws on taxation.
Shoot Producers and Model Liaisons tend to use anatomically correct names (instead of euphemisms or childish words) for body parts, because they’re more specific, and it’s professional to do so.
We are responsive and available
We’ll respond to most contact attempts within one business day, but workloads may mean that non-urgent messages are responded to in not more than five days.
We work with dozens of models every day, and there is pressure on Model Liaison staff to Make Shoots Happen. Despite that, we work hard to have meaningful conversations with every model we work with. Models will always be treated as a person (not just a prop to fill a slot in a calendar!). We commit to being warm, friendly, respectful and compassionate with all models. Even when models behave poorly, we work to be respectful and professional.
Our company was formed in October 2000, and while we work hard to ensure it will be around for many years in the future, the reality is companies can change hands or go out of business *not impressed face*. We commit to models that we will maintain the email@example.com email addresses for 3 years after the company’s last trading day, to ensure models’ questions can still be answered.
We respect models’ privacy
Even though our shoots are nude or sexual in nature, we acknowledge that models are due private time on a shoot day, for example to use the toilet. Shoot Producers respect models privacy, for example, by discussing their comfort shooting with curtains open, or shooting in a park where a dog walker or bike rider may see.
On a shoot location for a Solo shoot, there will only ever be the Shoot Producer (possibly their assistant) and the Model present for the shoot. On shoots with multiple models, there will likely be an additional camera person – this will be clarified during the shoot booking process. There will never be the location owner, flat-mate, gardener, or general onlooker on-set – even the Model’s boyfriend or Minder is not permitted to be on-set (though, he is welcome to meet the Shoot Producer beforehand).
Training people to succeed has always been a key part of our business. Occasionally, we make training shoots for new Shoot Producers; there’d be a Trainer and Shoot Producing students on set. Some models enjoy this interaction, but all Models are informed well ahead of time if this will occur on their shoot, and have the option to choose to not do a shoot like that if they wish. We simply offer a shoot that’s not training-related instead – no problem!
We never touch models
We are professional Shoot Producers, and we never touch models – of course not sexually, but also not even, for example, to adjust an item of clothing during a shoot. Instead, Shoot Producers will ask models to make adjustments, or offer that they use a mirror to fix it. If the model specifically invites the Shoot Producer to make such an adjustment they may, but a Shoot Producer will never initiate: it’s the Model’s choice.
There are some exceptions; an introductory handshake is certainly permissible, and at the end of a shoot, if the model initiates a hug, it’s fine to return it.
We find that when models know we stick to our No Touching rule, and see the other steps we take to make a “safe space”, they can express themselves more freely – instead of having to be on “high alert”.
We champion models
We believe that models are incredibly brave to be sharing such intimate parts of themselves with us and our customers, and we deeply respect them for this.
We respect models decisions, and that “no means no” (for example, regarding a specific activity during a shoot, or a shoot type at the planning stages), and we accept that sometimes, people change their mind. While that can be inconvenient for us, we work with models to reach an outcome that will ensure a quality shoot is made, and that the model is happy with the work.
We work to make shoot days a “two way street”: Shoot Producers work to create a collaborative atmosphere where creativity will flourish. One technique for this is our series of physical, vocal and ‘emotional’ warmups at the start of a shoot day.
Model Liaisons and Shoot Producers work to consider things from the model’s perspective, and celebrate that everyone is different. For example, what makes one model uncomfortable, another might enjoy. These small differences are the essence of the success of our product, and part of what customers find unique and exciting about our material.
We aggressively pursue piracy of our content
Inevitably digital content is pirated and distributed illegally online. This problem is not unique to the adult industry – it affects movies, music, TV, books – any media that can be digitised can be more-easily pirated, and often is.
We work closely with a team of piracy “take down” experts who remove thousands illegally-hosted items every month. Models can report material they see online, and see it be removed in two to seven days. However, due to local laws some piracy sites cannot be taken down, so content removal can never be guaranteed.
We will discuss options for content removal
All first-time models with us have a five-day “cooling off” period from their first shoot, where they may choose to change their mind, return their shoot fee, and we will destroy the media captured on the shoot day.
Deciding to pose nude on the internet is a big decision, and we understand that later in life some models will change their mind. Once a shoot is released, it’s impossible to “put the genie back in the bottle” completely, but there are some steps we may be able to take to reduce the accessibility of a material after it’s release. However, these steps are not able to be comprehensive and conclusive.
There is a difficult, complicated and time-consuming process to assess if this is even possible in each case, and it may require the model returning some or all of the costs involved in the production of the shoot (pre-production, Shoot Producer, modelling, and post production fees).
For these reasons, we recommend models deeply consider making a commitment that’s difficult to go back on (and in some ways, simply cannot be undone).
We pay agreed fees and reimbursements promptly
Short and simple:
We pay models the agreed rate (and agreed reimbursements), promptly and in-full.
Note however, this may be delayed if a model provides incorrect bank details for themselves!
Expectations we have when working with models
Here’s how we expect models to behave when working with our Model Liaisons and Contract Shoot Producers.
- You let us know if you’re no longer interested
- You respond to communication attempts promptly
- You communicate honestly about your “grooming”
- You inform us about changes in your appearance
- You are on time, or make contact if running late
- You bring agreed items to shoot
- You are not affected by drugs or alcohol on shoot days
- You are committed to making an excellent shoot
- You turn up ready to work
In a nutshell, we expect models to behave professionally (even if they are not professional models).
You let us know if you’re no longer interested
If you’re no longer interested in working with us it’s no problem. Our feelings will not be hurt, and we will never try to change your mind.
Just let us know, so we do not waste our time and yours by sending messages you don’t want. If you wish to provide feedback regarding your reasons, we’d like to hear them.
You respond to communication attempts promptly
When we make a contact attempt to you, it’s incredibly helpful if you can respond promptly.
Our Model Liaison team works hard to offer models and Shoot Producers as much work as they want, and managing a worldwide schedule for dozens of people in many timezones is complicated! Prompt responses help us schedule shoots, and that ensures models will be offered as much work as possible.
We do ask for more correspondence than some of our competitors, but this is how we ensure your shoot day will go off without a hitch. We appreciate that you have a busy life with many commitments, but a quick email to let us know your status is most helpful.
You communicate honestly about your “grooming”
We’re very attentive to your “grooming”: acne, bites, cuts, scratches, bruises, in-grown hairs, and similar. We all get them, nothing to be ashamed of! But, any of these can cause us to reschedule a shoot, because we never use makeup or Photoshop to cover them (our customers really like this about us).
In the lead-up to your shoot, we’ll regularly ask you for grooming images of your face and body so we can see and discuss remedies for any grooming problems. Some camera apps on your smartphone can add filters that automatically remove blemishes (sometimes called “beauty mode”). While that might be nice for Snapgram and Facetube, it provides us with a misleading impression of your real grooming.
Images you supply us of you must be un-filtered, well-lit and clearly show the area of interest, so we can make a decision.
We want to make shoots with you, and you want to make shoots with us, and if there is a grooming problem, we’ll work with you to fix it, and reschedule the shoot to when it’s (likely to be) fixed. Maybe that’s one or two days, or a few weeks? We still want to work with you!
You inform us about changes to your appearance
You’re working with us as a model. That means, how you look matters.
We’re able to stay in business largely because of the models we select to work with (only around 10% of applicants are accepted). If the way you look changes significantly (from the images we last saw of you, to how you would appear on your next shoot), that shoot may need to be re-scheduled – or, even cancelled.
Some examples of things we need to know about include:
- Removing your pubic hair
- Dying your head-hair a significantly different colour
- Getting a “pixie cut” hairstyle (or similar, short hairstyle), after having longer hair
- Shaving your head
- Micro-blading your eyebrows
- Getting new piercings
- Getting new tattoos
- Getting fake nails more than 1.2cm / half an inch
- Getting hair extensions
- Changing your gender
- Getting breast enlargements
- Getting liposuction, or similar
Send us clear pictures, so we can discuss it – it may not be an issue at all!
You are on time, or make contact if running late
We expect models to be on time for agreed appointments. But we know that sometimes unavoidable things can happen, so we expect models to contact their Shoot Producer if running late for a shoot (or Model Liaison if running late for any other appointment).
Of course, they will do the same for you.
You bring agreed items to shoot
Before the shoot, we communicate with you about the clothes, STI test results, ID and props to bring to the shoot. If you fail to bring any of these, it may be that the shoot cannot occur on that day. That causes inconvenience for you and the Shoot Producer.
The shoot will be rescheduled to another day, but it may be weeks or months in the future. :(
You are not affected by drugs or alcohol on shoot days
We want you looking, moving and talking your best on the shoot day, and you’ll be signing documents that are legally binding. Plus, safety risks! Using drugs or alcohol on other days is up to you, but neither are appropriate on the shoot day itself.
If you are found to be using (or, affected by) drugs or alcohol, the Shoot Producer will cancel the shoot, and you may not be offered a replacement.
You are committed to making an excellent shoot
Shoot Producers are talented professionals, but the best shoots are made with teamwork, the Shoot Producer and the model together make a truly excellent shoot. Ask the Shoot Producer questions to learn how the shoot could be improved. Models who act “too cool for school” or are disengaged will simply not be offered more work.
The time for checking phones for messages is during designated shoot breaks. Apart from that, Model’s phones are off (not just on silent)! Being “present” and focussed on the work you’re being paid for shows respect to the Shoot Producer and other models working on set.
You are professional and friendly with other models on-set
On shoots with several models, models are expected to be warm and friendly to their modelling partners. Use downtime on-set to get to know your fellow models so when it’s go-time, the shoot will be better. The more engaged the models, the better shoot and the more work there is for everyone!
Some models choose to maintain a presence on social networks to promote their adult modelling career. A common and useful practice to keep their fans engaged is to post images from the set of shoots they are participating in. However, in a two-model shoot, the other model may not be comfortable being presented in that context. Always ask for permission, explain the context, and accept that no means no.
You turn up ready to work
We’ve spent time and money organising this shoot, and the Shoot Producer is ready to make magical imagery of you. We all have bad days (argument with your lover, hung-over, grandma sick, money worries, etc), but we prefer you to cancel the shoot day, then come and half-ass it. We expect you to arrive having had a full night’s sleep, and looking your best.
We know that our shoots are at their best when you arrive well-rested, prepared, and embrace the shooting process, and participate in it. We expect you to spend some time grooming yourself so you feel pretty and sexy.
While the Shoot Producer has the “big picture” plan (what our customers want), there are many small things, ideas from you as a model that are very helpful. In any collaboration, there will be ideas that don’t work, and that’s ok – our editors will remove those bits.
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Got questions? Comments? Queries? Suggestions? Complaints? Email the Owner directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.