Today’s guest writer is Tinu Menachery, a model (yup, that’s her photo) and a content writer. She’s comes from a world that most readers of the MBA Crystal Ball blog (chasing typical MBA jobs and careers like consulting and investment banking) will probably never experience. And that’s exactly the reason why we requested Tinu to try and get at least a few folks interested in a career in the glamour world.
These ‘jobs’ (almost sounds demeaning to use that word in this industry) can earn you big bucks (monthly salaries are so passé). Plus life indeed can be one big party, rather than something you’d save for alternate weekends when your boss doesn’t overload you with official work.
Tinu started her modeling career with Gladrags in 2008 (‘reached the top 15 without falling off the stage‘ she adds) and was 2nd runner up of Navy Queen (2009). She has worked for top brands (Levis, Pepe, Ginger, Lifestyle) and walked the ramp for top designers (Wendell Rodricks, Troy Costa, Sanjana Jon…) with models like Alesia Raut, Noyonika Chatterjeee, Zulfi Syed and Kangana Ranaut. Recently you might’ve seen her in the Kingfisher calendar hunt (2010).
High paying Non MBA jobs in the glamour world
“Beta, degree ke baad kya plan hai?” … is well, a common question in most Indian Households, and pat comes the reply of the ‘intelligent guy/girl‘ – MBA (if this was a movie, there would definitely have been a background score).
Don’t get me wrong here, am not opposed to anyone who wants to pursue a higher education, an MBA for starters. It’s just that most of the universities churn out zillions of MBAs, where do they all go??? Does everyone get ‘suitably placed‘; if that was the case we would not have most of the ‘new writer on the block’ syndrome, MBA se pet nahi bhara, chalo lets write something about it.
So what prompted me to write this post, actually hua aise… To cut the long story short, I bumped into Sameer Kamat (the guy behind – ‘Beyond The MBA Hype‘, yes the same), got talking and this materialized.
We still believe in clichéd vocations and there are only a handful of them who venture out, and make their passions as their sources of Income, don’t believe me ?? I’ll give you an enviable list of vocations :
Photography: I’m not talking about “smile pleezzz sir”, or “madamji ek photo” photographers . Am talking about Fashion Photographers, Wedding photographers, Wildlife photographers, Print-ad photographers, you name it, they have it.. Lets dissect this little list here again :
Fashion Photographers: Advantages, apart from making loads of money, free entry in parties, booze, hot models, convenient working hours etc. Quite an awesome advantage huh?? Well, their passion gets them the moolah, they only have to be well versed with the changing needs of the industry, which isn’t difficult owing to the amount of exposure one gets in the field. They can charge anything from 30,000 rupees for a basic portfolio to 2-3 lakhs for a portfolio, and when they are associated with a magazine or designer label, no telling how much money flows in.
Wedding Photographers: The best part of this profession is that one gets to travel, eat, meet new people, on someone else’s cost, yes you don’t have to shell out a penny, travel arranged, accommodation arranged, you just have to click awesome pictures, for which you are handsomely paid. I can already see some people dusting off their cameras.
Wildlife Photographers: Do you like travelling to exotic locales?? Do you want to be featured on magazine covers? Do you want to win accolades for your work .. am not talking about wearing some evil eye bracelet here, now, am talking about Wildlife Photographers, at times their vocation has its own demerits, but when you talk about the rest, the so called demerit has no option but to go and occupy some place in the back row.
Print-Ad Photographers – See the hoarding of the latest Raga watch with Katrina, or Tissot watch with SRK in it, or a model endorsing some product, yes?? So here is the guy who clicks them and takes them a step higher in their profession. A photographer who is starting of, depending on the project can easily make somewhere around 15,000-20,000 rupees, yes!! No jokes, here, so we need not be telling you as to how much the best in the industry would be charging now.
Modeling Industry: Smirking already are we??? I’m just not talking about skimpily clad models or only Kingfisher calendar models, but hell yea, they sell don’t they ?? Exactly, now I did want to categorize them as Ramp, print, Ads, serial and even FILMS.. Hell yes.. Models are so flexible, one day on the ramp the next sharing an ad space, and later maybe you’d see them in a movie. For starters if you do go through correct channels, you could earn anything from 10,000 rupees and the amount keeps on becoming better, and here the industry is not limited, it’s a wide ocean, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore Cochin, Chennai, yes, spread all across.
Hair and make-up artists: Now the reason as to why Katrina or a Kareena looks like a Goddess is not purely because of their genetics but, also cause of the magic weaved by their hair stylists and make-up artists.
Both of them are highly respected and paid in the industry because a mode/actor aint nothing without them. They charge anything between 10,000-15,000 rupees on a daily basis, and no am not exaggerating here, and is there work every day??? Not almost, no matter how big a hair and make-up artist they are.
Fashion Choreographers: Oh yes, you see the models walk exactly to a particular spot, turn at a particular angle, walk only when the music is at a particular beat?? Yes, all thanks to the Choreographers imagine the chaos otherwise, with all of them walking in whenever they want. Even a normal Choreographer makes around 20,000-25,000 rupees, for one show, yes, that’s just for one show am talking about.
Coordinators: Pictures a scene here – A pot bellied almost balding producer goes to a guy and says I want a tall, fair, slightly on a medium built scale for my movie, and lo behold the other guy opens his Treasure chest and shows the pictures of the specified nature – that’s a model coordinator for you. What does he get?? 20-30% commission of whatever the model makes all that for being a mediator.
Let’s move a little further away from the Glamour industry and look at another Vocation now,
DJ /Producer: If I did get you thinking about the resident DJs in the clubs you go, oh yes, they make the moolah by making you dance, aren’t they like Masters in the pub, and we their puppets, I feel that at times, we gyrate, groove to the music that they play. Now, why is it a lucrative offer??? Every occasion now needs a DJ – Shaadi, Bittu ka first birthday party, Shalini aunty ke bete ka reception, Nina ki mehendi function, school ki annual function, yes, even such normal occasion need DJ’s. And the bigger one’s like Unveiling Nokia’s new set, who did it?? DEADMAU5, yes. DJ/Producer. You get to travel a lot, girls go crazy for you, booze is on the house. Instant fame and recognition.
Honestly when I say this I mean it – Gone are the days of clichéd vocations, where it was important to be a Doctor or an engineer to have a sound future. Now it’s about having a safe future and an awesome life to go with it.
Tinu plans to open her own restaurant for which she might come back to this blog to read how to create a business plan. She’s worked with a few NGOs and came back disillusioned from the experience. She wants to start her own NGO (‘in child education and skill training’ she specifies) at some point in time. Apart from her modeling assignments, Tinu is auditioning for Tamil movies. So watch out for her.