When I first started really getting into Pinup, I wasn’t really 100% sure what I really wanted out of it. To a certain extent, I’m still not totally sure. Its a fun pastime and it makes me feel good about myself, so that was really all I asked out of it.
Once starting my Instagram page, I quickly learned that running a successful page that other people care about is a little bit like a part time job. Not only do you have to devote time to it, but you have to devote time to creating new content. I have only talked very briefly about my dabbling in cosplay, but ultimately it is what lead me to be published the first time. Here’s the story:
When I went to my first bigger con, I talked my dear friend (who is also an amazing seamstress!) into making me a dress based off of a concept I had drawn for a photo series I was working on. The concept was (IS! It’s still a work in progress that I am wanting to finish shooting!) was “Scream Queens,” where I would take all of the famous villains and slashers from the Horror genre, and turn them into pinups. I was planning on meeting Robert Englund at that con, and begged her for my very on Freddy Krueger dress! While she tediously MADE my striped fabric and cut the perfect wiggle dress for me, (Jen, I LOVE YOU lol), I set to work on a corset, hat, and building my own version of the infamous glove.
All I initially wanted was to shoot my cosplay in a non-con format. I just wanted to have some good pictures of it! I got dressed up, got some nice shots, and was just thrilled to have some new stuff to put on my Instagram.
When I posted the first picture from the shoot, I was “Approached” by the editor of a pinup magazine, asking if I would be willing to submit them for publication. I was hesitant at first; I literally knew nothing about the publishing or submitting process, and I didn’t really consider myself a “model” if that makes sense. I thought my pictures certainly weren’t good enough for that, and I wouldn’t be accepted if I even tried to do something like this.
I eventually decided to just take a chance on it. I’m glad I did! I got a serious surge of pride when my first magazine came to the house and I saw myself in print! I started submitting to a bunch of different magazines, trying to see what I could turn up. I have, of course, been reject, but I still learned a lot about how to approach submissions. (In you have some questions about that specifically, I have a whole blog in the works about what I have learned from submitting!)
Overall, it is a component of my pinup career that I really enjoy. The theme lists are helping me be creative in organizing my shoots, and it’s nice to feel appreciated (Not that I need it as a modern woman of course lol)!
Up to this point, I have been published 8 times and worked with four different magazines (and have had a great experience with all of them)! I wanted to include their information as a starting point if any of you were thinking about getting into the print game 🙂
I would love to hear about your experiences in this aspect of the pinup game if you are in it!
Love and Cheers!