I, for one, don't really qualify for the latter. I'm too short, too stubble-headed, too square-bodied. I'm nobody's first thought when they need a catalogue model.
But what we realized was that we enjoyed the process because it's a continual creation of character. Sure, there's no dialogue, but there is certainly performance, and there's no long-term development process for that character, but also, you are able to pop in and out of shoot after shoot after shoot and play character after character after character.
It's a hell of a lot of fun.
I bring this up now because I recently did a shoot with Aiden Rhaa, a Boston-based photographer, and the end results was a chance for me to play a character I doubt I'll ever get to play on a movie screen: The classic, fedora-wearing noir detective.
Aiden's a hell of a photographer. I'm vain by nature, and I never lie about that, but sometimes a project comes out so well that it kicks my vanity into hyperdrive. Tilting a fedora down over my eyes and pulling my collar up against the wind coming off the harbor is one of those things.
Here's looking at you, kid.