Why do we need to audition life models?

Because we have a group of Artists who made space in their diary to come and draw at a Life Drawing class and paid for the service, the last thing we want is them to not be able to Draw/Paint on the day. This is why we need to know if the model is not going to change their mind at the last minute, if they know their poses, if they are confident in front of an audience and understand what the job is all about. We help them, advise them a lot, spend a lot of time making sure they know everything they should, but still about 20% of female newcomers, 50% of males, change their mind or find a better way to earn. We also ask them to write about it and will keep on asking... Another thing that we look at is the Wifi, the camera, the lighting, the non cluttered space and the ability for the model to communicate, collaborate and also be sociable.

When are they?

Now they are at the end of any class we do that is tutored so Sunday and/or Tuesday night at 8.30pm and recorded only 1/2 the time as we always ask if they don't mind. Those recordings are only for paying customers as a one off or as Monthly Life Drawing members (£5/week/£20/month).

What life models need to know:

We pay £20/h + 50/50 donations that Artists give as pure donation or when buying a ticket.

What makes a good Life model?

  1. Wifi if the job is Online so all other devices using Wifi in the house should be switched off, stay away from large glass windows and connect your mobile phone to your laptop as a USB camera with the cable after uploading/installing the right App.

  2. Patience: A model that keep asking for jobs will never get any or will worry employers which is the worst you can do. If after auditioning or working with any School or Organizer, you do not get another job offer, always wait 4 weeks and nicely, indirectly ask. You could just ask if their classes are doing OK and that you've learned a few interesting poses.

  3. Professionalism: This means that what the Art teachers wants, you should try to provide it and that is......... New poses, varied poses, a model who knows if a pose can be kept for whatever amount of time announced or asked, never ever be late and in fact always in advance, always have some communication at least the day before so nobody starts worrying, panicking. The perfect model is the one who make you feel like you can absolutely trust them so that you can get on with other things, feeling happy and safe. Asafe Class organizer is an Happy one.

  4. Apparent stress: There is two different types of those, the one that an experienced Life model would show and the stress that a new Life model feels. To help newbies and auditionees by telling them to start with a seating or kneing pose to give them time to relax which is usually 2 to 5 mins, which is why we never do 1 min poses at auditions. For the experienced ones with apparent stress it can be because they already work with other Organizers and prefer to work for them for whatever reasons. They may even do it intentionally and nothing much anyone can do. Drawings won't be as good but a few Artists do Love this kind of unusual tension or any tensed first timer life model... As you now know, happy, relaxed life models make happy relaxed Artists which is why we absolutely had to tripple their wages in 2003 making thousands of new friends and 2 or 3 long term enemies :).

  5. Keeping still especially their face and Back: We tell them to think about all their pointy bits (nose, chin, elbows, fingers) and see which direction they are pointing at, to be able to correct their poses constantly and keep the same pose or even go back to their pose if they take a break for long pose sessions. Experinced models know that so from the beginning they quickly set themselves up, pointing at things they can see in the room (I used to Life model)

  6. Not looking tired: Models who close their eyes don't life model fagain or for long as they don't get hired again. A good stamina is important because low energy model won't help with high energy, expressive Drawing/Painting.

  7. Poses:  Art models should always vary their poses in orientation, Height and dimension (forshortening). Artist need to feel challenged a little, enjoy novelty, don't mind anything risky that they didn't expect because they know if can only help their approach and result.

  8. Different poses every time: A model who shows the same poses at 2 consecutive jobs with the same Art teacher/attendees are bound to never been asked to come back again. We'll keep adding new poses to our collections of poses to help. A good way to remember poses for them is to give them Animal or yoga names.

  9. Looking at the camera: if Online should be 20 to 50% of the time: This is realized from  the last 18 months observation on Donations received by models.

  10. They socialize: A Life model who wants to see the Artists drawings is someone interested in Art and their contribution to it, which is really well received by Artists, as much as the Host giving feedbacks. Our models are really welcome to socialize but we ask them to not provide any private info, fb or Insta links to help keep them private and safe for as long as possible.


  • Do all models need to audition? No as if they have a few previous paid jobs experiences we don't need to.

  • Do auditions need to be nude? Yes if you will be posing nude in the Future but we also do Paid jobs where they only Show their Face, Torso, back and hands so could do the same at the audition.

  • Do we charge Life models to Audition and work? We don't and have been trying to make this practice stop in London UK, to start with as models are the least paid of all models and 1/2 of them have Student loans to pay so trouble awaits  them if they can't pay. Those who do take advantage can be reported. We can tell you how and where, so please ask at eukart at We also don't charge schools/Art teachers so they can audition Life models at no cost to them...

  • Do we charge Life models to work/model? Obviously not, never did, never will and again have exposed/keep exposing those who do/did since we trippled life model wages and X100 grown their numbers in 2004/5. Believe it or not some female Life models, started charging male models to pose for group life modeling classes for top Schools and respectable establishments in the UK with great succes and  this is only top of this Iceberg. As we are London based we don't know what have been happening everywhere else but would love to know :)... When I was 23 If I didn't pose for Art schools in the winter, if I didn't have the perfect muscular greek style body,  If I wasn't a perfectionist and an Artist, as drawing people outside was only a summer/Sunny job, I would have had to  do who knows what to pay my rent. Similarly desperate people, male or female have been forced to do things very hard to believe and out of a Mafia/drug cartell Movie/story for 15 years. Life Drawing is a bit like the Far West cowboy country without any laws, where money has become the only motivation for too many. The only reason why I explain this is because I am partly responsible for creating this brand new industry but don't really have the time or finances to change anything. I can only plant a seed, as always, inform in total honesty and see what happens.

  • Do we pay life models at auditions? No for the very reason that we don't audition them at normal classes, we don't sell tickets to Artists who come to draw unpaid life models.  The same UK life models not only charged life models to work but thought maybe they could also run Life Drawing classes themselves so they'd never have to pay for a life model ever and so they did for 15 years and may start again soon. They can't draw but write very well in English.

  • How do Life models get paid? If Online or in person Life models never get paid before a job, unless it is private modeling and both model and artist don't know each other. Our models also receive donations but some artists decide to give the next morning, we then message the model and ask for a total amount invoice. Once we have that we transfer itheir salary immediately and use Paypal for international models.

  • Why do we change model's names? Simply for their long term privacy as they are always going to be unstable people out there in the Social media or Web World and we don't want to put them at risk. 

  • Do Life models get special discounts? yes for us they are the Front line of this new Art industry and like NHS people we don't charge them for our classes.

  • Is it Ok to ask Life models for their personal details? Absolutely not and they also get told not to give them to anyone for their safety/privacy. Ask me and I'll ask them in the same way you'd do when working with a fashion model agency.

  • Can Life models start their own classes? Yes, no matter where they are no matter if they can draw or not.

  • Can they earn extra income from anything else? Yes there are many ways and new ones poping up regularly but this is between them and us using common sense and a noble ethos.

  • What about any job interview? The first time we work together we hope to check your space and lighting so we'll always ask you to go online prior to the class/audition or about 1/2 an hour prior.

  • What happens if the model has a last minute change of plan and can't do the audition, can they do it again? Yes the next week or soon. Only those who don't give 24 hrs notice will never be given another chance, same for any job/class with Artists/attendees. 

  • Can a Life model we gave an audition to, helped and trained at no cost, start modeling for other class organizers? Not online, because when they do, they disappear going from one to the next organizer indefinitely. Instead, to avoid that, we help them start their own classes Online or in Person anywhere.  As we do not run in person classes at least until 2023 we will instead help all art schools and organizers internationally with their models for in person classes or simply help models run their own.

  • Can you use your audition as a reference with any in person Class you may want to pose for? Yes of course, this is what they are for and you could call that, being LDN registered, but we'll be sad to see you going for too loong. Please do keep in touch.

  • If you are not 18 but 16+ can you audition and pose for classes? Yes you can as long as you get your Mum or Dad to sign our consentment agreement and if they chaperon you at least at the audition. This is only for Art classes/groups as privately is another matter we don't deal with if you are a minor.

  • What do we do to help models with poses? We give them the list of all our pages with poses and their passwords, Our pages of videos and recordings with our  recommendations and we will keep on showing you poses from time to time that would suit your personality and physic. Passwords could get changed regularly so make sure you go through them quickly, name them to remember them, take snaps on your mobile and don't share them with anyone.

  • Can this page be copied? Not at all, as we do not allow that. All our content is copyright protected.

  • Do we allow Artists to grab photos and videos from classes? Absolutely not, it is completely forbidden and explained to them time everytime. Models can get legal Aid and sue them and ask for damages.

Feel free to ask anything else via email at eukart at or text me on 07951613705 (always text first because of spammers and don't use voicemail).