I’m happy to announce I’m close to publishing a book about Second Life.
While there’s a number of topics I could have written about (fashion marketing? Disappearing for two years and coming back? How fully hand-drawn skins won’t sell? A sociological thesis on why the majority of SLers look like Jersey Shore cast members?) I’ve chosen to produce a how-to guide on becoming a Second Life model. Why? Because I feel it’s a topic that I know a bit about, and I feel the average Second Life female avatar that says “well, I could model, it doesn’t look hard” may find that they need guidance.
My book, tentatively called So You Wanna Be A Virtual Supermodel (release date: mid-Spring 2012) covers more than just walking in a straight line on a prim runway. I included chapters on creating a unique model look, styling fashion for outfits, photoshoots, and the runway, organizing your inventory (don’t ask me about mine; I can’t take my own advice,) putting together a portfolio, finding work, and more.
I’m hoping this book will be helpful to both newcomers to the Second Life fashion industry, and veteran virtual models. I’ve designed it so that it can supplement any official in-world training or appeal to someone curious about it all. I’ve kept the tone light and humourous; I hope it’s clear that I don’t take myself, Second Life, or virtual modelling too seriously!
So You Wanna Be A Virtual Supermodel will be available both as an in-world book object and eBook .pdf. A single purchase from the SL Marketplace will give you access to both.