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Jul 23

Make money as a life model

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Working as a life model and performing different life modelling poses is a creative way to make money from your body.

The Register of Artists’ Models (RAM) recommends a rate of £15 per hour for your trouble. Obviously, a big part of the job involves stripping naked, so you’ll have to work out if that’s something you really want to do. If it is, you will get to see yourself recreated in a host of (hopefully) beautiful paintings and sculptures. What’s not to like?



Life Model Wanted: What does life modelling involve and is it for me?

Elderly female life model

The main thrust of the job involves complete strangers staring at you intently – whilst you’re naked of course – for hours on end.

  • You can expect life modelling sessions to last around three hours, with a couple of breaks for rest.
  • Remember, you don’t have to be beautiful or in top shape – if anything, you’re likely to be in more demand if you have a unique look or an interesting body shape – so don’t let any paranoia about your looks stop you.
  • However, you need to be comfortable with both nudity and a certain amount of discomfort and boredom. This is a very important thing to remember when considering life modelling.
  • You may also be asked to create your own poses, so practice in front of the mirror and consider taking some lessons as a life model to get a feel for what art directors may want you to do. If you have a partner, ask them for their opinion on your poses.

It is also fairly common to ask two models to pose together – you may be asked to pose with a member of the opposite sex so ask yourself honestly how comfortable you are with the idea. If you have some doubt, then this may not be for you.


Life Model Wanted: Are there many life modelling jobs?

Female life model

These days life modelling is a professional occupation and most employers regard life models as employees.

You will probably find there isn’t much work going that pays in cash so prepare to have to work on PAYE and supply a National Insurance number.

Your first port of call should be local art colleges and education centres. Here a couple of contacts to get you started.

  • The Art Academy, 020 7407 6969
  • The London Sketch Club, 020 7352 8209, contact them to offer your services to members
  • Also keep an eye out for adverts in shop windows and local papers too.
  • Your local Gumtree website may also throw up the odd life modelling job too so check in every now and then.
  • It may also be worthwhile posting on Gumtree yourself stating your availability as a life model.
  • A good place to check for jobs are general job searching websites such as TotalJobs or Indeed.
  • If that doesn’t muster up anything, try social media websites, as sometimes ads are put out in Facebook groups or via Twitter.

Always be careful with any advert you see online, and always make sure you are using a reputable company.


The Register of Artists’ Models (RAM)

There’s also a mega handy website The Art Models Register (RAM) – a sort of unofficial life modelling union – which features jobs all around the country. All the jobs are restricted to RAM members only – but membership only costs £35 per year (£38.50 to join) so it’s probably worthwhile signing up if you’re struggling to find work elsewhere.

Being on the public list of RAM members could make a big difference. Some colleges and private art groups only employ RAM members and Bare Facts model booking service for London also only supports RAM models.

  • London applicants must audition at the life drawing workshops in Holloway or Richmond but RAM does state that most applicants are accepted.
  • Outside of London there is no need to audition so you join as an Associate Member initially. Then, once you’ve sent two tutor references from jobs you can convert to full membership at any time, for no extra charge.


How much can I make as a Life Model?

Male life model

Pay varies widely but you can expect, on average, between £12 and £15 per hour depending on where you live in the country.

  • In London you should expect to make about £15 an hour (that’s what is recommended by RAM) and it will be around that amount in large cities.
  • Outside of the cities and in the regions it’s likely to be a couple of pounds less than that per hour but it does vary from venue to venue.
  • Don’t be afraid to have life modelling as a side job. Many people do this as it is an easy way to top-up your main salary.



Alternatives to life model jobs

Male life model from behind

If you decide being a life model isn’t quite for you, there may be work out there as a hand or foot model.

  • Check out websites Body London and Derek’s Hands for more information.
  • Or you could try to find work as a regular model. It’s easier to do than you might think, in fact there are companies out there like UK Model who you can submit an application to and wait to find out what they think.
  • Alternatively, you may have decided that being a model just isn’t for you. So instead, why not try being a life model director or tutor? You can join RAM as this for £10.
  • If you’re not interested in life modelling at all, there is something called wild life drawing, where instead of drawing naked life models, you draw animals instead. If your drawing stands out, you could make money from them.


Have you tried working as a life model? Share your experiences by commenting below – we love to hear about your money-making tips and experiences.


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5 years ago

Mature male life model available in Harrogate Wetherby areas.
Email details including contact to ineedu2@live.co.uk

5 years ago

Hi I am an artist looking for life models. Let me know if you are still interested.

Anthony underwood
Anthony underwood
5 years ago
Reply to  Easel

Hi there yes I’m very interested thanks
Where an for how many people ?

Anthony underwood
Anthony underwood
5 years ago

Hi there
I’m 39 and want to be a life nude model
I’m slim 5″7 with brown hair and blue eyes
Very confident at being around anyone naked so I’m available evenings after 6
Contact me on

6 years ago


I am looking for a female life model in the Warwickshire area. if you are interested please contact me on 07972824540



6 years ago

Hello, my is Heather. I’m 27, 4ft9 and around 7 and and half stone. I have never done life modelling before but interested in doing this as I have an interest in art and the life form. I am also a student so would be good if it is flexible to suit my timetable.

6 years ago

Hi My name is Reece. I’m 22 years old, currently live in East London. I am very interested in life modelling. I’m 5 ’11. I’m 13 and a half stone. I have a muscular build. Really love art and the human anatomy. Would love to pose for nude paintings and drawings. Feel free to get in touch. Contact
: 07961 269022
E-mail: reecebartlett1994@hotmail.co.uk
Thank you.

Robert Marshall
Robert Marshall
6 years ago

My name is Bob a young 74 years of age, been a Nudist now for over 40+ Years so no problem with Nudity, and would love to be a Life Model in Devon can travel too. email : marshall.robert11@gmail.com – mobile 07811829958

6 years ago

Hi I’m Dom, I’m 21 and I’m interested in being a nude model more often to earn some extra cash. I’ve already worked as model either nude or normal fashion works, but only for photographers and never for painters, so I’m really up to pose for drawings or paintings. Here is my email where you can contact privately: debartolo1995@libero.it
Many thanks.

6 years ago

Hi ,my name is Elaine .i am a slim 5″11 female new to life modelling but have previous modelling experience. I’m looking to earn some cash and to help anyone in need of a nude life model . Preferably in the Bristol area .
Please call me if your interested 07710677936

6 years ago

I’m Thomas, a 21-year-old from South Ayrshire, Scotland. I am 5’5″, around 14st, largely build, with short brown hair. If anybody in this area (or in East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Glasgow/Edinburgh area) is looking for a life model please feel free to get in touch. I have my own car and am able to travel by train also if required.


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