If you’re selling chess t-shirts, you have to use models, right?
And if you're selling girls' chess t-shirts, then must use female models!
I figured this was a long and proud tradition and I had no right to rock the boat. But I am also a pretty introverted guy and don't have much experience approaching attractive women to ask them if they want to be a chess model. But armed with the noble cause of creating a new breed of chess apparel and a love of hot chicks, I decided to blaze forward.
I thought finding a chess t-shirt model was going to be easy. I found several databases where I was able to search for models and then contact the ones I thought might be a good fit. And let's face it, there are worse ways to spend your time than searching for hot girls on the Internet. But it was also a lot of hard work. Several times I had to endure the personal sacrifice of skipping dinner...I would have to yell at my wife, "Not now! I'm trolling the Internet looking for girls."
But soon it got discouraging. There are millions of models out there, but apparently none that wanted to work with a small chess t-shirt company.
Then I found Jazmin. I had probably contacted 40 models by this time. About 50% never responded (in my mind, I figured they thought Endgame was lame). Another 40% politely said they were not interested. The last 10% were just really flaky...they would say that they wanted to be involved but I could never get them to commit to a date for a photo shoot. With Jazmin, there was never any of that bullshit. We set a date, I showed up with the photographer and we did work. We have shot several times since and she is always perfect. She comes with her little entourage with her hair and make-up done and several sets of clothes.
Now that I think about it, I'm not really sure why she even agreed to work with us in the first place. Hmmm...I actually need to ask her and make that a future blog post.
Now that things have been up and running, the story is different...we have been approached by several models who are just dying to be chess t-shirt models for Endgame. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration, but you get the idea. Anyway, we're sticking with Jazmin!
Next up: "Male Models" ...a much different story.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
They are here.
After about a year of people asking, people suggesting and people just flat out calling us idiots...Endgame is now stocking 2XL sized chess t-shirts.
For the record, there was no conspiracy against the big guys...we just didn't think that there was much of a demand...apparently we were wrong!