"What's the difference between an amateur and a professional?A professional gets paid."
I'm not just any model; I'm a Klingon model.
This is how it all went down.
A few Thursdays ago my family and I went to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (TCM).
After we saw the Barbie exhibit and traveled to Egypt, I commented that TCM needed a Qo'noS exhibit or a Klingon exhibit. Just something with Klingons. "Who do I need to talk to to get some Klingons?"
After all, they have had Star Wars exhibits before.
And then on the 10th (or so) Dalyn opens up Facebook.
The first thing on the page was a post by Starbase Indy (our local Star Trek convention).
URGENT -- Got a call from the Indpls Children's Museum & they are looking for a Klingon. The costume & makeup would need to be dead on but they have an exhibit coming up and they are looking for someone interested in doing publicity stills. If you are interested, call Kim's cell.
A few phone calls and e-mails later and I was scheduled to show up at TCM for a photo shoot with my daughter (you really can't resist a 4yo Klingon).
Around Spring Break, TCM will have a display of sci-fi costumes. They'll be using the pictures of me in their promotions for the exhibit.
In order to meet TCM's requirements for the picture, we had to make a new forehead. And find some dark makeup.
Dalyn outdid herself.
Not only did the ridges compliment my natural forehead lines, but she added brow bones as well.
This is also the first time that I've had eyebrows attached.
We arrived at TCM a tad late with the latex still a bit tacky.
But it was dry in time to be make uped.
Our TCM contact was very happy to see a full head of hair attached to the forehead when we arrived (my own hair is still recovering from trying to join the Army).
I don't know how long the transformation took, but I looked every bit a Klingon warrior when she was done. And per their request every inch of my face and neck had been darkened to a more Klingon-like tone.
I blew everyone away.
Not sure what they had expected, but we met and exceeded those expectations.
The shoot went well. They took several pictures.
I think my neck and head were positioned into every possible angle they could conceive.
And of course they took pictures of Ireland, too.
I'm pretty sure that my face is going to end up on a billboard around town.
And Ireland will end up on their Facebook page.
If you happen to see my image somewhere, tell me.
And if possible, take a picture too.
And tell your friends you know a professional Klingon model.