Returning to one’s country as a funded artist after extended leave attracted quality people through couch surfing. I also traded work for time using a modeling site. The importance was to keep working and stay productive. The stories of the subject became gold.
Sonita's story is the subject of 2016 Sundance Film Festival Viewers Choice award. She came to me by way of the director whom I hosted on Couch Surfing.
Wanting to draw on New Years Eve I put out a 'trade for' ad on craigslist with a link to my work and a call for figure models. The young woman who showed up wanted to try something new and special on NYE and not go out and party. 'One thing that makes me me, she said, is that I have a child." She is fighting for custody, putting herself through school and expanding her experiences.