After playing Second Life for 4 months now (I started April 1, 2007) it is not hard to understand that in order to enjoy this virtual world or to look good at least, you must have Linden Dollars. We all know it's not easy to earn linden dollars. Well, that is only if you don't know where to get them or where you can earn. I researched and look for networks, sims, offerings for free lindens and now that it's paying the bills (yes, free linden dollars all over SL can be a career! DUH! LOL). Thus, the list where you can earn linden dollars.
So looking good in SL is not easy and not just something anyone can do (unless you have all the money you can spend for clothes and stuff). I even found an SL public drama where those not-so-lucky avatars release their frustrations for not being "good-looking-enough".
What I would like to show is, how free lindens change the way my avatar looks from newbie to model.
This very first pic on the left was taken some time in April or May 2007. I thought back then that having a good hair and presentable outfit is enough to look good. I got my money to buy those stuff from camping, creating an extra female avatar for escort service (AH HA! Isn't it obvious? There might be escorts out there that are male RL. mwahaha) Yes, I did even created a female account just to make money in Second Life.
So this is how I look before. Even though there are already some who thought I'm cute, it's just because of how Cynara (my girlfriend RL) molded my shape. Thanks to her, I don't look a little newbie back then. Also, she's the one working that time and I'm just a bum avatar. LOL
The next picture below is how I look right now (taken yesterday and earlier) and it's because of earning free linden dollars everyday.
The picture on the left was taken yesterday. No photoshop processing except for the name Chino Yalin and I'm not pulling your leg. This shot was taken using a Photosphere, a studio that you can buy in SL for L$1500 and it only has 10 prims.
What I'm wearing here is the "Philanderer" outfit and leather bracelet by Ginny Talamasca - Last Call and again, my hair is called Rumor by FNKY! and my skin is the very common Antonio skin, FNKY too. I received emails asking where I got my shape, but unfortunately, this shape is made by Cynara Cortes and my wife is not selling it. I won't sell it either. (the reason why most of the time, I'm the one using her Avatar and her using Chino Yalin.)
The pose I used here is from Happy Delight. It's just L$15 which is very cheap for such a fun pose.
In this picture, the only photoshop edit I did is the "render light" filter, to give a shadow on that lower right corner, and of course, the Chino Yalin name.
You see, I cannot look this good without Linden Dollars. That's a FACT in our Second Life. No money = nothing to buy. Nothing to buy = you look newbie. And we all know that no one wants to have sex with a noob!
That's why I'm giving away L$5000 linden dollars for free for the month of August and continue to list down places and networks where you can earn free linden dollars. I hope that at least I can be of help for you to have a better Second Life and have a good looking avatar as well.
Have a beautiful Second Life!