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Maria asks…

Modeling, Agencies, photos?

Ok so Im really interested in modeling. But I have no clue whatsoever of where to begin! Does anybody know of any good modeling agencies?? That are trustworthy… and also any good places to get my photos done… (in South Florida) speaking of photos… what are modeling agencies looking for??? Headshots?? What else??

;* xoxo-Cristina

Thankyou Soooo Soooo much!

Best Answer:

You apply to be signed to an agency. Apply by attending open calls, direct by email to agency offices, or by use of the online application forms found on the agencies` websites, When applying the agencies require head & shoulder shots & full length body images, both front facing & side shots. Wear a fitted plain T shirt & fitted jeans. No make-up & hair off the face. Be aware that agencies reject up to 98% of applicants & those that do get signed are not guaranteed work.

Under 18s need written parental permission to model & adult chaperones to all photoshoots, agency interviews & casting calls. Parents must ensure work is within government guidelines with regard to hours, pay etc. If applicable a youth work permit will be needed. The law states that only parents can make model agency applications on behalf of anyone under the age of 18.

The only measurement criteria in modelling are for Runway Modelling – adult females 34″-24″-34″ & 5’8-5’11” and Plus Size Modelling – females 5’8-5’11”, size 10-18 UK. Adult males 5’11-6’2 waist 30″–35″ chest 36″–40″). Weight is not important but models must be toned with a healthy BMI.

Other modelling genres do not have measurement criteria. Modelling genres are :

(All ages) Fitness, Runway, Catalogue, Fashion, Print, Magazine, Advertising, Promotional, Plus Size, Character, Commercial, Editorial, Parts Modelling, Hair, Photographic.

(All ages but under 18s – catalogue style only. Over 18s only for provocative images) Swimwear, Lingerie, Underwear.

(Over 18s only) Alternative, Gothic, Topless, Nude: Glamour nude, Playboy Nude, Concealed Nude, Implied Nude, Art Nude, UK Magazine, US magazine, Continental, Hardcore, Fetish

Portfolios should include images in the model`s chosen genres. Both professional un-edited & clear amateur shots are acceptable. Use images from several photographers. You will need permission from the photographer to include his/her images in your portfolio as they own the copyright. Some photographers work TFP/TFCD i.e neither model & photographer are paid but both get to use the images in their portfolios. Some photographers charge for their work-ensure that the price they quote is all inclusive. Be wary of portfolio studios as often the price does not include the images, only the studio time & the photographer. Some portfolio studios will give the hard sell to entice their customers to pay extortionate prices for poor quality images. For further portfolio information use this link…

Beware, 3 out of 4 agencies are scams. The quickest, but not exclusive, check is to google the name of the agency followed by the word ‘scam’ or ‘review’ & to read the results. Be aware that where there are negative reviews scam agencies often write bogus positive reviews. The link here will take you to further information on how to avoid the scams :…

Genuine agencies receive 1000s of applications direct to their offices & have no need to scout or advertise anywhere on the internet INCLUDING Facebook, FaceParty, Gumtree, Google Ads, YahooAds. To make this clear, when making an internet search relating to modelling ALL the modelling adverts on the right of the screen & in the pink or blue boxes at the top of the results list are ALL scams.

Avoid modelling schools, their remit is to make themselves money not to make models. They accept anybody willing to pay their high fees but give no guarantee of your being accepted by an agency. You are making them money – they won`t pass you on to make money for someone else. You are better off applying to the agencies & if you are accepted they will give you training for free & you know you are not wasting your time or money.

You can also freelance for paid work. Use model networking sites such as Model Mayhem / Purestorm / OneModelPlace to locate photographers in your area that will pay you to model for them. Modelling is paid pro rata. Hourly rates can be high compared with many other jobs, but there is no guarantee of ongoing work. You`ll need to keep up with your messages, be professional, & keep your own paperwork in order for tax purposes. Photographers have contact details in their own websites that they link to their network site profiles.

Some agencies cover all types of modelling, some a select few & some are exclusive to one style. But what each one will be looking for is
a) the model`s ability to make him or herself and the product they are advertising (whether it be a physical item or an idea) saleable either via the camera or the catwalk.
B) models they can market to their clients. Each agency has it`s own client base , which may be looking for different types of models to the clients of another agency.

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