Monday, September 22, 2008

After the Modeling Job-what if you don't SEE the tearsheet EVER?

Just because you shoot something. Spend all day under the lights. makeup, hair, the whole works, the stylist, the production assistance, lunch, and get paid, doesn't mean the job will run or you will see it in a magazine or on the company website after all.

Modeling for a job doesn't mean you will get proof afterwards of it. The day will just be a memory and that is really a BAD thing when your modeling portfolio speaks for your credits and experience and leads to more work. So how do you cope when the jobs you do are not seen anywhere, where you can rip it out of the magazine, or spot it on the company, brand website, or have proof you did the job?

Here are some tips:

1. At the shoot try to keep track of the names, of the photographer, of the art director, or even the production assistant, try to remember them, or write them down, or maybe if the mood is right ask for their email to keep in touch. The most important thing is to get their name.

2. With the name of the photographer or art director or assistant you can hopefully later contact them, through a Google search, or by calling them, or by email, and even if the job/photo never runs in an ad campaign, you can at least ask for a spec shot, or get a CD with the image on it. Which you can then print up and put in your portfolio as proof.

3. You sometimes receive a photo at the end of the day, or a Polaroid, -TAKE IT!, this might be your only proof of the job if the job doesn't run.

4. Ask your modeling agency booker to check out about the job, photos, can be a good idea too.

5. Get all the info on the job: Know what the job is for, print, catalog, web? Know if possible how long it will be until it runs; is this for spring, summer, winter? And what time of year or month will it run?

6. Be prepared to buy, purchase your own magazine copy if it is an editorial in the magazine, usually your agency WON'T buy it for it, and usually the magazine editors will NOT send you a copy, so be on the look out.

7. If shooting for a brand, Google the brand, find the website, research and check back now and then to see if your photo is on the site.

I hope this helps! It is important to keep track of your work yourself, whether it is on TV, Print, or Web.

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