A girl recently emailed me and asked: I'm stuck in an exclusive modeling contract with an agency that is based across the country. After going to a modeling convention and doing some research I thought that it was the best way to go at the time. How naive I was. I know now that being petite and having an exclusive agency across country is not the way to go. I'd love your advice and input."
My advice: Get out of the contract. It is just a contract and the agency has not even booked you a job yet or casting, so it should be easy. And never sign one again.
Many girls end up signing contracts without thinking about the details. They get entrapped with the idea of being a model without thinking...this could be a very bad idea. Here is a tip for the short girls: Shorter girls that want to model are called " commercial print models " and they shoudl work with commercial print modeling agencies/ lifestyle agencies, print agencies, agencies that get jobs for models of all heights. A legit commercial print modeling agency will not make you sign an exclusive contract. Don't let the idea of being a model entrap you before you know what to expect. In the real modeling business a girl has to do alot of work, she has to make her own compcards, and be basically her own agent. You should never leave your dreams in the hands of someone you do not know. Also by signing a contract you are basically on a waiting game. Also if the agency made you pay to be in these contract or made you pay for photos, they are being unprofessional and it could be a scam. Print models are usually under 5'7" and in the business of print modeling, we don't sign contracts, we freelance with agencies and we go to castings, and we book jobs and the agency takes a percent. Don't think the agency is above you, don't feel you have to sign a contract to work with them, walk out, don't do it, don't limit yourself and pursuits. You should never rely on one person or agent, especially if you just met them at a convention, street, or even at their polished office with IKEA furniture, it doesn't matter. There are legit agencies out there. I work with them. And you do not have to sign a contract to get sent on modeling castings and book modeling work.