Saturday, August 30, 2008
You have to ask yourself How Can I find the Answer and The Best Way to Get the Things I Want Done, And Amcomplished, it really does take more than a pretty face. Anyone can be attractive but not just anyone has the ability to self promotion and really pursue modeling with a business mindset. It takes a lot more than just a slim proportioned body and an attractive smile to be a model. Starting to be a model is as if you are starting to be a business and learn how to market the assets you have in an industry based on LOOKS and IMAGE. Commercial print modeling accepts more petite models and models of all heights. The Fashion industry is a lot more strick and breathes among standards of height and weight, but the girls modeling for hair care products, and lifestyle products, for ad campaigns and magazines are not just Fashion Models...and when you are starting to model the big question is WHAT are you Modeling? If it is just yourself on the internet, or yourself just posing and teasing some guy with a camera or if you are working with bad photographers, and not marketng yourself to agencies, and you are not smart and ambitious about your pursuits then: You WILL NOT be a model, you will still be a wanna-be.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Before you start to think about photos you need to understand what modeling is. Modeling is a job of a person who is selling a brand, an product, with their image. SO imagine yourself selling an ad, whether it is toothpaste, a hair color product, a face cream, as you pose.
It is hard to pose without knowing what you are posing for and what your trying to say with the photo you are creating. So when you pose for a headshot or beauty shot, imagine yourself selling a skincare product or hair product or jewerly. Look at ads and try to get inspired. It is better to have some idea of the type of modeling work you can do, before you go and try to pose and present yourself looking clueless in your photos.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
If an agency is a commercial print modeling agency there will be less of a height requirement compare to a fashion agency, and such but there will be still things they look for, such as,
- Are you sellable and can they picture you in an ad campaign or representing a product their clients have?
- Skin, do you have nice skin, skin tone, even color, natural look
- Do you have a nice smile, friendly appeal?
- Do you have photos that show these things
You should mail your photos to the agencies and you should be prepared to make your own compcards and headshots and mail them by direct mail to the agency address.
You just need to be your number on the cards.
For more on The Modeling Agency Perspective tune in to Model Talk, my modeling podcast here, for my latest session about understanding the modeling agency perspective: ( or follow this link)
Agencies get calls at all hours of the day so you have to understand that being available is a huge part of being a model. Modeling part time is possible, especially if you are in college, but agencies really want you to be available, so if you can not manage adjusting your schedule or if you do not have the ability to be at the casting then you might not want to consider modeling.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I usually shop at H&M, Forever 21, Zara, Guess, but I have also pulled clothing from designers and showrooms when I have shoots for a magazine editorial, or I bring some cool items of my own to the shoot.
I love getting accessories at H&M, and also I love working with aspiring designers, and I go to tradeshows sometimes, and also some boutique stores to check out some new designers as well.
I love adding a splash not a hurricane of something with personality in the shoot too sometimes like a crochet bikini, my cute vivienne tam cap jacket, or a trendy colorful pair of Betsey Johnson shoes.
I just bought a red leather clutch with roses on it in Monterrey, Mexico that I plan on using for an editorial shoot soon and on the go around the city!
You can find great earrings at H&M, and if you don't have the money or ability to get a great jacket or dress, then stick to low ending it, but have the accessories stand out with some cute earrings, a scarf, a handbag, a hat, you don't have to spend mega bucks to look great, but add some personality within your accessories and remember, if the photo is for your modeling portfolio or your modeling compcard: "make it look like an ad!" Agents and clients want to see that!
Here are some steps for planning and styling your own shoots.
1. Always work with a professional photographer, 2. But even the professional photographers don't always provide your makeup artist and clothing stylist so here are some tips:
Solid colors, stick to clothing that have a solid color, solid red, blue, black, this is nice for a dress.
You can also get some good shots just by wearing jeans.
Lingerie doesn't have to be a thong, think more catalog, it should look like an ad for a product not just about you.
Don't go too short on your dress and don't go too showy that it turns off agents that might want to pitch you in a more commercial way and conservative way to their clients and magazine editors.
I would look at the magazines like Marie Claire and Glamour magazine, especially if you are petite.
Don't go too fashion if you are petite, stick to more commercial girl next door friendly shots that show your energy and smile and personality.
Stay away from white, it can make you look bigger than you are in photos, ex: white pants are a no.
You need a nice headshot or beauty shot for the front of your compcard and then you need 3-4 shots on the back of your comp card that are all different and show different looks.
Could be a 3/4th shot (from your hips up or knee up) showing your personal or you in fitness clothing, and then in a dress, but don't forget the smile!
Petite girls tend to think they can only do glamour modeling, nude modeling or that they have to show more because they can not get fashion work, but there are many models working who are not 5'10" who do commercial print modeling and this type of modeling you can do through the ages and you don't have to worry so much about your height.
Commercial print means personality, sellable, so think advertising ads, commercials. If your photos do not look similar to ads and editorials and ad campaigns, you might have a harder time getting a commercial print modeling agent.
Monday, August 25, 2008
The drug store never looked so good!
Friday, August 22, 2008
It took place at Sleepy's at 192 Lexington Avenue, at 32nd Street. I was suprised to find the line not that line, I was number 90. It was 12pm, and the casting had already been going on for about 2 hours, ( it went from 10-2pm) I got infront of the camera about 30 minutes later.
I had printed my form ahead of time since I read about the casting at wcbstv.com
Waiting in line there wasn't the typical booty shaking, short skirt girls that usually appear out of the cracks of the hopefuls in NYC, this was a more conservative open call. Not as many high heels, and not as much eye liner were in line. There were woman who had photos of themselves with their kids, there were girls who were aspiring models, there were girls of all heights, sizes and colors. But not as many as you'd think.
This job was to be a presenting model on the show The Price is Right
There were some news sources there since Sleepy's is not the typical place to hold a casting, but for The Price is Right they must have given some beds away.
When it was my turn I had to state my name, why I wanted to be one of the models on the game show, anything I wanted them to know about me, and then I had to read a few lines, they were posted under the huge video camera. "This mattress is courtesy of Sleepy's, Sleepy's the Mattress Professional!"
Well I wonder if Sleepy's got any sales from the casting call commotion and bustle of females around the curb of the mattress professional? Sounds like they got some free promotional models also out of us as we stood in line for the chance.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I wear my workout clothes to the gym and pick the Fitness Caddy over carrying my gym bag. I have less junk to carry, this is very convenient.
To read more about the fitness caddy click here for my review at beyoumag.com
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
DALLAS, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum singer. Movie star. Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Beer drinker? Everyone knows about Jessica Simpson's daisy dukes body and healthy lifestyle. The all-American beauty and world-renowned entertainer has a passion for working out and making healthy food choices. But she also makes those smart choices with the beer she drinks. "Yes, I work out and take care of myself, but I also like a cold beer once in a while," Simpson said. A new light beer with functional additives is Simpson's new favorite beer -- Stampede Light Plus(R).
Started by a fitness expert and former Anheuser-Busch marketing employee, Lawrence Schwartz, and formulated by the late Dr. Joseph Owades (the creator of the first-ever light beer in 1967 -- now Miller Lite), Stampede Light has drinkability and marketing appeal that speaks directly to a healthier consumer.
As a small but aggressive start-up, Stampede Brewing Co. was looking for a global icon that represented its core values: healthy living, individuality, and personal responsibility. Jessica Simpson, an entrepreneur in her own right, was the obvious choice. "Jessica is America's sweetheart and an internationally known entertainer who takes care of herself. You can see it in her smile, her skin, her confidence, and her obvious physical fitness," said Schwartz. "We believe that people who choose to look after themselves, those who do the things to make their lives better, should have the opportunity to do this in all aspects of their lives. Why not the beer they drink? Stampede Light appeals to those consumers -- people like us, people like Jessica, and people who want to live a healthier lifestyle," said Schwartz. "Young companies have to differentiate their product and visibility in the market. Stampede has obviously done that by teaming with a globally-known superstar as a spokesperson, while specifically targeting health-conscious consumers," said Barry Andrews, President and CEO of Andrews Distributing Company. "Some consumers are looking for a better-for-you beer alternative -- far beyond lights," Beverage World Magazine reports. "Vitamin-enhanced, organic and functional beers speak to a specific consumer seeking to satisfy a particular need without compromising flavor.
Stampede Light, a beer infused with B vitamins, folic acid, and folate, broadens the category for better-for-you beers," the magazine further states. About Stampede Light Stampede Light, a new breed of new 'Plus' beverages, is a full-bodied German-style light lager beer, made with premium malt and balanced with the finest domestic hops. Stampede Light is manufactured by Stampede Brewing Co. Inc., based in Dallas, Texas, and is distributed nationally through the Miller, Coors, and Anheuser-Busch network of wholesalers.
You can find it here.
I like it in Class Red 14.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
How do I get a modeling agent
How do I get quality photos
I think both of these answers are: Research!
I think girls use the internet too much as a show off tool that they do not use it enough for a real research tool. If you spend some time googling and researching and put in key words into the google browser you will find your answers pretty bluntly out there. It has helped me along the way with many things, and I love Google!
Stay away from social model sites, -they get you no where- stay away from agencies that charge a fee to let you walk into the door and work with them.
If you are smart and savvy you can get ahead as a model on your own, without scams, and wasting time, money and you will work with great photographers, not scumbags!
Here are some key words to put into your browser.
Photography + your city ( sometimes the search word of only photographer can lead to just Guys with Camera's if you aren't careful, but there are some very talented photographers out there who test models, but I would put photography, not photographer, - the word is so overused with the wrong people, if you are looking for a talent photographer you can find him/her, but you won't find them scouting girls on the internet.
Photo lab + your city ( stop by a photo lab and ask some advice on photographers who test models.)
Photo school + your city ( if you are a new model, why not pose with a student for one of the photo classes, learn a thing or two about being infront and behind the camera.)
Commercial print modeling agencies + your city
Print modeling + your city
Lifestyle modeling + your city
Talent agencies + your city ( I am starting to hate the word talent, it sounds so lame, but sometimes the search will show a good agency.)
Advertising agencies + your city ( not all ad agencies accept model submissions but once you have a compcard and photos you could submit them to the art director, especially in smaller cities.) Think inventively, it might not always work, but it is worth a try.
Comp card printing + your city
Modeling portfolios + your city
Photo store + your city ( for portfolio books, or try art store)
There are some great printing studios in NYC as well.
To keep your skin looking great and hydrated you can use natural food items found right in your home, kitchen. In tight times we can still have great looking skin.
Watching Martha Stewart is a good thing and today I learned a few more at Home Beauty tricks.
I liked Eva Scrivo's tips!
I love Masks, and this Avocado mask is great!
First to do a mask you first wash your face, and put on a mask and then wash your face again about 15 minutes later.
Here’s how to make it yourself:
Cut up an Avocado, yes cut up an actually avocado, put it in a tupperware bowl, next comes natural oils and you should use Borage oil. Then smash together in the bowl, or use a blender.
You can apply the mask with a brush. A Makeup brush. Don't forget that natural nature elements are great for the skin.
To get great skin, you have to take care of it, you can’t just slop on your makeup and go and run out the door without taking care of your skin. Each morning I tone my skin, and then moisturize and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and then I start my beauty routine, and at night I exfoliate each night. And then moisturize before I go to bed, the moisture/ face lotion should be easy to apply, and absorb quickly.
Beautiful Skin: Before you put on your makeup you should moisturize, you can spray water on your face or use moisture. It is important to keep your skin moisturized; dry skin will also make you look older and even gray!
Here is some more insight I learned today on the Martha Stewart Show:
Homemade Hair Mask
1. Add a few tablespoons of warm sesame oil to a few tablespoons of neem oil.
2. Apply oil to scalp, and massage into skin.
3. Brush through with a boar-bristle brush.
4. Wrap hair in a hot towel for 10 minutes or keep on overnight. If you keep the hair mask on overnight, use an inexpensive pillowcase that you don't mind getting messy.
I think I have a pillowcase that I can spare, my hair is worth it!
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is great to create an even-skin tone.
When someone tells you no do you say "oh..ok." Or do you fight for what you want and see that it happens.
It takes a small business mindset to be a model. It doesn't only come down to having the look, the walk, the certain weight or height. Being a model involves knowing what you can offer and putting it to use in ways that will get you where you want to be, and approach the business like a business, and really making what you want to happen. Not waiting for the phone, email, or person, but being that person, and being your own best cheerleader and pushing you to be who you want to be.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The internet will not make you a model but you can use the internet for research.
I would research:
Casting directors in your area
Agencies and their address, if they hold open calls, and the address for mail submissions.
In a business of no's your best bet is submitting your photos and waiting to hear back, it might take some time, you might have to make like 10, 20, 40, sometimes even 200 submissions, not kidding! There are more agencies than just fashion, so also consider commercial print agencies and casting directors, talent agencies and even small marketing companies (think inventively). So get yourself a snap shot, - or make your own compcard at
www.compcard.com and submit it. Mail it. Buy some stamps. Usually it will take more than one submission to hear back, you will need to keep trying. Your hustling will pay off.
For castings and info about the entertainment business check out:
Also you have to be on top of your submissions. Just making one or two is not enough. I think it is a good idea for you to buy The Ross Reports, which is a booklet will names, addresses, and guidelines for mail submissions to castings directors and talent agencies. You can pick it up at Barnes and Noble or Borders usually. Or you can purchase here:
I used it, and I still do.
Don't rely on the internet to make you a model. To model with great brands, designers, and products you have to also work with great agencies.
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This Blazer comes in an extra small!
For some personality in your blazer check out the Royal Striped Blazer for $27.80.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
A girl recently asked me on Myspace is TFP is a waste of her time. This was my answer:
Time for print is another word for testing. And testing with photographers to build your book IS a good thing.For example if you are a pitching a photographer yourself, someone who is established and maybe has worked with some top brands and magazines, then you would ask for a Test shoot. An opportunity to test and see if you two are good to work together.Testing can also be called Spec shooting, conceptualizing a shoot that will benefit both of your portfolios. So don't think that TFP is bad. If you are a new model testing with quality photographers is good and it is a great way to get some free shots with quality and work with a professional photographer.I think amateurs on the web have turned tfp into some sort of tease word, and girls end up setting a rate for themselves to shoot for an hour or two in some scumbags apartment and never really get anywhere at all.I think you can use TFP, Testing, to your advantage if you are picky about who you work with. And you know how to pitch yourself to photographers you WANT to work with. It does involve saying the word Test, sometimes, especially for new models who should be building their book and trying to get more experience in front of the camera.It isn't just planning a shoot, or pitching a photographer, it is WHO are your pitching, trying to work with, and is this shoot worth it, and yes TFP or CD, can be a great way to get a quality photo for your portfolio if it is with the right photographer, but in this case YOU as the MODEL should be saying, I would like to TEST with You(the photographer)...if a photographer asks you to Test you better MAKE sure he is a talented photographer, and worth your time, and someone who shoots quality photos.-Isobella
Sounds like a winning lottery ticket to those who don’t like to sweat for longer than thirty minutes. Sprint interval training is running at full speed and involves short bursts of energy that can benefit the heart and they can be a lot more fun, compared to just running at the same pace on the treadmill for thirty minutes.
To learn the sprint routines you can consider see this article I wrote for beyoumag.com here.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Enjoy this segment on Yoga Toes, and receive $15 dollars off your next purchase at
www.yogapro.com of Yoga Toes.
Just enter JADE in as the coupon code when you call or place an order on line. This will you $15.00 off the price of YogaToes, up to 2 pair.
If your feet are killing you then you might need to stretch them! We stretch our arms, necks, backs but not our feet. And we should! Yoga Toes lets your feet relax and for shoe models or any girl on the go on heels all day Yoga Toes is great way to soothe the feet!
5 inch heel!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Gunnar Peterson says, "it is too high in sugar," and that, " I would rather have my clients eat an orange instead of orange juice."
He also suggests," have an apple with skin on it."
You can listen to more of his insight here.
Here are some great Gunnar links:
Shirts or skins....can you handle it? Gym class doesn't have to be a fright!
He might not think he motivates people, but I do! Because with an NBA contract or not, he keeps the blood moving within his clients, I like how he is an unyielding support.
New to Avon and about to launch, this skincare regimen contains proven ingredients to fight all stages of the acne cycle—before, during, and after a breakout.
Step 1: Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub - This exfoliating cleanser does double duty to help stop acne before it starts. The exclusive formula exfoliates to reveal fresher, brighter skin and quickly dissolves pore-clogging dirt and oil for a shine free finish. The cleanser cools on contact for a refreshing cleansing experience.
I love the slick silver clean packaging.
Check it out here.
In the United States, it is estimated that 17 million people suffer from acne. In fact, acne and blemishes are the number one concern among women 15-39 years of age.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Here I am showing off sweet petite active wear.
to know there is a petite line of active wear for girls who might have a hard
time finding the petite sizes elsewhere.
If you are petite the areas you should consider toning are your: Upper arms, your thighs, hamstrings, butt, and stomach. To look longer in photos and more proportioned it is important to keep a toned body.
Gunnar will share with me on Tuesday at Model Talk, ways you can tone up and hopefully book your next gig!
8pm Tuesday at Blogtalkradio:
Here is an article on Ugly Models on MSNBC.
This is a quote from Jorganna James, a model with Ugly New York.
“For me, being a little person, I never thought that I could be a model because you think of a model being 6 feet tall, skinny and beautiful,” actress/model Jordanna James told Roker. “And I’m only 3-11. So once I found out that I could say, ‘Yeah, I’m a model,’ I’m like, ‘Yeah! That’s really cool.’
Unique is in!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Usually when something is a challenge, it means it is worth it!
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I also love “Clinique’s moisture surge.”
I am currently using Clinique Dramatically different moisturizing gel on my face in the morning before I put on my makeup and at night, it goes on smooth and easy.
In the shower I am using Body Shop Tree Oil facial wash, and I alternate with Neutrogena Oil free Acne Wash, http://www.neutrogena.com/,there is a new smell at Neutrogena and recently in Teen Vogue I saw promo announcement of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit.
Also a big way to keep your face free of blemishes, and looking naturally clean and clear is to take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Rolling around in your makeup just causes for a mess on your face and sleeping with that on your skin for hours is really bad for your skin and pores.
And wear sunscreen every day.
Protecting the skin DOES matter as a model and in life, and you shouldn’t wait until you are 40 start moisturizing. I have been moisturizing my skin since I was 16!
Don’t forget your neck, and your hands, your back and your chest as well.
Change your perspective in a way that works for you realistically to get an agent and to get work as a model. Whether you have a modeling agency or not, you need to know what modeling is and how you fit into the business before you start thinking about agencies and such.
Modeling is so many things these days, it is not just fashion. Do not get discouraged by not getting accepted into a fashion agency. It is sort of obvious that a fashion agency wouldn't accept a girl that is 5'8" so instead of wasting time, and getting a wrong perspective of what you need to be to be a model, why not look into areas of modeling that ARE good for you. Don't dwell on what you aren't and focus on what you are and where you CAN find opportunity.
Commercial print modeling is best for any girl who is under 5'8".
So you are not 5'9" and not tall enough to model with a fashion agency but fashion modeling is such a small percent of the modeling work that is out there. What about commercial print modeling agencies and commercial print modeling? What about modeling for accessories, beauty brands, shoes, handbags, fitness, hair, and body part model. Don't forget modeling is more than Fashion.
It is about finding an agency that is good for you and knowing where you FIT in the modeling world/business.
Hint: When it comes to beauty, it helps to have great skin and of course an event skin tone. And you DO need photos that show you modeling in ways you CAN model and your photos should look realistic to what you are honestly capable of. If you are 5'3" then there is no need to take fashion photos constantly, I would instead focus on creating photos that involve products, and create photos that look like ads for products that models of all heights can model. Think about it, models are needed for so many things...from computers, to tampons, to advil, to skincare, and the agencies that submit models to castings for these type of print jobs are commercial print modeling agencies and THEY DO work with models of all heights. For a list of a few see the agencies on the side of my blog or google commercial print modeling, print modeling, + your city. But it DOES help to send photos that represent print modeling, and do look like ads and editorials, and they are NOT so fashion based, more based on your personality and energy, and natural self.
Friday, August 8, 2008
I think modeling schools give off the wrong unrealistic perspective of what it means to be a model, it makes me want to start my own Modeling 411 program.
I'll work on that, for now these blogs might help you when it comes to understanding why a model needs a compcard and why a model as a business woman needs to be able to promote herself and how a compcard IS in fact needed.
A compcard is my mini portfolio, and by mailing it out I have gotten the attention of agencies and casting directors and built my book and portfolio.
I think modeling schools prepare students as if the agency needs to be nelt to and as if the agency is the end-all. I really just don't believe this. I think of modeling agencies as part of the TOOL I need to get ahead as a model, but not the WHOLE tool.
If you are not ambitious yourself then how do expect to succeed? You have to be ambitious already to get a modeling agency, you have to be savvy and be prepared, you can't expect everything to be handed to you.
I think most girls who go to modeling schools are under 5'7".
5'8"is the standard height for a fashion agency. So right off the bat they should promote what the audience at the school IS. And it is NOT fashion.
Modeling schools give off an illusion. A FAKE perspective. It is sort of Brain washing of what it really means to be a model.
I think modeling schools are limited in the way they represent the modeling business, limited in the willingness to share ALL types of modeling. Not just fashion.
Brands advertise every day, and these brands need models, and most of these brands are NOT fashion brands.
I think modeling schools speak only of the fashion world and not enough of modeling in other areas that are a possible entrance for many of their students.
I really am against the typical modeling schools, and modeling programs, and the classes, and I think they are pure scams.
It isn't just an industry thing, a composite card/ compcard is a mini portfolio of your capabilities as a model, and having a compcard is a great way to market yourself as a model and in general with or without an agency.
From any age.
Babies, to grandmother...models can be all sizes and ages.Maybe not fashion models, but models of all ages are needed and ALL models need compcards. It doesn't matter if you are a new model or have been modeling for years.
A compcard is a mini portfolio card of the type of work you are best to do as a model. It is best to make the shots look like ads, involving a product, modeling a handbag, or making the shot look like a catalog shot.
A compcard basically says to the viewers eye what you look like on camera, what you are capable of as a model, and basically is your best marketing tool.
You want your card to tell the person looking at it " yes she can model, and model well and she knows how to work with products and atmosphere, and make it seem believable."
I don't believe in modeling schools that say things like:You don't need a compcard because YOU DO.
Especially because modeling is more about "what you make out of it," than anything else.
Anyone can make a compcard. Go to http://www.compcard.com/
But you DO need good photos, you do need pictures that represent the type of modeling you can do. And you do need to not slop together a card but really put time into it.
Once you have your card, you can mail it to agencies, magazines, marketing agencies, and aspiring brands, and as a new model you can use it to promote yourself. Taking a chance on yourself and trying is the first step, and it starts with self promotion. And you need a compcard to do so.
It is important to have a compcard because without it how can you work....when I run out of a compcards I think to myself," Shoot, I can't get work until I have created a new one or re-print some" because they are your life line as a model, they are you marketing tool. And as a marketer, modeling is your market and you are your product and your compcard is your example of the model you strive to be.
I suggest you try to invest in some photos, or work with some photo students, or even have some friends who take good photos take some photos of you. I suggest you make a compcard and do not wait for someone to make what you want to happen.
And modeling agencies are not the end all. Sure it is wonderful to have one, and they can lead you to better jobs, but at the end of the day modeling is your pursuit, so you have to self serve and promote you, and your compcard is your tool to mail to casting directors, to mail to brands, magazines. I suggest thinking bigger than just modeling agencies:
Especially in a smaller city these are all good places to also send your cards. Yes Modeling does take being able to think inventively, thinking beyond the small bubble of just modeling agencies sometimes, and thinking about other places where models are needed, and of course this can mean skipping the middle man. And you need a compcard to do mail and promote yourself. To introduce yourself with. Without one, how do you expect to model?
I had a compcard before I had an agency. How do you think I got the agency? I submitted my compcard? I had to re-make my compcards, and keep trying to get one that worked for me.I had to think about what I have to offer as a model, and put it together on a compcard that makes me come across sellable. An agency wants to work with a model that they can pitch. But the agency isn't the end all, as a model I am very experienced today, but even when I was a newbie, I was busy and I mailed my compcard to brands, magazines, agencies...how do you think I have gotten where I have gotten?
Here is a segment on Model Talk (my modeling pod cast about the importance of compcards.)
I hope this all helps put into perspective why you need a compcard.