Friday, January 30, 2009

NYC Commercial Print Modeling Agencies

These are the agencies I suggest for a shorter girl to submit comp card to.

These are commercial print modeling agencies in NYC and some talent agencies. Many print agencies DO have height requirements, the ones listed below are still worth a shot. I also suggest looking at the agency website, if you do NOT see a girl posted that is your height then it is a sign that it is not an agency to approach. You do want to find an agency that works with models of all shapes and sizes. They are out there. So keep looking if you are having trouble. Or haven't heard back from your mailed submission. I also need to remind you to ALWAYS mail by postal mail commercial print agencies. They do not have open calls. It is best to get a compcard made previous and mail it by postal mail.

Copy and paste these agencies, or Google them, and look at the type of models they have and then work on creating your photos in a commercial print style the matches what you see. Don't just send a random photo, send what the agency likes to see and send a professional compcard. Only send photos that have a commercial print vibe, and mail, mail, mail on!

CESD
www.cesdtalent.com/divisions/go/Models-Print/NY

Lauren Green Agency:
www.lgmodels.com/

Atlas Talent Agency - http://www.atlastalent.com/

Parts Models
http://www.partsmodels.com/

Rick Miller Agency
http://www.rickmilleragencyinc.com/

Flaunt Models
www.flauntmodels.com/

Abrams Artists Agency
http://www.abramsartists.com/

Arcieri &Assocaites, Inc
http://arcieritalent.com/

Clear Talent Group
http://www.cleartalentgroup.com/

Gonzales Models
http://www.gonzalesmodels.com/

Citizen Casting:
http://www.citizencasting.com/contact.html

Reich New York Model & Talent Management
http://www.reichny.com/

FFT MODELS
http://www.fftmodels.com/

Some Casting Directors and Talent and Casting Agents:

Grant Wilfley Casting
http://gwcnyc.com/casting.shtml

Wulf Casting
http://www.wulfcasting.com/

Central Casting
http://www.centralcasting.com/

Donald Case Casting (MAIL COMPCARD BY POSTAL MAIL ONLY)
386 Park Avenue South
Ste: 809
NY, NY 10016

Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting
http://sylviafaycasting.com/

Dorothy Palmer Talent Agency, Inc
http://www.dorothypalmertalentagency.com/

Liz Lewis Casting Partners
http://www.lizlewiscastingpartners.com/

Amerifilm Casting
http://www.amerifilmcasting.com/

Donna Grossman Casting
http://www.donnagrossmancasting.com/

Donna DeSeta Casting
http://www.donnadesetacasting.com/

Remember the modeling and acting worlds come together often. Besides mailing these agencies by postal mail your compcard or sending them your headshot and resume, I suggest buying The Call Sheet booklet, put out by Backstage. Go get this! It is a handy booklet of agencies and casting directors in NYC you can mail your headshot and compcard to by postal mail. You can find it in BN or bookstores in the magazine section under TV and Film magazines, $12.This video shares The Call Sheet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcLkd51B0Wc

Modeling is a tough pursuit, and it takes a lot of confidence, energy and time to invest.

Seek out your opportunities, do the research, be careful and good luck! :)

Aim high, try, and strive on!

~Isobella


P.s: Check out my books Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model, on BN.com or Amazon.com (also the bok is an ebook too!)  In Short Stuff, I go behind the scenes of some of my modeling jobs and also share tips for short chicks as well :) Also be sure to download the Comics+ app in the app store for your iPhone or iPad, because my graphic novel Model Life is going to be an app soon! And until September 3rd you can get Almost 5'4" as an ebook in the US for $3.99! whoo hoo!



60 comments:

Nikki Notorious said...

This is great advice! I am taking this step by step and I am SO glad I found your page. It is totally motivating!

Rosalia said...

What about catalog/print modeling agencies in Los Angeles?
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Isobella Jade said...

Here are some print agencies in LA: http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/09/print-modeling-agencies-in-la-los.html

Dana said...

What about agencies in Atlanta? Is it smart to try for agencies out of your town?

Isobella Jade said...

HI Dana, I think it is better to start local and build, if you want to work other markets, such as NYC or LA, it is better to have some experience first, meaning have modeled for a brand or have done some editorial work, even locally or worked with a popular local brand in your area. It is better to show you have experience when entering a competitive market, but modeling is a tough business and it is about self-serving, knowing your assets and no matter where you live there are opportunities but you have to be good at marketing what you do have that can translate into working with brands and magazines, and real modeling opportunities and agencies, it starts with a self investment, the right photos and a comp card, here are some agencies in Atlanta, but like I said, get the commercial print photos you need and a comp card made and target print modeling agencies, goodluck! I was in Atlanta recently, Had a great time!
http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/06/modeling-agency-highlight-in-atlanta.html

Kate said...

I have been thinking about goung into the modeling world. I am 5'4", long red hair and I am not razor thin nor am I a plus sized model. Do you know of any agencies (I live in NJ) that I could go with? NYC is not far from me, but I know the competition is rough and I have no experience. I am interested in doing commercial print, tv, and even fetish modeling. Any help at all would be great. Thanks

Isobella Jade said...

Hi Kate, To model within print modeling you need certain photos and it is not possible to mesh glamour and fetish and commercial print. They are totally different things, different photos and one contradicts the other. I actually am not for glamour modeling or anything in that area, I only support print modeling. Lingerie and fitnes and body part modeling and swimwear modeling is one thing if it is for a respected brand and through a respected agency but it is easy to fall for scams pursuing glamour modeling elsewhere, there are many risks, and mostly especially if you are researching on the web you will find nothing but amatuer land. Skip it. Focus on print modeling. Here is a post on why marketing yourself towards modeling products is best for a shorter girl of all sizes: http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2010/06/modeling-product-is-mindset.html

Melissa said...

Hi Isobella.
I have always been interested in model despite the fact that I am only 5'5" and not super thin. I am 17 years old and I've never tried to pursue this dream of mine up until recently. A few weeks ago, I filled out an application online and soon after received a call from John Casablancas. They invited me to attend a few auditions, but I wasn't able to make them. I'm usually busy with school and work, so it's hard for me to find free time. Whenever I have an ample amount of time on my hands and whenever the clients are in my area again, I can make the audition. Do you have any advice? They informed me to come casual but nice, bring a photo of myself if I have one, and I don't have to pay any money. I've never done like this before and I don't know what to expect. They also want to see my walk, although I would not be doing runway. What should I expect? How should I present myself? Is this legitimate? And what should I expect in the long run if I make the audition? Thanks in advance!

Isobella Jade said...

Hi Melissa, it sounds fishy to me, I would skip this meeting. Shorter models do not need to walk infront of agents, the agents know that fashion clients would not want a 5'5" girl so there is no point to walk. It sounds fishy. I think it is best to focus on commercial print modeling agencies. Get a comp card, submit it by postal mail to print agencies, and research more agencies for print modeling. Here is WHY you need a comp card before the agency, and how to avoid scams:
http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/09/do-you-have-model-compcard-you-should.html

~isobella

Anonymous said...

Hey, im sixteen years old and i'm 5 feet tall is that too short to be a model?

Isobella Jade said...

FNo you are not too short. Modeling doesn't always have a height requirement, (fashion does of course)however print modeling is best to pursue as a shorter girl. On my blog you can find more tips on preparing for print modeling, the photos you need and the steps of how to approach an agency and how to make a compcard. Look on the right side of the blog I have posted the most popular posts, which include, finding a photographer, the photos you need and how to market yourself as a model, no matter your height, :)
~ isobella

Megean B said...

Hi Isobella.
My 17 year old daughter recently completed the ACT program for acting and modeling and she has professional comp/zed cards already. We read that some agencies in NYC accept walk-in's on Tuesdays if you have your cards available. Is this true and do you know of any agencies that you may recommend over another? We are going to the city next week 8/10 and would like to drop some off. My daughter is only 5'2 but they assured her at this 6 month class that that was acceptable for print/face modeling. Any words of wisdom?? Thanks so much

Shemeka said...

Just wanted to say thank you..Your story is inspriing and your advice is practical...I have been modeling for awhile now but I was looking for commercial representation and I found your website. Will def keep checking to see when your speaking engagements are..Best of luck to you because soemtimes you have to fight for your dreams hence your book title "..fashion warrior"...Thank you for letting me see that I can still fight for my dream to become a reality.

Isobella Jade said...

Megean B, I wanted to get back to you about modeling and your daughter. Fashion agencies have open calls and drop off days most likely but your daughter would have to be a certain height these agencies and it is typically 5'8" and taller. However, I suggest buying a booklet in Barnes and Noble called The Call Sheet, it is about $10 and in the Magazine section of the store under Film and TV magazines, inside is a list of talent and print agencies in NYC. Even in this Internet-age you should still submit to agencies through posted mail and print agencies prefer this. I hate modeling schools and honestly the "school credit" might be nice for acting but for print modeling it won't mean much in print modeling. Print modeling agencies care more about if your daughter has personality and can project that within your photos on her compcard. Agencies to consider. FFT MODELS. Flaunt Models. CESD. And the ones listed here are best to MAIL by POSTAL MAIL: http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-10-commercial-print-modeling.html

Most print agencies will work with the cards you give them, do not feel you need to sign exclusive contracts and TYPCALLY in print modeling print models DO NOT sign exclusive contracts. Print agencies do not invest in their models like a fashion agency does. Print modeling agencies work with all sizes and shapes, which means their roster is larger, which means less time to spend shaping a model's career and more time working with models who are already prepared and ready to work, who know how to model and who they can book and send on castings. I hope this helps for now, ~isobella

Healtheworld said...

wow I am stunt ! I am so glad i found your page. This really gave me more motivation to succeed in my modeling dream. Anyways, I would love some tips on agencies who are real, because I experience a horrible situation, where my mom payed lots of money, and it wasn't a real agency ! please write back. xoxo

Healtheworld said...

This really opened my eyes , by reading some of your post you have made. This post really made my motivation higher to succeed in my dream world. Around the beginning of this year, I was offer into a "agency" , where my mom ended up paying a thousand something. And then i get to hear that you really don't have to pay in order to becoming a model. This "Agency" told my mom & me that i would be on their page, online, for a year, which is my contract, and if any company likes my pictures, then i would get called. And its been 6months and i haven't gotten called. Here's my Comp Card, I want you to check it out. http://gigacomp.com/comp_card.php?id=74971&nologo= ; after you do i would love you to help me find a real agency, so i can pursue my dreams. thanks for reading ... xoxo ; you're truly amazing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Isobella, my name is Samiyyah and Im 5'4". I read the previous posts and I noticed you said something about glamour modeling, is it bad? I did lots of research through google on types of modeling and since i have more of a curvier body with a big bust I thought glamour modeling would best for me. What do you say? Thanks.

Isobella Jade said...

You might have a curvy body, bg bust, but that doesn't mean that is all you have to offer as a model. What about your smile, what about modeling a product? jewelry, accessories, create beauty shots, and shots that have a commercial print modeling feel and focus on targeting your "print modeling photos" to commercial print modeling agencies. Unless you are modeling for a product, catalog, and a purpose beyond "showing off" I think glamour modeling is really just for the male sex to look at, and a model that is curvy can be more than a tease. Glamour modeling implies: tease, and I think editorial modeling, or photo shoots that involve the body but have a more soft appeal is better than glamour modeling. I'd look at Allure, Glamour, Nylon, Marie Claire, there is a lot more out there than glamour modeling. Don't feel limited. Don't forget you can use your smile, and other assets to model. Focus on your assets as a model who can model for brands and products for advertising campaigns and bring your personality forward. Being curvy and having a bust doesn't mean you should pursue glamour modeling, which I think is not something that leads to legit work. Brands and magazines don't usually hire a glamour model. It is a very limited area to only focus on. And also it is not typically taken seriously by legit agents and agencies. I'd strive for more and aim higher for your self :)

Xfervia said...

Alright, So I'm 5'3" I have really nice skin and I have a petite figure. I really want to get into print modeling, and can use any advice. I live in Texas.

Marissa Danielle said...

Hi Isobella,

I am 13 and 5'0" tall. I really want to be a model. I live in New Jersey, so I am close to New York. I DO NOT want to do any catalog or commercial modeling- HIGH FASHION ONLY! I already know what you're going to tell me, so join my cause to get petite models into high fashion, starting with "America's Next Top Model". I have a facebook page called "allow girls of all heights to be on America's Next Top Model". PLEASE JOIN MY CAUSE! I want this so badly!
-Marissa

Isobella Jade said...

:) ANTM doesn't have a say in the Fashion World, designers do. :) When designers start designing more for All sizes the world of fashion will open the doors to all sizes. When magazine editors ask for sample sizes to be for all sizes, the world of fashion will change. Change could happen, but ANTM isn't the one who makes the change. The show has not featured shorter girls for more than one season or shares how realistically models of all ages and sizes and types DO already work as models in the commercial print world. You can still model accessories and lifestyle products, even if you are 5'3". It is all about how you market yourself mixed with a realistic mindset and striving in the right ways. Saying and DOING are totally different things. It is best to get some experience modeling "for something" "for a product," and build a portfolio and strive to work with agencies and people who DO work with all types. Put it this way, there are MORE print agencies out there than fashion it's just the media only talks about fashion. Fashion is a SMALL percent of the modeling industry. There are more working models of all sizes than fashion models. Models are meant to model-for-something, for products, and the advertising world has used and does use models of all types. You are not limited, but you just have to market yourself the right ways. Know your assets and market them. Every product out there uses models. Fashion is not the end all and if ANTM wanted to change and welcome all sizes they would have already. But ANTM is not the end all either. Many agencies, MANY work with all types of models, you just have to seek out the right area of modeling in the right ways and invest in yourself and passion with will and the attitude to learn and understand yourself and how what you have can naturally be used in modeling products for ads, commercials, and editorials in magazines. It is possible to model, but being ambitiously realistic is best :) ~Isobella

Ms.Bubbles said...

Hello, Isobella
I'm from Atlanta, and I'm 5'1, I would like to know, were there any paying jobs that you retrieved on your own, without an agency involved? If yes, please elaborate. thanks in adv.

Ms.Bubbles said...

hello, Isobella.
I'm from Atlanta and I'm 5'1.I would like to know, were there any jobs, that you retrieved on your own, without an agency? if yes, please name a few...thanks

Isobella Jade said...

Hey there, here are some agencies in Atlanta:

http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/06/modeling-agency-highlight-in-atlanta.html

~Isobella

Anonymous said...

The man who has made up his mind to win will never say "impossible ".

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Northwestern

Anonymous said...

Hi Isobella

am from Africa is it possible to apply ?

Isobella Jade said...

Hi :) Unless you live in that country, I would not apply. Most print agencies want you to live in that country, print modeling is different than fashion where girls get disocvered and such. Commercial Print modeling agencies don't house their models or fly them over from another country, but I would strive to research print modeling agencies in your area, and grow your experience working with products, brands and magazines and then consider other countries because having some experience could make your opportunities better if you were to move to another country for school or something you could pursue modeling perhaps part time.

Janelle said...

Hi isobella, i'm 13, and 5'2 . do you have any tips for me on what to look for in modeling? i was looking at petiete, and i was wondering if that is the right direction.

ramdass.jessica said...

Hello Isobella, I am also really happy I ran into your page. I 17 years old of West Indian decent, most people say I can pass for many different races. I live in NY and I attended an open call at Wilhelmina a year ago, and they sent me home because I was too short :/ I am 5'4 can you recommend any agencies I should look into for my size in NYC/Miami? Thanks ! :)

Isobella Jade said...

These agencies mentioned here are good to send a modeling comp card to, and also here is a list for FL: http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/07/modeling-agencies-in-miami-and-south.html

Anonymous said...

Hey!! Today i went on a second interview to a place in nyc not a modeling agency, nore do they claim to be a talent agency either although talent is in thier company name... they openly admited i was to short for fashion modeling which i knew since im 25 and only 4'11. They did say i would be great for tv and print, and wanted to take me as a part of thier team. I was really excited about it...till i learned a digital and paper comp card would cost 500 nd money everymonth to keep it on thier site...i turned them down, as people told me it didnt sound right...what do you think??

Va

Isobella Jade said...

Va you made the right choice, thats BS! You shouldn't have to pay to be on an agencies website or work with them, but do be prepared to manage your own photography, comp cards and work hard at creating marketable photos, here is some insight on that: http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/09/do-you-have-model-compcard-you-should.html
~Isobella

Anonymous said...

Do you know of any Canadian agencies that may be worth a shot sending comp cards to? I'm also an actress so if you know any agencies which are good for that in CA please let me know.

briadoll said...

Do you have to be in thier area just to send out your comp-cards to them?
Is it best to look for agencies in your location first?

Jenna said...

Wow I'm so glad I saw this article! My school is very demanding, but petite modeling is such a dream for me. Is it possible to balance high school and modeling evenly?
Also,I'm not sure if I really fit into commercial modeling. I don't have a brilliant smile, and I look very young for my age. I have big cheeks, freckles, and am sort of flat chested. Does that mean that I can't model?

Anonymous said...

My daughter is petite, beautiful and extremely fit. She's interested in petite modeling but we don't know where to start. I don't want to spend a lot of money until I know she has a good chance of making some money. Do you ever critique photos or have any recommendations of anyone who does? We live near Los Angeles. Thanks

Isobella Jade said...

Hi, you can email me photos of your daughter at petitepride@yahoo.com I will try to get back to you soon but it might be 2-4 weeks or longer since I am working on a new book project. However here is a list of print modeling agencies in LA to pursue (copy paste, you can also search my blog in the upper left corner for tips on creating marketable print modeling photos, finding a photographer and approaching agencies and making comp cards)
http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/09/print-modeling-agencies-in-la-los.html


Also keep in mind a couple things. 1. print modeling is about personality and friendly smiles more than serious pouts of the fashion world. 2. Many print models freelance aka work non-exclusive with their agencies. They make their own comp cards and the agency markets the images the models provides and the compcard they provide. It is easy to get scammed these days so beaware of photo-packages and modeling schools--a waste of time, mainly your daughter needs to show her personality in her photos. The Alloy catalog is a good example of this type of energy. Manage her photography and comp cards and remember to encourage your daughter to understand that modeling is not about being the prettiest or tallest or most perfect, it is about being what the project involves and fitting the vibe of it. Print modeling is the way to go and bring out your daughters great energy and personality and mail, mail, mail her comp cards out. Here is more on print modeling:

http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/07/print-modeling-has-become-many-things.html

http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/09/getting-print-modeling-agency.html

http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2011/06/basic-print-modeling-photos-every.html

http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/09/do-you-have-model-compcard-you-should.html


http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2010/03/does-your-photographer-know-what.html

http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2009/12/modeling-agency-height-requirement-and.html

~Isobella

Anonymous said...

Isobella: THANK YOU so much for your timely response!!!!! My daughter and I really appreciate it.

RevitaDerm Cream said...

I am taking this step by step and I am SO glad I found your page. It is totally motivating!

Anonymous said...

Hi Isobella,

People told me that I should model, but I am 4'10 and 94.5 lbs! I don't know what agency in NYC I could go to. Do you know of any? I only know the huge fashion agencies and I am like 1 foot under height!

Thank you so much,
L

Isobella Jade said...

Hi, the list here is a good start. Getting a headshot/ compcard and starting your portfolio is the first step towards working with agencies. As a shorter girls you will work with typically print modeling agencies or talent agencies non-exclusive (which means you can work with more than one). After you have your comp card prepared and it is print modeling friendly with the right print modeling photos you should mail it to print modeling agencies. Most print modeling agencies do not have open calls so this "old fashion way of postal mail" is best. Or some agencies have on their websites the ability to send pics by jpg through the website or an email but I still think it is best to mail a comp card, a physical comp card that shows your serious and professional. Mailing and perfecting your photos are best for your photos and how you look on camera are what book you the job. So work on crafting the photos you need and on my blog you can search print modeling photos or basic print modeling photos and you will find examples ~Isobella

Anonymous said...

Hi izobella. I am 5.10 , thin ,have a model look, but I am 27 years old. I am thinking to make model business now. People on the streets always asking me if I am model and this make me think even more about it. I was modeling before but it was a long time ago when I was 16-18. But I stopped because in country where I am from model business is not popular. I forgot to write that I look younger than my age. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Isobella,
My daughter is 16, 5'4, and 100lbs. She is interested in the modeling and acting industry. She has attended modeling school in Houston, Tx. Most recently she was invited to attend a convention in Dallas, Tx with Proscouts. There are fees involved. ($795 for the event, hotel cost, and other misc expenses). I am concerned that this may not be a legitimate avenue for is to take. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. We are located in Houston, Tx.

Isobella Jade said...

Hi, thanks for reaching out to me about your daughter. I would say NO WAY to the convention in Dallas. I would skip it. Save your money because although it might seem fun to get attention and be seen by agents, most girls leave upset and discouraged after conventions like that. Put the money towards professional photos and prepare a nice comp card for your daughter and start marketing her to talent and print modeling agencies in your area. Remember** it is GREAT that you are by your daughter's side, but don't be scammed into photo packages and so-called modeling agency scams...many girls work non-exclusive with agencies don't sign it all away before asking for a trial period, ask questions and beaware that YOU are your best marketer for your daughter and as she grows up she will be able to handle the challenges and even unstable moments of striving as a model. Having belief in herself and being positive and professional and prepared is key. Here is a list of a few agencies, however I would prepare professional photos ahead of time-at least a pretty headshot to show you are prepared and on top it, I have not worked with these agencies but from my research they seem to be pretty legit: http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2010/06/houston-modeling-and-talent-agencies.html

I hope this helps, ~Isobella

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lvzee said...

Hi Isobella! I totally stumbled across your blog while googling about lifestyle modeling, and I'm so glad I did. You are very inspirational and encouraging. I am 5'9" tall, with 33/25/36 measurements, clear skin, straight white teeth, nice natural nails and am highly personable, etc. All the things I've been told that is a part of being a great model. However I have 2 issues, location, I live in upstate South Carolina, and age, I'm 29. I do not expect to go to Milan or Paris at this point, nor do I expect to be in Vogue Magazine or walk the runways of New York Fashion Week. I know that my age kicks me into commercial, lifestyle and print modeling. I'm thinking of moving to NYC but I have no modeling experience. I do have acting experience as I just completed an Indie feature film called "My Perfect Sin" where I played the lead female role, as well as other small project experience. I never would have thought acting would call stronger than modeling because I have heard all my life, even twice yesterday, that I should be a model, as if I can just make that happen with the snap of a finger. I have had 2 small town agencies that just did not pan out on the modeling end and have sort of grown weary of these small town dealings. Do you have any advice for someone like myself with age and geographical limitations for modeling? If I were to move to NYC, what are some legit agencies I could look into prior to the move? Thanks!

-LaVonya

P.S. You can check out my website at www.lavonyahaywood.com

Nika said...

Hi there! Thanks so much for this blog. I am 35, 5’5” and wear a size 2 dress. I just finally got the guts to pursue modeling. It’s been heavy on my heart for years. I know that my age and height puts me into the commercial lifestyle sphere of things. Problem is, how do I get experience? I started a Model Mayhem account but most of the photographers are fashion or glamour focused. Would it be beneficial to take these jobs just to get comfort and experience in front of the camera? How do I get commercial lifestyle experience?

Also, even though I am small and look great in form fitting and even very little clothing, my body is not exactly swimsuit ready. Does it make sense to send my stuff to agencies now in just leggings (or tight jeans) and a tank? Or should I wait until I’m able to submit swimsuit photos? At my age, I’ll probably play somebody’s mama anyway, not much swimsuit  I’m afraid to wait because right now I’m not employed so it would be a good time to gauge the interest and hopefully get some callbacks. If I wait until October (my body should be tight be then and ready for swimwear) I may be stuck at a full time job again. Also, should I wait to submit photos to agencies before I have experience or do I go ahead and do it now?

Last question! How do I find a photographer that focuses in lifestyle photography so that I can get some composites. How do I get experience in commercial modeling when everyone on model mayhem wants to shoot fashion and glamour. Sorry for the 20 questions but I appreciate you!

Nika said...

Hi there! Thanks so much for this blog.  I am 35, 5’5” and wear a size 2 dress.   I just finally got the guts to pursue modeling.  It’s been heavy on my heart for years.  I know that my age and height puts me into the commercial lifestyle sphere of things.  Problem is, how do I get experience?  I started a Model Mayhem account but most of the photographers are fashion or glamour focused.  Would it be beneficial to take these jobs just to get comfort and experience in front of the camera?  How do I get commercial lifestyle experience? 

 

Also, even though I am small and look great in form fitting and even very little clothing, my body is not exactly swimsuit ready. Does it make sense to send my stuff to agencies now in just leggings (or tight jeans) and a tank?  Or should I wait until I’m able to submit swimsuit photos? At my age, I’ll probably play somebody’s mama anyway, not much swimsuit J   I’m afraid to wait because right now I’m not employed so it would be a good time to gauge the interest and hopefully get some callbacks.  If I wait until October (my body should be tight be then and ready for swimwear) I may be stuck at a full time job again.  Also, should I wait to submit photos to agencies before I have experience or do I go ahead and do it now?

 

Last question! How do I find a photographer that focuses in lifestyle photography so that I can get some composites.   How do I get experience in commercial modeling when everyone on model mayhem wants to shoot fashion and glamour.  Sorry for the 20 questions but I appreciate you!

AllFashion101 said...

I AM a green eyed brunette, SOUTH CAROLINAN 5'2 junior and is LOSING... MY MIND lol. ihave a passion for modeling but idk what to do!! i do local little fashion shows and such for like a year now and i have great headshots but dont know where to send them. . iknow because my height print/catalog modeling with be my strongest PLEASE ANY ADVICE.?

Isobella Jade said...

Allfashion101, Are there any print modeling agencies or talent agencies in your area. Google: Print modeling agency or try talent agency + your city. There might be casting directors booking actors for local TV commercials, research, research, research. Being a good researcher is what helps you get opportunity. In a smaller city or town it might be hard to book work with national brands but then again some well known brands are based in cities and areas you might not expect. LA and NY are not everything, so check out what brands and companies are based in your area. For now to get more experience try to work with aspiring brands and maybe even go to a craft show and network with aspiring accessories designers who might need a model for their catalogs. It might seem like there is no work in a smaller marketer but actually an ambitious model could really get a decent amount of work with a marketing mindset. Local nail salons, hair salons, grocery chains in your area. It's best to have a professional company and the 'right' photos to market yourself properly. Ex: don't put a glamour shot on a comp card you plan to send to a more lifestyle brand/company. Be smart about the photos you use to market yourself and make sure they involve smiles and show your personality. Get innovative, be your best marketer, and always be careful and safe. :) Isobella

Anonymous said...

hi
i really want to do print modeling but i dont know where to start. i really want to do commericals and catalogs. i don't know of any photographers. i live in NYC, would you happen to know any?

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!i have a question.i'm 5'2'' without heels.in application form it says to enter my height so do i enter my normal height or the height when i wear heels?it must seem like a stupid question, but i'm from Romania, and here are different requirements

Isobella Jade said...

I guess height can be marked give or take a couple inches, you could put 5'4" and get away with it prob, especially if you are proportioned and can look longer in photos. But being 5'2" and putting 5'6" down might look obviously wrong without your shoes on. Also always watch your posture when you stand with good posture you can actually gaine an inch or so. :)

Lenore said...

Hi Isobella,

I'm 29, 5'5" and people ask me all the time if I'm an actress or a model. I've been giving some serious thought into getting into commercial print again. I used to model and do commercials when I was a teenager (back in TX) but got into it as a child and years later not really sure how to get back into it. Your site has some really great suggestions on agencies to look at but I'm not really sure how to go about getting my comp card. Could you give some advice on how to find a good professional photographer for making a comp card? I live in NYC and would love some guidance on how to find photographers worth the investment.

Anonymous said...

Hey Isobella,

I'm 20 years old, 5'4. I really want to do print ad modeling, and have search how to become a print model, but I want to know how I get my foot in the door. I'm trying try out local, but I dont have any local agencies around my area, but I have filling application close my area. Should I try in close around local area or should I try different areas like out of state?

Rachelle said...

hi i have no experience very short 5'2 to be exact but i want to commerical print modeling and i live in nj are there any agencies that will be willing to get me a chance

Anonymous said...

Petite is 4'10 i live in Corpus Christi n was once asked if i ever considered modeling n was given a buisness card......ooooooooooo i wish i would have called i never did,i thought it was a perv man of something just never know,but he was decent dressed i should have taken that one chance i never took.Being beautiful shouldnt b about height (modeling).Im complimented almost everyday .Ive been called la model haha n many other nice comments.Besides the real world of men love short women.Modeling agencies should take a chance with petite women n all sizes u never know how much better recognition beautiful petite women could get u if u dont try theres always a first to everything.Theres lots of beautiful women out there.

Lauren Ferrari said...

hii im 15 years old and about 5ft and about 100 lbs..i wear size 00-0 jeans. I have clover green eyes and really long dirty blonde hair and pinky olive skin. i have been told i should go into modeling cause i have a nice bubbly personality and im photogenic.. what type of modeling do you suggest i should look into doing? thanks<3
-Lauren Ferrari