Friday, June 26, 2009

being scammed from a modeling agency

A girl told me today about being scammed from an agency this week. They took her money, charged her too much and she is feeling scammed. It seems on every corner there is a new scam, new wanna be, new scary person trying to jerk over models! To skip the scams you have to not be desperate and also take your time, don't rush, or panic, or think everything has to happen right now...it is good to be ambitious but don't get yourself in a mess. There are too many people out there ready to mess with anyone. So keep your head up. The higher you aim, the more realistic you are, the harder you work, the more you want something the more careful you have to be too sometimes.

Don't ever pay the agency for photos. This is a scam. Many times you can find better photography rates on your own, however you do have to be selective and careful. No matter what- modeling involves being smart about creating your markting material and you can make your own compcards cheaper than an agency can say they will make it for you usually. Don't fall for a scam. Manage you! Be apart of ur dream and the work.

5 comments:

Paige Flori said...

Hey Isobella!

I like the gritty truth in your stories - experiences that most people would shy away from talking about, using words and phrases not often found in non-fiction books. The way you wrote the stories you talked about today really made them so much more real because I could totally relate to what you were thinking, and the words you were using to describe your inner thoughts. Raw truth is often hard to tell - Bravo for having the guts to share that with others and save them from similar mistakes!

isobella jade said...

Thanks so much! The whole time I wrote it I thought about how important it was to be honest, very honest, and bold. I am glad you liked it Paige! Keep on believing!

Isobella Jade

Lauren said...

Isobella! I am eternally grateful to you and for this blog. You have restarted my ambition to model. I have a few questions for you. I now know that I need to develop a good comp card in order to start mailing them to agencies. How do you even start to produce a good comp card on your own? Second, I am 5'7". I am interested in commercial print modeling but is there another niche for girls my height that I could also consider when modeling?

Lauren said...

Isobella! I am eternally grateful to you and for this blog. You have restarted my ambition to model. I have a few questions for you. I now know that I need to develop a good comp card in order to start mailing them to agencies. How do you even start to produce a good comp card on your own? Second, I am 5'7". I am interested in commercial print modeling but is there another niche for girls my height that I could also consider when modeling?

isobella jade said...

Lauren, Your compcard should have a nice close up shot like the girls on the hair dye boxes, go to the drug store and notice the girls on the boxes have fresh smiles, nice hair but not too fashiony, not too much makeup, natural. Pretty. Your shots on your compcards should "look" like ads, even if they are not. So think about handbag ads, shoes, accessories, skincare, haircare, and notice the pose, the facial expressions. Also notice smile shots, you will need to show your smile on your compcard for print modeling. So don't forget the smile/energy shot. You want to show an agency that you can sell a products image with your look. You could try to mail some fashion agencies but don't get discouraged if you don't hear back, fashion might be in the media more, but commercial print is the largest area of modeling, so keep striving! It can take time! Stay ambitious. Keep trying. Showing up and trying is a huge part of working as a model. (no matter your height) :)