Wednesday, December 9, 2009

4 things it takes to work as a model

Modeling is a build, it is a process. It is not an overnight success. The more your give the more you get, and also here are some things that count:

1. What are your assets? Do you know what is marketable about you? Could you picture your self in an ad or editorial in a magazine? What type of product could you model realistically? What type of magazine editorial realistically? What would an agency would think of your photos you send them, and again what types of jobs come to mind that you could do when you look in the mirror and show your personality? If you do not know, then you should think about this stuff before you pursue modeling.

2. Being available, it can mean getting a modeling job or not. Agencies want to know you are available for castings and bookings. Agencies will give you castnigs a week before, a few days before or on the day of.

3. Being prepared. Having your compcard, portfolio, yes, even in this digital age counts. At a casting you MUST leave a compcard and if you don't have these tools you might as well not even show up to the casting. Saying "go to my website" doesn't play out with professional modeling jobs. Also to get a modeling agency interested in working with you, you should mail your compcard through the postal mail. Then if the agency is interested they will ask you to meet them, or send them more compcards, which they will market to their clients. The agency might also ask you to email jpegs of more photos as well after they meet you and want to work with you. HOWEVER, for your submissions to the agency to get their attention, it is suggested to mail by postal mail your compcard.

Don't be a lazy model and think electronic submissions are best, they are not. We might live in a digital-age/ internet-age, but mailing your compcard in postal mail is still best for submitting to professional agencies.

4. Keep the spirit. Just because an agency wants to work with you, it doesn't mean all is perfect and done. No way! Most shorter girls will NOT get an exclusive contract and many print modeling agencies freelance or work non-exclusive with their models... Remember having 'someone to work with' doesn't mean all is done and set. It isn't just about "Who you are with" but also about "what you have done" --- It isn't just about 'the contract' it is about "the right thing for you" and if you ARE getting work as a model with that agency. Focus on getting professional experience as a model. The more experience modeling for 'something' you have the better, and the more you can get. Keeping your positive spirit, energy and drive is a major part of getting opportunities.

MODELING is ALOT OF work, it is not easy, there is no short-cut, and many girls give up. Be realistic and ambitious and get more of what you want.

***********AIM HIGHER ***********


Michelle Ruiz said...

Thanks for this, Isobella. It is so very true. Just because you "sign" with an agency does not mean your work stops there. Also, be realistic about where you live. You gave me great advice about working with agencies in San Francisco because that's where I live.You should try to pursue modeling close to your region. I actually "signed" with an agency in LA, but they never call me because I live in northern California.

Yum Yucky said...

Thank you for the tips. You answered a lot of my questions!


Melissa said...

Hey Isobella,

I discovered your blog about a month ago and I have been reading it ever since. The information and tips you share is so helpful to me. I have learned so much from your blog about the modeling industry and what it has to offer. I want to pursue a career in print modeling. I was recently offered an opportunity to model for Littlewoods Catalog (based in the UK). Mind you, I live in the US. I have yet to figure out whether this is a scam or not after receiving emails from a self-proclaimed agent. FYI, I was offered this opportunity after being discovered on SSC [(Star Search Casting)(website)] with a face shot of myself. I've read your advice to other girls and I was just wondering if I could possibly receive some from you. I need help and I have no one else (esp. with experience) to confide in. I would love to forward the emails that I have received from the agent to you. Is this possible? Thanks in advance!

Unknown said...

Melissa, I am glad you found my blog and that it inspires you :) I think the job you mentioned in your comment is a scam. (you can send me the emails if you want to Overall, and Typically I would NOT consider an overseas modeling job or job even in another city in the US without ALOT of research first, and without the job being through a respected agency you really are at risk, and remember ALWAYS ask questions. Most well respected brands do not hire inexperienced models from other countries without it being through an agency. Being approached from an online service screams...fishy. The company might have a nice website but I do not know anything about them as a business. If you do not know anyone in the UK who can help you research the brand find out and ask who is the photographer, marketing director, what the shoot will involve, how many days and the pay, and when you will be paid. Still if you are inexperienced as a model, I think this is weird because most well known brands hire only models through agencies. I would look for modeling work in your area, nearest cities and even get some local experience and grow your portfoio, tearsheets and experience so that if you want to pursue in another market you could, I find online casting sites to be the totally wrong place to look for opportunities or be saught out. Being flown to another city or country is something that should be done professionally through an agency and again I do not support online casting sites..too much is fishy. When you work with an agency you might be booked in another city or area....hence I have worked shoe modeling shows in Vegas for national known shoe brands, booked through a well respected agency when I lived in NY and Miami and was flown there from the client to work the show with the other models, but even then I asked a ton of questions. Even when I book modeling jobs through my agency I always research the photographer, the product company the ad agency, etc.

Most things on the web are scams, for this case, I would say ignore and skip it, There are many scams out there, and online castings are something to be VERY careful about in this day and age. Smells fishy to me. ~ Isobella