Thursday, February 4, 2010

A model's age

A girl recently asked me through a Facebook message, "I wanted to know if it is necessary to share your real age when interviewing with agencies? (I look much younger than my real age, but don't want to be discriminated against)?"

My reply might also help your pursuits:

Well in my experience, to be paid and work with an agency they only need your social security number and "maybe" your photo ID, however I don’t recall the agencies I’ve worked with asking to photo-copy my ID.

When it comes to your age, it is best to be honest. Also if you wanted, you could just sharing the range of your age is ok, an ex: say that you would be great for jobs where you can portray the ages between 17-24 or something like that. However benig honest about your age is not something that should hold you back. If anything the agent will say "oh well you look younger, so you could be sent on a range of castings." Which is only better for you as a model.

Models are not young anymore, most models, those in ads and commercials, (notice the commercials on TV and print ads for lifestyle products, and non-fashion products) they are not all teens or of fashion height. There are many models modeling that are 25-40. Think about the products out there that sell in drugstores, and retail stores, most are targeted towards someone of that demographic and income.

So work with your own range and look, but keep in mind that being a bit older in modeling is not a bad thing actually as well. :) Many models are working and portraying younger when they are actually years older, so it is a normal thing in modeling to be a certain age and be marketing your self younger. Maybe shorter girls in their 20's look like teens, and book teen catalog work, and model for brands targeted at a younger customer.

And, when it comes to your name, even if you want to use "a different name for modeling" and a different name is on your comp card, it is best to tell the agency your "real name" and legal information, so you can be paid properly. Unless you have a Doing Business As account with your bank and can deposit checks with the "stage name", without this---beware that you might not be able to deposit the check in your "model name."

Agencies also are businesses and they do taxes, and as a model you are responsible for your own taxes as well, so be clear with the agencies you work with about how to pay you and what name should be on the check. You will most likely be asked for your Tax ID number or social security number.

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