Here are some agencies in the Philadelphia market, and if you live in NJ near Philly submit as well. Follow the directions on the submission process:
http://www.reinhardagency.com/ seems more fashion than commercial print however
http://www.dochertyagency.com/index.php Pittsburgh, PA
Models On The Move Model & Talent Agency
Mail comp cards to:
Lucy King, Designated Agent and Owner
1200 Route 70, Barclay Towers, Suite 6, P.O. Box #4037, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08034
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MODELING AGENCY SUBMISSIONS.
To work with a modeling agency you should NEVER pay to register on their website, don’t think you have to, don’t be forced into it, or feel pressure to do so.
Having your own comp card and managing your own self while working with modeling agencies is always best. I don’t like the idea of an agency marketing me online to their clients. An agency should have enough of a relationship with a client that the client calls them or the agency sends over select photos in jpgs of the models that would be good for the job or the agency would refer the client to their website, but you should never pay to be on an agency website.
Also, despite the internet, you NEED a comp card. Ask the modeling agency to use your comp card to market you, create your own photography and print your own cards, save money and also prevent scams by doing so. Legit agencies will at least “work with” the comp card you give them even if it is not perfect. I still believe in the postal mail and legit agencies do as well. Send your photos in the postal mail, show you are serious and more than just a jpeg but that you are prepared. That you have professional print modeling tools. A comp card, portfolio, and even a headshot.
A legit agency may suggest you use a certain photographer but for print modeling, commercial print modeling agencies, and talent agencies and casting directors, do not feel that you MUST use their photography service, take their classes, etc. You do not have to and don’t feel pressure to do so. These agencies seem pretty legit, I do not know them personally, and if you have thoughts on working with a modeling agency here email me at email@example.com
To prevent scams when hunting for modeling agencies, put the modeling agencies name in google search + scam.
Also recently a model in Philadelphia told me about a popular agency charging her to be on the website. This was my reply:
DO NOT feel you must pay to be on an agency website. This is wrong and it makes me SOOOOO mad when agencies imply you must pay to be on their website. This is not so, and don't feel forced into it. More than ever more agencies are telling aspiring models to pay to be seen by clients on their website. I don't agree. An agent has build a business by having good relationships with their clients, the brand, the editor, the ad agency which cast models for their projects,--an agency should not be relying on a database to book their models, that is just amatuer and even in this Internet-age it is not right. Just because more girls want to be models and more agencies are working with more different types of models that doesn't mean it is ok to charge them to be on their website. That is just wrong. I work with great agencies and refuse and do not pay to be on their website, and if asked I'd refuse. At the high fashion agencies I heard that the models have the rate of these things taken out of their paychecks, well it is one thing if it is taken out of a job that the agency books you, but if you are paying upfront to be seen on a website of a talent or commercial print modeling agency, keep looking! There is legit out there, you do not have to pay to be seen on a modeling agency website. Don't think you do.
Check out these agencies, I do not live in Philadelphia but they seem ok. If I am wrong always email me about it. Consider the above, and I suggest being prepared with a comp card and portfolio, the more prepared you are the more you can prevent scams no matter where you live. I suggest mailing the agency by postal mail your comp card. A modeling agency is a great help and asset for your modeling goals because the modeling agency has the contacts with the brands that need models for the better and bigger paying modeling jobs, but don't get scammed or think there are not other options. There are. It is work, time, an investment, but aim high, crave more, better, professional, and get it! Goodluck!