Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Model Talk Radio Making a Model Comp card

This week's segment of Model Talk Radio covers the know-how-of making a model comp card. The topics will be based on real questions I have received from Facebook messages from aspiring models.

Here is the scoop:
Segment title: Isobella's making a Model Comp Card tips
Time: 1pm EST
When, Weds, 14th 1pm EST

Listen live here at 1pm today or to the archive anytime:

Model, author Isobella Jade shares tips for creating a comp card based on questions she has received from Facebook. This segment covers the basic steps of creating a comp card, and why just having a comp card doesn't mean it will well market you to an agency or jobs-unless it is a well created comp card. Remember, your comp card represents what you can do as a model. Isobella is the author of her modeling memoir "Almost 5'4"" and a comic/graphic novel called "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior,"


Marla said...

I have a question: When you're starting out and decide to get a comp card done, is there a way to determine from the number of good pictures you take whether or not you are, magic word, "photogenic"? Let's say somebody takes 200 pictures and you look absolutely average in 150 of them (face/eyes are blank, mouth looks crooked, etc), then you have 35 good pictures (you look nice, they'd make pretty gifts for your family but aren't extraordinary), 10 that are almost perfect but the hands or position of your arm look stupid, and then there are 5 pics that are stunning. That's 2.5%. Is that bad/normal/good? Should it get better? How many frames do you get at a professional job to get it right?

Isobella Jade said...

Great question. I would always think of the modeling agent, the casting director, and imagine them getting a casting for a certain product that You think you can realistcally model for. Do your photos say you can model for anything by using your personality, skincare, smile, etc. If there is expression in your eyes, and a real natural, like you are really laughing or enjoying your day in a smile shot is best. You need a full body shot, that looks like a catalog or editorial in a magazine, not too fashion forward, but involves also a smile or has a catalog feel, like you are modeling for a product ad or catalog is best. I would say less is more. Only show the best, and even is than means showing less photos. It is better to show 3 sellable and marketable shots, than a bunch that do not sell you well. It is normal as an aspiring new model to only pick 3-5 shots per shoot to use in your comp card and/or portfolio. You should set up goals before the shoot, use examples from ads you see in lifestyle magazines and practice the natural poses and the way the shot will go,...before the shot/shoot. Just getting in front of the camera isn't enough, you have to know your self, your face, how to naturally get the best out of you, and it involves practice, and having a plan before the shoot. Set a goal to accomplish a certain shot, a headshot, a fitness shot, or catalog styled shot holding a handbag or modeling jewelry, smile shots, and maybe it sounds corny, but practice your smile. If you can "know in your mind" what you look like what you turn your face a certain way, and know your body, and how to pose it naturally in a photogentic way you will be happier with the shots.
I hope this helps.

Marla said...


thanks for answering...I've actually noticed the number of "photogenic" pictures go way up when I can interact with something in front of the camera (say, a teddy bear) as opposed to when I have to "pose" (something I'm not yet familiar with) I guess it's mainly a question of experience and knowing what you're doing.

Another question: Do the standard comp cards from look good? So far I've seen two comp cards from other models (not printed there); one was so glossy you could use it as a mirror and saw every fingerprint, and the other was totally matte which wasn't eyecatching at all and seemed rather cheap. I liked neither.