Something that has been bugging me lately is the direction the fashion industry is going, especially in small towns and cities like mine.
When I first started modeling back in June, I thought everything was great. I thought I would do some research on modeling agencies in my area, get some call backs, get signed, and be on my way. But sadly, things didn’t go quite as planned.
I want to write this blog today as a warning for any girl looking to get a break in the modeling industry. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do it, but I am saying there are some things you must be careful about when first starting out. And hopefully after reading this, you can learn from my mistakes.
First of all, when finding a local agency, do lots and lots of research on them! Especially if the agency is a local or small town/city one, but also be just as careful in large cities too. There are far to many (bad) or (fake) modeling agencies who are only to willing to rob you of a couple thousand dollars.
So how do you tell if an agency is fake? When I signed to my first agency, I did lot’s of research online. I Facebooked them, I talked to other models represented there, I looked up reviews on google, and everything came back perfectly fine.
What I didn’t realize was that agencies are smart. They know you’ll be doing the research online and are all to prepared with fake reviews and news feed making it seem like they have a lot of business. You have to be smarter!
My biggest mistake I overlooked when signing was this: never should an agency ask you for money up front. One thing you need to remember is the agency is making an investment in you, not the other way around. Therefore, any photo shoots, even for beginning portfolio work, should not cost you any money.
If they ever say you have to pay a certain amount for your portfolio pictures, or to get onto their website, or any other reason for payment, know that something is wrong.
Another thing you don’t want to do is be to eager or naive. This is another mistake I made because being to excited when an agent says, “I can get you to New York or Paris”, definitely clouds your judgment. This way, you end up making decisions based on your emotions instead of thinking it through.
Remember that you as a model are just as much of a business person as the agent, so don’t get intimidated when going for an interview. Listen to what the agent is saying, read the contract through and take your time reading it. Have another third party look over the contract before signing it as well.
All of these important tips are mistakes I made going into my first signing, and I am still caught up in the mess of it. Therefore, please take this advice and go into any interview or signing with as much research on the agent and agency as possible, have a clear head and good judgment, and don’t let phrases with “New York”, “Venice”, or “Paris” cloud your judgment.
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If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask!