Friday, November 15th, 2019

How to Select a Local Model Agency Without Getting Burned


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If you are an aspiring model, especially a beginner, you’ll want to read this article before making any
contacts to model agencies. It’s tough enough pursuing a modeling career when you are prepared but almost
impossible if you aren’t!

The old cliche that says, “I’ll just go down to the corner of Main or to the mall and get discovered.” is totally
bogus! Believe it or not you’re going to have to do some honest work to create a need for your modeling
services. Contrary to the statement above, most models are not discovered on the street corner; they were
“discovered” by making contacts.

Even though you will be turned down by some agencies, you’re in good company. I’d like to share some
“failure” stories with you.

1. Elvis Presley was turned down and told that he would never make it as a singer.

2. A music group was turned down by a major record company because “groups using guitars are on their
way out” stated the company. This group was The Beatles!!

3. Tyra Banks was turned down by 4 out of 5 agencies and barely squeaked through the fifth door. Also
turned down at one time or another were most of the other superstars.

But, they all had one thing in common, dedication and persistence. They didn’t take the first no as an insult.
If you are turned down by an agency, go on to the next, and the next. Remember, it’s always too soon to

The biggest question I can think to ask is; “How committed are you to doing the really tough work involved
to become a model?”

The world of modeling is very competitive and only those willing to put in the hours of practice and the
other time it takes to make contact after contact with model agencies will be able to work in the modeling

Contacting Local Model Agencies – Here are five tips if you plan to promote yourself locally…

If you plan to promote yourself locally put together a professional portfolio and keep contacting model
agencies & photographers who may need your services.

1. Set goals for what you want and keep at it.

2. Steer clear of agencies who ask for large sums of money for so-called “training” unless you feel that you
just want that particular experience.

There are plenty of legitimate agencies out there. You may want to try doing a search online for local model
agency listings in your state.

3. Advice from consumer advocates, former (modeling) customers and ex-agency employees for avoiding
modeling scams:

Avoid paying fees in advance. Legitimate agencies make their money from commissions. If you’re asked to
pay for extra composite cards, check out the company with the Better Business Bureau and state consumer

If you are asked to sign a contract, take it home first. If they refuse, walk away.

Ask for reference lists of clients and ask what kinds of jobs the agency books.

4. Talk to other working models whenever possible. They can give you valuable insight and maybe steer you
to a good agency or clients.

5. Always take someone with you when going to interviews or photo shoots. – SAFETY FIRST! I can’t
stress this enough!

These ideas are just the beginning in your modeling career! Take your time and learn everything you can
about modeling and the agencies before “jumping in” and you’ll have an easier time than those who don’t.
Success in modeling will take effort on your part. Go for it!

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Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18

The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
Psalm 24:1-2

He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
Psalm 104:10-13

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26

How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number living things both large and small.
Psalm 104:24-25

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!
Ted Grant

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
Dorothea Lange

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
Matt Hardy

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
Elliott Erwitt

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
Imogen Cunningham

You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.
William Albert Allard

If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.
Garry Winogrand

I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Ansel Adams

It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.
Timothy Allen


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