Selecting Modeling Agencies

When selecting modeling agencies you'll find that there is a wide variety to choose from. Since many modeling agencies are established in large cities, your first decision will be whether or not to sign with an agency in your local area or in a large city.

If you live in a small city and are still in school, you might find that working with a local modeling agency is your best strategy. 

However, there are others who find that working with larger agencies provides the greatest advancement for his or her modeling career.

If you are a minor, the modeling agency that you select is a decision that must be made with your parents.

Models work through agencies for a variety of reasons. Modeling agencies will help new models get their first job, and handles the business aspect of the model’s career.

Modeling agencies typically deduct a twenty percent fee from the model’s earnings for payment. 

Modeling Agency Requirements

Understanding the requirements that the modeling agency requires of the model is also important for making your decision. If you are considering signing with a modeling agency and they state that they require upfront money to represent you, consider looking for another agency.

It is common for the agent to detract their fee once the model has begun work, they do not require an upfront payment. 

Agency Modeling

It is crucial for a model to thoroughly read the terms of any contract that he or she signs with a modeling agency. Modeling agencies can create contracts that determine where the model will work and how travel, room, and board will be handled. 

Since models frequently travel abroad for work, it is imperative to clearly understand how the agency will handle this aspect of the job.

If you are familiar with the fashion or modeling industry, then you know that many models spend time for an extended period overseas. This provides an opportunity for models that are looking for work, and is often handled through what is known as a management company. 

There are several benefits and advantages to working with management companies and accepting these overseas, extended jobs. 

For example, models that are having difficulty breaking into modeling in high fashion cities might have an easier time overseas. 

There is plenty to learn when approaching modeling agencies; most of the information is in regards to the model him or herself. 

Tips For Selecting Modeling Agencies

  • First, you should always approach high profile modeling agencies and gauge their response. If they are interested in you, your problems are solved and you won't need to worry about local modeling agencies or model management companies. 
  • However, if they show disinterest, you might want to consider asking them several questions that will help you identify what you can change to make yourself more marketable.
  • When selecting modeling agencies, you might find that your first approach is to call them on the telephone and ask several questions. You will need to find out if the agency is actively seeking new models. 
  • You'll also need to know what type of characteristics and features they are looking for in models and if they have any standard procedures for accepting new models.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can ensure that you selecting modeling agencies that are best for your career.

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Updated: Nov. 06 2014

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