Choosing the right modeling agency is just an initial step in your modeling career. But how exactly do you find an agency that you can trust, work with, and receive quality work from? How do you choose the right agency from such a large variety of modeling agencies in the world, many of which look so promising?
There is nothing wrong about dreaming to become the next Kendall Jenner by signing with her agency, but you have to understand that a lot of factors come into play and starting out in such a competitive career will not be an easy journey. If you don’t know where to start, here’s how you choose the right modeling agency to work with.
Having Trouble Picking the Right Modeling Agency? Here Is a Step-by-Step Guide
1. Pick the type of modeling you fit in.
Are you a classic beauty, or do you have minimal acting skills (commercial modeling)? Are you are tall, edgy-looking with unusual features (fashion, runway, and editorial modeling)? Have you been told you have gorgeous hands or hair, or are a sample 6 shoe size (parts modeling)? Modeling, much like other industries, is made up of a variety of genres or types, each with a different set of requirements. Some models only fit into one category, while another model may fit into multiple. Check this article out for the many types of modeling you can choose from.
2. Research, research, research.
Start by looking at available agencies in your area. Official websites of modeling agencies are also good to look through to get an idea of which modeling types each particular agency is seeking to work with. Check their Instagram accounts for client names, and see what kind of models those clients use for their latest campaigns. Hearing about the top clients of the agency also helps you gauge the quality of service they offer and the market they cover. Some modeling agencies favor high-fashion models while others focus on commercial or editorial models. Other important information to research are the fees, commission rates, and requirements of each agency. A trustworthy modeling agency won’t ask you for any sort of payment before you even book your first job, nor will they push you to do modeling courses or finance an expensive portfolio. In general, agencies deduct 10% to 20% from what you earn. In other words, they only get paid when you get paid.
Lastly, beware of modeling scams! The horrible ordeal of this woman should convince you to research thoroughly before you attend open calls or “appointments.”
3. Do not jump into famous agencies right away.
Whether you’re pursuing modeling full-time or part-time, it is best to start small or else you risk risking getting lost among the stars in top modeling agencies (i.e., Ford, IMG, Wilhelmina, etc.). So at the first stages of your career, it’s wiser to choose a smaller agency that is particularly interested in you. Famous agency names can’t guarantee you successful career. Many of the best/top modeling agencies are even harder to track down, because they don’t advertise. They already have an established client base, and models pass the information about the modeling agency by word of mouth.
The best way to start is to first grow your experience and portfolio from smaller agencies, and then switch agencies in favor of a bigger one when you have acquired enough credentials.
4. Know how to apply.
Most agencies don’t accept walk-ins. Instead, an agency usually arranges open calls on certain days when they want to see new faces. You can also try to visit some websites, and check whether they have a “become a model” section there. Have your digital portfolio, photos, or composite card ready. Follow the instructions and submit your photos to the website.
You can also find open calls through social media. Follow local designers and photographers on Instagram, Twitter, and even Pinterest. Creatives will often announce them (sometimes affectionately referred to as cattle calls) or a one-off modeling job on social media feeds..
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