This is yet another frequently asked question I get from new models. In fact, I just received another one today wanting to know the best way of contacting modeling agencies.

So, be sure and read today’s modeling tip.

contacting modeling agencies

contacting modeling agencies

Discover How Contacting  Modeling Agencies Gets You Booked Months Ahead!

First, take all the steps to become a better model and get listed with a model agency.

This way, you’ll have the opportunity you deserve.

Contacting modeling agencies is the best career improving move you can make, in my opinion.

Don’t Make Mistakes When You Contact Modeling Agencies!

Many new female models believe they can just email a general sentence or two when contacting modeling agencies. So, they send something like…

Do you have openings for models?

Or maybe they write…

I want to be a model, please help me.

or something to that effect.

Honey, this just will not work in most cases.

Truth is, there is no one way to make agency contacts. Here is a starting point to increase your chances of getting in the door.

Contact Modeling Agencies in Your Area

First, go to the Bob Pardue model agency list for your state (or other area you want to research)..

Make a short list of model agents who look interesting (I would look at ones who have a modeling agency website first).

Then, go to their site listed. Or, call the model agency to find how they want to be contacted.

Most agencies’ websites include a page called “how to contact us” or various other wording. So, it should be easy to find.

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Know the Model Agency Types

You’ll find various kinds of talent agents in the modeling network.

So, find out what kinds of models they represent (you can search this info on sites too in many cases). Then…

  • Check out listings for fashion model management companies, agencies for beauty, swimwear, etc.
  • Explore other areas like promotional jobs and commercial modeling agencies.
  • Remember to search out petite and plus size if you fit this model type.

Other possibilities and opportunities exist. Do your homework on this part.

Many of the best talent agencies reside in larger cities like Miami or New York.

Other cities hire models besides The Big Apple. You can discover nice paying local modeling jobs at first to see if you can go further in a career. Start off locally and it could possibly lead to something bigger.

contacting modeling agencies

contacting modeling agencies

Contacting Modeling Agencies Through Open Calls

Some model and talent management companies offer open call days. They list these cast calls on their sites where you just walk in for an interview. But, others require an appointment. Some expect you to send a photo submission to be considered.

NOTE: It’s very important to follow their directions for the best results.

Remember, do your research (other models can help tremendously). And, prepare before you go. Then, follow all directions the talent agency requires.

Joining Agencies for Models

Every lady dreams of being admired for their beauty. Take advantage of the many different opening positions in female model agencies. These companies allow women of all sizes and color to display their beauty in front of a camera.

But, keep these important considerations in mind. Be prepared when you go for an interview with a modeling agency representative.

These tips are designed for those who are looking to have a professional career in the modeling world. Study them closely before entering an interview room.

contacting modeling agencies

contacting modeling agencies

Modeling Appearance & Presentation

Appearance to a model is everything. And, presentation is key. When going for an interview, ensure that you are dressed to impress.

Represent your true beauty. Wear something that is not only conservative, but also able to highlight your best features.

Tight clothing is generally not recommended by many professional companies. So, female models should wear a nice skirt with a modest hemline, and a blouse or a shirt.

Other than wearing the appropriate type of clothing, it is also important to consider the amount of make-up that you are wearing.

Many of the modeling managers want to be able to see the true features of the model. They encourage models to either not wear any make-up at all or very little.

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Make-up should be rather light. Don’t overdo it.

Wear a small amount of concealer to hide any blemishes. Put on just a little bit of blush and mascara to highlight your best features. This will also still give some depth to the face.

Getting hired by female model agencies is not difficult as long as the model knows how to prepare herself.

Presentation really is key. It is important to put your best foot forward. This is true no matte what career you choose.

contacting modeling agencies

contacting modeling agencies

5 More Tips to Come On Strong when Contacting Modeling Agencies

For girls and young women who want to land a contract with the “big guys”, it is important to know what model agencies want.

Of course, how you look plays a big part but there are other criteria that are just as important.

Additionally, locating a good agent should be a top priority to get you the best deal possible.

The following are some model agency tips for beginners who need advice on where to start.

1. Modeling Pictures

It is important to get a good portfolio of self-portraits from a good

2. Professional Model Photographer

Lighting and angles play a huge part in the photographs taken. The fashion industry has a love affair with slimmer girls. The way you come across in your photos is very  important.

Due to the fact that pictures are two dimensional, the body loses angles in photographs. Agents and photographers often talk about “knowing your angle” which means the woman subject must be photogenic.

3. Good Posture

Good posture is necessary because 70% of a career centers on runway.  If you do not have it, you can learn it.

4. Good self-esteem

This profession becomes very hectic. And, women are exposed to a number of self-destructive influences. So, in order to handle yourself, you should possess a resilient psychological makeup.

5. Posses certain physical traits

Female modeling agencies are typically looking for people that have certain abilities, looks and talent. You’ll find some of these requirements here..

contacting modeling agencies

contacting modeling agencies

Other factors for contact with model agencies include…

There are other factors that may be equally as important to getting in the modeling business and they are:

  • Ethnicity – This depends on the client and some companies look for a certain ethnic look (either Caucasian, African American, Asian, etc.)  that may be unique.  Some clients have a small target audience so they look for certain types of models.
  • Gender – This too is based on the client audience.  A magazine that caters to female models may look for only females in a certain age group (for instance; teenagers ages 13 to 19 yrs.) to display fashion etc. A client who needs male fashions displayed will look for a male model.

How do I Find Modeling Agencies to Contact?

Anyone will tell you that New York City is probably the #1 place for the network. Next in line are cities like Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.  They compete to fill demands with that of the finest talent word-wide.

They will wholeheartedly invest in an individual they feel has potential. And, they work to get these new female models ready for the market.

But, beware of the modeling pitfalls. Don’t let yourself get sucked in to the dark side of modeling. Read this report…

For those looking for local area model agents, keep this in mind:

Check the yellow pages under Modeling Agencies.  If there is none in your area, check listings of the next largest city.

The Better Business Bureau may have information on some agencies.  Usually they will not be listed here because if the BBB has anything to do with them it’s many times not positive.

Call the agency after hours. This may be a good method to find out legitimacy’s as this type of business is not a typical 9 to 5 and the serious companies are open a lot longer.

contacting modeling agencies

contacting modeling agencies

Contacting Modeling Agencies – Get Started

Practice your poses, runway walk, body language and expressions and then start contacting the talent management companies near you.

Or, you might want to start by contacting the top list agents like Ford or Elite in NYC to try and become a supermodel!

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If you want to learn more about contacting modeling agencies or the business in general, I would like to suggest my own book about modeling (blush).

Read my modeling book review here

These tips for contacting modeling agencies don’t guarantee success.

But, it helps get your face in front of the right people.

I hope this FAQ and answer helps you to become a male or female model and get your dream job!

See you next time,

Bob Pardue

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Joe Edelman is an award winning commercial photographer, lecturer and model mentor.

And, he creates exquisite photographs of beautiful women.

Joe helps shape models portfolios and careers.

Simply put he advises serious models (both new and experienced) about how to market themselves.

Television has used Joe as a source. Also, his name appears on newspaper and magazine articles on the subject.

Author: JE Bright references Joe in his book: America’s Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life.

Find Joe’s work referenced by author Rif K. Haffar in his book: Roadmap to Stardom: How to Break into Acting in Hollywood.

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