Tips for Getting Started With Modeling Agencies
After watching this quick video, be sure and start contacting modeling agencies in your area, keep an eye out for scams, and learn all you can about these model management companies before you go to a single interview.
What Are Talent Management Companies?
Basically, these are the people who represent models in the business. They are the go-between companies who talk to clients, set up photo shoots, collect payment and pay the model.
There’s a little more to it but those are the basics. Do you need one? Most models do!
Model Agent Trudi Tapscott Talks
Hi. My name is Trudi Tapscott. After watching, be sure and start contacting modeling agencies in your area, keep an eye out for scams, and learn all you can about these model management companies before you go to a single interview..
I worked as a modeling agent in New York for many, many years, and I think that New York agents are very specific about whose going to work in New York.
New York is really the starting point for long-term careers. Everyone’s looking for longevity because they’re investing a lot of time and money in you, to help you get started.
No one wants to do that if someone’s just going to model for a year. That’s not very interesting because the money takes a little bit of time.
How to Get In with NY Agents
Getting the attention of a New York agent is not that difficult if you are exactly what they are looking for.
There’s the answer in a nutshell. If you have what they want, then you’ve got their attention and it’s really easy. Sometimes, potential isn’t so obvious.
There’s a lot of times that a New York agent might not have time to really see all the possibilities and maybe use a model.
Do You Have the Body, Skin and Hair?
Maybe you need to a lose a little weight. Maybe you need to gain a little weight. Maybe your skin isn’t so great. Maybe your hair is wrong. When you’re young, you have a little bit of baby fat in your face that makes you photograph in a certain way.
There’s so many elements that go into it. Sometimes, it’s just somebody has a bad day. Some agencies in New York have what is called an “open call” where anybody can walk in the door.
It’s Not You – It’s Me
People are human. They could be in a hurry. They could be working on an huge booking for somebody. Your potential isn’t obvious at that particular moment and they don’t have time so they move on. It’s like, “No thanks. We’re not interested,” whatever.
The Turn Down
If you knew how many models in the industry, who are top models today, who got missed in their first time being introduced to someone, it’s shocking.
It does go to show that the development period doesn’t always happen just because you’re in New York and modeling full-time.
Sometimes, the development period happens just when you are at home and you are learning. You can watch fashion shows online.
Look and Learn From Others
There is so much information that is available to you by looking at websites, looking at modeling agency websites. What kind of pictures do they pick for the models? What do their portfolios look like? What does MODELS.com write about models?
There are so many sources of information that is valid from valid people that actually interview legit people. That’s how you can tell if someone does an interview with a website, chances are it’s a legit thing if it’s somebody who is really in the business.
You know that if they’re actually speaking on film and it’s not the written word, that it’s real, that they’re talking. It’s their name. It’s their face, and you can find out about them.
Do Your Homework!
The fact of the matter is that maybe you need to do a little more homework. Maybe you need to work a little bit harder at it.
Maybe you need to do some of those things. Maybe you need to actually get smart, do some research, look at those pictures and see what those models have.
It can be kind of an obsessive adventure in a way, and maybe it leads you to another kind of position in the fashion industry. I think everybody grows up and they think, “Oh, I’m perfect for modeling.”
Just Because You Are Tall Does Not Mean ..
You’re tall. Everybody says, “Oh, you’re so tall, you should be a model.” If it was the only requirement that a New York agent was looking for was you being tall, then there would be a lot more models out there. It’s not the only thing they are looking for.
Not for Everyone
The industry itself is a big industry, and there are lots of people who might have tried modeling.
They started out as a model, and they didn’t like it. It wasn’t for them, their personality. They didn’t like being in a different place everyday.
There are tons of things. There are lots of reasons why it doesn’t work for you personally. But they ended up being a stylist assistant or they decided to go into makeup or they decided they wanted to go to FIT and study design.
Is Modeling Your Calling?
In some ways, it can be an entrance into a completely different world than what you’re learning. If it’s a business that you are interested in, if you are interested in fashion, modeling is a great way to start.
I hope you got some great information from Trudi Tapscott in her simple message. I was impressed as she told the truth about the industry with no fluff.
If you are looking to get started in modeling then you should bookmark this page so you can read it again when you get discouraged. Thanks Trudi! – Bob Pardue
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