How to Talk to a Model Agency Representative
The model agency meeting might be the one thing that makes or breaks your career so you’d be wise to learn this segment on modeling.
First Impressions – You get one chance
The old saying goes, “You only get one chance to make a first impression”.
This is true in almost every situation and modeling is no exception.
When you finally get that model agency interview you’ve been hoping and working for, bring the very best of everything you have to the meeting. Don’t hold back; you may not have a second interview!
I’m going to mention a few tips to help stack the deck in your favor. When I say this, don’t believe for a minute that this will guarantee you a signing with the top list management companies or even your local model agency of your choice. It won’t.
There is generally going to be fierce competition out there and it may come down to you and several other models. If this is the case, you’ll want your presence to shine through giving you that oh so minor edge over the others.
First, let’s talk about preparation for the interview.
Stock photo of a Caucasian teen girl model looking in mirror and applying eye makeup with a brush. USA (www.bobpardue.com)
Should I wear makeup or not?
Agents don’t want to see your face made up like a Barbie doll. They (or their clients) can make you look the way they require after you are signed. The agent at the first interview wants to see the real you so that he or she knows the material available to work with.
So, you have two choices; Either wear no makeup at all to the model interview or just a little. The latter being my suggestion.
By a “little” I’m talking very little such as …
- Some concealer to hide major blemishes
- Mascara and just a touch of natural-looking eye shadow
- A hint of blush to bring out the cheeks
And remember, be sure not to overdo any of this. The agent should barely be able to tell you’re wearing any makeup at all so just enough to look natural “on purpose”.
What Do I Wear to an Agency Interview?
I would suggest wearing clothing that accents your body without being overbearing. You don’t want to look like a prude or “easy prey”.
Don’t wear excessively tight clothing or a blouse with a plunging neckline. You want the agent to first look at your face. Just a good, sensible casual outfit should work fine especially since you’ll be wearing very light makeup to the interview.
From a photographer’s point of view I would also suggest a button-up shirt with long sleeves. This always looks nice and gives a down-to-earth appearance. Use good judgment when dressing for management agents.
Do I Need Photos or a Portfolio?
You don’t absolutely need a portfolio to take with you to the model agency interview. However, you do want to take the very best photos you have to make a good impression.
How many photos? Again, you’re better off carrying only three or four of your very best shots than a portfolio book of 50 mediocre images. So, as a rule of thumb, I’d say to take from three to five good snaps including one head shot and one full body shot to the agency interview. If the agent needs to see more she’ll ask for them.
Let your personality shine through
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about professional models, they are definitely not shy!! So, one step in becoming a professional model is to look and act the part. I’m not saying to have a cocky or arrogant way about you. Just show a pleasant confidence.
If you are really serious about modeling as a profession remember these tips during your interview and present yourself in the very best light. Be yourself and show them your very best personality! This is what makes a winner!
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