This is by far 1 of the bestů
I have decided to share something with you, which you may never come across. To help you aspiring models out there and others looking for agencies near your area, im sharing with you something ive never come across material covering much detail before to help us.
Covers modeling preparation & a comprehensive list Agencies throughout the usa. http://www.joeedelman.com/faq/index.shtmlWho should be a model?
"Here is my photo. Do I have what it takes?"
There are four main criteria for being a successful model. These items increase in importance as we go down the list.
A successful model must be an ATTRACTIVE, REAL PERSON, who can ACT
and who has good BUSINESS SENSE
ATTRACTIVE: Like I said - there is a fair assumption that is made - if you are considering the idea of modeling you are an attractive person otherwise you might want to consider a different business.
REAL PERSON: When you look at an ad in a magazine or watch a TV commercial, the people that were selected were chosen because they have a look that you and I (the average consumers) can relate to. In other words - when we look at the ad or watch the commercial, we can see ourselves wearing those outfits, or eating that food, or visiting that vacation spot, etc..WHO CAN ACT:
You are not going to be hired to be yourself. Don't get me wrong - it's nothing personal - but nobody cares what you like, what your favorite color is, how you like to dress, how you like to wear your hair - that's not what they are paying you for. You are being paid to act (portray) a character in an advertisement or commercial. It is unlikely that you will be hired to simply be yourself and look at the camera and smile - that's not what you see in advertising.
BUSINESS SENSE: This is the MOST important of all the qualifications. Let's understand a few basic facts. If an agency signs you, they are agreeing to a business partnership in which they are going to invest their time and money without earning a penny until they get you work.
You must also remember that as a model - you are starting a business. Part-time or full-time it is still the same - you are running your own business. That makes you the Chairman of the Board, CEO, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer of your company. That also means that YOU are the person who is ultimately responsible for finding work. You are hiring the agencies as sub-contractors to help you find work. They are NOT hiring you.
Regardless of the model's age, an agency is looking for a good business partner. A person who will show up on time, dress properly, follow directions to the letter, has the right tools to market themselves with (portfolio and comp card), etc.
So. . . should you be a model? If you understood this article and think it describes you then GO FOR IT!