finding the right modeling agency

Sign with a modeling agency?

SHOULD I sign with a modeling agency?

In most cases, the best thing you can do in modeling is to find a good agency to work with. You can brave it alone, but in most cases, you will be selling yourself short in the long run. Just as actors and athletes rely on agents to manage and maximize their careers, models do too. The old saying is true; “It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know. An agent more than likely has resources that are not readily available to your solo model.

WHAT does an agency actually do?

An agency has clients already looking for models. They have photographers, make-up artists, lawyers, and anything else a model needs on hand to build her career. Most clients are less apt to try anything underhanded with you knowing you’re with an agency. Most companies actually prefer dealing with an agency vs. a self-managed model. If a client says they don’t work with agencies, there’s a good chance they’re trying to take advantage of you. Does being with an agency mean no one will ever try to cheat you? Absolutely not, but now you have someone to help you navigate through it all. There are many moving parts involved in your success, and an agency will help you pull it all together.

HOW do I find the right modeling agency?

Finding an agency isn’t always easy. Many models expect to walk into an agency, do a few twirls and have an agent sign them on the spot, but this is just not reality. Having worked in an agency for many years, I can tell you that anywhere from 10-20 people would unexpectedly walk through the doors on a daily basis, asking for a contract. Agencies are very busy and usually have girls fill out paperwork and submit photos for review. They almost never see girls by just walking in. More important than whether or not you are right for an agency, you have to do a little research and know which agency is right for you.

  • Find an agency that specializes in your genre of modeling. Most Agencies try to offer a diverse selection of models. Knowing the types of clients an agency caters to will give you an idea of whether or not they would be a good fit. If you are 5’5, and mostly do print modeling, an agency that specializes in fashion and runway may not be the best fit.
  • Unfortunately, there are plenty of people are out there ready to take advantage of young models looking to be famous. Agencies should never ask for money up front, and if they do, you can rest assured it’s probably a scam. If an agency is requesting money to be seen or get a contract, my advice would be “Walk Away.”
  • A good agency should understand your personal needs and be clear on how they plan to help build your career. Remember, an agency works for you, not the other way around.

HOW does it all work?

Agents aren’t free. Although you are not paying upfront for the services an agency provides, they are investing in you. I’ve worked on both sides of the industry and know the time and resources that go into building a model’s career. For this, the standard agency fee is usually around 20%. This may seem like a lot, but when you look at everything an agency does for you and your career, it is far more worth its weight in gold. You must understand, although an agency will find and bring work your way, you are an independent. Your brand is your business! You should always be networking and searching for your own sources of work. Of course, you always want to seek the advice of your agent before taking on an assignment, they will help you negotiate the terms and make sure the details are carried out. It is always a good idea to keep your agent in the loop.

If you are looking to start a career in modeling and don’t know where to begin, drop us a line… we would love to talk to you!

I wish you the best as you pursue your dreams… Peace, Love, and Glitter,

                                                                                                                                                                     – The Party Angelz

 

Taylor Angel is a Model Manager and Recruiter with The Party Angelz

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Become An Angel

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Can I be a model?

Image result for pretty woman in mirrorDo you have what it takes to be a model?

When most people think of modeling they think of fame, fortune, and traveling the world. There is another side of modeling however that can be quite ugly. If you are an up and coming or aspiring model, this article is for you! I will share some tips that will help guide you on your journey and avoid some pitfalls along the way. The modeling world is one of the most competitive, hardest and possibly dangerous industries to enter into. As a recruiter for an agency, 95% of the pretty faces I come across don’t have what it takes to be a model. A lot of people see a pretty girl and say, “hey, you should be a model!” The truth is, there is so much more to being a model than just a pretty face. As a matter of fact, although it may be one of your most noticeable attributes your “looks” may be your least important.

Here’s the good news:

Many people believe you have to be 6 feet tall, extraordinarily beautiful and super thin to model, but this is just not the case. You don’t need to be a certain size to model, nor do you need to look a certain way, but you do need to know your odds in your market. You have to first know your market, and you have to be able to sell yourself in the right way. The modeling industry is very diverse. There are certain clients only looking for girls with tattoos and piercings, or your niche may be fitness or plus size, but at the end of the day, it is all about knowing who you are as a model. You must understand your market, and properly be able to promote yourself within that market. More commercial outlets such as cosmetic or clothing companies, or even magazine ads and covers don’t really care how tall you are. You may not even fit the mold for the industry’s “standard concept” of beauty, but when you understand that modeling is not a look as much as it is a skill you start to realize how the industry really works and how you will fit into the whole grand scheme of things. The goal of any casting agent or director is to achieve a certain look, that conveys a certain message, to sell a certain product or service. You have to learn how to be versatile, but you also have to know yourself, and you have to be yourself.

Understand what makes you unique

What do you bring to the table that sets you apart? Once you know the answer to this question you can better sell “You.” The question you have to ask yourself now is: “What do I want out of my modeling career?” Everyone knows the Tyra Banks and Cindy Crawfords who have built million-dollar empires on their modeling careers, but the reality is, those results are far from typical. Many use modeling as a means to make a little money on the side or to replace their 9-5 income. Like anything in life, modeling will give you back what you put into it. If you want to be a doctor or lawyer, you have to invest a significant amount of time and money into your education just to be in a position to pursue your career. After graduation, you will more than likely do some residencies or pro-bono work to pay your dues, you typically start at the ground floor and work your way up in a hospital or with a law firm hoping to eventually become a partner or start your own practice. There is a large area between being at an entry level position and being the CEO of firm, a multitude of jobs and position lie in between. The same is with modeling.

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How far do you want to go?

How much are willing to do to reach your goals? Models can spend thousands of dollars and hours upon hours keeping up their appearances; Working out, hiring a personal trainer, keeping up their hair and their nails, their wardrobe, driving to casting calls, or doing photo shoots. A model may take acting classes; they may hire professionals to help them walk, pose or speak better, and we haven’t even got to marketing yourself yet. A model needs a strong portfolio (I will go into detail on this subject in another article), comp cards, press kits, a website, possibly hiring someone to help them with PR and Marketing, the list goes on. The financial aspect, however, is not even the biggest investment you will need to make as a model. Just like an internship or residency, you have to pay dues in the modeling industry too. Set realistic goals. Many models come in thinking they will be an instant international super-model and burn themselves out within a year. Those results are just not likely. More than likely you will have to do quite a bit of “free” work in the industry to make a name for yourself before you really start to see the type of money you want to see or any money for that matter. You have to look at the early stages of modeling as an investment, consider this your college tuition, your residency or your internship.

Drive is everything!

Earlier I spoke about the 95% of people who aren’t “cut-out” to be a model. It’s not because they’re not pretty enough, or even talented enough. The majority of Aspiring models simply don’t have the drive or the mindset that it takes to be successful in this field. Once you have determined what you want out of modeling, you must understand the hard work and sacrifice it will take to get it. The more you want out of it, the more you will have to put into it. The problem that many people face is they treat modeling as a hobby, not a career. You may do okay if you just want to take a few photos and tell your friends on facebook that you are a model, but if you want to really make something out of it, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Models are known to be “flakey” and unreliable, simply because there are too many “hobby-models” playing in the same arena as “real models” and they have created a negative stigma. Let’s say you have a photo-shoot set up with a local photographer, and because it is non-paid you show up late, unprepared, and give an overall poor performance. You never know who that photographer knows and what opportunities you may be cheating yourself out of because you didn’t take this “unpaid assignment” seriously. This is one of the quickest ways to commit career suicide because everyone knows everyone in the modeling community and news travels extremely fast. You don’t want to be labeled unreliable in this industry, always be sure to do what you say you will do and be where you say you will be. Do your research in advance. Be prepared. Be on time. Treat every assignment as if it is the one that makes or breaks you because in reality, it very well may be.

 


In closing, I encourage you to never change who you are on the inside or outside to make someone else happy. Modeling can be a rewarding career but you should never sacrifice yourself, your values or your self-esteem to do so! Your personality is what makes you unique, and you will find that this is most important part of your portfolio.

    – The Party Angelz

If you are looking to start a career in modeling and don’t know where to start, drop us a line… we would love to talk to you! I wish you the best as you pursue your dreams… Peace, Love, and Glitter,

Taylor Angel is a Model Manager and Recruiter with The Party Angelz

#ThePartyAngelz #ModelLife #ThePinkTour #Modeling

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Touched by an Angel…

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Friendship has no limits. That statement is especially true for Marissa Gentry-Yzaguirre, a Dallas area fitness model who donated one of her kidneys last month to save the life of her long-time friend, John Barker II of Broken Arrow, Okla.

John’s kidneys failed last year as a result of an autoimmune disease.

Since the transplant, John is back on his feet and as healthy as ever! Marissa too has since fully recovered from the surgery and is back to doing what she loves. We are proud to call this girl an Angel!

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