What to Expect from a Modeling Agency

In a models life, going to agents can seem daunting and you wonder if they will like you and want to represent you. You cannot model in any job without an agent, so this is vital for your career. Being prepared is always the ideal for any job interview and going to see a modeling agency is no exception.

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Here are a few things that you can expect and that will be expected of you when you go to an agency:

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  • They will want to see you for who you are. Be cheerful and relaxed (or as relaxed as you can be), smile and show off yourself in the best light.
  • Some agencies will expect you to have some knowledge of the modeling industry and where you see yourself in it. Have ideas about what type of model you would like to be and where you want to start as well as lead your career.
  • Agents will expect you to be punctual. If you have an appointment, never ever be late. If you are late, they will see you as unprofessional and hesitant to accept you, because for the actual modeling jobs you cannot be late.
  • You should expect them to ask you questions. They will not simply look at you and make their decision. They want to find out more about you, if you are looking at modeling as your career or just to make some extra money, and how flexible your time is.
  • Expect to be given modeling training and courses if you are accepted. You need to learn about the modeling industry and the way that particular agency works. Even if you are changing agents, you may be required to do a refresher course. This is to ensure that all models are fully prepared, trained and ready to make the agency look good.
  • Expect a photo session for your portfolio. All agencies will want updates pictures of you and done by a professional photographer. Your headshots and other full length pictures will be taken either at the agency, or they will refer you to one of their professional photographers.
  • Expect to be told to do certain things. You might be told to lose weight, trim your hair or cut into a different style, get a tan, etc. This will depend on the market and what people are looking for at the time. You should never do anything that makes you uncomfortable and you have every right to refuse. If you are told to have a trim because your hair is split and messy, this is different.
  • You should already have in mind what you will and won’t do regarding the modeling jobs that come up. If you only want to do body modeling, that is fine, if you just want to so swimsuit, this is your choice.
  • Expect the agent to explain everything to you in detail. Ask them questions if they don’t about their commission fee structure, how they operate, and how jobs models usually get per month. Anything you want to know or check, you should not be afraid to do so. Any agent that is not willing to help, might not be the best agent for you after all.
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