How to become a Professional Model ?
Visit a modeling agency.
Almost every major city has multiple modeling agencies, and almost every agency has « open-calls » where they look for new talent.
Bring your photographs and/or portfolio. Be sure to have your (accurate) measurements as well.
You may be asked to walk or pose for a headshot or other photos during an open call interview.
If an agency rejects you, don’t get disheartened; often an agency is looking for a diverse set of models, so you may just not fit their model lineup right now.
Be wary of scams.
Try to research the reputation of a modeling agency prior to an open call or interview. Too many people don’t know about the business and end up getting conned.
No agency should be asking you for more than $20 when meeting you. The agency will charge you a commission when you model, but shouldn’t get much up front. If they ask for hundreds of dollars from you before you do any work, walk away.
Do not sign consent forms without consulting your agent.
A client may ask you to sign paperwork or consent forms. Before you sign, be sure to ask for a copy to share with your agent. You do not want to sign a form that gives a photographer or client more power over your actions or images than they should have.
Similarly, do not sign a contract with an agency unless the agency and the contract both seem legitimate. If you are not sure whether the contract is good, have an attorney or an experienced model read over it for you.
A good agent should have your best interests in mind. She should help you navigate the legal issues in any given contract.
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