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Rachael Bueckert

Posts: 1121

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Based on what you see in my profile and portfolio, what do you think would happen to me modeling-wise if I decided to pack up and move to either LA or NYC? I've had a lot of people tell me that if I changed location I would be much more successful, but those are tough towns to survive in. I'd like to know your opinions!

Thank you smile

Oct 08 12 12:51 pm Link

Photographer

DWShoots

Posts: 300

San Antonio, Texas, US

Rachael Bueckert wrote:
Based on what you see in my profile and portfolio, what do you think would happen to me modeling-wise if I decided to pack up and move to either LA or NYC? I've had a lot of people tell me that if I changed location I would be much more successful, but those are tough towns to survive in. I'd like to know your opinions!

Thank you smile

Cost of living is so high in both those cities you would have to have a heck of a plan before just jumping into it.

Oct 08 12 12:59 pm Link

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The F-Stop

Posts: 1510

New York, New York, US

Well if you moved to NYC, you'd be working two jobs to make ends meet... and hopefully doing a TFP with me.

BTW I enjoyed looking at your portfolio.

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Oct 08 12 04:56 pm Link

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Leo Howard

Posts: 6794

Phoenix, Arizona, US

First thing that comes to mind is, do you or will you have a valid work permit to work in the US, or are you a US citizen?

Oct 08 12 07:40 pm Link

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K_G

Posts: 2930

Detroit, Michigan, US

Leo Howard wrote:
First thing that comes to mind is, do you or will you have a valid work permit to work in the US, or are you a US citizen?

Definitely check into that! smile

Something to be aware of: One thing I am hearing from my high fashion model buddies is that NYC right now is being extremely strict about height. They are looking towards 5'10" being the minimum height right now if you are doing fashion/runway. Just something I am hearing. Of course, the agencies themselves would have to confirm that. wink

There are other possibilities as well like fit modeling if you can get into it. It isn't glamorous but it will pay decently especially in high rent places like LA or NYC. One of my friends is having a pretty good level of success between LA & Miami and getting all kinds of castings and work. She's with Next models and is floating between the 2 locations since Next Miami wasn't giving her enough consistent work.

Something I would do once you figure out the work permit/visa stuff & it turns out you are cleared to work in the US: do some computer research on the agencies in LA. See which ones have open calls and when and take a trip out there if you can afford it. At least then you will see what the possibilities are.

Oct 08 12 07:53 pm Link

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GER Photography

Posts: 7934

Imperial, California, US

Without having a solid income stream in place, it would be foolhardy, but hundreds of dancers, actors and other hopeful performing artists move to the Big Apple every year. Some make it, some don't.

Oct 08 12 07:54 pm Link

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Svetlana Muerte

Posts: 914

Austin, Texas, US

I think you would get interest, especially in LA, due to your height/age/stats. But you'd really have to have another full-time/part-time gig lined up to make that happen.

I just went to LA to visit my cousin, and my head exploded when I saw the cost of living there. It wasn't just the rent (1800 for a 2bed/2bath small apartment), it was other stuff. The parking tickets (almost $70!). The late fee on failing to register your car on time is like 60% of the original cost. Very much an EXPENSIVE nickel and dime sort of thing that I am not used to coming from Texas.

I shudder to think what New York costs.

What about cities in Canada that have more art and commerce? Or, you could be a traveling model.

Oct 08 12 07:56 pm Link

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Isabella55

Posts: 152

West Hollywood, California, US

I moved to LA about 8 moths ago, (as an actor not a model) and so far have been very happy with the overall atmosphere, but it is very hard to survive. There is money if you you can hustle and there really isn't a better place to build your port. While it can be overwhelming its still worth a shot, and is a chance you have to take. If you have the courage to do this and are dedicated to what you do, it's time for the next level.

Oct 08 12 08:00 pm Link

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Paul Tirado Photography

Posts: 4251

New York, New York, US

Both places and rough and hard to survive but if I were you I would think LA as there are more possible avenue - such as acting - that you could explore as well. NYC has more modeling stuff but much of that is closed off due to your height.

Oct 08 12 11:23 pm Link

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Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4122

Alexandria, Virginia, US

How about a mid-market town in good commuting distance to NYC?

Boston or DC -

Both have good photographers and access to agencies

quite a few models I know travel up and down the East coast corridor -

ah - I should not really fail to mention Atlanta as well

Not sure about modeling geography in and around LA but I seem to see more glam modeling coming out of LA than fashion (willing to take correction if I am wrong)

Oct 09 12 05:12 pm Link

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Select Models

Posts: 36180

Upland, California, US

What would happen if I moved to LA or NYC?

You'd get beatin by a vandel... raped by a molester... shot by a gangsta... ripped off by a scammer... mugged by a hoodlum... carjacked by a thief... and zero cops around when you need'm... welcome to the big city... tongue

Oct 10 12 12:01 am Link

Model

Gabrielle Heather

Posts: 10064

Middle Island, New York, US

I am slightly confused by you as a whole. When you started posting you were kind of "anti" the model look, and have become more "in line" with it as you have gotten work. There was a specific post I am referring to where you kind of ripped on models whose ribs would show naturally and since then it seems you have lost a bit of weight and are going for more that look and actively booking more shoots showing off that look. Your face even seems more thin. I congratulate you for your hard work, but I find it a bit odd that you were criticizing a group of people and are now kind of "joining" in on a "look". I know I commented on that thread saying that certain people just have naturally protruding ribs. I kind of with I could have my top ribs removed (but wont) because they stick out a lot.

In regards to the op, you should do what makes you happy. It would be a big life change, so first and foremost check out what your opportunities are, see if you can set up a job and a place to live first. You want to be squared away. Maybe see if you know someone in the area as a comfort zone. Not everyone needs that, and that is great. But for sure I wouldnt go without a place and potential job setup. Check out that their are paying jobs lined up to keep you afloat and make sure to set up contacts in the area. It's up to you what you want to do and how far you want to go. Set your goals and accomplish them. Good luck.

Oct 10 12 12:54 am Link

Photographer

David Desoer

Posts: 148

Cayuga, Ontario, Canada

Oct 10 12 06:20 am Link