So I have been doing research on the internet to see where I need to start to become a urban model and I came accross buffie the body video on you tube where she is saying you really no longer make money in this industry does anyone know if this is true?
Feb 05 13 06:43 am Link
Atlanta, Georgia, US
I don't know of many speciality models that make much money, it's more of a part time thing for most. I know little about that market, there is a fair amout of it in Atlanta but it doesn't pay photographer enough for me to take note if that is saying anything.
Feb 05 13 06:47 am Link
Feb 05 13 06:52 am Link
Detroit, Michigan, US
I don't really think there is such a thing as becoming an "urban model." You could be a model with an "urban look." There really are no urban modeling agencies, urban advertising agencies, etc, etc, etc.
If you have an urban look and that is all that you want to do, I think you will find limited opportunities. You are much better off simply modeling and emphasizing the fact that you have an urban look and are interested in those opportunities, among others.
Feb 05 13 07:54 am Link
Tampa, Florida, US
What is an Urban Model? Is that opposed to a Suburban Model who drives a minivan to their kids soccer practice and bakes Rice Krispies Treats while being photographed?
Feb 05 13 08:06 am Link
Catskill, New York, US
I don't think there's much money in this industry no matter what you do. Unless you're super over the top special and can prove it, know someone or have a ton of start up money, the likelihood of ever making a dime is pretty damn slim.
Feb 05 13 02:15 pm Link
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Michael Pandolfo wrote:
From what I see it's a sub-genre that appeals to a very targeted market, somewhat like rockabilly, biker chick, etc. The market appears to be primarily young, inner-city Afro-Americans, serviced primarily by Afro-American photographers and models. Styles, conventions and concepts are driven by that market. It's never appealed to me and my guess is that it tends to be exploitative of the models with little, if any money made by them. But I emphasize that's only a guess from an outsider.
Feb 05 13 03:41 pm Link
Thanks for all the feed back it was really helpful.. Its great to know that there is no such thing as an urban model..
Feb 05 13 06:03 pm Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
COCO PLEASURE wrote:
The urban model action was hot for a while with some models crossing over from magazines to music videos to "celebrity" appearances.
Feb 05 13 06:46 pm Link
Thanks, I was reading that I do have other plans to go along with the modeling so do you know where to start with this? is it just building a portfolio or actually trying to connect to get into video's?
Feb 05 13 07:19 pm Link
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Thanks for the helpful posts.
I actually learned something.
So far, this thread gets a big gold star!
Feb 06 13 12:40 am Link
Chicago, Illinois, US
OP, this is a bit old but look here: http://indosplace.com/IndosModelAdvice/ … f4-20.html Some of the eyecandy models still make money but its a hard hustle. There are a few Chicago members who shoot the kind of stuff you'll need. Do a Google search for Chicago Urban modeling and you'll find some 'agencies'. Some only exist on Facebook or with sketchy websites. So proceed with caution. A few questions for you? Can you dance or act? Are you willing to move where the work is? If you still want to try. You'll need some of the images many of the models have. Check out old issues of King magazine.
Paid work for even industry standard fashion and commercial models is hard. Its harder for even attractive White non agency models and even harder for Black models. Good luck.
Feb 06 13 01:27 am Link
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
T H Taylor wrote:
Ooh, is this a new Moderator thingy were we are incentivised to behave in a thread in return for getting a Gold Star?
Feb 06 13 01:37 am Link
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Oh I think there is...
http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalog … _girls.htm
Feb 06 13 01:41 am Link
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
COCO PLEASURE wrote:
Although dated, the answers to this thread are highly inaccurate. I work full time to promote models in this industry. The photographers who replied might not have any experience in this particular market.
Jul 09 14 02:53 pm Link
Saco, Maine, US
I do not think that there is much money to be made by being an "Urban Model".
On the other hand, I hear it is very lucrative if one becomes an "Urban Legend"!
New York, New York, US
What agencies are you talking about? Barbizon? Video Vixens are us? Booty Gallery?