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Model

Kimberly Conrad

Posts: 8

Denver, Colorado, US

I've just been offered an offer for representation. The offer is non exclusive 20% agency commission. Also if any company offers an additional agency fee, the agency fee is paid directly to the agency. They would still collect the 20% commission from photo shoot.

Is this a good offer?

I'm just getting started, so I'm guessing it is. The contract is for one year.

Thanks, Kimberly

Feb 23 13 12:55 pm Link

Photographer

Jean Renard Photography

Posts: 2080

Los Angeles, California, US

standard in many states.
Non-Exclusive and time contracts do not often go together, make sure you read it carefully and there are no mother agent clauses in there.

Feb 23 13 01:19 pm Link

Photographer

MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

Kimberly Conrad wrote:
I've just been offered an offer for representation. The offer is non exclusive 20% agency commission. Also if any company offers an additional agency fee, the agency fee is paid directly to the agency. They would still collect the 20% commission from photo shoot.

Is this a good offer?

I'm just getting started, so I'm guessing it is. The contract is for one year.

Thanks, Kimberly

It's not exclusive, so don't accept any jobs with them if you decide you don't like the contract.

If they get you a job, the 80% you keep is money you wouldn't have had.

If you find another agency who sends you to the same auditions, and they're offering you a better deal, then stick with them. Most of the time having multiple agencies is better than just one non-exclusive one.

Feb 23 13 01:58 pm Link

Model

Kimberly Conrad

Posts: 8

Denver, Colorado, US

Jean Renard Photography wrote:
standard in many states.
Non-Exclusive and time contracts do not often go together, make sure you read it carefully and there are no mother agent clauses in there.

Thanks for the insight - It does say they accept me as a client for non-exclusive representation. I'll make sure my parents read through the fine print.

Again, thanks for taking the time to reply smile

Feb 23 13 02:16 pm Link

Model

Kimberly Conrad

Posts: 8

Denver, Colorado, US

MC Photo wrote:

It's not exclusive, so don't accept any jobs with them if you decide you don't like the contract.

If they get you a job, the 80% you keep is money you wouldn't have had.

If you find another agency who sends you to the same auditions, and they're offering you a better deal, then stick with them. Most of the time having multiple agencies is better than just one non-exclusive one.

Thanks for the feedback - I live in a small town about 4 hours away from Denver, so having one agency for now should be enough smile

Feb 23 13 02:18 pm Link

Model

Kimberly Conrad

Posts: 8

Denver, Colorado, US

MC Photo wrote:

It's not exclusive, so don't accept any jobs with them if you decide you don't like the contract.

If they get you a job, the 80% you keep is money you wouldn't have had.

If you find another agency who sends you to the same auditions, and they're offering you a better deal, then stick with them. Most of the time having multiple agencies is better than just one non-exclusive one.

Thanks for the feedback! Since I live in a small town 4 hours away from Denver, I'll try one agency for now and see what happens - since I still have to balance school.

Feb 23 13 02:21 pm Link

Photographer

L Bass

Posts: 957

Nacogdoches, Texas, US

Be careful and take your time checking this out. You are new, 17 and live in an area not known for model recruitment by big agencies. Scams are a dime a dozen and their principal targets are models just like you... young, beautiful, new to the modeling world, and (in a LOT of cases) living in areas where lucrative modeling jobs aren't necessarily the 'norm.'

I wish you all the best and hope to point my camera at you on one of my trips to the Springs, since Alamosa isn't that far off I-25 wink

Feb 23 13 02:38 pm Link

Model

Kimberly Conrad

Posts: 8

Denver, Colorado, US

L Bass wrote:
Be careful and take your time checking this out. You are new, 17 and live in an area not known for model recruitment by big agencies. Scams are a dime a dozen and their principal targets are models just like you... young, beautiful, new to the modeling world, and (in a LOT of cases) living in areas where lucrative modeling jobs aren't necessarily the 'norm.'

I wish you all the best and hope to point my camera at you on one of my trips to the Springs, since Alamosa isn't that far off I-25 wink

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I've looked at the agency website and facebook page. They are based in Denver and found me through my facebook modeling page.

I'd love to shoot with you. I spend at least one weekend a month in the Denver area.

Feb 23 13 03:12 pm Link

Photographer

Mark

Posts: 2893

New York, New York, US

and you can have more than one non-exclusive agent in a market.  But how are you going to make it work 4hrs for a go see/casting? Very rare to get direct bookings, so... that makes me a bit suspicious of your agent. Truthfully you need to live with in an hr of the city .

but best of luck you are as cute as a button

Feb 26 13 10:40 pm Link

Photographer

R Michael Walker

Posts: 11986

Costa Mesa, California, US

You are exceptionally cute so maybe being so short might not completely hold you back. Just make sure there are no hidden fees you have to come up with. LOTS of scams where they "accept" most everyone as a "model" and then charge you for photos and lessons and to be on their webiset, etc..all get your $$ from other than getting you modeling jobs. Be sure this is not one of those. Also, agencies rarely find people on line and go after them. They have enough people coming in their doors and from referrals. Just a couple red flags that COULD be nothing. Just ask to take the contract to have a lawyer look it over and check their reaction. And make sure there is not large out of pocket expenses you have to come up with or that you owe them at the end of some period if they don't get money form getting you jobs. Best of luck..you have a great face!

Feb 26 13 10:50 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Kimberly Conrad wrote:

Thanks for the feedback - I live in a small town about 4 hours away from Denver, so having one agency for now should be enough smile

seems pretty standard, but living 4 hours away from your agency (and market) is not very practical, I'm afraid. Either expect to be traveling a LOT (at your own expense) to castings and go-sees, or don't expect a lot of work smile

Feb 27 13 12:05 am Link

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Images by MR

Posts: 7773

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I don't want to sound negative but am wondering what kind of agency in Alamosa, Colorado would want to sign someone only 5' 4"?

Feb 27 13 12:29 am Link

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faltered

Posts: 285

Los Angeles, California, US

It can't hurt (unless the agency had a scam reputation and you're name is tied to them for the year). It is a bit odd that there is a 1 year term to the contract when it's non exclusive, but not a huge deal. It's also odd as others have said that you're 4 hours away, but that's not something they will advertise and if a big enough client comes along that wants to see you then they may figure it's worth your while. Since you're a minor most castings will be held on weekends or after school hours anyway. Colorado is not a high fashion market and you have a cool commercial look so I can see how the height wouldn't be a factor like it would be in NYC, LA, Miami etc. And there are some very large ad agencies like CP+B based in Denver that have the Old Navy account and some other large ones.

However.... if they start asking you to pay up money run away, don't do it no matter what they promise you. Some small expenses like comp cards may be deducted from your future earnings but the agency should carry those costs (although with a non exclusive sometimes there is negotiation), but if they start pitching you modeling classes or schools just get out of there. Even if you sign a one year deal the fact of the matter is agencies never take legal action against models that break their contracts unless it's a big big money girl, and you're a minor so they don't have much chance of enforcing it.

Feb 27 13 01:20 am Link

Model

Kimberly Conrad

Posts: 8

Denver, Colorado, US

I appreciate everyone's feedback and the compliments. I'm visiting with them this weekend and they're trying to get me into Denver Fashion Week.

The modeling agency does appear on one of the local channels and I've been assured by someone who works at the station that they are legitimate.

I'm also working with Denver photographers on some upcoming photo shoots so it seems like things are slowly coming into place.

My mom lives in Denver, so there is always the option to move there if things pick up.

Feb 28 13 05:59 am Link