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MonkeyL

Posts: 143

Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

I'm a bit in a dilemma here! I got the opportunity to sign with a commercial/coiffure agency (Let's call them A). The problem is, I'm currently signed at a different 'coiffure only' agency (let's call them B) and A wants me to work exclusively for them, so I won't be able to signed at B as well. I am contemplating signing at A, because I've been with B since June, and they've only let me do one casting since. I was offered a job by them 2 weeks ago, but unfortunately I couldn't make it on that day.
Would it be wise to sign with A? Ofcourse I don't know if I'll book any jobs there either.

Sep 09 13 08:26 am Link

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Photographer

GPS Studio Services

Posts: 36299

San Francisco, California, US

How do you know that "A" will get you more work than "B?"  The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Sep 09 13 08:37 am Link

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Erlinda

Posts: 7221

London, England, United Kingdom

It's weird that you've only gone to 1 casting in 3 months... Thats not normal hmm

Sep 09 13 09:10 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

which one will get you more work?

Sep 09 13 09:16 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Erlinda wrote:
It's weird that you've only gone to 1 casting in 3 months... Thats not normal hmm

it's not abnormal either... signing with an agency is zero guarantee that you'll actually book jobs. And in the small market that she is in and with the type of model she is, and the type of agency she's talking about, it's not unusual.

Sep 09 13 09:17 am Link

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MonkeyL

Posts: 143

Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

Anna Adrielle wrote:
which one will get you more work?

I have no idea.. I know I should be able to book more work than now, as I did book a job about each month at my previous agency, but they switched to being a fashion-only agency so they had to let me go.

Sep 09 13 09:34 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

MonkeyL wrote:

I have no idea.. I know I should be able to book more work than now, as I did book a job about each month at my previous agency, but they switched to being a fashion-only agency so they had to let me go.

what type of work did you do for that agency when you were working more?

out of the 2 agencies you're chosing now, which agency has clients that resemble the type of clients you used to work for frequently?

Sep 09 13 01:00 pm Link

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MonkeyL

Posts: 143

Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

Anna Adrielle wrote:

what type of work did you do for that agency when you were working more?

out of the 2 agencies you're chosing now, which agency has clients that resemble the type of clients you used to work for frequently?

I worked for M.A.C for a press presentation and did some other presentations to show off clothing or accessoires. I suppose agency A would fit more into that, as B only focusses on hair assignments. They also have more models than A, but I don't know if that's a good, bad or neutral thing.

Sep 09 13 01:23 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

MonkeyL wrote:

I worked for M.A.C for a press presentation and did some other presentations to show off clothing or accessoires. I suppose agency A would fit more into that, as B only focusses on hair assignments. They also have more models than A, but I don't know if that's a good, bad or neutral thing.

a lot of models, hm... are they all working?

Sep 09 13 02:03 pm Link

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MonkeyL

Posts: 143

Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

Anna Adrielle wrote:

a lot of models, hm... are they all working?

I'm not really sure, they sort of have two divisions; one more 'fashion' orientated and one purely for hair assignments. I know one girl from the fashion division, and she seems to be doing okay, but I don't know any of the other girls. Communication is also not great (I asked if it's correct my pictures aren't up yet and if there are any jobs coming, but didn't get a reply).

Sep 09 13 02:09 pm Link

Photographer

Toto Photo

Posts: 2791

Belmont, California, US

How hard did you try to negotiate with A? It might be possible to negotiate "exclusive" out of the contract. One of the keys to being a good negotiator is to have an alternative in your back pocket, you've got that so you come from a strong position.

Sep 09 13 02:18 pm Link

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J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10322

Santa Ana, California, US

Erlinda wrote:
It's weird that you've only gone to 1 casting in 3 months... Thats not normal hmm

Agreed, and also then not doing the job they offered her, is going to make them want to work on her behalf even less.

Sep 09 13 02:31 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

J O H N  A L L A N wrote:

Agreed, and also then not doing the job they offered her, is going to make them want to work on her behalf even less.

huh? she wasn't available that day. it happens. agencies ask for availbility and it doesn't always work out. no big deal (unless it happens all the time)

Sep 09 13 02:32 pm Link

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MonkeyL

Posts: 143

Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

J O H N  A L L A N wrote:

Agreed, and also then not doing the job they offered her, is going to make them want to work on her behalf even less.

It was one job, for 6 days of presentations, which meant I would miss a lot of school days. Considering this is my last year at uni, I can't miss that many.

Sep 09 13 02:40 pm Link

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J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10322

Santa Ana, California, US

MonkeyL wrote:

It was one job, for 6 days of presentations, which meant I would miss a lot of school days. Considering this is my last year at uni, I can't miss that many.

Maybe this isn't the agency for you if they send you on only one casting and the one job they find you, you can't do.

It's not a big deal if you can't accept 5% of the jobs offered you, but if you can't do 100% (as in this case) - it's a big deal.

If you can't do that kind of 6 day work schedule because of your school, the bookers should already know that about you and shouldn't even be submitting you for that kind of work. Again - maybe bad fit between you and the agency.

Sep 09 13 03:20 pm Link