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Jean Renard Photography
Posts: 2,009
Los Angeles, California, US


Female models are more age restricted than men.

The little work that remains open to older models in major markets is given to models who have been in the business and survived.  Twiggy is one of them, Christie Brinkley another Lauren Hutton etc.
Jul 12 09 06:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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glamour pics
Posts: 6,095
Los Angeles, California, US


Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

Why not visit whatever agencies there are in Albuquerque? See what the story actually is. If there's not much interest there, then you can do modeling for artists, art classes, and whatever else you can find.

You have pretty photos and great concepts in your "lists." What might be more useful to YOU is a list of photos/concepts that YOU want to do.

Jul 12 09 06:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Janice Marie Foote
Posts: 11,483


Renard Photography wrote:
Female models are more age restricted than men.

The little work that remains open to older models in major markets is given to models who have been in the business and survived.  Twiggy is one of them, Christie Brinkley another Lauren Hutton etc.

Add to that Brooke Shields.

Jul 13 09 07:00 am  Link  Quote 
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Redhtz
Posts: 12
Albuquerque, New Mexico, US


I updated my profile.  It is now positive.  I will add more at a later date and will remember to keep it all positive.  Thanks again for all the comments and advice.
Jul 13 09 12:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ritche Lago Bautista
Posts: 359
Torrance, California, US


Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

you're NEVER too old to model, NEVER..... big_smile

Jul 13 09 12:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Most Muscular
Posts: 70
Maplewood, Minnesota, US


What is frustrating is that the "Browse" feature has an age limit to it so some of us are automatically ignored by photographers looking for models.  While we may be old, we may not all look or act old.

nuff said...
Jul 18 09 04:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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Magic Image Photography
Posts: 3,606
Temple City, California, US


Ctrl-Alt-Delete
Jul 18 09 04:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
avee
Posts: 363
Scarsdale, New York, US


Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

There is a HUGE market for us babyboomers. Many agencies have created this division. Model at this age is about selling products = not fashion, It's still a blast. I had three castings last week and am on hold for two dif ones this week

Jul 26 09 10:07 am  Link  Quote 
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avee
Posts: 363
Scarsdale, New York, US


Magic Image Photography wrote:
Ctrl-Alt-Delete

Very funny!

Jul 26 09 10:08 am  Link  Quote 
Model
avee
Posts: 363
Scarsdale, New York, US


Renard Photography wrote:
Female models are more age restricted than men.

The little work that remains open to older models in major markets is given to models who have been in the business and survived.  Twiggy is one of them, Christie Brinkley another Lauren Hutton etc.

I have to completely disagree with you. If you look at  many of the major agencies, they have opened up a division for us babyboomers because there is a HUGE demand for us . Granted it is not about fashion but is geared towards products. You would laugh at some of the castings I go on- No 'Depends'  commercials yet though!

Jul 26 09 10:12 am  Link  Quote 
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Susie B
Posts: 4,260
Santa Fe, New Mexico, US


I live in Santa Fe and I know the New Mexico art market really well. Please pm me if you have any concerns about photographers, or the whatnot smile
Jul 26 09 11:22 am  Link  Quote 
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PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY
Posts: 4,585
Jacksonville, Florida, US


Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

yes just look at the show featured on TVLAND (cable)(satellite), all women compete for a contract with major modeling firm, a feature in US magazine, and $100,000 cash, all are over 35, one lady was 72 and made it  quite a ways in the competition before being eliminated !
Hang in love, don't give up, follow, chase your dreams , desires ! have fun !

Aug 08 09 02:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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avee
Posts: 363
Scarsdale, New York, US


No We are not wasting our time! there is a strong market for us. Check out my selected modeling jobs on my resume and you will see
Aug 09 09 05:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael McGowan
Posts: 3,543
Tucson, Arizona, US


avee wrote:
No We are not wasting our time! there is a strong market for us. Check out my selected modeling jobs on my resume and you will see

Also note that the successful models aren't trying to be 20 or 30. They're using their years of experience as resources to bring life to situations. It isn't a matter of being beautiful or not, it's a matter of embracing where you are in life.

Aug 09 09 05:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Alice_Kemble
Posts: 278
Peterborough, England, United Kingdom


Not a waste of time. You have to compete in a different field and find what you feel comfortable with.
Aug 10 09 07:06 am  Link  Quote 
Model
avee
Posts: 363
Scarsdale, New York, US


Aug 10 09 09:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
avee
Posts: 363
Scarsdale, New York, US


Michael McGowan wrote:

Also note that the successful models aren't trying to be 20 or 30. They're using their years of experience as resources to bring life to situations. It isn't a matter of being beautiful or not, it's a matter of embracing where you are in life.

Very well put. Thank You. I never photoshop out wrinkles. I am marketing myself for what I am- 51!! Well maybe 42!

Aug 10 09 09:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Paul Bryson Photography
Posts: 48,035
Hollywood, Florida, US


Redhtz wrote:
Hello MM
Is there any hope or future for a over 50's model?  I am 56 and having fun with what I am doing right now but would like to take this to the next level and possibly get paid.  I see ports for some over 50's and they have retired already.
any comments appreciated...

I've shot a few working models over 50.

But that doesn't qualify me to answer your question. They were all male fitness models.

Aug 10 09 09:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bill Mason Images LLC
Posts: 1,854
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


The thing that turns me off to most models over 40 is that they don't do age appropriate modeling. Their portfolios consist of shots with wardrobe designed for models half their age. The wardrobe either looks silly on them or their bodies are not appropriate for bikinis, lingerie or anything else that reveals thicker thighs, unnatural implants, shoe-leather skin from too many years of intense tanning, etc.
Aug 10 09 10:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jay Corry
Posts: 8,656
Houston, Texas, US


There is a market for us, but we aren't going to make a living at it - I get the same rate as younger models, but jobs are limited - the important thing is to have fun!  how many other people our age are willing to put their face out there - damn few - gloat and enjoy it!
Aug 10 09 10:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Skitsofrenika
Posts: 9


I don't think age matters.
Just as weight, hair colour and skin colour don't matter when it comes to modelling (or any other profession).
I've seen a good handful of great over 50 models, and they really inspire me as a young woman to know that at any age, you're desireable, beautiful and confident.

Don't let anyone sway you! (:
Aug 11 09 03:59 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Keith A Williams
Posts: 1,740
Vanceboro, North Carolina, US


Not at all.  I passed a card out last week to a 57 yr. old.  If she decides to actually shoot, I'd gladly drop whatever I was currently doing.  She had just the right blend of class and beauty, and such a combination is rare.
Aug 11 09 11:57 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Escape Images
Posts: 201
Miami, Florida, US


Im currently looking for a woman over 60 to cast for a commercial Im producing, so absolutely no!
Aug 11 09 12:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Santa Claus
Posts: 240
Seattle, Washington, US


Look for the right niche:-)
Aug 12 09 06:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jay Dezelic
Posts: 4,625
Seattle, Washington, US


Old people buy things too (just not as much).  What older models often forget is that with age comes notions of respect, dignity, experience, confidence, etc.  That means that as you need to change your market as you age by showing images in your port that are appropriate to your look.  It also depends on how trashed your body is too.  If you've been a smoker or excessive partier, you might think of doing projects that are much more commercial or have non-aesthetic editorial themes.
Aug 15 09 08:55 am  Link  Quote 
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