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Jacob delaRosa
Posts: 208
Birmingham, Alabama, US


I had a meeting with a young lady (minor) and her mom about building her port for llamaing. We're doing a TFP shoot where I get some shots for a senior port I'm working on. Anyways, a few things seemed off about the whole thing. They didn't seem to have a game plan as to how the daughter was going to become a llama. The daughter expressed an interest in doing "high-fashion" and talked about wearing clothes you could buy at the mall...honey, that ain't high fashion. I explained to them that there were a great variety of llamaing opportunities in various genres other than "high-fasion" and this information seemed like news to them. They also seemed disappointed when I told them that it could take years before they saw true success (then again, there's a better chance that they won't make it but who am I to say it?). I pulled out a llama release form for them to look over...they seemed a bit lost. I realize that everyone starts off somewhere, but don't you think it's helpful to at least have a plan to make your goals a reality? I'm working towards breaking into the domestic market (seniors, engagements, weddings etc) so I'm networking and tailoring my port to attract that market.

IMHO - Jacob
Oct 06 12 05:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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Digitoxin
Posts: 13,345
Houston, Texas, US


Despite years of working with agencies and bookers and commercial clients, when asked for advice, I find it best to simply refer a model who I think has potential to a few bookers I know.... They are in a better place than me to explain the modeling industry to her --- they know the business.

Did you refer her to he bookers you work with?
Oct 06 12 05:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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Erika Muse
Posts: 284
Raleigh, North Carolina, US


Most of my knowledge on modeling comes from years of studying the business, but i just started PURSUING it 2 months ago.  I thought the plan was to hire an agency, but according to the many models i've met, it is better to represent yourself because agencies hve "taken their money". So i've gone from completely confident to downright confused lol.
Oct 06 12 10:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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V Laroche
Posts: 2,746
New Orleans, Louisiana, US


Erika Muse wrote:
Most of my knowledge on modeling comes from years of studying the business, but i just started PURSUING it 2 months ago.  I thought the plan was to hire an agency, but according to the many models i've met, it is better to represent yourself because agencies hve "taken their money". So i've gone from completely confident to downright confused lol.

I can tell you are confused. You do not understand how agencies/modeling industry work.

www.newmodels.com

"Pricing Beauty" by Ashley Mears
http://www.amazon.com/Pricing-Beauty-Ma … 0520270762

Oct 06 12 10:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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Erika Muse
Posts: 284
Raleigh, North Carolina, US


V Laroche wrote:

I can tell you are confused. You do not understand how agencies/modeling industry work.

www.newmodels.com

"Pricing Beauty" by Ashley Mears
http://www.amazon.com/Pricing-Beauty-Ma … 0520270762

Merci !

Oct 06 12 10:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Apodyopsis
Posts: 6,087
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Its not as easy as googling "how do I become a model". Theres a lot of bad, false, and incomplete info out there, both on the web and being told through people a newbie would hope they could trust (fake agents, photographers, other models, etc), its no wonder people get lost.

And its not exactly like youre in a huge market. They cant just go "oh, Ford is on the way home from the grocery store, we can swing by and see what they say!"
Oct 07 12 01:11 am  Link  Quote 
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Apodyopsis
Posts: 6,087
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Erika Muse wrote:
Most of my knowledge on modeling comes from years of studying the business, but i just started PURSUING it 2 months ago.  I thought the plan was to hire an agency, but according to the many models i've met, it is better to represent yourself because agencies hve "taken their money". So i've gone from completely confident to downright confused lol.

I think that youre confusing being represented by an agency, and hiring an agent, and giving money to someone who is fake.

Agents work for agencies

Agents also freelance

Sluggos pretend theyre legit agents but wind up not getting you any work and taking all your money

Fake agencies, modelling schools, and portfolio mills also screw you over.

Obviously the first two can be very good for you, the second two very bad. There are very few of the first two across the nation (comparatively ), LOTS of the second two, and its sometimes difficult to really tell the two apart. Your best bet is to submit to the big name agencies (ford, elite, etc) in NYC and see what they say. If they sign you, awesome, if they dont, then research the HELL out of smaller agencies in the NYC-VA area, try to speak with other models that are signed with them and get an actual idea for how much work those girls are REALLY booking, google the hell out of them, ask around if anyones even heard of them, etc etc.

Oct 07 12 01:17 am  Link  Quote 
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