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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


I'm attending an open call with a great agency near me this coming Moday, any words of advice my fellow MMers?
Nov 17 12 05:07 am  Link  Quote 
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angel emily
Posts: 1,020
Boston, Massachusetts, US


What kind of agency is it?

Commercial/talent agencies are different than fashion model agencies, but I can only assume at 25 you're not approaching a fashion model agency...

If they didn't give you any direction for the call and you don't see any posted on their site, take a look at some of the models on their site.  Dress neatly and if you have any viable commercial shots or a nice smiling headshot, bring that; on the back write down your name, contact info, and any work you may have done that's commercial-related.
Nov 17 12 05:08 am  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


No, I'm looking into more commercial work, possibly even acting as well
Nov 17 12 05:17 am  Link  Quote 
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angel emily
Posts: 1,020
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:
No, I'm looking into more commercial work, possibly even acting as well

Good luck.  If they like you, don't be surprised if they tell you to come back once you have a commercial portfolio.  This will probably cost you some money (you will pay photographers - good ones) and you'll need to give the agency exactly what clients are looking for.  They may have photographers they recommend, and certainly take any suggestions they have for you seriously.

Commercial agencies rarely (I don't know of any instances, but never say never) pick up models from casting calls without any photos or experience because talent is needed in commercial work.  You have to be able to portray characters, and you need to find out what the market is in order to know what "characters" to portray.

If they ask you to bring your book to the call (all commercial models should be approaching agencies with a commercial book), be careful what you choose to show the agency.  For example, I wouldn't show them this one because it has zero commercial appeal and may actually hurt you:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121018/10/50803f929f1ac_m.jpg

Of all your photos, I'd show them your avatar - and this headshot, although it would be better if you were smiling with your teeth showing....

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121004/22/506e6c6bc7afa_m.jpg http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121004/22/506e6d7d8ea8a_m.jpg

Nov 17 12 02:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


Just finished meeting with them and I'm feeling really good about it. I think I will be getting a callback smile
Nov 19 12 02:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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angel emily
Posts: 1,020
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:
Just finished meeting with them and I'm feeling really good about it. I think I will be getting a callback smile

What did they say?

Nov 19 12 03:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


model emily  wrote:

What did they say?

I met with the owner of the agency and he took a look at my portfolio and then excused himself (they told us the placement director's office was across the hall) and took it with him. I then read for a commercial and was told they would be making callback decisions at an agency meeting tomorrow morning and I should be checking my messages.

Nov 19 12 03:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


I got the callback!!!! I go in for a second meeting with them on Thursday! big_smile
Nov 26 12 05:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Maruschke
Posts: 543
Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand


Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:
I got the callback!!!! I go in for a second meeting with them on Thursday! big_smile

Congrats big_smile you must be sooo excited.

Nov 26 12 05:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


Maruschke wrote:

Congrats big_smile you must be sooo excited.

Thanks, I am! I am so happy right now big_smile

Nov 26 12 06:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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Maggie Xia
Posts: 452
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:

Thanks, I am! I am so happy right now big_smile

Congratulations! wish you the best of luck!

Nov 26 12 08:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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R Michael Walker
Posts: 11,985
Costa Mesa, California, US


Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:
I got the callback!!!! I go in for a second meeting with them on Thursday! big_smile

Not to be a spoil sport but leave your money and credit cards at home. Out here in the LA area places like this abound. Everyone gets a call back at the ones just looking to sell you a portfolio, head shots and or acting lessons. This is the main way to tell them from the real ones. they treat you better then hard sell you on expensive packages. Hopefully yours is not one of those but just be aware. Maybe a visit to the better business bureau site to look them up too? Best of luck.

Nov 26 12 08:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


R Michael Walker wrote:

Not to be a spoil sport but leave your money and credit cards at home. Out here in the LA area places like this abound. Everyone gets a call back at the ones just looking to sell you a portfolio, head shots and or acting lessons. This is the main way to tell them from the real ones. they treat you better then hard sell you on expensive packages. Hopefully yours is not one of those but just be aware. Maybe a visit to the better business bureau site to look them up too? Best of luck.

Thank you for your advice. I did my research before going and found out that this is one of the recommended agencies for NC. I will keep my eyes open through the whole process though.

Nov 26 12 09:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Alicia Hansen
Posts: 1,744
Durango, Colorado, US


Congrats Autumn! big_smile
Fingers crossed for you~
Nov 26 12 09:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


Alicia Hansen wrote:
Congrats Autumn! big_smile
Fingers crossed for you~

Thanks very much!

Nov 26 12 10:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
R Michael Walker
Posts: 11,985
Costa Mesa, California, US


Maybe ask to see some of their credits/tears?
Nov 26 12 10:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


They repped Brooklyn Decker and Jessica Stroup. The agency is Evolution in Charlotte, NC
Nov 26 12 10:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


They said no...for now. Apparently 90% of the business here in NC goes to acting for commercials and the like. They said take some classes and come back in two months. I have potential I just need to train more.
Dec 04 12 02:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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MickCetera
Posts: 276
Chicago, Illinois, US


Two months is no big deal, come back as a natural actor! at least they didn't tell you something you couldn't change like your height. You'll rock it in two months.
Dec 04 12 09:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


MickCetera wrote:
Two months is no big deal, come back as a natural actor! at least they didn't tell you something you couldn't change like your height. You'll rock it in two months.

Thanks big_smile

Dec 05 12 04:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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NicoleNudes
Posts: 3,857
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


That's awesome! Congrats!

Hopefully everything goes well in the next 2 months.
Dec 05 12 05:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Josie Lee
Posts: 752
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


model emily  wrote:
Good luck.  If they like you, don't be surprised if they tell you to come back once you have a commercial portfolio.  This will probably cost you some money (you will pay photographers - good ones) and you'll need to give the agency exactly what clients are looking for.  They may have photographers they recommend, and certainly take any suggestions they have for you seriously.

Commercial agencies rarely (I don't know of any instances, but never say never) pick up models from casting calls without any photos or experience because talent is needed in commercial work.  You have to be able to portray characters, and you need to find out what the market is in order to know what "characters" to portray.

If they ask you to bring your book to the call (all commercial models should be approaching agencies with a commercial book), be careful what you choose to show the agency.  For example, I wouldn't show them this one because it has zero commercial appeal and may actually hurt you:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121018/10/50803f929f1ac_m.jpg

Of all your photos, I'd show them your avatar - and this headshot, although it would be better if you were smiling with your teeth showing....

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121004/22/506e6c6bc7afa_m.jpg http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121004/22/506e6d7d8ea8a_m.jpg

I agree! Those last two photos especially with the glasses (in blue tank top and pigtails), have character in them. Do you have any smiling photos showing your teeth? Commercial agencies really like that. And impeccable grooming.

Good luck at the agency meeting!

Dec 05 12 05:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:
They said no...for now. Apparently 90% of the business here in NC goes to acting for commercials and the like. They said take some classes and come back in two months. I have potential I just need to train more.

The key is for now. Keep working at it.

Dec 05 12 05:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:

The key is for now. Keep working at it.

That's how I'm choosing to look at it smile I will keep my chin up and get better and better hopefully

Dec 05 12 05:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


wow 2 whole months of acting classes.. ha!  Try 4 years at Julliard or Yale School of drama and then maybe just maybe you can get a good agent.
Dec 08 12 11:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Mark wrote:
wow 2 whole months of acting classes.. ha!  Try 4 years at Julliard or Yale School of drama and then maybe just maybe you can get a good agent.

They didn't tell her to get four years at Julliard. They said two months and to come back.

Try to pick up your snarkiness a little more, Mark. You're slipping.

Dec 09 12 12:10 am  Link  Quote 
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Autumn Rose Brightly
Posts: 1,097
Crowley, Texas, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:

They didn't tell her to get four years at Julliard. They said two months and to come back.

Try to pick up your snarkiness a little more, Mark. You're slipping.

Haha, thanks. To Mark: all I can do is my best, I'm not trying to be anything other than myself. I do understand acting is an art which requires a lot of training and hopefully I will be able to improve. Who knows smile

Dec 09 12 09:57 am  Link  Quote 
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DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 8,344
Los Angeles, California, US


Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:
I'm attending an open call with a great agency near me this coming Moday, any words of advice my fellow MMers?

1. If they ask for any type of funds...Get up and leave

2. If they ask for any type of money...Get up and leave

3. If they ask for any type of money from you...Get up and Leave.

ok...one more time...if they ask for money from you...leave.

Dec 09 12 10:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Christopher Carter
Posts: 7,671
Indianapolis, Indiana, US


Mark wrote:
wow 2 whole months of acting classes.. ha!  Try 4 years at Julliard or Yale School of drama and then maybe just maybe you can get a good agent.

Wow, that's an overpriced degree.

Is that what all the actors in Hollywood did?

Also, is that why you're behind the camera now?

Dec 10 12 08:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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