Kayla Anne Thomas wrote: Would an agency turn me away for having a tattoo of a poem on my side?
I don't know about agencies - but when it comes to photographic work - I don't see a thing wrong with you stats at all - and a poem tattoo - well I've worked with much more.
There seems to be a huge gulf between what's regarded as ideal shapes/sizes for model agencies and runway, as compared to what a typical photographer might like to shoot. The only point about tattoos is if someone particularly wanted a specific look - say a retro swimsuit scene - and the tattoo doesn't fit - well then you're talking coverup makeup or perhaps no getting the gig.
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Of course, getting a tattoo will lower your prospects at an agency & finding modeling jobs. I suspect you know this already.
While some photographers like tattoos, and others don't care, paying clients usually avoid them:
1) They are distracting, always.
2) Once your tattoo is shown, it becomes old.
3) It takes time (and is therefore more money) to cover or remove ink.
Modeling is a competitive business. Look at it this way: if you get a tattoo and your identical twin doesn't, who is likely to get more modeling work?
In summary: get the tattoo if you really want it, but the downside to having a tattoo is reduced chances at getting modeling jobs.
I can deal with tattoos but nothing the viewer has to read, that is just way to distracting. Commercial clients are even less likely to hire a model with tats. But in general anything to do with your apperence limits your work, some you can't control and some you can.
The answer is, anything that falls outside of agency standard is going to be limiting. So, if Agency representation is your ultimate goal then, yes, it will add to the obstacles. More likely, it won't be the tattoo but other factors that would present a difficulty in getting signed but this isn't the Critique Forum.
With that said, enough already with saying "don't fuck up your body" or "what's going to happen when you don't like the tattoo". That has nothing to do with modeling. It's something all people who get tattoos have to question before they make the decision, regardless of their occupation.
Why does every single tattoo thread turn into a personal preferences thread. OK, you don't like tattoos. But the "don't fuck up your body" advice clearly isn't model-specific because you would give the same advice if a female Attorney or Best Buy clerk was asking.
Not the question.
Edit: Now, with all that said I'd love to bitch slap the first female who decided to get writing tattooed down the side of her torso. In a few years it's become the most cliche tattoo imaginable. It's the Tramp Stamp of the decade.
A tattoo is meant to mean something personally. If that's the case, why have it tattooed somewhere where you can't read it? No, a tattoo down the torso is meant to impress others with your deep philosophical rantings in Olde English font that usually include the words "love", how strong you are, and how you're "never giving up." Yawn.
But that's my personal feeling about that type of tattoo not any professional advice (in case you couldn't tell).
As for my work, I specifically ask for clean skin.
Before you get any tattoo something for you to consider. This comes for a woman with many tattoos.
She said, "Imagine walking into a store and seeing a dress that you absolutely love, it's colorful, its out there and you instantly fall in love with. Then imagine that every day for the rest of your life you will wear that dress, you can't take it off."
She also mentioned that others think about her differently, one time she tells of meeting someone and that person saying, "You must be Kayla's tattooed friend." Tells her other talk about her.
Also, she was very hurt when her best friend didn't ask her to be part of her bridal party because she didn't want the tattoos in her wedding pictures.
Do what you want, its your body. Never understood why someone would take a beautiful body with perfect, smooth skin and then pay someone to draw on it permanently.
One individual suggested having the tattoo drawn unto your skin with a marker and then see how you like the look after a couple of weeks.
The trouble with tattoos, as others have indicated, is that they tend to be pretty limiting. If they're really good and eye-catching they become what the picture is about. If they're bad, they make the whole picture look bad. And text draws the eye even more. We're all curious as to what it says. As to cover-ups, it's a lot faster and easier for the photographer to just move on to the next model than it is to have a MUA hide it.
How employable would a fashion model be if she insisted on wearing a red babushka in every shot?
So no matter what your genre, you'll have to weigh the impact of the tattoo vs. your range of employability. My best suggestion is to avoid them as long as you're trying to make money from modeling.
I personally have a lot of tattoos and well I am far from modeling for anyone...lol I think when it comes to tattoos and models, you either need a lot of them or none at all. I know when I am shooting a model, if she has one or two tattoos its almost a hindrance to shoot around and just seems out of place. But at the same time, I think a woman that is covered in tattoos is very sexy, and would like to shoot them just for that reason.
Kayla Anne Thomas wrote: I appreciate your response I'm more of an actor anyways and these things are less of an issue I think. Also- I think I posted in the wrong forum! Sorry !
Your look makes you a consideration for teen roles in acting, including girl next door parts. I would stay away from any tats that might be a distraction and difficult to hide. If your priority in life is to make a career in modeling or acting then the fewer reasons to be passed over the better. If its just a hobby and a tattoo is important to you do whatever you like.
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Perhaps this is better answered by submitting your photos to agencies to open some doors, and when you get a chance to talk to them you can ask them their opinion.
In my opinion, if llamaing is the career you are seeking, it would not be a good investment. As for your height and weight which somebody said was out of range, that is not accurate for all lines of llamaing with an agency. 5'8" at a size 4 is fine for a lot of work!
Nobody in this thread knows the answer to your question based on facts. We only know what history has shown us...and that history is not filled with much ink.
I regret my tattoo very much. Although my tattoo means something to me, an is personal to me, I've in recent years grown to hate it. I do some commercial modeling, runway, promotional, and print and in more cases than not, the photographer or designer gripes about my tattoo. Luckily being a small back tattoo I can hide it, but not always.
As much as I despise Kim Kardashian, she once said something I agree with in regards to tattoos: something along the lines of "you don't put a bumper sticker on a Bentley."
If I had it to go over again, I wouldn't get a tattoo. But that's just me. If you really want a tattoo, then get one. Just know it won't always please photographers and may keep you from getting jobs. What if you're asked to model swimwear? Tattoos aren't super easy to cover up.
From someone whos too short and has tattoos/piercings:
i dont really care what you do with your body. its your body. there will always be someone willing to take a picture of it. (If that someone is worth working with is a different story)
Whether it be modelling or acting, a tattoo will never ENHANCE your abilities. It will never help you get work.
It MIGHT not hurt your ability to get booked
It will PROBABLY make it harder on you.
My advice? Pursue modelling/acting for X amount of time. If you don't "make it" by that time (a couple years would probably be best, almost nothing is instant in this) the go get the tattoo. You can always put the tattoo on later, you can't just take it off later.