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COCO PLEASURE
Posts: 4
Hillside, Illinois, US


So I have been doing research on the internet to see where I need to start to become a urban model and I came accross buffie the body video on you tube where she is saying you really no longer make money in this industry does anyone know if this is true?
Feb 05 13 06:43 am  Link  Quote 
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AJScalzitti
Posts: 12,248
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I don't know of many speciality models that make much money, it's more of a part time thing for most.  I know little about that market, there is a fair amout of it in Atlanta but it doesn't pay photographer enough for me to take note if that is saying anything.
Feb 05 13 06:47 am  Link  Quote 
Model
COCO PLEASURE
Posts: 4
Hillside, Illinois, US


Thank You!
Feb 05 13 06:52 am  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 34,606
San Francisco, California, US


I don't really think there is such a thing as becoming an "urban model."  You could be a model with an "urban look."  There really are no urban modeling agencies, urban advertising agencies, etc, etc, etc.

If you have an urban look and that is all that you want to do, I think you will find limited opportunities.  You are much better off simply modeling and emphasizing the fact that you have an urban look and are interested in those opportunities, among others.
Feb 05 13 07:54 am  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,113
Tampa, Florida, US


What is an Urban Model? Is that opposed to a Suburban Model who drives a minivan to their kids soccer practice and bakes Rice Krispies Treats while being photographed?
Feb 05 13 08:06 am  Link  Quote 
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Aaron Lewis Photography
Posts: 5,078
Catskill, New York, US


*shrug*
I don't think there's much money in this industry no matter what you do. Unless you're super over the top special and can prove it, know someone or have a ton of start up money, the likelihood of ever making a dime is pretty damn slim.
Feb 05 13 02:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rays Fine Art
Posts: 5,925
New York, New York, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:
What is an Urban Model? Is that opposed to a Suburban Model who drives a minivan to their kids soccer practice and bakes Rice Krispies Treats while being photographed?

From what I see it's a sub-genre that appeals to a very targeted market, somewhat like rockabilly, biker chick, etc.  The market appears to be primarily young, inner-city Afro-Americans, serviced primarily by Afro-American photographers and models.  Styles, conventions and concepts are driven by that market.  It's never appealed to me and my guess is that it tends to be exploitative of the models with little, if any money made by them.  But I emphasize that's only a guess from an outsider.

Feb 05 13 03:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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COCO PLEASURE
Posts: 4
Hillside, Illinois, US


Thanks for all the feed back it was really helpful.. Its great to know that there is no such thing as an urban model..
Feb 05 13 06:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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R L P
Posts: 1,969
Atlanta, Georgia, US


COCO PLEASURE wrote:
So I have been doing research on the internet to see where I need to start to become a urban model and I came accross buffie the body video on you tube where she is saying you really no longer make money in this industry does anyone know if this is true?

The urban model action was hot for a while with some models crossing over from magazines to music videos to "celebrity" appearances.

I don't know if you can call urban modeling a destination more than a launching pad.  One can only do so many music videos before the next "hot girl" comes along to take her place. To make good money, the model would have to take any notoriety and expand upon that ... and that won't be easy.

Feb 05 13 06:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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COCO PLEASURE
Posts: 4
Hillside, Illinois, US


Thanks, I was reading that I do have other plans to go along with the modeling so do you know where to start with this? is it just building a portfolio or actually trying to connect to get into video's?
Feb 05 13 07:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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T H Taylor
Posts: 6,724
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US


Moderator Note!
Thanks for the helpful posts.
I actually learned something.

So far, this thread gets a big gold star!

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Feb 06 13 12:40 am  Link  Quote 
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Tony Lawrence
Posts: 18,977
Chicago, Illinois, US


OP, this is a bit old but look here:   http://indosplace.com/IndosModelAdvice/ … f4-20.html     Some of the eyecandy models still make money but its a hard hustle.   There are a few Chicago members who shoot the kind of stuff you'll need.   Do a Google search for Chicago Urban modeling and you'll find some 'agencies'.  Some only exist on Facebook or with sketchy websites.   So proceed with caution.   A few questions for you?   Can you dance or act?   Are you willing to move where the work is?   If you still want to try.   You'll need some of the images many of the models have.   Check out old issues of King magazine.   

Paid work for even industry standard fashion and commercial models is hard.   Its harder for even attractive White non agency models and even harder for Black models.   Good luck.
Feb 06 13 01:27 am  Link  Quote 
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Drew Smith Photography
Posts: 5,209
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom


T H Taylor wrote:
Thanks for the helpful posts.
I actually learned something.

So far, this thread gets a big gold star!

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Ooh, is this a new Moderator thingy were we are incentivised to behave in a thread in return for getting a Gold Star? smile

OP - I'd never heard of an 'Urban Model' per se.

Feb 06 13 01:37 am  Link  Quote 
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MichaelClements
Posts: 1,726
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Feb 06 13 01:41 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SLF
Posts: 15
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


COCO PLEASURE wrote:
Thanks, I was reading that I do have other plans to go along with the modeling so do you know where to start with this? is it just building a portfolio or actually trying to connect to get into video's?

Although dated, the answers to this thread are highly inaccurate.  I work full time to promote models in this industry.  The photographers who replied might not have any experience in this particular market. 
There is absolutely a categorization of model that is called urban.  They are mostly underrepresented in the modeling industry and American media.  There are agencies that specialize in urban models.  And you will find that as in the modeling industry as a whole, there are very few that make a good living and the vast majority of models do it part time as a means to boost publicity and promote their primary income activities.

Jul 09 14 02:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
MainePaintah
Posts: 1,679
Saco, Maine, US


I do not think that there is much money to be made by being an "Urban Model".

On the other hand, I hear it is very lucrative if one becomes an "Urban Legend"!
Jul 09 14 03:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,708
New York, New York, US


SLF wrote:
Although dated, the answers to this thread are highly inaccurate.  I work full time to promote models in this industry.  The photographers who replied might not have any experience in this particular market. 
There is absolutely a categorization of model that is called urban.  They are mostly underrepresented in the modeling industry and American media.  There are agencies that specialize in urban models.  And you will find that as in the modeling industry as a whole, there are very few that make a good living and the vast majority of models do it part time as a means to boost publicity and promote their primary income activities.

What agencies are you talking about? Barbizon? Video Vixens are us? Booty Gallery?

No such thing as urban modeling or agencies. There are urban magazines but that's it. It's pin up really or eye candy as some call it.

I'm in NYC and I have dealt with many agencies and no one represents themselves as an urban modeling agency.  LOL   Please stop!  I can olny imagine what their client base would be like. LMAO

Jul 09 14 03:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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