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Isabel Stub
Posts: 2
Paris, Île-de-France, France


I realize I have a lot of work ahead of me and a great deal more to learn, but I want to know if I have a marketable look. This is not really about the quality of my port because I'm still building it and I haven't updated it with my most recent TFP shoots. This is me asking for honest perspectives on the possibility of me signing with an agency in the future based on my look. I have been told my height is fine, but I might need to lose a few pounds. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!
Feb 06 13 04:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RachelReilly
Posts: 1,699
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Yes, lose the webcam pic.
And shot as much as possible/ practice in front of a mirror and study fashion magazines.

Wouldn't hurt to find the best photographers in your area and pay them to shoot with you.

In terms of you, we'll you can have the agency look but model like shit. It's practice! And also might not hurt to take an acting class or something..
Feb 06 13 04:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael Novo
Posts: 188
Chicago, Illinois, US


You do.

To make it as a model you typically want to get in touch with an agency.  No serious commercial photographer is truly going to check model mayhem.  You might find small gigs here or there, but when a large commercial client goes in search of a model, they are not checking here.

No one will hire you for your looks.

Read that line over again.  And no one will hire me for my photography.  Instead people hire you for your business skills and what you can bring to the table.  Are you reliable, do you deliver, do you have something unique and most important how solid are you in business.  If you look at how many of today's top models operate they operate as a business...business plan, marketing, sales and more.
Feb 06 13 06:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Isabel Stub
Posts: 2
Paris, Île-de-France, France


Thank you for the feedback. I really appreciate it. I'll build my port, pay for a shoot, and maybe try a few agencies for their opinion. Thanks for honesty and the useful info.
Feb 06 13 10:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
David Kirk
Posts: 4,430
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Isabel Stub wrote:
Thank you for the feedback. I really appreciate it. I'll build my port, pay for a shoot, and maybe try a few agencies for their opinion. Thanks for honesty and the useful info.

I am not sure that you need a portfolio to approach agencies.  Why not contact a couple in your area and find out what they require before paying to build up your portfolio?

Feb 07 13 05:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
255 West
Posts: 6,468
New York, New York, US


David Kirk wrote:

I am not sure that you need a portfolio to approach agencies.  Why not contact a couple in your area and find out what they require before paying to build up your portfolio?

Correct.
If the agency people tell you you need some photos, THEN get them done.
Otherwise, use this site to get shoots as practice for working "real" jobs ... and have fun. I you worry too much, at this stage, you'll burn yourself out fast.

The suggestion about it being a business, that's true too. Conduct yourself as though you are the owner/manager of a modeling agency where you are the only model. Your professionalism will take you much, MUCH farther than your looks alone ever will.

Feb 08 13 09:19 am  Link  Quote 
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