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Stacey Omar
Posts: 4
Jamaica, New York, US


I'm a new model looking to update my portfolio. I live in Jamaica, NY so I'm really close to Manhattan and I check the casting calls everyday. I reply to about 5-10 castings a day on MM and get no responses.

I've also tried looking on Craigslist but a lot of the castings seem creepy/fake. Can someone either help me figure out why I'm getting no responses or direct me to other websites that are similar to MM when it comes to castings?

Thank you!
Apr 29 13 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Meghan Hale
Posts: 335
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Perhaps post your own casting looking for TF. And contact photographers directly.

Since you're very new to modeling, you will get a lot of negative responses, or none at all.

You are the right height and a close weight for runway modeling, so maybe pursue that more?
Apr 29 13 04:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tiffany_B
Posts: 1,262
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US


Stacey Omar wrote:
I'm a new model looking to update my portfolio. I live in Jamaica, NY so I'm really close to Manhattan and I check the casting calls everyday. I reply to about 5-10 castings a day on MM and get no responses.

I've also tried looking on Craigslist but a lot of the castings seem creepy/fake. Can someone either help me figure out why I'm getting no responses or direct me to other websites that are similar to MM when it comes to castings?

Thank you!

My strong suggestion to you is that you post a casting call of your own and see if there are any takers. Unfortunately when you're responding to castings you're just one of many and in NY especially there are numerous other models who are responding and many of them likely have stronger portfolios than you do based on the fact that they've been modelling longer.

Apr 29 13 04:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Digitoxin
Posts: 13,308
Houston, Texas, US


Reach out directly to a few photographers who have work you like.  That is the best way, IMO.  Otherwise, posta casting call yourself.
Apr 29 13 04:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
The Original Sin
Posts: 13,894
Louisville, Kentucky, US


Yes to all of the above.

Also, you may consider posing this question in the Critique question, where people can give you some really good tips about rewriting your profile and so on.
Apr 29 13 04:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Babalon Salome
Posts: 3,499
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany


Digitoxin wrote:
Reach out directly to a few photographers who have work you like.  That is the best way, IMO.  Otherwise, posta casting call yourself.

This. Ask photographers if they currently have any projects they'd like to shoot you for. Check their references, ask models in their portfolio what they are like to work with and whether they'd work with them again.

Apr 29 13 04:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Expression Unlimited
Posts: 1,123
San Diego, California, US


Approach and pay a local photographer, any one whose work you like, to get you some model style images where you are wearing make up and showing a few poses

You will get a better response if you have some portfolio up that better shows what you have to offer

Good Luck!
Apr 29 13 04:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,098
New York, New York, US


Come to the Bronx, I would work with you. I might need to borrow a wider lens because you are 5'11 and with heels about 6'2 wowzer! smile
Apr 29 13 04:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Model
Damianne
Posts: 15,973
Austin, Texas, US


I'd shoot you if I were a photographer.
You know, I'd shoot you even though I'm not if I were anywhere close to you
Apr 29 13 04:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Tony Lawrence
Posts: 18,891
Chicago, Illinois, US


OP, there are hundreds of castings in NY on Craigslist.   If you feel some are suspect ask can you bring a friend.   Look at their work but get shooting.   Not getting how anyone can really critique what you have when its
apparent you've just started.   If you do some test shoots and there is no MUA involved go to a store and have them do your face.   You usually have to buy something but its helpful.   If you don't have a lot of clothes go to some of the thrift stores and find some.   I found some cool stuff at one the other day and local designers may also help you out.   While doing all this also go to some of the NY agencies.   Many have a open call day when new models can just come in.   

You don't need a professional book.   Have a friend take some casual shots of you in front of a plain background or building.


OP, a good photographer has offered a shoot.   He's in the Bronx.   Take advantage.
Apr 29 13 04:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
salvatori.
Posts: 3,333
State College, Pennsylvania, US


Holy shit, if you ever drive through the middle of Pennsylvania, stop in State College and we'll do a session. You have a fab look; best of luck.

As others have said - take the bull by the horns and put up your own CC and contact some shooters.

smile
Apr 29 13 04:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Stan Schutze
Posts: 688
San Diego, California, US


I would be delighted to help you with some portfolio photos.

When someone nice tells me they are having a hard time getting a photo shoot, I put them at the top of the list.
Apr 29 13 05:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Click Hamilton
Posts: 33,587
San Diego, California, US


Stan Schutze wrote:
I would be delighted to help you with some portfolio photos.

When someone nice tells me they are having a hard time getting a photo shoot, I put them at the top of the list.

Amongst kindred spirits, it's what we should do.

Apr 29 13 05:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Farenell Photography
Posts: 17,587
Albany, New York, US


Since you specifically asked...

Your port's not doing you justice. It screams Facebook amateur regardless if that's what your intentions were or not. But also take heart, the greater NYC area can be a brutal market even for the most stout-hearted.

If people aren't replying to your TF* requests...

1. Try posting a casting here on MM.
2. Do a search for photographers that "do something for you" (however that's defined) & inquire them about their shooting rates & hire them & get "better" pictures (however that's defined) that way.
Apr 29 13 05:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Stacey Omar
Posts: 4
Jamaica, New York, US


salvatori. wrote:
Holy shit, if you ever drive through the middle of Pennsylvania, stop in State College and we'll do a session. You have a fab look; best of luck.

As others have said - take the bull by the horns and put up your own CC and contact some shooters.

smile

Haha thanks! I was literally just there a couple of months ago for State Patty's

Apr 29 13 05:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,098
New York, New York, US


Send me a PM, I always work with noobs. Hell, I'm still a noob. big_smile  Will trade for beer! big_smile
Apr 29 13 05:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RennsportPhotography
Posts: 17,921
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, US


If you are not getting response to TFP castings it is because
1 They do not see how you will add to their port.
2 You are living too far away.
3 Your port is off putting in demands
4 you indicate that you are not interested in the type of work requested
5 Better suited models already were selected.

In your case 1,4,5 are mostlikely the reason.

Look up local photographers whose work reflects what you want to do and approach them that you want to help them with any new ideas they may want to try and specifically the photos that attracted you to their work. When you make the approach about them and not your needs you are more likely to get positive results.
Apr 29 13 05:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Stacey Omar
Posts: 4
Jamaica, New York, US


Farenell Photography wrote:
Since you specifically asked...

Your port's not doing you justice. It screams Facebook amateur regardless if that's what your intentions were or not. But also take heart, the greater NYC area can be a brutal market even for the most stout-hearted.

If people aren't replying to your TF* requests...

1. Try posting a casting here on MM.
2. Do a search for photographers that "do something for you" (however that's defined) & inquire them about their shooting rates & hire them & get "better" pictures (however that's defined) that way.

I appreciate your honesty and I do agree, all the pictures on my port are on my Facebook as well. Lol. And you're saying I should post a casting call for photographers? Sounds good. Thanks

Apr 29 13 05:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fred Gerhart
Posts: 734
San Antonio, Texas, US


OP just keep kicking over rocks. Sooner or later a trade shoot will gel. But until that does at least consider higher a photographer for a great head shot.
Apr 29 13 05:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Images By Joseph
Posts: 855
Naperville, Illinois, US


Expression Unlimited wrote:
Approach and pay a local photographer, any one whose work you like, to get you some model style images where you are wearing make up and showing a few poses

You will get a better response if you have some portfolio up that better shows you have to offer

Good Luck!

This!

Apr 29 13 05:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
RavenLily
Posts: 12
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom


I like that you have clean, make up free, unfussy head and full length images, that is a good start

you also need to show how good your make up/hair skills are, the better skilled you are, the more likely you will get work (hiring MUA/H is a pain in the bum for photographers and is costly for someone who has never done a shoot, and so they will wonder if it is worth it)

sadly because you are new, you wont have pro images just yet, so instead of this, fill up your info, do you have skills that you can bring to llamaling? can you dance? do gymnastics?

all i can see at the moment is a pretty face, a trim body, your stats, but not much else.

the more effort you put in, the more you get out.

Good Luck and cant wait to see you get some shoots in.
Apr 29 13 05:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Photographer
Rays Fine Art
Posts: 5,649
New York, New York, US


The Original Sin  wrote:
Yes to all of the above.

Also, you may consider posing this question in the Critique question, where people can give you some really good tips about rewriting your profile and so on.

But be aware that the critiques in the Critiques Forums can sometimes be unduly harsh and of little use to beginning models, so if you go there, I'd suggest that you make sure that you do so with a thick skin.  You might be better served by going to http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=812235 and asking for both a portfolio evaluation and a mentor willing to work with you in developing your portfolio.

Frankly, I'd be happy to mentor you but my studio space is very low-ceilinged---It's very hard for me to shoot anyone your height but I'm sending you a PM discussing your port and some things that might help.

Apr 29 13 07:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Farenell Photography
Posts: 17,587
Albany, New York, US


Stacey Omar wrote:
And you're saying I should post a casting call for photographers? Sounds good. Thanks

I'm saying it can't hurt. The worst that can happen is that nobody responds &/or is interested &/or you don't have a look a person can use &/or are willing to take a chance on...which is what's already appears to be happening.

In addition to what I said earlier, I'd also consider...

3. Keep plugging away.

A nonresponse can mean people are busy. Read the message but intended to respond later (but sometimes forget). Or the nonresponse IS the response.

There's no way to specifically know with an actual response. But thats the Catch-22. When they respond, there's no longer that nonresponse.

Speaking for myself, I feel like I'm lucky if get a 1 in 10 response rate. & that's pretty much across multiple online platforms: FB, Tumblr, Twitter, MM, their personal websites.

4. I also would not overlook young students at the local colleges. Submit your name to the art departments for consideration. Depending on how the school does things, you MAY limit your model services(?) to just photography (if that's what you wish to do). But I also wouldn't discount the theater/film/art-studio aspects of it as well...some of which may fall into the greater art department umbrella, some may not.

5. Could attend one of those "Drink & Draw" events & see if it'd be for you. Helps if you're able to stay in one position for long periods of time. & depending on the event, they do everything from Victorian fashion to Burlesque to Glamor Lingerie as well as Full Nude. If you've never done it before, barely anyone gives a shit about what the actual model(s) look like, what's important for them you being the tool for them to craft the human form in the medium of their choice.

The point being is if conventional ways like knocking on the door isn't getting you noticed (even enough for a no-thank you), then you might have to think of alternative ways however undefined to make that happen.

Apr 29 13 08:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marin Photography NYC
Posts: 6,098
New York, New York, US


I got it covered folks! big_smile
Apr 29 13 08:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
John Carman
Posts: 364
San Francisco, California, US


Expression Unlimited wrote:
Approach and pay a local photographer, any one whose work you like, to get you some model style images where you are wearing make up and showing a few poses

You will get a better response if you have some portfolio up that better shows you have to offer

Good Luck!

Yes, this.

Apr 29 13 08:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,494
Santa Ana, California, US


You should be asking this question in the critique forum, not here.
Apr 29 13 09:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Natural Means
Posts: 452
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


It can take 6 months to get traction in this game. Slowly and first then suddenly you'll be in the middle of chaos and shoots everywhere wondering what you did different to get that way.

Persevere and be patient (in an energetic way)
Apr 30 13 04:03 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fotos-By-Anthony
Posts: 76
Virginia Beach, Virginia, US


Check out my profile. Im in NYC every 3-5 months. If you are going to be in Va Beach area contact me.
Apr 30 13 04:27 am  Link  Quote 
Model
besos mis amores
Posts: 154
Bakersfield, California, US


Stan Schutze wrote:
I would be delighted to help you with some portfolio photos.

When someone nice tells me they are having a hard time getting a photo shoot, I put them at the top of the list.

T is the sweetest thing I've read in a forum all night..

Apr 30 13 04:37 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Darren Brade
Posts: 2,719
London, England, United Kingdom


Stacey Omar wrote:
I'm a new model looking to update my portfolio. I live in Jamaica, NY so I'm really close to Manhattan and I check the casting calls everyday. I reply to about 5-10 castings a day on MM and get no responses.

I've also tried looking on Craigslist but a lot of the castings seem creepy/fake. Can someone either help me figure out why I'm getting no responses or direct me to other websites that are similar to MM when it comes to castings?

Thank you!

Network,  network,  network.  There's also nothing wrong with Facebook either,  it's a good source for local groups,  you just have to find them.

Good luck xxx

Apr 30 13 07:40 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
rp_photo
Posts: 42,470
Houston, Texas, US


Stacey Omar wrote:
I'm a new model looking to update my portfolio. I live in Jamaica, NY so I'm really close to Manhattan and I check the casting calls everyday. I reply to about 5-10 castings a day on MM and get no responses.

I see a reasonable starter port and profile and great potential, and am surprised photographers aren't taking advantage.

As far as the "I know this is probably a lot to ask" comment in your casting call, I would take it out as it is most certainly not a lot to ask.

Apr 30 13 07:44 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
rp_photo
Posts: 42,470
Houston, Texas, US


The Original Sin  wrote:
Also, you may consider posing this question in the Critique question, where people can give you some really good tips about rewriting your profile and so on.

Technically correct, but I would consider this a "Newbie Mulligan".

Apr 30 13 07:48 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark Salo
Posts: 7,780
Olney, Maryland, US


Get an avatar that shows your face.

Rays Fine Art wrote:
But be aware that the critiques in the Critiques Forums can sometimes be unduly harsh and of little use to beginning models, so if you go there, I'd suggest that you make sure that you do so with a thick skin.

Just don't argue.

Apr 30 13 08:29 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Cynna Stylz MUA
Posts: 216
New York, New York, US


Hi,
I think you should take some model style photos, even if it's with your iPhone. Play dress up and makeup and have fun with the poses. Head over to Macy's and try on all the sexy dresses (throw a wig on)  and have a friend take pics. Then upload to to your MM page. Create a fan page for your modeling and start to network as well with Facebook photographers and groups. Stay positive.
Apr 30 13 08:48 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mystic Flow Studios
Posts: 304
Hilo, Hawaii, US


The Original Sin  wrote:
Yes to all of the above.

Also, you may consider posing this question in the Critique question, where people can give you some really good tips about rewriting your profile and so on.

+1

Since you are asking here though, my first impression was that your avatar is rendered too darkly and needs to be replaced with a version on which you have adjusted the brightness and exposure so that your face show clearly. Right now it's just one dark mass.

Secondly, as soon as you can, replace your other images with some which look as if you are actually modeling rather than just standing still for a snapshot.

It appears that you are getting a lot of views, probably as a result of all your answering of the casting calls, and of putting up your own  today, so it's likely the photos you have up that are not converting viewers into calls.
Best of luck!

Apr 30 13 10:43 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MidnightSun Designs
Posts: 230
WINSTON SALEM, North Carolina, US


If you ever find yourself in the Carolinas hit me up.
Apr 30 13 06:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Nathine
Posts: 144
Scottsdale, Arizona, US


Like acting go in, apply and forget about it. You can drive yourself crazy wondering why?. However here are some reasons.

1. don't have the look the photographer wants
2. Photographer has cancelled shoot, and has told no-one
3. Applying to wrong casting call.
4. in films, director loves you, but producer has cousin to promote.
5. perfect for shoot, but shoot gets cancelled, postponed, lost in the abyss
6. fate has saved you from making a big mistake
7. I'm sure Dave Letterman can come up with 3 more.

Nathine.
May 02 13 05:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Richard Tallent
Posts: 7,079
Beaumont, Texas, US


Stacey Omar wrote:
Can someone either help me figure out why I'm getting no responses or direct me to other websites that are similar to MM when it comes to castings?

I'd shoot ya, but I realize that's not exactly helpful advice.

Please re-post this under the Critique forum.

May 05 13 05:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
PhotosByNC
Posts: 13
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Don't just look at Manhattan, try other areas. Try seeing what is out in "smaller" areas around you. Posting your own casting is great also, and probably the best advice to do.
May 05 13 09:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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