New York Modeling Agencies
Being a new model just starting out and searching for a legitimate modeling agency in New York can be a daunting task. There are several things a new model should consider when approaching New York agencies, such as which agencies will be the best fit for their type of look, and how they should ultimately approach the agencies in an effort to get representation.
High Fashion and So Much More
There is much more to the New York modeling market than just high fashion or editorial modeling. There are commercial print and talent agencies, fit and showroom agencies, child modeling agencies, petite modeling agencies, plus size and specialty agencies that represent models for hand, feet and parts modeling. The range is wide and there can be a place for everyone if approached from the right direction.
Generally, high fashion or editorial modeling agencies look for female models who are 5' 9" and up with measurements close to 34"-24"-24". Male high fashion models are typically 6' 0" tall and wear a 38 - 40 jacket.
There are however, exceptions to every rule, so don't be discouraged by these stats. Moreover, the Asian modeling market accepts female models ranging from 5' 6" and male models from 5' 10 ".
The most well known high fashion agencies in New York are IMG Models, Elite Models, New York Model Management, Ford Models, Wilhelmina and others, but there are also other smaller boutique agencies such as Fusion Models, RedNYC, and Adam Models that are often more willing to help develop new models when they are just starting out.
On the other hand, commercial models come in all shapes and sizes. Commercial models are seen everywhere in print and television ads for cereals and food products, soaps and bath products, furniture and car ads, and the like. The list is endless. Anything that isn't high fashion a commercial model can do.
If you are an aspiring commercial model one of the very best resources for you is the book "How to Become a Successful Commercial Model" by Aaron Marcus. Represented by 150 agencies across America, Aaron Marcus is also the Host of ModelScouts' Model Talk Radio on the Voice America Network.
Some of the agencies that represent commercial print models, child models, and other specialty models are MSA Models, Product Model Management, Future Faces NYC, CEDS and Silver Model Management.
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