Modeling Agencies - Why You Need One
At ModelScouts.com we are often asked the question, "Why do I need a modeling agency, if I can get modeling jobs online?"
The internet has opened up many opportunities for new models, however, it has also opened up many new dangers.
The top reasons you should be represented by a legitimate modeling agency are:
A professional modeling agency will have established relationships with many of their clients. Your agency will know who your clients are, where your job will take place, and most important, they will know that your safety is being addressed at all times; from the safety of your working conditions to the people you will be meeting on set. You need a professional modeling agency to take care of the screening and verification of your clients before you go on jobs.
On the internet you never know who you are going to meet. Accepting modeling jobs from people you have never met and that you have no way of verifying is an extremely risky undertaking. We would not recommend this practice to anyone, however, if you feel you must do it, please, please, please, take someone with you. Never go on this type of booking by yourself! This is good advice even for male models.
Get Paid What You Deserve
When you work with a professional modeling agency you know that you will be getting top dollar for the work you are doing. For example, if a client wanted to hire you to do a commercial print ad where your image will appear in a magazine, on clothing tags, and on a billboard, would you know what to charge for that? Most models no have idea what a fair price would be and often sell themselves short, missing out on thousands of dollars. A professional modeling agency will make sure that your image is being used in an appropriate manner in consideration of your career objectives.
Many shady clients will hire models online rather than use a professional modeling agency because they know you are inexperienced and they can take advantage of you. Often, they will not pay you what the job is worth, and many times they won't pay you at all. Since you don't really know who they are, you have little recourse to get the money that you deserve. Moreover, you will have no control over where your image will end up. Before you know it your photos will be all over the internet, you didn't get paid for your work, and there's not a thing you can do about it.
More Job Opportunities
Since the best clients such as, Vogue, Marie Claire, Details, GQ, Abercrombie and Fitch, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Toyota, Apple, Panasonic, etc. always use modeling agencies to find their models, you will be exposed to the best job opportunities. For example, if a particular model that a top client wants to hire is unavailable, you could be presented to that client as an alternative, and voila! you could get the booking. The mere fact that you are in the vicinity of agents, bookers, models, and clients will increase your job prospects by about a 1000 percent!
When you work with online clients you are really at the bottom of the barrel with respect to your job opportunities. You will most likely be doing non-paying modeling jobs and you will get no exposure at all to other clients. It's really a dead-end proposition.
Models can be represented by modeling agencies in different markets. For example, you could have a New York agency, a Los Angeles agency, a Paris agency, and a Tokyo modeling agency. Scouts from international agencies often visit other modeling agencies outside of their own markets to scout for new models. Even if you are working at a local agency in your area, international scouts will often stop by looking for new faces. Most models are discovered simply by being in the right place at the right time. When you are signed to more than one agency, all of your agencies will work together to promote you and guide you through your modeling career.
ModelScouts Can Help!
Promoting yourself and finding a legitimate modeling agency can be a daunting task. How do know who you can trust? What are the best markets for your particular look? Where are the best modeling agencies? That's where ModelScouts.com comes in!
With over 30 years experience the agents at ModelScouts.com have worked with modeling agencies in every market of the world. We know who the best agencies are, what agency would be the best for your particular look and who you can trust.
By creating your account and uploading your photos (snapshots are fine, you do not need professional photos) to ModelScouts.com you will benefit from our 30 years of experience. ModelScouts.com only works with the best and most legitimate modeling agencies and we know who is naughty and who is nice.
Why roll the dice when it comes to your modeling career? Work with the best right out of the gate! While we cannot guarantee that everyone will get signed to a top modeling agency, we can guarantee that you will save time and money and you will be seen by the most professional and legitimate modeling agents and scouts in the world!
If you are new to the modeling and fashion industries, or if you are already established, we welcome you to join us.
Author - Vanessa Helmer
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