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Sunday, November 18th, 2012

I’m considering modeling, but I don’t know anything when it comes to finding an agency. I did find one, but they say I have to pay them money to get started and that is the only time I’ll have to pay them. Another thing: I’ll be an independent contracter which means I will have to pay when I file taxes.Are there any good deals for agencies? Have I found a good agency?What do I need to know about agencies?

A modeling agency is a company that represent fashion models, to work for the fashion industry. These agencies earn their income via commission, usually from the deal they made with the model.The top agencies work with big-budget advertising agencies and fashion designers. They invest money into developing their talent so they can increase their status within the industry. These top agencies will help train models, get test shoots, layout portfolios, and put together comp cards (composition photo cards) and other printed materials models need.They find work by presenting their models to designers, photographers and ad agencies, booking the jobs, billing for the jobs, and eventually paying the models for their time. By handling the details, an agency allows a model to focus on modelling and not on the business end.Because modeling is a very competitive, fast moving business that extends beyond the traditional 9 to 5, an agency generally conducts business ’round the clock’ to handle emergencies, such as cancellations or rush jobs. Most agencies have a service or an operator to direct emergency contact after hours.Contents [hide]1 Industry information 1.1 Booking agents 1.2 Contractual agreements 1.3 Auditions and open calls 1.4 Fashion shows and fashion weeks 1.5 Fashion campaigns 2 Scams 3 See also 4 Top Modelling agencies 5 External links [edit] Industry information[edit] Booking agentsModeling agencies use booking departments to keep track of who uses models. The agency has a phone that is manned and an office that a client can visit. These agents also send out reminders for fresh comp cards. They advertise, do lunches, do cold calls and turn over stones to find available modelling gigs[edit] Contractual agreementsMost agencies sign their top talent to exclusive contracts in each market, which vary in length based on the model’s industry status and experience. However, because a good agency finds their models work and negotiates top price for their talent, they earn a management commission (between 10% to 20%) from the model of every job they book on a model’s behalf. In addition an agency usually bills a client an additional 20% service charge for booking the model, so a typical agency will make between 10-40% on each booking of which no more than 20% comes out of the model’s pocket. This varies outside the US due to each country’s law and taxes.[edit] Auditions and open callsModeling agencies will require new faces on a regular basis. The number of models in an agency depends on the demand brought in by its agents and changes throughout the year. To this end, modeling agencies advertise in local phone directories in order to remain visible.Each new model-screening process is different from one agency to the next:A dry call is where models mail unsolicited comp cards to an agency. While this may work with smaller agencies, larger agencies are constantly being inundated with these cards and frequently discard unsolicited comp cards. Another option is the walk-in, where a model calls for an appointment at an agency and receives and interview on that particular date and time. The model then has an opportunity to quickly review with the agent past experience and show his or her portfolio. The most popular process is the open call, where an agency will advertise that on a certain day, they will allow anyone to show up for an interview. Depending on the popularity of the agency within the industry and the advertising done by its agents, anywhere from several dozen to hundreds of candidates could attend an open call. It is not uncommon to have a line extending for several city blocks. [edit] Fashion shows and fashion weeksAgents and talent managers work together to prepare and develop models. One of the most important assignment for models is to work or attend fashion shows or fashion weeks.A fashion show is a runway event put on by a fashion designer(s) to showcase their upcoming line of clothing. Each show requires anywhere between 15 to 60 models, depending on the size of the collection and the importance of the designer(s). Fashion models walk the runway (or catwalk) dressed in the clothing created by the designer(s). Participation in these events is essential for any model.A fashion week is a series of shows by different fashion designers. Each show books their own talent, though many models are able to land jobs with multiple designers. This is a model’s chance to really get noticed, which can lead to big contracts and very lucrative jobs. Each fashion week consists of two events; one for spring collections and one for fall collections.The fashion weeks in major fashion capitals such as New York, Paris, and Milan can have over 100 designers showcasing their work. These weeks are also sponsored by big names, such as Mercedes Benz or Olympus.[edit] Fashion campaignsModels vie for the prestigious fashion campaigns, where they get to model for a particular designer. One of the most sought-after campaign is the fragrance campaign, where a model can earn a substantial amount of money. Some of the most competitive fragrance campaign include Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Valentino, and Gucci.[edit] ScamsBecause of the necessity for an agency in a constantly changing industry, where old agencies close or merge and new ones pop up in their place, scam artists have many opportunities to prey on new, unsuspecting models. A legitimate modelling agency should have knowledge of the market place and honestly evaluate models for their market. It will have contacts with photographers, graphic designers, and printers to prepare a model’s marketing materials.In the United States, the Better Business Bureau registers complaints against agencies that conduct dishonest business practices and scams.Scam artists and untrustworthy agencies generally demand long-term contracts up front and use high-pressure tactics to con models into committing to high-commission percentages or signing over unnecessary rights. They will often ask for cash in advance that disappears after several weeks.An example of a modeling scam is when an agency claims to have work but really what they are doing is trying to sell photoshoots and modeling courses to aspiring models. A legitimate agency should only make profit off commissions.[edit] See alsoEmployment agency [edit] Top Modelling agenciesIn order to qualify as a top modeling agency, there are certain criteria:1. The agency must be located in a top fashion capital for the simple reason that the most lucrative and prestigious modeling assignments are there. These cities include: New York, Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Barcelona.2. The agency is well-known and respected in the fashion industry and has a good reputation, in so far, as monitoring agencies or governing bodies in their respective country, like the Better Business Bureau in the US and the association of fashion designers and the group handling the city’s fashion week.3. The agency has directly provided a model with a lucrative assignment for a top fashion design house (for example Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Prada, Valentino and Giorgio Armani among others).Some of the top modeling agencies in the world are:DNA Model Management – New York City Elite Model Management – New York City Fashion Management – Milan, Italy Ford Models – New York City IMG Models – New York City Irene Marie Models – Miami Major Model Management – New York City Models 1 Agency – London, UK NEXT Model Management – Paris, France; New York City Storm Model Agency – London, UK Trump Model Management – New York City Wilhelmina Models – New York City Women Model Management – New York City WS2M World Scouting Model Management – Paris, France

One thing to know is that about 90% are just after your money. Be careful.

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