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How to Prepare to Sign with a Modeling Agency

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When you’re looking for a modeling agency, you’ll want to make sure you don’t sign with just any fly-by-night company.  There are a few agencies that are well-established and have been around for years.  You are your own best advocate when it comes to getting a foothold in the industry and you’ll want to do a few things to prepare.

Do Your Research. Check out the online presence of the agencies you’re considering.  Are there testimonials online?  Posts warning others not to sign?  How long has the agency been around?  Have you heard of it?  Make sure you really dig deep and understand the inner workings of the business before you meet with anyone.

Make a List, Check it Twice. As you’re conducting your initial research, take notes.  Jot down the names of agencies that seem most appealing.  Which ones do you think you’d work best with?  Where would you be a good fit?  Then, review your list and check out how each takes submissions.  Once you’ve got a solid document going, you’ll be able to start applying.

Prep Your Materials. Gather or update all of your marketing materials.  Re-shoot certain shots, if necessary.  Fill in any gaps on your resume.  Get everything together in one place so you can have a succinct submission.  Once you have all of your files ready to go, start sending them out!

Get Out There. Note when the agencies you’re interested in are hosting open calls and make sure you attend.  When you do, you’ll want to ensure you’re wearing what is expected and have all of your materials with you.  Oftentimes, open calls require a certain outfit be worn and decision-makers will be looking for a specific set of materials.  Follow all of the instructions carefully so you don’t show up missing a critical piece.

Spend Your Money Wisely. When you’re first starting out, you’ll have to invest in your career, but you don’t want to go overboard.  Professional photos are key, but it’s okay to look around and compare pricing.  Of course, you’ll want to be on the lookout for a photographer who can snap some quality pics, too.  Be careful of spending too much before you sign with an agency.  Once you do, the agency will do a lot of the leg work for you promotion-wise and you’ll really be able to get out there and stay busy.

Landing a contract with a reputable modeling agency is a big step in the right direction.  But, you’ll want to make sure you prepared ahead of time to do so.  A little footwork will go a long way!

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