DON'T reply to adverts saying "models wanted" or "castings for models" -
they will probably be cons or for pornography. If you DO reply to one, the advertiser must be looking for somebody to fill a particular job
or jobs and they will be being paid ultimately by their client, so you should not be expected to pay as well.
DON'T pay for anything up front of joining an agency. Some agencies may charge for test shoots, but if they do it should be no
more than the cost price (typically up to 20GBP) in which case they should also give you the negatives.
DON'T pay for expensive portfolios. They are not needed until you have been accepted onto an agent's books, and then are best
built up slowly to incorporate work you've done, and there is no need to have photos done by the agent's own photographer.
DON'T sign any contract before reading all the small print - take time to have it checked.
DON'T pay joining fees or unexplained administration fees.
DO send recent snapshot pictures of yourself to your selected agency, but NOT expensive professional ones -
professional photographers can make anyone look glamorous. The best photos are front face and front full length to show face and body shape -
often holiday snaps are ideal.|
DO ensure that if anyone takes pictures of you that you make them sign a model release - click here for a
suitable one - making sure it is worded to protect the unauthorised use of the pictures -
you don't want them making money out of them later at your expence. Reputable agents protect both the models' and employers' rights.
DO be prepared for disappointment, rejection and frustration and overcome them with determination.
There are many more models than jobs and the ideal female model is over 5'8" with size 10 figure, perfect smile and good complexion.
DO remember if you get accepted onto the books of an agency they cannot guarantee to find you work.
DO expect to pay your agent something. Typically an agent will take 20% commission of the income they find you.
They can also charge you for your percentage of the agency's main book only - obviously they have to publish your details to potential employers - and
they may require you to provide them with "composite cards" which they will usually arrange for you.
Bigger agencies will put these costs on your account against your future earnings.
Agents are accountable to the DTI and must be able to show them and their models that any charges made are no more than actual cost price.