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Monday, January 22, 2007
Why Get An Agent?
An agent is the best way for models to get legit and well-paying work without getting scammed.
You don't have to have an agent but I wouldn't recommend going without one. If you're just starting out, getting an agent is a must to get yourself out to the public.
The best way to find out what agency you should try out for depends on the type of modeling you want to do and where you are located. The Internet has made locating agencies easier than ever. If you live in small town, be sure that you're willing to travel at a moment's notice when you get called for an audition or a booking. For high fashion agencies, there is the possibility of relocating and living with other models in a dorm but that's rare. Not impossible, but don't bet on having such an arrangement when you get signed.
Check out the websites of the agencies you're researching. Read about the company's history, look up their client list and take a look at the portfolios of the models who they currently represent. Many agencies represent more than one type of modeling so be sure to check before you think you don't qualify (for example, FORD is noted as being a fashion agency but they also have a commercial/print division so if you're not 5'7"+, you can still apply to be a FORD commercial/print model).
Many agency websites list the times and dates of open casting calls and many are starting to incorporate online photos submissions. The process can't be any eaiser!
If you're still not sure if the agency is right for you, pick up the phone and call them. I can't guarantee that they will answer you right away, but if you do get a hold of someone who works at the agency, there's no harm in asking a few questions about whatever you're unclear of.
You never know unless you try.