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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How Much Does Modeling Cost?

Getting started in modeling isn't going to be free, but it doesn't have to put you in the hole, either. The main factors where money and modeling come into play deal with photography and putting together a portfolio.

Notice, I didn't mention paying money to get signed with an agency. That's because legit, reputable agencies will NOT CHARGE YOU UP FRONT IN ORDER TO SIGN WITH THEM.

If this is what you're dealing with, you need to run the other way! Any so-called agency that requires you to pay money up front--in other words, they want you to pay before offering you a contract--is not operating as a true agency and you should be suspicious.

All that aside, when you get signed, you will need a top-notch portfolio that your agent can use to begin submitting you for jobs. More than likely, your agent will give you a list of photographers that they know and recommend.

The prices and rates for each will vary so if you want to go this route, expect to pay somewhere between $200-500. This does not necessarily mean that your agent is trying to get over on you. If you are a brand-new model, this is a smart investment to make in order for you to have a great portfolio that your agent will be able to use right away.

However, most agents will not force you to use one of their photographers. They should allow you to make the final decision of whether you want to use their photogs or if you want to use someone else of your choosing.

The only thing about using your own photographer is that your agent may be picky about what photos to use to build your portfolio and they may appear harsh or criticize the shots, not because of you, but simply because they are not familiar with that person's work. Whatever route you take, this is the one area where you may have to drop some cash.

Other less obvious costs can include, but aren't limited to: travel expenses that aren't covered by your agent (driving to and from auditions/gigs/bookings/go-sees), building up your wardrobe, etc.

The reason many people think it costs a lot to get into modeling is because of the various scams, agency-wannabes charging out the nose to sign talent/models, the presence of modeling schools and modeling expos/conventions. These are costs that can be avoided since they are not always a sure-fire way to become successful in the industry.

If you have the money to spend, then by all means, blow it in any way, shape or form that you want, but for the many who don't have that kind of bread, you can be assured that pursuing modeling doesn't mean being in the poorhouse.

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