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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Modeling contracts can be very intimidating for new models so I've decided to clear a few things up about them.
What is a modeling contract?
A modeling contract is a piece of paper (usually more than one page) that establishes the professional and official working relationship between the model and agency. It also contains the rules, regulations and guidelines as to the duties and obligations the model must fulfill as a committment to the agency and vice-versa.
What does a modeling contract talk about?
These contracts basically give the essential information such as how much the agency will take as their finder's fee from the model's booking (also known as "commission." The current percentage agencies are allowed to charge per booking they get their models is around 20%), the way payment works, the types of bookings and jobs the agency will get for the model and the way the working relationship will be run.
What is an exclusive modeling contract?
An exclusive modeling contract is one where the model is not allowed to be represented by other competing agencies. The model is bound to this agency and must follow everything the agency says. This type of contracts give a lot of power to the agency and are normally used by the top notch agencies such as FORD, Elite, IMG, etc.
What is a non-exclusive modeling contract?
A non-exclusive modeling contract allow models to sign with other agencies (usually not within the same market area) and find gigs on their own. This type of contract is very common and allows a lot of flexibility for models.
How long do modeling contracts last?
Normally a model is under contract with an agency for a period of one to three years. Sometimes there will be an additional year added automatically, which gives both parties time to decide if they are interested in renewing the contract.
What do I do when my contract expires?
Your agent will notify you of your contract's expiration date well in advance. They will simply have you sign another contract with the dates adjusted. Sometimes there may be new changes to the contract so be sure to read this one as well.
What if I don't want to renew my contract?
This is a big decision for a model to make and you should consult with your agency and be honest about your reasons. But it is your right to not renew--no agency can force you to do otherwise.
What happens if I want to get out of my contract but it doesn't expire for a long time?
Try to avoid this type of situation. Breaking your contract, also known as breaching, can be messy and will not make your agent happy. Depending on your reasons, you should always try to stick it out until your contract is up. There are legalities that may come with breaking a contract as well as the fact that the reason you signed the contract in the first place was to honor it.
However, most contracts contain an exit clause, which explains exactly what you need to do in order to terminate your contract. A modeling contract can be terminated by either the model or the agency at any time but there are procedures that must be followed. Check your contract and make sure you go by the book.