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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Signing that Contract!

You've found an agency that's interested in you! YAY! This is the moment that all model hopefuls wait for. But just because there is someone who wants to represent you, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a complete green light.

Thoroughly check out the agency (if it's a top market agency like FORD, Elite, etc., then it's a given that they're the real deal), learn how long the agency has been in business, how many models it represents and what the list of clients are and who they've worked with in the past.

When you meet with the interested agent, take your time getting to know them and don't just listen to them talk about themselves. Ask questions, even ones you may think are dumb and make sure you are satisfied with every answer they give you.

Lay out a clear outline of what the agency expects of you and vice-versa. In other words, make sure that you know how the agent is going to market and represent you and let them know the type of modeling and project you are interested in being submitted for.

If you've caught the interest of more than one agent, then that's great but don't tell the other agencies that. It's not very professional and can backfire on you. Be subtle and look over all the info and contracts from each agency on your own time and then make your decision based on what will suit you best.

When turning down an offer, you don't need to go into detail. A simple, "Thank you but I have to politely decline your offer" will work just fine. Don't flaunt that you decided to sign with a different agency...even when turning someone down, you never want to burn bridges. It will always find a way to bite you in the butt later on.

If everything checks out and you're ready to roll, sign the contract --BUT-- take time to look over the contract and PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT! Bring a magnifying glass if you need to. Ask them to clarify anything in the contract that you don't understand and be fully aware of the bigger picture--don't just limit your knowledge to what is going on at the moment.

No agent will pressure you to sign a contract. If you are underage, your parents may want to take the contract home or get a copy of it so they can take a closer look. This is fine by all means, so don't think that your parents are trying to ruin your life. If the agent is legit, they won't have a problem, but will let you know that the offer won't stay on the table forever.

Be sure to note whether it is an exclusive contract (meaning you can only work for that agent and can't be representated by anyone else) or a non-exclusive agent (meaning you're free to receive bookings from another agent who isn't in the same location/market). Each type of contract has its ups and downs so make sure you know what you're getting into and that it won't be a decision you'll regret.


Birdbath said...

How should I go about investigating local agencies for my teenager? I know one does charge for classes to "get you ready". We are not near the bigger, more reputable agencies. Do they have a presence in most big cities?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Birdbath! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #717," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!