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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Modeling Invoices


(This post will be more helpful for freelance models.)

Freelance modeling means that you not only act as your own agent and find your own work, you also have to deal with money and paperwork. While modeling agencies use vouchers in order to receive payment for their models and their company, freelance models can turn to a modeling invoice.

You can find samples of modeling invoices online (make sure it is for actual modeling and not product modeling or some other type of invoice) or you can create your own in Microsoft Word. The invoice does not have to snazzy or impressive--it simply serves the purpose of stating who is receiving payment, the hours worked, and the agreed upon rate.

The most important information to have on your modeling invoice is your full name (even if you use a model alias...you might want to add a line stating which is your legal full name and which is your model alias), your mailing address, contact number, email, the name of the shoot/project you worked for, the name of the client/company/photographer you worked with, the dates/times you worked, and the rate. Don't forget to add a line for the total amount. If there are any miscellaneous charges such as gas reimbursement, add that in as well.

Make sure that you keep a basic template of your modeling invoice that you can simply fill in each time and do a "Save As" so that you don't end up overwriting the template itself. This is much less of a hassle than having to create a brand new modeling invoice each time.

You may not be asked to provide an invoice for all freelance modeling jobs, but if so, make sure you know whether the client wants you to email it to them or bring it to the job on that day to fill out. If there is no mention of an invoice, you can ask if they would like you to have one. It never hurts to ask.

You will only use a modeling invoice if you are doing a modeling gig that is offering monetary compensation. TFPs and TFCDs and other "for trade" type of shoots will not need an invoice. Keep a copy of all invoices you use for future reference and for tax purposes.

I have attached a sample invoice with this post that I use for both my modeling and acting gigs. Feel free to copy it or do your own version.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Answering a Reader Question #27


Lulu Wrote:

Hi Dania,

I see you talk about Parts Models in NYC, but I live in Los Angeles. Does it make sense to send any photos to them?


Hi, Lulu and thanks for the question! After reviewing their site, it does not say they specifically only represent parts models within a certain area or region so you should definitely give it a shot and send in pictures. Even with the distance, if they really like you, I'm sure they will work with you around the whole distance situation. They may even only book you for work in the LA area. Who knows? But there's only one way to find out!

Good luck!

PS: I've been told this answer I provided is wrong and plain crazy to advise someone. To back up my answer, I see nothing wrong with sending an application to an area you are not located in. Even if it is just to receive a rejection notice. You never know what is possible unless you try and because of petite models like Isobella Jade, the world of parts modeling is gaining momentum. Will it outshine fashion modeling? Probably not, but there are clients in need of parts models all over the nation so even if Lulu does not find success with Parts Models in NYC, maybe she will find it closer to home. It is not my place--nor anyone's place--to tell someone what they can or cannot do. I simply want to empower people to make their own decisions and reach for their goals...even if they don't make it at least they will have walked away knowing they tried. And that in my opinion, is what matters. I am not concerned with other modeling advice sites that put down those that are trying to make it in the industry. If it weren't for all the aspiring models out there, the modeling industry wouldn't be as successful so it should be glad that there are those willing to defy the odds to see if they can make it. They are not hurting anyone and it's up to them to find out the truth for themselves. My readers and I are well aware of what the reality is--I'm just not nasty about it like other sites.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Answering a Reader Question #26


Gadget Girl Wrote:

Hi..informative blog. Thanks for posting. I'm not a model or actress. I will be working with a photographer and was doing some research. Would you have any info on resources for photographers for printing comp and Zed cards at the "best" prices?

Thanks.

Nannette

Hi, Nannette and thanks for the question and compliment! As far as resources for printing affordable Zed cards, here are a few websites you can turn to in order to shop around and compare prices...hopefully one of them works out for you and the photographer you're working with:

www.compcardexpress.com

www.buycompcards.com

www.zedcardprinters.com

www.modelcards.com

www.go4orcolor.com

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Answering a Reader Question #25


Anonymous Wrote:

Hi, I have been with an agency for over 12 months and have now resigned.They are telling me they can charge me commission if I work for their client direct.I don't think this is possible. My contract had no time limit or information regarding fees which I don't think is legal.Can you advise?


Cheers
BB

To restate what you've said so that I can make sure I've got the information correct:

Your agent said they could charge you commission if you worked for a client that you found on your own with no assistance from them, correct? If so, I don't believe this is legit...and the only way this would be allowed is if that statement is in your contract. Unfortunately, I have not read your contract but it sounds like you've searched through it pretty thoroughly. You said "their client"...does that mean you have been working a side gig with a client that you booked through your agency in the past? There can be legality issues here when a client who previously worked through the agency decides to go around that and work with the model directly. This is frowned upon by agencies and the industry in general but if nothing is stated directly in your contract, I don't see how the agency can enforce such a rule or have any legal grounds if they wanted to take you to court over the issue to collect monies lost.

All modeling contracts should state the percentage of commission they are allowed by law to charge for each booking they get their models. The current commission percentage is approximately 20%. However, in most cases, this commission can only be charged if they find you work.

Is your contract exclusive or non-exlusive? If it is non-exclusive, the upspoken rule is that they are not allowed to charge commission on any modeling job you get yourself that does not go through the agency. My last agent whom I had a non-exclusive contract with told me in person that any job I got for myself they had no claim to charge commission for. However, this may work differently with an exclusive contract since this type of arrangement pretty much gives the agency control over what you do and who you work with. So knowing whether your contract is exclusive or non-exlusive will help you figure out if what they are saying is legit. That is why many exclusive contract agencies stress that models not find their own work because in many cases, they are not allowed to collect commission. It sounds like your agent may have been greedy and wanted to collect by telling you something different but I don't know that for certain. However, I do give you props for investigating further and not just believing everything they tell you. Good job!

Because of this type of situation, I do encourage that models proceed with caution when it comes to whether they decide to tell their agent that they're booking work on the side or not. Of course if it is a non-exlusive contract, it's more than likely you won't have anything to worry about but if you're under an exclusive contract, then you may run into complications like this one.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dania Denise - Featured Model on 3 Different Sites


Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that within a short span of time, I've been chosen as a featured/spotlighted model on three different websites. They're all pretty brief profile overviews of myself and my career but it's been giving me a lot of great exposure and has introduced me to some of my newest fans.

Check it out!

Featured Model - CandaceRae.net

In Focus Model - Miss Online

Cutie of the Day - Cutie Central (the Cutie Blog)