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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #119

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi Dania,
I have recently decided to get into modeling, and was planning on doing some freelance first to build my portfolio. (I'm 18) I like the idea of representing myself (business minded I guess)but Im wondering if I do happen to sign with an agency can/how much freelance can I still do on the side? Like do agencies have issues with their signed models doing freelance work? I guess I'm just worried that I may be able to get more work on my own, you know? By the way I'm only 5'5 so I won't exactly be walking any runways in Paris anytime soon so it's not like agencies are begging for me lol :)

 Hi, Anonymous, great questions! Let's get you some answers. =)

Most agencies have no problem with their signed models freelancing on the side, especially if you're not doing high fashion or editorial stuff. Technically, you do not have to tell them that you are...that's a judgment call that each model has to make for him/herself. Since you're on the shorter side, you'll more than likely have more luck finding freelance opportunities in addition to having an agent, should you choose to seek representation later on down the line. The only thing you'd have to be mindful of is submitting to any modeling gigs that your agent might also submit you to. As long as you can keep the two separate, there shouldn't be any conflicts.

However, some agencies will try to still take a commission from a gig you get, even if it is freelance and you got it on your own. This is why it's sometimes better to keep such info to yourself--I know I do lol. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this subject...basically it's on a case by case basis so do what makes you comfortable. If you freelance first and find that you can book yourself enough work, then by all means continue to pursue that method without the assistance of an agent.

I hope that helps and good luck!!!

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