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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #180

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi! This is anna again! You said i had potential and they might be willing to overlook the slight height issue; I am currently filling out info for Ford and Elite, my question is, what kind of pose should i do for the pictures? It asks for a 3/4 profile shot, shoulder up, waist up, and full length. Should I be smiling, or attempting to appear like a professional model? Also, would it be bad to send in for both at the same time, or should I just do one, see what happens, then try the second? Finally, if it doesn't work out, which agency would you suggest as a backup plan? Thanks again so much for your help!! You are honestly the help I needed to pursue this dream!

Hi, Anna! If you're filling out the info for the model submission on Ford's website, there is actually a part of the application that shows photo examples of what kind of pictures they want. There is also this link on the site that goes into more detail about how your pictures should look:

Ford Models - Things to Remember For Your Snapshots

No smiling and no fancy model poses. When filling out the electronic form for Elite Models, they ask for two photos to be uploaded: one headshot, facing the camera (you shouldn't smile in this one) and one profile. It doesn't say whether the profile should be full body or a profile headshot but in this case, you should probably do a full body profile just to be on the safe side. Remember, your face should be in profile so don't look at the camera. No smiling for this photo, either. Below are tips for your photo submission straight from Elite's website:
  • Photos should not be professional, do not pose
  • Use either a digital, disposable, film, or polaroid camera
  • Background should be a plain (preferably white) wall
  • Keep hair natural and do not wear makeup
  • Photos should include some with your hair up and some with your hair down

It's not bad to submit to both Ford and Elite at the same time...agencies don't know who else you've submitted to unless you tell them (which you definitely should NOT do!). In fact, it's better to submit to as many as possible at the same time to increase your chances and then see who responds back. Then go from there to see which one you feel would give you the best representation. If you happen to get interest from both Elite and Ford, signing with either one would be fine.

There are too many high fashion agencies in the NY area than one can count but submitting to any of these would be great for your career:

BMG Models

Boss Models New York

Click Model Management

DNA Model Management

IMG Models

New York Model Management

Next Model Management

Q Model Management


Women Management


Anonymous said...

How long does it usually take to get a response? Will I get one even if it's a no?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #181." Thanks for reading!