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Monday, January 23, 2012
Answering a Reader Question #297
Wow I am so glad I found this blog. Thank you so much for everything you're doing to help aspiring models! Here is my scenario: I am 18, 5'8 and have done some local modeling (local professional photographer - hired as a model for them, high school photography students...) and am moving to Southern California for college in August :) I definitely plan on pursuing modeling while in college. I'll be roughly the same distance from Beverly Hills & LA, and within driving distance of them. Any advice on agencies? I am hoping for Ford or Elite, but realize that some of their models' pictures are pretty risque (not just with them, but obviously with any agency) Would an unwillingness to take more "mature" pictures like these reduce my chances of being signed? I feel comfortable in a bathing suit, but there are pictures of Ford's models in their online portfolios that are topless,(you don't see anything but you can tell they're topless) I would not be willing to do that, even if nothing shows in the picture. Sorry for the long post, but again - would this reduce my chances of being signed by an agency? Do they ask you if you are willing to take these kinds of photos when being signed? Thanks!
Hi, Anonymous! You're lucky you'll be so close to the LA market...there are plenty of agencies worth submitting to, especially since you're 5'8". You can submit to as many agencies as you want at the same time, so definitely send your photos and info to as many as you fit the requirements for. Don't forget to attend all the open casting calls as you can as well. Many agencies in the LA area have open calls and are worth going to since it increases your odds, compared to just mailing or emailing your submission.
Below are agencies in the area you'll want to check out:
Bleu Model Management
Elite Model Management - Los Angeles
I Model and Talent
Next Management LA
BMG Models - LA
Nous Model Management
Q Model Management - LA
Wilhelmina Los Angeles
The type of risque photos you mentioned are what is known as "implied nudity" in modeling. You don't have to show that type of skin if you don't want to. When you get signed to an agency, they will have a sit-down with you to discuss how they would like to market you and will find out what your comfort zones are by asking what you would and would not be willing to do. For example, you'll be asked if you're okay with things like nudity, implied nudity, modeling for an alcoholic brand, cigarettes, fur, etc.
Implied nudity or nudity in general in modeling is never something forced onto a model so you shouldn't worry about that and it shouldn't heavily impact whether or not you'd get signed. Not all modeling gigs demand implied nudity so it wouldn't be like they couldn't get you anything if you decided to not do it. So you're good to go! :-)