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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Answering a Reader Question #324

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi dania i have a question. will you look at this models profile. i want to know what is so special about her look and what is so spectacular about her pictures that makes her marketable. to me her pics seem one dimensional like she's giving the same face in every picture .she was offered the modeling contract she didn't even have to struggle to get representation. which is very frustrating because i'm struggling for representation. can you tell me what she's doing that's great or what she's doing that i'm not doing so i can further my career. here's her link:http://209.166.208.185/mmg/compcard/Full.cfm?mid=93606&image=499700&name=Anna%20Sundstrand%20%28Pop%20Artist%29

Hey, Anonymous!

After viewing the model's profile, in my opinion, I believe what makes her so marketable is that she's got the height/build for fashion but also the "look" for commercial/print. If I was her agent, that would be very appealing to me because it means she has the potential to book twice as much work as a model who could only do fashion or a model who could only do commercial/print. It's killing two birds with one stone and in a sense is a business decision.

If you look at all her pictures in her portfolio, she does have the same expression in a few but not all of them. She has photos where she's got a great smile that shows genuine expression and gives that girl-next-door feel, while other pictures show her more serious/edgy side...she even has that cute one with the dog, which shows how playful she can be. Her images show that she's super confident and comfortable in front of the camera and she's very photogenic. These are all traits that agencies look for in the models they hope to sign.

I don't know what you look like or your stats, such as height, but in such a case, it isn't a matter of trying to do what another model is doing, especially since in this case, it's simply the fact that she can be marketed towards more clients. If you have a completely different look than her, that could be a reason you're experiencing issues with getting signed...or if your look is similar, it may be that the agencies you're considering already have enough models with similar stats and physical look. It says on her profile that she's labeled as a "Pop Artist"...if that's her main thing, that also makes her even more marketable for the agency because they can submit her to even more projects and castings. Essentially, she's what agencies would call the "total package."

It's definitely not fair and I do empathize with you but the reality is that for some models that make it, it's a matter of being at the right place at the right time and catching the eye of the right person. Modeling isn't easy and to be even marginally successful, it takes a lot of pounding on the pavement and continuing to deal with challenges and rejection until the right opportunities present themselves.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Question for Dania:

Hey girl,

I'm wondering what my options are for modeling. I've been told my whole life it's something I should look into and I'm finally starting to consider it! I am 20 years old, 5'11'' and about 140 lbs. Just last summer I started counting calories and exercising (already lost between 25-30 lbs!) and I am expecting to continue with this routine and probably lose a little more weight. The only thing I am SUPER self-conscious about are my stretch marks. They're only on my hips but I've had them since my growth spurt at 12. What do you think my options are?

Also, how would I go about submitting photos to agencies? I don't have any professional pictured and can't afford to hire someone right now to take some for me. In this case, would I just take my own photos on a self-timer? What type of poses/how what I go about doing this?

Thanks so much!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #328." Thanks for reading!