- About a Model's Diary: How It All Began
- Dania Denise Resume
- What This Blog is For
- Working with Dania Denise
- Mentoring, Coaching & Consultation Services
- The New "Answering a Reader Question" Series...Video Reply Version!!!
- Modeling 101 Blog FAQ
- Where Do You Start in Modeling?
- How Modeling 101 Helped Me
- Guide to Modeling 101 Labels/Category Section
WELCOME TO MODELING 101!!!
There is more to the modeling world than the media lets on. If you want to find out what it really takes and how to manage your modeling career, then you've come to the right place! This blog is dedicated to the aspiring and already established models who live to defy the standards and stereotypes in order to make a place for themselves in this crazy industry.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
When to Start Charging for Your Modeling Services
Although the modeling industry is a business and operates like one, it isn't quite the same as a traditional 9-5 job. Working as a freelance model means being self employed and what might come as a surprise to many is the fact that when it comes to charging for services, there aren't any hard and fast rules or some ultimate guidebook that has all the answers.
A common question I get from many freelance models deals with the subject of not just charging for modeling services but figuring out when in their careers it is appropriate to begin doing so. As I just stated above, there are no hard and fast rules regarding this topic. However, there is some basic criteria that I believe would qualify a male or female model to begin charging clients wanting to hire them for assignments/gigs.
A Strong Portfolio: This is a freelance model's main way to "prove" their skills in the industry. If you've got a good collection of images from shoots you've done that are impressive and showcase you in the best light, it's enough to justify getting paid. Based on reviewing your portfolio, clients will see that you photograph well, are capable of getting those "money shots" and clearly know what you're doing in front of the camera.
Tearsheets: In addition to having great images in your portfolio, if you've gotten lucky enough to obtain tearsheets from work you've been published in, you're definitely within your right to charge if someone wants to hire you. Being published is the most surefire way to prove to anyone that you're worth being paid. However, don't be discouraged if you don't have any tearsheets to show yet...it doesn't mean you're any less talented or worthy of hiring. It's just additional leverage.
Your Attitude/Reputation: It's typically easy for clients to know when they're dealing with someone that is professional because they'll carry themselves as such (please note: acting like a diva doesn't count!). Whether you've been modeling for a few months or a few years, the way you interact/correspond with potential clients is oftentimes enough for them to decide if they'll hire you and pay your rate. For those that have a good reputation, it's much easier to charge for your services because all clients have to do is contact anyone you've worked with, do an online search about you, etc. in order to see that you not only can talk the talk but walk the walk. A solid and documented reputation--especially online--shows clients that if they pay, you'll deliver and are widely known for doing so.
Your Comfort Level with Your Skills: Confidence in yourself goes a very long way in being successful in modeling. Are you still unsure of your skills, feel a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera or think you still need a bit more practice with doing shoots? Then chances are you probably shouldn't start charging for your services just yet. Any doubt or major hesitation on your part likely won't translate well into your shoots and other modeling assignments. Remember, when clients pay their models, they expect 100% quality for the final results. Don't put that unnecessary pressure on yourself if you're not ready. That's a personal judgment call on your part that only you can make.
Unlike traditional career options, there is no required number of years that a person has to spend modeling before they can begin charging. If a male model or female model has what it takes and develops a natural talent for it, they can start establishing a pay rate with less than one year of experience. Others may need more time to establish their skills and portfolio before feeling comfortable enough to charge, and might decide to wait until they've got a year of modeling or more under their belt. It's a case-by-case basis. All models with the talent and know-how to get the job done are worth being paid for their services and expertise. That's the bottom line. As for when you should mark this period in your career with a paycheck, that's entirely up to you, which is a good thing. :-)