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Friday, April 20, 2012

Latest Digital Tearsheet: Dating Site Shoot

A few months ago, I posted about one of my most recent shoots, which was for a dating website (see: "Latest Shoot: Dating Website" for the details). I just got an email from the client with the ads that came about as a result. Below is the one of me and my "boyfriend" for the shoot, Paul:

This online ad will more than likely appear as web banners for DateNation.com and could pop up just about anywhere on the Internet. So don't be surprised if you see me and Paul pop up while you're surfing the Web!

Funny story: this image was shot in San Francisco, near the water, on a popular street/area known as The Embarcadero. The other models were sitting off to the side of us and in between the photographer snapping photos, we were all totally clowning around--we'd just finished lunch and were all a little giddy from full bellies and a tad tired from the long day of shooting. Before this photo was taken, we'd all been talking about the movie "Finding Nemo" and I had just done a ridiculous reenactment of the part where Dory was demonstrating her knowledge of how to speak whale. Everyone was cracking up (if you know the scene, you'll instantly understand why we were hysterically laughing). The next second, the photographer was like, "Okay, guys, time to work!" And here is the end result. :-)

While being professional, I admit that I'm a complete goofball on set, especially if the crew and client is really chill and casual and not uptight. I always find that bringing humor helps everyone relax and brings about a lot of great genuine expressions for the camera. I guess you could say, I enjoy being the comic relief!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quick Tip #43

Category: Communication
For: Male & Female Models

Although contacting agencies directly is not recommended--especially if they haven't replied back to your submission--there are exceptions to this rule.

The ONLY time this is okay is if the agency has already contacted you with their interest (i.e. if an agency replies back to your submission and state they want to set up an interview with you). If the agency doesn't give you info on what to wear, materials to bring, etc. then it is acceptable to email your contact at the agency to ask those questions. Because communication has already been established, agencies won't frown upon you contacting them in this situation.

But if you sent in your submission and never heard back, it is not acceptable for you to call or email them to "check in" or "follow up." No response back means the agency isn't interested in you at this time so move on to the next one.

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Blog for Reader Questions

Since I started my blog back in 2007, not only have I dedicated myself to publishing content and topics that people need to know when it comes to pursuing modeling, I've also become a "Dear Abby" of sorts when it comes to answering reader questions.

A while back I posted my concerns about how many reader questions I was receiving. While I want to continue helping individuals with questions, I'm seeing that the sheer number that pop up everyday is starting to overwhelm the actual posts about modeling that my blog has come to be known for.

Because I want to keep my readers happy by creating new posts about the modeling industry as well as answering their questions, I've decided to create an entirely separate Modeling 101 blog for the sole purpose of answering reader questions. Right now I don't think there's a tool that allows me to move my existing Answering a Reader Question series over to the new blog so for now those will remain here.

However, from this point on, the reader questions I receive here will be automatically redirected to the new blog site. Here are some FAQs to help my readers understand the transition:

Q: Where do I post my questions?

A: You can still leave your reader questions as comments on any of my Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary blog posts. That part won't change at all.

Q: How will I find your answer to my questions?

A: I will reply to your reader question in the form of a comment on the blog post where you posted your original question--that part won't change, either. BUT instead of my standard reply, my updated reply will provide you with the new Modeling 101 blog URL where you'll be able to find my post directly related to the question you've asked.

Q: Are you going to start all over with the numbering for the Answering a Reader Question Series?

A: No. I think that would only confuse readers. Instead I'll be picking up right where the numbering left off on here, which is currently in the high 300s.

Q: Can I post questions on your Reader Question blog instead of your original Modeling 101 blog?

A: Yes! You can comment on any of the blog posts on the new Reader Question blog and I'll reply back.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Did You Know...? #9

...Gisele Bundchen does her own eye makeup for shoots? Because her eyes are sensitive and she doesn't feel comfortable with a makeup artist being that close to her eyes, she applies her own liner and mascara.

Answering a Reader Question #362

Maia Wrote:


Hi Dania, I am in the process of being signed to an agency. Is 15% to the agent a good rate or not?
Thanks! 


Hi, Maia! 15% agency commission is a super good rate. Currently, the average rate a majority of agencies are charging (including mine, lol) is either 20% or 25%. So consider yourself lucky! :-)

Answering a Reader Question #361

Anonymous Wrote:


I'm 13 years old 5'11 and my measurements are 33-21-34. I appear to be around 19 years old. I have been told I look to mature to model for teen clothing and I am unsure whether to wait until I am 18 or to try and sign to a modeling agency straight away. 

Hi, Anonymous! Your height makes you ideal for fashion/runway/editorial modeling. So you can definitely work on pursuing modeling now instead of waiting until you're 18. What you'll want to do is go online and look up the official websites of local modeling agencies that are within a 2 hour's drive from where you live. Refer to each agency website in order to see what the requirements and submission methods are for fashion models.

However, many fashion agencies list the minimum age requirement at 14. There are a few that take on models as young as 13 for fashion and runway work but for the ones that want you to be 14, that just means waiting until your next birthday before submitting to them. So you've got the green light to start your modeling career now and see if you can secure agency representation.

Answering a Reader Question #360

Julieann Wrote:


Hi Dania,

First off I want to thank you for all the information you put out here, it is great to have all these questions answered. I was wondering about photoshop though with all the articles going on lately, do the VS angels have "real curves" or do they photoshop them in? Im a 34B and would love to transfer over from IMG to Elite/Ford but curious if my chest is big enough?haha I was to embarrassed to ask that in person:) Thanks!! - Julieann 


Hi, Julieann! You're very welcome, I'm happy to have you as a reader! :-)

VS angels have real curves BUT there is a lot of Photoshop magic involved in the final images. Airbrushing so that their skin appears flawless and without blemishes (and even adding a bit of toning/ab lines) is one of the most common photography retouching tricks that happens with VS.

However, there are others. You definitely don't have to worry about your chest size because the VS models aren't all naturally big C or D cups. To make their cleavage appear more "enhanced," the bras the VS models wear during their shoots are actually one size smaller than their real size--hence, the major cleavage. Being that the bras are already super padded and have push-up underwires, wearing a smaller size gives their chests that extra oopmh...literally! For their regular clothing that is sold in the catalogs, the items are pinned in the back or sized to be much smaller so that they fit the models perfectly. That's why most VS clothing people order never fit them right or look the same as it does in the catalog.

So believe me when I say you can't always believe what you see in the VS photos. Remember, modeling is about selling the product and creating an ideal illusion. Nothing is ever what it seems.

Answering a Reader Question #359

Anonymous Wrote:


hi Dania I have a question that i've been thinking to ask you for a while but i just got around to it haha so i sent in pics to ford again after they asked for more and now I have an appointment with ford next week and I just wanted to know what to expect so I don't go in not knowing what's gonna happen...
thank you! :)


Hey, Anonymous! Congrats on your upcoming appointment with Ford...very exciting! Your interview will be very simple in nature. While I don't know exactly what will happen, here is what you more than likely can expect: you'll meet with one or more of the Ford staff and have a sit-down meeting, where they'll ask you basic questions to see what your personality is like. Some of the questions they might ask could include stuff like:

- "Tell us a bit about yourself."
- "What are your hobbies?"
- "What are you studying in school?"
- "Why do you want to be a model?"
- "What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
- "How do you handle rejection?"
- "What are your plans/goals for the future?"

If you're trying to do fashion/runway, they'll ask you to do a basic runway walk for them. They won't expect it to be perfect--they just want to see how your body moves and they'll provide feedback afterwards. Before leaving, they'll probably also take Polaroids of you that they'll keep along with your information.

Contact Ford if you have any specific questions about what you should wear, bring, etc. if they haven't already emailed you with this info. Because you have an appointment with them already set, it's okay to contact them to ask those questions. Good luck to you!

Answering a Reader Question #358

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Dania a question i have related to the modelling industry; I'm just beginning and have been and had an interview with Vivienne's and ,now here comes the part which upsets me, I went to walking classes at viviennes and was told that they would get back to me in a day or two and still I have not heard from them, are they really interested in me at all or am i just being hopeful for nothing. 

Hey there, Anonymous! Agencies are really busy companies and deal with a lot of stuff on a daily basis. It isn't uncommon for them to take a while to get back to someone or even forget completely. It's not that you're not important enough to remember or that they're being disrespectful--they're more than likely just busy so see it from a business aspect instead of a personal one.

If it's been longer than 5 business days (that means Monday thru Friday, not including weekends) since your interview, then either send an email or call the person you were in contact with at the agency and let them know you're doing a follow-up to see if they're still interested in potentially representing you. 

In most cases, follow-ups are not recommended but since you already had an interview and connected with someone at the agency, this is an exception to the rule. Whenever an agency says they'll get back to you in X number of days, you typically don't want to take it too literally.

Answering a Reader Question #357

Beatrizg1999 Wrote:


Hi Diana..well i just googled "am i too old to model at 31?" and you link came up and it is very imformative, thank you! so at 31 i am well aware that i am too old to have a successful modeling career but im still holding on to this dream! I am 5'11, 130 lbs, Mexican with very exotic features...Everywhere i go i hear people whisper shes a model, or people come up to me and ask me if im a model and when i say "i wish!" they say well you should be. I am very into fashion, love taking pictures and am very photogenic...How can i go about doing something in the industry? modeling is on my bucket list and life is too short! i need just one run way, one photo shoot!!!!! i NEED it! 

Hey, Beatrizg1999! At 31 you are too old for traditional fashion/runway/editorial modeling BUT you are not too old to do lifestyle/commercial/print. Even though you have the height for fashion, agencies won't consider you for this type of work because their age cut off is usually 22-23.

What you'll want to do if you still wish to pursue modeling, is to seek out agencies within a 2 hour's drive from where you live that represent any or all of the following categories: lifestyle, mature, commercial/print. These types of modeling are ideal for individuals that have model looks but are over the age of 25. Examples of projects agencies with these divisions could send you out for include--but are not limited to--catalogs, brochures, billboards, product packaging, etc. So do an online search for agencies in your area and refer to their official websites for instructions on the requirements and how you can send them your submission materials.

Answering a Reader Question #356

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi,

I have a question about digital tearsheets. I know you said to take a screen cap of the page with the info, but what do I do when my photos appear on the bottom of the page where the info can't be seen if I screen cap it?


Thanks! 

Hi, Anonymous! The screen cap function captures whatever is one your computer's screen at the moment. So what you'll want to do is first scroll down to the bottom of the website where your images are and then do the screen cap. When you paste it into a blank document in Photoshop, you'll see that it will have captured that part of the site.

Depending on the size of the image, you might have to zoom in or out on the actual page so that when you do the screen cap, it won't appear too small or vice-versa. If you're using a PC with Windows 7, you can zoom in and out on any website page by pressing CTRL and then tapping the "+" or "-". Each time you tap the plus or minus key, the screen image will zoom more or zoom less.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Answering a Reader Question #355

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Dania, I have a question regarding tear sheets. This photographer that I shot for is putting together a natural hair project. She says the pictures will be on her website when the project is finished. Since I participated in the project does this count as a tear sheet. I'm just wondering because then I could add it to my book. Oh and what is the technical definition of a tear sheet. 

Hey there, Anonymous! Yes, the images of yourself that will appear on the photographer's website count as tearsheets. Because they are in a digital format, they fall under the category of "digital tearsheets."

The technical definition of a tearsheet is any published/printed image that you appear in as a model. Online modeling images that appear on websites, online articles, advertising banners, etc. also count as being "published," therefore they are a part of the tearsheet family.

To learn more about tearsheets, you'll want to check out these two blog posts I wrote about this topic:

Why Tearsheets Are Just As Good As Money

Digital Tearsheets: The New Kid on the Modeling Block

Answering a Reader Question #354

Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Dania how do I find talent agencies in my area. Modeling agencies aren't interested in me so I want to get into talent agencies as an actress. I have acting experience although I haven't done it in 6yrs. I want to jump back in. How do I go to agencies that turned me down for modeling and tell them I'm an actress. If they've rejected me for one category how do I get them to pick me for another category. Also in regards to modeling natural hair is so in I feel it's too in demand that agencies won't take me. I am considering pressing my hair whenever I visit agencies or send in snap shots. I don't want to perm it because I don't want to deal with those chemicals nor do I want to transition my hair again plus I figure if for whatever reason the agency wants my hair curly I can easily do that. Am I being unreasonable by not wanting to perm my hair but I'm willing to press it I just don't want something permanent done to my hair. I feel being able to switch between curly and straight hair will make me more diverse. Oh and I live in NYC. 

Hi, Anonymous! Below are New York talent agencies you should check out...sometimes the ones that only have "Model/Models" in the agency name also represent actors. If you haven't submitted to any of these yet then you won't have to worry about a double submission from your previous attempts for modeling representation:

Exxcel Modeling and Talent
http://www.exxcelmodel.com

Hampton Models
http://www.thehamptonmodels.com

CESD Talent Agency
http://www.cesdtalent.com/divisions/go

Atlas Talent Agency
http://www.atlastalent.com/index.html

Clear Talent Group
http://www.cleartalentgroup.com/index.htm

Stewart Talent Agency
http://www.stewarttalent.com/newyork/contact.php

When submitting to agencies for acting that you already submitted to for modeling, if you want to play things on the safe side, you can wait for the allotted time to resubmit (anyone can submit to agencies as many times as they want but there's usually a certain period of time that agencies recommend doing this so they aren't bombarded with repeat submissions from the same people within a short period of time). Unless that info is stated on the agency website, this is typically 6 months to 1 year but honestly, no one at the agency is going to keep track of that kind of thing so closely so you could actually resubmit for acting representation about 3-4 months after you sent in your modeling submission.

Make sure to note that you want to get into acting (don't mention modeling) and they'll filter your submission to the right person--there are usually different staff members that deal with each category so unless it's a smaller agency, it's not as likely that the same person who saw your materials for modeling will also see your acting submission and put the two and two together. So you shouldn't worry about that so much.

You don't have to mention to any agency that you've already submitted to them before for modeling. They get so many offers from aspiring talent that they're not going to remember everybody. 

It's perfectly okay to press your hair instead of perming it. If it gives you better flexibility with switching back and forth between both styles, that's all that matters so that's definitely an option for you since you're not having much luck with the natural style.

The 411 on Getting Signed to a Modeling Agency

This blog post was inspired by a reader question. Anonymous wrote:

Hi Dania! I was wondering, what's the whole "process" of getting signed to a top agency? Does it take a large amount of time just to get signed, what is the process? Thanks!


For aspiring models looking to get their careers started on the right foot, getting an agency for representation is a step in the right direction. It's no question that having a good modeling agency is ideal for maximizing results as they relate to being marketed properly, gaining exposure and securing opportunities to work in the industry, as well as receiving a nice paycheck for your efforts.

Many of you--especially newbies that have yet to interact with an agency in any way--might be wondering just what is the process of getting signed? What can you expect? How long does everything take from beginning to end? There is no black and white formula for exactly what happens for each model that gets signed to an agency but there is a general process involved, which I'll describe below.

1. The Agency Tells You They're Interested:

You'll know an agency wants to sign you because they'll tell you so. This part is pretty straightforward. If you're not right in front of them when you're given this news, they'll notify you via email or phone and will arrange for a day and time for you to come into their office to discuss things further. Typically they'll want you to come in at the soonest possible date to get the ball rolling.

2. You Meet With the Agency & Receive the Contract:

This is an informal meeting so dressy casual/casual is fine. You'll have a meeting with the agency staff, where they'll give you a basic breakdown of what to expect and how they plan on working with you. At this time, you'll receive a copy of the modeling contract as well as any other related documents. Everything you're given will be explained to you by the agency. This is also the time to ask any questions you might have.

In most cases, you won't be required to sign the contract right then and there. Agencies (legit ones, anyway) will let you take the contract home to review and give you a time frame for when to get the signed paperwork back to them.

3. Look Over the Contract & Sign It:

After you've taken the contract home to look over and are interested in working with the agency, sign it and return the contract to them according to whatever method(s) they tell you is acceptable. This could be via snail mail, dropping it off at the office in person, etc. Make copies of the signed contract to keep for your records beforehand so that you can go back to refer to it if needed.

4. Begin Working With the Agency:

After the contract has been signed and returned to the agency, new models with little to no experience will work closely with the agency staff to begin working on setting up their first test shoot in order to create the images to be used for their portfolio, headshots, comp cards and other marketing materials. Experienced models with these materials already in place move through this process a bit faster, since all the agency has to do is look over their images and decide which ones to use, unless they advise them to get newer, updated pictures.

For new models dealing with their first test shoot, the time frame for getting this done depends on when the photographer chosen for the task will be available. Getting the test shoot together could take anywhere from 1-2 weeks or a bit longer, plus the additional time for retouching and getting the images to the agency for review/approval.

5. Start Modeling:

Once the portfolio has been put together by the agency and your headshots/comp cards are ready, your booker (this is your assigned go-to-person at the agency that you'll be in direct contact with) will begin submitting your pictures and info to clients and lining up castings and go-sees for you to attend. At that point, you'll be contacted by your booker via phone or email whenever a casting for you comes up. From there, it's a matter of attending those castings and making a great first impression so you'll get booked.

The actual signing of the contract doesn't take long at all. Depending on how soon you sign the paperwork and get it back to the agency, this part of the process can take as little as 3-5 days.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tips for Using Model Mayhem Effectively for Your Modeling Career

This blog post was inspired by a reader question. Anonymous Wrote:


Hi Dania, I'm a petite new model on M.M. what's the most effective way to use the site to make it work for me. I do not have an agency because all the one's I've submitted to don't want me now. So what is the most effective way to use M.M. and other networking sites in NYC.

I often refer to sites like Model Mayhem when it comes to freelancing and ways to increase one's exposure on the Internet. Just to make it clear: I am not an employee of MM, nor do I get paid to endorse or mention the site in any way. I also don't get any bonuses or "kick backs" when I refer people to the site or suggest that they create a profile. I'm a fan of MM because--love it or hate it--it's been a useful resource in furthering my career. When used wisely, it can make a difference.

That being said, below are some easy ways to effectively use this website in order to increase your presence online, seek casting opportunities and network with other professionals in the modeling industry that could boost your career:

Introduce Yourself

So how do you find the right people to network with on a site that has well over hundreds of thousands of members? You narrow down your search. Use the site's "Browse" section to target the people you want to connect with. This is where you'll be able to find photographers, clothing designers, makeup artists, etc., according to your location. The filter gets as advanced as searching by zip code in addition to city and state so you're bound to find at least one professional relatively close to where you live or do business.

Once you've gotten the results, which will be in the form of MM member profiles, start the tedious task of reviewing the profiles of professionals you're interested in connecting with. Send them a friend request and also message them to introduce yourself.

* How I use this tip: In the past, I did a search for local fashion designers in my area. I sent friend requests to the ones I wanted to work with, along with a brief message, telling them about myself, my experience/background and expressing my interest in being considered for any projects they felt my look would be suitable for. This is a great way to open up the lines of communication.

Use the Casting/Travel Section

I love this section of MM because it gives models the ability to search for all types of castings for gigs (for free!). For more relevant results, it's a good idea to do an Advanced Search, which allows you to filter out the stuff you don't want. There's the option of choosing to look for only castings that pay, are for trade (TF*), etc. With the right Advanced Search criteria, models of all experience levels can find projects to submit themselves to.

The Travel portion of this section gives you the opportunity to notify MM members when you'll be traveling to a certain area. Whether your trip is only a few hours away, in another state, across the country or international, posting your travel dates lets professionals in that area know you'll be around and available for work. This could give you a chance to network further with photographers, fashion designers, etc. in different markets, which could lead to a score of potential opportunities.

Of course it is important to exercise caution when posting a Travel Notice on MM (don't put the address where you're staying, personal contact info, etc...keep it simple and mention the city you'll be visiting and that you're open to doing shoots or being hired for any potential work that comes up during the dates you'll be there). Interested MM members can message you to find out more details and work out any arrangements.

* How I use this tip: I religiously check the Casting/Travel section for modeling work. I make sure to filter out the 18+/adult themed work and only look for castings that are paid. After I submit myself to what's available in that search, I'll do a new search, except I'll choose to only view results where the pay rate is "Negotiable." That typically means there's some pay involved but it's open for discussion. Because I don't regularly travel much, I haven't used the Travel section.

Keep Your Portfolio Active

The only way to get people interested in you is if the images in your MM portfolio are current and showcase your strengths. You can't submit to casting on MM and expect to get hired if your pictures aren't good quality or don't reflect the type of work you specialize in. Always keep your images updated--this helps potential clients and photographers see what your current look is (as opposed to photos that are years old and may not reflect how you appear now). It also shows that you're continually working on your craft and are active in modeling.

* How I use this tip: I make sure to update new images in my MM portfolio anytime I book a new gig where I feel the images will enhance my MM profile. I'll delete pictures I don't like anymore, are too old or haven't had many image views or comments. I have a few that are considered "old" but I keep them on there because they have gotten a lot of views and positive feedback. Additionally, I never change my look as far as my hair and body size/shape, so even if an image of me isn't "fresh," I still look like "me" and not an entirely different person.

Posting Casting Calls of Your Own

While this is not mandatory for a successful modeling career using MM, it is a good resource to have available, should it be needed. Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands, such as putting together a portfolio or creating a shoot for an idea/concept you have in mind. Posting a casting call on MM (it's free) gives you the chance to state what you're looking for. This method allows professionals to come to you. From there, you can sort through the replies you receive and pick and choose who you want to work with.

However, posting your own casting call is NOT recommended for advertising that you're available for work or are looking to get hired by an agency. I see models do this on there from time to time and I personally don't feel it's an effective method (if a model is open for hire, he/she should go to the Casting section and look for work...agencies don't typically use MM to scout new faces, either). Posting casting calls is best for when you have a modeling project you want to put together and are looking for people to help you achieve the end results.


* Once in a while I'll come up with a concept that I'll want to shoot--usually when it's a look/theme that I feel is missing from my portfolio that could help me get more work. I've found great photographers, fellow models and makeup artists using this method.

Does using MM instantly mean your modeling career will blow up? Not necessarily. This site is a resource and tool that, when used properly, can be an asset to a freelance model's career. Be realistic and don't expect instant results. As with submitting to agencies, the professionals on MM may not always have a need for your look...dry spells are common but the key is to keep checking the Casting/Travel section and submit yourself often, as well as send friend requests and messages of introduction to members you're interested in working with.

The results could begin appearing in a few days, a few weeks or a few months. There is no set time frame when you should expect to start hearing back from people you've contacted. As long as you're diligent and use the site fairly frequently, things will fall into place.

Answering a Reader Question #353

Anonymous Wrote:

1: your amazing :)
2: thanks for all the information!
3: can you list some commercial print agencies in nyc? I'm trying to find some that aren't the big, super well-known type of agencies. Boutique agencies perhaps? 


Hey, Anonymous! Well, aren't you sweet? Thank you for the compliments!

Below are the names and websites of agencies in NYC that have commercial/print/lifestyle divisions worth checking out. Some are boutique, while others are a bit larger but not as super giant as the more recognized agencies in the area:

Funny Facy Today, Inc.
http://fftmodels.com/sample_only9.html

Gramercy Models Inc.
http://www.gramercymodelsnyc.com

Model Service Agency, LLC
http://www.modelserviceagency.com

Silver Model Management
http://www.silvermodels.com

Bella Agency
http://www.bellaagency.com

Answering a Reader Question #352

K.Renee Wrote:

Hi Dania!

I want to start of by saying that I love your blog and it is very helpful. I have a few questions that I have been wanting answers to for the longest. I am currently 19 years old and I am a college athlete. I am an aspiring model/actress as many other people are. I don't have any modeling experience aside from pictures that other people have taken of me and the only acting experience I have so far is an acting class I have taken here at school and I play that I was in here. My first question would be that without a resume that has substance what should I do in regards to contacting agencies. Also, what steps should I take to getting more experience for a resume. I want to start making a name for myself but I just really don't know where to start or what steps to approach. Your advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks. 


Hi, K.Renee! I'm glad my blog has been of use to you and I'm happy you're one of my readers. :-)

Since you are pursuing both modeling and acting, my first recommendation would be that you stick to "Talent Agencies" and not "Modeling Agencies." Talent agencies represent both models and actors and it's easier to kill two birds with one stone by having a single agency sending you out for both types of work. Plus, you'll only have to deal with one contract and one agency commission.


The first place to start would be to look at the submission instructions/requirements for the talent agencies in your area that you're thinking about submitting to. Use the info on those sites as your road map to figure out how you'll tackle the acting experience part. Once you know what each agency wants, then prepare everything accordingly.

You don't need previous experience to break into modeling but with acting, agencies typically like to see that you have some kind of background in acting (which you do) and that you're actively training in your craft. That being said, don't worry about the modeling side of things for now. Focus on strengthening your acting skills. You can actually include your acting workshop and college play in your resume--it counts so don't be afraid to put that on there. Even if that's all you have, it's better than nothing.

The amount of acting experience you have doesn't necessarily reflect on your chances of signing with a talent agency (i.e. if you have no acting experience, that doesn't mean you have no shot at getting an agent). Sign up for acting classes, workshops--whatever is available to you locally. Make sure you know what areas of acting you're interested in and use that to guide you in what training classes you'll pursue (TV, feature film, theater, commercials, etc.). Once you start taking those classes/workshops, add that to your resume, too.

Answering a Reader Question #351

Anonymous Wrote:

How old and how tall do you have to be to be a pink model since its for teenagers..right? 


Hi, Anonymous! The VS Pink line is geared towards teens as well as young women BUT the age and physical requirements (height, measurements, etc.) are exactly the same as for traditional VS modeling. The models that get chosen to work for VS are all the same...some model for the Pink line, while others may do some work for the Very Sexy line, etc. Because the product is still underwear and intimate apparel (as teen-friendly as they are), you still have to be 18 to do this type of modeling for the Victoria's Secret company.

Answering a Reader Question #350

Briy Wrote:


Hi, I'm an Aspiring High fashion model... I wanted to ask how do you lose inches to fit measurements, I am 6'1'' and currently 34-25-37, and have been working for 6 months to slim down and i have gotten no where... 

Hi, Briy! The good news is that so far the only area you really need to work on slimming down is your hips. Your waist is one inch larger than the standard 24 inches but that's okay because you're allowed to be one inch maximum in any of those areas. So you'll need to work your hips down to a 35, if possible.

I don't know what you're currently doing to try and lose inches so I can't really advise you more specifically for your situation. However, here is a link to a helpful article from the site LiveStrong.com that could be of use to you:

How to Lose Inches Off Your Hips Fast

Answering a Reader Question #349

Brandee Wrote:


HI IM BRANDEE AND IM 18 YEARS OLD TURN 19 NEXT MONTH ON MAY 7TH IM 5'8 SKIN TONE AROUND LIGHT CARMEL I HAVE LONG LEGS LOL I ALSO HAVE A SMALL TATTOO ON MY SIDE STOMACH THOUGH. BUT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A MODEL IM NOT SIGNED TO ANY MODEL AGENCIES ALTHOUGH I WANT TO I JUST DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA HAIR IS AROUND SHOULDER LENGTH MAYBE A LITTLE BIT LONGER
THANKS FOR LISTENING HOPE I HAVE A GOOD REPLY BACK :-)) 


Hey, Brandee! I would recommend reading the following blog post to help you figure out what your next steps should be in pursuing modeling as a career. Let me know if you need help finding legit agencies in your area and I can give you a hand:

Where Do You Start?

Answering a Reader Question #348

Michaela Wrote:


Hi! I'm Michaela.
I am currently in the process of signing on with Elite in July.
I'm 15, And I understand you have to be 18+ to model for Victoria Secret, as well as America's ext Top model, but can you tell me If I have the right requirements?
HEIGHT: 5' 11
WAIST: 24
CHEST: 32D
HIPS: 36 


Hi, Michaela! Congrats on signing with Elite soon...that is amazing! Based on your stats--and the fact that Elite is interested in you--I'd say you definitely have what it takes as far as requirements. You are very busty, compared to traditional standards, but if Elite is okay with your chest size, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. It all depends on how they envision marketing you and what projects they think you'd be ideal for. Of course once you turn 18, your bust size will definitely be suitable for VS, lol.

Be mindful of your hips as well...34 inches is the standard and the largest most agencies will allow you to be is 35 inches. But like I said before, if Elite is interested in you now and haven't made any comment on your hips, I think it's safe to say you've got the green light. I wish you the best of luck with Elite!

Answering a Reader Question #347

Deja Wrote:

Hi! I looooooooooooooove your blog! I was just wondering if its unprofessional, rude, or annoying to tell an agency their inbox is full. I've been trying to submit to an agency via email the past few days and every time I try to submit, my email always gets sent back to me saying their inbox is full. Hmm, so should I tell them?


Hi, Deja! I looooooooooooooove that you are a reader of my blog! :-D

Ah, the full inbox situation...it happens. They probably already know about it and are working to knock out the emails and clutter so messages won't continue to get bounced back.

That being said, I wouldn't recommend telling them at this time...if they're already aware of the issue (my gut tells me they are), chances are other people have already been telling them about it and you don't want to jump on that bandwagon and risk annoying them in that sense. Your plan B would be to snail mail your submission instead. It might not be as convenient or timely as email but unlike email accounts, sending your materials via snail mail won't result in it getting bounced back to you. So I would pursue that option if you don't have the patience to wait until they get their inbox cleared out.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quick Tip #42

Category: Modeling Gigs/Castings
For: Male & Female Models

When searching for modeling gigs on sites like Craigslist, be wary of any posting that's asking for models to be "open-minded." This typically translates to: hopefully he/she won't ask questions and will do whatever I ask...especially if it's freaky-deaky. 99% of the time, postings like these are looking for attractive individuals to perform supposedly "modeling-related" tasks but also "additional" duties that are often sexual in nature. Avoid "open-minded" posts. Period.