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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.

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What Is This Blog For?

The Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary blog is an online resource for all models of all experience levels. It contains information, experiences and advice that aspiring and established models (male and female of all ages) can use to help them in their own careers.

What Qualifies You As an Expert in Modeling?

I've been working as a professional model for 13+ years and have a long resume of experience, including working with agencies.

Are You Who You Really Say You Are?

Enter "Dania Denise" into any search engine and you'll get plenty of results that show I am who I say I am. I'm consistent in the information I put out about myself and thanks to social networking sites, people can easily verify my identity by checking out my profiles on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Do You Get Paid To Do This Blog?

No. My blog is a passion project of mine and I contribute to it whenever I get free time. I have no sponsors, donors or other people that contribute to my blog financially.

Do You Have Connections With Modeling Agencies?

No. I have agency representation but do not have any connections where I can "hook up" aspiring models with agencies. Telling an agency my name or that you've talked to me will not improve a person's chances at agency representation.

How Do You Help Models Other Than Through Your Blog?

I regularly communicate with models online via email and through social networking sites, where I'm able to provide more one-on-one advice and mentoring to address specific situations.

How Do You Know So Much About Agencies?

Since I first started when I was 15, I've always had agency representation so I have a lot of knowledge as to how these types of businesses operate and what models can expect in most situations. Additionally, I regularly visit modeling agency websites (both nationally and internationally) and am very familiar with the processes involved with submitting to agencies, open calls, etc.

How Am I Supposed to Use This Blog?

It's more of a learning resource. The more posts you read, the more knowledge you can gain about the modeling industry in general. You're free to post comments with your thoughts and opinions, as well as questions, which I answer in a separate blog that is dedicated to just answering reader questions (http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/).

How Can You Help Me?

The most common form of assistance I provide for aspiring and established models is by answering any questions they have related to the modeling industry. I also do online searches to help models find local agency websites so they can learn how to submit themselves for agency representation. For those that ask, I also do photo critiques, mainly for snapshots that models plan on sending to agencies, as well as general feedback on portfolios and headshots.

When Helping Me Find Agencies, Why Do You Ask for the City/State Where I Live?

It is an industry rule of thumb to only submit to agencies that are within a 2 hour's drive from where a person lives. Without knowing the city/state, I couldn't accurately get the names and websites that would be appropriate for the person in need of agencies. Simply asking me to give someone the names of agencies is too broad and location plays a major factor. Putting together a long list of random agencies wouldn't only take up a lot of time, it would be useless to the person if they live too far away from those agencies since they wouldn't be considered anyway. I never ask for anyone's mailing address, just the city and state is all that's needed.

Why Do You Look Up the Agency Websites? Why Not Have the Person Asking Do It Themselves?

Those unfamiliar with searching for agency websites often have a hard time telling the difference between legit agency sites and those that should be avoided (those that charge upfront fees, are actually modeling schools and not agencies, etc.). I'm very familiar with browsing through these types of sites and spotting red flags. By conducting the search myself, it decreases the chances of a person dealing with the wrong type of company.

I've Already Looked Up Agencies in My Area On My Own. Why Do You Need to Do What I've Already Done?

When a person has told me they've looked for agencies on their own, I'll still offer to do my own search because many times I'll find agencies they've never heard of or came across. I have my own resources that can help expand the search beyond what a regular search engine can do. It just gives them another opportunity to possibly find agencies they may have ended up missing out on.

One of the Agencies You Gave Me Info About Tried to Scam Me. What Should I Do?

No agency can ever "force" you to do anything you're not comfortable with. As soon as you realize that an agency is trying to scam you, charge upfront fees or sell you things like classes, workshops or portfolios, politely decline the offer and stop all contact/communication.

I do my best to give people the names and websites of agencies that appear legit and do not raise red flags for me. However, I cannot possibly know all agency intentions, especially if these are businesses that operate outside of the state I live in. All I can do is give a person the information to check out--it is their responsibility to exercise caution and use common sense when dealing with a potential agency.

Does Anyone Else Write For Your Blog?

No. I am the sole writer and person maintaining this site. I currently do not accept guest writers or allow others to do posts for me.

How Can I Contact You Other Than Through Your Blog?

Email is the fastest way to get a response from me: daniadenise@gmail.com. Or you can add me on Facebook but please make sure to send a message with your request, explaining that you are a blog reader and would like help with getting into modeling. I screen my friend requests so sending a note helps me know who you are. I do not give out my phone number.

Can I Meet You in Person?

I am currently offering Meet & Greet opportunities for models within Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding cities. I'd love to travel to outside of California to meet my readers but can only do so if a concentrated effort was made by the readers to create such an event.

Is Your Blog Only For Models?

This blog is for the benefit of models as well as others in the industry. I've gotten positive feedback from photographers, makeup artists, casting directors and even agencies. Parents of models are also welcome to use my blog to help them navigate the industry. There are some posts that do address other industry professionals--I do my best to include all the key players.

Are You An Agent or Manager?

No. I do not work for an agency, nor do I have an agency of my own. I also do not operate as a manger and do not manage anyone's career.

48 comments:

rachel white said...

HEY DANIA, I WAS RECENTLY SIGNED WITH AN AGENCY AND WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAD ANY TIPS ON BEING CONFIDENT. THANKS, LOVE YOUR BLOG!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Rachel! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #476," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Nichole said...

I've been modeling for 8 months. I'm starting to get some recognition in the industry round my city. I've been given the chance to attend a tent show in New York. I wanted to know if 24 is to late to go on castings in New York while I'm there. Should I say I'm younger since I look that way.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Nichole! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #506," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

hi
I live in Waterford, Michigan and is new to modeling. my family doesn't have the money right now but I can't seem to find any photographers that will do time for print for a New 13 year old model so u can build a portfolio. please help

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #531," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Brooke said...

Hi Dania!!

My name is Brooke and I just signed a contract in Japan. I've recently been going to walking lessons... I'm having some problems finding the right shoes to wear. Do you have any styles that you would recommend? How to break them in? I know the standard wearing them around and all that but are there some tricks of the trade that you could maybe help me with lol... Also skin care.. Whatever the last MUA used on my skin has been causing it to break out like crazy around my jaw line... Is there anything I can do or use to prevent this from happening?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Brooke! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #551," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Olivia said...

Hi, Dania! Okay so this is probably a question you get a lot.. I have absolutely no experience whatsoever, but I've always wanted to model. I never thought of myself as someone who could do it because of my low self-esteem, but lately things have been looking up and I'm a lot more comfortable with my body. I'll be 18 in May, my measurements are 36/27/38.5, and I'm only about 5'7". I'm working on toning up and losing weight, which I feel I should be able to do rather quickly if I keep myself motivated. Is it possible for me to look into doing runway? I mean in the long haul, anyway? Besides my age and lack of experience, I'm not tall enough nor do I have any idea what I'm doing. I have had some people interested in me modeling for them, an offer which I might take up. I just feel discouraged because the industry is enormous; what makes me special in a sea of pretty girls? At the same time, I tell myself that someone has to be chosen, so why couldn't it be me? I'm still struggling with self-confidence, an issue that some support would probably help a lot, but I also know I can do whatever I put my mind to. I guess I'm just a little annoyed that it's taken me this long to feel comfortable enough to even entertain the notion of modeling, and now I feel way behind. Would you be willing to help me find some agencies that aren't scams? My mother is so skeptical. I don't know if I should tell you where I live right now, so I'll wait to hear back from you.
Thank you loads! I really appreciate your help and all that you do!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Olivia! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #556," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania, I read on your post that you had some additional resources on finding modeling agencies. I live in upper Michigan and will be moving to Kalamazoo in July- maybe earlier, but definitely after I graduate high school which is at the end of may. I know of a few agencies in Chicago, like Ford, BMG, & Factor women but are there any other agencies in the Midwest? (*Or parts of Canada) that are respectable agencies? I would be interested in commercial or editorial. I'm 5'10 and my measurements are 33-24-35,

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #730," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Jamie said...

Hi Dania!
I'm new to NYC and live in the heart of Manhattan and want to try modeling. I'm from the south and have a lot of experience doing national and local work on a smaller lever but am looking for proper representation in the city. I've been told I have a very "sexy" look with a "girl next door" beautiful face. I'm 23 years old, 5'10" B-36" W-24" H-36" with long blonde hair and blue eyes, and want to find the right type of modeling for me. I don't think I'm ideal for runway but I love print, commercial, and editorial work. I would greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions! Thanks so much!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Jamie! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #738," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Rachel Pahignalo said...

Good day Ms. Dania, I just want to ask a question. I Applied for an agency and asked me to sent some more casual photos, I am an experienced model but I stopped laid low for a few months to study but still doing some photo shoots. so I sent my most recent photoshoot, a very casual shoot and they asked me to go to their office and have a video profile. But on the said photos I was wearing contact lenses. So my question is.. Should I wear Contact lenses for my casting or not? I am afraid to spoil everything if I don’t wear them a get them disappointed and not pick me, but I dont want them to expect differently and still not pick me. Hope you can help me before I go to the said casting. Its just 5 days to go. Please reply

PS. I See you've been in the Philippines. i saw ABS-CBN in your resume :) I am a Filipina hello :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Rachel! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #757," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Emily said...

I live in Long Beach , California. Is there any modeling agencies close or in Long Beach that also represnet kids or all.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Emily! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #759," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania,
Is it possible to sign with a modeling agency but only do it as a part-time job? Also can I sign with an agency without having to go to castings? In other words get booked directly?

Amelia x

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Amelia! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #770," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Hannahburan said...

Hello Dania! I am interested in starting modeling. My measurements are 32/24/34, however I am only 5'6". What is the best way to get started? And is there any chance I would be able to do anything other than commercial modeling with my height? Thank you!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Hannahburan! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #784," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania,

I'm 24 years old and 5'1", and, and wanting to pursue a modelling career, I have exotic, Eastern-European features and a super toned body (I'm a ballet/contemporary dancer). I know that my height and age will make it difficult for me to have a career in this industry, but I'm wondering if, with my athleticism, my height might be less of an issue if I were looking into fitness modelling? I've being looking into parts modelling as well, and wondering if freelancing would be best, or singing with an agency as a parts model. Any advice you can give on where I might fit in best will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Emily

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Emily! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #790," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

imodelsholdings said...

very useful modelling tip for all the upcoming models. i really like your port. i do recommend to all the models.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania,

I know it sounds a bit stupid, but are models allowed to have hair extensions (not the clip ins ones, the ones that last like 5 months and barely damage the hair) ? I have had mines since 3 months and they look really natural but I dont know if its considered as 'cheating' in the modelling industry? I have a modelling contest coming up so I wouldn't want to be excluded from the contest because of my hair, even though I really dont want to remove them!
Thanks a lot xx
Virginia

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Virginia! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #822," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

imodels said...

its really excellent information for the one who start their career as model.

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Anna said...

Hi Dania,

My name is Anna. I am 19 years old and 5'7. Im very interested in starting Petite Fashion Modeling. However I do have a big tattoo of a lion on the back of my right shoulder, do you think that would be okay? If so awesome. I would like to take some snapshots of myself and send them to you to get an opinion from you on from where I should start or go. If you could do that then that"s even better! Thank you so much for taking your time!:)
-Anna

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Alora Gress! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #839," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anna! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #841," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

ashley forst said...

Hi, Dania!
I am 17 and 5'1. Do you think I have a chance at being a model? I would say my "modeling" makes up for my height. I do not think any of the "big" agencies where I live will sign me. Can you help me find an agency? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania,

I have been chosen by First Models and talent Houston agency. The owner of this agency is "Gail Barry". They want me to build specific portfolio with their photographer which costs 490 USD. They will sign the contract after the photo shoot but they mentioned that I am already selected by them. So is it a scam or it's fine to do that. Plz help.

Eliza said...

Hey Dania,

My friend and I (both whom are tall and have been told for years we should try modeling) have decided to try modeling. We're both from SoCal and are going to be 18 in the coming months. Are we too old to start now? If not do you have any tips for older(ish) aspiring models? I tried to ask on your other blog but couldn't figure out how.

Thank you,
Elizabeth

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Ashley Forst! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #857," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

By law, if they make you pay before offering you an actual contract to review and sign, it is considered an "upfront fee," which they are not legally allowed to do. If the agency claims they have already selected you then it shouldn't be an issue for them to give you a contract first, have you sign it and then get your payment for the portfolio shoot.

If you explain this to them, see what their reaction/response is. If they get defensive or claim they are no longer interested in working with you, then it's a pretty good sign that they would not be a good fit as your agent. It doesn't necessarily mean they are a scam but that they may not have your best interest at heart.

Best of luck!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Eliza! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #865," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hello Dania,
I'm going to an open call at BMG tomorrow so I would like to know what should I take? And goes on during an open call? Thank you.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

The BMG website says the following:

Open Call:

"...Come prepared with your portfolio or with several pictures of yourself including a facial close-up and a full-length shot demonstrating your body type. Professional photographs are not necessary. Please arrive with your hair out of your face, a clean complexion with little to no makeup. Dress attire casual – heels not required. Note: there is no public restroom, so please arrive dressed and ready to go."

Having a portfolio isn't mandatory so if you don't have one, then bring the "several pictures of yourself," which means digital snapshots printed out with your name, stats and contact info written on the back.

Below are links that will give you more insight as to what to expect during a typical open call:

http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2007/03/casting-calls.html

http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2010/09/tips-for-attending-open-casting-calls.html

http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-casting-call-experience-bmg-models.html

Best of luck tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Hello Dania my name is Nicollette first and for most I'd like to say I hope your have a goodmorning, or afternoon, evening or night in where you are located :) and if like to start off in saying I'm really really interested in doing modeling, it's been my dream since I was a little girl to become a model :) And I just came upon your blog which I'm loving so far. I couldn't help notice that you've about 800 loads of question that you've answered already, and I'm hoping you'll help me with some advice :D , Do you know by any chance (*fingers crossed hahaha) of any modeling agencies near Los Angeles, California? I'm 22 yrs petite with black hair big eyes slight brown eyes, my height would be 5'1 to 5'2-ish I weigh about 95, I'm half American spaniard (meaning moms from Spain but I was born in CA) and I have braces that will be coming off within two years :D. Loads of people and I mean LOADS of people tell me I look a lot like "Vanessa Hudgens' the famous actress and that I have the looks to be a model!!? But not the height :'( But I don't know where to start or to come about. Not only that but I look younger than my age :( many people confuse me to be within the ages of 15-17 and I'm 22!! Lol. Help.. I first don't know how to start or look up what authentic agency would get me?, secondly I know there's loads if agency around LA but I wouldn't know which would be great for me? I'm think print/commercial?? I really want do do this but don't know if I'll have any luck?? I've notice agency have been looking for new faces and been cutting down with some rules and demands so that pretty good, right? I mean if Karrueche can do it even though she's short I'm sure it's possible. Throughout the pass years I've been telling myself i can never be what I want to be or achieve but I've notice people who don't believe don't succeed, so I hope with all my heart that I'm able to succeed with this dream of being a model :) Ina huge fan of models 'Alexis Ren', 'Lauren Calaway', 'jasmine Sanders', 'Joan Smalls', 'Sofia richie', 'Hailey Baldwin', Sarah Sampio' and so many more and I know I I'll never be able to do runaway at all but I hope to be half as good as them or to be somewhere close to succeed as them :) I hope your able to help me with some advice. Thank you so much for your time and words of wisdom and advice, hope to hear from you soon.

P.S. Sorry for such a long question and message hehehehe :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Nicollette! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #877," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hello!! I just recently turned 19 and I am a little over 5'8". My measurements are roughly 34-25-37 and I weight about 129. Can you please tell me what I need to weigh or how much weight I need to lose to become a model, or if I even have a chance considering my height and age. Thank you so much!!!!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #892," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Unknown said...

Hi Diana! Can you help me find a good model agency? I'm plus sized, so it's been hard to find a good one near me that accepts me. I live in Killeen, Texas. Thank you!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Unknown! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #919," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

my daughter is 10 years old and has an agent that we have been successful with. But I find myself wanting to solicit modeling jobs for her at some local businesses that advertise to kids. My daughter has an edgy look and I think I know which stores would want to use her. Does anyone know how an agent would react to this?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #933," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!