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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Answering a Reader Question #120
I am a 30+ model and have found your blog to be valuable!
I have many years of pageantry experience, and have modeled on-and-off for the past 9 years - with a number of TFP gigs. With that, I have decided that I wanted to work with an agency; I have spoken with a few agencies that have alerted me that they already have someone with my "look". Dang it!
So, can you recommend any agencies in the DC DMV/Baltimore/PA area? I reside in DC. Im sure you have a better insight than I do.
Additionally, I was contacted, after a casting call, by Wilhemina PA, and offered a 2 year, exclusive, contract. I passed on it. I was informed by the rep that I need to pay $2700 within 2 months before I could be represented.
As you may know, Wilhemina PA is an affiliate of Wilhemina, and after speaking with Wilhemina NY and LA, I was told that the operations of PA was up to PA. (Thus, Im thinking that affiliates operate differently from the "mother agency").
So, along with the other agency information, can you also offer any further insight to PA. Should I go back to them? (I had a lawyer to review the contact and the only issue was the upfront costs.)
Hi, Aberwaa, thanks for the questions! Let's see what I can do...
First, I'll address the Wilhelmina PA situation. I can only speak for myself but I wouldn't touch that offer with a 10-foot pole lol. Affiliates do operate differently than mother agencies, which is why I wouldn't recommend putting that kind of money into any agency, regardless of who they are. It would be different if they could guarantee you success and constant bookings but no elite agency in the world can promise that and as such, it just doesn't seem like a wise investment to make when there are other agencies that are much more cost-effective, especially since those won't require upfront fees.
Now on to the second subject of agencies in the areas you mentioned. Below are the agencies I could find. I apologize if they are already ones that you have contacted:
T.H.E Artist Agency
(Click on the Contact Us link for instructions on how to submit)
Baltimore, MD Agencies:
Dazzling Stars Model and Talent Management, Inc.
(Click on the link "What to Know" on the bottom right hand side for submission info)
Greer Lange Talent Agency
(Click on the link on the homepage that talks about REPRESENTATION)
AMA (Actors,Models,Artists) Talent Agency
(Click on the link "Open Call" at the bottom of the home page)
MMA - Model Management Agency Inc.
Reinhard Model & Talent Agency
(Click on the link "Open Call" on the home page)
Docherty Model & Talent Agency
(Click on "online application" on the home page under the section "new talent submissions" on the right hand side)
The Talent Group
(Click on the "talent submission" link on the home page)
Click Models of Philadelphia Inc.
(Click on the "submissions" link on the bottom left of the home page and select "women" from the drop down menu to fill out the application)
Should you have any more questions, concerns or need further assistance, shoot me a personal email and I'll see what I can do to help you out...good luck to you!