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Showing posts from August, 2012

The Role of the "Contact Person" In Modeling

When reading my blog posts, you've probably come across the term "contact person" more than a couple of times. While I do clarify who this person is in the posts themselves, I figured it would be helpful to do an entire post on the topic itself so that there's no confusion for my readers that are applying this info to their own careers. Whenever I talk about the contact person in regards to a modeling job, I'm referencing a specific individual that serves as a model's "go-to" for important info related to the shoot/gig and other related matters. Situations where a model may be given a contact person typically involves situations where a model needs to check in when they arrive at a casting, go-see, fashion show or shoot. Knowing the name of the contact person is a fast way for the model to get sent to the right people. For example, arriving at a business where there is a lot of activity and people going on, a model can easily get lost in the mi

The Importance of a Modeling Resume

(This post is for both agency represented models and freelance models but is mainly applicable to freelancers.) In any model's career, the portfolio is going to play a major role. However, many professional models also have actual resumes they use to submit to gigs. Why would clients care about looking at a resume when they could easily just review a model's portfolio? For one thing, a resume is oftentimes a much more direct way for a client to see exactly what type of work a model has done. Browsing through a physical portfolio book or looking at an online portfolio is convenient but sometimes clients want to know the name of the photographer, project, client or assignment the model has done work for. The pictures don't always list this info, especially if it isn't a recognizable tearsheet. A resume is a more organized and structured way of obtaining this information. Agency represented models may or may not have a resume put together for them but freelance mod

You've Been Published! Now What?

Getting hired for a modeling job: awesome. Getting paid for your services: sweet. Getting published: epic! A model's portfolio is the greatest asset because it's obvious proof of your capabilities in this profession. However, getting published and having that included in a portfolio skyrockets a model's cred exponentially. It is important that any published work a model has appeared in gets added to his/her portfolio. Since technology has changed the way the industry operates these days, below are typical situations where a model may find themselves published, as well as tips for how to get copies. Magazine Publication (Print, Not Digital) Once you've been notified that your image is going to appear in an actual magazine (not its online version), it's simply a matter of waiting for that particular edition to appear on store shelves. Usually when a model is notified about being published, that's also when they'll find out the exact month/date/editio

Dania Denise Nor-Cal Meet & Greet Update

Hey, readers! So I have good news: the Dania Denise Meet & Greet opportunity I posted about before has gained momentum and has about 6 people so far that are interested in attending...yay! That means the window is still open for anyone that is just now finding out about the meet and greet and wants to be a part of it. Don't know what the heck I'm talking about? Please click the link below to get the 411: Attention, Nor-Cal/Bay Area Modeling 101 Readers: Dania Denise Meet & Greet Info As I said in that original post, I would do a follow up post to update everybody about where I'm at with the event. Right now it's looking like we'll be holding the meet and greet on a Saturday in September. The location is likely going to be a Starbucks--the one in particular I have in mind is located at the Hacienda Crossings, which is in Dublin. I like this Starbucks location because it is easy to find, is located right near the I-580/I-680 interchange, as well as

Quick Tip #51

Category: Modeling Agencies For: Male & Female Models When sending modeling submissions via email to agencies, ALWAYS include your full measurements in the body of the email. No exceptions! Female models should include: - Height -Weight - Bust - Waist - Hips - Shoe - Dress - Shirt - Pants Male models should include: - Height - Weight - Chest - Suit - Waist - Hip - Shoe

It's Okay to Ask Your Modeling Agent Questions

(This post is for models that have been contacted by an agency for an interview or who have been recently signed...not for models that have yet to hear back from an agency.) As you probably know by now, answering questions from models and aspiring hopefuls has become a part of my regular routine for quite a few years now. :-) One thing I've noticed is that sometimes the questions I get are from people who have already been in communication with an agency. It'll be simple stuff like, "I'm scheduled to do my test shoot in a few weeks...what should I wear?" or "I have an interview with an agency soon...what should I bring with me?" If you have submitted yourself to a modeling agency and they reply back, that means you now have a direct line of communication open. In most cases, you'll be dealing with a specific person at the agency. The good thing about that is you now have someone you can get in touch with directly if you have any questions.