Is it hard to get into a modeling agency? Well if it was that simple, everyone would have a modeling agent! Here is the truth on the realities of getting signed to a modeling agency and how to get the attention of a modeling scout. To break it down for beginner models, remember to understand this industry is hard and the client chooses who they want for their own project. Never expect an agent to pay for you to start out, that is a common misconception uneducated models have, from how bookings worked in the past.
While it used to be that getting signed to an agency was the only way a model could get gigs, now a days because of social media and the internet, many models and actors alike can find free casting calls and gigs online. Getting signed to a modeling agency is very, very hard since any legitimate modeling agency will only work with an experienced model.
If your goal is to land a modeling agency, a great and easy way to get signed is to get the attention of a modeling scout is to have a portfolio built with some casting calls under your belt. It isn’t worth breaking the bank over, many companies will be reasonable to help you start. Always research who you apply to before the fact, not after.
Only if you are crazy! Here’s the truth about what modeling agents want to see!
Can you just walk into a modeling agency? That is a question so many beginner models have when trying to get scouted. Even though the internet is filled with tips and tutorials on how to become a model, or what modeling agents scout and look for, very few talent are actually signed by an agency and even fewer really even know what the modeling industry entails.
In fact, less than 5% of working models are signed with an exclusive agency. So with that said, walking into an agency is not your only option.
To start off and answer the main question, if walking into an agency as a model is acceptable: No, it is never acceptable to walk into a modeling agency unannounced or without an appointment. In fact, it can actually hurt your your chances of getting signed.
Its really hard to go online and try to find articles on how to become a model, or how to land a modeling agency, especially in a major market like New York City. Their are outlets out there, like talent support companies including Latitude Talent Studios, which is a great outlet for new models and actors.
What is a Comp Card? We’ll at one time it was a mandatory expense models had to cover; “update your comp card yearly” agents used to say. Comp cards used to be costly, something like $2.25 per print. By the time your agent was done sending them out, the model or actor would look different and have to get all new ones made up.
Now, in 2020 like most things, comp cards are now digital and are used for models and actors to showcase their headshots and stats in a clear, clean and simple form used to submit to casting agents to land castings call and auditions.
The benefit of digital comp cards is they can be edited in no time, making sure they are accurate and up-to-date can help you land that role or gig.
A new and upcoming model or actor can make a lot of mistakes when first starting out. New York Producer, Actress and Model Sophia stops by Latitude Talent to drops some tips on what to AVOID DOING as a model or actor!
Many new models and actors get confused about the difference between a comp card, aka composite cards are and what a portfolio is. How does a model use them? To put it simply, a composite card is one sheet of about 4-5 photos (including one main headshot) of the model or actor.
The photos on a composite card will typically be very versatile, showing different looks or angles for the model. The comp card also will include one main headshot, as well information on the models’ measurements and characteristics like height, weight, hair and eye color as well as contact information. The composite card is usually used as almost like a “business card” or resume for a model.
A portfolio is a collection of many different photos of a model, and also includes tear sheets from any print work that the model has done. A model’s composite card is typically included in the portfolio. As opposed to a composite card being just one sheet, a portfolio is generally presented in a portfolio case that displays the photos in a book format, with pages that are generally 9 1/2″X12 1/2″ in size. Seeking Modeling agencies in smaller markets like Miami Florida requires the best photographs since their are not as many options in a market like New York.
For modeling in 2020 and beyond, modeling agencies typically generate and use only digital comp cards and online portfolios for their talent.