Attending an open call as a new or established model is the first step to be seen by a modeling scout. Here are 3 best tips to stand out.
If you ask anybody if they would like to be a “rich and successful model or actor” 99% of the people would say, hell yes! The problem is that 99% of people do not want to put any work or effort into perfecting their craft. Sadly many models and actors have no idea what it takes to become successful.
Tip 1: Come Prepared
Attending a meeting with a modeling agent, model management company or platform requires you to do your homework prior to attending. Modeling safety is important, as is know what you are getting yourself in to and if the company is a good fit for what you are seeking.
Tip 2: Act Professional
If you were invited in to meet with a modeling agency or even attend a public open call, the most basic step is acting professional when you arrive. No one will be impressed with the fact that you’re wearing sunglasses or listening to music or talking on the phone. It shows that not only are you not serious, you are not professional. First impressions are very important. If you are an established model or have some projects under your belt, it is best to present that at an audition. Composite cards and Headshots are always required, however for a new model they do not need them just yet. If you have those materials already always attend an open casting with those.
Tip 3: Be Realistic
Almost no one walks in to a meeting with an agent or model scout gushing over how beautiful and fabulous the actor or model is. Many times people are unrealistic in their approach and think that because they want to become a model or actor that an agent is going to do all the work for them. This is simply not the case. If you are not fully prepared to become a model or actor then this business is not for you! Even if you are signed to an agency, you have to be realistic. No one can promise or guarantee jobs. That is ultimately the clients decision. Anyone that promises you any type of success or guarantees is not being honest with you!
When people think of modeling agencies, the stereotype of slender women’s figures or a fitness build for male models comes to mind. Don’t forget about the many other types of modeling agencies.
Many people aspire to break into the modeling industry but aren’t confident that they have a place there. The most common belief is that this type of industry is only for tall, slender individuals with a specific set of facial features. The truth is, however, that there is a large handful of different types of modeling opportunities that you can pursue. For this reason, there are specialized modeling agencies, especially for beginner models, that help connect modeling talent with relevant opportunities.
Although the name would suggest differently, this type of modeling agency does not focus on physical fitness. Instead, fit models work behind the scenes within the industry to help determine how certain clothing should fit. For example, a designer or clothing manufacturer could work with a handful of fit models that represent their target demographic. From here, they could fine-tune the proportions of their clothing so that it has an ideal fit for that type of individual. As you can tell, this type of professional is extremely important to the industry as a whole despite not partaking in conventional photo shoots.
Searching for open calls for models is very hard, especially in 2021 and beyond as now castings are all practically done online. Prior to covid, very few agencies allowed models to come in their doors for an open call evaluation as most scouting can be done online. Here is an updated list of Modeling Agencies and open call times.
Boon Modeling Agency – 1441 Broadway Suite #3157, New York, NY 10018 (No Open Call Dates, Submit Online
Exxcel Models and Talent – 1460 Broadway 11 fl, New York, NY 10036 (Currently Closed, Not accepting any talent)
DNA Model Management – 555 W 25th St #6, New York, NY 10001 (Will not host open call to public, submit online)
Latitude Talent Studios – 545 8th Avenue, Suite 1270 New York NY (Evaualtion for Service by Appointment, No Open Call)
VNY Model Management (Website Lists Open Calls on Tuesdays however please contact directly to confirm)
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.