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.
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.
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.
Rejection SUCKS. In the modeling and acting world, rejection is just part of the industry, nothing personal like many new talent take it. In fact, the reality is that you will be rejected for 99% of the time when it comes to casting auditions you submit or try out for.