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You should ALWAYS pay for Modeling, here’s why

Did you know that becoming a model is actually possible, if you have the look, drive and ambition. You know you can do it, but how are you going to prove to a modeling agency you have what it takes? As a beginner, it can be really hard to get started. Who do you trust? Is a modeling agent legit? Those are questions you need to ask yourself when getting started.

There are some pretty big differences when it comes to modeling agencies, photographers and modeling schools. Pretty much all modeling schools cost a lot of money to become their student and with good reason. Education is very important however, to become a model you need access to real casting calls. Thats where an agency comes in.
Agencies that represent models on an exclusive basis solely book work for models and actors. They do not focus on development or management. An agency takes 10% from models, plus any expenses FRONTED to the model (test shoots, travel, postage and more)
Managers focus on management of new models, mainly editorial types and work with a models existing portfolio. They will typically charge a model for their photographs if they are in a smaller market. Photography can cost anywhere from $100-$1,000 if the model is in a smaller market.
Is it worth paying to become a model?

As a new model, you have to prove to the agency you have the look. Having a strong portfolio is what can get you signed to an agency, as well is landing casting calls. As a new model, you want to ALWAYS pay for your own marketing. Want to become a model? learn more about getting started with Latitude Talent Studios.

Should you pay a modeling agency?

Should you pay a modeling agency? What should you do if a modeling agency wants you to pay them? Is it normal to be required to pay a fee to join them? There is such a hype and misconception on who pays for what when a beginner model gets signed. This is the real truth no one will tell you.
Back in the 1980’s a model could be expected to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for bookings. Major agencies like Ford Models were at the for front, discovering models in malls and subways. Back then, it was normal for the agency to pay to develop the model starting out, in hopes of earning it back when they book something. 
Fast forward to 2021 – NO modeling agency is going to pay for your portfolio! Period. Like another career, you have to have actual experience in front of the camera. Regardless of what you heard online, any real model signed with an agency will tell you they all charge hundreds of dollars on website fee’s and marketing. If you are signed exclusively with a big agency, some of these costs may be fronted to you however, this is rare and only reserved for editorial models. 
Have you applied to agencies and not heard back? Well the truth is model managers manage the careers of established talent, they do not help you start or grow.

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Are Photoshoots Worth it?

Are expensive photography shoots worth it? More often, we are seeking many new face beginner models come in the Latitude office with portfolios they have purchased from “modeling studios”. While some pictures are great to start out, many are simply wasting thousands of dollars when they do not need to. Here is the truth about photography.

Head shots are a must for any actor. Same with a portfolio. What about spending $4,000 for a photography shoot? That is what some models are spending on shoots from questionable photographers. Not only is it unneeded (no agency will charge you that much for a real photo shoot) and agency that DOES want you, will then expect for you to shoot with their photographers.

As an upcoming model or actor you of course need to invest however, it is VERY important to check out who you are working with and what they can offer you. Not only is Latitude the best way to get started as a model or actor, we are the most affordable option.

At Latitude, our success speaks for itself. Learn more about our brand and our talent success here:

Casting Red Flag:

This is an example of casting red flag, read below… can you spot why it is off?

“We have reviewed your casting submission and you have been selected for the T-Mobile US, Inc test shoot. We are organizing a test shoot for this project, If you don’t mind I’d just like to check your availability with the dates below and if you’d consider working with us on this project. At The New York Fame, Inc, we want to support the creativity and vitality of the world through a creative affluent urban outlet that attracts the attention of a multicultural audience. It is our goal that we will premiere an all-time brand, which will be embedded as a fabric across the states for years to come.
  T-Mobile is the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States, with 98.3 million customers as of the end of Q2 2020. The project is a photoshoot and commercial for T-Mobile. The US wireless company benefited from the twin forces of lockdowns, which made people more dependent on their phones for connection, and the closing of its long-awaited merger with rival Sprint. The deal made T-Mobile the third-largest player in the US telecoms market, trailing AT&T and Verizon, and is expected to give the big phone companies more pricing power.
T-Mobile US is changing wireless for good and as one of the most recognizable brands in the world. We’re about more than dollars and cents. From disaster relief efforts to renewable energy initiatives, we recognize our responsibility, because people come first. That’s what makes us the Un-carrier. T-Mobile US, Inc is moving beyond telecom. While our network grows, we’re leading innovation for the mobile web and the Internet of Things. We’re diverse, passionate, and have an unbeatable team spirit. The moves we’ve made for our customers and employees haven’t gone unnoticed and that’s why We are interested in working with you for a professional photoshoot to create commercial awareness about T-Mobile US, Inc brand. There is no nudity, fetish, bondage, and other adult content involved. This project is strictly for T-Mobile US, Inc.

Furthermore, the test shoot and project photoshoot shoot is November and December respectively. The Management will be responsible for any expenses incur throughout the photoshoot and your escort if you are coming with someone. T-Mobile US, Inc is expanding its products after acquiring SPRINT which has made T-Mobile added 452,000 postpaid phone subscribers in the first quarter.

The next stage to be fully involved in the T-Mobile US, Inc project is the test shoot which you will register for with a refundable fee of $125. With T-Mobile US, Inc our nationwide network covers more people and places than anyone else. And now that Sprint is part of T-Mobile, our network is bigger and better than ever.

Test Shoot Details

Dates & Time Details: Nov 27, 2020 – Nov 30, 2020. 12 noon
We are looking to arrange this test shoot by the end of this month stated above. Do you work during the week or only on the weekends as We’d prefer weekends if that’s possible or any day during the week starting from Nov 21, 2020 for the weekdays test shoot If you are available to shoot. Regarding time, We normally recommend starting at around 12 noon and finishing up around 6 pm if that helps you with travel times but like I mentioned, It’s going to be flexible, and if the time and dates as scheduled doesn’t work for you. Please let me know what dates you have available between now and Nov 30, 2020.

Shoot Location
The test shoots will be shot in your state. Space is limited to get the best shoots and collaborations. We will be working with selected Studios and Photographers for the test shoot which will be known to you after registration

The test shoot outfit will be provided, Including MUA
Regarding styling, We are happy to also hear your thoughts on what you’d like to shoot in, especially if you have something interesting or more unique in mind or available.

Compensation: $3,000 and a Mobile Phone.
Test shoot Registration Fee: $125 (Refundable)

Final Images
From the test shoot, you would look to get a minimum of 7 images un-watermarked, hi-resolution, fully retouched files that we would choose. You would receive these over the period of around 4-7 working days as we work on them around the commercial work.

Project Photo Shoot Details:
Date; Dec 4, 2020 – Dec 6, 2020
Location: New York
The photoshoot will be used for billboards, commercial adverts, all T-Mobile outlets and print media for T-Mobile US, Inc. Billboards are the best way to be on top with one of the best wireless companies in the United States.

Please Note; All necessary paperwork for this project will be signed before you get in front of a camera.

I’m sorry if that’s an information overload but I thought it better to get as much info across from the start to avoid too many messages backward and forwards and so that you knew what you were getting into from the beginning.

I’d love to hear from you immediately so that we can proceed. We are always open to suggestions and questions.

Thanks again, enjoy the rest of your week and I very much look forward to working with you soon 🙂

Kind regards

Nye Brown
The New York Fame Inc
Casting/Fashion Director

Latitude Talent Evaluation – Why Latitude works?

At Latitude Talent Studios, our boutique company was designed to assist models, actors and influencers in attaining their goals; whether that goal is simply build or start a portfolio, or to obtain exposure in a major market. Our personalized service provides talent of all backgrounds with the tools necessary to be start out, while being offered the personal attention to overall growth in the entertainment community.

How do we do this? We understand that talent are just getting started or have been unsuccessful (its very hard to get started in NYC) in previous attempts to start their journey in entertainment. As you embark on this new journey, we are on board to provide the best guidance available. We do this as part of our service.

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