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.
For new and aspiring models, getting signed to a top modeling agency is the ultimate goal. To get started however, it’s important to find the right agency that can propel your career to the next level.
There are hundreds of modeling agencies, finding the right one is hard.
For starters, many people start by contacting and researching modeling agencies in their local market. Whether your in a major market like New York City or Miami, Florida, it is very important to make sure you are what the agency is looking for as every model scout manages different types of talent. For example, a major agency such as Ford Models works with many editorial and commercial talent, where as VNY Models in New York focuses mainly on editorial male talent.
Smaller markets like Boston or Pennsylvania typically specialize in commercial print models and talent. These are great markets to start your career in modeling or acting. Simple classes and Model Workshops and get you in front of real industry professionals. Before getting into a modeling school, make sure the school and classes are in line with your goals and objectives prior to committing the time and money.
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Starting in a unique field like preforming arts, including becoming a New York actor, it can be difficult to know what information is accurate and how to get started in such a competitive field.
Latitude Talent Studios is lucky to meet with new actors almost daily to help steer them in the right direction. Like Models, there is much out dated advice that is on the internet. Many actors think that the only way to become a success is to land a talent agency.
Regardless of your look, a talent agency doesn’t sign an actor because they are charming or even because they are a superb entertainer; an actor gets signed to a talent agency because the agent knows they will make money off of the actor from bookings.
Unless you are a published actor, don’t expect to get signed right away. Landing acting auditions is the first thing an actor will want to see on your resume.
Finding auditions, especially in New York City, can be done with out the help of an agency.
Latitude Talent helps connect Models and actors with the tools, resources and opportunities to help talent, regardless of their experience level get exposure.
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When attending your first test shoot or photo shoot, most talent automatically want to pile on the makeup thinking it will make their photos look flawless. While that may work for glamour shots or personal family photos, a professional model should always be natural.
Simple skincare routine’s models have been known to follow include washing your face with a product that contains ingredients that will not cause an allergic reaction and are sensitive on the skin (oil free). A dermatologist is also a model’s best friend; always consult with a professional when it comes to your beauty needs.