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Modeling in New York – The truth about getting scouted

If you’re like many, the dream of getting started as a model seems like a fantasy. For most, it is. That’s where the dream stops. Why is that? Because getting started as a model especially in a major market like New York City is very, very difficult.

Besides the fact that it’s a lot of hard work, it does take a little bit of luck in getting right in front of the right people. This guide will tell you what experience you should expect as an aspiring model getting started.

No one is going to help you if you don’t help yourself.

That’s right, just because you want to be a model doesn’t mean that an agency or modeling scout is going to go out of their way to help you. Like any career changing opportunity, you have to make sure that you are invested in the right materials and education on getting started. Many models make the assumption that walking into an agency and getting signed it as easy as that. That is completely wrong.

Modeling agencies, which are referred to as model management companies in New York City, manage the career of existing models. Now that doesn’t mean that because your new model you won’t get signed an agency. Of course you can, it happens all the time. Just like winning the lottery happens.

Many models that don’t meet the strict requirements of editorial agencies, which are really tall and really thin, are referred to as commercial print models. Getting started as a commercial print model is similar to acting. You have to build up your portfolio however. The truth is you can build up your portfolio working with local photographers in your market. If you are located in or around New York, and wanna get signed to a New York agency, you need to work with a New York photographer. Taking photos of yourself or having a friend or family member take pictures is not professional. While it may help you build your experience in front of the camera, an agency wants to make sure that you have the actual look before they going to sign you.

Spending tens of thousands of dollars on photographs will get you nowhere. There are many scouts that claim to help you by simply getting you on the photo shoots, that will help build up your buck but it won’t help you get in front of castings. The truth is you’ll know whether or not you’ll become a successful model if you can land casting calls.

Covid has changed the way how agency scout. Before Covid some agencies will have open casting calls, typically on Tuesdays or Wednesdays in New York. Since Cove it happens many agencies are not opening the doors to the public. They may require you to come in for a personal evaluation or they might scout you online.

As a new model, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the best help possible. Who do you know you can trust? How do you know a company is legit? You have to make sure you do your homework and read real reviews from actual talent, not reviews from people that want to get signed an agency or have been declined from an agency, it happens all the time.

There are many services and websites that can help connect to free casting calls. However you should always expect to subscribe to casting call websites. Some are more expensive than others.

Getting the help of a professional, like Latitude Talent Studios, can help get you the materials you need to get the exposure when you need it. To learn more about Latitude and read Latitude Talent reviews visit the official website and follow Latitude Talent on Instagram.

Modeling Agencies – Best Ones in New York

Getting signed to an agency is your ticket to become a model. Here are the best ones in New York to get started with.

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As a beginner model it is very important to get  as much exposure as possible. Whether that is consistently posting on Instagram or submitting your photos to a variety of modeling agencies, New York has some of the top Modeling Agencies for Models Actors and Talent of all backgrounds and looks. There has been a huge increase in alternative modeling agencies which represents talent of all luxe and backgrounds. This is great news for models that don’t fit the typical mold of being super tall and super thin. In fact at Latitude Talent, we are seeing more models that have a unique look get casted for casting call projects and agents than the standard model that once was the norm back in the early 2000s. If you can’t travel to NYC, Miami has some great models agencies and Model Boot Camps to get started with as well!

VNY Models
The NY models is a powerhouse boutique modeling agency that specifically works with a diverse group of editorial male and female models. They are ranked as one of the top agencies in New York for models.

Ford Models
Not much needs to be said about Ford models as they are one of the top legacy model management companies in New York specifically working with editorial and commercial talent.

Latitude Talent Studios
While they are not an agency, Latitude Talent helps work with beginner models, actors and influencers by creating the best marketing materials and accessing the best casting notices in New York.

If your goal is to become a model, you have so many choices on getting started. It is always best to research any and every company that you reach out to prior to meeting with them to ensure that your goals and objectives align with their company.

Apply now to get started as a model.

Why a Model should ALWAYS pay for their own Photographs

Yes, a Model should ALWAYS pay for their own Photographs – here’s why

Thinking about becoming a model? One of the first things that any new model does to get started is typically seek out modeling agencies, mostly in major markets such as Manhattan New York, Miami Florida or Los Angeles and then apply to every talent agency that they can find. But the rise of social media, it is easier than ever to find a photographer to take your photos for free.

Many models will consult with the photographer and arrange a trade for pictures commonly referred to as TFP.

For those just starting out, or those with a limited budget, getting free photos from a photographer online might seem like a great deal. What do you have to lose? Well not only does this cost you more money in the long run, as a model you do not own the copyright to these photographs.

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Does a copyright matter? Well typically if you hire a photographer or even consult with a TFP arrangement with the photographer, you do not own the copyright and these photos can be used for whatever the photographer wants.

Let’s say at 16 years old you want to become a model and you meet with the photographer you met online like on Instragram. They do a couple photos and head shots and three years from now when your career is actually blown up, let’s say you actually sign with a modeling agency and are getting some major bookings, the photographer could then go and resell all the photos, or possibly even advertise them for products that you wouldn’t want your face on. This can be very detrimental to a career for a model or actor.

Many unexperienced models assume that photography and investment costs to get started are always covered by an agency. Not only is this wrong, it’s never free to start something that you are passionate about. Gone are the days when a modeling agency would cover all of the start up costs. Whether it was 1999 or 2019, all agencies recoup the cost to they invested in a model, whether upfront (most common in 2019) or after they book projects.

Invest a few dollars it takes into getting real quality marketing materials and use those to start your own career. Trade for pictures is great if you are looking to get comfortable in front of the camera however for many models and actors, it will not put you in the direction that you need to become successful.

The Cost of Modeling and Acting Professionally

The Cost of Modeling and Acting Professionally
To become a model or actor, it is like any thing in life; it takes hard work, willingness to learn, dedication and investment in yourself and the art of the craft. With so many articles written from people claiming to know the entertainment industry and how it “really works” it is important that correct and accurate information be available to those models and actors looking to start out.
Hard Work: It’s Not Easy
Anything worth it is not easy. Latitude Talent Studios was started to help new talent gain the tools and experience in entertainment. Traditionally, a new model or actor had only choice to get started: get signed by an agency.
The fact is, real talent agencies don’t want to work with new talent starting out and why would they? They earn a commission on projects you book so if you never book anything, they just wasted their time. Also, less than 5% of people are actually signed to an agency so the chances of landing a agent is very slim for starters.
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Like anything – It’s never free
The modeling industry has changed a lot since the 1970’s when the rumor of “free modeling” started. This was when print and magazine ads were at an all time high and then agencies, like Ford Models and Elite would sign top models and pay for everything. That was also when a model could get paid “$10,000 a day” Name a model in 2019 that has their own lane in modeling.
Modeling has changed with Instagram and Social media taking reign. You as an actor or model should always expect to cover your own cost for modeling like web profiles and head shots however keep it cheap, anything that costs thousands of dollars is not worth it.
Don’t waste time if your not serious
It’s one thing to think about something, its another to actually do it. If your passion is modeling and acting, you actually have to be out there to try it. Sitting at home will get you no where. Also, be educated and research any company you submit your information too.
Get Real Professional Help
To become a model or actor, you need to access opportunities to find casting calls and open calls. Latitude Talent Studios is a talent marketing service that helps talent get started. With our talent finding success in so many places, it is a no brainer: Latitude Talent works hard for our talent.

Start with Latitude Talent

Latitude Talent Studios is a New York based talent marketing company that helps connect models and actors with the tools, resources and exposure for success and the entertainment community.

Our talent can be seen in so many places, simply because they are provided with the best opportunities for success. Connecting our talent with a range of opportunities to start or build a path in entertainment, our industry-grade tools and marketing help any talent, regardless of their experience level get started in the competitive New York market.

As always, it is important to make sure that you research any perspective company that you get started it. Be sure to read our recent success stories and reviews from talent who have worked with Latitude.

If you have the desire to get started, take the first step to become a model or actor and apply here.