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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.

Modeling Agencies for New Models

As a new model, it can be extremely difficult to get started. What is the best agency from my look? What avenues are the best to approach? Who can I trust? These are all questions that new models have when they are about to embark on a journey in the entertainment field. This article will help you get a better understanding and idea on what it takes to get signed to a modeling agency as a new model in a major market that is New York.

If you are a teen model, it can often be overwhelming to get started. It is first very important to ensure that your family is on board when you are in search for agencies. Any reputable agency will ensure that their correspondence to you is through a parent so make sure that your parents are OK with your interest in this field. At Latitude Talent, we strive to ensure that for those talent that are still in school focus on academics, while pursuing the industry on their off time or weekends.

Once you discuss with your parents your career objective in entertainment, it is often important to ask yourself why is becoming a model something you want to embark in? What goals do you set out to achieve? If your main focus is fame or money, then becoming a model is the last thing you want to do. More often than not, modeling is treated as a hobby, as it can be very low-paying to start and often very difficult. If you shoot low and actually get a major booking, it can make the experience 100 times better. Always maintain realistic expectations when getting started as a model.

Once your parents are on board as a teenage model, it is best to shoot for agencies that specialize in your look. In New York, very few agency specialize in just child modeling. Some include:

Zuri Model and Talent

Talent agency in New York City, New York

141 W 28th St Suite 300, New York, NY 10001

Phone: (646) 678-3848

FFT

Modeling agency in New York City, New York

381 Park Ave S #821, New York, NY 10016

If you are an adult looking to get started as a new model, it is best to figure out what your look represents in the industry. Typically for a female that is under 5’9 in height, should be considered a commercial model and focus on print or lifestyle divisions at model management agencies. If you are a male model under 6’1,  you are also considered a commercial model and should focus on agencies such.

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