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!
Kanye West, the multi platinum selling artist dropped his long-awaited album Donda, which was a dedication to his late mother. Donda is the 10th major album by the American rapper and producer. The album was released on August 29, 2021, through GOOD Music, and was distributed by Def Jam Recordings. The album is named after West’s late mother, Donda West.
Media reports that his label, Universal records, prevented the artist from releasing his album. In fact, after many set dates, it was delayed with unexpected reasons.
What does that have to do for models and actors? While it was long believe that having a major machine backing like a music label or modeling agency was required for you to become successful, in 2022 and beyond it is no longer needed to get exposure.
“At Latitude Talent we see many inspiring musicians, as well as models that are looking to get started. Just getting exposure online can do more for you than a major agent label.”
Don’t let anything, or anyone get in the way of you being successful. If you’re seeking to be a model, actor or even a musician, create your content and distribute it to people that want to see it. Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr and more are some the few. While many family members are usually not the most supportive at first, discover a new audience and bring positivity to your brand. “Spread Love” is always the motto.
Whats it cost to become a model or actor? Well that varies on the agency and market. You see, agencies in smaller markets like PA or NJ or even Miami don’t have the resources to fund a new model or actor. Many coming in already have to have the right materials for them to use.
Along with making sure you have some acting skills (if you are seeking an acting agent) the next step is to have a head shot taken. That is the most basic and essential investment you will have to make it some cases, yearly.
Many agents require their actors and or models to either pay a monthly or annual fee to be on their web site or another company’s web site that the agent uses to market their talent. This is now standard practice and has been for some time. Any one saying that is not true, hasn’t been signed to an agent in the past decade. Agencies may also collect a commission if you book any work. Many upcoming management companies like We- Speak Management are no longer collecting commissions from their models.
Latitude Talent Studios is a platform for models and actors. We allow new talent, who are unable to find, or sign with an agency get the tools and connections for success. Latitude is an extremely affordable platform for talent of all backgrounds and is highly recommended for beginners starting out.
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.
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.
Starting out as a model or actor is so hard. Many agencies want you to have a resume before they will even meet with you. How does a new model or actor build a resume? This video is a MUST watch for any talent looking to get started!