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.
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.
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.
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.