For many people, teenage modelling agencies and modelling as a whole is a rather scary world. There is not a huge amount of information out there about what models should expect from the industry and what modelling really entails, which does put many youngsters off joining teenage modelling agencies. It is important for there to be as much information as possible about modelling as this is one of the best ways to get more people involved in it from a young age. This article will look at some of the most common questions asked by teenagers and attempt to make the industry more transparent and easier to understand.
The first thing to do is to do your Jane Rubin research. Find out what agencies there are which are local to you and which ones operate solely online. After this, make sure that each agency you have found is legitimate and is a proper modelling agency rather than a showcase or a fraudulently operating agency. Make sure that you read the small print and do your research into their history. You should also check to make sure that you think this agency would suit you and that you believe the aims of the agency match your own aims.
Having a portfolio is one of the most important things that a model can have. Increasingly, agencies are creating e-portfolios for all of the models on their books, but whilst this is good, you should also keep prints from shoots which you have partaken in. This is because your work could be lost if you switch agencies or if the agency goes out of business. You should always have physical backup of your work. A portfolio is important because it is essentially a CV for the modelling world. Companies might want to see that you have modelling experience before employing, or might want to see how you look when dressed for a professional shoot and when shot with a good camera by a professional photographer.
The short answer is no, unfortunately. Most teenage modelling agencies will explain to you that they cannot guarantee work for you, but that they will actively seek to find you work. If you cannot find any information which suggests that they will help to look for work for you and the others on their books, then be very wary as this is a classic indication of a showcase company. This is a company which appears to be a normal modelling agency but which simply shows off an e-portfolio on your behalf, rather than having clients or seeking new ones.
Unfortunately there are a number of agencies out there who are trying to scam potential models. If an agency asks you to part with money for some practise prints, asks you to pay for modelling lessons, suggests you take naked photos, or come without a parent or guardian if you are under eighteen, then immediately steer clear of this ‘agency’. A legitimate teenage modelling agency will never ask you to do these, and you might even consider reporting these people to the police as the chances are they are acting illegally.
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