Here are answers to questions you might be asking now.
How much money do models really make? Did you know that 2 or 3 full pages of editorial shots in Vogue or Elle (or one full day of work) will pay a model less money then working 2-3 hours for a catalog like Sears, Macys, or JCPenny? In general models make about $150- $300 per hour. In our detailed information, we give you the full scoop on facts and figures that few people know outside the mainstream of modeling. We will reveal the specific rates for each type of modeling from the beginner to the superstars, for TV work and even child modeling rates if you need them.
What age, size, and look do I need to be a model? It all depends on what area of modeling you are interested in and qualified for. This is why we break down each major area of opportunity and give you detailed answers for each specific area. Some models are not tall and skinny yet are able to make a good income from the industry as a commercial print or lifestyle model.
How can I get an interview with an agency? Top NYC agencies like Ford, Wilhelmina, and Elite have "open calls" on a regular basis. You, or any one else, can politely walk in without an appointment and get a free personal interview. Some top agencies in other cities also have the same opportunity. We will help you get the details on these "open calls", and guide you to get the best results from this golden opportunity.
Do models get to keep the clothes? Unfortunately models are rarely given clothes from their modeling jobs. It is not uncommon for the value of clothing used in a shoot to exceed the amount paid to the models. In photos and fashion shows the garments featured are often pre-production samples which will be used by other sales and marketing people to show potential buyers. In some cases, a model may purchase the clothes at the wholesale price. Occasionally a model may be offered a trade; you model for them, and they pay you with clothing that you select which are equal in retail value to model fees. Will I have to compromise my values and faith to succeed? As professionals in this business we have seen God provide for each of us as we work in front of the camera and trust and obey Him.We know by experience that there are many great opportunities for work that will not conflict with your desire to honor God.Our goal is to help you find these and also help you know how to avoid being pushed into compromise. Through our personal consultations we will guide you step by step down the path that will honor God and His will for you. How many agencies should I contact or visit? Don't get discouraged if the first modeling agency you approach does not accept you. Just because you don't fit the criteria of one agency doesn't mean you won’t be right for another one. We recommend you get your face in front of at least 10 reputable agencies. We can show you exactly how to do this even if you live on a farm in Idaho.
What about model searches, online agencies and conventions? Today there are model search companies popping up everywhere. Some are a good way to go, but most are a waste of your money and time. Which of these searches are credible? How much can you expect to spend on one? In our material we will guide you to the most reputable opportunities and even walk you through what to expect and how to avoid wasting your money.
How can I get great photos to start a modeling career without spending hundreds of dollars? We will tell you exactly what agents are looking for, and then show you how to get it step by step.Here's a tip:"Professional" photos when "testing" with a good photographer run about $50-$100 per outfit. CONTACT will help steer you to good photographers in your area that will shoot your photos for these prices (or even for free).
Is it possible to model part-time and make money where I live? Local modeling can be a great part-time job to put you through school or help you reach other goals. This type of modeling can often start with little or no experience but you should expect to wait at least 1-3 months before making any money. We will show you how and where to get started even if there are no modeling agencies in your area. We will also help you steer clear of modeling opportunities that may lead to moral compromise or even a sexual trap.
Do I need an expensive portfolio to start modeling? A portfolio, composite, or expensive photos are usually not worth your investment unless you are first represented by at least one strong local agency. We will help you understand what type of images top agents recommend and want to see.
Is a modeling agency the same as a modeling school? Modeling agencies should not be confused with modeling schools. Modeling schools make money teaching basics about how to look walk, and feel more confident. Only a small percentage (5-10%) of today's successful models ever attended modeling school. A modeling agency never charges a fee to accept a model. An agency by law can only take a fixed percentage of the money you earn on jobs they get for you. Agents get jobs for models, organize interviews, and negotiate rates on behalf of models they represent. In our material we give you a very clear understanding of how all this works and where you will benefit the most.
How much commission will an agency take? In America agency commissions range from 15%-20% for print and show work. For TV commercials and film work agents are allowed to take only 10% by S.A.G. rules. In Europe, Japan, and other foreign markets agencies may deduct 40%-50%. The extra 20%-30% is presumed to go to the countries government for income taxes, etc.
Should I sign a modeling contract? Don't sign a contract with an agency just because they offer you one. Check out the agency first and make sure you read the contract carefully with your parents. In general, contracts are for the agencies well-being and make no guarantees for your success or pocketbook. We will show you what it means to be "signed" with an agency. We will even show you actual top agency contracts to give you an inside look into the real modeling world that you may soon be part of.
Are models as confident as they look? It may be hard to believe but many models suffer from a high level of insecurity. For every job a model gets they may be turned down for l00. Rejection is almost an every day occurrence in modeling, so be sure you can handle an overdose of it before you go any further.
What about modeling work in Japan? CONTACT will put you directly in touch with the large market of opportunity for models in Tokyo, especially for girls 18-22. Some will work there who could never work in NYC or other fashion capitals because of height etc. You must be under contract to work in Tokyo. This involves a meeting with a Japan model scout, contract signing, a working visa, and a long flight from home. However, the experience can be a fantastic adventure and the compensation can pay for a college degree. Do I need to take beauty classes to be a top model? A professional makeup artist and hair stylist are often part of a modeling shoot. Their talents are often used to transform the most unrefined beginner into a cover star for tomorrow's fashion magazine. As a model you have a fantastic opportunity to get free beauty tips on products and techniques that would cost hundreds of dollars for other people to learn. Many of today's stars knew next to nothing when they began to work as a model but learned from on the job instruction by professional artists.
What about normal looking people I see in ads? Commercial Print or Lifestyle modeling is a great opportunity for people who do not meet the high standards for fashion modeling. All ages, shapes, and sizes of real people are used today in advertisements. Sometimes these models are paid more per hour than models seen in top fashion magazines and catalogs. Our specific information will guide you into this growing opportunity in modeling.
What other types of modeling are available? Here are a few lesser known but highly profitable avenues of modeling that are available today: fit modeling, conventions, trade shows, hand modeling, foot modeling, plus size modeling, petite modeling, and runway. Models who work in all these areas contribute up to date information to CONTACT. You will learn inside secrets that have taken years of professional experience to accumulate.
We hope some of these answers help you get a better idea of the industry, and get you started in the right direction.At CONTACT we hear from people who wish they had connected with us before they ended up spending $2,000 to $10,000 in their pursuit.Others have shared with us more tragic stories that go beyond the loss of money. Hundreds of beginners just like you have come to us over the past 15 years. We hope that you will connect with us soon so that we can help you too.