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Finding a Model Agency



Finding the right model agency is essential.  Don't ever go with the first one you find or just go with the nearest one to you. Get into the mindset that maybe you may have to travel far and wide to find the one that's right. It has to feel good from the start. You have to feel welcomed and that the agency in question is looking out for you, doesn't only want to make fast buck.

If you're a teen model then take your parents with you, you'll have to anyway, but it's good to have the benefit of their age and experience. No matter what age you are though, it's always good to have a companion, to have a second opinion. Do your research before you meet anybody. Search through all our model information here, to find advice on finding the right model agent for you.

Scout around to see what type of model the agent takes on and see if you're similar. If they're a model agent who deals with a specific field of modelling, like the glamour side of things - only apply if that's the direction you want to take too. There's no point wasting yours or their time if they don't even mention the type of model you want to be.  

We've listed below the do's and don'ts to help you find the agency you need. Once you have, it's the best way to go if you want someone else to take over the organising and the setting up of work for you.

Model Agencies are the best way for new models to start out their modelling career. Model Agencies carry out a variety of roles such as advise and train models to work in the industry, promote models and manage their career, schedule and book models for jobs and arrange payment from clients and pass this on to the models.

There are many do's and don'ts when it comes to finding a modelling agency. These should be followed carefully to ensure that you avoid scams and don't lose money.
  • Don't sign with the first agent you find until you have looked around. There are lots of agencies and there could be a better one out there for you.
  • Don't go alone to the agency.
  • Don't hand any money over. An agent should not charge you a joining fee. If they try to DO NOT  join the agency.
  • Don't use agencies that advertise in the backs of magazines or newspapers
  • Don't go to the agency in your best 'model' clothes and make up. The agency will be looking for people with natural talent and a good foundation that they can work with, so be as natural as possible.
  • Don't sign a contract until you understand the terms, and are happy with their terms. You might want to get a solicitor to look over it before you put your signature to it.
  • Don't join an agency that says you are guaranteed work; the modelling industry is not a normal job and there are no guarantees. Its also normal to wait several months before your first booking.

  • Do ask how much of a percentage of the client's payment the agency will take.
  • Do ask for examples of their work and referrals of clients and models so that you can ask about them.
  • Do ask to see some work samples or tear sheets of the photographers used by the agent.
  • Do listen up and ask questions if you don't understand.
  • Do research the agency over the internet and find out what other people have to say about them; this will help you to avoid agencies that scam their models.
  • Do go to the agent for an interview. No good agency will sign you up without meeting you first.
The above are tips to help you take your first steps into your modelling career, the modelling industry is hard to break into but can be extremely rewarding.