Occasionally I will blog information about modeling gigs, contests or events I stumble across. For personal spiritual reasons, I never list "adult" gigs or gigs supporting pornography of any kind, though I will sometimes list boudoir gigs (lingerie, pin-up, etc.). Interested parties are advised to contact the poster for specific information.
Don't sleep on a posting! These ads are often time sensitive, so get your comp cards or portfolios together and be ready to jump on the opportunity before it's gone.
Here are a few tips if you're interested in becoming a model:
Be smart. Ask questions about the gig, the poster and use your gut insincts. If it doesn't feel legit, it probably isn't. If you are meeting a photographer, Ask to see the photographers portfolio. Professional fashion photographers will have "tear sheets", amateurs may not, but may still be able to provide you with professional grade photos.
Take a friend with you. If you're new to modeling, this is word to the wise. You're less likely to be taken advantage of, if you have a witness.
Never agree to an informal shoot in a "motel room" or someone's apartment with anyone you don't know. I know this is hard. Alot of photographers (good and bad) use their homes as their "studio" space . My advice is to ask alot of questions. If this isn't an agency referral ask for references (ie: models or agencies they've worked with). Most legitamate photographers should be able to provide this information. At that point, go with instinct and insist that you bring a buddy.
Don't be quick to open your wallet. So called management companies, modeling searches, internet searches or reps are notorious for robbing aspiring "inexperienced" models for their cash by insisting they pay for on the spot photography services and "handling" fees, and guess what? The model makes the investment and never gets a single gig! Don't buy it. Ask to see tear sheets, and a list of clients they have worked with and campaigns they have worked on. Some legit agencies ( like Ford or Goddesses) may ask you to cover SOME of your own fees, but this is usually negotiable and the agency will not even ask unless they are sure they can secure gigs for you. Most agencies charge their commission after they book jobs for you, not before. Do not be afraid to inquire about the terms of a booking and always read anything and everything before you sign on the dotted line. A contract is a contract, your signature can be your weight in gold or a first class ticket to hell. Never agree to an exclusive contract with an agency unless you are 100 positive they can get you lots of work.
Do Your Research. Study the biz, seek advice from experienced models. That's what I did and continue to do. I first started modeling years ago as a plus size catwalk model for a boutique designer. When I decided to return to modelling recently, I found that I knew very little about print. I rectified that by doing research and asking questions. Not all full figured gals interested in modeling will be able to have a career as a plus model. The industry does have stringent requirements. However, if you want to model--why stop at just plus modeling? There are opportunities for commercial, petite and specialty models as well. Know thy self, and make your best qualities work for you. Remember, beauty is as beauty does. Take care of yourself and opportunities will open up for you.
Open call for female models for expanding boudoir portfolios.
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 2006-07-23, 6:49PM EDT
Professional NYC photographer looking for female models, all types, all ethnicities for expanding 2006 portfolios. All ages, minimum 18 and all shapes.
Boudoir photography is the art of creating beautiful, sensual, and sexy images of regular women. You don't have to be an 18-year-old, pencil-thin supermodel to look fabulous in photographs. "Every woman is beautiful". It doesn't matter how young or old you are (as long as you are of minimum legal age) how tall or how thin, the purpose of boudoir photography is to make YOU look great. Please apply with some info about you, a contact number and at least two recent full body shots. Shoot will take place this coming Friday in Manhattan. Please address your e-email to the attention of Wendy, Photo Assistant for this project. You will be compensated with free high quality photos for your portfolio. This is TFP photo shoot.
- this is in or around New York City
- no -- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
MODELS NEEDED $100-$300 PER HOUR
Reply to: email@example.com
Date: 2006-07-23, 1:25PM EDT
We are looking for New York based models between the ages of 18 and 30 that are interested in shooting promotional adds for new online businesses. If interested, please respond with example photos, contact information, and a resume (if available). Thank you in advance for your submission.