What sort of agency are you looking to join? If its one which signs pretty much anybody and gets them no work then you can send them in any sort of images, but they usually have a sign up fee. Other than that you might be better going to a photographer who actively shoots for a decent agency, they will probably ask for payment but it would be a good investment to have the quality basics. Another option is to just go to open days, walk in and they will be able to tell you really quickly if you have what they are looking for.
It's just something i'm thinking about and reading up on. I have a couple in mind but i have a bit more research to do (Just to see whether it'd be worth applying). So i thought in the meantime i would ask for good example of the sort of snapshots a decent agency will ask for, any do's and don'ts etc.
I know it's been done to death on here but the search function won't work for me. Every time i try it shows the error message with the girl looking all shouty.
I would recommend a couple of things: 1. Take a look at the agency websites you're thinking of applying to. Do you look like their models? Do they specialise in any particular type of model? Do they have a height or age requirement? 2. Some of the agencies will have examples of the kinds of shots they're after. I can't remember which ones right now and I'm on an over-worked iPad, so if I switch to a new browser window it'll shout at me and close down. I think it may be Storm, or Models 1.
Generally you would be looking at a completely unretouched headshot, hair pulled back, well lit, and a full length with well fitting clothes. Both the headshot and the full length should be front on and side profiles. It's also worth emailing them and asking them if they don't have any guidelines on their site, they should tell you.
Otherwise, an agency is only likely to take you if they think you'll make them money, if you don't fit the look they sign, and their clients rarely book models who look like you, they aren't likely to sign you. Do your research and concentrate on getting some fantastic images.
I'd also *very strongly* recommend looking outside of the modelling sites for photographers who do agency tests and paying them. They know what the agencies want. Paying for a decent photographer who works with agencies is an excellent way of a) getting fantastic, agency-standard images and b) getting experience working with someone who knows how the industry works outside of the Internet modelling/photography bubble. I'd recommend looking at someone like Jay Mawson, Adam Roberstin or Stefano Brunesci. They all work with some of the top agencies and will be able to point you in the right direction. Even if you don't end up getting signed, their images will boost your portfolio ten fold.
Just simple shots, like the ones posted by AbiHill and Neonpink in the 'polaroids' thread.
That's enough for them to decide if they want to take things further with you. Don't waste time or money getting a portfolio together before that, if you need one after they take you on, they'll advise the best course of action to suit them and you.
So just simple shots, no or very light make-up, showing what you look like, not what others have turned you into.
Hannah - Yes i know that first bit thankyou (Hence researching things...) I'm not expecting anything to come of it anyway, It's just something i'm looking into and reading up about, so no plans to go spending hundreds trying to get into one lol.
Models1 have examples here. Alternatively, if you go to an open call in London to any of the big agency, they will take polaroids there and then (which is why you go in dressed right and bare faced, and with a bobble or hair clip)
A lot of top model agencies have an on line option to submit your photographs for consideration, Models 1 site particularly state NO make up. They like a full face shot, a profile and a full length shot.
For fashion/ editorial work you need to be at least 5'8" tall and size 8 max.
Shorter girls usually go the commercial route and if curvy then glamour modelling route. For promotional work, personality is the key asset, not height.
Provincial model agencies are a lot less strict as to height requirements. You are based Merseyside, if that's where you want to model, do some on line research on reputable agencies in your area...if you are thinking of moving to the Smoke...you will need to be within at least a 25 mile radius to attend the numerous castings, IF accepted by a London model agency. The standard to get accepted on a model agency books is a lot higher in London, needless to say.
There's no easy route - Kate Moss was extremely fortunate to be spotted on at a New York airport at the mere age of 14 by Storm model agency director, Sarah Doukas. For most, it is a hard work slog up the ladder of modelling success. (Storm is a member of the Association of Model Agents. Telephone number +44 (0)9068 517644. Calls charged at 50 pence per minute.)
Agency apllication snapshots need to represent the REAL you. A MUA can work magic on a model's features, but an Agency booker needs to see what the bare bones of a model are, before submitting them for castings...
Suzy - I wsn't thinking of fashion etc. No point trying unless someone has a magic way of growing an inch or two! It's just somethig i'm looking into, i've been reading various agencies websites. It's not the be all and end all for me, But i figured theres no harm in applying to any if i meet their requirements
Toni, your main image is a very nice fashion/editorial shot...when I ran national model agency, I had some 5'6" girls on my books doing fashion...but I was a provincial agency...as I said, not as strict as a top London model agency...Also, remember Kate Moss is only 5'7"...
You have a good look overall...add as many strings to your modelling bow as you can. Build up your confidence...I wish you all the very best Toni.
I am with two agencies and to tell the truth I may as well not be with them... One has never even got me one job and the other has got me one! Best way of being successful is building up a good portfolio, working with some great togs and market yourself via here and twitter ... Works for me