Am I doing something wrong?

Am I doing something wrong?

13 posts
27 Jan 2014
Ronniex
Model
Ronniex
No agencies seem to be interested in me at all.. What am I doing that's wrong?
Posted 27 Jan 2014
I think for mainstream agencies your first hurdle is the height.
So its nothing you are doing wrong or can change.
There may be other options available but I have no idea about them.

I think though that agencies are incredibly selective (which is a good thing and they have every right to be that way), one of the most talented naturally beautiful girls I knew was turned away from agencies - 18 years old 5'11 with the most perfect figure i have ever seen, she was also a natural in front of the camera (which would have helped I guess). So I think - if she got turned down then their standards must be really really high. Just think if they have 100s of people applying a week and 40% of them are in the right "statistics with age/height and weight" then unless somebody really really really special turns up out with those stats then chances are 99% of girls are told they are not suitable.

Have you tried walk ins? thats what my friend done, she spent a couple of days in London and basically visited all the best agencies in town. I would say thats a more proactive approach than sending pictures over email. Least then they can see you properly and see what sort of personality you have.


Posted 27 Jan 2014
Keltica
Photographer
Keltica
Yes height or lack of it will be a problem.  Nobody is going to seriously recruit you for fashion work.

You are just perfect for glamour, and there are a few good glamour agencies in London which you should approach for an interview.

Scott
Posted 27 Jan 2014
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
Agree with the above plus your portfolio needs considerable expansion before you could even consider charging for your services.

You have age on you side. Don't bother with agencies. The "top" fashion ones are very unlikely to be interested and the majority of the rest are in it to line their pockets. The chances of them bothering to get you work is minimal.

Keep putting up available for work on the casting calls. Do as many TF/CD shoots as you need to get variety in your port and hopefully at some stage you will be able to start charging. You are probably aware that there is some competition at the levels you advertise. I am not encouraging you to work beyond the levels you are happy with but in truth, particularly on PS, most of the models have to do nude to earn money..or crass cliché "magazine" style glamour!

But good luck...enthusiasm, keeping at it and being professional in attitude and conduct and you will eventually get results..but it won't happen over night!

Posted 27 Jan 2014
keithpics
Photographer
keithpics
I, too, think you're probably not going to get far with good agencies that would become your main source of work. Going it alone is your best option. To that end, you need a few really good portfolio images and, with all due respect, the present selection on your portfolio is doing you no favours. Get that right and then start marketing yourself as plenty of models on this website do, and you could then build yourself a nice little business.

Posted 27 Jan 2014
Paul_Jones
Photographer
Paul_Jones

Ronniex

No agencies seem to be interested in me at all.. What am I doing that's wrong?


What have you done so far with regard to agencies?


OldMaster

your portfolio needs considerable expansion before you could even consider charging for your services.

Do as many TF/CD shoots as you need to get variety in your port and hopefully at some stage you will be able to start charging.


Why?

Personally, I think her starting portfolio, combined with her 'look' and expressions are a cut above many that I see on here.
There's no reason why she shouldn't be paid.

These are very nice...






Best regards
Paul
Posted 27 Jan 2014
Ronniex
Model
Ronniex
Thank you everyone..
My portfolio at the moment is a working progress, but I didn't think it was that bad compared to some I've seen on here.
I am currently doing lots of TF shoots so I know what I'm doing, but i was just wondering why no agencies are interested.
Also I always understood height is a big thing.
Paul, thanking for your nice comments. As I said my portfolio is still in working progress so at the moment I am not charging for my shoots and never said I was.
I have been applying to all the agencies online either by email or on the agencies page.


Posted 27 Jan 2014
Gerry99111
Photographer
Gerry99111
You have a figure and look more suited to glamour agencies but I am not sure if that is something that appeals to you.

Commercial modelling is the other option - I know some models seem to do quite well at this and others fail miserably - I am sure part of it is down to having the right connections and a go get attitude to separate them from all the others that apply.

I would add that most of the models on the portfolio websites are not signed to any agencies and plenty of them have established viable internet modelling careers - some full time and some part time
Posted 27 Jan 2014
Edited by Gerry99111 27 Jan 2014
Cody
Model
Cody
It's not easy... you have to keep trying, there is so much competition. Commercial agencies will want to see a good varied portfolio of images that they can use so keep trying and do some more tfp/ pay photographers for commercial shots or glamour if you prefer

Posted 29 Jan 2014
digimarx
Photographer
digimarx
I reckon your portfolio needs more photos plus you need to go to the agency personally see if that approach bears some fruits. It's because they can't see you over an email to give a proper judgement. I know that some may be a bit far from you, but when you visit London or wherever the agency is based, pop in to see if they're interested

Posted 3 Feb 2014
gedimage
Photographer
gedimage
I hired a studio a year ago for a model to fashion we had previously worked very happily together. She said she like some done for a agent so to help I agreed she said just send them without processing to show the agent so I did. She later rang me and said the agent wanted to do them again and he charged her I lost time for what I book the shoot for and a model agents I've known for ages are only interested in the making of money from the model and client. My point is clear many models on site s like these are happy. Art isnt in to money its enjoyment so if a agent excepts you then fine but I've seen good model upset by agents for as little as a bra cup one size to big.

Posted 8 Feb 2014
PaulManuell
Photographer
PaulManuell
gedimage
I hired a studio a year ago for a model to fashion we had previously worked very happily together. She said she like some done for a agent so to help I agreed she said just send them without processing to show the agent so I did. She later rang me and said the agent wanted to do them again and he charged her I lost time for what I book the shoot for and a model agents I've known for ages are only interested in the making of money from the model and client. My point is clear many models on site s like these are happy. Art isnt in to money its enjoyment so if a agent excepts you then fine but I've seen good model upset by agents for as little as a bra cup one size to big.
Ummm, you what?
Posted 10 Feb 2014
mph
Photographer
mph
Dunno - he said his point is clear!
Posted 11 Feb 2014
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