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  • MODELING PORTFOLIO 101

    A modeling portfolio is a model’s most important marketing tool. The modeling portfolio is what will get you signed by modeling agency(s) and hired by clients. Modeling is a first-impression business. Your photographs are always seen by the modeling agencies and clients BEFORE you are, so if they don’t sell your ability to be an…

  • Baby Modeling

    Baby Modeling – 6 Things for Parents to Consider

    Baby modeling is NOT for everyone! It’s only for babies! *hits drums* Ba-Dum-CH! :-) If you are the parent of an adorable little baby or toddler, congratulations! I’m sure you are reading this article because people stop you all the time and tell you that your son or daughter should be the next Gerber Baby!…

  • How to Avoid a Modeling Scam

    How to Discover a Modeling Scam before it’s too late!

    I have noticed a trend in the past few years: modeling scam artists are getting smarter in the modeling biz! Years ago there were only a few and it was actually pretty obvious which companies were running modeling scams. These individuals have gotten smarter and realize that new models are more educated thanks to the…

  • Why am I not getting a call back when I send photos to modeling agencies?

    Chances are, the reason you’re not getting a call back is not because of the way you look. The mistake a lot of young models make is that they wait for the agencies to call them back. A lot of agencies, as a rule, will not pick up that phone. Believe me, agencies are not…

  • 7 Most Important Things To Know About Working With A Makeup Artist

    I have had new photographers tell me they are intimidated by the thought of working with a makeup artist. They don’t know how to find one, they don’t know how much to pay them, they don’t know how to communicate with them. And, in all honesty, working with a makeup artist for the first time…

  • 6 Reasons to Work with a Makeup Artist for Better Portraits or Headshots

    Do you think this young woman would prefer to look like this? Or this? That’s what I thought. So until next time, keep learning, keep… Huh, ohhh you expected me to make a long and passionate speech about the reasons for using a makeup artist.  I kinda thought that was a strong enough argument. But…

  • Child Modeling – 3 things your kid needs to succeed

    If you are interested in child modeling for your son or daughter, there are some very important things to consider before you begin the process. PLEASE take a few minutes and read the article: Baby Modeling –6 Things for Parents to Consider, before you dive in. A successful child model is not just a cute…

  • Can I be an artistic nude model if I want to sign with a modeling agency?

    NO modeling agency will encourage you to be an artistic nude model. The simple reason is that corporate advertising clients do not want the people who represent them appearing in nude or erotic pictures. Primarily because one person’s art is another person’s pornography, modeling agencies must take a very conservative approach when it comes to anything…

  • 15 Tips for a Great Modeling Portfolio

    15 Tips for a GREAT Modeling Portfolio

    Shooting your modeling portfolio is the most important thing that you will do as a model. Hopefully you make it to the cover of a major magazine some day, but without an amazing modeling portfolio your career will never get off the ground. PLEASE don’t make the mistake of rushing ahead and getting a bunch…

  • Five tips for becoming a Foot Model

    So you want a career as a foot model? If you live in a big city and have great feet, then there is a chance that you could become a foot model. I am, however, sorry to report that the majority of foot models are actually girls who are making extra cash posing for pictures…

  • Modeling with tattoos- is it even an option?

    Yes – modeling with tattoos is an option. But if you’re serious about modeling – STOP getting tattoos. If you’re researching this question – you probably already have some tattoos or you are thinking about getting one. There are photographers who love models with tattoos. While those photographers may create some great images of you,…

  • Is your Modeling Makeup Kit ready for your next photo shoot?

    A modeling makeup kit is an important tool for EVERY model. Both male and female models need a well-stocked modeling makeup kit to ensure that they always look their best in front of the camera. It doesn’t matter if you are modeling for fun or if you are modeling professionally through modeling agencies, it is…

  • Is your Modeling GO Bag packed for a successful shoot?

    What is a modeling GO bag? A modeling GO bag is a small suitcase or duffel bag that you keep packed with the supplies that you should have available each and every time you attend a photo shoot. Being prepared is an essential habit if you hope to be successful as a model.  The best…

  • Modeling Terms and Phrases

    Here is the most complete, most detailed glossary of modeling terms and phrases that you will find anywhere on the Internet. I have defined more than 150 modeling industry terms in detail and included links to additional reference material. Every industry has its own unique vocabulary, and modeling and acting are no different. If you…

  • What is a comp card?

    A model’s comp card is a 5.5” x 8.5” card that usually has the model’s headshot on the front and three to five images on the back that show the range of the model’s ability. Comp cards are printed on a thick card stock and are handed out to agencies and potential clients during castings,…

  • How to find a good Modeling Agency

    Try a modeling agency directory! You can find the most detailed and up-to-date listing of modeling agencies in the United States right here on this website. Remember, that you will generally “work where you live”. A Modeling agency will be reluctant to sign a model that lives more than a two-hour drive from their location…

  • NEVER pay to join a Modeling Agency

    Legitimate modeling agencies make money the old fashioned way . . . they EARN IT by getting you work. You should NEVER PAY TO JOIN a modeling agency – EVER! There are indeed some very legitimate reasons for a modeling agency to ask you for money – AFTER they have proven themselves to you. I…

  • What is a Promotional Model?

    A promotional model is hired to create consumer interest in a product, service, brand, or concept by directly interacting with potential customers. Where do we find promotional models? Promotional models can be found at sporting events, bars and nightclubs, retail stores, car shows and booths set up at fairs, concerts and major public events. Companies…

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