READY, SET... WATCH OUT!
Based on my personal experience, using a little common sense can help you avoid costly mistakes as you pursue a modeling career. Take these five precautions to avoid the common pitfalls a new model faces:1
Compare fees and the quality of the work when looking for a photographer. Steer clear of companies that require that you use and pay for a specific photographer.2
Look for a modeling agency that works with you without up-front charges and is paid based on a percentage of the booking fees. Avoid an agency or agent that requires an up-front fee.3
Evaluate and choose an agency that can book your assignments in the divisions that are your strengths. Avoid referrals to agencies that may not be suited to your needs.4
If you are considering signing a contract with an agent or agency, ask for a blank contract and review it with an attorney or someone whom you trust. Avoid high-pressure tactics that might prevent you from taking the time to consider and understand the agreement.5
Check out the businesses, agencies, or individuals for whom you are considering working. Don't get swept away by grandiose promises. Not even the top agencies in NYC make promises, because there is no way for them to predict how their clients will respond to your "look."