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#1 Casting

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Posted 24 September 2002 - 07:34 AM

Getting Started

How does one get started in modeling? There is no one way for a person to get started. Different models have reached success through different routes. If one wants to become a doctor there is a set course of schooling, experience and testing. But for modeling there is no clear path. We do know of some of the ways models have gotten started in the past. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it might help in your efforts to launch a career in modeling.

Front Door - Go to the Source

The bulk of the work in modeling is booked through Modeling Agencies. So literally go to the front door of the modeling agency. This is the number one way for a wannabe to start. You have to do some research to find where the modeling agency door is, locally or other big city, and that they are not scam agency. The Modeling Advice site has links to list of modeling agencies and info on how to check out an agency(The Agency). You can approach a modeling agency through their open call, schedule an interview or by submitting a cover letter and photographs. Give them a call or email them and ask how they want new talent to contact them. There is no reason to try another way of getting started until you have been turned down at the front door.

Know Someone

Some models get started because they have an in. You hear stories of someone who has a friend who models and goes to a photo shoot with them and is then discovered by the photographer. Some might have an aunt who modeled or runs an agency and helps to get them started. Others might work in a related field and one day finds them not working beside the camera but in front of it. In smaller markets child models are most often used because they are an art director's, buyer's, or photographer's kid. Knowing someone in the business can help a lot in getting a career in modeling started.

The Fates

Modeling agencies are in fact constantly looking for new talent. This is very true in fashion modeling. This segment of modeling is composed mostly of young models. By the time a model is thirty their career is over. There is always a need to find the next generation of models. Because of this need for new talent, folks involved with modeling agencies are looking for new talent. This can be modeling agencies' personnel (owner, booker), photographers, art directors, and of course the "model scouts." Some agencies are in fact large enough to employ an individual who is just out looking for that next generation of new talent or to fill new needs of a client. Unfortunately, the term "model scout" is being used more often by rip off organizations, web space salesmen and scoundrels, so one is correct in being suspicious of anyone calling themselves a model scout. But there are numerous stories of models being discovered at the mall, on the beach, or other public place. So if you hope to start your career in modeling by waiting for the fates to smile on you, plan on spending a lot of time hanging in out in public places.

Hard work

Some models do work their way into modeling (I have also heard from models that modeling is hard work and all models work their way into the business). These models track down test shoots and put together their comp cards and portfolios. They study and practice being a model by working on their expressions, posing, runway walking, hair styling, make up, working in front of a camera, and how the business works. These models may work freelance or have nonexclusive contracts with a number of modeling agencies. In smaller regional markets, where agencies do not have the resources to develop new talent, an agency might not work with a model until they have developed their skills and marketing materials. If you enjoy the process of modeling and doing good work, then all of the time and expense that go into this process can be its own reward. If you have to make a living at modeling, you should be sure you meet the basic physical and aptitude requirement of the type of modeling you want to become before you invest your time and money into this process. If you want to be a high fashion model and do not have the size or a look requirements, no amount of hard work will make you a career model.

Try to Buy Success

There is a whole industry built around this approach to getting started in modeling. Very few models actually come from this avenue of trying to start a career. This area includes many of the modeling school, modeling camps, model searches, Internet listing services, modeling contest, modeling conventions, and pageants. This is not to say that these activities can't be interesting, educational and fun. Most of these organizations will take on and take money from almost anyone who wants to be a model. This leads to a very low percentage of career models who actually come from these activities. Most of these organizations survive by playing on peoples dreams, ignorance, and pocket books and not by finding and developing top modeling talent. But in spite of this sometimes someone does make it and this is what these organizations feature in their sales pitches and videos.

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Posted 03 September 2003 - 05:42 PM

My daughter has performed in local dance recitals and community events. I am considering going to the office of a talent agency here in Las Vegas, but believe this very internet process, Starsearch Casting, might give Sarah the attention she deserves by an agent somewhere on the west coast. Her profile has been up for at least two weeks and only 8 agents have viewed the site. What exactly are they looking for when it comes to child talent? Are they looking for a child who has been on film for years, or children who are teachable and pohotogenic. I am sure it varies, but would like more info on eligibility and what I can do as her mother to make opportunities possible for Sarah in the fields of modelling, acting, or dancing.

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 06:28 PM

Getting Started
How does one get started in modeling? There is no one way for a person to get started. Different models have reached success through different routes. If one wants to become a doctor there is a set course of schooling, experience and testing. But for modeling there is no clear path. We do know of some of the ways models have gotten started in the past. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it might help in your efforts to launch a career in modeling.
Front Door - Go to the Source
The bulk of the work in modeling is booked through Modeling Agencies. So literally go to the front door of the modeling agency. This is the number one way for a wannabe to start. You have to do some research to find where the modeling agency door is, locally or other big city, and that they are not scam agency. The Modeling Advice site has links to list of modeling agencies and info on how to check out an agency(The Agency). You can approach a modeling agency through their open call, schedule an interview or by submitting a cover letter and photographs. Give them a call or email them and ask how they want new talent to contact them. There is no reason to try another way of getting started until you have been turned down at the front door.
Know Someone
Some models get started because they have an in. You hear stories of someone who has a friend who models and goes to a photo shoot with them and is then discovered by the photographer. Some might have an aunt who modeled or runs an agency and helps to get them started. Others might work in a related field and one day finds them not working beside the camera but in front of it. In smaller markets child models are most often used because they are an art director's, buyer's, or photographer's kid. Knowing someone in the business can help a lot in getting a career in modeling started.
The Fates
Modeling agencies are in fact constantly looking for new talent. This is very true in fashion modeling. This segment of modeling is composed mostly of young models. By the time a model is thirty their career is over. There is always a need to find the next generation of models. Because of this need for new talent, folks involved with modeling agencies are looking for new talent. This can be modeling agencies' personnel (owner, booker), photographers, art directors, and of course the "model scouts." Some agencies are in fact large enough to employ an individual who is just out looking for that next generation of new talent or to fill new needs of a client. Unfortunately, the term "model scout" is being used more often by rip off organizations, web space salesmen and scoundrels, so one is correct in being suspicious of anyone calling themselves a model scout. But there are numerous stories of models being discovered at the mall, on the beach, or other public place. So if you hope to start your career in modeling by waiting for the fates to smile on you, plan on spending a lot of time hanging in out in public places.
Hard work
Some models do work their way into modeling (I have also heard from models that modeling is hard work and all models work their way into the business). These models track down test shoots and put together their comp cards and portfolios. They study and practice being a model by working on their expressions, posing, runway walking, hair styling, make up, working in front of a camera, and how the business works. These models may work freelance or have nonexclusive contracts with a number of modeling agencies. In smaller regional markets, where agencies do not have the resources to develop new talent, an agency might not work with a model until they have developed their skills and marketing materials. If you enjoy the process of modeling and doing good work, then all of the time and expense that go into this process can be its own reward. If you have to make a living at modeling, you should be sure you meet the basic physical and aptitude requirement of the type of modeling you want to become before you invest your time and money into this process. If you want to be a high fashion model and do not have the size or a look requirements, no amount of hard work will make you a career model.
Try to Buy Success
There is a whole industry built around this approach to getting started in modeling. Very few models actually come from this avenue of trying to start a career. This area includes many of the modeling school, modeling camps, model searches, Internet listing services, modeling contest, modeling conventions, and pageants. This is not to say that these activities can't be interesting, educational and fun. Most of these organizations will take on and take money from almost anyone who wants to be a model. This leads to a very low percentage of career models who actually come from these activities. Most of these organizations survive by playing on peoples dreams, ignorance, and pocket books and not by finding and developing top modeling talent. But in spite of this sometimes someone does make it and this is what these organizations feature in their sales pitches and videos.


The Last Step

The last step is to never give up. When you think everything is going wrong, just remember you are not the only one. People cover what going on in their personal life by trying to do their very best in their professional life. Just remember, the best advantage about doing something that you really want to do, is to go out and do it and do your very best. Besides that all you can do; Right.


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Posted 16 July 2006 - 02:32 PM

Modelling is a tough business. You have to remember that it is a job like any other and not a hobby. There are up times and bad times. It is not as glamerous as you might expect! Get real advice from an ex model at www.lifeofamodel.com and get the truth about modelling. If you still want to persue it after reading the advice then they can help you to get 'Discovered' as they have good connections with agencies. Good luck!




quote name='hardyta' date='May 11 2006, 07:28 PM' post='42400']
The Last Step

The last step is to never give up. When you think everything is going wrong, just remember you are not the only one. People cover what going on in their personal life by trying to do their very best in their professional life. Just remember, the best advantage about doing something that you really want to do, is to go out and do it and do your very best. Besides that all you can do; Right.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:19 PM

I reallly want to model! I have been on this site for quite a while and I never got any castings or jobs :(

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 01:49 AM

Thanks. Ah, I'm learning a lot. hehe

#7 Britt-Brat

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 12:01 AM

I reeeaallly want to model!!
I have been on this site for a long time now
and update frequently,
but how come nobody's contacted me yet?
:(

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:06 AM

Also for models there is TFCD/TFP. On getting discovered or reccomended. Time for CD and Time for Print. Alot of models will use it to build their portfolios. Basically you and the photographer get photos for your and their portfolios with no money exchange.
I did one, it was really fun and a great learning experience!

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 12:43 PM

Hiya Toni! Welcome to Starsearchcasting!

You are quite right TFCD/TFP can be a good learning experience and opportunity to build your portfolio, it is widely accepted now as a means for Models starting out to build a portfolio and gain working relationships with Aspiring & Recognised Photogaphic talents!

Obviously due to the 'FREE' nature of the work it is paramount that Aspiring Models ensure that opportunities of TFCD/TFP are 'Genuine' for their own safety and ideally in addition some form of agreement be worked out for the future use of the photography involved.

Please see our modeling Tips forums for more info on TFCD/TFP!

Best Wishes to Toni & All Members viewing for Christmas & The New Year from MIKE 'FILEYBELLE'


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Posted 02 January 2008 - 07:33 PM

First Ask your top 10 friends if you really honesty think you have a good shot and being a model.

Get your photo's taken and than ask your friends and/ other photographers that your photogenic and your pictures will sell products.

if you want to find out how to get photographers to take your pictures for free check out my book: How to become a Fitness Model

than you need to build your portfolio to get tons and tons of great photos of yourself so you may market yourself to possible clients and agency's to represent you.

submitting your profile, building a website, and putting yourself out there building a fan base is a great way to generate more publicity and create a demand for you and your look. Make it so everyone wants you, so clients will pay you because you are in demand. Just think how tequila made herself famous.

there are many more secrets and information you can have my book really goes fare more into detail than i can write, it's 90+ pages of jammed packed info for fitness models though it can help any model out, just by heading to the website you will learn good stuff now go: How to become a Fitness Model

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:05 PM

Modelling is a tough business. You have to remember that it is a job like any other and not a hobby. There are up times and bad times. It is not as glamerous as you might expect! Get real advice from an ex model at www.lifeofamodel.com and get the truth about modelling. If you still want to persue it after reading the advice then they can help you to get 'Discovered' as they have good connections with agencies. Good luck!
quote name='hardyta' date='May 11 2006, 07:28 PM' post='42400']
The Last Step

The last step is to never give up. When you think everything is going wrong, just remember you are not the only one. People cover what going on in their personal life by trying to do their very best in their professional life. Just remember, the best advantage about doing something that you really want to do, is to go out and do it and do your very best. Besides that all you can do; Right.

hey my daughter is 8months old and as cute as a button!
anybody that sees her says she is the cutest thing ever!
I really would like her to be in modeling for kids and stuff
like that you should check her out =] :D :D

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 08:14 PM

hey my daughter is 8months old and as cute as a button!
anybody that sees her says she is the cutest thing ever!
I really would like her to be in modeling for kids and stuff
like that you should check her out =] :D :D



Hey that's cool! It's great to see proud mom giving Brianna a good start here! you should do a big welcome at this forum:

http://www.starsearc...hp?showforum=68

And keep us all posted on Brianna's progress ok?

Best Wishes from
MIKE!


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Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:44 AM

All good advice. Even though i know alot about the industry i read over this. Check out http://www.newmodels.com :rolleyes:


http://www.myspace.com/soultana3

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 12:14 PM

thanks

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 11:43 AM

Getting Started

How does one get started in modeling? There is no one way for a person to get started. Different models have reached success through different routes. If one wants to become a doctor there is a set course of schooling, experience and testing. But for modeling there is no clear path. We do know of some of the ways models have gotten started in the past. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it might help in your efforts to launch a career in modeling.

Front Door - Go to the Source

The bulk of the work in modeling is booked through Modeling Agencies. So literally go to the front door of the modeling agency. This is the number one way for a wannabe to start. You have to do some research to find where the modeling agency door is, locally or other big city, and that they are not scam agency. The Modeling Advice site has links to list of modeling agencies and info on how to check out an agency(The Agency). You can approach a modeling agency through their open call, schedule an interview or by submitting a cover letter and photographs. Give them a call or email them and ask how they want new talent to contact them. There is no reason to try another way of getting started until you have been turned down at the front door.

Know Someone

Some models get started because they have an in. You hear stories of someone who has a friend who models and goes to a photo shoot with them and is then discovered by the photographer. Some might have an aunt who modeled or runs an agency and helps to get them started. Others might work in a related field and one day finds them not working beside the camera but in front of it. In smaller markets child models are most often used because they are an art director's, buyer's, or photographer's kid. Knowing someone in the business can help a lot in getting a career in modeling started.

The Fates

Modeling agencies are in fact constantly looking for new talent. This is very true in fashion modeling. This segment of modeling is composed mostly of young models. By the time a model is thirty their career is over. There is always a need to find the next generation of models. Because of this need for new talent, folks involved with modeling agencies are looking for new talent. This can be modeling agencies' personnel (owner, booker), photographers, art directors, and of course the "model scouts." Some agencies are in fact large enough to employ an individual who is just out looking for that next generation of new talent or to fill new needs of a client. Unfortunately, the term "model scout" is being used more often by rip off organizations, web space salesmen and scoundrels, so one is correct in being suspicious of anyone calling themselves a model scout. But there are numerous stories of models being discovered at the mall, on the beach, or other public place. So if you hope to start your career in modeling by waiting for the fates to smile on you, plan on spending a lot of time hanging in out in public places.

Hard work

Some models do work their way into modeling (I have also heard from models that modeling is hard work and all models work their way into the business). These models track down test shoots and put together their comp cards and portfolios. They study and practice being a model by working on their expressions, posing, runway walking, hair styling, make up, working in front of a camera, and how the business works. These models may work freelance or have nonexclusive contracts with a number of modeling agencies. In smaller regional markets, where agencies do not have the resources to develop new talent, an agency might not work with a model until they have developed their skills and marketing materials. If you enjoy the process of modeling and doing good work, then all of the time and expense that go into this process can be its own reward. If you have to make a living at modeling, you should be sure you meet the basic physical and aptitude requirement of the type of modeling you want to become before you invest your time and money into this process. If you want to be a high fashion model and do not have the size or a look requirements, no amount of hard work will make you a career model.

Try to Buy Success

There is a whole industry built around this approach to getting started in modeling. Very few models actually come from this avenue of trying to start a career. This area includes many of the modeling school, modeling camps, model searches, Internet listing services, modeling contest, modeling conventions, and pageants. This is not to say that these activities can't be interesting, educational and fun. Most of these organizations will take on and take money from almost anyone who wants to be a model. This leads to a very low percentage of career models who actually come from these activities. Most of these organizations survive by playing on peoples dreams, ignorance, and pocket books and not by finding and developing top modeling talent. But in spite of this sometimes someone does make it and this is what these organizations feature in their sales pitches and videos.




Hello..By The Way Im Christine From Philippines Im Teen 15..And I Would Like To Become A Model Someday There In Hollywood.Thankz For Read..

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 02:45 AM

Thanks for your post.
Since I was young, I had had a dream to become a model.
Your story is very interesting and useful for me to get target to be a model.
Thank you again. Hope that I can see more your post which shares about your experience.


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Posted 11 February 2011 - 09:45 PM

i really wanna be a model and i have only 1 friend that is a model but she lives all the way in new york and i dont have a family member dats a model. is there any other way?

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:50 PM

I'm 12 years old and am looking to become a model in the future. I've been told that i have all the features of a tall African-American female model. I live in Memphis, TN and need help looking for the perfect agency. Any ideas :D?

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

What if you don't have any model friend or family?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:30 AM

That was really helpful thanks:) Thanks so much.




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