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#1 Casting

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Posted 25 September 2002 - 07:02 AM

It is never necessary to take a modeling course to become a model. Reputable agencies will train you themselves for free. However, if you have extra money to spend and want to learn about makeup and walking, etc. then go ahead and sign up for modeling classes. Otherwise, makeup counters like Lancome, MAC and Este Lauder will often give free makeup lessons.

Reputable agencies do will not insist that you use "their" photographer because "he is the best". A good agency will recommend a few photographers and let you meet with them to look at their portfolios. Pick a photographer that has a style that you like. It is most important for you to like the photographs in your portfolio because you are the one that has to sell yourself.

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 07:37 PM

Thank you. That was very helpful. =)

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 03:58 PM

It is never necessary to take a modeling course to become a model. Reputable agencies will train you themselves for free. However, if you have extra money to spend and want to learn about makeup and walking, etc. then go ahead and sign up for modeling classes. Otherwise, makeup counters like Lancome, MAC and Este Lauder will often give free makeup lessons.
Reputable agencies do will not insist that you use "their" photographer because "he is the best". A good agency will recommend a few photographers and let you meet with them to look at their portfolios. Pick a photographer that has a style that you like. It is most important for you to like the photographs in your portfolio because you are the one that has to sell yourself.



Ditto on that. Legit agencies also do not require immediate sign-on or exlusive contracts (model/work only for THEM). Should you come across this avenue, it generally means that "agency" is not the best, nor has tons of work to build your career, and may end
up haggling you down the road at some point. Sadly this business if full of bad apples like that. There are a FEW agencies that do provide their own photographer and call themselves "full service", but it is extremely rare. If they do insist they "do their own photography" check out their work. Also, try asking for business and model references, etc. Don't always just 'take their word for it'.
As for those modeling schools, they are mainly "charm schools" that do not get work for you, and yes they are ridiculously expensive. John Cassablances and Barbizon are two of the largest who have doing this for years.
Check around your own neighborhood for commercial photographers who have done models previously. Ask for model photographer referrals. It's really that simple. Then again---go with the one who's work appeals to you best.



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Posted 30 July 2007 - 12:20 PM

This was really helpful. I wouldn't have known what to say if someone had insisted that I use their photographer.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 08:35 PM

hey...thanks.. good advise! what do you think of this... scam or not?

Hey, rachael,
You're gorgeous! Petite models are the best. I have some well-paying web-based projects available for daring, mature and outgoing models. If you can be sexy, enjoy taking risks and like to make great money, then this may be for you.

If you want to learn more please email me at boldmodels@yahoo.com and we chat there about the offers and your compensation

if you think this is a scam please let me know...rach

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 09:03 PM

can i be a model?

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:27 AM

hey -x-rach-x-

i got a very similar message telling me to email boldmodels@yahoo.com. did it turn out to be a scam or not?

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 01:28 AM

I am very pleased that you have added this reply tonight!

I am MIKE moderator at the site, I would be most grateful if you could contact me regarding this! I know Rach, who posted the original forum, but was unaware that she had been contacted earlier and posted this prior to me being a moderator here! so you bringing this up to our attention is brilliant!

I have expressed concerns over the member professing to be Boldmodels for a while now, only tonght I had another member state that he added them as NETWORKING and asked me abut this!

Jonathon - Bold Models states at his page about working with Select Models yet he does not have a listing here as a Professional! I note at his page that girls ask 'Who are you' and 'What do you do' in comment yet Bold Models Jonathon has never posted or commented at anyones page, so I have been waiting to see what his agenda is!

I see no mention of any successes or actual networking here and have felt fr a while that this is very suspect! Now I see
some actual evidence of approach stating quote: IF YOU CAN BE SEXY and TAKE RISKS now we have more strict ruling here in the Uk and Rach is actually a UK citizen!

I am so so grateful for your posting tonight, I will act on this straight away and advise Jon also, only two hours ago I mentoned again re; Boldmodels to our site! so we are on to this! we try to stop all ASAP, but some of these guys are so slippery!

Best wishes and my hope that you are not discouraged by this
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 01:44 AM

Thanks again for offering that info Ashley!

If any other members hve been contacted by BOLDMODELS here, then please either post here or advise me by message!

Thank you!
MIKE


SHOULD JONATHON AKA BOLDMODELS WISH TO COMMENT O WHY HE IS OFFERING SEXY WORK TO 14Y.O GIRLS THEN I WOULD BE GLAD TO HERE HIS RESPONSE HERE?

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:31 PM

JONATHON - BOLD MODELS


IF HE CONTACTS YOU OR HAS PREVIOUSLY CONTACTED YOU PLEASE POST A REPLY HERE OR TO ONEOF US AT THE SITE!


BOLD MODELS COMMUNICATIONS TO GIRLS UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE SUGGESTING BEING SEXY AND TAKING RISKS IS QUITE UNACCEPTABLE & DEFINATELY ILLEGAL IN THE U.K, I WOULD IMAGINE THE SAME IS TRUE IN THE U.S

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:37 PM

Well done! :ph34r:

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 01:53 PM

[b]I HAVE TODAY NOTED THE FOLLOWING ADVERT ACTUALLY PLACED OPENLY WITHIN A FORUM AT ANOTHER SITE:[/b]

DEFINATE SCAM!


We are currently searching for models in the following categories;

between the ages of 12 and 23 to model; daily attire, bathing suits, and under cloth fashions. Must be; Female, slim, fit

between the ages of 16 and 25 to model; under cloth fashions and lingerie.
Must be; Female, fit, light skinned

between the ages of 3 and 13 to model; children's under cloth fashions, summer fashion, and bathing suits;
Must be; Male or Female, fit

for major clothing retailers and magazines.

To apply send 5 full length shots and 2 portraits NOT PROFESSIONAL and without heavy makeup to the email at the bottom of this message.

If you are selected by our clients to be one of our models, we can offer monetary payments of between $100 to $1500 per shooting depending on the level you qualify in and the type of shoot. We may also cover any travel and lodging expenses involved depending on the circumstances. Any model under 16 MUST have parental consent before signing with us. There are no costs to the model for our services. We operate by a commission upon contract bases.

You can read more about the company at www.independenttalent.com.

If interested send "jpeg" format photos to AnaShineModelAgent (at) gmail (dot) com for review. (Max 10mb per email)Please do not send more than the 7 photos listed, unless we ask for more


DO THESE OTHER STES NOT MODERATE THESE THINGS PROPERLY!


INDEPENDENTTALENT.COM WERE UNAWARE OF THIS PERSON!!



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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:07 PM

It is never necessary to take a modeling course to become a model. Reputable agencies will train you themselves for free. However, if you have extra money to spend and want to learn about makeup and walking, etc. then go ahead and sign up for modeling classes. Otherwise, makeup counters like Lancome, MAC and Este Lauder will often give free makeup lessons.
Reputable agencies do will not insist that you use "their" photographer because "he is the best". A good agency will recommend a few photographers and let you meet with them to look at their portfolios. Pick a photographer that has a style that you like. It is most important for you to like the photographs in your portfolio because you are the one that has to sell yourself.



thankz ;)

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 11:00 PM

Has anyone heard of this guy? This is my first e-mail about a possible job and I wanted to check it out.

Hello

I am Pedro Anderson.I am a freelance modeling agent working for Excel Toy Company in the Netherlands.Excel Toy Company is a new company in that is looking for a young model to put on the front page of the first edition of their Toy sales magazine that will be coming out by January 2008.

There is a concept for this modelling offer already and you have a chance of making a reasonable $500 from this offer for a start and even a noticeable fame.

I guess i should be writting this to the representative of this model so i will like you to get back to me through my personal mail account: if you are interested in this offer for further informations.I hope to read from you soon.

God Bless
Pedro Anderson.



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Posted 01 December 2007 - 11:07 PM

I'M ALREADY AHEAD OF YOU!

PEDRO ANDERSON IS A SCAMMER!



He joined today and I immediately warned to watch him as he had a Nigerian IP not USA as page says!

This evening I blocked him from messaging here and quite rightly as I have just received a mesage from a concerned Parent with what is Pedros Scam Letter as follows:



I am Pedro Anderson.I am a freelance modelling agent working for Excel Toy Company in the Netherlands.Excel Toy Company is a new company in that is looking for a young model to put on the front page of the first edition of their Toy sales magazine that will be coming out by January 2008.

There is a concept for this modelling offer already and you have a chance of making a reasonable $500 from this offer for a start and even a noticeable fame.

I guess i should be writting this to the representative of this model so i will like you to get back to me through my personal mail account: agentpedro@gmail.com if you are interested in this offer for further informations.I hope to read from you soon.

God Bless
Pedro Anderson.
Reply to: agentpedro@gmail.com


THIS MAN IS A SCAMMER SO IF YOU RECEIVED ANY LETTER FROM PEDRO ANDERSON THEN DO NOT RESPOND!

Thank you from
MIKE!


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Posted 11 February 2008 - 10:57 AM

this was really helpful. in that scams are part of any industry.
as a writer with a lot of work already logged i ended up writing stories about martial artists,
not just because asiatic culture was friendly and interesting to me, but because people who
had made it in the industry could be so aggressively competitive that they turned into -- well,
i don't need to use that sort of language here and now...people know what i mean.

what happens is that a sort of 'evil' ethic is generated,
people tend to share the attitude that 'you just HAVE to become a 'bleep' to make it in the industry.'

whatever it is. the music industry which i am refugee from is laden with stories of people who had no talent
but who hung out like antlions and sharks waiting to take advantage of others, smiling BASTARDS who basically
BECAME predatory JERKS and projected an abrasive and cunning attitude all the time.

theirs was a dual effect -- they got work, but they also lowered people's morale and sense of fun,
they tended to put people on edge and create a 'stab the other person in the back' sense of work
and after a while, people didn't even question it.

as an artist i know that that attitude has a tendency to simply scare away the truly creative,
and i think that that is a different area than the simple 'con' or 'scam' but is a part of it,
and those people are some of -- you might look to them as sources of income, but they are miserable bastards.

you wouldn't want to be their friends, and you might want to protect your REAL friends,
(to say little of your inspiration or creative ideas) from such people. they also tend to make crappy films
full of abrasive people behaving in ugly ways. what gets me is - sometimes they get block buster films.

america in particular is famous for making meaningless films that compared to cinema of other nations has been described as 'schlock', 'garbage' or 'crap.'

i'm just shadow soapboxin' but if people understood what I meant
i know they will let me know. I'm supposed to be on strike, sorry.

me shut up now.

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 10:57 AM

this was really helpful. in that scams are part of any industry.
as a writer with a lot of work already logged i ended up writing stories about martial artists,
not just because asiatic culture was friendly and interesting to me, but because people who
had made it in the industry could be so aggressively competitive that they turned into -- well,
i don't need to use that sort of language here and now...people know what i mean.

what happens is that a sort of 'evil' ethic is generated,
people tend to share the attitude that 'you just HAVE to become a 'bleep' to make it in the industry.'

whatever it is. the music industry which i am refugee from is laden with stories of people who had no talent
but who hung out like antlions and sharks waiting to take advantage of others, smiling BASTARDS who basically
BECAME predatory JERKS and projected an abrasive and cunning attitude all the time.

theirs was a dual effect -- they got work, but they also lowered people's morale and sense of fun,
they tended to put people on edge and create a 'stab the other person in the back' sense of work
and after a while, people didn't even question it.

as an artist i know that that attitude has a tendency to simply scare away the truly creative,
and i think that that is a different area than the simple 'con' or 'scam' but is a part of it,
and those people are some of -- you might look to them as sources of income, but they are miserable bastards.

you wouldn't want to be their friends, and you might want to protect your REAL friends,
(to say little of your inspiration or creative ideas) from such people. they also tend to make crappy films
full of abrasive people behaving in ugly ways. what gets me is - sometimes they get block buster films.

america in particular is famous for making meaningless films that compared to cinema of other nations has been described as 'schlock', 'garbage' or 'crap.'

i'm just shadow soapboxin' but if people understood what I meant
i know they will let me know. I'm supposed to be on strike, sorry.

me shut up now.

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 07:25 PM

this was really helpful. in that scams are part of any industry.
as a writer with a lot of work already logged i ended up writing stories about martial artists,
not just because asiatic culture was friendly and interesting to me, but because people who
had made it in the industry could be so aggressively competitive that they turned into -- well,
i don't need to use that sort of language here and now...people know what i mean.

what happens is that a sort of 'evil' ethic is generated,
people tend to share the attitude that 'you just HAVE to become a 'bleep' to make it in the industry.'

whatever it is. the music industry which i am refugee from is laden with stories of people who had no talent
but who hung out like antlions and sharks waiting to take advantage of others, smiling BASTARDS who basically
BECAME predatory JERKS and projected an abrasive and cunning attitude all the time.

theirs was a dual effect -- they got work, but they also lowered people's morale and sense of fun,
they tended to put people on edge and create a 'stab the other person in the back' sense of work
and after a while, people didn't even question it.

as an artist i know that that attitude has a tendency to simply scare away the truly creative,
and i think that that is a different area than the simple 'con' or 'scam' but is a part of it,
and those people are some of -- you might look to them as sources of income, but they are miserable bastards.

you wouldn't want to be their friends, and you might want to protect your REAL friends,
(to say little of your inspiration or creative ideas) from such people. they also tend to make crappy films
full of abrasive people behaving in ugly ways. what gets me is - sometimes they get block buster films.

america in particular is famous for making meaningless films that compared to cinema of other nations has been described as 'schlock', 'garbage' or 'crap.'

i'm just shadow soapboxin' but if people understood what I meant
i know they will let me know. I'm supposed to be on strike, sorry.

me shut up now.



Shadowboxing or not, it's good to see your observations and show those comparisons! I understand where you are coming from with this, as all my family are quite creative in differing areas/fields, I think only the other day I added something along the lines of 'I have seen better bands live in pubs than I see on my TV' in respect to many true talents never achieving what they are capable of and as you say fast buck merchants cheapening the whole arts forms.

I could say the same of many fields including the fashion trade from which I originated! When I commenced there was a pride in style and attention to detail! In Mens Fashion you could get ready made trousers, jackets and suits in short, medium and long fitings 'off-the-peg' but then the start of cheap imports dictating fashion on the street generally fashion is conveniently (For Makers) baggy currently and generally you have just medium or large in size, it makes stock-holding sense for retailers yet limits choice in fitting, consequently the availability of individual mens clothing has become very limited and no one seems to have that certain mystique anymore! So we now see the likes of NIKE as trendy for young people worldwide and thoughts of being individual being frowned upon - How weird and limiting almost Supermarket like lol!

Best wishes from
MIKE!


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Posted 12 February 2008 - 07:20 AM


Shadowboxing or not, it's good to see your observations and show those comparisons! I understand where you are coming from with this, as all my family are quite creative in differing areas/fields, I think only the other day I added something along the lines of 'I have seen better bands live in pubs than I see on my TV' in respect to many true talents never achieving what they are capable of and as you say fast buck merchants cheapening the whole arts forms.

I could say the same of many fields including the fashion trade from which I originated! When I commenced there was a pride in style and attention to detail! In Mens Fashion you could get ready made trousers, jackets and suits in short, medium and long fitings 'off-the-peg' but then the start of cheap imports dictating fashion on the street generally fashion is conveniently (For Makers) baggy currently and generally you have just medium or large in size, it makes stock-holding sense for retailers yet limits choice in fitting, consequently the availability of individual mens clothing has become very limited and no one seems to have that certain mystique anymore! So we now see the likes of NIKE as trendy for young people worldwide and thoughts of being individual being frowned upon - How weird and limiting almost Supermarket like lol!

Best wishes from
MIKE!



my feeling is that repressiveness that verges on draconian practically FORCES new and Independent - minded trends to emerge, and even artistic movements.
that's how Dada started, naturally -- the painters were being lured into painting dull still lifes...

it influenced the most radical painters of the 20th c. is all.

so as a writer, even though I don't like the boring conservativeness, and lurid shock and degradation
passing itself off as radical or chic, at least it leaves a LOT of stones unturned...

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:42 AM

John Casablancas In Not A Scan Barbizon and IMT is! John Casablancas is a legitimate company because i go there and it is not a scam!!! :thumbsup:




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