Should you pay a modeling agency?
That is such a common questions, with different answers all around the internet. Here is the truth.
Back in the 1980’s when the modeling industry was flourishing, modeling agencies such as Elite and Ford Models (still top agents in 2021 and beyond) would front the cost of modeling to a new face talent. They would typically discover and scout models on the subway, train and in the malls.
Face forward to 2021 and beyond, the modeling industry is completely different. Not only is the typical model no longer tall and thin, they are curvy and have unique and different backgrounds. What is also different is how an agency works.
While model managers will manage the careers of models, they do not take on fresh face talent. Developing a model is expensive and time consuming and sadly, most models are not serious about modeling when it comes time to actually put in the work.
Modeling Agencies DO NOT cover your portfolio, web fee’s or test shoots. They never did and never will. Many beginner models wrongly think a modeling agent that wants them will pay for their expenses. While some of the bigger agencies may front the start up costs and charge you later, almost all agents expect their models to cover it.
At Latitude, we are a service for models and actors, so it is expected for talent to cover their own enrollment in our services. What is unique about Latitude is that they cover the cost of your photo shoot for free, this is to help you start to build your portfolio.