Many models, especially ones that are inexperienced think that becoming a model is free. That is wrong. Here is the reality on what it takes to model in 2022 any beyond.
Many times you hear “You should never pay and agency” or “if an agency signs you, it will be free”. To flat out answer that question, modeling is not and has never been free. The only people that will tell you that are those that have never modelled professionally before. Here are 3 reasons why it costs to become a model.
1.) Photographs are not free
Models are responsible for their start up expenses. While test shoots are free at many agencies, some inexperienced models try to connect with people they find on instagram or online to shoot them for free pictures. What they do not understand is that the model does not own the copyright – the photographer does. Modeling agencies know this so if you try to use pictures you got on your own, chances are the agency will not use them.
2.) Agencies Don’t work for Free
Why would an agency work for free? Well, they don’t. They typically charge a commission on booked work. Fact is, agencies do not like to sign talent that do not have a history of booking jobs. While some may in fact sign someone off the street., it is rare.
3.) It’s a business
Just because you want to model doesn’t mean someone else will foot the bill for you to get started. Modeling, like any industry, is a business. If you are not planning to invest in your career, modeling is not for you!