Should I Pay a Modeling Agent? – What is Normal Cost for New Models

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.


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Best Modeling Agencies in Boston

Boston is a smaller market city for models however, there are plenty of top Boston modeling agencies that new models should be on the lookout for.

As a new model, you might not be thinking that Massachusetts is the best state to get started in. In fact, it actually is an excellent market to get started if you are a commercial print model just starting out in fashion.

The commercial print market makes up almost 90% of the entertainment industry and features models and actors of all the looks and backgrounds. In the past year, there has been out and all out cattle call for diversity in modeling, which makes it an amazing time to try your luck in the modeling industry. Boston Massachusetts is referred to as a commercial print state for models as most jobs and auditions booked in smaller markets throughout Massachusetts are for locally owned brands. Smaller companies that hire models typically pay under $200-300 for a job that’s under 3 hours.

Read more at: https://www.latitudetalent.com/single-post/Best-Modeling-Agencies-in-Boston-Massachusetts

Casting Call For Models – Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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PA Modeling Casting Call

“Heery Loftus Casting is looking for 2 female “fit models” for a new shapewear line (sports bras, swimwear, leggings). Non-

union: pay. MUST, MUST meet the following sizes:

model#1: WOMAN: Height :5’9”Weight 150lbs., Dress 7,Pants 7, Bust 36, Cup B, Waist 28, Hip 36.

Model #2: Woman,Swimwear size 12 – 14., Bust 36-38, Waist 30-32,Hip 41-43.

This will shoot remotely in your home. Please send photos, with name, sizes and phone number ASAP to heeryloftuscasting@gmail.com”

Latitude Talent Cost – Reviews 2020

Latitude Talent models and actors can be seen so many places simply because we have the best talent finding success in the modeling and acting industry. Here is just a few of our most recent reviews from our real talent.

Latitude Talent Reviews: Inside Latitude with Karen from New York

“I would totally recommend Latitude to anyone looking to get started because the people working there are very kind and patient and take the time to explain everything to you.” – Karen S. New York, Latitude

Meet Karen, a talent with Latitude Talent Studios New York Office. Karen was recently requested for a Network Documentary Recreation Scene by Salome Oggenfuss and McDonald’s Commercial Casting Call self tape audition from Latitude.

Read More at: https://latitudenewyork.com/2020/07/28/inside-latitude-meet-karen/

The Best Way to Start Modeling for Free

Modeling costs do add up, here are 3 sure fire ways to start off modeling for free.

Modeling, like another career path, takes education in the field. While modeling schools can be a useful tool to those who need coaching in pose or self confidence, the truth is many models do not need school to become successful. Yes, your look can help get you booked, but if you cannot interview properly, you aren’t going to give a modeling agent confidence in your success. Also, modeling schools tend to cost more than workshops, which can be hard if you are just starting out.

To get started as a model for free isn’t going to be easy, but here are some tips to get started if you can’t afford high end photographs or modeling schools.

Tip 1: Seek local photographers to build up a book
Professional photography is an art. Therefore, high end photography professionals tend to charge more than those just starting out. Most modeling agencies require a model to have a portfolio. This makes it easy for them to see if you have the versatility in front of the camera. If you are in a smaller market outside of New York, where most big agencies for models are located, try to find a photographer who is willing to shoot TFP (trade for pictures). In turn for the free pictures, they use you as a subject model. Many models, regardless of their experience level, shoot TFP throughout their career.
Tip 2: Try local projects or modeling agencies
Smaller agencies understand the local market, so an up and coming model can have a chance to get started for free. However, smaller agencies do not have the budget to spend on developing a model. Going to a model scout with some pictures can help you land a modeling agent.
Tip 3: Get Help from Professionals
Doing it on your own is very hard. Marketing services like Latitude Talent Studios in New York helps models that have a hard time finding a modeling agency get started. To learn more about how Latitude can help visit www.latitudetalent.com

The Real Cost to Become a Model

There are so many articles online that claim to help you become a model, the problem is that most of the information is out-dated and written by people who have no real industry experience.
Many claim as a new model, you should never have to pay for your own marketing. Not only is this flat out wrong, it hurts those who have real potential from investing in themselves. This rumor was started in the 1980’s when a modeling agency would cover all expenses to start, then recoup them after a booked job. Some agencies will front these cost to select talent however, most will have to invest in themselves, especially when just starting out.
With the rise of digital media, models are paid less and this has caused agencies to have various fee’s they pass along to the models.
In this article, we discuss the things that new models must invest in, versus what is a waste of money.
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Head Shots
These are a must for any model or actor. Without professional photography, it will be very hard to land casting calls. For every one casting call, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of people applying for the same casting.
To stand out, you must have real photographs, however you do not need to spend thousands of dollars on them.
Comp Cards
In the past, comp cards were printed out and mailed, now they are digital in most major markets like New York or Miami. Comp cards are hard to generate on your own. Many agencies and companies such as Latitude Talent Studios have software to help generate comp cards on demand.
Marketing
You can try to model yourself and build your brand, but there are so many models doing it, so its easy to get lost in the mix. Getting help from a talent marketing service is worth it if you are trying to become a model.
Need help? Contact Latitude to learn how we can help get you started.

How to Avoid Modeling Red Flags – Never Accept a Check for an Audition

How to Avoid Modeling Red Flags – Never Accept a Check for an Audition

In the modeling industry, there are many red flags that aspiring models and actors need to look out for. A common red flag, one of the oldest in the books, is a “photographer” sending a check, usually for $5,000 for a job before you booked or even auditioned for anything in person.
They will then ask you to cash it for them at your bank, and send them the money. Only then do you find out it was a fake check and you are left with the overdraft balance.
Over the past years, this has become harder and harder to spot because the scammer is stealing names of legitimate industry professionals. They can now, hijack email domains to make you think you are speaking with the real deal.
To avoid this common scam remember this; NEVER accept a check before you completed the job. It often takes weeks to get paid from an audition.
NEVER speak to these people on WhatsApp, or use apps to transfer money. It is common sense, but many newer inexperienced models can fall for it. As a talent, you should always due your homework, however many often do not until it is too late.
At Latitude Talent Studios, our talent are always number one. We are a trusted brand to help models and actors or all experience levels get started.

Hotel Print Job Casting Call for Models – $2400/Day

NYC – Hotel Print Job
REAL FAMILIES – READ EVERYTHING

Mom & Dad in their 30’s-50’s, and kids 4-10 yrs old or so.
all ethnicities, no travel paid.
shoots Mid Feb. Must be in NYC area or self report
Adult Rate: $2400 for 10hr day + fitting if needed
Kids Rate: $750 + fitting if needed

please send family pic with all names and ages, location and phone.
miamitalentcasting@gmail.com