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.
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.
“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 email@example.com”
“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.
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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.