Finding an Agent

For models just starting out, marketing yourself can be a daunting task. Some models believe they are better off without agency representation, and choose to freelance.

However, if you prefer the security and opportunities an agency can offer, you're far more likely to make a career out of it.

Several agencies run modelling schools and offer courses designed to prepare new models for this highly competitive industry. Modelling schools are discussed elsewhere on this web site.

Depending on the size of your market and the amount of work done, there may be several agencies available to you - some more selective than others.

A good agency should be listed in the yellow pages, but isn't always the one with the biggest ad or the most pictures. In almost any market, it's worth the time to make several phone calls and visit many agencies before making a decision.

A good agency should NEVER advertise for models in the classified ads, and should never tell you have to buy photos from their photographer.

In a larger market however, it isn't always easy to make appointments and be seen. In that case, it's wise to find out when agencies have open calls. Open calls are also discussed on Modelresource.

Depending on the size of your market, and your goals, you may have to look outside your town or city for representation.

Several agencies now will review photos sent to them via e-mail, or online applications found on their websites.