Your Questions

Summer 2005


Your feedback:

My Toronto agency found some New York agencies that are interested in me.

My question is, considering I have gotten zero response thus far in Toronto, which is an "easier" market than New York, am I safe to think that going to New York would be a waste of cash and time since NYC is more competitive - I'll be up against thousands of models including supermodels for jobs?

Modelresource's reply:

New York and Toronto are very different places and even though there are way more models in NY, there are also a lot more opportunities.

Usually the New York agencies (the GOOD New York agencies) have a good sense of what will and will not work. They are too busy to waste time and effort on people they don't feel strongly about.

Unfortunately though, everything in modelling is a risk. You have to ask yourself "Am I going to regret it later if I don't try?"

I would head to New York and look at it as a vacation/learning opportunity. New York is an amazing city, so you certainly won't be bored if you go. If you do end up getting work, all the better.

As for the part about being up against supermodels - they often price themselves out of the smaller bookings. You need to start somewhere and although it isn't unheard of for a new face to book Calvin Klein, the supermodels generally won't be doing the small, local bookings which can still buy your groceries and build your portfolio.

Your feedback:

How many photos should I be buying from the same photoshoot? Should it be one photo per style (I did 3 looks total).

I don't know if I should be paying for a bunch of pictures that look a lot like each other.

Modelresource's reply:

Modelresource was having a similar discussion with Richard Campbell of Elmer Olsen Models just the other day. Here is his reply to your question:
Normally we would get two images from each look (as long as the looks are very different). Any more becomes redundant.


Your feedback:

I think I have the "stuff" to be a model, (I'm 5'10", 125lbs, people always tell me that I look like Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts etc). The only thing is, I'm 33 years old, - although I look younger.

I'm wondering if it's possible and/or worth it/lucrative to model at my age? Currently, I am an actor and could use a bit of cash on the side, so to speak, but have never done any modelling.

Modelresource's reply:

A few weeks ago I was a fly on the wall as Carole Reynolds, one of the most experienced bookers in the city, coaxed a 40-something-year-old grandmother into seeing what opportunities awaited her with Sutherland Models.

I watched Carole introducing her new prospect to agency owner Ann Sutherland, and talking excitedly about the the types of bookings for which she would be suitable.

Carole seemed the logical source then, for a reply:
33 years old is a fabulous age for the market in Toronto!!

Our demographic is getting older - clients are always looking for models in the 30 - 40 age range, and we just don't have enough fresh faces in this category! (Of course the standard model requirements still apply - tall, slender, great skin, teeth and hair).

There is plenty of work in catalogue, commercial print and tv commercials, as well as some editorial and advertising for beautiful women in their 30's!

Carole Reynolds

Your feedback:

What makeup should I be wearing when I show up for a test shoot and should I be bringing some of my own stuff if I know it looks good on me?

Rubina (Saskatoon)

Modelresource's reply:

Thanks Rubina,

We went to the 2004 Lancôme Makeup Artist of the Year, Hung Vanngo for this answer:
Models should arrive with perfectly cleansed and moisturized faces, and groomed brows when they come for test shoots. Even if they have some blemishes, they should not put anything on their face besides moisturizer. Makeup artists prefer to work on a clean canvas. It saves them time from removing the makeup before their application and also helps them to see what features they are working with.

If the model doesn't know how to groom her own brows or what kind of shape she should have, it is best to let the makeup artist do it for her or show her how to do it when working with them instead of over-tweezing or waxing.

Models don't have to bring their own makeup because most makeup artists should have everything that they need to work on her for a shoot.

Take care,

Hung Vanngo

Your feedback:

I'm originally from Montreal, but I moved to Toronto with my family a year ago. While in Montreal I was approached by Folio Models. I am 17-years-old, 5'10" with red hair and blue eyes.

I am writing this e-mail because I want to know if it is very important to seek representation from the top Toronto agencies or if it is fine to go with other agencies that are under the agency listing?

Thank you,


Modelresource's reply:

Thanks for the question, Rhonda

The most important thing is to find an agency with which you are comfortable. Even among the top agencies, there are big differences.

I totally recommend visiting all of the agencies you can, if for no other reason than to learn. Different people will tell you different things. Hopefully by the end of your rounds you should get a good idea of who has the most faith in your abilities, how they would market you, and with whom you feel the closest connections.

Top agencies aren't always the best agencies - make your decision based on knowledge and what feels right.

Your feedback:

I live in Penticton and am thinking of moving to Vancouver to be a model. Is there enough action in Van for me to be modelling full time?

Modelresource's reply:

We asked TalentCo's Brenda Wong for an answer:

A model who lives in Penticton, moving to Van-groovy, should not expect to work "full time". Vancouver is a model-export market. TalentCo Models normally will "groom" a model for international placement. There is some work here, but it's not full time.


Your feedback:

My concern is the portfolio I have with my current agency.

My booker/agent NEVER worked with me to help me pick a "theme" or what clothes I should model. As a result the photographer was running around his studio with ideas on the background (he mainly always put me behind a window with the same lighting), and what clothes I should be wearing. As a result, the pictures don't look like they came out of a Vogue magazine. As well, I was modelling ALL winter clothes. You always see me in long sleeves and clothes that look like they should be worn during a blizzard.

When I look at Ford Toronto's website, my pictures cannot even hold a candle to the quality, styling etc. Will I be rejected by an agency based upon my portfolio?

My concern is how am I going to go to the best agencies in Toronto and present them pictures that don't look like editorials from Flare or Elle Canada?

Should I not bring a book and pretend I'm 100% new to the business or should I explain to them the circumstances behind this?

Modelresource's reply:

We went straight to Ford Models' Cathy LeDrew for this answer:

Most good agencies can see beyond bad photos. Your portfolio is more than just one photo shoot and if it helps, it often takes a few photo sessions and a range of images to book a model. The season of clothing will not make a difference and the models with "Vogue" shots in their books didn't get them from a test, there are many professionals on set including wardrobe stylists who all help to portray the look. My best advise when you are shooting at this stage of your career is to keep things simple.

If you are really unhappy with your photographs don't show them in your interviews with agencies, bring snap shots from home. We can usually tell if you are photogenic.

If you are already with an agency I suggest you discuss your concerns so this doesn't happen again.

Best of luck!


Cathy LeDrew

Your feedback:


I love your site and I think it's a great help to models. However, I'm just kind of starting to get into modelling right now and I have to say I think the hardest thing about it is the weight management.

The agency I'm working with wants me to have 35" hips, and I've already gone from 37" to 36". But there is virtually no advice on this topic anywhere! I could really use some serious help such as diet plans, specific exercises, etc.

I work out a lot and eat very healthy but that doesn't always work! I am positive that I am not the only girl in this situation.

I don't want to starve myself but I'm so lost! I just want honest answers and real help.


Modelresource's reply:

What makes this especially tricky is that everyone's body reacts differently.

For me, giving up dairy helped me to lose 50 pounds. I went to a homeopath in Calgary (one session only) and she asked me a lot of questions to understand my history and patterns. She concluded my body couldn't process dairy as quickly as I was consuming it, so I ended up storing it as fat and slowing the digestion of everything else I was eating and drinking.

I can't say you would receive the same results, but I am a strong believer in homeopathy as an complementary alternative to traditional medicine.

Homeopathic services generally aren't covered by provincial health care, but you can't put a price on wellness. With my one appointment (and the herbs I bought as a result) I ended up spending about $100.00. I probably save that much on groceries every two weeks because of how much less I eat now. I also sleep better, think more clearly and am so much more relaxed. Again though, this is just something that worked for me.

A lot of agencies suggest personal trainers. The price is steep, but if you're serious about modelling and can't lose the inches on your own, you'll need someone who can work with you one-on-one to help you get individual results.

Other things to try in the meantime, if you haven't already: drink lots of water (cleanses the system), walk lots (if you have a dog, take it out every evening), swimming, yoga, pilates and stretching exercizes.