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How does a Model Agency work?

MODEL AGENCIES MANAGE YOUR MODELING CAREER BY ADVISING YOU ACCORDING TO THEIR EXPERIENCE AND THEIR EXPERTISE. THEY ALSO PROMOTE YOU TO THE RIGHT PARTIES: BRANDS, CASTING DIRECTORS, PHOTOGRAPHERS…

THEY ARE THE LINK BETWEEN YOU AND THE FASHION WORLD, AND THEY WILL KNOW PRECISELY WHO TO INTRODUCE TO A CLIENT. AFTER ALL, IT’S THEIR JOB!

MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY BOOK YOU ON SAFE MODELING CONTRACTS. THEY HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, SO THEY CAN MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS DONE SERIOUSLY AND SAFELY.

MODEL AGENCIES TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING FROM INTROS TO CLIENTS’ PAYMENTS FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE.

Commissions

Agencies make money by taking a commission on what you earn. If you are confirmed by an agency, you’ll sign a contract with them.

Models can be signed with several agencies around the world chosen by your mother agency – that is how you become known internationally

Overseas contracts have to always be approved by the mother agency

When you are ready and also when you are out of school, they can introduce you to foreign agencies .

Clients and contacts

Reputable model agencies are often well established. What makes them famous is their potential to give you the opportunity of being on the best jobs.

Success in the fashion and modeling world is really about hard work and being managed by the right agent who knows the right people.

Traveling commodities

They also take care of your travel needs: plane tickets, hotels and other administrative stuff you’ll need overseas (you’ll have to do some things by yourself but they are always here to advise you if needed).

They’ll need to know where you are and know about your availability so that they can book you and organise shoots with clients and so on.

You’ll receive a brief with all the details of your trip and your job. Plane tickets, schedules and instructions

Managing their models

A big part of an agency and its model agents’ work is taking care of their models. The agency organises meetings with its models to take updated polaroids, check their measurements and motivate them to achieve their goals, take snapshots or videos for special castings and clients’ demands, train them at walking like a pro.

Often, they will discuss your career, its progress and help you to be well prepared! Knowing their models’ schedules and life updates are very important to help them build careers.

Agencies keep their models’ pictures updated on their website or for the clients. Modeling agencies invest in you. And there is no time more important than at the beginning of your career. Check out our article How much does a First Model Portfolio cost? to learn more about this.

Always remain on trend

A model agency must have the capacity to feel and anticipate market evolutions and know which type of faces and physiques will match the next season’s.

That’s why they also need to keep on hiring new faces and hiring international models who are ‘on trend’ at any defined moment, to always have new profiles to introduce to their clients and keep being fresh and dynamic.

Want to know How to get ready for your First Meeting with a Model Agency?

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