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Information about creating modeling comps for the Tampa Bay modeling market and other modeling markets.

By C. A. Passinault
Director, Tampa Bay Modeling
Lead Photographer and Designer, Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design

Please read our exclusive article here on Tampa Bay Modeling about modeling composite cards. It’s a great article which far exceeds the scope of this section.

The term “comp” is short for composite card, or comp card. It is a generic phrase used by models and industry professionals, such as “Do you have your comp on you?”
Because comps have more than one name used to describe them, we will be exploring each name, and will be describing in each definition exactly what a comp, or a composite card, is.
Comps are also used as a part of a new product, an online modeling comp which can be printed off of the web or emailed. This one-sided comp is a web comp, and it is an exclusive property of Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design, which we are directly affiliated with. Web Comps, first conceived and used in 2003, are used on Tampa Bay Modeling, Independent Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, Advanced Model, and our other modeling resource sites. Web Comps are also known as online comp cards, or online comps. For more, see our Web Comp section.
Normally, a comp card is a two-sided, printed card, and has pictures on both sides, as well as the name of the models, stats, and contact information.
Modeling comps are 5 ½ X 8 inches in size as printed composite cards, but a more common size in the Tampa Bay market is 5 X 7 inches. A comp usually has three or more different looks on it, and the average comp card has five looks. On the front of the comp is a headshot of the model; some more experienced professional models prefer to use a tear sheet on the front of their comp (a tear sheet is a photo from a modeling print job that they have done, and demonstrates that they have worked professionally as a model, and that they have professional experience. See also Tampa modeling portfolios for more about tear sheets). The front of the comp also has the name of the model, and it usually has a space for modeling agencies to place their agency sticker on. Depending upon the design of the comp card, the modeling stats can also be printed on the front of the comp, but, usually, the stats are printed on the back.
The back of the comp has four other pictures which are different from the one on the front. The more different the pictures are on the comp, the better, as the comp demonstrates the range of the model, and it makes them more marketable.
Standard composite cards used to be laser cards, but those comps are printed on poor quality paper, and have washed out colors (and, if they are black and white, which is not recommended for a comp card, the contrast is washed out). With modern digital printing technology, modeling comps today can be printed on high quality 12 to 16 PT paper stock. The can also be coated with a polymer to protect them and to prevent the colors from fading.
Your Tampa modeling portfolio photographer should be able to help you set up and design your comps, and will either be able to refer you to a good printer, or help you get your comps printed.

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