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Am I model material?
I model material?
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That depends on you. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have
to be considered to be drop-dead gorgeous, or beautiful, to be a model,
or to have a modeling career. The image of the super model and the fashion
modeling career is a common misconception about modeling, and while
there is a need for that type of model, that’s high end modeling
which only a few can actually do. It’s a difficult type of modeling
to work in, and only 1 in 10,000 can even attempt it.
Modeling is marketing; it is a visual form of marketing which is used
to sell a product or service.
If you can achieve a look that someone is looking for to sell what they
are marketing, you can model. For most modeling, such as lifestyle modeling,
as many as 1 in 5 can work as a model if they market their careers well.
In Florida, the most common type of modeling job is the promotional
model. If you are outgoing and easily get along with people, promotional
modeling can be done by just about anyone, regardless of how they look.
Promotional modeling, however, is the very bottom of the modeling industry,
and the pay is low. Promotional modeling jobs usually pay $12.00 to
$15.00 an hour, with most jobs lasting four hours. A typical promotional
modeling job might be handing out samples of a product in a store. Yes,
as unglamourous as it is, someone handing out pieces of hot dog on a
toothpick in a grocery store is promotional modeling; you have a physical
person, whom only has to be approachable, the model, promoting a product.
If promotional modeling is all that you want to do, you do NOT need
a portfolio or composite cards. You only need a picture, a resume, business
cards, and a cover letter. Promotional modeling does not pay enough
to make the investment into a modeling portfolio or composite cards
worth it, although, if you aspire to do other types of modeling, or
you do other types of modeling, a portfolio and composite cards will
give you an advantage over other promotional models.
It’s important that, as an independent model, that, unless you
are trying to book a promotional modeling job, that you downplay how
many promotional modeling jobs that you have worked. If trying to book
a commercial modeling or print modeling job, volunteering the information
that you’ve done a lot of promotional modeling can hurt you. You
don’t want to be typecast as a promotional model (Trust me on
this. Promotional modeling, while there is nothing wrong with it, is
looked down on compared to other types of modeling. It is low end, or
plankton, modeling, which is seen at the bottom end of the food chain.
Some might even consider that promotional models are not real models,
or, at the very least, not take them as seriously. I am one of the ones
who weighs out the work history of a model, and who looks for balance
of a variety of work, and especially work history which is relevant
to the job which I am casting. When I am booking a model into one of
my projects, I tend to look at their resume, and since I work more with
print modeling, being a photographer, I take the model less seriously
if I see too much promotional modeling work on their resume. You don’t
want me going “Well, their portfolio is ok, but their work history
is not. They are just another promotional model, and I don’t know
if they have the experience which this job requires. I’m going
to play it safe, especially when my client is paying for this shoot
for their marketing; if the model chokes, it will reflect badly on me,
and I might lose the client over cost overruns when I have to redo the
shoot. I’m not losing money, or risk losing a client, over a model,
especially when there are so many qualified professional models to choose
from. Next model!” I look for tear sheets and range in their modeling
portfolio, because I want to be sure that the model is right for the
modeling job, that they have experience in what the job entails, and
that it will be cost-effective to book them into the job. Nothing is
worse than booking a model into a job, and to find out that, once you’re
on the set and are paying out money to get a project done, that the
model isn’t up to it. Your only credibility as a professional
model is in your portfolio, your resume, and in the investment into
your career that you can demonstrate. You want the modeling job to have
confidence in you as a model, and that you experience and skill will
make the job easier and less expensive. Also, in any modeling job, models
who show that they are serious enough to invest in their career, such
as those who have a professional portfolio, composite cards, and a real
web site with a .Com, are taken seriously. I don’t take models
who operate off of social networking and portfolio networking sites,
and models who do not have a professional portfolio or composite cards,
seriously. - C. A. Passinault).
Tradeshow modeling and Convention Modeling are higher levels of the
low end of promotional modeling, and they pay more while requiring more
skills. These modeling jobs are best booked with the use of a modeling
portfolio and composite cards, as the standards are higher. They are
still promotional modeling jobs, however.
Tampa Bay Modeling Note 02/21/11 - One of the main issues that we’ve
had with online modeling job boards is that they are mostly filled with
promotional modeling jobs. The more coveted, and higher paying, print
modeling jobs which are traditionally booked through modeling agencies
are still booked through modeling agencies. While this is changing,
it hasn’t changed enough. In 2011 and 2012, Tampa Bay Modeling,
Florida Modeling Career, and Independent Modeling are going to change
this; we are even going to go out of our way, call those jobs up, and
convince them that they can book those jobs without going through an
agency, using the same tactics and tools which models can access, and
use, from our site free of charge. At the same time, we will also educate
them with the latest tactics to defeat those whom would use their job
posts in modeling job scams. There is more, too, but we can’t
go into it. Let’s just say that we have a very elaborate program,
full of checks and balances, which we worked on for many years, and
that it is going to work. Of course, the promotional modeling jobs will
still be found on modeling job boards, and they are welcome to post,
but that is not the focus of our efforts. We will be taking work away
from the agencies, and will be helping models book more lucrative modeling
jobs on their own.
The middle market of modeling is the focus of Tampa Bay Modeling, since
there are lots of modeling opportunities available for serious models.
Most of the middle market of modeling directly involves advertising,
and includes print modeling.
For more about types of modeling, fair pay rates, and requirements,
see our Tampa modeling
job rates section.
With this question answered, we now have to add some important information.
Because modeling is a desirable career, and the illusion of glamour
(which has nothing to do with the actual definition of glamour modeling),
with that career, modeling can be dangerous.
You have to know what you are doing, especially if you are a new model
just starting out.
That’s one of the purposes of Tampa Bay Modeling, which is a regional
modeling resource site for the Tampa Bay market. Tampa Bay Modeling
has enough information for new models to learn from so that they know
what they are doing when they finally start modeling. Tampa Bay Modeling
is also for experienced professional models, too, but that information,
and the career tools that we offer free of charge, will be more relevant
for you after you start modeling.
Modeling, because it is a “dream career” of lucrative possibilities
(although sobering realities, once you are actually modeling and find
out what it’s all about. It’s rewarding, sure, but not nearly
as cool as you might think), is full of scams! Combating modeling scams
is another purpose of Tampa Bay Modeling, and we are here to help you
identify modeling scams and avoid them. If you are scammed, your modeling
career can end before it has a chance to begin!
By far, the most common modeling scams in the Tampa Bay market are modeling
job scams, followed by model placement scams, modeling management scams,
model exploitation scams, modeling photography scams, and modeling agency
The main thing that all of these modeling scams have in common is to
entice people with the promise of jobs, introductions to other parties,
or other opportunities. Once contacted, the modeling scam then tries
to sell the inquiring person something, which is “required”
in order for them to be considered for the opportunity. Don’t
fall for this!
Modeling Job Scams