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First modeling portfolio picture of a Tampa model on Tampa Bay Modeling. All portfolio photographs, unless otherwise noted, by C. A. Passinault, lead photographer for Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design, as well as Director of Tampa Bay Modeling. C. A. Passinault is a top photographer, as well as a modeling expert.Second model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Click on the image for an anecdote of the modeling shoot which produced this picture.In this third picture, you can see why the Tampa Bay area is one of the best in the world for modeling portfolio development work. Photograph by Tampa photographer C. A. Passinault.Image four of our online portfolio of another Tampa model. This photograph, if we are not mistaken, was taken on location in the Tampa Bay area. The best modeling portfolio photographs are location shots.This is another great picture. This is the fifth model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Pictures featured in our thumbnail array may not be the same as those of models which are in our featured model section, but often, they are one and the same.Unmatched in any Florida modeling market. The quality of this image is excellent! Photograph by C. A. Passinault, our resident photographer and modeling expert.Another top Tampa model gets their look on. The best models can obtain a wide range of looks, as you can see when you look at other pictures of this model!Is it any wonder why more and more companies and art directors are booking independent models without going through an agency? Proof that you can be a professional model, with a lucrative career, without being dependent upon an agency to find and book modeling jobs!Another awesome photograph of a Tampa model by modeling photographer C. A. Passinault, lead photographer Aurora PhotoArts, and director of Tampa Bay Modeling.For modeling portfolio work in the Tampa Bay area, nothing beats location work. Studio photography is not nearly as cost effective, or appropriate, for modeling portfolio work.Keep in mind that this picture, for a modeling portfolio, was taken by a qualified modeling portfolio photographer, C. A. Passinault, for a specialized, professional market, which is modeling. A wedding photographer or a portrait studio will not be able to give models what they need for an effective modeling portfolio, as you have to know what you are doing!This is the 12th picture in our Tampa Bay Modeling online portfolio. Yet another Tampa model shows a marketable look in their portfolio. The best models are capable of the most looks, and are not locked into a single look!Agency model or independent model? It doesnt matter, anymore, especially in Tampa Bay. Professional models like this one can be booked without going through an agency, saving both the model and the job agency fees.Modeling portfolios need at least six looks, and by looks, we mean different looks. A composite cards needs at least five, on average, with a headshot on the front, and four different looks on the back of the comp card. This Tampa model is demonstrating a marketable look right now, in this photography. Picture by C. A. Passinault.
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1a. Am 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 scams.
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!

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PUBLISHED 02/21/11

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