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Tuesday, March 07, 2006Tampa Bay model photographed at a Tampa Bay location during a model portfolio photography session by Tampa Bay photography company Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Bay Photography and Design. Photograph by modeling portfolio photographer Chris Passinault.

Agencies Suck.

There are going to be some people out there who are not going to like where this site will be going. A majority of those people will be model and talent agency professionals and those firmly implanted on the teats of agencies.
Don't get us wrong. Many of us are professional models who still get jobs from agency bookers. We really do love you guys. It's just that many of us also get jobs on our own, and it is becoming obvious that model and talent agencies aren't all that they are cracked up to be. The business model that the modeling industry has been operating under since it began is deeply flawed, and with the dawn of the Internet age, those flaws are becoming hard to ignore as the industry is finally forced to change.
The fact is, I have some issues with agencies. In my opinion, many of them have become corrupt and ineffective. I see many great models, photographers, talent, and other professionals lose out to work that they could be booking through an agency due to conflicts of interest, illegal kickbacks, politics, and other unethical behavior. Worse still is the layman mindset that states that agencies make up the only legitimate modeling industry, and that lends credibility to all kinds of modeling scams like the infamous model search scams that you hear advertised all of the time. It’s sad but it is true. Many model scams are model agency scams, and it’s largely due to the idea that you have to go through an agency to be a real model. That’s simply no longer the case, and we will prove it throughout this site for free.
You all know that Tampa Bay Modeling will be fighting misguided and outdated ideas. Well, allow me to introduce you to one of our prime targets: The model and talent agency.
Model and talent agencies are interesting animals. They have become arrogant, stupid, and corrupt; many of them do as they please without regard for the well-being of the modeling industry simply because they are the only game in town, and they know it. Well, actually, I am incorrect with that statement. Allow me to amend it by saying that they WERE the only game in town, and everyone seems to know it except for them, which qualifies the majority of agencies as being outright stupid. One of the largest flaws of model and talent agencies are that they are a conflict of interest on so many levels. We all know how agencies and bookers work for the model. They sell the model to their clients. I actually think the idea of a professional working to sell the model is a great idea. So, what's the problem? Well, it's the fact that agencies represent more than one model. What good is having a sales team when they are also selling your competition? It is so obvious. Why hasn't anyone else ever brought up this point before now? If I were a business selling a service (and models ARE a self-contained business), I wouldn't want my sales people selling my competition.

Just remember that power corrupts absolutely, and conflicts of interests posing as legitimate businesses never have the best interest of the model in mind. I don't trust agencies, and neither should any professional model out there. Get what you can from them, but take their career guidance with a grain of salt.

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

Tampa Bay Modeling

Clearwater Beach, Florida





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