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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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HB 5005 Deregulating Modeling Agencies Enables Modeling Scams

The following was written in response to a newspaper article about House Bill 5005, which would deregulate Modeling and Talent agencies.

Update 05/09/11: Read our follow-up at Talent Agency Deregulation Removed From HB 5005

Regarding House Bill 5005 (HB 5005), what is not mentioned in the article is what passing this bill would do to the modeling and talent industries. Deregulating talent agencies would literally open up a Pandora’s Box of modeling and talent scams in the state of Florida, as well as undermine legitimate talent agencies and their ability to book talent into work.
I’m guessing that Representative Dana Young has not had a daughter aspiring to be a model, and has not had to deal with being misled, and ripped off, by a modeling scam. I’d imagine that she would have thought twice about voting for this bill had she experienced a modeling scam firsthand, or thought of the thousands of victims of talent scams. Sure, the money collected by regulating businesses is small change, but that should not be the point of regulation. The point of regulation is not collecting money, but rather making high-risk businesses accountable for what they do.
Making it easier for some businesses to operate, creating “jobs” and helping the economy, backfires when most of the businesses which are enabled by deregulation are not legitimate businesses, and it is harder for the consumer to figure out if a business is legitimate or not. Making it easier for con artists and criminals to take advantage of people is not good for the economy.
Talent agencies ARE high-risk businesses to begin with, and, in my opinion, this is the reason that talent agents are regulated. It’s hard enough when there are unethical companies out there advertising modeling jobs and model searches, companies which are not agencies, which then turn around and do a bait and switch by requiring the respondents to buy whatever it is that they are really selling before they can be considered for the “jobs” that are advertised. With regulation, these companies cannot legally make money by referring people to the jobs that they advertise, which ties their hands. Without it, they can also claim to be an agency, making it more difficult to avoid being scammed. Modeling management schemes, modeling schools, and even photographers would be able to go around pitching agency services, services which they have no intention of following through on. Worse yet, some talent agencies would start selling services to the talent whom they are supposed to be working for, making their money that way, and with no incentive to find and book work for the talent, which is what they are supposed to do.
I submit that regulation is important to protect both the consumer and the integrity of the industries which they cover. With deregulation, we will certainly pay in more than one way, and our elected representative should educate themselves and look at all of the angles involved before they vote on things which could undermine professional integrity and credibility.

C. A. Passinault
Tampa Bay Modeling
TampaBayModeling.Com

Brandon, Florida

PUBLISHED 03/30/11

UPDATED 05/09/11

 

   

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