A modelling agency is a business that represents models. Modelling agencies can help you find work, negotiate a fee, and look over the details of a contract to make sure you're getting the best deal. They take a commission on any fees they negotiate for jobs successfully booked.
Modelling agencies make money by charging a commission on the fees they negotiate on behalf of their clients. Commission can vary from agent to agent, but is typically around 20%.
The short answer is, whatever is right for you! Think about what kind of modelling you may be suitable for, and look for agencies that focus on that area. Most agencies will describe what they specialise in on their website, so do your research.
There are many different types of modelling and often modelling agencies will choose to specialise in one or more of these areas.
There are many different ways to get in contact with model agencies near you. Often agencies will hold open casting calls where anyone who is interested in becoming a model can attend. Hear from a Head Booker at top model agency Vivien's about what they look for when signing a new model.
Every year StarNow, in partnership with major international modelling agencies, hold a worldwide Global Model Search to find fresh faces. This is always a great opportunity to get your face in front of an agency, so keep an eye out and apply – it's a must for any aspiring model.
One of the best ways to get signed to an agency is to check out our latest agency casting calls for models. This way you'll know the agencies you're applying to are actively looking for models to put on their books, so you're more likely to get signed.
It's important to research a model agency thoroughly before meeting with them. Search for them on Google, check out their website and their social media channels. See what models they have on their books and the type of work they get.
Trust your instincts, if something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. Be wary of anyone who claims they will make you a star overnight, or who asks you to pay a fee. Find out more about common scams, and how to avoid them.
Check out these online audition and safety tips to help keep yourself safe.
If you're starting out as a model, good quality photos are a must, but they don't necessarily have to be taken by a professional photographer as long as you can be clearly seen.
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StarNow was launched in 2004 in the UK. After watching an actress friend struggle to find work, the founders decided to create a site to connect talent with casting professionals. Since then, StarNow has grown to over 4 million members worldwide and works with some of the industry's top players.
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