So you have a few questions about how to become a model, freelance modelling, modelling agencies and modelling portfolios.
Apple Models is here to help!
Below is a compilation of the most common questions Apple Models is asked by our clients.
SHOULD I BE DOING FREELANCE WORK OR BE SIGNED TO AN AGENCY?
The answer here is both! Apple Models know that the more exposure, the greater the chances of getting paid modelling work. It’s down to you to do a lot of the groundwork; Apple Models recommend that you create profiles on Star Now & Model Mayhem, as well as apply to as many agencies as possible. Some child modelling agencies charge a small fee for adding them to their sites and setting up contracts, etc.
WHAT TO DO WHEN I’M OFFERED A JOB
Apple Models believe the most important thing to remember is to make sure that you find out everything about the job before accepting it; you will do this by asking as many questions as possible.
• What category does the shoot fall into?
• Who is the shoot for?
• When is the shoot taking place?
• Where is the shoot taking place?
• What is the estimated length of the shoot?
• How much will you be paid?
• Are there any travel and hotel arrangements?
• Will any fees be taken from my earnings?
SHOULD I BE APPLYING TO FILM & TV CASTING AGENCIES?
Yes, the key to success in this industry is exposure and building contacts. Apple Models recommend taking as many assignments as possible, this will help you to grow confidence and will give you more photos to add to your portfolio. Many models do TV and film extra work as well as modelling. If you are going to do this, tackle it from every angle by registering with casting agencies and sourcing your own freelance jobs.
DO I NEED A PORTFOLIO TO MODEL?
Apple Models knows a modelling portfolio is essential to every model — no matter what route they take. In Apple Models experience when applying for freelance work, a diverse portfolio showing how adaptable your image is will set you aside from the rest. If you don’t have a modelling portfolio when you get signed to an agency, you will need to get one. They cannot send you to castings without one, as you will have no way of showing the casting directors your versatility or how your look translates on camera. Every model, even Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, have modelling portfolios.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR MY MODELLING PORTFOLIO?
The answer is generally yes. One way or another, you will have to pay for your portfolio. Apple Models have found that High-end agencies charge for the portfolios that they put together for their new models by taking an additional fee off your earnings. Smaller boutique agencies can’t afford to pay to get a portfolio produced for their own models. Therefore, they either send them to a photographic studio, where the model must pay for their own portfolio, or they can build a portfolio with photos from modelling jobs. The only problem with the latter is that the model may not book a job because the casting director is unable to see what the model can do in front of the camera. For freelance modelling, some models try to get work using normal images; however, this seldom works for obvious reasons. If you were going to book a model, which one would you likely want: one that has high-quality and diverse photos, or a model that has some home snaps taken on a low- quality camera?
WHAT IS FREELANCE MODELLING?
Freelance modelling is one of the fastest-growing areas of the modelling industry. It enables you to have much more control over your modelling career as you decide what jobs to put yourself forward for. As an added bonus, you don’t have to give up a share of your earnings as commission. There are many sites, such as Star Now, Model Mayhem and Model Management, that keep you up to date on the latest castings and modelling jobs out there. Apple Models strongly recommend that when responding to adverts, you take extra care in making sure that everything is above board. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to contact Apple Models so that we can advise you if it sounds like a reputable job.
HOW DOES A MODELLING AGENCY MAKE THEIR MONEY?
An agency makes their money through taking a small percentage of commission from your earnings. Current UK legislations make it unlawful for a modelling agency to make a condition when signing you that you purchase a product or service. A modelling agency that tries to charge you for Z-Cards or a portfolio as a condition of being signed should be avoided. Apple Models will happily look over any contracts you are unsure of.