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Tips on Finding a Modeling Agency

Looking for a modeling agency is part of becoming a model. Everyone has to start somewhere to become who they want to be. Going on without an expert by your side will be difficult, especially for a novice model. But fear no further because these tips will hopefully be helpful to you on your great journey.

Here are a few things that you should look for when searching for a modeling agency to start your career:
1. Do your research on the modeling agency
Do a lot of digging before signing with the modeling agency. Look at their website, Instagram, and other social media platforms thoroughly. Make sure they are the real deal and really who they say they are. Look at the founders of the modeling agency. Check how long they’ve been in business and what they’re all about. Make sure that they’re accepting applications to become a model.

2. Consider getting a modeling agency local to you or one for each city
A lot of models go the route of signing with a modeling and acting agency that works with every major city because it is easier and you can maintain stronger connections with that agent or agency. An agent is like family because you will be talking to them nearly every day, 7 days a week, whether that’s by email or phone. Another option for you is going with a different agency for each city. I’ve been seeing a lot of models do this lately. But for newer models, it can get confusing and hard to keep up with, so it may be best for you to go with a single modeling agency to save yourself from that headache. You might want to look for modeling agencies near where you live. Or at least the closest major city you live next to if you’re out in the suburbs away from all of the tall buildings and bright flashing lights.

A lot of the work happens in big cities like New York City so living near there helps but it’s not mandatory. Some of the benefits of living in a city like New York City as a model include being able to go to a lot of casting calls, networking with other models that live in the city, and meeting casting directors. It’s no secret that New York City is full of casting directors and celebrities. It’s also where a lot of Victoria’s Secret models spend the majority of their time doing fashion modeling jobs.

3. Make sure they work with the type of modeling you’re looking to get into
There are many different types of modeling. And you should be sure of which type of modeling you want to pursue. A few types of modeling are fashion, child, swimsuit, hand, foot, fit, runway, petite, and plus-size modeling. Since there are many different options you can ask a friend or a really good agent to recommend one for you if you’re unsure. Many agencies specialize in a specific type of modeling like hand modeling so do your research before applying to modeling agencies. If you’re searching for a modeling agency for your child look for agencies that work with kids specifically.

Since there are so many different types of modeling it helps to know what you want to get into before you apply to a modeling agency. Some types may be a better fit for you than others. You can ask your agent what type of modeling would be best for you to fit into because a lot of it depends on your looks. If you have nice hands, for instance, you may be good for hand modeling. They say agents know best. So it may be beneficial to have a meeting with your agent to decide what type of modeling you should pursue.

Conclusion and closing thoughts
Check how long they have been opened and managing models for.
Make sure they are the real deal.
You may want to go with a modeling agency close to where you live because it may be easier for you, but the choice is ultimately yours to make.
Otherwise, the best option may be a modeling agency in the closest major city to you.
Hopefully, my few tips help you get a better idea of what you need to look for when searching for a modeling agency.

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Patricia Pinto is the founder of La Creme Modeling & Acting. She is a fashion expert, agent, actress, modeling coach and former model. Patricia has coached models for Oscar De La Renta, Carolina Herrera, Liz Claiborne, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Saint Laurent, Versace, Brooks Brothers, Chanel, Mandee, Gap, Annie Sez, among others. She serves as the director of international pageants in the US and Latin America. She has been the hostess of many TV programs.

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