Once you have your photos that you’re happy with and naturally untouched the main ways to get them to a modeling agency is:
Post, email, Face to face
If you’re going to post you pictures, to the agency this is fairly easy. Print your pictures and send them with a covering letter to the agency, addresses to “New Faces” Make sure the covering letter has your vital statistics, contact details and email and a self address envelope inside.
Your vitals for the modelling industry will be:
- Hair Colour
- Eye Colour
- Dress Size
- Show Size
When sending your measurement make sure you tell the truth, half inch here or there will be found out. If you turn up at the agency bigger than you send in could be frowned upon. You can lie about your height; it’s very hard to fake on the day. You will not please the agency for wasting their time and the interview will be very short lived. Agencies don’t have time and will not accept people wasting time.
This is the same process for submitting your details to a model agency by email. Many agencies have a application or email address for new faces on their websites. You can then upload your pictures directly to them through this. Expect to have to fill in forms online the your statistics and contact details so have them to hand and try to remember these and keep to that size. Honesty is best with these forms. At the Suffolk Photo Studio we allow you to have a free online portfolio allowing you some pictures and stats so that you can start to build some interest. If you would like a online profile click here. We have had agencies looking through the studios past shoots and asking us to forward peoples pictures for applications and being registered.
Some agents have ‘open castings’ so make sure you check the castings. The Suffolk Photo Studio publishes some casting calls online.
If you don’t want to email or post your pictures then you could call the agencies your interested in and try to arrange a face to face meeting with the agent. Do make sure when you call that you’re a ‘new face’ agents will often have a new faces team or person and sometimes even has walk in times. When deciding what to wear keep it clean and think modern polished. You will look professional and relaxed and show that you’re a blank canvas, if you turn up too dramatic then the agents could think that you will be difficult to reform.
However you approach agencies wait for some feedback, check you emails and make sure you have voice mail turned on. Listen to advice and don’t take it at criticism and make sure whatever your told you act on it in a constructive manner. It maybe not what you want to hear but ask why they did decide for or against you. If they say they didn’t like you because…… that is something you have to work on and grow with and make sure you change it.
Many London agents will want you to be 5’9” or over. If your only 5ft then don’t give up but make sure you declare this very quickly on any conversations. If your under 16 then contact the agents only if you have an inch or two to go and not sooner. Some models do break into the high fashion industry however the odds are state against you and you will need to be exceptional. The London agents are where most people expire to however at the Suffolk Photo Studio we work with online clothing stores which require short models with rounder bodies. The Suffolk Photo Studio has a person dedicated to finding models and commercial jobs and with the top photographers are creating some amazing photography for websites. The Suffolk Photo Studio even works with local night clubs and promotional companies that are looking for promo girls and boys to go to events around the country and this is a great way to get out and be seen as well as attending some great events for free or even paid.
When you lead down the agency route and start attending casting you will need to be prepared for rejection and this is part of life, the agents and clients will need specific models with different looks and if you don’t fit they might not be subtle or slow to tell you a simple NO. With this however do ask what to improve and why, modelling is a huge place and jobs are out there. You might find your attending casting for jobs that don’t suit you and it’s time to focus on a different area of modelling or promotions. You might fit perfectly in another sector so keep trying and book into the studio for a test shoot to help you get those first images to get started