Travelling Guide and Tips for Models
One of the perks of modelling is the chance to travel all over the world. Modelling overseas is a great opportunity not only to experience a new culture and meet new and interesting people, but the possibility of achieving international recognition. Be sure to make the proper preparations and follow our tips.
Travel arrangements will differ from agency to agency so make sure to find out what you will be responsible for in preparation for travelling.
Be aware that any money your agency spends on flights, accommodation, visa applications, etc will be deducted from your earnings.
If you are travelling as a freelance model, you will generally need a pre-arranged employer or sponsor in the country you are travelling to.
But never travel overseas on the promise of work from someone before checking, and rechecking, their credentials. And never send money to anyone promising work on the condition that you pay up-front ‘visa fees’.
In order to work overseas you will generally be required to apply for a working visa. Make sure to allow yourself more than enough time to apply before travelling.
If you hold a European Union passport, you have the right to live and work in any country belonging to the European Union; however, other passport-holders will have to apply for a work visa to work in the UK and Europe.
The United States issues visas specifically for fashion models who wish to work in the country. However, these are only given to ‘models of prominence’, requiring 12-20 high quality tearsheets to be shown on application.
The United States offers some travellers from the UK a Visa Waiver Program, for short business trips, making the process easier.
Carry as much information as possible as, such as the address of where you will be staying and the details of who you will be working for as Immigration Control will request this information when you arrive.