Modeling Schools... Fees and Photographers, 12/01/2008
Plus Models Ask the Tough Questions and PLUS Industry Editor Larissa Laurel Answers
I just graduated from a modeling school and they said they would
represent me as a model if I paid a fee and used their photographer.
Should I go ahead and pay more money so I will have representation?
First of all, I want to congratulate you on graduating from
modeling school. I hope you received an insider's view to the industry,
built confidence, and learned some tricks of the trade. Modeling school
is great to do, especially when you are from a small town that doesn't
have much of a modeling industry. However, schools sometimes lead their
students to believe they will get them work or guide them in their
modeling future. Schools are a place to learn and grow, but no one can
guarantee you a future in an industry such as modeling.
You should never have to pay a fee to anyone to find representation. A
legitimate agency or agent only makes money if you book work. Also,
agents never hire you or can make you "book" work. They are not the
ones who hire.
You should also never shoot with a photographer just because your
modeling teacher or modeling school is telling you to. This
photographer is probably paying the teacher or school to recommend them
and it is not ethical. Your teacher, school, or agent should recommend
a list of photographers whose work they like. You can also ask your
fellow classmates or on-line forums for advice on the photographers
which are recommended to you. Also, no photographer can guarantee you
work. They are providing a service to you; to get the best pictures for
your money and then their job is done.
You trust your instincts by questioning whether to pay a fee for
representation or be "forced" into using a certain photographer and I
commend you on doing your research. If something doesn't feel right
then you know it isn't. You are already off to a great start in your