How do I choose the Right Agency?
In an industry riddled with the good and very bad, this is the most difficult decision to make. When choosing the right agency, you must rely on their knowledge and connections. For this, you would look towards their own experience. You would also examine the success level of their models & actors
Geoffrey Chapman’s experience covers more than a thorough knowledge of the Modelling industry. He has worked in theatre, TV, film, advertising, the press media and every aspect of the fashion industry. Geoffrey Chapman has developed more success stories than others combined.
Do I have to spend a lot of money to model?
Actors & Models are considered self employed and are independent contractors. New people are in essence starting their own business. When you are opening a new business, you must invest in that business for it to succeed.
With that being said, you are going to need the tools of the trade to work in a professional enviroment, such as photos/portfolio, talent resume and various types of printed material depending on your type (i.e.; actor head shots, comp cards, business cards). You will also be responsible for the costs directly associated with your internet marketing, promotions, publicity and advertising. This is all standard to the industry.
Do I have to pay for any photo shoots, training, etc.?
Certain service fees do apply when working with certain industry professionals. We negotiate the best rates for our talent. In addition, it is important that you realize every talent is different as it pertains to what they need to get started.
But, I’ve heard that if an agency likes you “they will pay for everything”.
NO. This a common mistaken belief. If an agency advances funds to a model (for photos, accommodations, transportation, etc.), it is a loan. The model will have to pay back this money whether he/she works or not. Models need to be aware and responsible for their expenses. Once a model or actor has developed a proven ability and has a history of continuing income, agencies may look to advance funds, if necessary. At Geoffrey Chapman, we do not advance money to new models or talent.
How much money can a model make?
Of course it varies according to the type of work, market itself, plus many other factors. A model’s income can range from a zero dollar income to a seven-digit salary.
But, I just want to be in “_______” CATALOGUE.
Remember, these companies are veteran businesses. They use professional models and only when they are represented through legitimate, established agencies. A model has to get to a strong professional level in modelling even to be considered for this type of work.
Should I get my child into modelling?
The #1 reason to put your child into modelling is for them – because they ENJOY it. Secondly, for the self-improvement, the poise, the confidence and the valuable life experiences they will gain modelling (which may include building the foundation for their career – perhaps in modelling or acting). Parents who think they have the most beautiful child and are going to “get rich” off their child or have the obsession to see their child in a magazine, catalogue etc., should not put their child into modelling.