Aspiring models, beware of being cheated!
How to identify a conning modelling agency.
As a fashion photographer in Delhi-NCR, I always come across aspiring models who have some or the other story to share. Surprisingly, these stories have a central character who cheats them in the modelling industry. So this time, I thought to share a few basic guidelines that every aspiring model should take care before stepping into the world of glamour and shine.
There is nothing as such ‘registration fee’ to be a model. There are contractors in the glamour industry who might portray themselves as genuine source of work, but it is all superficial. To work in this industry, all you need to do is to begin with a good portfolio shoot, that you can get it done with any reputed fashion photographer and then work as a freelance model or you can work under any reputed modelling agency. But before connecting with any of them do cross-check the credibility of the source in the market.
Paying to get work:
Money and modelling works together to create good work. But, money alone can never get you in the modelling industry. So those who make you feel that if you give them money they will make you model, beware of them. They are fraud.
Artist card/ Celebrity card:
If any model coordinator (authorized or unauthorized) asks you for charges regarding ‘artist card’, always say NO to such people. You belong to a creative industry and you don’t need any ‘card’ for that matter to survive in the industry.
Grooming classes are meant for corporate sector and those dealing in the embassy market. It is not for models. Here, you need to have command over your facial expressions that you learn with time, as you work for different projects and photographers. While shooting, fashion professionals and photographers can guide you on that line. You don’t need to join any grooming classes for that matter. Those who offer such activities are again trying to extract money from you for no reason. So beware of them.
Guaranteed Assignment Promises:
There is no shortcut to success. Similarly there are no guaranteed modelling jobs. Every model needs to work hard and earn their role in assignments. Agencies who promise 100% success rates in giving work to their clients are selling false hopes. Avoid falling to such marketing gimmicks.
These are a few guidelines that every model should keep handy while dealing in the modelling sector. Stay focused, avoid shortcuts and success will be yours!