Beginners Guide To Modeling
♥ Topic 01 • SAFETY ♥
First, I fully appreciate your support and it is an honor of mine to be given the opportunity to be able to help educate any and all aspiring future models of all genders, sizes, and race. You’re all beautiful inside and out. You all equally deserve the chance to understand the proper aspects in the modeling industry and what you’re getting yourselves into prior to your very first photo or video shoot in order to have better preparation. I feel as if it is my job to ensure that your future shoots go smoothly and successful. This is why I created a Weekly Modeling Bullet Journal!
As stated in the past, my goal is to help educate aspiring models to genuinely help, not drain your pockets out of money. We need more people helping each other in the world as the world has enough hatred and danger in it as it is. So, I figured I’d contribute and do my part out of an act of kindness to help in any way that I possibly can.
As my first series of non-profitable weekly emails, I am sending every email individually to protect your safety and identity. Any further questions or concerns please feel free to reply to this email or message me directly on my Instagram (@princessrebelofficial).
I’d like to start off by saying, “HAPPY BELATED NATIONAL WOMENS DAY” to all of you beautiful ladies & those who identify as a women, out there. Again, you don’t have to be a specific race or gender to model or to feel beautiful. Beauty comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We will go over everything from Building Your Portfolio, Patents-(copyright, trademarks, etc.) to Self Confidence, Self Promotion, Professionalism (The do’s and don’ts during a shoot & how to properly reply/reach out to a photographer) to the different Genres and Styles of Modeling & Photo Shoots, and so much more beyond. But for this week, the Topic of Discussion (or TOD for short) is Safety.
Your safety is vital when traveling to and from shoots, at your shoot, who you associate with who you do not fully know both online and in person. Without you, there wouldn’t be any opportunity for yourself as opportunities are never given, but rather taken. You need to ensure that you’re in a comfortable environment. To prevent any future harm towards you physically and mentally I’ve came up with a few bullet points of both my own advice and actual facts to help. So let’s get right into it!
A.) *A good majority of Real & Professional Modeling Agencies will have their Instagram linked to their Facebook Page with a website & email link on both platforms
– if they don’t have a Facebook or a custom website, they are not a real agency as every agency and business uses social media into marketing platforms to grow their business
– Always google their studio or office building and do research
– Always check reviews online
– REAL AGENCIES WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR PAYMENT, THEY WOULD PAY YOU INSTEAD AND WILL PROVIDE YOUR TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION (This would be fraud which is illegal if tricked into paying for a product or service you more than likely won’t even receive)
– Real Agency Workers & Photographer’s will not continuously harass you or constantly message you, comment on your stuff, pressure you into replying, etc.
A REAL AGENCY WOULD GIVE YOU TIME TO REPLY as they understand your schedule may not be as flexible as theirs and vice versa. If you don’t reply they assume you no longer want this opportunity & your opportunity will be given to someone else rather than you being pressured to reply to these people in the industry. A lot of agencies don’t even directly message you, they would email you their response/reply/or opportunity offer
B.) *Professional Photographers will never ask you for nude “selfies” or previous photos. This would be HIGHLY UNPROFESSIONAL AND INAPPROPRIATE OF THEM! This is also a form of harassment. Unfortunately this does happen a lot so please be cautious and be aware.
– They would ask you for a link to your portfolio instead of asking for “nudes” or “selfies” The terms Nudes and Selfies are both an inappropriate, unprofessional and a poor choice of words. These are words that should only be used amongst friends, or in a Facebook post or something, but never the modeling agency when speaking to a photographer you have never met before and vice versa. (Erotic Art or Erotic Content) is a more professional term for saying Nude or Nudity when talking about photography. (But we will get into modeling genres and professional speaking the next couple of weeks) If you’re brand new to the industry, simply explain this in as much detail as possible and if needed to provide any photographs, since you’ve never modeled before and have no display of artwork or content to show, send links to your social media platforms instead! Make sure your platform links are ‘Public & Easily Accessible’. You can always change your profiles on your platforms back to private after the showcase viewing if necessary. You can do this in your privacy settings. (Pro Tip: For example : An Instagram username is known as a “Handle”
– I don’t care what anyone’s excuse is, please please please understand the fact that no real photographer in this industry will ask for Uncensored or censored content outside of a portfolio or platform links to showcase who you are to help them gain a better perspective on you as a person and a shoot. You’re too good to be taken advantage of like that and you deserve all the respect possible.
– Never show up to any modeling shoots alone. Do NOT ever travel alone to and from shoots. However, make it clear in a nice manner that you will be bringing along a friend for support. Make sure you’re friend will not be a distraction on set while filming/shooting & be aware that their phone is on vibrate or silent before and during your shoot. Never bring anymore than one other person with you as it is more probably cause for a potential distraction to both you and the photographer as most photographers charge by the hour.
IF THE PHOTOGRAPHER HAS AN ISSUE WITH YOU HAVING COMPANY, HE OR SHE / THEY OR THEM IS UNPROFESSIONAL. INEXPERIENCED. RED FLAG. ABORT MISSION!
– Any & All Photoshoots (including TFP Shoots) will have Model Release Forms (Release Forms is usually just one or two pieces of paper that you sign that allows the photographer / gives the photographer permission to take, display, sometimes sell, and has legal copyrighted ownership of digital content of any and all photos taken of you during time of shoot -photos and depending on the shoot, for example, music video shoots-
– Do not work with anyone until after a release form is signed. Never sign anything without a witness looking it over with you
Edit Focal Points:
#1. If you encounter any unprofessionalism it’s okay and recommended to make others aware . However do NOT falsely accuse anyone of anything they did not do just because you’re being harassed . That makes you just as bad as the person harassing you .
#2. If you’re an inexperienced or unpublished model, please do not expect payment to be given to you by a photographer . Professional photographers will not pay you unless you’re published, have a high following, etc, unless of course its Time For Print / Trade For Print . If you’re planning on hiring a photographer, it is always recommend that just like any hair salon, barber shop, nail salon, restaurant, etc. That you tip. Tips always depend on how good the service was, but I recommend a 10%-15% tip, as photographers work just as hard on their careers/hobbies as any other common job in society. Especially when they give it there all while making you the most comfortable!
#3. (TFP = Free Shoots. Trading your time in exchange for an average of 3-5 edited digital photos or sometimes glossy prints)
#4. Help encourage others of all genders, race, and body types, etc. to lift each other up and empower one another to help them gain more confidence as well as yourself. Who knows, you might even be able to help be an inspiration to someone. Your confidence boosting might be one of the main reasons why someone becomes a model and starts that type of wonderful career path in the industry. That to me, my friend, is an achievement and ‘one of’ the best acts of kindness.
#5. There are counseling and consultation groups along with other help out there for anyone who’s ever been through or is going through any sort of danger or a difficult time in general if necessary. This may not work for everyone, but there’s always help out there along with myself, for a good listening ear if ever needed!
Lessons from this Week:
… The difference between experienced, Inexperienced agencies & photographers
… The difference between real & ‘fake’ agencies & photographers
… Agency Fraudulent payments
… Potential dangers & advice
… What a release form is & how it’s used
… what TFP means & what is given in return
STAY SAFE & TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS !
Always go with your gut feeling ❤
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Marketer, Modeling Manager & Coordinator
Long Island, New York