How to Select a Los Angeles Model or Acting Agency Without Getting Burned

Modeling in Los Angeles is a very competitive field and it takes persistence to carve out your place in this industry. 

Hopefully, this will help beginning models and even the more experienced seekers to become savvy
in choosing a model agency to represent you.

For  aspiring model or actor, especially a beginner, you’ll want to read this article before making
contacts to model or acting agencies. When prepared, pursuing a modeling career is not that hard.

The old cliche that says, “I’ll just go down to the corner of Hollywood or to the mall and get discovered.” is totally
bogus! Believe it or not you’re going to have to do some hard work to create a need for your modeling
services. Most models are not discovered on the street corner; they were
“discovered” by making contacts and had the right portfolio.

Even though you will be turned down by some agencies, you’re in good company. These are
some of “failure” stories:

1. Elvis Presley was turned down and was told that he would never make it as a singer.

2. A music group was turned down by a major record company because “groups using guitars are on their
way out” stated the company. This group was The Beatles!!

3. Tyra Banks was turned down by 4 out of 5 agencies and barely went  through the fifth door. Also
turned down at one time or another were most of the other superstars.

But, they all had one thing in common, dedication and persistence. No one took the first no as an insult.
If you are turned down by an agency, go on to the next, and the next. Remember, it’s always too soon to
quit!

The biggest question; “How committed are you to doing the really tough work involved
to become a model?”

The world of modeling is very competitive and only those willing to put in the hours of practice and the
other time it takes to make contact after contact with model agencies will be able to work in the modeling
industry.

Contacting Local Model Agencies – Here are five tips if you plan to promote yourself in Los Angeles and Hollywood:

If you plan to promote yourself locally put together a professional portfolio and keep contacting model
agencies & photographers who may need your services. Needless to say we are one.

1. Set goals for what you want and keep at it.

2. Steer clear of agencies who ask for large sums of money for so-called “training” unless you feel that you
just want that particular experience.

There are plenty of legitimate agencies out there. You may want to try doing a search online for local model
agency listings in your state.

3. Advice from consumer advocates, former (modeling) customers and ex-agency employees for avoiding
modeling scams:

Avoid paying fees in advance. Legitimate agencies make their money from commissions. If you’re asked to
pay for extra composite cards, check out the company with the Better Business Bureau and state consumer
officials.

If you are asked to sign a contract, take it home first. If they refuse, walk away.

Ask for reference lists of clients and ask what kinds of jobs the agency books.

4. Talk to other working models whenever possible. They can give you valuable insight and maybe steer you
to a good agency or clients.

5. Always take someone with you when going to interviews or photo shoots. – SAFETY FIRST! I can’t
stress this enough!

6- Have a professional photographer take headshots, and good experience photo lab to do your zed ot composite card.  Their prices should be affordable but their work quality not cheap, so you can go back to them for different types of headshots or photographs.

7- Have your headshots, photos, and zed cards printed on a quality paper.

These ideas are just the beginning in your modeling or acting career! Take your time and learn everything you can
about modeling, acting, and the agencies before “jumping in” and you’ll have an easier time than those who don’t.
Success in modeling will take effort on your part. Go for it!
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