Hey - I have worked in the industry for many years and LOVE helping point people in the right direction when they are starting off to avoid scams.
First if you don't mind, I will give an opinion on your look. Red Hair = FABULOUS!!!!! There are not many red-heads so you definitely have an edge. I see you have the pouty thing going on but the majority of childrens modeling is not high-fashion/pouty style. It is more commercial which means ... girl next door, smiling friendly type stuff. You know? It is great that your practicing in front of the camera, maybe start practicing that type of thing. Take out a catalog and take note of the girls you see that are your age. Notice their posing, expressions and try to mimic them in the mirror. You will notice that very few have that pouty type of look.
Now, about agency work. Finding a reputable agency is tough ...there is soooo many scams out there. At a real agency you will NEVER have to pay a fee or anything. REAL agencies make their money, when you make yours. Meaning ... they make like 10-25% of what you make when you book a job. If they are making money off of "holding your photos" then why would they need to find you jobs. Do you get it?
Second, you should never have to pay for photos. Good agencies will have connections with great photographers looking to update their books with new models. This is called a TFP - that means "trade for prints" you model for free and get portfolio picks and he shoots you for free and gets to practice new techniques for furture clients. It is a win-win. DONT PAY. There are some great TFP focused websites, but you should only join with your parents permission and attendance at the shoots. Most of the photographers on these sites are new ... only work with ones that have a studio and that will require parents at the shoot. The sites are modelmayhem.com and onemodelplace.com
Back to the agencies, the best way to find a good one is open the yellow pages and look online and call each one and find out their "open call days". "Open call days" are days that photographers are looking too add new models to their agency. They will ask you to come in, with your parents, and interview you ... check out the pictures you have, probably take some poloroids to see how photogenic you are. Be prepared to get honest feedback. And be prepared for at least one scam. Again, you don't need classes and shouldn't pay anything to be a model.
I hope this helps! If you have any more questions feel free to ask. i love to help!!!!
***by the way, to the people that say you look blah. um, ya they don't know what they are talking about. Your cute and have red hair. Clients call agencies all the time asking for red heads specifically ... when they want to shoot a diverse ad , its something they ask for. Be prepared for comments like this in the real modeling world. there will always be jealous people and people who don't like your look.****
worked in modeling industry for years .... and years ...
· 1 decade ago