To Whom It May Concern:
First off, I just want to say that you have done a great
thing by exposing modeling scams for the viewers of this
I am writing to ask for your advice, and the advice
of the readers of the website. I have been a model for
about four years, and had to go through the learning
curve of who to trust and not to trust in this industry.
After reviewing all of my possible choices, I decided
to go with a modeling agency that had a great reputation,
and has been in business for over 20 years.
Even though the representation was free, they had optional
classes and photoshoots, both of which I decided to take. Both
of these things helped me tremendously in beginning my
After a while in the business my look developed, and
I became more marketable. I went to open calls for
larger international agencies (through my local agency),
and got accepted by three very large agencies out of
Milan, Miami, and New York.
Here is where the problem came in. These agencies requested
my professional photos to give to their superiors for
a final approval. My agency had these on hand, but it
took months and months of coaxing on my part to get my
agency to send them. After taking about four or five
months, the agencies completely forgot I existed, and
had moved on to other models.
The same thing happened with all three —an agency
would come in, say they liked me, request more photos,
wait too long to receive them, and move on.
For the record, I have since been very successful after
taking it into my own hands. I have traveled to Milan,
New York, and other locations "living the model
I have come to the conclusion that I need to provide
a service to aspiring models to fill in the gaps of what
is currently available. I have recruited currently working
models that feel the same way I do —that there
needs to be a better intermediate level modeling service.
There are pure modeling schools like John Robert Powers —which
I believe are not necessary because it is not necessary
to take modeling training that is so extensive (but the
modeling classes I did take helped me considerably).
There are local modeling agencies that focus on getting
their talent work on a local level, and will never push
their models to the larger markets.
I want to be able to provide a modeling service that
people can trust, that is needed, by filling in the gaps
of the current modeling businesses, and above all provides
a clean, safe and fun environment. After all, if the
models are not having fun —they should pack up
and move on.
The concept of the service so far is to provide models
the training that is going to be beneficial to them (remove
all the unnecessary training of the modeling schools);
provide them with top quality photographers to get professional
photos (which regardless of what top agencies say have
helped me and every model I know increase their chances
of getting into top agencies); provide the models with
top quality stylists and image development people to
perfect their look (something I had to figure out on
my own that took me years before I was marketable); and
then to market them to the bigger market agencies.
Sorry for the long email, but I feel it is necessary
for the readers to see what it is like from a model's
I would appreciate any insight, comments, suggestions
that you or the readers would have in order to help set
up this much-needed and long-overdue service.
Thank you for your time.
Why not start your own modeling agency? It was obviously
very frustrating for you when the agencies were lazy
or incompetent. You know what was done wrong; and you
know how it can be done right. Everything you said you
want to do is what a modeling agency should do.
A modeling agency should develop your look and develop
you with teaching, training, and advice where needed.
They should help you choose a competent photographer
and develop a portfolio or book which they can use to
effectively market you. They should market you, moving
you up to higher markets, as a mother agency, and follow
through with the requests of clients for more pictures