Model Searches-A Search For Fresh Talent
Excellent Way To Get Exposure
Model Searches are contests held all over the country, in cities large and small, at all times of year, to try and find the next Tyra Banks or Cindy Crawford. As an apiring model you will find model searches to be fun and exciting. They have helped many young models get their first taste of the modeling business.
Search contestants can range in age from 14 to 21; the average age is 15 or 16. If you're under 18, you'll need to bring your parent or guardian because you need his or her signature on the entrance form. And it's a good idea to have an adult's moral support and common sense along with you anyway-Often girls bring their own cheering section-mom, dad, boyfriend, grandparents, and friends.
Not only are the contests fun, but they can also be a crucial turning point in your career. Prizes vary depending on the sponsor ( contests are usually sponsored by modeling agencies, magazines, and clothing and cosmetic companies), but they're often quite valuable. Some offer lucrative modeling contracts; others award magazine gigs; others offer a shot at a product advertisement.
Model Searches are less expensive to attend than Model Conventions. Plus, they're usually smaller than conventions, so you get more of a chance to talk to the agents, ask questions, and find out the best route for your career.
Model Agencies Scout New Talent
A chance to meet industry professionals
Model searches are one of the most important ways model agencies scout new models. Instead of having to cough up thousands of dollars to visit New York, you can meet Big Apple modeling scouts in your hometown. These agents are also a great source of advice, they can tell you whether you have what it takes to make it in the fashion capitals or whether you're better suited to doing catalog work in a "local" or "secondary market".
The biggest searches are sponored by the Elite and Ford modeling agencies. The best known model search, of course, "America's Next Top Model". Most charge nothing (or a nominal fee, up to $20 dollars) to enter. At some searches, a number of agencies send scouts; in these cases, a more sizable entrance fee is charged. But if you have'nt heard of any of these agencies who are sending representatives you can check them out by going online and "Googling" them.
Even if a search is legitimate, you need to be on your guard. Searches attract unscrupulous photographers who come and take pictures of the participants and then try to sell them the photos at exorbitant prices. Never pay a lot of money to have photos taken unless you already have an agent and she has directed you to have them taken. Even then, costs should be kept down. At this point, the ageny's pays for the photos and photo session up front, and the model reimburses them when she starts working.
Introduce yourself to the scout and be friendly and outgoing. This shows your personality and maakes it more likely that they'll remember you. And someone who is outgoing and friendly to a modeling scout is likely to be friendly with clients-an important factor in a model's success
Model Searches: - Gettng discovered at home!
A "model search" is a contest held by a modeling agency or magazine to find potential new models. They are held in cities all around the country, often at local malls.
Model searches are one of the most important ways modeling agencies scout new models. Instead of having to cough up thousands of dollars to visit New York, you can meet Big Apple modeling scouts in your hometon.