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Model Searches-A Search For Fresh Talent

Updated on April 11, 2013

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.

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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.

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      infoprogirl 4 years ago

      Very resourceful lens. Good information for individuals in the industry!

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Magda2012: Magda2012, if your profile photo is indication then you could very well be a "famous model"...thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it!

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      Magda2012 5 years ago

      Interesting lens about models. wish I were one of the famous models :) nice lens

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Rangoon House: LifestyleChanger, I'm glad you found the information useful. Thanks for visiting and commenting...I appreciate it.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I enjoyed reading this solid advice for aspiring models, both in your lens, as well as in your comment responses below. All the best.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: SereneSea, learning to compete is a good way to see if one has the "thick skin" to pursue such a competitive career...learning to overcome the fear of rejection is paramount to launching a successful modeling career. Appreciate your comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      While contest are good stepping stones, there is more to it; stiff competition is certainly a bummer but they all keep you on your toes.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @vkumar05: VKumar, I am glad that you found my Lens interesting...model searches are conducted in your country also. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. Enjoyed reading it.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: SereneSea, model searches have been around since the 1990's when Ford and Elite Model Management would conduct searches in major cities in the USA and capital cities in Europe.

      Because the searches were "made for TV"...many contestant who were not chosen on the TV version of the model search were later signed by major modeling agencies for their unique physical attributes. As you alluded to the fact that not all contestants will become "Super Models" but many will have a successful career. Thanks for visiting, liking and commenting. Have a great week!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These model contest look like very competitive, not all may become celebrities.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @CelebStyle LM: Celebstyle, I just read the stat about the most search celebrities yesterday on a Hollywood celebrity blog. It is understandable how Kim would be #1 when you consider the power of SEO and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for your comment.

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      CelebStyle LM 6 years ago

      thanks for visiting my most searched women on the web...I agree with you 100% about Ms.Kim Kardashian...thanks!