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July 22nd, 2017

       The Truth About Modeling Expenses

Expenses are an area that seem to create the most confusion and misunderstandings between new models and agencies.

Modeling agencies often hear new models say "Well, if you liked me you would pay for everything". Unfortunately, the talk surrounding modeling agencies having to pay for expenses is exaggerated and often wishful thinking on the part of new models who don't understand how the modeling industry really works. Understand that models have been told "don't pay an agency to represent you" or "don't pay for a booking" - that is true. But that is much different from investing in your own basic start-up costs that don't involve the agency, such as photoshoots, website profiles, composite cards, etc. These are services you need from outside sources such as photographers, scouting services, web developers, stylists, printers, etc.

Agencies that were willing to finance the careers of new models, such as Ford Models, Wilhelmina, Next, andElite Models and IMG Models.

Agencies May Advance but Never Finance

Modeling agencies soon learned that financing the careers of new models was more costly than profitable. Many agencies lost hundreds of thousands of dollars each year when new models were unable to fulfill their obligations for a variety of reasons that were of no fault of the agency. Young models may have found they couldn't handle the stress, they didn't like being away from home, their looks changed, they were difficult to work with, or any number of reasons that would send a new model packing and the agency holding the bill.

Today, many agencies expect to be repaid for advances even if the model does not work. Some agencies have gone as far as taking legal action against models who have outstanding debts. These days over 90% of models working with top agencies in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, London, Milan, etc. did not have their initial expenses advanced and they worked long and hard to get where they are.

Models Are Independent Contractors

As a fashion model you are a self-employed, independent contractor. You are considered a sole proprietor in your own small business, you are not an employee of the agency’s, in addition to basic start-up costs, it is required to cover all of your own promotional expenses such as composite cards, website profile, agency books, headshots, couriers, etc. These promotional expenses can run anywhere from $500 - $1200 per year to post photos on the agency website, $1,500 - $2,500 per year for composite cards, in addition to couriers, postage, working visa's, legal and accounting fees. Professional models understand that this is simply the cost of doing business and it is standard in the industry for the model to cover these promotional expenses.


 I know this industry is very hard, frustrating and you will have difficult times never give up and keep your head held high. You will hear NO a lot but there will be other oppurtunity’s meant for you. Trying to find a good agency that is reputable is so important because they will help you with casting’s and work. The Agencies I have worked with is Ford, Willamenia and Click. You must have a portfolio and resume before walking into any agency. Beware, there are agencies that will ask for money up front for you to join and you must use their photographer’s, makeup artist’s and fashion stylists that cost a lot of money. It is your choice to decide who you want to use. Sign up for Model Mayham and start your page. You will find Photographers who will do TFP which mean’s time for print. They have modeling and acting casting’s which you can apply to. You should do a lot of TFP’S and non- paying jobs to get started on your portfolio and resume, this is a must!                                                                    Social Networking                                                                    I am an Independent Model right now, I have more control over what job’s I take, who I will shoot for and what companies I am willing to work for. I had to get new pictures for my portfolio, made a website, and set up every social media site that is very popular. My favorites are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumbler, Blogger, Pinterest, Flicker, Linkedin and Google +. Google Agency’s in your area and check out their reputation, that will save you time and frustration. You are going to have to learn to be your own makeup, hair, wardrobe and fashion stylist to save money. Posing for photoshoots are important, look at magazines, to help with this go to (You Tube or Pinterest).                                                                                                                                                                           PLACES TO SHOP FOR SHOOTS                                       I used to work for MAC and worked for a hair salon and went to fashion school so I do everything. My favorite places to shop is Sammy Dress (they are in China), Charlotte Russe, Miss Sixty and every city which I have worked in I bring a lot of stuff home. The only way you can be successful is to be reliable, honest, and have fun. Your building your reputation, do not ruin it, word does go around. Good luck and I wish you the best! If you still have questions go to my website: model-aimee-muyres.com.