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How to have a career as a model

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A career in the modeling Industry requires hard work, preparation, dedication and of course the “it’ or ‘unique’ factor that separates you from the rest of the crowd.

Types of Modeling-There are various types of modeling to choose from and most models don’t just stick to one kind. Very broadly, they can be classified into Fashion Modeling, Body or Body Part Modeling, Commercial Modeling. The following are the most ethical types.

  • Fashion modeling of course can be further divided into print, runway, editorial, catalog, lingerie, bathing suit, fitness, size specific (petite, plus size etc) modeling and possibly a few more.
  • Commercial modeling this is actually the busiest modeling in a medium to small market size. This includes lifestyle modeling, sport modeling, modeling for trade shows, product promotions, etc.
  • Body part modeling is actually an off-shoot of fashion modeling which uses models for specific body parts. So for example, a model with great hands would be used for an ad for a hand cream.

Finding Work-There is never a lack of work for models but for paying jobs it is very competitive. Finding work can be hard on your own, especially if you’re an unknown face with no proven talent. The best way to start out in modeling is to work with a reputable agent who takes you under their wing. It is the agency’s job to promote you and find you work and it helps you gain a foothold while you’re still new to the industry.

Versatility-You will immediately become more employable when you are versatile and can pretty much suit any role a client needs. Versatile model are just as comfortable at photo with different photographers and products at photo shoots as they are saying lines for various TV commercials or working as a spokes model. Once you’ve proven your abilities, you will soon become the person the client asks back for the next promotion as well. This is when it becomes much easier because you do not have to continually audition, they just directly book you.

The Client-Your career is client-driven. Your ability to book jobs is based on how well you can help the client sell the product or service. Without the client you will have no work, and obviously no pay. Doing an amazing job when you are booked will force the client to hire you over and over again.

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Craze Modeling and Talent Agency

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A question and answer article with Craze Agency CEO Troy Lee and Children In Film.

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1.     What is the most important trait you look for in child actors?

 

The ability to be relaxed, comfortable, disciplined and natural in front of virtual strangers is a hard quality to find. Clients want kids to be real kids not seem like they were forced or coached by their parents.

2.       What would be the ideal attire for children to wear to an audition? An interview?

 

Simple age appropriate clothing not to casual but also not overly dressy for both an audition and an interview. No hats or makeup. We want to see what they naturally look like.

 

3.       Upon first impression, what might immediately deter you as an agent from selecting a child?

 

Pushy parents that answer the questions for the child, kids that cannot sit still very long or have a hard time taking direction. Parents who have unrealistic expectations

4.     What would you say are the perks of a small boutique agency vs. a large company?

 

Though we have agencies in Utah and Idaho and work primarily in the Intermountain region we also find work in many surrounding markets. Because we are not in a top ten populated market we find work in many areas. Commercial print modeling, Lifestyle print modeling, a little bit of High Fashion modeling, Small budget and Feature films, Commercials, Website spoke persons, Brand Ambassadors and trade show modeling.

In order to provide clients with appropriate talent, we represent quite a few people that just do this part time and not as a career. We also assist talent in getting larger market representation once they are qualified and ready. I have found that successful agencies in smaller markets cannot specialize as much as most of the larger market agencies.

5.       As an out-of-L.A. agent, what would you advise other out-of-L.A. parents & child actors to do to gain exposure?

 

Get a reputable agent in your market. It is too hard for an individual to get their foot in the door with most paying clients. Many agencies in smaller markets also rely on training the models and actors for income. This is not always bad but if you want your child also promoted properly, you have to be extra careful because they may make the majority of their income training the talent.

Do not worry too much at first about spending a ton of time finding national work for your child. Try to develop their skill level and resume with local jobs. If they want to be an actor research the best film and commercial acting instructors. In our market most theatre jobs are low or non paying so we spend our time with film, TV and commercials. Make sure your child’s headshot and resume are of industry standard quality. Then mail them with a brief cover letter to every ad agency, commercial photographer and casting director in your market.  Also it is all about networking so at first do low budget or free projects just to get out there and create visibility and experience.

6.       What is one important thing you feel a parent can do to benefit their child to become more successful in the industry? Or what not to do?

 

Encourage the child but never force them to be in the industry. Educate them on the good and bad points and be realistic. Usually there is not as much consistent work for kids until they get a little older.

7.    At what point would you advise to parents choose to move to L.A.? Is it imperative?

 

For acting once the child is one of the most booked children in your State, which is a very small percentage. Also if they can be SAG eligible and have 2-3 years of really good experience on their resume.  For modeling I would say they probably would also need to be a pretty good actor because there are a ton of cute kids already living in L.A. so they need to be able to do both well to catch the eye of the better children’s agencies.

Over the years I have had a number of really good actors and models jump too quickly to L.A.,  even though they were making some good income in our market and developing a nice track record with the local casting directors and ad agencies. Though I counseled them to first further develop their acting skills or modeling portfolio with tear sheets etc. they would listen to many so called industry people advising them they are L.A. ready now. Most of the time they go before they are really ready and end getting discouraged and they just quit the business… For many actors or models L.A. or New York should be the goal, but just make sure you give yourself the very best chance possible to succeed!

8.      How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

 

I had a high school friend who managed an agency offer me a new faces recruiting agent position even though I had little experience in the Modeling and Acting world other than doing many trade show spokesperson jobs for various companies. After about a year of working for this agency I realized there were better ways to promote and recruit the talent, so I worked hard and opened up my own agency and have now been promoting talent for about 25 years.

 

 

9. What is the most important lesson you have learned working in entertainment outside of Hollywood?

 

I have had to be extremely diversified to grow and succeed. Sometimes there are a ton of movies all going on or commercials or print jobs and other times almost nothing. We are usually busy all the time because we have such a diverse section of talent that we can find opportunities daily. Also sometimes smaller market agents are just as smart and savvy as major market agents. They have to be just to survive.

10.  Why are you passionate about your agency and/or being an agent?

 

I have a fantastic team at the Craze Agency that has worked together for years.  It really gives me pleasure when I see one of our talents careers begin to flourish. I also love the fact that over the years we have assisted thousands of people in achieving some of their dreams in the entertainment industry.

 

Get a great modeling and Acting Headshot or Zed Card

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Lots of Personality!! Give them fun or serious facial and body expressions. For modeling show off all your best poses and angles. Also show variety in poses, locations and clothing for modeling, this will make you appear to be more experienced. Many people may have a similar look to you- it’s your personality that makes you standout.

Don’t be typecast- Do not dress like a specific character or look, lawyer, nurse o police officer only a swimwear model etc… You want the viewer to be able to imagine you as many different characters from one or more pictures.

Clothing choices should be simple. Avoid patterns and prints in favor of solid colors. No white or very light pastels or large logos. Simple clothing helps the viewer see you. You are not selling the clothing with your headshots or zeds cards. Also to tight of clothes or loose and layered clothes do no photograph well.

Makeup. Yes, you want to look your best for your headshot, but that doesn’t mean layers of eyes shadow and unblended blush or too bright of lipstick. If possible hire a professional makeup artist. Keep in mind, you should pay close attention to what your makeup artist does so when you go to an audition or to meet an agent you can walk in the door looking as close to your photo as possible. Men, just make sure your skin is not shiny and your lips are not chapped.

Look like your headshot. This is not a time to be a beauty queen. You need to give casting directors and clients an accurate version of yourself. Look like your everyday self but just a little better. Sometimes your little flaws will actually get you cast! Keep your current look close to your photos, if not update your photos.

What kind of work you are trying to get? Do you want to do film, commercial or modeling work? They are all shot a little different normally

Don’t show a lot of skin! Females, this means no excess cleavage unless you are doing a modeling zed card, do a few swimwear of tasteful lingerie shots if you have an amazing body. Also remember to do some headshots and a variety of looks. Guys, keep your shirts on unless it is a modeling shot for your zed card. Casting directors want to see you, but not that much of you!

Face shot or ¾ shots. ¾ shots are useful to show a casting director your body type.         This can be good if you are looking to do commercial work modeling clothes. Be careful, though.

Your eyes really need to be the strongest part of your shot. Of course your smile is    important, too, but the eyes can make or break your picture. Your eyes give you the opportunity to show the layers in your personality. Rather than thinking about the viewer looking at your picture, think about you looking at the viewer.

In a ¾ shot, your eyes can get lost. A facial shot is the best way to show your eyes and your personality…

Try to be unique and show who you are in the photo. Clients often shuffle through dozens of cards and you need to stand out in a positive way.

Printing. Make sure your great photo is printed on quality card stock and is full of vibrancy and contrast

An Actors preperation guide before auditioning

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These are some of the questions you should answer when you prepare to perform or audition an acting scene. Be creative and try to think out of the box. Casting Directors, producers and directors respect actors who are original and creative

If you do not know the answer below just use your best judgment but make a choice. There really is not a right or wrong but just your interpretation.

By using this list below it should help you to perform and understand the acting scene much better.

Casting directors stress that you need to make and be able to perform strong choices when auditioning.

When practicing your audition do it for a friend or family and see if they are able to answer these questions by witnessing your actual performance.

Always try to remember the audience only knows what you are thinking by your actual performance. They do not have a script in front of them.

Learn to connect with the audience by being able to let them feel and understand what you are thinking and conveying.

Make a worksheet every time you audition and fill in the following questions.

What is the physical description of my character?

What is the personality like of my character?

What are my emotions?

What is the personality of the other characters in the scene?

What is our relationship?

Where is the scene taking place? Describe the setting.

What is the time of day?

What type of Film, T.V. series or Commercial is this?

What is my character trying to accomplish?

What are the other characters trying to accomplish?

What details or nuances that make sense I can add to the scene?

What is the pace of the scene?

Where are the key shifts in the scene?

Do I completely know and understand the scene?

Now see if your performance conveys these details. With this method you begin will start to understand your character and provide a much richer and interesting audition. Now go get an audition and have a blast with it! If you have further questions call us at 801-438-0067, 208-433-9511 or go online to http://www.crazeagency.com

Casting calls and Auditions for Models, Actors and Extras!

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National Baby and Child Model Search offers monthly prizes,
talent agent exposure and a chance to win a year of representation with Ford
Models.
Campus Event, Male or Female ages 18-30, BOISE AND SPOKANE
… Below are details for a poster installer needed for a National Campus
Campaign for Sprint.
Male or Female age 18-30 needed.

Poster Install
Date: Needs to be completed between November 8th &
12th
Pay Rate:
Poster Installer: $50 up to 100 posters

Arches National Park, Utah Seeking models for a commercial / print photo shoot / non union
Male / Female ages 20 – 45 All ethnicities
Description: You should be athletic (outdoorsy, not body builders),
good/interesting looking, energetic, have a lot of character, urban, hip,
fashionable.
…Surfers, mountain bikers, drivers, snowboarders is a plus but not a must.

Compensation: $300/per day Buyout

Casting Extras for, “The Letter Writer” Feature Film Produced and Directed by Christian Vuissa
for BYU TV
Low budget independent
Tentative shoot schedule: begin November 6, for 14 days
Filming in Utah County, Salt Lake County Pay TBD

Wyoming Holiday Mall Programs need Promo Models, Males and Females ages 18-40, Merrier
Shopping (Black Friday) means giving the shopper what they want and
when they want it.
On Black Friday,
that means offering retailer discounts, freebies, value added and a fun mall
…experience early in the morning! Paying

Casting for Returned Sister Missionaries for Photo Shoot, ages 22-25, Utah-LDS Casting is looking for recently returned Sister missionaries of all ethnicities, for a new brochure on dressing and grooming standards for sister missionaries. Modeling experience is a plus. Who: Women 22-25 years old, …all ethnicities, re…turned missionaries, sizes 0-16 They will choose 20 models paying

We have a client that is going to be in need of some Featured Talent for a
short marketing video for Novell. They are going to need a variety of Males and Females, ages from late 20’s
and up, any Ethnicity. This Wednesday, November 3- Friday, November 5
starting at 12:00pm and working into the evening in south Provo ea…ch day.

You can work all 3 days or any combo of days.
Pay is $90 per day!!

Boise-Auditions for Leaving Iowa December 12, 2 p.m. & December 13, at 7 p.m. in the
greenroom.
Needed- 3 Men, 3 Women, ages 25-50.
No preparation or appointment necessary.

Boise -Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
December 4th, 10:00am and December 7th at 7:30pm at

Craze Modeling and Talent Agency now interviewing for new faces in Idaho and Utah!

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Because of the influx of new opportunities, Craze Agency will be interviewing potential models, actors and extras of all ages for the next two weeks!

We are A rated members of the BBB! Established in 1999 and one of the top rated Agencies in the USA. Call 801-438-0067 Utah or 208-433-9511 Idaho.

Apply online at http://www.crazeagency.com