Models and Talent Agency
How do these companies work?
Typically all the top models have
great agencies. However it does not mean that if you sign with a
modeling agency you will be all set for a great future. The big
questions is, "What exactly is a modeling agency and what does it do?"
There is no easy answer to this question. Modeling agencies usually
operate as small independent companies and no two agencies work in the
same way. A lot depends on the agency and the maket in which the
owner(s) and agency's personnel operate. There are a lot of rip-off and
scam agencies out there and because most wannabe models don't know
about how the modeling business works, they can be easy prey for these
The main purpose of a modeling
agency's is to find work for their models. They are model's
representatives or agents. They approach other companies
to negotiate contracts of employment for the model or talent.
Usually they take a percent of what the model makes (10% to 33%) from
an assignment. Some states have specific rules for such
aganecies and must be licensed by the state. Even though it
may sound fairly simple and straightforward, it is interesting that
it can vary from one agency to another.
How to check on models and talent agency
One of the ways to check about models
and talent agency
is with the Better Business Bureau. They usually have information on
the modeling agencies you are interested in. They publish their ratings
which onculde good points as well as complaints against them.
An agency has to be really bad for the BBB to have any negative
comments about them. The BBB is not a perfect source for
information, but it is a place you can start from. You will find many
regional BBBs have web sites which can provide you additional find
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