If you are reading this, it’s because you have been signed by a model agency or you want to know more about what professional agency modeling is really about. These pages are written from the perspective of the India’s commercial print market, although much of what is said here also applies to other markets.
Professional Agency Modelling: How it Works
In India it is also generally true that commercial print agencies do not sign their models to “exclusive” contracts. Print work is much less intensive than editorial fashion work: they know they probably cannot keep you busy. They also know that commercial clients tend to call more than one agency; that they get some calls but not all of them, and that it is usually in the best interests of the model to “freelance” – to work with more than one commercial print agency if they can. This can lead to some potential conflicts, so procedures (discussed below) have been worked out to deal with this. Generally the agency would prefer that you not be listed with several others, but they also understand that from your perspective it is a reasonable thing to do.
The first step in getting a modeling job is normally a “go see”, where you meet the people who are actually doing the hiring. When you get that First Call to go to one, what should you do? What do you need to do at the go-see? We tell all in Before and At a Go-See. Then it’s wait and see if you are lucky. Sometimes it’s hard to tell: After the Go-See. Sooner or later the miracle happens: they are interested in you, and you get booked! Then you get to do what models do: The Shoot. And finally you get to the payoff for all this hard work. You get a paycheck! What should you expect about Getting Paid?