They will arrange for your test shots and only expect you to show up at the shoot on time and with a positive attitude.Most agencies have agreements with photographers and makeup artists whom they pay to take their test shots and even build a working portfolio for an up-and-coming model.
Photographic makeup should be bold and heavy-handed.Don’t be afraid to ask the photographer for pointers as they will have an understanding of how the makeup will look under the lighting they are setting up.Also, before the shoot, talk to the photographer or your agent about clothing and color choices as like makeup clothing that looks good in real life may not look as good on film.So you’ve caught the eye of a modeling agent and they want to sign you to their agency, what now?Stories abound of unscrupulous agents taking advantage of eager young girls with a dream, so how can you know if that interested agent is the real deal or a scam artist?Models do need portfolios but when an agency is really interested in a girl and thinks she can make it as a model they will not ask for any money to help build it.
A comp card is the models equivalent of a business card.
An agency that wants to develop and represent you will never ask you to pay for your own comp card or for the pictures necessary to make one.
Also, along these same lines, a legitimate modeling agency will not ask you to pay to set up a web profile or other online promotion tool.
Since the potential for work in one city is small these agencies will seek to recoup some or all of their initial expenses in signing a model.
A legitimate modeling agency will never ask you to pay for your own startup costs but they may try to get their money back once they start getting work for you. Another seemingly crazy thing a legitimate modeling agency may ask of you is that you do some work for free… It may seem strange that they ask you to volunteer your time and talents but there is a method to the madness.
Modeling is a business and businesses mean taking risks, a legitimate agency that thinks you can work as a model will take a risk on you.