Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ask Joey: How old is too old?

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I want to say thank you to Minsun, who post a question on my profile this week.

Her question was, "What is the age range for models these days. How old is too old?"

As we already know, models do come in all shapes and sizes, which includes a variety of age ranges. The key to modeling is to grit your teeth and accept your age range. This does not mean you have to look exactly like your biological clock says you are, but you need to accept and be realistic about how old you really look.

If you want to be model and you get the chance to meet with an agent, you need ask, "Is there a market for my age group?" Then ask, "Is there enough advertising for my age group where I can make decent living?"

We all know that the models who make the most money are the fashion models between 16 and 30 years of age. That is where most of the advertising money is spent, on the young generation.

The older models that are working have been modeling since their teens; they grew up in the business. They have clients that have booked them since they were 20, 30, 40, and they will continue for whatever age they are now. It's like any other business: you build up connections and clientele.

But I've got to tell you that the money is not the same. In most businesses, the norm is the longer you have been working the more money you make. But in the modeling business, the longer you work the less money you make, except for a chosen few.

Most models who are in their 60's didn't just decide to become a model. Most likely they have been working in the business for 30 to 50 years. It's harder to model when you are older. As I said before, most models in the older age group have been doing this for years. Plus, you are competing with actors and actresses who have been trying to make it for years. And the client will say, "Why book someone new when there are others that have been working for 10 to 20 years."

I am not saying you can't model. There are always exceptions to the rule, and you will may even make some money.

A classic car has value, but a classic model can practically make a living.

I hope you find this advice helpful and not too harsh, Minsun. Best of luck.

In the meantime…

Have a successful day!


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