Thursday, September 27, 2012

ASK JOEY: Add Photos To Your Portfolios

I'm surprised to see portfolios with only a couple of photos.  It's important to show off different looks - you never know what the photographer or agent is looking for.  Who knows, they might see your look and get inspired to do something new!  If you are a fashion model it's one thing, but if you are a commercial model, you really do need a variety of photos.  This means different types of photos with different background, facial expressions and outfits.  Don't hesitate to show off your different looks, but make sure they don't all look the same - who wants to see that?!  Change it up! 

Last November I signed with a reputable modeling agency in Miami.  I was excited about this opportunity, however my setback is my age - I'm 26 and I'm only 5'8".  I was wondering how I could break into other markets without having to move or ways that I can speed up my career.  Could you please look at my portfolio and give me some advice?  Thank you very much!

You need to go more commercial, which means you need to change your portfolio.  If you are with a fashion agency, have them introduce you to their commercial department.  But I think if you change your book, they'll automatically send you out to more commercial castings.  You should also ask your agent to send your portfolio to agencies that they work with in other markets.  That way you have a introduction with them without actually having to go there -  if they end up working with you, your agency would get the mother agency commission.  In all, speak up - let them know what you're looking for.
I would really appreciate it if you would take a look at my profile as I am new to this site and you have a lot of experience in this field.  Thanks in advance.  By the way, I love your blog!  It's very interesting and insightful - keep up the good work!
You photograph well but you only have one photo in your portfolio.  You need more to work with.  You know what you're doing as far as acting goes and taking workshops.  Now get into the commercial end of the business.  You need to start testing with photographers to put together a legit portfolio for TV and commercial print.  Then go out and find an agent.  You're a good type for the market.
I have a question, what is the best way to go about getting represented as a print/commercial model in LA?  I know that I will never be a fashion model (I'm not tall or super skinny).  But I would love to do print and commercial work.  Is there any advice that you can give me, like what photos to add to my portfolio?  Thanks for your help! 

You have too many of the same photos.  Cut your photos in half and do new pictures.  If you want to do commercial print, then you need to have a variety of photos with different expressions.  I would get a variety of clothes, backgrounds and smiles.  Then go out and find an agent.  You have a good look though, so I don't think you'll have trouble getting work.
I am a bit shorter for a model.  I'm only 5'3".  I wanted to know how/who would even represent me?  I have a couple of friends that are Ford models but they are very strict on height.

First off, your profile says you're 5'10".  If you are 5'3" you should start by changing your height on your portfolio.  Usually anyone that falls under 5'9" is in the commercial modeling category.  This means that you should hone your acting skills to keep up with the competition for commercial work.  I think you have a good look - the next step would be to get represented.  There are a lot of commercial agents, it's a big market.  Good luck!
I received an email in my MWN mailbox.  Unfortunately I deleted the email and don't remember the name of the sender.  My question is how can I tell if the person sending or saying that I was selected for some fashion show is legit?  I know that MWN tries to be very cautious in allowing any spam to go through or be sent to any of the people on the network.

Sometimes it's hard to tell if a casting is scam or not.  The right thing to do is to let us know immediately if you feel uneasy about a message.  You can email and our team will immediately look into the user who sent out the message and determine if they're fictitious or not.  Ultimately, you should really trust your gut feeling.  Usually when a model land a big gig, it's because they have gone into a casting and have met with the photographer - at the very least you would have talked to someone on the phone.  Why would someone hire you for a modeling gig without seeing you in person?  Listen to your intuition and if anything, please let our team know immediately.

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