Under 18s need parents permission to model & adult chaperones to all shoots, interviews & casting calls. Parents must ensure work is within government guidelines re hours, pay etc. If applicable a youth work permit will be needed. The law requires parents make model agency applications on behalf of under 18s. Apply at open calls, or by email to agency offices, or by online application forms found on the agencies` websites. Be sure the agency is age appropriate - some are over 18s only.
Search online for 'Model Agencies ***** (ie the area you want to search). Do authenticity checks as below. Ensure the agency has the category of modelling she wants to do. Under 18s can do Fitness,Runway,Catalogue,Fashion,Print, Magazine,Advertising,Promotional, Plus Size, Character, Commercial, Editorial, Parts Modelling, Hair & Photographic. Swimwear, Lingerie & Underwear must be catalogue style & not provocative (over 18s only).
Modelling isn`t only about fashion, it`s also about selling a product, commodity or idea. Only Runway modelling has measurement criteria but agencies are aware teens may still be growing. Agencies do not weigh models - but they expect healthy BMIs. Other modelling genres do not have measurement criteria - proved by 1000s of successful models worldwide under 5'8 (females) and 5'11 (males).
Send agency applications with 4 photos. 2 facing the camera -1 portrait (top of the head down to the shoulders) & 1 full body (head to feet). 2 side profile images, portrait & full body. She should stand up straight and wear a fitted plain T shirt & fitted jeans. No make-up & hair off the face. This also what she should wear for open calls or interviews.
Her application photos will show what she looks like, her portfolio will show if she has the ability to model. Portfolios include images in the model`s chosen genres. Professional un-edited or clear amateur shots are acceptable. Use images from several photographers. Permission will be needed from the photographer to include their images in her portfolio as they own the copyright. For further portfolio information: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/ind…
Use international modelling sites (Model Mayhem /Purestorm/ OneModelPlace) to locate photographers in your area. Not all photographers on these sites are genuine. 99?re, always check references. Some photographers work TFP/TFCD i.e model & photographer give time to a shoot in return for prints or images on CD to use in their portfolios. Most photographers will charge for their work- ensure the price they quote is all inclusive.
Do not use Portfolio Studios as often the price does not include the images, only studio time & the photographer. Portfolio Studios often ignore the 7 day cooling off period & use hard sell to entice their customers to pay high prices for poor quality images. Portfolio Studios often infer that they are model agencies to entice people to them. The 'scouts' in malls are selling agents for these studios and not from genuine agencies.
3 out of 4 agencies are scam. The quickest, but not exclusive, way to check is google the agency name followed by the word 'scam' or 'review' & read the results. Be aware that where there are negative reviews, scam agencies will write bogus positive reviews. For further information on how to avoid the scams : http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/ind…
Genuine agencies receive 1000s of applications direct to their offices. They have no need to scout in malls or advertise on the internet INCLUDING Facebook, FaceParty, Gumtree (or any classified ads sites), Google Ads, YahooAds. To clarify, when making internet searchs related to modelling ALL the modelling adverts on the right of the screen & colour shaded areas at the top of the results list are ALL scams. If the site you are reading is genuine, do not presume all sites advertised on the same page are genuine. More often they are scams.
Avoid modelling schools, their remit is to make money not make models. They accept anyone willing to pay the high fees but can give no guarantee of your acceptance by an agency. If someone is paying them money - they won`t pass them on to make money for someone else. Apply direct to the agencies. If signed she will receive free training & she will know she is not wasting her time or money.
Some agencies cover several categories, some a select few, some are exclusive to one style. Agents look for a) the model`s ability to make themselves & the product they are advertising (whether a product or an idea) saleable via the camera or the catwalk and b) models they can market to their clients. Each agency has it`s own client base, and will sign according to their clients` requirements.
It`s not all down to looks or measurements, it is ability to do the job that will get her signed. There are no guarantees. Modelling has a 98?ejection rate & those that do get signed to an agency are not guaranteed work