Q: Can my friends and/or family come to the shoot?  A: Yes one person can certainly come with you but we* do not allow friends or family to actually watch or take part in the shoot.  Models react differently to the creative process when people they know are watching.  It also takes longer for us to produce the images we need.   Make sure they bring a book or laptop – if we go on location they may be asked to wait for us at the local coffee shop.

Q: Do I need to make a deposit for a shoot? A: Generally yes- sometimes no.  If a referral is made from an agent we work with routinely there is no need.

Q: Can I come by to meet you and see your work? A: Of course!  However, keep in mind that our time, like yours, is valuable.  If you aren’t serious about booking a shoot, please wait until you are.  We can get a lot done and answer your questions  by talking on the phone and emailing each other.

Q: Can I pay with a credit card for my shoot? A: Every situation is different here.  It never hurts to ask if credit cards are accepted.

Q: Can I bring my own make/up artist?  Can I bring my own clothes? A: Yes.  However there are some things to consider.  Using our hair /make-up artist guarantees we will be performing to the top of our ability.  We can book and coordinate a hair/make-up artist and a clothing stylist for you.  It is most beneficial to keep a creative team intact.  Think of a creative team or an endeavor as a chain that is as strong as the weakest link.  If there is one really weak link it is very hard to get the shoot as a whole to be strong.  Therefore when we work with creatives I haven’t worked with before I like to take a look at their online portfolios first.  With clothes it isn’t quite as important an issue, but close.  If you’d like to bring your own clothes to shoot in make sure they are clean and pressed.  Use magazines and store windows as inspiration.  Bring more than you think you‘ll need.  Get the advice of your agent.

Q: What about photo retouching?  A: In this day and age, everything s retouched to some degree. It is an extension of the photographic process now.   I look at some retouched images from photographers and it looks like there isn’t much photo capture left.  Other photographers may have a very simple, natural style that might include just  a light correction for contrast and color.

Q: What do I receive from the shoot? A: A dvd of hi-res images is the norm.   An information sheet (FAQ) for reproduction, a set of contact sheets 8.5×11 AND/OR a proofing system on the disk, a release so that images can be reproduced for portfolio, retouching rate cards a resource list or industry referral list are all things you can ask about when booking a test and getting material from a photographer. In addition sometimes images are simply loaded to an online gallery.   Most photographers offer output services (retouching/printing/extra disk burning)  a rate chart for all these services should be available.

Q: Can I get images the day of shoot? A: For us- no, sorry.  There is a minimum amount of time needed to organize and edit images.  I then make redundant archive copies and run them through software programs for the proofing format (s).  In addition all the image are processed out of the raw capture state into hi res jpgs.  Normal turn around is one week.

Q: How many pictures do you take? A: A lot.  On average around75-100 images per look.   Everyone is different though so this changes with different photographers.

Q: How long will my shoot last? A: This is a hard question because different people work at different speeds.  In addition, we react to the situation and environment.  Basically figure on 1 to 1.5 hours for hair and make-up (girls) and a quick clothes try on and then 1 hour per look shooting.  This usually goes over some so if there are strict time considerations you should discuss them up front and before the shoot.

* I’m using the plural in this article because I’m writing from the standpoint of our incorporated business and we sometimes represent a full team of creative professionals when discussing photo work.

My name is Keela Starr, I am the Creative Director of K. Starr Management and I am going to show you sure fire ways on how you will and will not make it in this industry.  I’m giving a realistic and honest approach on how to get in the business and what to expect once you get there.

In our first installment of, “Who are you in the Modeling Industry?” we discussed the primary ways to introduce yourself into the modeling industry.

Okay, so here we are, you’ve met the agent, either he/she likes you or they don’t.  Let’s start off with the chance that they don’t like you.  Which may be stated, “You’re not quite what we’re looking for”, if this is what you’ve heard or may be fearing—don’t despair. The fashion industry has a reputation of not being very warm and fuzzy, it’s true.  If an agent tells you, “No”, then 1) it’s not the end of the world,  and 2) suck it up and it’s on to plan b or another agency, or another agency, or another agency. Yes, some of the most successful models in the world were seemingly rejected by multiple agencies before they found the right puzzle that their piece belonged to(Gisele Bundchen is a good example). Another thing you must realize is that no agent is the be-all end-all.  Just because an agent was not very nice or didn’t want to represent you, that shouldn’t stop you from shining nor should it stop your dream.  There are many people that started out with the desire to model and ended up successful photographers, booking agents, agency owners or found themselves in other areas of this industry.  Agents are human beings- they could be having a bad day. There’s really not a science to determine if a person likes you or not. I’ve worked in this business for over 15 years and I’ve been involved in huge debates trying to determine whether or not to bring a model on board. One agent may love him/her and the others may not. I’ve experienced this first hand where there were mixed emotions about a girl and the next thing you know she goes to another agency and what happens? She gets a Maybelline contract (TRUE STORY)! So, just because some agent (that may have had a fight that morning with their significant other) decides to tell you “No”, kick the dust off of your heels and move on to something bigger and better and potentially more prosperous.  Once again remember- there is something for everyone, but it may not be what you first expected.

So, if the agency decides to tell you, “Yes”, then let the games begin!  There are a lot of things that you will need to know before your modeling career really kicks in.  First things first- the sure fire way of not only losing potential jobs, but also losing an agent is TARDINESS—being excessively late.  This will ruin your career before it begins. No one and I mean no one wants a late model on their board or on their set. When they say time is money…that’s exactly what they mean. It costs money to rent studio space, to get digitals to potential clients on time.  It is a time based business.  If you struggle with that, you are setting yourself up for failure.  If clients find out you have a reputation of being late all the time, you will not be requested or booked.  If you think it’s cute to be late to school, classes or appointments, you better wake-up and smell the Starbuck’s fast.  With the competitive nature of this industry right now there’s a very low tolerance for this type of behavior.  In our next article I will reveal to you some of the myths and misconceptions about the beginning stages in your modeling career.

Who are you in the modeling industry?

There are So many models in this business….some models travel all over the world and become very successful and others never make it out of the agency. My name is Keela Starr, I am the Creative Director of K. Starr Management and I am going to show you sure fire ways on how you will and will not make it in this industry.

Every person that wanted to become a model had dreams and visions of what they thought modeling was all about. Well, let me be the first to tell you, it’s not all fun and games. It takes time and effort to become a successful working model.  I am going to give you a realistic and honest approach on how to get in the business and what to expect.

Every working model in Paris, Milan, or New York has a different story on how they were discovered in this industry. Some models were scouted on the street, in the mall, at a football game. Others, started out in a reputable school, some submitted themselves by mail/email or attended open calls at an agency.

I personally, have found great models in development schools. Do I think they are great for everyone, “No”.  Everything is not for everybody. If you know of a great reputable school—great, but check the school out, and review their curriculum, find out what they are going to teach you and what you will get out of it before you make a commitment. Some schools have produced AMAZING models and actors for example, Jessica Biel, Eva Longoria, Ashton Kutcher, Katie Holmes and many, many more!!

Now, if you already know you want to model and you want to submit photos, it’s very simple. You should have someone take pictures of you with a digital camera in tasteful age appropriate swimwear with no make-up.  The agent wants to know what you look like before the make-up and retouching. You should not get professional pictures done until you have already secured an agency. Once you are signed with an agency, they will direct you to great, reputable photographer’s (like Tom Fahey).  Your home digitals should be taken on a plain background and with great natural lighting. Make sure you take full length (facing forward and profile shots) and facial shots, smiling and no smiling. If you decide you would like to attend an open call, please take the same home shots with you printed with your measurements on the back. Ladies: bust, waist, hips, shoe size, dress size, hair and eye color. Gentlemen: neck, waist, inseam, suit, shoe size, hair and eye color. Every open call has a different protocol, however please remember that your first impression is EVERYTHING. If you aren’t feeling well or if you’re not up to it……DON’T GO! Your attitude and energy has to be exceptional. You are getting this one opportunity to meet a person that could possibly be the beginning of a beautiful long-lasting relationship. Agents want to see personality and a person that will be a pleasure to work with. Don’t answer questions with one word answers—but don’t talk the agent’s ear off either. Your attire should be fashionably and body conscious. If there’s potential interest in you, the agency may ask you to change into a swimsuit for them to take their own images. Be prepared and well groomed….. This is only the beginning and there are so many more tips to come. Stay tuned for me to tell you the sure fire way of losing not only a job…but also an agent.

After 28 years of launching the careers of some of the world’s top models such as Cindy Crawford, Liya Kebede, Kemp Muhl and more, a new agency emerges – drawing from its past achievements and looking forward to tomorrow’s new discoveries. In December 2009, Jane Stewart, who spearheaded Elite Chicago and Atlanta, announced the birth of FACTOR WOMEN, a women’s fashion agency.

Today, operating under the new name, FACTOR WOMEN, has positioned itself as an agency built on a solid foundation of history and experience.  This foundation allows its talented staff to innovate, create and manage in an ever-changing industry.   Few agencies in the world hold the recognition, respect, and reputation that the stellar team behind FACTOR WOMEN has built.

FACTOR WOMEN’S strategy is pure and simple, carefully selected, qualified models are coupled with the highest level of management and service.  The result is a long term balanced career.  For a young model represented by FACTOR WOMEN, the opportunities are endless!

After 28 years of launching the careers of some of the world’s top models such as Cindy Crawford, Liya Kebede, Kemp Muhl and more, a new agency emerges – drawing from its past achievements and looking forward to tomorrow’s new discoveries. In December 2009, Jane Stewart, who spearheaded Elite Chicago and Atlanta, announced the birth of FACTOR WOMEN, a women’s fashion agency. Today, operating under the new name, FACTOR WOMEN, has positioned itself as an agency built on a solid foundation of history and experience.  This foundation allows its talented staff to innovate, create and manage in an ever-changing industry.   Few agencies in the world hold the recognition, respect, and reputation that the stellar team behind FACTOR WOMEN has built.FACTOR WOMEN’S strategy is pure and simple, carefully selected, qualified models are coupled with the highest level of management and service.  The result is a long term balanced career.  For a young model represented by FACTOR WOMEN, the opportunities are endless!

http://www.factoratlanta.com

From Thomas Fahey:

Lois Thigpen is not only one of my favorite people, she is an extremely experienced resource and guide for models and talent.  Not only in the South, but worldwide too!  As Director of (formerly) Elite Atlanta and now Factor models, I credit her skill at the helm for the ongoing success of the agency and the people they represent( of course that os not to discount the wonderful work of the many talented bookers- Trish, Kitty, Victoria et al) .  If you think you;d be right for their agency, contact Victoria/new faces:

  • Address:1708 Peachtree Street NW
  • Suite 210
  • City:Atlanta, GA
  • ZIP/Postal:30309
  • map & driving directions
  • Phone:404 872 7444
  • Fax:404 874 1526
  • Email:info.atlanta@factorwomen.com

Click Models and Talent has joined forces with J Pervis Model & Talent to offer a full service, experienced agency for talent representation.  Modeltest talked recently with Booking Agent Jayme Pervis.

Q  1)Tell us a bit about J Pervis Models and Talent

A Jayme Pervis:   J Pervis Talent is now located in Atlanta off Auburn Avenue. We love
our new location and how central it is to everything. This truly has been
the best move for us!
We at J Pervis Talent work 100 % as a team. Everyone assists on every job.
There is always a “for-person” but we all help each other on jobs daily.
The “about” info on J Pervis Talent is on our web page….everyone must
visit our website to find out the juicy details!

Q  2) What changes are people likely to see that have been familiar with Click Models?  What goals have the new business set?

JP: Changes….Organization! We all love to have every T crossed and every I
dotted. It helps the Models better their career and it helps us keep
everything together. Our phones ring off the hook and people are in and out
of the office daily. It is imperative to our sanity! There will be many
other changes, as Click will be working with a new set of AMAZING booking
agents (if I do say so myself). Great personalities and energy are running
the ship now! Our Goals for Atlanta is to get Click & J Pervis Talent as the
biggest powerhouse in the Southeast and to be nationally recognized across
the country. Wow, we have so many more goals…but I might bore you if I
keep going on and on.

Q 3) for new talent seeking representation, tell us what you look for :

JP:  Children: We start at age 3 and go up through 12 for kids. We are looking
for kids that have that “sparkle” and energy about them that draws you in.
Acting Experience is a plus, but not required at this age
Commercial: All ages 3 through the elderly. Personality Personality
Personality! 80 % of commercial is all about who YOU are as a person.
Technique and skills are the other 20 % .
Fashion: Women: 5’9 Men: 5’11.

4) How do models/talent go about interviewing for possible representation?

JP: I love to see personality! I like to get to know the person just as
much as see their skills in an interview. It is so important to be yourself
and to not act like it is a job interview. After that it is up to the agency
what they want you to do next. For Actors/Actresses we have them prepare and
monologue and cold read. I would tell you what I look for, but I cannot give
away alllllll my secrets!

5) What are some typical photo/video work models can possibly get in the Atlanta area?

JP:this list could get excessive, so I
will just list some jobs we have booked in the last few weeks:
Publix
Mini Coop
NavoRapid
Georgia Lottery
Coca-Cola
Dixie
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns
Glory Foods
Carey Paul Honda
Verizon
Vampire Diaries
Mary Kay
Momma’s
My Manny
Cartoon Network
Walmart
Family Life
My Parents, My Sister, & Me

6) What kind of work can models possibly get nationally, and internationally?

JP: Navo Rapid
Coca Cola
Dixie
Verizon
Mary Kay
Saks Fifth Avenue
Walmart
Publix
…..the list goes on and on and on and on.

7) What is your advice for a new model as to how to prepare for an interview with a potential  new agency?

JP:PERSONALITY. Show us you are someone we would want to be around on set!
Dress casual. We want to see you every day. Minimal make up for the ladies.
We will ask you to do you walk, so be ready for it! Have your portfolio
ready. If you haven’t had a test shoot before, I recommend going ahead and
getting one, save us from asking you to do it. We can recommend some GREAT
photographers.

8 )  What is the current film work like for talent booked out of Atlanta, as extras and otherwise?  How, if at all, do you see this changing for the future?

JP: SUPER BUSY!!! We have had films non-stop since the tax incentive was
passed for the state of Georgia last year. There is a great organization
that can keep anyone in the business informed. I recommend it to any one
looking to get into the acting side of the business. Georgia Production
Partners, aka GPP. Members are able to hear of what’s coming before it even
begins. We want to keep our market busy like it has been so training is SO
important for Actors. We want to stay competitive with the New York and LA
markets. There is NO excuse for not staying in consistent training.

9) What are the marketing materials that talent/ models need, and how do they get them?

JP: Headshots & Comp Cards: Must be with a professional INDUSTRY photographer.
Once the pictures have been made the agent will chose what they want on your
card. THEN everything is mass produced so we can send out alllllll the time!
Also, there are websites to get on. For Click we use a site called
modelwire.com. For J Pervis Talent we use several….Actors Access, 800
Casting, & Now Casting. The business is ever changing and new demands come
up frequently, so whatever we have to get on to help market our models &
talent we do it!! We want to offer our clients every opportunity possible.

10) Last thoughts…

JP: Remember that and agent model/talent relationship is a MARRIAGE!!!! It is a
team effort. Except the model/talent gets a LOT more of the money then the
agent does. Ha! It takes just as much effort for the model/talent as it does
from the agent. You cannot sick back and say “I got an agent so I am good”,
no you have to hit the streets just like we do. You don’t see us sitting
back waiting on the jobs, so neither should you!!!!