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What You Need To Know If You Want To Be A Model

If you are thinking about becoming a model, there are a lot of steps you need to take to ensure success in this industry. Below, we reveal some of the tips and advice to help you become a success.

Read current job descriptions to get an understanding of what is needed

There are a lot of different misconceptions about the modelling industry. A lot of people believe that there is only one type of look, i.e. tall and skinny. However, this is not the case. We have recently seen Rihanna embrace all models in her fashion shows, and this is a trend that is only going to continue.

The best thing you can do is take a look at different modelling job descriptions online so you can get a better understanding of what is being asked for at the moment.

Also, plastic surgery is another area whereby a lot of people have different beliefs about the modelling sector. Some people think that it is frowned upon. However, the plastic surgery that is available from the leading clinics today is made to look natural, and so people will not even notice the difference. This is especially the case if you go for a treatment such as a neck lift, which provides suitable rejuvenation to your skin and ensures that your face looks more defined and provides anti-ageing benefits. Treatments like this certainly won’t rule you out from a modelling career.

Understanding a modelling agency's contract terms

As a model, the contract you have with your agency is imperative. If you have never signed a contract with an agency before then it is imperative that you do your research and gain some knowledge regarding standard contracts. If you don’t then you can easily fall victim to a contract that has been poorly constructed and does not match with your terms. This article will enlighten you to the making of a standard modelling contract so that you do not sign your first one blind sighted.

So let’s begin by discussing what you can expect to read when you lay your eyes on your very first contract. The beginning of the contract usually contains a small section stating that the model (you) appoints the agency as your personal manager. The contract will then also state that the agency consents this and is going to act as your personal manager. Most of the time you will note the agency is stated as your ‘exclusive worldwide manager’. This doesn’t mean that you cannot work for other agencies or sign elsewhere. In fact, it is recommended that you do. However, what it does mean is that you will need to seek the approval of the mother agency before you do so.

Once this introductory part has been outlined you should then find a section whereby the agency explains their role in this agreement. 99 per cent of the time the agency will make it clear that they are there to offer advice and counsel on a whole number of issues. However, they will also state that they are not there to actively find you work or look for employment opportunities. This is one of the main points that is stressed in the contract. This may concern you. After all most people join modelling agencies to find employment. But don’t worry; there are a lot of tax laws and restrictions put in place which is the reason why the agency has to state this in their contract. Aside from this, the agency will also state that they will take a percentage of the gross money you earn. The percentage obviously differs from agency to agency. Nonetheless, most tend to set it at approximately 20 per cent.

Aside from the points that have already been mentioned, one other notable aspect about modelling contracts revolves around the fact that you must agree that the agency is allowed to sign any documents, such as paychecks. This means that they can legally act on your behalf. And don’t forget; nothing is free. You have to pay for everything. From your modelling book, to testing, to featuring on the agency’s website. Everything has a price.

This should have given you a much better idea regarding what you can expect to be stated in a modelling contract. It is important to go into this with knowledge regarding the contract and what it should contain so that you don’t end up stuck to an agreement you are not fully happy with.
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