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Why It's Better to Have a Modeling Agent Than Being an Independent Model - Part One

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Post Why It's Better to Have a Modeling Agent Than Being an Independent Model - Part One   Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:02 pm

Agencies work with real potential hiring clients. Many so called clients that look for unrepresented talent do so knowing they can get around paying the talent, or want to do something inappropriate with the talent.

Agencies have the ability to book you on the job much better than you could ever do by yourself because that is what they do. They have the ability to negotiate a fair market rate for you much better that you could ever do for yourself. An agency can act as the bad guy for you in achieving the best deal possible.

The Agency will invoice and bill the client for the project making sure everything is legal and professional.

They make sure that you get paid for the project. This is not always easy, often there are different billing clients that need to be invoiced and no one wants to be a bill collector.

When an advertising agency, photographer, graphic design, or corporation needs a model, the easiest thing for them to do is to pick up the phone and call a modeling agency. The client knows that they will be getting real, professional models and may be willing to pay you top dollar. They also know that they'll have to deal with the "usage" issue good for you as a model. Models come and go and keeping track of who's available to model for them is just too big a burden for most companies to keep track of. Instead of making one or two calls they have to advertise and deal with dozens if not hundreds of prospective models. Instead of going to all that trouble, they just depend on the professionals to do their legwork, the Modeling Agency.

Many modeling gigs may be for a surprisingly short period of time. Many clients, like the rest of us, like to spend as little money as possible. Clients will try to hire models for an hour at a time. Modeling agencies will try to keep that to a minimum by demanding a minimum fee and time from their clients, usually, 2 -4 hours. That's another reason that Modeling Agencies are worth their commission.

I have witnessed hundreds of times models not represented making 80-90 percent less money because the clients know they are vulnerable. Paying your agency 10-20 percent commission is and making sure you actually are paid is a much better route to take.

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