The popularity of my Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary blog has allowed me to help so many aspiring and establishing models realize their goals.

While my brain is totally open for picking when it comes to asking questions about the modeling industry, the number of questions grew so much that I had to create an entirely separate blog just for answering my reader questions!

So feel free to ask any questions or concerns you may have and here is where you'll find your answers, straight from me, Dania Denise!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #936

Steve N. Wrote (in response to the Modeling 101 blog post, "Real Male Models Wear Makeup!"):

In the last photo, male models on a runway, they all look very young and skinny, almost anorexic. Do some male fashion models have longer hair like Fabio, do any older male models make it to fashion?

Steve N.

Hey, Steve!

There are male models who have longer hair. Each fashion show has its own look and feel that is determined by the designer. For some shows they want the models to all look the same so that the focus is more on the clothes, while others don't have that requirement and feature runway models of various looks, including hair lengths.

When it comes to fashion work, male models have the advantage of being in demand the older they get. However, there is a limit to that age range. Most male fashion models book work well into their late 20s and even 30s. That is in relation to mainstream modeling work.

Commercial/print male models tend to lead longer careers because that is a category that looks for all age ranges, including 40s and older, depending on the product/brand/company that is being represented.

In the fashion world, however, age still matters and even though the men tend to fare better than their female counterparts when it comes to fashion shows and shoots, agencies and clients don't typically consider men older than their early to mid 30s for industry standard runway and fashion work.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #935

Henna Frank Wrote:

Hi my name is Henna I would love to be a justice model but although my mom is single hard working parent and doesn't really have the time but it has been my dream to be a model and if you made my dream come true It would be such an amazing honor 🙏😔

Hey, Henna Frank!

If I could be a genie and make people's dreams come true like that, believe me I would do it in a heartbeat!

The bad news is that I can only do so much for others...I can provide you with info, resources and guidance but ultimately it is going to take more than my efforts to make things happen for you with modeling.

Having a working parent who is focused on paying bills and providing for you is definitely difficult and a situation many people have to deal with. The reality is that if you are under 18 years of age (and are living in the US), you're going to need your mom's support and participation to pursue modeling legitimately.

You aren't even allowed to submit photos and info to modeling agencies without your mom's permission so you wont be able to get very far without her help.

I would recommend finding some time one-on-one with your mom where she isn't distracted and communicating to her why you want to model. It's important that you let her know that she will play a big role in making that happen for you and if it turns out to be successful, it could be a great way to earn extra income, which I'm sure she'd appreciate.

But you'll need to make sure you've done your research and understand what the both of you would be getting into. Below is a link to a blog post I wrote that gives some tips about how to talk to parents when it comes to getting into modeling:

If your mom ends up not being okay with it or feels that she can't spare the time to help you, then you'll need to wait it out and revisit the topic at another time. You can't force or rush things so try to be understanding if things don't turn out your way.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for a positive outcome!

Answering a Reader Question #934

Rinki Shaw Wrote:

Ma'am I'm Rinki and I'm really interested in doing modelling. I'm 22 years old and 5'6.5". And 55 kgs. Ma'am I really wanted to do modelling,is there any gd future of me to become a super success full fashion model...Ma'am i have recently realised my dreams so plz ma'am help out.

Hi there, Rinki!

Fashion modeling is all about height and while I am an advocate for shorter models being on the major runways, sadly, there is still the industry's preference for taller models and I don't see that changing anytime soon, unfortunately.

At your current height it is not very likely that you would be able to pursue fashion modeling as a serious profession in the way you are probably envisioning.

Your height and age, however, are ideal for commercial/print modeling so I would suggest looking online for agencies within a 2 hour's drive from where you live that represent commercial/print models. Those types of agencies will be the right fit for you as a potential model.

Regardless of the type of modeling you want to do, making a success career out of it is extremely difficult and many working models also hold down regular jobs or are self employed in order to make ends meet so as long as you keep your goals realistic and know your options, I don't see why you can't pursue it in a way that will allow you to experience the modeling world but without risking financial instability.

Best of luck!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #933

Anonymous Wrote:

my daughter is 10 years old and has an agent that we have been successful with. But I find myself wanting to solicit modeling jobs for her at some local businesses that advertise to kids. My daughter has an edgy look and I think I know which stores would want to use her. Does anyone know how an agent would react to this?

Hi, Anonymous!

There are a few ways an agency would receive your idea of wanting to work with local businesses:

1) They'd be perfectly fine with it but may require that they be the ones to contact the local businesses to see what the possibility of them hiring your daughter would be, negotiate payment terms, etc. Or may tell you to tell the local businesses to contact the agent to get the ball rolling.

2) They'd be perfectly fine with it and may ask you to contact the local businesses to see what the possibility of them hiring your daughter would be, what kind of budget/payment arrangement they would have, etc. and then report the info back to the agent and they would make the final decision as to whether or not to advise you to pursue it or not bother if they don't feel it would be beneficial to your daughter.

3) They'd be perfectly fine with it and leave it up to you to organize/arrange but may require that they review any paperwork/contract/release forms involved to make sure things are on the up-and-up and would give you the green light or may advise against it if something is not up to par.

4) They may discourage you and advise that you not pursue such opportunities because of [insert their reasoning/logic here] and that would be the end of it.

If you pursue these local opportunities with your agent's blessing and if there is payment involved, the agent might require you to pay them commission, even though you were the one to solicit the booking. Many agencies do this to ensure they still get paid and is a common practice.

Because of that, many people with agency representation solicit/freelance their own modeling work on the side but don't tell their agent so that they can keep all of the money instead of paying commission.

It's a risk since you could get in trouble by the agency if they found out and may not be worth putting your daughter's career in jeopardy with the agency, especially if it's proven to be a positive working relationship so far.

My take on it: I would suggest that you reach out to the local businesses and just inquire about if they use local child models and if so, what methods they typically use to find new faces. Also find out if these are paid assignments or if they provide other perks in exchange (i.e. free merchandise, gift certificates, tearsheets, etc.). Additionally, find out what form her photos would be used--would her images appear on the website, social media profiles, in-store advertisements, etc.?

Once you gather that info, contact your daughter's agent and let them know there are some local businesses that are interested in working with your daughter and ask for their advice about the situation and how to proceed.

The key to fostering a good working relationship with any agency is communication. Listen to their feedback and hopefully they'll be open to these opportunities and support you in marketing your daughter in that direction.

My only concern if you were to pursue this all on your own would be any paperwork involved, such as usage rights, payment terms, etc. Not saying that the businesses would necessarily try to get one over on you but unless you have expertise in dealing with release forms and usage clauses in contracts, you could be signing something that wouldn't end up being in your daughter's best interest, especially when it comes to payment and how long they would use your daughter's images and where they would appear. Having the guidance of an agent in this arena is where they'd be able to use their knowledge to negotiate the best payment and usage terms with the client.

I hope that helps and best of luck!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #932

Jazmin Castrellon Wrote:

Hi Dania, I'm currently 34 about to be 35 in July with a height of 5'2" and weigh 105-110 lbs. I've been asked many times if I'm a model or if I plan on becoming a model. Many people say I don't look my age and that I look younger. I have always maintained an athletic/toned figure. I was thinking of taking up modeling not so much for money but more as a hobby. What do you recommend?

Hi there, Jazmin!

Let me answer your question with a question: what are you waiting for? :-)

I definitely recommend trying it out, especially since you know you want to do it as a hobby. That will alleviate a lot of the pressure many aspiring models put on themselves when they want to pursue the industry at a professional level.

Based on your stats you'll want to look into agencies that represent commercial/print and/or lifestyle models. Agencies work with models who do it part-time as well as full-time. Whether you want to do it as a hobby or professionally, what they care about most is that you have a flexible schedule and the ability to get to and from castings and paid jobs with no issues.

There is also the option of doing freelance modeling, which requires you to be your own agent and find your own work if you find the idea of agency representation too demanding. However, navigating the modeling world as a newbie freelance model does come with challenges and oftentimes it is easier to fall for scams and other shady operations.

That being said, I would recommend trying to get an agent first to get familiar with the process and the industry in general and if you don't get any replies back then you can look into trying your hand at modeling via the freelance route.

Best of luck to you either way!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #931

Taylor Beadell Wrote:

so i did a gig for a company and i was told i would be getting an invoice 2-3 weeks from the shoot day. and i havent heard anything or received one in the mail . and i still dont understand how it works.

does this mean that i owe them money? or this is like a cheque ?

Hi, Taylor!

That's confusing for sure. Typically the model sends the client the invoice so that payment can be made after the work has been completed. Or the client will send the model a check for payment to the model on their own (in which case no invoicing is needed).

Models don't pay clients for standard modeling services performed so maybe there was some miscommunication? Are you sure they used the word "invoice"?

When you receive the paperwork from them in the next few weeks I'm sure that will make things more clear. However, based on the description that you did a gig for a company, they should be sending you payment and not an invoice for you to pay them.

I've never heard of such an arrangement unless you were using their services but if you were a model for them as a company, they should be paying you, not the other way around.

I hope that helps and best of luck with that situation!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #930

Anonymous Wrote:

Hey Dania!
I just wanted to quickly ask your opinion on online submissions to agencies? With school in the way, its really hard to go to open castings in person. Do you think they're as effective as in person meet and greets? (sending to both small and big agencies)

Hey, Anonymous!

Open calls in person are always going to be the best way to make an impact on an agency simply because you're right there in front of them BUT people get interest from agencies via online submissions all the time.

While not as personal as seeing an agency in person, an online submission goes straight to them as well and they carefully review each one. If your snapshots are good quality and you follow whatever the given instructions are for each agency, there's no reason why you can't get a reply back using that method if making it to open castings is inconvenient at the moment.

Just remember that it can take a few weeks for them to respond back so don't get discouraged if you don't hear anything right away. Of course, I hope they like you so much that they can't wait to reply back!

Best of luck with your submissions!