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!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #912

Jordan Wrote:

Hi, Dania. First off, I just wanted to thank you for having such an informative and helpful blog.

I have a meeting scheduled with IMG Models in New York soon. I was scouted via the # wlyg. I am 5'8", 15 yrs old, and my measurements are 32-22-33.

I was wondering if you could give me any tips/suggestions on what to wear, how to present myself, and how to prepare for my upcoming meeting. Also, are there any exercises that are good for achieving an even more toned figure for my possible modeling career. I'm so nervous and although I have done quite a bit of research over the past two years, I still feel slightly unprepared..

(I'm also a little worried about my height...)

Thank you so much for giving your time to help me out!


Hi, Jordan!

You're very welcome, I'm glad you've been able to benefit from my blog!

Congrats on the upcoming interview with IMG, how exciting (and nerve-wracking, I know)! As far as tips, below is a link to one of my Modeling 101 blog posts that will give you a crash-course on the questions you asked (plus it avoids a really long novel of a response, haha):

The 411 on Modeling Agency Interviews:

As far as exercises, based on your stats I think you're totally fine so don't go overboard with trying to do too much physically right now. Wait until you've met with IMG and see if they want to sign you. At that point you can consult with them directly about your body shape and any concerns about your health and exercise regimen.

Plus, they invited you to the meeting based on how you look now so take that as a sign that you're doing something right. :-)

Being 15 and 5'8" is a great thing for an agency because they know there's the potential for you to grow even taller as you get older so your height shouldn't be a concern for you at all right now.

The bottom line: breathe! :-) Nerves are natural but you can't let it affect you to the point where it may cause you to not perform well at the meeting. As long as you bring the materials they ask for, arrive on time (which means early!) and are comfortable talking candidly about yourself, you'll nail it. Sometimes being too prepared can actually be a bad thing so don't psyche yourself out unnecessarily.

A lot of modeling has to do with instinct, being able to think on your feet and adapt to any situation. Never let 'em see you sweat! Go with your gut, be personable, fun and outgoing. It doesn't take a lot to impress an agency when you really think about it--if you've got it naturally, they'll know so just be the best version of you and I'm sure they'll be more than happy to sign you onto their roster.

Best of luck and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #911

Anonymous Wrote:

So I'm meeting with an agency tomorrow and I think they are a bit sketchy -they charge 'membership fees.' 
Quote from their website -

What do I get for my membership fee?
Online Profile and Portfolio management.
Submission of your profile to casting agents and producers
Access to our workshops and development classes. 

Should I run for the hills?


Hey, Anonymous!

I say run for the hills simply because there are many agencies out there that DON'T charge for any kind of membership. Traditional/standard modeling and talent agencies don't have models as "members" of their agency--they're either signed or they're not.

Some companies call themselves "agencies" but don't operate exactly like the traditional ones, which allows them to charge for things like the items you described. This sounds more like a casting agency than a model or talent agency but since I don't know the details or who the company is, I can't say for sure.

If you've got other offers on the table or other actual agencies to submit to, I'd say go for those and see what pans out. If this is a casting agency and not a traditional talent/modeling agency, that's fine, too, but it all depends on what the fees are and the quality of the types of clients who use their services to find actors/models.

I hope that helps and best of luck!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #910

James Thomas Wrote:

hey im currently 6'2 24 years old. ive always wanted to model but never pushed at it. now i want to go for it but i dont know if my age will stop that.

Hi James!

As a man you have the odds working in your favor. Men in their 20s are always in demand and your height is perfect for both runway and commercial/print.

Depending on your physical look, an agency could market you for both categories, which would be the ideal situation.

Agencies aren't going to be as stringent with male models and age ranges like they are with women. Most of the fashion agency websites I've seen list their male age requirements as: "18 - 30" or "18+".

That's clearly a good sign so jump on it and see what happens!

Answering a Reader Question #909

Unknown/Red Wrote:

Have you heard of Free Prints? Would that be a good company to print photos? 

Hey, Unknown/Red:

I've heard of Free Prints although I've never used them before. I checked out their site and it appears that you can only print out the 4" x 6" size.

If that's the case, it wouldn't be ideal to use as a printing service for modeling photos to put in a hard copy portfolio. The standard size for hard copy portfolios is 8" x 10".

You'll want to play it on the safe side and choose a printing company that specializes in printing traditional photos. I highly recommend MPix ( They are affordable, have a lot of custom options and their prints are great quality. Plus they ship the photos to you since they're an online service.

There are other online photo printing companies you can check out as well (a basic online search will give you results to choose from). As long as they are actual photo printing companies, you should be fine using any of their services for your modeling photos.

Answering a Reader Question #908

Tuscany F Wrote:

Hi Dania, My name is Tuscany, Im a 21 yr old female model from South Africa. Ive been a model for 4months and the season has just begun here. My question is am I too old to get busy as a editiorial runway model? I don't have much experience, and i'm based with a smaller agency..

I am concerned I won't be booking as many jobs because of my age and being with a smaller agancy ( it's a great agency and they take care of me well). Everyone seems to love my 'look'. 

Should i be concerned or am i just being a nerous nelly? 
many thanks xx

Hi there, Tuscany F!

I vote for nervous nelly. :-)

You have several factors working in your favor: you have an agent, you're happy with them/they take care of you, you've received positive feedback about your look and potential.

Smaller agencies have their benefits and doesn't necessarily mean your career would be small as well. Oftentimes, they become the stepping stones to larger agencies as you grow in your career and gain more experience. Additionally, it's easier to make mistakes with a smaller agency than with a big one (kind of like the big fish in a small pond metaphor).

A lot can happen in this new season for you and you've only been at it for 4 months so you have plenty of time for opportunities to present themselves to you. All models experience slow and busy peaks so even if things slow down for you a bit, it isn't necessarily because you're not a good model. It's the nature of the business. I doubt your age would have much to do with not getting jobs, otherwise I don't think your agent would have brought you on board if they felt it was that big of a concern.

I say enjoy the ride and give each casting 200%. Keep being you and the reason why your agent wanted you and everything will fall into place from there, regardless of your age.

Answering a Reader Question #907

Anonymous Wrote:

I am currently 12 and 5'3 do you think that I can make it when I am older? All my friends think that I should model and I really want to.

Hi, Anonymous!

You can model right now if you want to. :-)

At your age and height, you can pursue kid/tween modeling. It would just be a matter of finding an agency local to you that represents kid models.

So if you don't want to wait until you're older, and if your parents are okay with it, you can start looking online for the websites of modeling agencies in your city/state. The agency websites will clearly state what types of models they work with and should list instructions/guidelines about how to submit yourself.

If you need help finding legitimate agencies in your area, you can comment here with the city/state you live in (not your mailing address) or you can send that info directly to my email:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Answering a Reader Question #906

Unknown Wrote:

Hi, thank you so much for your advice. When you said if you have reddish stretch marks I was really nervous but when I read all of it I was relaxed. But if you have a scar on your lower back would you be able to enter the fashion business?

Hey, Unknown!

Glad my post about stretch marks helped you out!

I don't know what your scar looks like so I can't say whether or not it would be an issue for you. That mainly depends on the following factors:

- Size of the scar

- Color of the scar (if it's faded and not really noticeable unless you were up close, that would be fine)

- If the scar is flat on your skin or if it is raised

- If it can be easily covered with body makeup

Photoshop is great for airbrushing scars and other blemishes (and body makeup is often used as well) so I doubt your scar will be a problem but it shouldn't stop you from submitting to agencies. After all, the only way to know for sure if you'll have any issues is to get feedback straight from the source: the agencies.