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!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Answering a Reader Question #967

Anonymous Wrote:

What does Video Buyout re-up: +10% per year per spot (+20%) mean?

Hey, Anonymous!

Because the term "re-up" is mentioned, the rate listed is only applicable if the client chooses to renew the spot you're in and run it again in the future.

So if they decide to run it again for, let's say 1 additional year and 1 spot airs within that time and if the original video buyout rate was (for example) $500, the numbers would break down something like this:

Original video buyout rate: $500 + 10% (1 year with 1 spot aired) = $550 + 20% = $660

Depending on what the original video buyout rate is, that could add up to some really good residual income for work you only had to do once.

Of course if they never air the spot(s) again, then you wouldn't be paid the rate above but even if they only air 1 spot for 1 year that means you'll get a decent check coming your way. :-)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Answering a Reader Question #966

Anonymous Wrote:

I love your blog I was wondering if in the modelling indistry you can change or shorten your name when the agency asks for your name when applying. For example can I change my name from Lucinda to Lucy as it is what people call me. Or is it better to use your full name then see if the agency suggests shortening it? 

Hi, Anonymous!

Thanks for being a reader of my blog!

When you are applying for agency representation and are filling out the forms you need to use your legal name for legal purposes.

Sometimes the forms have a field where you can list any nicknames or other aliases you use so that's where you'd put that information. Or if there is a comment box you can mention that you go by Lucy and are open to using it as your "Model Alias" instead of Lucinda.

Once you get an offer for representation and move forward with signing the contract that's when you can discuss your name further with the agency and see what feedback they have to offer.

Answering a Reader Question #965

Steve Wrote:

Commercial/print is a dominant type of work I will be doing in the future. When my talent agent says 90% of their work is acting, but talk about doing a lot of commercial/print work, are these primarily modeling or acting jobs?

Steve Norwood

Hi there, Steve!

When they specifically reference "commercial/print work" they are referring to modeling jobs. In most cases if they are talking about acting work, they'll make sure to use the word "acting."

Sometimes the word "theatrical" will be used in reference to acting work. Although it may imply "theater" as in stage-plays, in the entertainment industry "theatrical" is commonly associated with acting work in the TV/commercial and film categories.

If at any time you are unsure, it's perfectly acceptable to ask your agent for clarification. That's what they are there for. :-)

Answering a Reader Question #964

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi I was really wanting to become a sports model, and I'm young and meet many of the standards but, I have terrible acne on my back. I got rid of many of the pimples, but I've noticed there are some scars. How would that affect my chances as well as having frequent breakouts on my face?

Hi, Anonymous!

Having noticeable scarring to the extent you described can make pursuing modeling challenging because there is a difference between a few marks and blemishes here and there and the kind of scarring that has a big affect on the appearance of your skin.

My best advice would be to treat your scars and breakouts ASAP. Make an appointment with a dermatologist and get into a diligent skin care routine to effectively start fading the scars.

Once your skin improves then you should pursue modeling. Doing so will help you feel truly confident and comfortable in your own skin (literally) moving forward.

Best of luck to you!

Answering a Reader Question #963

Jack Hold Wrote:

Hi Dania, Should I start apply to top high-end agencies in NY. Or start first with the ones here in Dallas,Texas. I feel I do I have the look with height (5’10)and weight (120lbs)not really in the bust area though, a little in the wait and hips. I think I do look exotic lol and my personality is really good along with a sense of humor.

Hey, Jack Hold!

I say do both to make sure all your bases are covered. There are pros and cons to both approaches as far as trying to decide between modeling locally or going to a different market. I personally would recommend starting local to learn the ropes, however.

The upside for modeling locally is to get your feet wet in a smaller pond and build the professional experience, portfolio and networking skills that would better groom you when you are ready to move on to a larger market like New York.

Additionally, there may be modeling agencies in Dallas that also serve as "Mother Agencies." These types of agencies make it their job to not only groom and train their models for work locally but also send them to other markets and work with agencies there to book work nationally and even internationally. This would be the ideal arrangement for you.

Even if you didn't get signed to a mother agency and were instead with a traditional one in Dallas, there would always be the option to transition to an agency in New York when you feel the time is right and/or if there is interest from an agency there (having previous experience and a portfolio to showcase from your modeling career in Dallas would make you a strong candidate).

Submitting to New York is totally a possibility but some reality checks to take into consideration include the fact that you need to be readily available and financially responsible for getting yourself to the interviews if agencies in New York invite you. For interviews it is your responsibility to cover the costs related to airfare, accommodations and transportation.

Should you get signed to an agency in New York you'll also need to be ready to make the financial adjustment of living and working in the city. Many fashion agencies have model dorms/housing but not all of them do.

I would only advise submitting to New York agencies if you know you realistically have the means to make the big move and live/work there. If you think that would be easier said than done, submit to local agencies and test things in more familiar waters.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Answering a Reader Question #962

Tahnee C. Wrote:

Hey! I am very new to modelling and would like to know where to start!! I am 14, almost 15... and am only 5'1. My proportions are roughly 31/26/34. What category would I be best in?
Also, I am from Adelaide, Australia and can't find any close modelling agencies.. thanks x

Hi, Tahnee!

At your age and height you are ideal for Teen Modeling and Commercial/Print Modeling.

Below are the modeling agencies in Adelaide that you should check out as a starting point:

Tanya Powell Models

Azaelea Models


Finesse Models

Mostly Kids (they represent models up to 17 years of age)

Go through each site thoroughly to see what kinds of models they represent and what other requirements they look for in potential models. As long as you provide each agency with exactly what they ask for you should be good to go.

I hope that helps and best of luck!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #961

Unknown Wrote:

I have a skin condition known as vitiligo along with acne on my face back and chest. Could I still be a model?

Hey, Unknown!

There are several celebrities that have vitiligo. Winnie Harlow is one of the most famous since she is a top model who doesn't use makeup to cover her skin condition. Brooke Burke has melasma, which is similar, in that she has loss of pigmentation on her face, which she does use cover up to conceal.

So there are ways to pursue a career in modeling with a condition like vitiligo. As far as the acne goes, if you're able to get your skin to a point where it is healthy enough and with few blemishes, there is a chance that you could pursue modeling to some degree.

Winnie Harlow has definitely shown the modeling industry that being "different" can be something to embrace and break the pattern but you have to also possess all the other "it" factors that will get an agency's interest in representing you (i.e. physical stats, market location, personality, etc.).

The only way you'll know is if you submit yourself but I would recommend only doing so when your skin is at its best (doesn't have to be perfect because there's no such thing but it should be healthy) and your confidence is high.

When you go in with your head held high, agencies will take notice for all the right reasons. Best of luck to you!