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 29, 2018

Answering a Reader Question #971

Maranda Wrote:

Should you list jobs that you don't get paid for on your resume?

Hi, Maranda!

The answer to your question is yes!

Paid or not, modeling assignments, shoots, fashion shows, etc. all count as work experience and should be listed on your resume.

And you don't have to specify which ones were paid and which weren't. For the purposes of the resume, that doesn't matter at all.

Hope that helps!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Answering a Reader Question #970

Steve Wrote:

Hello Dania:

After reading your post, I see that I am missing lifestyle and family man shots in my portfolio. So could a father-daughter shoot serve both these categories? When I visit the Bay area in April, if there is a TFP photographer who can shoot me in these categories aside from the beach shots we discussed, can you connect us? Since I look younger with my beard now trimmed short, do you think my agent is less likely to cast me in roles targeted to the over 50 audiences?
Thank you,
Steve Norwood

Hi there, Steve!

Having a father-daughter type of shoot would certain qualify for lifestyle and family man shots for your portfolio. There are modeling groups on Facebook that are great resources for networking and posting travel notifications for those that are location-based for its members.

It couldn't hurt to reach out to those groups and ask to join or to post your availability and interest in doing trade shoots with local photographers in the Bay Area. Posting a travel notice on Model Mayhem would also serve this same purpose and allow interested professionals to contact you so you should do both to make sure your bases are covered.

I don't think your agent will be too concerned about your shorter beard limiting the types of projects you could be marketed towards. You have a strong commercial/print look that works with a wide range of demographics and to maximize opportunities your agent will submit you to any and all of them so I think you'll be just fine!

Answering a Reader Question #969

Steve Wrote:

Hi Dania,

When I did a google search for talent agencies in Arizona, then one for casting agencies, the list of companies displayed was essentially the same. The distinction can be a little vague for the newbie. From a model/actor who is serious about the business, after recently signing a contract with a talent agency, my agent referred me to a couple of different casting agencies. I feel like with my lack of experience, do you agree talent agency is more likely to find me work? For aspiring models and have to have to work in other fields to support themselves for a couple of years while establishing themselves in the industry, and thus have a limited amount of time to read all the casting agency listings, is their time better spent with the talent agency doing the leg work?

Btw, please see my related comments for your blog, "The difference between casting agencies and Talent/Modeling agencies".
Thank you,
Steve Norwood

Hey, Steve!

Because talent agencies work/partner with casting agencies you shouldn't think of being referred to the latter as more work for you to do. Some casting agencies have models/actors create a profile on their sites and display the name of the agency instead of the personal contact info for the model/actor. So it's just another avenue of receiving notifications about projects and serves as a way for your agent to know what additional projects are being cast outside of their immediate circle of contacts.

The great thing about casting agency sites once you've created a profile is that you are notified whenever a new project comes up that you may be a good fit for (if you set your preferences to get email alerts).

The project breakdowns are typically short and concise and provide all the information you need to know. Submitting to projects on your own only takes a few minutes so it's timely and convenient.

While there is the option to search manually for projects on the casting agency site, leaving it up to the site to alert you takes care of the legwork in that sense so you can go about your business while also having your actual agent conducting their day-to-day routine of finding castings and auditions to submit you to.

In that sense you've got the best of both worlds working towards the common goal of getting you leads on potential acting and modeling work.

Answering a Reader Question #968

Steve Wrote:

Hi Dania,

If an aspiring model is lucky enough to find a talent agency to sign them, this seems like a great career booster, the best place to start? I'm wondering if a newbie who has no headshots or related background such as Pageantry, can reasonably expect success with a casting agency. Before spending money on casting agency fees, is it more financially sound for the model to to begin establishing social contacts and obtaining a few headshots first? Btw, see please see my related comments on "Tips for finding a good casting agency".

Thanks for your New Years commitment to keep your blog alive! You are the only trained model in the U.S. of A who is offering free advice! Thank you from all of us Dania!!!!
Thank you,
Steve Norwood

Hi there, Steve!

Thanks for the kind words of support and being a fan of my blog, I appreciate you and the questions you ask for the benefit of yourself and others in your position!

Starting with a traditional modeling/talent agency is always the best place to begin one's pursuit of a career as a model in the industry. Casting agencies serve as both an ideal backup plan and a supplemental resource since many modeling/talent agencies have working partnerships with these types of businesses.

So if a newbie isn't able to gain agency representation, having a casting agency to fall back on is ideal, as is having access to a casting agency via the connections with a model's talent agent if they happen to luck out and get representation.

For the new model who has little to no modeling experience and wants to pursue working with a casting agency, it is recommended to get at least a few professional images (i.e. headshot and full body shot) prior to signing up with the casting agency website.

Because models are required to upload images, having professional quality photos will go a long way in getting the profile approved by the casting agency, as well as increase the odds of attracting potential clients once the model starts using the casting agency's services to submit directly to projects.

Having social media profiles in place prior to working with a casting agency is also a good step in general. You want to always make sure you have ways for potential clients and even photographers and other industry professionals to find you online and get on their radars.

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:

Hi, 
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:

Dania,
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. :-)