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!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #955

Anonymous Wrote:

Hey Dania,
Still such a fan of your blog! 
I have a random question that I need some advice on. I reached out to an agency, through Instagram DM, that I've wanted to be signed to for quite some time. They DM'd me back stating they'd like to set up a meeting and asked for my contact info. It's been 2 days since sending my contact info and haven't heard anything from them regarding the meeting yet. I realize they're busy, so just wondered if I should follow up and If so, how long should I wait to do so? Thank you :)

Hey, Anonymous!

Awww, I'm so flattered to have you as a fan, thank you!

Looking at the original date you posted your comment on my Modeling 101 blog post, which was October 3 and given that it is now October 10, enough time has passed that you should follow up if you haven't already done so or if the agency hasn't already contacted you (I hope it's the latter!).

In general when contacting companies like modeling agencies, which do tend to get busy, it's always a good rule of thumb to wait to do follow ups at least 5 business days after you last made contact (that's not counting the weekends).

So if you haven't already heard from them or dropped them a quick message, you are certainly free to do so now. Keep it short and sweet. Something along the lines of, "Hello, I just wanted to reach out to follow up in regards to setting up a meeting and trying to schedule a date and time that works for you. I look forward to your reply!" would be more than enough to get the ball rolling and get them back on track.

I hope that helps and best of luck with the agency, I'll keep my fingers crossed that it works out for you! Please let me know how it goes! :-D

Answering a Reader Question #954

Anonymous Wrote:

I love your blog! There are lots of useful information. When measuring height, should it be morning or night height? Thank you!

Hi, Anonymous!

You're very welcome, I'm glad you're enjoying my blog, despite the fact that I've been so busy these past few months that I haven't been blogging as actively as I had hoped, lol.

While there is a lot of info out there showing that we tend to be taller in the evening and experience some form of height loss during the day, I would recommend going with measuring your height during the day.

I say this simply because when you go into castings, open calls and go-sees to get measured it will happen during the day and not in the evening. That means your listed height will more closely match when you get measured by another person, making it consistent and not like you're just randomly lying about your height.

So I would go with the more practical approach. :-)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #953

Maya Wrote:

Hi. I have a question regarding height. I've been researching model agencies I want to submit pictures to. I do meet the minimum height requirement which is 5'8. However, I measure out to 5'8 1/2. I am trying to get into the agency's curve division which requires models to be at least 5'9. While doing my research, I notice that there are some exceptions. There are curve models who are 5'8. Now to the question !!! I notice that some agencies round their model's height by a half inch. For example, a model I've been following is signed to multiple agencies. On one agency website the model height is 5'8 and on another agency page, they measure to 5'8 1/2. Is it common for agencies to round a models height to the closet half inch ? Also, is it wrong for an agency to round their model's height? Thanks a lot !!!

Hey, Maya!

I like to say that nothing in the modeling industry is as it seems--it is a world of make believe, after all--and to maintain that mystery, it is common for agencies to round up and even outright fudge heights for their models. Having different heights listed for one model with several agencies also makes it difficult for anyone to know the real truth.

It's normal for the industry but it is at the agency's discretion whether they will choose to do that or not and it happens on a case-by-case basis.

I personally don't think it's right just because it continues to feed into aspiring models's insecurities about physical requirements they feel they need to meet to make it in the modeling world (and in some cases is hypocritical), however, the modeling world is all about exclusivity. They want to make it difficult to get in because that's how you maintain the demand. So while I don't agree with it, as a businessperson I see the business decision made behind it although I'll be glad when such a practice isn't necessary. Only time will tell with that.

In your case, go with your height of 5'8" 1/2 to get your foot in the door. When you get signed you'll know at that time what your agent decides to do in regards to what they list for your height.

Hope that helps and best of luck to you!

Answering a Reader Question #952

Aria Wrote:

Thank you for the wonderful article! I would really appreciate your advice on my situation. 

I recently did headshots for a photographer for possible stock images. It was a TFP arrangement and 1 1/2 hour shoot. The photographer was very pleased with my performance and surprised to know that I have not modeled before. He told me he sees the talent in me and if I do more modeling, I may want to make a separate modeling page to help promote myself. He also wants to do another shoot with me. 

Two other local photographers approached me the next day after they viewed my posted headshots. They are both interested in a TFP arrangement. They appear to be accomplished photographers and have their own studios. Would you suggest I accept the TFP arrangement and not charge for my time, perhaps use it as an opportunity to build my portfolio? 

Thank you very much!

Hey there, Aria!

I'm glad you enjoyed the article ("Modeling & Pay Rates: How Much Should You Charge?")!

Based on where you're at in your career, I agree that you should move forward with the TFP shoots with the other two photographers. You want to build a body of work with enough shots from different photographers that showcases your skills as a model. One shoot alone won't really be enough to get that across to potential photographers and clients.

When it comes time to start charging for your modeling services you want to make sure you've got a portfolio that clearly shows your potential and having these next two shooting experiences under your belt will definitely boost your confidence when it comes to negotiating pay rates.

I'm happy to hear that your first shoot went so great and I'm sure there will be many more to come, including paid gigs!

Answering a Reader Question #951

Rosina khininda Wrote:

Am Rosina khininda 27 age I want to be a model on fashion but I dnt knw wat to do an WHR to start an am unemployed I Ned help am person who do the job with care an hard worker but I dnt have afortfolio

Hi, Rosina!

I don't know where you live so I can't really give you much info other than to say that a cost effective way of submitting to modeling agencies is to visit the websites of agencies that are within a 2 hour's drive from where you live as a starting point.

The agency websites will have instructions about how you can submit to be considered. You don't need professional images in most cases to submit to modeling agencies as an inexperienced candidate. 9 times out of 10 the agencies request non professional, digital snapshots. Those are easy to take with a digital camera or your phone (as long as the quality is good).

Sending digital snapshots to agencies is free, as is attending open calls and interviews so that is one way to try and get your foot in the door in a way that won't cost you anything.

However, if you end up getting signed there will be some costs/expenses involved but don't worry about that for now since you're not at that point yet. When you get signed the agency will help you put together the professional portfolio that will be used to market you to clients so right now you do't have to worry about putting a portfolio together yourself.

I hope that helps!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Answering a Reader Question #950

Steve W. Norwood Wrote (in response to the blog post, "Mature Models: Don't Compare Apples to Orange"):

Hello Dania:

The mature models in your photo collage all appear over 55, and the 'senior' models over 65. Is there a sub-category for middle-aged models? For looks, I think my appearance is of this age group. I'm not ready to be a senior!lol. How about 35-year models, what category do they fall into?
You made that important point that most articles and websites are designed for younger models (and women), the 'meat and potatoes' of the modeling industry.

I know of a swimwear designer/manufacturer in Central Florida that issues a yearly on-line catalog, in addition to standard photos of young women, many mature men are also featured, but most of them are beefcake with large chests so I did not apply. Is this what buyer demographics want to see?

Do you think for mature and middle-aged male models today, that the fit, slender, athletic look is more popular than the body builder type?
For submissions of snapshots, you wrote for ladies: "The key is to not wear anything that would take away the focus from your face." I assume this is the same for men?
Steve W. Norwood

Hey, Steve!

Lifestyle modeling is the category of commercial/print that is for female and male models ages 25+. There is no maximum age so mature models tend to be included in this category. The word "mature" can be misleading and while it does bring to mind models that are 40+, it can also mean those who are in their 30s. It's a more general term that is thrown around interchangeably and not meant to be taken too literally.

As far as the photos associated with that particular post I used, I actually had a hard time finding quality photos of lifestyle models that didn't have their faces covered by watermarks from stock photography sites. I was also looking for images that had men and women of different ethnicities, which was hard to find without watermarks as well. So it was more of an editorial decision based on what images were available via a Google Image search.

In regards to the Central Florida designer/manufacturer you described, that is what that particular company wants to project to their target demographic. But that doesn't mean all designers/manufacturers who use lifestyle and mature models want their male models to look that way. So it is a case-by-case situation that varies from client to client. That means there is certainly a chance for a male model of your age and physicality to do catalog work, it's just a matter of finding the client whose look you match their demographics for.

The fit, slender and athletic look is most certainly in demand for lifestyle and mature male models these days than the body builder types. That's why lifestyle and commercial/print continues to be so in demand because clients want those category of models to reflect the consumers they service and can relate to. So you'll be perfectly at home within the lifestyle and commercial/print world. :-)

Answering a Reader Question #949

Anonymous Wrote:

Hello, I pretty much enter a question on Google and your blog came out :) this is very interesting. I would like to know what happened to women who have family such as children etc. how do they balance family and modeling, not to mention modeling include traveling. Can you bring family along? Not at the photo shoot, but hotel for instance? Does the agents work out with the model especially if she has a family to care for? Also you mention in one of the post, that a women after they turn 22 or 23, I think so, are considered "old" for catwalks which mean if you past 25 you won't be able to. But what about women that don't look their age at all? I believe they look at the face not age,because the young faces and body sell, not age, or at least that what I think. some women are 20 but look 30 year old. I hope you will answer to me. Thank you.

Hi there, Anonymous!

Great questions! In fact, I will add a few new blog posts to my Modeling 101 "A Model's Diary Blog" that will be inspired by your questions so thank you for that. :-)

The questions you posed depend greatly on the category of modeling you are referring to. When it comes to age and the fashion/runway category, youth is always going to be sought out by agencies and their clients in large markets like LA, NYC, Miami and internationally.

Because a majority of those models are between 14-20, most typically don't have families or kids for the agency to factor in. For fashion/runway models with families who have to travel for paid work, the agency will typically have no problem with them bringing their family along if they won't affect the model's ability to be on time to work and perform. However, the model will be responsible for paying for their family's travel and hotel stay (unless otherwise negotiated). As long as the family is not present at the actual job it wouldn't be a big issue.

Logistics like dealing with kids and family would be topics a model discusses with the agent soon as they are signed officially and have the contract in place. So it would be addressed early on so the model would know what to expect and what the agency will and will not assist with. It is also important to remember that if the family life and demands exceed a model's ability to book work and successfully complete assignments, the agency will not be as likely want to work with that model or submit her for projects because they know there will be others who would gladly be available without conflicts.

Additionally, each agency operates differently so my take on it is meant to be applied in a very broad and general sense.

In regards to models who are older but don't look their age, there are many who fall under this category but oftentimes agencies will defer to the younger models simply because they are easier to work with, don't have the life demands most adults do and are literally the fountain of youth from head to toe. They don't have to be photoshopped/airbrushed nearly as much, their skin resiliency is at its highest and their complexions don't have the fine lines and other telltale signs of aging that many women who are older do (I know I look younger than my age but I realistically know I couldn't pass for 16 or 17 and wouldn't even try).

While I don't agree with how obsessed runway/fashion agencies are with 14-20 models and sticking within that age range, I will say that any woman who can stand next to a runway/fashion model that is between 14-20 and unable to tell the difference certainly has that working in her favor but at the end of the day, agencies have a trained eye for such things and they're going to go for what they know and feel comfortable with, which is the younger model who will be available at the drop of a dime and able to travel, work and grow within their careers without a second thought.

BUT that is why I love and embrace commercial/print and lifestyle modeling because these categories are all about representing models of all ages. And with lifestyle modeling being primarily for men and women 25+, that is the perfect place for models to book work in the industry in a way that values who they are and doesn't expect them to be something they're not or fit a mold that isn't necessarily realistic.