Those are well known modeling agencies and they are good ones to get into. Watch some episodes of Americas Next Top Model and look at some fashion Magazines like Vogue to get tips then take amazing model like pictures of yourself. Then send them in! [ TinkerbellsHelp's advice column | Ask TinkerbellsHelp A Question ]
solidadvice4teens answered Wednesday April 11 2007, 11:31 pm: You have to be careful when it comes to breaking into modelling or acting because there's really awful people out there looking to rip eager people who dream to be successful off.
There are gifted phorographers and agents out there and there's no doubt about that but according to this link (see at the end of the answer) only 25% of them are legit and in some very bad horror stories some photographers have asked girls/women to do some pretty inappropriate things or made them feel very uncomfortable.
The best tips I can give you being a background performer (read extra) in Tv/Film shot in my city are these three things
1) A reputable agent or casting director or photogapher be it for film/TV or modelling does NOT ever, ever advertise for clients be it in the newspaper, online or in the phone book. That is just not how casting is done or how agents, modelling and photographers work.
Reputable people in this field NEVER ever ask for any money up front be it for photos or special training. That right there is a scam or signs of one as they're looking to make money off of your naivity of how agents do and do not work.
Reputable agents and especially casting directors NEVER use the Internet to cast films or put your picture and info on the Internet so you'll get gigs. Again it's a scam for them to make money and NOBODY in the business will ever call or hire anybody that way.
When it comes to having an agent for anything they will want you to have photographs. Having said that you must not ever fall for the scam of them insisting you spend X amount on them or use their photographer. Ths is signs of an unreputable person. All you need when you start out with an agent is snapshots or a few 8*10 laser copies of even your school picture so people know what you look like.
Another tip is if you are in Canada call ACTRA or log onto their Web site or in the U.S. it's the Screen Actor's Guild of America and phone them, e-mail or try finding the link on their sites for their list of reputable agents and casting directors. If getting an agent or going to an audition don't go or sign the agent unless the person is on that list.
Trust me, if they aren't there's a damn good reason as only the reputable people who play things by the rules and are professional are on those lists of agents.
Finally, instead of trying to break into modelling which is the hardest part of showbiz to get into next to acting on TV and film consider getting what is called a background agent or background agency.
What this enables you to do is to work on the set as an extra in TV and Film shooting in a metropolitan city near you ie Toronto, New York etc. They shoot movies everywhere so if you're not from there no worries but it helps if you are near a BIG city like that in U.S. or Canada.
This allows you to see whether you like this work or not as it's not all glamour. Sure, you'll see a lot of fmaous people however, you could be standing in the cold, have rain pour down on you etc. for 14 hours or more in one day of shooting. They might need you for a week or more depending on what type of shoot it is.
For example when I worked on Hairspray with Travolta in it I was there from 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. the next day because of how complicated it was to shoot the end of the movie. I was only there one day but others were their for 7 days with the same crazy hours for one dance number called "You Can't Stop The Beat" at the very end of the film.
Oh, one ting you do need to know about reputable background agents is to consult the ACTRA or SAG list first. They are the only agents allowed to charge a yearly fee to people because so many of their clients drop out after they see that this is indeed a business with 12-17 hour days like anything else for lousy pay.
Also, the only other agent besides a background agent that can charge you anything per year up front is a kids or teen agency because much like background agencies either the kid or the parents may want to opt out after they see the amount of commitment required.
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