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April 1, 2022
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HOW TO GET SIGNED BY A MODELING AGENCY
(A SIMPLE 6-STEP MANUAL)

Are you an aspiring model looking to get signed by a reputable modeling agency?

We know your struggle.

If you are not one of the lucky few to get scouted while out for lunch, dinner or shopping, getting signed as a model can be a grueling road to walk.

In this blogpost, How To Get Signed By A Modeling Agency (A 6-step manual), we break down vital steps to getting signed by a reputable modeling agency in Bali.

So, how do you beat out the competition and get signed by a modeling agency?

Read on.

Step 1:


Build A Strong Portfolio

Building a strong portfolio is one of the most significant ways to get noticed by a reputable model agency.

Your portfolio acts as a visual CV and allows model agencies to see your style and potential without conducting their own photoshoots.

Here at Bali Model Agency, we recommend only putting high-quality professional pictures of yourself in good lighting and regularly updating them.

Always ensure that you keep your makeup, hairstyle and clothes simple too.

Here's an example from one of our stunning female models, Lente

HOW TO GET SIGNED BY A MODELING AGENCY (A SIMPLE 6-STEP MANUAL)

Step 2:


Use Instagram To Your Advantage

In the age of social media, having a solid social media presence can open doors to a range of exciting opportunities.

Models agents often use Instagram to scout new models to sign with their agency.

Continually update your most professional photographs on your account and refrain from posting anything that would make a model agent second-guess signing you.

Using excessive filters, too many suggestive poses, or even rants about your personal life on social media will make a model agent steer clear of you.

Treat yourself as a brand and show your value.

Step 3:


Decide Your Modeling Style /Niche

The modeling world is ever-expanding and becoming more accepting of different styles and body types.

With the increased acceptance of diversity, there is now a niche for everyone in the modeling world.

But this doesn't mean just anyone can get signed by a reputable model agency.

Before anything else, decide what type of model you want to be.

Are you looking to work as a curve model, commercial model, fitness model, or high-fashion model or you could be looking for a trustworthy agency to sign your child as a kids model?

Understanding your modeling style / niche will allow you to understand what your most distinctive features are and how to confidently present them in the best light to model agencies.

(Work with what you've got!)

Step 4:


Do Your Research On Modeling Agencies

You are far more likely to be taken seriously by a modeling agency if you have done your background research on the agency, than a model who has not.

When doing background research on modeling agencies, consider each model agency's specific requirements.

These requirements may include:

  • Height and weight
  • Hair style for auditions
  • Make-up preference

Step 5:


Be Flexible

Remember, nobody wants to work with a complicated person, and model agencies are no different.

The modeling industry requires a lot of flexibility, including last-minute calls and long travels to foreign countries.

Emphasize to your model agents that you are a flexible person to work with and ready to take on any opportunity. This will increase your chances of getting signed.

Step 6:


Practice, Practice, Practice

As they say, practice makes perfect.

So practice everything.

From your walk, pose down to your facial expressions.

Search for inspiration online, watch videos, read fashion magazines, try to emulate certain poses and styles, and even get a friend to take photos of you from different angles.

While model agencies are not expecting you to know everything, we want to see that you’re passionate and committed to modeling.

How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From A Modeling Agency?

The time may vary with different modeling agencies.

While reputable agencies usually reply within a week or two, not every agency will write back to say if you're successful.

What Are Modeling Agencies Looking For?

The type of model an agency may look for can vary depending on rising trends and industry demands, but overall, modeling agencies want to see fresh-faced, natural beauties.

This means you are at your most natural, striped back with no crazy hairstyles or makeup looks.

What Happens If I Get Rejected From A Modeling Agency?

The modeling industry can be incredibly cut-throat, and one of the things you need to expect is rejection.

The important thing is not to take it too personally.

The agency you applied for may have been after a specific look at that particular time.

So brush your shoulders off, and continue your search.

If you want to give it another shot with the same agency, re-apply in 6 months with an updated portfolio.

It’s a numbers game; the more you apply, the better your chances of success.

How Do I Know Which Agencies Are Legitimate?

A common rule of thumb to keep in mind is that a reputable modeling agency will never ask you to do anything you might be uncomfortable with. For example, requesting illicit photos.

Secondly, a reputable modeling agency will never ask you for money upfront and will always be happy to provide you with their credentials.

If they are hesitant to offer you information regarding the agency, consider this a red flag.

Find the company's website and contact the number you find there (never call a number they give you over social media).

See if you can find reviews online, and always read the small print on contracts.

Why Should I Sign To A Modeling Agency?

The fashion and modeling industry is a tough industry to break into.

Having a reputable modeling agency behind you will increase your chances of connecting with big clients and gaining a name for yourself in the industry.

It will also allow you to concentrate on your castings and not stress about finding clients to shoot with simultaneously.

CONCLUSION

So there you have it, a 6-step manual on How To Get Signed By A Modeling Agency.

While the modeling industry may be tough, getting signed to the right agency can ease the journey and help skyrocket your modeling career.

So, keep your head high, do your research and always strut with confidence.

Good luck!

WHO ARE WE?

Bali Model Agency (BMA) represents female models and male models from Indonesia and from around the globe, showcasing a diversity in an ever demanding market requiring a fresh new look.

Our models work with the best Bali photographers, stylists and hair & make-up artists on the island.

Do you want to be signed by Bali’s leading modeling agency?

Apply with an up-to-date portfolio on our website today.

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