So, you’ve submitted to agency after agency, and after what seems like ages, you finally you hear something back from one! After you finish your happy dance, you start to wonder what the heck you do now? They want to set up a meeting with you, which is as equally exciting as it is nerve-wracking. What do you wear? What do you bring? What kind of questions will they ask you?
Don’t worry, I’ve got you! See below for my tips on how to navigate a meeting with an agency!
As I always say, a prepared model is a professional model. Absolutely DO NOT be late. Make sure you have the exact address (don’t forget the floor or suite number!) and scope it out ahead of time so you know where you need to park. Always allow plenty of time to get there, especially if the meeting is scheduled during a high-traffic time. If the agency sent you any suggestions on what to bring with you or if there are any special instructions you need to follow when you arrive, be sure to follow them exactly.
If you have had any professional photos done, put them together in a portfolio and bring that with you for the agent to review. If you don’t have any professional photos, don’t worry! If you’re just starting out (or getting back into it), they will know that you don’t have a portfolio built up yet. They may ask you ahead of time to bring what you have, or they may not. It’s always best to bring them if you have them so that you have them ready in case they ask during your meeting.
Also, come prepared with questions for them. Sometimes it’s hard to think of questions on the spot, so writing down a few before you meet is always a good idea. Bringing along a notebook and pen to take notes during your meeting is strongly recommended so you can review them after you leave. Remember, you are hiring them, so you want to make sure you ask them questions as well to make sure they’re a good fit for you!
A common mistake new models make when meeting with an agent is thinking they need to dress up and do full glam. Luckily, that’s not at all the case! I always suggest wearing the “model uniform” of a black fitted tank with black skinny jeans, and always wear heels. If you have a cool personal style, don’t be afraid to let that show! Just don’t over-do it. They’re going to want to see you looking really natural, so no overly styled hair and minimal (if any) makeup. Also, don’t over-accessorize or wear super blingy or wild shoes. You don’t want your outfit to be the center of attention, YOU want to be!
What to Expect
Your meeting will likely take 30 minutes to an hour, they very rarely go over that for your first meeting. There probably will not be a ton of small talk, just enough to get some generic information from you and get a feel for what you’re like as a person.
The most common questions they ask is what are your goals and what made you get into the industry. They will also ask about your availability and what other things you have going on (school, a family, etc.) that may take time away from your modeling. They may start discussing their business approach and expectations, and then turn it over to you and ask if you have any questions.
After your conversation, they will probably take some digital photos of you and take your measurements. If they’re really interested in you, they may offer you a contract on the spot. Although this will be very exciting for you, don’t feel pressure to sign it on the spot. Express your gratitude and enthusiasm, and then take it home so you (and a possibly a lawyer) can fully review it. You may have more questions after you review the contract so don’t be afraid to request a follow-up meeting or call to go over those.
Do not be surprised if you show up for your meeting and all they do is take a quick glance at your photos and say good day, especially if they have a lot of other model meetings lined up after you. If this happens, remain polite and remember that it’s business and not personal. If this is how your meeting goes, it doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t interested in you. They may just have a lot of appointments that day and they’ll contact the models they’re interested in a few days (or weeks) later after they’ve had a chance to review and discuss with the rest of their team. While this can sting a little, don’t let it discourage you! Go to your meeting without expectations and know that you should be proud of yourself for just getting in the door!
While meeting with an agency and/or getting a contract offer is an amazing accomplishment, unfortunately not all agencies are legit. There are so many scammers out there posing as agents and it’s sometimes hard to spot the frauds, especially if you’re new to the industry.
Here are some red flags to always keep an eye out for:
There’s any sort of up-front signing fee, representation fee, or fee to meet with them.
They push you to sign a contract on the spot. Take it home. Look it over. Have a lawyer look it over if you want to be extra cautious. A legit agent will expect you to want to take it home to review and won’t push you to sign right then and there.
A multi-year contract (think 5+ years). Shorter contracts in the modeling industry (1-2 years), especially if your brand new, are typically the standard. If you and youre agent are a good fit, it just gets renewed.
They promise you will be the next big supermodel and make tons of money. Agents can forecast that you will get a lot of work based on your look, but they can never guarantee you work and should never promise you anything other than that they will work hard on your behalf to get you jobs.
They ask for/suggest you take lingerie, simi-nude or fully nude photos, or ask you to undress during your meeting.
If they contacted you via social media from an account not tied to or verified by an agency. With social media being such a prominent business source these days, this is one of the easiest ways scammers get models. If you get a message from a person claiming to be a scout for an agency, always contact the agency directly and verify this person really works with them.