As a model, one of your biggest advocates should be your agent. Once they sign an agency contract, many models make the mistake of not communicating with their agents unless it involves a booking.
Signing to an agency is only the first step in a model’s career. The relationship between you and your agent is extremely important to your success. Agents manage a lot of models every day, so it is important that you maintain a great rapport with them and let them know how much you appreciate what they do for you. Talking to them about things other than work is a great way to get to know them on a more personal level and help you get comfortable talking to them about your career goals or issues you may be having.
See below for some tips on how to maintain good relationships with your agents. But remember, when you do these things, be genuine! Don’t just do it for brownie points- do it to actually create a connection with them.
Don’t always wait for your agent to contact you. Call or email them just to check in and see how they’re doing, and to discuss your career and any opportunities that may be available to you. Keep in mind that your agent is busy, so do it so frequently that you begin to become bothersome. If they don’t answer right away don’t be offended, but but do reach out now and again just to say hello.
When you do have bookings coming up, keep the communication open with your agent, especially if something comes up and times need to be adjusted or any special accommodations need to be made. Let them know when you arrive at a shoot and when you leave, and how the working experience was with that client. If something bad happened on set, make sure you let your agent know immediately so that it can be addressed. Don’t just accept the booking and let the job come and go and not touch-base with your agent.
Have Lunch with Them
Due to their busy schedules, this isn’t something that you would probably regularly do, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask your agent(s) to join you for lunch every once in a while. This is a great opportunity to just sit down and chat and get to know them, or discuss a few career moves.
If you or your agent don’t have time to do a full sit-down lunch, drop off little treats like cookies or coffee to the agency just because, or to say thank you for booking you a big job. Little things like this take no time from you but show your agents that you appreciate the work they’re doing for you.
This is so simple, yet many models don’t have any idea when their agent’s birthday is. Find out, and add it to your calendar so that when it comes around, you can send a card or text/call them to wish them a happy birthday.