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Modeling Agency Meeting Preparation

Meeting with a modeling agent is a crucial step in your modeling career. It's essential to be well-prepared before you walk through those agency doors. Whether you're an aspiring or experienced model looking to improve your agency meeting skills, here are some tips on preparing effectively.

A fashion model wearing a brown oversized suit in front of a white backdrop
Photo by Lexi Fox

Know Your Unique Selling Points

Before meeting with a modeling agent, take some time to reflect on what makes you stand out. Are you skilled in a specific type of modeling, such as runway or print? Do you have a unique look or style that sets you apart? Understanding and appreciating your unique selling points will not only help you present yourself confidently during the meeting, but also make the agent appreciate your individuality. They will ask you to tell them about yourself, so have some key points ready to bring up.

Portfolio Preparation

If you already have a portfolio, ensure it is up-to-date with your best and most recent work. Include a variety of shots that showcase your versatility as a model. From headshots to full-body shots, your portfolio should highlight your range and ability to adapt to different styles and looks.

If you do not have a portfolio- that is ok! You do NOT need a portfolio to sign with a modeling agency if you are a new model. Rest assured, if they want to sign you, they will provide guidance on what photos you need to get and help you find the right photographers. The agency is there to support and guide you in your modeling journey.

Clean Up Your Social Media

In the digital world we currently live in, most agencies request you provide your social media pages on their applications, or they ask for it in the meeting. They will 100% look at your social media, and it can be a big factor in their decision to sign you or not.

Before you ever apply to agencies, make sure your social media reflects your personality and doesn't have any images on there that can deter agencies from wanting to represent you. Use it as an extension of your portfolio, and only post your best images.

Research the Agency

Prior to your meeting, it's crucial to research the modeling agency. This not only shows your interest but also helps you align your career goals with the agency's. Understand the type of models they represent, the clients they work with, and their reputation in the industry. This knowledge will impress the agent and help you decide if the agency is the right fit for you.

Be Punctual

Being punctual is a non-negotiable in the modeling industry. It's a sign of professionalism and respect for the agent's time. Ensure you know the meeting address and allow for potential traffic and parking issues. While arriving early is ideal, don't be too early. Even if you're at the location 30 minutes ahead, wait until 10 minutes before the start time to enter your appointment.

Practice Your Posing and Runway Walk

During your meeting, the agent might ask you to do a runway walk or take a few photos. Practice your posing and runway walk beforehand to ensure you feel confident and natural during the meeting. A strong walk and confident posing can leave a lasting impression on the agent.

Dress Appropriately

When meeting with a modeling agent, dress professionally. Wear clothing that accentuates your body shape and personal style. Avoid heavy makeup and opt for a natural look that highlights your features. The go-to "model uniform" of a tight black tank top and black fitted jeans is always a safe option.

Stay Positive and Confident

Confidence is not just a key, it's the master key when meeting with a modeling agent. Be positive, enthusiastic, and open to feedback. Remember that rejection is a part of the industry, and each meeting is an opportunity to learn and grow as a model. Approach the meeting with a positive mindset, and let your passion for modeling shine through. Your self-confidence is what will truly set you apart.

These tips on preparing to meet with a modeling agency can help you make a strong impression and increase your chances of success in the competitive world of modeling. Remember, preparation is key, so take the time to hone your skills, perfect your portfolio, and showcase your unique talents. Good luck on your modeling journey!


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