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Modeling Schools good idea or not?
Old 01-19-2004, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My daughter at age 17 is interested in becoming a model. Her friends have told her a place called Barbizon
is the place to go to learn, but of course, it is not cheap. I do not know any models, or any photographers that shoot models
so I am at a loss.
Most of my photography is of animals, with a couple of weddings and a few high school yearbook headshots.
Any recommendations, suggestions, or comments?
Thanks
Jeff
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Re: Modeling Schools good idea or not?
Old 01-19-2004, 02:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jeff

The short answer is that modeling schools are a bad idea...


Models are born as far as I'm concerned...either a girl (or guy) has a certain extra something that the camera captures.

It's not something you can teach...if you feel that you must spend money..then spend it on music or dance lessons. Stay away from "modeling" schools.

 
 
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Old 01-19-2004, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's my experience with "model schools." They sign you up for.... $1,500??? Sound right? They "teach" the prospective model some basics about walking, the job process, makeup -- reasonable stuff. They sign you to a representation contract for a year. Then you never hear anything......

Get a list of agencies in Seattle. Call and ask if they have open calls -- when the prospective model can walk in and get looked at. Before she goes, have her talk to some folks that are modeling -- there are plenty of Seattle area models, send a few e-mails to folks listed on GG. Take a few pictures of her yourself, light makeup, face shots, full length in a swimsuit. DON'T try and be creative with the shots. Something that is clear and technically correct. Put the 4x6's in a small book.

When she goes in and talks to someone, it's important that she knows why she's there and what she wants to do. She should wear crisp, fashionable clothes and look very presentable. If they like her, think she's serious, and has the look they want -- she might get an opportunity to do some tests or maybe some work. If the agency asks to have her pay for a photoshoot -- that's probably OK. Check out the rate against what's customary, and see if they direct you to a specific photographer (kickback?) or let you pick one.

The stuff the model school would teach the model she should pick up in working the business. The agency will help her along.

Just curious. How tall is she? What kind of modeling does she want to do? Fashion, promotional, commercial? If she doesn't know any of that -- maybe a conversation with someone that actually works in the Seattle market would be helpful.

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In my many years of shooting, I've never spoken with or heard of a model who credited a modeling school with helping them get started. I have however heard of several who removed any reference to modeling schools from their resumes because they got tired of being asked by laughing agents, "How much did they stick you for?". The modeling school money will be wasted as far as any substantive help in learning about actual modeling. They take in any one who has a credit card, regardless of any modeling potential.

She would be far better off with dance and acting lessons, learning s much as possible about makeup and beginning a serious course of aerobics to remain taunt.

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A Great Suggestion
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Doug makes a really great suggestion. I'm sure there's an actor's workshop in Seattle that would be much more useful in building your daughter's self-expression and confidence.

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