8 Signs you Should Seek a Different Agency Option
- The “agency” has a tuition. This is the biggest indicator that what you’re looking at is not a real agency. It’s a modeling school. Yes, maybe they’ve had some girls come out of their system into the industry with success but this is rare. The time of the modeling schools has come to an end.
- They are newly established and have bad online reviews. Ripoffreport.com is a good place to check out. Ask around. Ask the models on their board about their experiences. Us girls love to talk about ourselves… Amirite?
- They seem slightly desperate. Even if its just a hunch or gut feeling. Desperation is never attractive.
- Be cautious if they’ve scouted you organically. Make sure to do thorough research on their name. You could be scouted by a big name, but just make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into. Most established agencies will mainly recruit via open calls, online, and with you coming to them.
- The type of agency that they are does not match what you are looking for. Small town agencies may not be what you’re looking for or their clientele and opportunities may not be what you’re expecting.
- They do not have a steady list of clients. Often, higher end agencies will list their impressive array of clients. Note that some agencies don’t list clients, so this isn’t always the best indicator.
- They are not listed on models.com. The more established legitimate agencies are all listed here. For smaller cities, this may not be the case. But generally, there is one or a few main agencies for an area. You should find out which ones these are and stick with those as options.
- If you are already signed with them and they are not paying you. This could be a sign that their company is struggling. Or not. Many agencies take long periods of time to pay their models. Some are worth the wait and will eventually pay you, some are not. If this is something you’re struggling with you may want to consider small claims if its been well over the amount of time your contract allows for an agency to pay a model.
Briauna Mariah (: