#ModelMonday : Modeling Open Calls, Go-sees, Castings and Auditions Part 2
You guys have been so patient and I thank you! We are going to keep this month rolling with amazing content by giving you information every working model should be putting into practice. This week I'm going to be giving you the second part of the Model Call breakdown article by Vanessa Helmer.
Bring a Swimsuit (Women)
If an agency or client is interested in representing or booking you, they will often ask to take snapshots (digitals) of you and take your measurements while you are wearing a swimsuit. Bikinis are preferred, but a one-piece is fine. If you don't have a swimsuit then a good quality matching bra and panty set is fine.
Wear Boxer Briefs (Men)
If an agency or client is interested in representing or booking you, they will often ask to take snapshots (digitals) of you and take your measurements while you are wearing boxer briefs. Be sure you are wearing good quality boxer briefs that are in perfect condition. No tattered or loose elastic waists, please.
Don't Sign Anything at the First Meeting
If you are offered a contract with an agency your excitement can take over your common sense. This is the time to take a deep breath and think about what you are being asked to do. A contract is a legally binding agreement so be sure you know exactly what you are signing. A legitimate agency will not be offended if you ask to have a lawyer review the document for you. If you don't have the funds to hire a lawyer then an independent agent can be very helpful. The modeling agents at ModelScouts.comregularly negotiate contracts and they are always willing to give advice and guidance to new models in this area.
On the other hand, if you are at an actual modeling job and the client asks you to sign something you are unfamiliar with or that was not discussed between you and your agent in advance then do NOT sign it without your agent's consent. Pick up the phone and call your agent before signing anything!
Accept Criticism and Advice
To be a successful model you must have thick skin.
Don't let an agent or client's criticism affect you. If you met with 50 different agencies or clients you'd likely receive 50 different evaluations of your look or suitability for a job. This is just the nature of the business.
Yes, sometimes an agent or client can be rude and insensitive but don't waste your time and energy trying to convince them they are wrong. It's just not worth it. Besides, if you rise above it and behave like a professional even if the agent or client is not, you may find that the same agent or client books you for a job in the future. I've seen it happen time and time again.
Have a Professional Voice Mail Message
Remember that as a model you are essentially a self-employed contractor running your own business. Just as any business would have a professional voice mail message on their phone so must you.
Keep your outgoing voice mail message simple, short and professional. Nothing drives an agent crazier than having to listen to five minutes of Lady Gaga or Metallica before they can leave a message; many will just hang up and move to the next model.
Reply to Phone Calls Promptly
It is important that you reply to phone messages promptly. You'd hate to lose a booking because another model got there first.
Set up your phone so that you get texts or other notifications when someone has a left you a message.
Relax and Smile!
It's okay to be nervous when meeting an agent or client for the first time. Agents and clients expect this and will do their best to make you feel comfortable. Remember that agents and clients can't do their jobs without you so they really are happy to see you.
Relax, have fun and SMILE!
The Most Professional Model Always Wins!
When you attend an agency open call or an audition with a client you will likely be one of many beautiful faces. So, what separates one beautiful face from another? It's PROFESSIONALISM!
Agencies and clients don't always choose the most beautiful or handsome model but rather the model who they believe is the most professional, easiest to work with, and prepared.
Follow these 12 tips and you will be on your way to succeeding at your next open call, go-see or casting!