You always hear about people getting approached in a mall, in a parking lot, in a restaurant or theater… the pick-up line is always the same… hey! you have a great look, can I get you into modeling, here is my card.
What to do next? probably turn around and run.
Here is a modeling article from http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/services/model.shtm
Its a long read and pretty much tells us everything we already know… but hey, people still fall for the 20k in modeling school to get a 50 dollar job routine. The article talks about what you need such as good headshots and portfolio and what you can live without in the modeling world.
In the age of the internet, a really good bet is being your own acting agent. There are great sites that charge a small monthly fee to give you access to the auditions and casting database.
The way these companies work is they do all the legwork for you in finding and compiling lists of every casting call and audition available on the planet, then matching the auditions to clients. They have 100’s of people who update the database on an hourly basis sometimes. That is what the fee is for!
Many people expect these types of services for free… but, you can not employ hundreds of people to update audition lists and match them to clients for free now can you? The fees are minimal, 15 to 50 dollars depending on the services and its well worth it if you are serious about finding the right auditions for you.
Without these services, it would take the average person 100’s of hours in research to figure out where to get the audition information from… then a few hours daily looking. In my book, my time is worth money and I will gladly let someone email me lists of castings to me then have to spend 100’s of hours looking myself.
all have great services for actors and models that are serious about finding work. The monthly fees are reasonable and castings that match your requirements get mailed to you daily or weekly, you also have the capability to search the database extensively.
If you sign up with any of the services above, you will get an online portfolio that gives you more exposure to casting agents and directors who use their talent profiles to fill roles. Exploretalent.com is the biggest online audition, casting and talent database by far boasting 1.5 million profiles.