A Teen Model's Guide to Finding a Talent Agency
Does your teenage son or daughter want to start modeling?
While plenty of kids dream of walking the runway when they grow up, few ever make a real go at it. But, if your child is interested, one of the first things you should do is look for a modeling agency to sign them on. But, how do you know which talent agency you should choose? Check out this teen model’s guide to finding the right talent agency.
1. Do Your Research
First things first, you need to conduct some research to find the right agency. When looking into agencies, the biggest thing you need to consider is whether you want to work with a small, local agency or a big international agency.
While international agencies can certainly land you gigs that pay big money and have you traveling the world, it can be very difficult to get your foot in the door at an international agency. These agencies are flooded with new model portfolios each day, so even if you’re a talented model, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd.
So, if you’re just starting out, we suggest connecting with a local agency. With a local agency, you’ll get to book gigs in your area, and you’ll have a much more personalized, family-like experience.
Whether you go local or international, you shouldn’t just go with the first talent agency you come across on Google. Instead, read reviews of several different companies in the area to find the best one for you.
2. Meet the Booker
If a modeling agency offers to sign you, resist the urge to immediately say yes.
Before you sign on, you want to check out how professional the environment is and ask any necessary questions you have regarding how they run their business. And, most importantly, you want to meet the booker.
The booker is the person who handles every aspect of your modeling career. Therefore, it’s very important that you get along well with this person.
In addition to finding you jobs, your booker will also be the one to help you put your portfolio together that you’ll take with you to shoots and present to various clients.
3. Choose One That Works With Teens
By working with a teen-only modeling agency, you’ll be working with people who have years and years of experience with people in this age group.
Teen modeling agencies understand that their young models aren’t yet adults, and that they therefore will need some extra guidance and supervision.
4. Ask the Right Questions
Before signing on with a modeling agency, there are some important questions you should ask.
- How many models do you have in my child’s age group? (the more saturated the age group, the less likely your child is to get jobs)
- How was your agency founded?
- How long have you been in business?
- What are the typical work hours for your models?
- What well-known brands have you worked with?