Q&A: how to become a photographer and modeling agent?

Question by Jessica: how to become a photographer plus modeling agent?
im 17 years of age plus currently functioning about my ged. i like to understand how to become among the ideal photographers plus modeling agent for young adult females, kids, infants,plus wildlife how might i go regarding doing which…is there classes i have to take? plus im beginning a portfolio, how do i receive girls to agree to allow me picture them without next guessing?

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www.stylecareer.com/fashion_photographer.shtml

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  1. I can’t give authoritative info on the photography part (I’m an amatuer) but I did work as a booker (agent) in a well-known 5th Ave NYC modeling agency.

    I had a dream of being an agent. Most girls want to model or act. Well, I wanted to be the agent.

    How did I get the job? First, I called agencies over the phone and asked if they had openings for any jobs. I didn’t pass myself off as an experienced booker but told the truth that I had sales experience and worked as a child actor/model. After about 30 phone calls everyone had said, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you!’

    Well, one day I was fed up with not getting anywhere over the phone and I took the day off work and I took the bus into NYC. I got a copy of “Ross Reports Television,” a periodical that lists all the major talent and casting agencies in the city. I had copies of my resume and I was dressed in a suit. I went door-to-door asking for work. Having been a child actor, and KNOWING that most places would probably slam the door in my face, I did it anyway.

    The first agency I walked into was actually a talent agency that turned me down for representation when I was a child actor. I asked if they had job openings for ANY type of job. The owner wanted to know about me, and talked to me and offered me a position in her modeling agency upstairs. They trained me as a booker and that’s how I did it. But they didn’t just hand over the job to me– I was VERY aggressive about wanting it, and that’s what they look for– type-A driven personalities who can be unrelentingly competitive in sales.

    I ended up quitting for a couple of reasons. First, I wasn’t getting paid any salary: it’s all commission. At the time I had little savings and couldn’t live without a regular salary. But worse than that, I couldn’t stand all the superficial personalities I had to deal with and all the ego-stroking I had to do to be successful. It’s just not me. A lot of the models were pretty flaky, too, and didn’t even show up for some of their bookings that I did get for them and I didn’t make money when that happened. Of course, those models were ultimately released from their contracts with the agency. But my point is, as an inexperienced booker, I got to represent the inexperienced models!

    If you want to work in that field you need to move in circles where you’ll meet people who can offer you work. It’s not really like they advertise openings for agency work… Lots of people send their work resumes to agencies in the hopes of landing some glamorous job. Many agents/bookers are former models who already had an “in” into the business. Keep in mind being an agent is being in sales, just as if you were in any other kind of sales. It is BRUTALLY competitive.

    Why not try doing what I did? If you’re lucky you will be given a job doing something menial at the agency at first. Then you can work your way up. Good luck. I am glad I did it even if it was just to realize that I didn’t want to do it, otherwise I would be wondering how glamorous it must be to be a talent/modeling agent.. and deluding myself unnecessarily.

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