Meet Sharon Quinn
Part 3: What YOUR Agent Expects from YOU
of the biggest misconceptions in the plus modeling industry today is
the belief that once you secure an agent it's all "gravy" from there,
you don't have to do anything but sit back and the work will just begin
to pour in. Well anyone who has been in this situation learns
quickly that this is most certainly NOT what happens, if anything you
will have to work even harder once you sign on the dotted
Many models come to me with
preconceived notions of what we are supposed to do for you as "Your
Agent" but what you really need to understand is this: There are
certain things that are expected from YOU "The Model" when you sign on
the dotted line with an agent or agency. And unless you have a
clear cut understanding of what those expectations are...your career
will quickly begin to feel like you are on a treadmill....Working hard
but getting no where. So in an effort to prevent you from being
on that treadmill; I put together a list of some of the things that
your agent/booker will expect of you as an aspiring model if they
decide to bring you on as a client.
Your Agent/Booker Expects:For YOU to be groomed At all times!
I have held and participated in enough model castings to be absolutely
horrified at the way some aspiring models choose to show up at castings
and open calls. I have watched more women come through my office
in ill fitting clothing, hair a mess, with no makeup on and/or dressed
more provocatively then you can imagine. Aspiring
models, I have a question for you: Why on earth would you come to a
MODELING agency NOT looking your ABSOLUTE BEST??
then expect me to cut you a break and sign you anyway??? Agents perk up
when they get a chick that comes through their doors well groomed, well
spoken and fashion forward (Note: I said fashion forward NOT
trendy). That means that's less work that THEY have to do and
MORE clients they can send you to see. Clients love to see
beautiful women walk through their doors, they don't want to see women
whose hard lives show on their faces. It is imperative that you
look your absolute best when you go on an audition or a casting.
If you don't wear make up everyday, at the very least keep your "face"
(powder, mascara & lip gloss) in your bag at all times, so that
when that last minute call for an audition comes, becoming "camera
ready" is only a bathroom away.For YOU to be proactive & enthusiastic about YOUR career
Agents/Bookers LOVE models who are "hungry" and focused about their
careers. If you don't want to fall through the cracks and be
forgotten by your agent/booker (and yes, this DOES happen), then you
need call or send an email and check in with your agent at MINIMUM once
a week, to "see if anything's happening". And know that a lot of
those times, there won't be anything happening at the moment but this
simple action keeps you fresh in your booker's mind and it shows that
you are taking an interest in your career rather than sitting home
waiting for the phone to ring.