Once you've decided that you want to model, you should get organized. Although you may be resourceful and a good speaker, you still need assistance. Many models find a modeling agency to assist them with their careers. The following provides some insight into the process for joining a modeling agency.

Do your research. The best modeling agencies for new models are typically the smaller, local ones. Go online and find at least three modeling agencies in your area. If their website looks shady or unprofessional, move on.

Contact the three agencies you've found and find out when they conduct their open calls. Modeling agencies are always seeking new and talented models and should have regular open calls. Once you gather this information, set an appointment for yourself.

Go to the agencies. When you go, wear an outfit that compliments your body type and skin tone. Don't wear a lot of makeup, but be confident, personable and ask questions if you have them. Find out when they will let you know whether they want you to join their agency.

Take notes on each agency. After each open call, take a few minutes to jot down some of the things you liked and some of the things you didn't like about each one. It will help in making your decision regarding which to have represent you. Next, all you can do is wait to hear of the agency's decision. If none of them accept you, consider expanding your search to include other agencies and begin the process again.

If you are offered representation, set up a meeting, review legal documents, if there are any, and join the agency. If someone calls you and they don't want to sign you, brace yourself and ask why. Get their feedback to determine if modeling is indeed for you. If it is, try to fix any problem areas and start the process all over again. It's not always easy to find a good agency, but with some effort and attention to detail, you can find one that best fits your needs and desires and be on your way to a career in modeling.


  • If a modeling agent asks you to do something you don't feel comfortable doing, don't do it. This is your career and you need to be at your best to be successful.