Spotlight Studio are focused on getting new models into the industry. We offer advice on the whole process from contacting agencies, to tips on how to construct and strengthen your portfolio. Being successful is far more about just ‘working a runway.’
We offer advice for all models, whatever your size, shape or style. We appreciate how difficult it is to get ‘that break’ and are set on giving you the best possible chance. Whether you’re looking to join an agency or perhaps work freelance, be sure to trust our expert advice.
Submitting your best photos, showing your varying ability and adopting a professional attitude are just some of the ways we believe will propel your career.
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We understand that it can be very daunting and confusing to know where and how to get started in modelling, but do not worry we are here to help. We have been advising aspiring models for over 15 years and continue to do so for those we believe show model potential until they are signed to an agency.
We are here to demystify the routes into the industry and to help get you to a position where you can confidently apply to professional agencies or freelance castings without the risk of being scammed or wasting your time. The Spotlight Studio can advise you on your model potential, the types of modelling you are suited to and, if modelling is something you are serious about, help you to create and build your personal, professional model portfolio.
On average, you should expect to give atleast 20% of your earnings to the agency. This of course, will vary depending on the agency. It’s always advisable to check your contracts carefully to see if deductions are made before or after expenses as this can make a big difference.
They match models to certain clients based on the criteria they are looking for. They have a database of models already and have extensive relationships with a wide variety of people within the industry and are often seen as a ‘fastrack’ way in.
They will personally look after every aspect of your work and will actively seek opportunities for you. They’ll let you know about upcoming castings and do their best to put you forwards for campaigns which are suitable.
The bottom line is that they take a big cut of your earnings! They also deduct expenses and often models are given very little of what they’ve worked for. In some cases, models are required to sign comprehensive contracts which prevents them from seeking work through other channels. It also ensures they are tied in for a fixed period of time.
Not necessarily. It is possible to work freelance or sign non-exclusive contracts with multiple agencies. You can also get your own website and self-promote.
This will depend on the type of modelling work you are looking for. Do your research and opt for the one that is most fitting. For example, if you’re a plus-size model, there are certain ones which are reputable for this specifically.
There should be some alarm bells ringing if a modelling agency doesn’t have a fixed address and suggests meeting at a hotel! You can almost guarantee these are not certified. Any asking for ‘admin’ fees or are pushy about certain shoots or campaigns are also ones you should be avoiding.
Keep trying! Each agency has different ideas about what it is they’re looking for and which models they see potential in. Don’t give up and explore every opportunity. Get registered with as many directories as possible and make sure your portfolio is as strong as it can be.