YOUR SAFETY IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE!
To make sure that your dreams of becoming a model are not tainted as a result of you being taken advantage of physically or financially, below are some tips to keep in mind before making the wrong decision.
1) DO YOUR RESEARCH
Research the company or person that has contacted you to see what information you find. Social media can also give you a ton of insight. Also, check out their reviews on Google to see what experiences other people have had.
2) VERIFY THE INQUIRY
A popular method of scamming these days is identity fraud. A big red flag is when someone contacts you from a random phone number, email address, or social media account claiming to be a model agent or scout. Look up the agency they're claiming to be from and see if the phone number matches. Agents also typically only use email addresses with the company domain name.
For example: email@example.com (legit) VS firstname.lastname@example.org (questionable)
I have personally dealt with this type of situation. An instagram account contacted a young girl claiming to be a scout for my agency. Thankfully, the girl contacted me to verify if they were telling the truth, which of course they were not. Scammers prey on young girls in hopes that they can sell them a modeling career. Please be careful!
3) NEVER SEND NUDES
Never send nude photos if requested. Reputable agencies always ask models to submit digital or polaroid images in full clothing or in a swimsuit.
4) READ THE CONTRACT CAREFULLY
You should never rush when signing with an agency. Take your time looking it over and make sure you understand everything. If you have a question, ask. I would also advise having a friend, family member, or attorney look it over as well. This is something I as well can help with during a coaching session. If you have a contract that you'd like for me to look over please don't hesitate to contact me: email@example.com
5) PRIVATE INFORMATION
Do not give out personal information such as social security number, credit card
information etc. Only after you have thoroughly verified that the agency is legit is when you should provide your social on payroll tax documents.
6) SELLING A DREAM
If any agency PROMISES that you will be a super successful model by signing with them, do not enter into their contract. Reputable agencies may share that they have confidence that you have what it takes to be a model but they should not guarantee that they will book you paid jobs and turn you into a supermodel.
7) DON'T APPEAR DESPERATE
Never tell an agency that you are desperate to be a model...or what I often hear aspiring models say to me "that you will do anything to be a model". When an unscrupulous individual hears you make comments such as those, it gives them more authority in their minds to take advantage of you knowing that you are willing to go to the extreme, or to go with their directed flow, just to live your dream.
While I am at it, these rules of verifying identity and ensuring your safety also applies
when speaking to photographers, stylists, make-up artists etc.
Hopefully these quick tips will bring you 1 step closer to following your dreams as a model in a safe and healthy manner that does not compromise your safety, time or money.
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