No. Phase One is not an agency, we are a management company. We help aspiring models take the first few steps to break into the modeling industry and put you in a confident position to take your first steps on your journey to success.
Yes, a portfolio is key to your success. It is your visional CV. Modeling portfolios show ability and versatility skills in front of the camera and will show your full potential as a model to all clients. Clients will hire you depending on your modeling portfolio, therefore the better your portfolio is the higher chance of getting noticed by the right people in the industry.
Every model will need to pay for their portfolio. Top fashion agencies will invest and build portfolio’s for their models and will take a large figure from their first pay, plus you will not have any copyright to those photos so you will not be able to use them for your own gain, not every model is lucky to sign to a top fashion agency as they have very strict requirements.
You will always need professional images to market yourself as a model, however there are some companies and agencies that will request natural images as well as professional images before making a decision.
No Agency will guarantee work. While they can represent you and market you it is ultimately the creative decision-makers who organize the shoots to choose which model they want to work with, and they do that by looking at your portfolio.
This again depends on what the clients are looking for. There are many stories where models start picking up jobs from the moment they sign up till 3 months after they sign up, at this stage it is so important to have your portfolio ready to use. modeling and talent can also depend on new trends, new fashions, and new companies. It is also important to turn up to all casting auditions you are invited to if the client can’t see what you can do, how would you be able to book work.
Rates for models really depend from clients to clients. Some rates can be hourly and daily. Once you are signed with an agency you should have a very clear understanding of all rates the percentage your agent will take from your earning, you can refer back to your contract to keep track of your earnings.
Modelling can involve traveling and this does depend on the location of shoots and castings for you to attend. Usually your agent will arrange your travel.
Agencies will represent you and find work; it is up to you to decide which castings and shoots you would like to attend. Do not be afraid to say no. If you are in full time education your agency will be aware and would only call you at the weekends and holidays so your studies are not interrupted.
Most models within the industry do not get exclusivity contracts – they work on a freelance basis. This can have its benefits because it means they are able to work with more than one agency.
The model industry has undergone an overhaul in the last five years: no longer do you have to be a size zero to be successful. Nowadays, many of the world’s top designers have banned size zero models from appearing in catwalk shows. It is important to be realistic and approach the correct agencies with the right style of portfolio.
While tattoos were no go in the industry, they are now more accepted, depending on their size and location. With a third of young people in the Phase One now having a tattoo, advertisers are realising that their target market not only want to view models with tattoos but have some form of body ink.