Awesome questions. At 16 a lot of reliable photographers and agencies will want to insure your parent(s) are on board and supportive of your goal to be a model/actress/dancer. This is a huge hurtle for some aspiring models your age. So make sure they are in the loop first and foremost!
After that, do your background check on the agency. A quick google or bing look over on the company will be key. A reliable agency will have good reviews, be listed with the BBB [Better Business Bureau]. If they are not listed here, chances are they are fake.
Modeling schools. Do. Your. Research. 98% of the modeling schools out there are scams. Look into modeling workshops hosted by agencies and/or former models. You will learn more from them then you will a school. Aside from learning for a great photographer who’s willing to teach you during your shoot.
As to percentage agencies take out. I’ve heard of an agency taking as little as 10% and up to 40%. Most agencies only take a 10-20% off your pay from what ever job they help you secure. Now, if an agency says you pay them first, negotiate before running away. Agencies are meant to work for you, not against you.
The only thing you should ever worry about paying before actually booking, and yes sometimes after, is a good portfolio. This means hiring a good, yet, reliable photographer and possibly the first small batch of comp cards. These are known to be paid for by the agencies at first and part of their cut is actually you paying it back while still working.
We hope this helps in your search for a trust worthy agency! And remember to keep strutting it.
So it’s not Feels Friday. But this is one of the more awesome things that has come across our feed as of late. Meet Karrie Brown, a young girl that had a dream. And got it! I totally respect Wet Seal and their move into making Karrie’s dream of being a model reality.
Seriously, if this moved you at all. Click the picture, head to her page and give her some love. :)