a critique of an ongoing career in acting

There are opportunities out there for the aspiring model or actor, good solid shots at getting into print ads and commercials, walking the runway with some version of the latest fashions, and even appearing in television, film, or music videos. It’s not impossible; people are doing it all the time. Babies, even. Not just in Los Angeles or Milan. Right down the road in Florida. It’s just a matter of getting in touch with the right agency.

Modeling and talent agencies are all over the place, that’s for sure. But many don’t have, shall we say, your best interests at heart. They’re looking for your money, mainly. Your success is not necessarily a priority for them. Which means for you: do your research.

Any agency you work with should be fully licensed. If the agency has been around for at least 15 or 20 years, that’s a good sign they are legitimate. If an agency asks for a signing or registration fee up front, go the other way. Check out the clients the agency has worked with — if you see names you recognize, you’re in good shape. “Target” and “Reebok” are fine names to recognize. “Frank’s After-Hours Bagel and Auto Parts” should probably throw up a red flag.

Your agency should be a guide to the kind of work that suits you best. And not just commercial work. The film industry is thriving everywhere. In Southern Florida, for example, USA Network’s hit “Burn Notice” and Fox’s “The Glades” are both using locally grown talent. A good agency knows how to put you in front of good casting directors.

And listen: don’t get intimidated by the thought that all models are exotic and foreign. Good agencies like to work with everyday people of all ages and experience levels. Which makes sense. Those are the kinds of people we see everyday, so that’s who we expect to see in our ads and favorite programs. We the people want to relate to the people who are selling us sweaters … or getting involved in action-packed crime dramas.

Then take their suggestions for referrals such as schooling, photographers, and any other tools they suggest. Their referrals are very useful because they work hand in hand together and they know what the other wants.

The great thing about working with a professional talent agency such as Avenue is that you don’t have to constantly call them regarding work…they will call you as soon as you’ve been booked or are needed on a casting call or audition.

For a syllabus of promoting yourself in modeling check out Ave Models scam circumvention tips. Read all about Ave Models scam avoidance tips and suggestions for acting and modeling.

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