Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Is There Any Value in Modelling Competitions?

A modelling competition sounds like a great idea - the chance to show what you can do to lots of influential people at once. Many modelling competitions, however, should be given a wide berth. To find out more visit http://www.modelsconnect.net

Reputable modelling competitions have launched faces like Cindy Crawford and Gisele Bundchen. Often run by world-famous agencies like Elite, they showcase a selection of young models who have already worked in the industry, and they’re purpose is to give a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a new face.

This is the sort of modelling competition that any aspiring model would want to take part in. There are, however, a range of modelling competitions marketing themselves to you, and it pays to do a lot of background research before you sign up to take part.

Check It Out

If the competition is being run by an agency, make sure you check them out. Ask if they have a model book (which all good agencies should have) and see if you can contact people who have taken part in the competition previously or who are models with the agency. Run a web search to see what information comes up about the competition and to gauge the reaction of those who have taken part.

Look After the Pennies

Some competitions ask for a registration fee. This can vary from  reasonable fees to requests for over £250 to take part. Always be cautious of modelling agencies, competitions or searches that ask for lots of money up front. You’ll rarely get your money back if you’re not happy, and the organisers often don’t make clear what your money is buying. Before you hand over any money, be sure you know what you’re getting into.

Avoid Adverts

Small adverts in newspapers for modelling competitions are usually scams. If you’re going to enter a competition, make sure it’s run by a reputable agency, designer or organisation. A good competition will advertise properly, hold the competition in a proper venue and have clear rules and regulations.

Use Common Sense

It’s fine to enter your local newspaper’s “Face of  . . .” competition. It’s a good way to start and you will get some valuable experience from it if you win. The usual entrance into the modelling world is through an agency, so try that in preference to competitions - if they think there’s something you should enter, they’ll be sure to put you forward.

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