The Models Direct Guide to Applying to a Modeling Agency

May 28, 2010

Applying to modeling agencies is really exciting for all new and aspiring models. But with agencies seeing thousands of applications it’s important to know their preferred methods of submission and make sure that all the right details are sent. Here, modeling agency Models Direct offers some things to consider when putting yourself forward to modeling agencies.

What should be in your application?

Some agencies, Models Direct included, will provide you with a form to fill in about yourself. If there isn’t a similar form you should submit the following information.

  • Contact details. At the very least you should include your phone number, but you can include your mailing and email addresses as well.
  • Statistics. The agency definitely needs to know your stats, especially if you’re intending to do fitting or fashion modeling, which will require you to wear sample clothing. Women should include their bust, waist and hip measurements, while men should provide their suit jacket size and waist measurements. You should also state your height, eye color, hair color, nationality, dress and shoe size.
  • Resume. Keep the information on your resume brief. You should briefly mention any professional modeling, acting or performance experience that you have.
  • Models Direct works with clients across the world but this is not the case with all agencies in America and it is possible that they will only take on models from where the agency is basedtheir local area. If this is the case, you probably shouldn’t apply if you don’t intend to move to this area.

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May 21, 2010

When it comes to prom night, every girl wants to look their best, makeup included. This isn’t a problem for those who can spend a fortune on a trip to the salon but this is just not a viable option for every teen. Modeling agency Models Direct offers their tips for getting the perfect prom makeup.

What’s your best feature? When it comes to makeup you want to enhance your best features. Smoky eyes always look great but so does the current trend of bold lips. Whatever you do, don’t go for both!

The key to getting great smoky eyes is to layer up eye-shadow in different tones, starting with a lighter color. You’ll also need plenty of eyeliner and mascara. Lots of cosmetics companies have taken this on board and produced smoky eye kits to make things easier for you. If you’ve chosen to go with this trend, remember to keep your lips understated with a pale pink or nude lip gloss.

If you’ve decided to go the other way and make the most of your beautiful lips, reds, dark pink and purple shades are popular at the moment. Make sure your lips are in good, smooth condition by using a moisturizing lip balm before your lipstick or gloss.


Skin secrets.
When it comes to your skin you want it to look clear and fresh but also completely natural. Models Direct has some tips for giving the impression that your skin is makeup free.

–    Ensure that your skin is smooth and moisturized. This will prevent any products you use settling into any fine lines or dry spots that will make it obvious you’re wearing makeup.
–    Apply foundation and/or concealers sparingly and only to your problem areas or blemishes. As always, make sure that everything is blended perfectly.
–    We’re all prone to shine, especially during a night on the dancefloor. Instead of applying layers of powder each time you go to the ladies’ room, try shine control blotting paper or tissues.
–    For an ultra-glamorous look, apply some shimmery powder or bronzer to your shoulder and neck area. Just remember to not go overboard and make sure it doesn’t end up all over your dress!

What to take with you.
Hopefully you’ll have room in your bag to take a few essentials to ensure your look stays how you want it to, especially for your all-important photos. Take your lipstick or lipgloss so you can reapply it when necessary, some blotting paper or powder to reduce shine on your problem areas and maybe your eyeliner or mascara. If you’ve got room, Models Direct suggests taking a compact mirror with you to reapply your makeup. You don’t want to assume that you’ve reapplied your makeup really well only to be horrified by the photos. You will also be able to avoid the inevitable queue that will be forming in the girls’ restroom!

Some final tips

–    Make sure your makeup coordinates with your dress.
–    Keep your makeup classic. Remember, you’re going to be looking at photos from your prom night for many years to come, you don’t want to cringe every time you see them!
–    Models Direct feel the final point is one of the most important; if you’re doing your own makeup do at least one trial run before the day of your prom. This will give you a chance to formulate a backup plan if your ideas don’t look right.

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How to Make a Good Impression at Modelling Agency Interviews

April 29, 2010

Modeling agency Models Direct knows how exciting it can be to take the first steps to building a modeling career. We also know it can be very daunting, especially going to your first few agency interviews. Here, Models Direct has provided some tips on how to make the best impression when meeting your prospective agents.

First impressions

•    Arrive early. Punctuality is always important when meeting someone, especially in a professional capacity. However, being early will make an even better impression as it shows you are keen and organized. Try to get to the agency around fifteen minutes early – any earlier and you risk getting in the way and making a nuisance of yourself. You definitely don’t want to be late, it’s possible the agency will be busy and have lots of models to see, especially if it is an open casting event. If you know you’re going to be late, call ahead and let the agency know.

•    Portfolio. Remember to take along your portfolio, with a copy of your resume and photos to leave with the agency. Take along three to five of your best photos, this is much better than taking lots of mediocre images. It doesn’t matter if these are not professional photos.

•    Personality. As a model it’s important that you have an open and confident personality. Greet the agent with a big smile and a professional handshake. Make sure you’re aware of your body language and posture.

•    Listen. Listen carefully to what the agent is saying and respond in a mature, intelligent and honest way. If there is something you don’t understand or would like them to go over again, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Just make sure you have been listening so they don’t have to repeat the simple facts.

•    Don’t take offence or argue with the agent if they make a suggestion that you should do something before they will take you on. This is more the case with high fashion agencies, for which you could be asked to lose weight or simply change your hair. You may not like to be told these things but professional agents not only know what they’re talking about, they also know what their clients want.

How should you look?

•    Makeup. Models Direct suggest you wear only a very small amount of inconspicuous makeup to your meeting. The agency wants to see your natural look, after all, for the assignments you will have makeup done so you look how the client wants. Hide blemishes with some concealer and add some definition to your eyes with a small amount of mascara and a natural color eye-shadow. This is if you have to wear makeup at all.

•    Hair. Agents want to see your face, so make sure your hair is clean and pulled back out of the way of your face.

•    Clothes. You should wear simple clothing that flatters your body without overbearing it. Stick to block colors, preferably black or white, and avoid loud prints. You want to keep the attention on your modeling potential, not the clothes you’re wearing – that comes when you get booked for jobs.

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Prom Dress Trends for 2010

April 23, 2010

Prom is probably the biggest night in the school year so of course you want to look your best! Here Models Direct outlines some of the key trends to look out for when choosing the perfect prom dress.

•    Forget black. This year you can forget about playing it safe and choose something much brighter. Bright, vibrant colors such as red, blue, green and purple are in for 2010 – but if you don’t think they are for you then you could wear a more muted tone.

•    Perfect prints. Instead of sticking to one block of color, why not mix it up with one of this year’s biggest trends: prints. Popular patterns include flowers and geometric shapes.

•    It’s all in the detail. Embellishments are also big for 2010 prom dresses – just think of Carey Mulligan’s Prada dress at the Oscars, embellished with quirky tiny scissors. If you don’t want something quite so unusual you can always opt for more traditional beads or sequins.

•    Hollywood glamour. Speaking of the Oscars, the awards ceremony is a good place to get some inspiration for your prom gown. Models Direct love the sleek, elegant designs that have been seen on the red carpets of award ceremonies this year.

•    Short and sweet. You don’t have to stick with the traditional ballgown types of dresses; short dresses are also a popular trend this year. Perfect for those who like to hit the dance floor!

•    Metallics. Make an impact with a gorgeous metallic dress in popular shades of gold and bronze. Team with glowing skin for the perfect look.

•    Bag lady. The most popular styles of bags to match your prom look are clutches, box purses or small bags with a handy wrist strap, especially in contrasting colors to your dress.

•    Shoe rules. Models Direct advise that if you’ve got an elaborate or embellished dress you should keep your shoes simple. If you’re wearing a simpler dress you can go a bit more extravagant with your shoes and accessories. Remember, you should choose a dress first before picking out your accessories!

There are plenty of ideas and styles around that can help you choose what to wear on the big night, which means you have more opportunity to wear something that really shows off your personality. Probably the most important things are that you wear something you feel comfortable in and that you have fun!

Models Direct Pageant Guide: Appearing Confident in Pageant Interviews

April 16, 2010

When it comes to your beauty pageant interview there is one thing that you need to impress the judges: confidence. You’ll no doubt be extremely nervous but it’s important to not let this show. It may sound like an impossible task but Models Direct modeling agency have given you some top tips on how to ooze confidence even if you don’t feel it!

  • Smiling helps make you look and feel more confident. Smiling can change your attitude without you even realizing it and the judges will be more drawn in by what you’re saying.
  • Be aware of how you position your body and how you move on stage or in the interview room. Sitting or standing with a straight back, squared shoulders and your head held high will definitely make you appear more confident to the judges and probably make you feel more confident yourself too.
  • Take lots of deep breaths!
  • You’ll feel far more confident if you know what you’re talking about in your interview. Models Direct suggest that you read newspapers and keep up with local and national news as well as running through possible questions with friends and family. As well as feeling more confident in yourself, you will impress the judges with your knowledgeable performance.
  • You may find it hard to get used to, but do make sure that you make eye contact with each of the judges.
  • If you’re unfortunate and asked a question that you are unsure of the answer to, simply say that you don’t know. The judges would much prefer you to be honest than hear a mumbling, uncertain answer.
  • Think about why you decided to take part in the pageant, maybe you want to be a famous model or are simply taking part because they’re fun. Whatever your reasons, think about the sense of achievement and accomplishment you will have when the competition is over.
  • When deciding on your interview outfit you should obviously look beautiful and glamorous, but Models Direct also advise that it is something comfortable and easy to move in. You will lose confidence if you don’t like the way you look in something or if it is uncomfortable to wear.
  • Channel your nervous energy away from your face and voice by clenching your fists or curling your toes.
  • It may sound silly but if you act like you’re the most confident woman in the room you’ll soon fool the audience into thinking that you are!

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Have You Got What it Takes to be a Commercial Model?

April 9, 2010

Are you considering beginning a career in commercial modeling? Check out our handy guide to the key points to consider before you start.

The nature of modeling work. Modeling work can be erratic and inconsistent. You could have no work for months and then have an influx of offers. At Models Direct, many people treat modeling as a hobby they can fit between their other commitments. This is a good arrangement but it’s important to remember that you may be selected for an assignment at short notice, so being flexible in regards of availability will increase your chances of receiving work.

Look. You might think that you need to be stick-thin and six feet tall to become a model but that’s not the case with Models Direct. As Models Direct is a commercial agency they are looking for ‘real people’ models so you have a chance of being selected for work regardless of your height or weight.

Personality. Many models at Models Direct report that they are nervous before their first assignments. This is completely natural. However, you should have a lively and enthusiastic personality and not be afraid to shine when in front of a camera.

What you could earn. What you’ll earn as a commercial model will depend on the type of work you’re doing, the client and where the images will be used. Whatever type of work you’re doing, don’t be under the illusion that you’ll be earning as much as high fashion models.

Remember that if you are signed with an agency they will take a percentage of your payment for each assignment you receive through them. If you find work independently that is not something you’ll have to worry about, although it will probably be harder to find work. Payment can vary from around $30 to hundreds of dollars per assignment.

Modeling provides a great way to meet new, like-minded people. You should also be able to take direction from whoever is in charge of the assignment, you are working for them after all!

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Don’t Delay; Book Your Models Direct Today!

April 1, 2010

Are you a photographer, advertising executive or in the film or television business? Are you looking for a model for your next project or campaign? If so, why not check out modeling and talent agency Models Direct?

Models Direct can offer you models of all types, whether you’re looking for someone to fill the role of a young baby, a trendy teenager or someone’s grandma. Just follow these simple tips to finding the perfect model.

•    First of all, why not take a look at the Models Direct business website to find out more about how the agency operates. Here you will also be able to read case studies about previous assignments and client testimonials.

•    Think about what type of models you require. Models Direct take on models of all ages, sizes and ethnicities that are suitable for all sorts of modeling, including photographic, production and promotional.

•    Decide on a date for your assignment. Although Models Direct coordinators are used to working under pressure, please allow as much time as possible for them to find your models. This will ensure that your perfect models are available for the assignment.

•    Contact Models Direct by filling out a simple Model Search Form on the website. By providing as much information as possible it will allow coordinators to offer you a selection of models that are most suited to your assignment.

•    After sending this form over the internet you will then be contacted by Models Direct with a selection of models for you to choose from and a quote of how much it will cost. You can then request which models and standby models you would like to use.

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How to Prepare for Beauty Pageant Interviews

March 26, 2010

If you’ve seen the disastrous performance of Miss Teen Carolina 2007 in her pageant interview, you’ll understand why Models Direct say this section is one of the most important parts to practice when preparing for a pageant! Follow Models Direct’s top tips for doing well in pageant interviews.

•    Practice.
You should spend a lot of time practicing for your interview, especially if you know you get nervous speaking in front of people. It’s easy to find sample questions online, so print some and ask a friend or family member to go through them with you.

•    Take your time. Don’t have fully rehearsed answers prepared for the interview, it will be obvious to the judges. Listen carefully to the question and take a few seconds to think of the best response you can.

•    Keep up to date.
Models Direct suggest you read up on events that are going on around the USA and elsewhere in the world. Build an opinion on these issues and practice thinking on your feet by discussing them with your family and friends.

•    Be yourself.
This is your only chance to connect with the judges on your own and it gives you the opportunity to show who you really are – your interests and beliefs. You should be passionate, knowledgeable and have confidence in what you’re saying.

•    Know what to expect. It’s likely that you’ll be asked three types of questions: general information questions about yourself, theoretical questions and ‘why’ questions.

The first type, general information, should be the easiest to answer as the judges will ask you more about yourself, for example, about your future plans, your hobbies or your biggest accomplishment. For these questions you should come across as proud but not self-righteous.

Despite there not being a ‘right’ answer for theoretical questions you will need to come up with an interesting response and reasons. These can be the toughest questions in the interview round as you will have to think quickly and be inventive with your answers. Possible questions might include ‘If you were a fictional character, who would you be?’ or ‘Which famous people, alive or dead, would you most like to invite to a dinner party?’

Probably the most important round of questions are the ‘why’ questions. The judges will ask questions such as why did you enter the competition and why do you think you’ll win, for which they will expect an interesting and inspiring response.

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Thinking of Putting Your Child into a Pageant? Follow Models Direct’s Top Tips!

March 19, 2010

It could be that you’ve been thinking about putting your child into a pageant for ages, or perhaps it’s a spur-of-the-moment decision. Either way, it’s important to know where to start! Here are modeling agency Models Direct’s top tips on entering a pageant.

•    First of all, attend a local pageant with your child. This will give you an idea of what the competitions are really like and also a sense of whether your child actually wants to take part. If they show no interest in it, don’t force them to take part.

•    If you and your child are both positive about taking part, find a number of pageants in your local area. Research each of these, maybe contacting the directors or people who have previously been involved, and narrow the list down to the one that you want to take part in.

•    Check and double check through all of the rules and regulations, for example the clothes the child will be wearing and how long talent pieces should last. Make sure you check the requirements such as what events your child will be taking part in. Finally, make sure you know any deadline dates. Professionals recommend that you allow at least three months to prepare for a pageant, and often advise much longer.

•    Pageants are expensive, what with entry fees, outfits and lessons for your child’s talent piece. If you’re lucky enough to have lots of money to spend on your child’s pageantry then you might consider adding a pageant coach to that list. Although very expensive, a coach will be able to assist you in deciding on apparel, talents, make-up and photographers. However, Models Direct insist this is not a necessity, especially for your first event!

Some Final Thoughts

•    Make sure you know what type of pageant you’ve signed your child up for, and the regulations regarding what apparel is suitable. Choose colors that complement your child’s skin tone

•    Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a glitz dress for your daughter’s first pageant, as you don’t know if it’s something that will continue. You can either rent a dress or purchase a cheap dress and embellish it yourself.

•    You’ll both be doing a lot of waiting around, so make sure you take something to entertain your little girl – something that isn’t messy!

•    Probably the most important point, make sure your girl enjoys it! Even local pageants will have stiff competition and if your daughter doesn’t win make sure you give her plenty of praise and reassurance.

Models Direct’s Top Beauty Pageant Tips

March 11, 2010

Once you get over the initial excitement of the thought of representing your city, state or even country, entering a beauty pageant can be a daunting prospect. What will my talent be? How will I do in the interview? What will I wear? These are just some of the questions that may be running through your mind. Modeling agency Models Direct hope to make the process a bit easier, here they offer some top tips on taking part in a beauty pageant.

•    Research. Before entering make sure you research the event, find out the categories and discover what will be expected of you. Remember to check any deadline dates for applications and the rules of the competition. More importantly, stick to them!

•    Practice, practice, practice. You’ll be up against some tough competition, so practice is vital. Practice everything from your smile to your walk to your talent. When choosing a talent, think of something interesting that shows off your character and will stand out to the judges. Have a friend or family member ask you pageant questions so you can get used to the interview section. For the interview you should be up to date on world issues and be able to stay calm and collected when being questioned.

•    Big Brother is watching you! Be nice to everybody including other contestants and staff. It’s likely to be the case that you’re not just being judged in the competition – judges will soon hear about how you behave backstage.

•    Be prepared. Check and double check that you have everything you could possibly need including outfits, make-up and that all important hairspray! Think of everything that could go wrong and make sure you’re prepared for it if it happens!

•    Don’t be a sore loser. Even if you’re just starting out on the local pageant scene you may encounter far more experienced contestants who use the smaller competitions as practice. Of course it’s disappointing if you don’t win but don’t embarrass yourself by making a fuss when the winner is announced. Instead, concentrate on…

•    Have fun! Models Direct believe this is way more important than winning. Enjoy your moments of feeling like a star on stage and the company of the other girls in the competition.


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