SHUUUUUUUUUUCKS. Thank you! lol~
Personally, I got recruited. The lady sent me to DMG Management, which stands for Dallas Modeling Group. I recently resigned, but you can go to their website at dmgmanagement.com. Mrs. Stephan (the agent) is really awesome at getting you started up with comp cards and networking and whatnot. I highly recommend her if you want to get your feet wet before jumping into the pool. I think they have auditions every month, the first Tuesday? You’ll have to check up on her site and talk to her yourself haha. I met a whole bunch of beginners there as well as professional models.
My aunt went to Core Talent, however, and she seems really successful. They kinda just threw her in there and she’s doing all this really cool stuff. They’re more acting-based, so if you’re into that I recommend them.
A few tips I wish I had known about my experience, though:
1) When getting your comp card put together, it will be much faster if you know more photographers. Also, much cheaper, too. If you’ve heard of Model Mayhem, it’s a site that let’s you mingle with other beginners and amateurs. That includes photographers. In a way, you want amateurs because they won’t charge you for photoshoots. You’ll have to build your portfolio and so do they, so it’s like a win-win situation. You’re a free model and they’re free photographers. Most of my best shots came from amateurs. Could have saved me a lot of $$$.
2) When starting out, 95% is going to be free 5% will be paid….okay exaggeration. More like 80-20. But like those free ones are good for NETWORKING. That’s all this business is about. Meet other models, other coordinators, etc. etc. etc. They will be your bridge to your next job. So if you’re offered a free job, DON’T TURN IT DOWN. You never know. The reason why it’s still cool as a part time thing is because that 20% of jobs pay really really well. 3 days for $500 and 1 day for $200 isn’t bad. I know a guy who got on stage for 15 minutes and was paid $20,000 (Well, to be fair, it was a hair show and the guy practically shaved his head.)
3) Every time you change your appearance, you have to update your comp card. So this means, no dying, cutting, surgery…and no drastic hair-shows!! None of that unless you want to lash out another $200 for more comp cards. Then again, I heard they’re all going electronic, now. So maybe that might not be too drastic a problem..you’ll still have to do more time-costly photoshoots though!
Extra tip: HAVE FUNNNNNNNNNNNNN. I cannot stress this enough. The reason why I quit is because I had that job-mentality. Modeling should be a hobby or a career. If you’re not having fun while doing it and you’re not aspiring to become some top-of-the-line model in NY, it’s just not worth it. Go get a part-time job or something. Everyone there is really driven and are in love with modeling. LOL and don’t go in with the mindset that models are all egotistical drones who are mean to each other. All the models I’ve met are more like geeky theatre kids…only they look good.
So, with that, GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
LOL I FEEL YOU GIRL. IT TOOK ME LIKE ALL SUMMER TO LEARN.
Here’s a shortcut:
Just follow everything she says. One tip with this recipe, though. There’s a certain consistency you want with the batter before putting them in the pastry bag. If the batter is dripping out of the tip, it’s too runny. To combat this, play it by ear and add in however much of the meringue you need. Most of the time, I don’t even use all of it. You’ll know what I mean when you get there.
As for the middle, I don’t particularly like jam, so I made butter cream or a chocolate ganache, which are relatively easy. There are recipes all over online for them.