Magpies with agencies.

December 10, 2009 at 10:36 am (Agencies) (, , , , , , , )

The thing I have noticed a lot of recently and probably more so since I have been in the industry is the amount of ‘new agencies’ opening up. After the demise of a certain particular agency that started me out on the way into the world of modeling due to none other than a disappearing act by its CEO I decided it was time to add another agency to my repertoire. It was a shame really as the agency itself was a great one and all those that worked for it in the time I was there were wonderful people in their own right. I will and shall always try and keep up to where these people have gone.
I have seen many models parade past me be it in castings or competitions or even working in store when they come to visit and buy. Lots of these avies have either a good collection no more then say four of well known good agencies that they work with. Or otherwise have a list as long as your arm of agencies I have never even heard of in the hope to glean at least one runway event every so often.
The question then begs.. Why? Why have so many agencies that the model can not stay true to one group. Nor can the agency obviously if they have that many people on the books. I do wonder how much of it is like collecting numbers and names without much thought going into it.
I decided it was time to branch out and find this new agency to add to my list. It was through a friend who I had a modeling contact with that suggested this particular agency and said that in light of the demise of my other one we as models would be accepted in to the fold.
I went down to the agencies location and decided to sign up using the application form. It was quite the waste of my time as it was only an application for new models but I thought well without the right people on line I shall fill it in anyway and see how it all goes. I made sure to mention my contact who was meant to be running the school there. This morning I popped on to Second life to have the following message given to me .

Hi Keeley, we received your application. It sounds like you have many courses already and are just really applying for a position as one of our models. We do not have advanced classes yet, but will be getting those probably somewhere along summer of next year. The usual sequence of things is first an interview just so we get a feel for ur personality, then if you find its for you and we find ur for us..u get a quick tour. Let me say up front that there is a fee of 300L, you ofcourse would not have to pay the 1500L. The reason for the fee is to first and foremost deter nonserious models(we try not to waste our time here) and second, the fee helps us to be able to put on shows twice a month and do some beautiful runway themes. please let me know your availability if you are still interested. Thank you for your application.

It was very polite but to be honest my response was quite curt. I will not pay to be in an agency if they feel that my work thus far has not been up to their standard then say so – but considering I have graduated one agency and one Institute of learning then I really do not see the point of ‘advanced classes’. Chances are I have already taken them. So at this stage I am going to politely decline as I do not feel that a proper agency would charge any of its models to enter as a deterrent to being time wasters. Heavens sakes if that were the case I wouldn’t be in modeling. I know it seems petty as the money is probably worth not all that much but it was the principal of the response. I am sure there are agencies out there that would be most happy to interview me see some of my pictures and see how things go. Should they then so desire that I am not working to full capacity they are quite within their rights to have me leave. So thank you but no thank you I shall not be parting with my money.!!

I am not sure if I am the only one that feels this but I was quite discussed at the attitude and although relatively new to the industry of only 4 months I felt that an agency that werent prepared to hire me on face value was probably not an agency I wanted to be involved in.

Rant over

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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