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Modeling Expenses and Start-up Costs for New Models


One of the areas that can create the most confusion for new models is the area of fees, expenses, and start-up costs. There is a lot of hype and misinformation, particularly online and in modeling forums, surrounding modeling expenses and what a model should and shouldn't pay for, which can bewilder a new model to the point of giving up and never pursuing their dream. Don’t let that happen to you.


Every Model and Every Agency Is Different


When it comes to modeling start-up fees and expenses, it’s important to keep in mind that every model and every agency is different. If you asked 100 successful models how they got started, you’d likely get 100 different stories. Some may have had certain advantages, but most of them probably did not, and they worked very hard to get where they are.


Keep in mind that models are considered to be self-employed contractors rather than employees of the agency. This means that it’s perfectly normal for models to invest in their own start-up costs that have nothing to do with the agency, such as model scouting services, website profiles, comp cards, portfolio book, photoshoots, training, uniforms etc.


Do not expect your agent to do all the work for you. It’s a mutual relationship. If you cannot invest in any of the below’s start-up costs, then you are in the wrong business. Yourself is your brand, your image. Effort is needed! You have to start somewhere.


Talent Website Profile - $200.00 + $25.00 Service Fee = $225.00

  • Two (2) Years equivalent
  • Updating talents profile is a constant and tedious work.
  • Any after renewal will be calculated based on the talent listing contract expiration date.
  • Talent profile contained with your portfolio and measurements, is what you see in our website which is visible in public for our clients direct booking, URL profile links is what we submit to our clients, you can also use it under your bio.


Family of 2-3-4-5 consist of both parents and children - $225.00 per family

  • Any family members wishing to be listed as an INDIVIDUAL talent will be prorated with our discounted fee of $175.00 per talent

Talent Web Profile

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