I was approached in the street, is it serious?
Can you make a lot of money as a model?
What is an agency commission?
What is a booker?
What is a (model) casting?
Do you have a fashion school as a model?
What is the catwalk?
What is an editorial?
Should I pay a model agency in advance?
What is a Fashion show?
Can we model with scars?
What is a repetition (final)?
What is an adjustment?
For the next Top model in America for example?!
What is a Go & See?
What is a salary?
Do you have to travel a lot as a model?
What is a Model book?
Where can I take the courses?
What is a Model run?
What character traits do you need as a model?
What is an Agent?
Should you have to know different languages?
What is a set?
What is a (photo) shoot?
What is a showroom?
What are fees?
Should I be thin as a model?
What are New Faces?
What does “On Stay” mean?
What does “overtime” mean?
I am very small; can I still be a model?
What is a Polaroid?
What are “prints”?
Should one be very intelligent as a model?
Are high cheekbones beneficial?

 

I was approached in the street, is it serious?
Generally one should be careful with such offers. So do not reject directly, but first ask and be skeptical. Unfortunately, this method is also a common practice to start a flirtation. Ask directly to the agency, if he / she do not have a business card, then you should reject anyway. Remember the great name discovered on the street, e.g. Claudia Schiffer, she was addressed in a disco. If you are under 18 years, please reject the call directly.


Can you make a lot of money as a model?
Well, there are plenty of models that collect millions. But do not let them blind you, for these are the absolute exceptions. Not every model can make a lot of money and certainly not that immediately. It will be hard away, but if you bring the necessary talent – e.g. Good character traits, the appearance in itself and linguistically gifted, you can bring it far. You just have to want it! But you will have to look around the world internationally. Many models are now also found in television careers, e.g. in the moderation. You can also find more information in our article “Model Salary”.


What is an agency commission?
This is the commission that an agency receives from the customer. It varies between 20 to 30% and is deducted from your gage (= salary). Under certain conditions, the fee may be paid in advance, but the Agency’s commission will be increased. Depending on the agency / order / customer, this is regulated differently and will be communicated to you by the respective agency. In this case too, you should pay for something before you get started.


What is a booker?
A booker is your best friend in the agency. He is responsible for the supply of models to customers and he can serve the demand. He is also responsible for formalities such as finances or fees (= salary). He is an important head in the agency as he provides models with new orders. He is also the interface between the agency and the model, but he should not be confused with an agent.


What is a (model) casting?
Casting is your entry into the industry. If you are invited to one, then you already have good cards, but you have not won yet. Sometimes it comes to so-called “pre-castings”. That is, in this casting there are already selected models, which are only allowed to the actual casting. This is usually done when the demand of models looking for a job is high, making the selection easier. Model castings are done either directly with detailed written information (if it becomes more specific) or in general with the age, size, etc. Here, too, it is often not advertised only through agencies involved.


Do you have a fashion school as a model?
No, you don’t have to. Anyone who is interested in the subject certainly has a passion for fashion and models. If you are interested in this field, then that is already completely perfect. In the model business, besides the character mainly the appearance, behaviors such as punctuality, reliability to name just a few also counts.


What is the catwalk?
If one calls the term “cat path” then this is definitely not correct. The Catwalk is nothing more than that stage where models present the latest fashions designs to the customers. Usually each big model show has its own catwalk, either on a special stage, or on normal ground. There are also “spontaneous” catwalks, e.g. in metro stations, which is gladly carried out in cities like New York or London.


What is an editorial?
It may sound somehow confusing, but an editorial is nothing more than an editorial recording for magazines or newspapers. Images for editorials are usually used only once. They are also an important marketing lever for all models, also called references. Through such editorials, agencies can higher fees demand and rise popularity.


Should I pay a model agency in advance?
No, definitely not! And please note this well: No serious model agency will require money from you to consider you’re admission. How does an agency earn money? Usually, commission receives fees from the customer and retains this, including the administration fee. Serious model agencies can be found. As on our list for example


What is a Fashion show?
At a fashion show – also known as fancy show – new clothes and accessories are presented by designers. A Fashion show can run in any size and form of place. Either inside a shopping center, in a hall, or spontaneously, e.g. on a subway line

We had mentioned this earlier at the point “Catwalk”. A famous Fashion show is e.g. The “Fashion week” in New York, where famous designers, famous models and celebrities are present in the audience. The “Fashion week” is the dream of all professional models.


Can we model with scars?
If the scars are on non-visible places, then that should not be a problem. However “Top models” are almost without blemish. However, the trend now is to models that are just not “perfect”. Even with make-up you get a lot nowadays. This can be rare for model agency, but it tells how much chance you have, to start as a professional.


What is a repetition (final)?
“Repetition” is the test of a fashion show. (English for “Probe”) This applies not only to models, at a specific time, but also to the technology of the respective location. This is essentially a first sample of the show. During the repetition (final repetition), everything is a little more strict, here the difference is that, the repetition is already based on the real show. That is, you usually wear the clothes that will be presented in the show. In the context of live television productions, one can appreciate very good things


What is an adjustment?
An adjustment (English for “editing”) is the editing of the mode. Here the dresses are sewn on measure for the respective models, who wears them on a show / photo shoot.


For the next Top model in America for example?!
This program has been real media hype for recent years, but certainly should be more clarified. Of course, it’s exciting to be judged in front of a model of high standing in the jury. But think again of the negative sides: Social networks and the rest of the media will talk about you, in good and bad. You also have a contract in your hands, as well as registration forms. Here, it is already clear that: you sell yourself completely with the piece you are wearing. And you must not forget that it is a show. It would be better to take the classic path through an agency, because here too, professionals sitting on the spot will give you an honest opinion directly, even away from the cameras


What is a Go & See?
In a Go & See (“walking and seeing”), the models are sent directly to a customer, where he can get a first impression of the models. It differs as opposed to a cast, since it is not directly a work, but a direct command made online. In addition, the model can positively position himself to a customer.


What is a salary?
A wage is basically the remuneration of a model. There are different types of fees that the agency negotiates; time, day, or weekday. Of course, the model can also make a salary or fee without agency. The fee will be deducted in advance from the Agency. As an independent model without an agency, the tax itself is determined.


Do you have to travel a lot as a model?
If you really want to work internationally – and I really mean to work as a model – then definitely YES! You must live with the circumstance that you will be long separated from your family, friends and potential partners. This must always be remembered that this world is something quite different from an office job. You also have to deal with the jet lag.


What is a Model book?
The so-called model book includes all the photos and publications of a model which is used for the application. With a model book you usually go to a customer and introduce yourself. Mostly, it is a model book with the logo of the agency, thus almost the business card in photo form. It is therefore gladly seen on different occasions.


Where can I take the courses?
This is usually offered by model agencies in series – request directly in an agency. Regional dance schools also offer workshops from time to time. In general, you should first register in your area.


What is a Model run?
With a model run the sequence for a model is fixed. This applies not only to the passages when and how the model occurs, but is also a manual for the show’s employees (e.g., light, sound, etc.). Example: For a certain song, Model B is supposed to come on stage.


What character traits do you need as a model?
Resilience, flexibility, stress resentment, humorous – these are with the most important characteristics. A healthy dose of self-awareness and ambition should also be present.


What is an Agent?
An agent – so called “Model agent” is almost like a jumping board in an agency. If you are contacted by an agent, this is a great contact for you. But be careful: Not all agents are agents. So be sure to have a reference and contact details for which agency he works. Model agents are always looking for new talents for an agency or company. As a rule, you will receive a commission for the mediation, or benefit from each booking of the model in the future. Sometimes they work as a freelance employee (for example, for promotion).


Should you have to know different languages?
If you want to work internationally, you cannot move in without knowing English language. You will usually work together with international team at different locations. That is why everyone agrees on a common language, namely English. Other foreign languages ​​are of course an advantage, but not a must.


What is a set?
A set is the place where the shootings take place or the recordings for a video. Some sets are static, therefore always in the same place (e.g. TV stage), others are flexibly installed and dismantled. Especially with film productions, sets are often only temporarily in one place, just like outdoor photo shootings.


What is a (photo) shoot?
A shoot is nothing more than the term “take pictures”. A shoot therefore always serves a purpose and is therefore often used as a term to make pictures for or from a product. Here, the agencies take special concepts, or with small shots the photographer. In the professional field, there are of course individual contact persons who take care of everything. Sound engineers, photographers, choreographers and many more play an important role in a set for a (photo) shoot.


What is a showroom?
In a showroom, the models present the new clothes of the designers, but only to the customers and the particular sellers. There is neither a fashion show nor a large audience. The different requirements for clothing for the customer must be respected. Here, generally look for models having certain specific dimensions.


What are fees?
There is a saying that says “No charge, nothing has been done”. In this case, the special expenses shall be transmitted to the competent body. This usually includes travel, food or overnight costs. They are paid in addition to the model fee.


Should I be thin as a model?
Not necessarily, there are enough examples where women / men are sought that do not fit the ideal. A good example, are models with tattoos, which serve as a niche on which some models have specialized. You just need to know what talent you can bring, so you can be very successful in these areas.


What are New Faces?
Under “New Faces” we simply mean newcomers in the model sector. They are new until they can establish themselves in the agency. For model agencies, “New faces” are simply important, because they ultimately depend on new faces. The work of the agency is then to market the models accordingly and get the order models.


What does “On Stay” mean?
This means the stay. Most of the time, international agencies bring models to their country, and so they are sent together to “Go See’s”, which the booker transmits to the model. The goal is to increase their own notoriety and, of course, their references.


What does “overtime” mean?
“Overtime” is the English description of overtime on models. If the model is retained by a client, it is referred to as an extension, which the agency model must report.


I am very small; can I still be a model?
Of course, not all models meet the requirements required to be a top model, nevertheless there are many possibilities to be a model. To this end, you can also use our site, which still has many other types of models. There are also models for specific areas, e.g. Models for feet, hand models etc. – find what will suit you best.


What is a Polaroid?
These are pictures made by the model that the agency sends to customers, whereby i.d.R. models shows without makeup and occur naturally. This is very important for customers, since most of the model’s references are usually highly painted pictures. Often, they are simply called “Polas”


What are “prints”?
The word Prints comes from the English language meaning make or leave an imprint on something. In the model everyday life, it is of course the printed photos, which can be found in a model book. These are most frequently printed in DIN-A4 format and contain photos of shoots to convince a potential customer.


Should one be very intelligent as a model?
Evil tongues claim that a model is fundamentally stupid, but this does not correspond to the facts. Everyone can now call themselves a model. There is no special examination for this and that makes things also very difficult. Therefore, it is a great prejudice, as many layers of education are humming. Intelligence, however, always comes, not only in the area of ​​the models.


Are high cheekbones beneficial?
They are definitely not a must, but you always read and hear that high car bones are beauty ideals. In fact, one has better chances of being endowed by Mother Nature. However, this differs from type to type. So do not be uncertain if you do not have one. Besides, we’re all beautiful, just different.