IMD Modeling | Guide For Beginning Models

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Information about IMD Modeling | Guide For Beginning Models

Published on February 13, 2014

Author: IMD-Modeling



IMD modeling presents its helpful guide for those men, women and children interested in beginning a career as a model or talent in front of the camera. Models and acting talent can now literally is now booked from all 50 states and many foreign countries on behalf of U.S.-based producers. Conversely, the market for on-camera talent is no longer exclusively centered in Los Angeles or New York. There’s now plenty of talent work available in all regions of the U.S. for TV, commercials, music videos, print, voice-overs and industrials. Additionally, the increasing tendency of tv, film, and magazine shoots to be shot outside of California and New York means plenty of models cast among local talent in states from Washington to New Mexico to Florida.
Agents are always looking for talent but they want to make sure they can take on aspiring talent who will continue to successfully bring in jobs and commissions with your for some time to come.
Aspiring models keep in mind that entertainment industry standards for head shots are very specific and are different from portraits, pageant shots or school pictures. The types of photos you need, whether commercial modeling, or theatrical, will dictate the style and format of the photography.

How to use this guide: This guide is provided free of charge for the sole use of IMD's subscribers and clients. Any reproduction or dissemination online or offline without IMD's prior approval is expressly forbidden. This beginner's guide to modeling terms addresses the needs of many of our new talent who are unfamiliar with the businesses of modeling, fashion and advertising. These terms are the ones we at IMD deemed crucial for ongoing success as a legitimate fashion or commercial model who pursues an ongoing career in this business. Many of our advertiser and magazine clients and also our friends at several of the famous fashion houses who hire our models also requested this guide be given to beginners in order to make their lives easier as well. Much regards to you all, you know who you are. All inquiries regarding getting started in modeling or commercial/theatrical acting should be addressed to the offices of IMD Modeling: IMD Models 1257 N. Riverside Ave. Suite 10 Medford, OR 97501 p: 541-858-8158

Terms every model should know Agency – A business that scouts, develops, manages and promotes models and talent. Body Shot – A photograph which shows a model’s entire body. Book (a.k.a. Portfolio) – An absolute must, this will contain photographs and tear sheets from any shoot you have done which will show a client examples of your work. Booking – A confirmed job assignment. Booker or Booking Agent – This is one of the most important people within an agency. They are solely responsible for getting you work. They will coordinate any appointments or castings with clients on your behalf, as well as offer advice about styling. Communication is key in your relationship with your booker. May also be referred to as your Casting Director. Business Expenses – Tax-deductible expenses which are business-related and may be deducted from a model’s income to reduce the amount paid to the IRS, e.g. make-up, clothing, haircuts. Casting – An interview and selection of models or talent for a specific job. Catalogue – Refers to print work via catalogues. Catwalk – The physical stage used for runway and fashion shows. Collections – The time in spring and fall when fashion designers display the new collection of clothing they have designed. Commercial Look- Refers to a classic look or image that works well in personable advertising for a specific target market. Composite Card – Much like the portfolio, this is another absolute must. It is a group of photographs on one card exhibiting several different looks, poses and expressions. It will also contain information about the model such as name, height, weight, measurements, and agency information. Contact Sheet – A full sheet of paper with all of your pictures from a shoot, the best of which will be selected and used for your portfolio. Direct Booking – Refers to a job in which a model will be booked by an agency for a market in which they do not presently live. Dresser – This is the person who will help you change into different clothing and accessories very quickly backstage at a fashion show; at a performance, or within the wardrobe department on a film or television set.

Editorial – Refers to innovative magazine work. Editorial Look – Refers to a look that is used in high fashion. Go-See – A model’s interview or appointment in which they will meet with a client. Haute Couture – This is French for High Fashion. Image – How you present yourself; everything is taken into consideration in the fashion industry, e.g. hair, make-up, wardrobe. Look – This refers to your image category, typically referring to whether or not you are commercial or editorial. Mother Agent – The agency, modeling school, and/or scout by which a model starts their career. They will manage your contracts and work worldwide, preparing you for larger markets. On Location – This is where the shoot takes place. Option – Refers to a client temporarily reserving time on a model for a certain day or job. May also be used when a model’s assignment is postponed due to varying circumstances, e.g. weather conditions. Prêt à Porter – means Ready to Wear. Portfolio- (see Book or go to Release – A contract allowing a client specific rights to pictures being shot of the model. Always check with your agency before signing anything. Scout – A person who travels looking for fresh faces and prospective talent. Shoot – Time spent in front of the camera for an assignment. Stylist – This is the person who works on set, at runway shows and shoots to make sure that you look your best. Tear Sheets – Pictures from magazines and other publications which will then be placed in a model’s portfolio to showcase their looks to a variety of clients. Test – Refers to the photo shoot with a professional photographer in which pictures are created for a model’s portfolio. Voucher – A client’s confirmation of the terms of the booking. It is a payment contract between you and the client to be filled out. One copy goes to the client, one is for you, and the third copy

goes to your agency for accounting, so that billing can be done immediately. The sooner it is in, the sooner you get paid!

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