The number one question I get in emails is “How do I become a model?” It’s a great question and it’s much better to ask myself or another model rather than a local agency that you don’t know that much about. Why? Because you have no idea if what they’re telling you is the truth or if they have an ulterior motive. I decided to share my story and my advice in two parts so that you can avoid the same mistakes that I made.
When I was 18 I was scouted at the University of Utah campus by ‘Tru Talent Management’ in SLC, Utah. I was naive and dumb enough to go into the agency and sign a contract with them that day. I had told them I wanted to talk to my parents about it and think about things but they had told me that they could get me a job with Billabong (since Billabong frequently signs their models out of Utah… not) if i signed that day. Of course… being naive, young, and dumb, I signed the contract that would make me pay $2,000 over the course of 18 months for a photo shoot that would make me ‘the next big thing in modeling.’ 5 months later I had $0.00 to my name (something that I had never experienced) and had to make an awesome call to my parents for help.
I had my first photoshoot and when it came time to pick my photos I was told I had to pay $40.00 for each photo that I wanted in my book (and I needed at least 16). I was really confused and frustrated. I left and brought my mom with me to look at the photos before we decided it just didn’t make any sense.
I was very frustrated and had to save every penny I made just to continue to pay off my contract that I couldn’t get out of. A couple days later I was scouted by an agent for Pulse Management. I was very skeptical and told them that modeling was not something I wanted to do (meaning, I have no interest or money to be scammed again). However, Pulse – for me, was different. It was the beginning of my career and then end of my modeling and monetary contract with Tru Talent.
To be continued…
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