How to become a Model Part 1

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One of my first photo shoots in Miami

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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10 thoughts on “How to become a Model Part 1

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  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing your ideas and experience which is a good guide towards modeling. I appreciate you writing this post with some extremely valid points. A majority of the teens nowadays are really into modeling and your story is interesting and somewhat a tip for a start of modeling. To add a little, be strong enough to face challenges along the way. Remember just be yourself, that’s what the real model is to be.

  4. Great post! Thanks for sharing your ideas and experience which is a good guide towards modeling. I appreciate you writing this post with some extremely valid points. A majority of the teens nowadays are really into modeling and your story is interesting and somewhat a tip for a start of modeling. To add a little, be strong enough to face challenges along the way. Remember just be yourself, that’s what the real model is to be.

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