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    How to start out modeling?

    So I've always wanted to model. I sort of got into it when I was a freshman in high school with a talent search but my parents pulled me out of it. Which I understand, it's a risky industry if you don't tread correctly.

    Anyways, I've been tossing back and forth the idea of trying it again. But I have no idea where to start. How do you get into photo shoots/make your name? My friend is a model but she doesn't tell me any information since it's "competitive". But she's always doing photo shoots! Do you have to pay for your photo shoots? Because I have no idea how she affords all the ones she does. And they're all from different companies so it's not like a friend doing it.

    I'd like to be a "mermaid" model, but I'm not really "aiming" for it. Modeling in general is what I'm looking for. Do people browse for models and contact them? I'm not looking to make any money out of this. Just doing it for fun/a hobby.

    Any help?

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    I know one thing for sure... Hell no you don't pay for the shoot! If someone asks you to model for them, know who they represent, read your contract, read your consent form, make your own consent form even to ensure your pictures don't get used in some weird way you don't like and no one who gets asked to model pays, they pay YOU! I know you said your not in it for money but I would take money, if they are not willing to pay it would give me red flags. You might need an agent if you don't have a website and self represent, you don't pay agents either! I think they get a reasonable percentage of want you make from the shoots they find for you but you don't pay them unless YOU get paid. Don't let anyone rip you off! There are plenty of people willing to screw you over in this field if you don't know what your doing. Just remember, everyone pays you, not the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverSiren View Post
    I know one thing for sure... Hell no you don't pay for the shoot! If someone asks you to model for them, know who they represent, read your contract, read your consent form, make your own consent form even to ensure your pictures don't get used in some weird way you don't like and no one who gets asked to model pays, they pay YOU! I know you said your not in it for money but I would take money, if they are not willing to pay it would give me red flags. You might need an agent if you don't have a website and self represent, you don't pay agents either! I think they get a reasonable percentage of want you make from the shoots they find for you but you don't pay them unless YOU get paid. Don't let anyone rip you off! There are plenty of people willing to screw you over in this field if you don't know what your doing. Just remember, everyone pays you, not the other way around.
    Good advice xD I need to not be a push over.

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    From what I understand from others you find photographers who are interested in you, either through some place like Model Mayhem, or from an actual representative or modeling agency. Then you do the shoot. Unless you're with an agency or have a manager to line up paid gigs from the get go- or have professional contacts (who may or may not be friends or friends of friends) to set you up, or are just really lucky- you're going to have to do free shoots. Basically you not only get experience (becuase what photographer is going to pay an un experienced model) and learn from that, but you also in return get free professionally done photos to use to start building a portfolio. The better and more images you have in a professional portfolio the more photographers will start looking for you for paid shoots. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the best place to start is by building up a portfolio, resume, experience, and to get your name out there. Photographers network too, and if they see something they like from someone who you just shot with for free, they may consider you for a future paid shoot.

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    One thing you want to do is ask for references from past models for the photographer & talk with as many as possible. Sometimes the only way to know when you find a creeper is by going to the shoot or speaking with other models who have spoken with them.


    Although I don't know a lot about modeling I find this kinda funny as for Tail Flip we were hoping to cover this very subject in the next issue ^_^ If you are a professional model could you please message us on the FaceBook page?

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    Jeff, my photographer, i had just asked him about how much his photo shoots cost so I could get a portfolio started with my tail. He was interested and wants to do charity events up north mi (just like down state with Sirena ) since i live up there. He told me that he would take my pictures for free since I am helping him with charity events. This way I have the exposure from the events, he's taking my pictures for free. Maybe you could ask someone how much their pictures are and tell them that you want to be a model but you want pictures in a mermaid tail and they might be interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mer_Adella View Post
    Jeff, my photographer, i had just asked him about how much his photo shoots cost so I could get a portfolio started with my tail. He was interested and wants to do charity events up north mi (just like down state with Sirena ) since i live up there. He told me that he would take my pictures for free since I am helping him with charity events. This way I have the exposure from the events, he's taking my pictures for free. Maybe you could ask someone how much their pictures are and tell them that you want to be a model but you want pictures in a mermaid tail and they might be interested.
    That's what I was thinking. Since we have tails and that's pretty different than most models out there it might be a good incentive for photographers to try something new. I contacted one photographer and she said she still charges. I'm just not sure how to put that I just want to model I'm not interested in getting a photoshoot done, if that makes sense...

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    ive been curious too, so this thread will help quite a bit.
    also, good luck

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    Well think about this you need a portfolio to show to modeling talents. So photoshoots might be a good idea. Look for small local photographers too that are good

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    Chase your dreams blondie! I've wanted to do modeling for a long while now but was always told I was too short for that industry and would have a hard job finding a modeling agency who would take me on. I'm only 5'3 and therefore was told I would be better off trying to do freelance and promote myself. I'd love to be a mermaid model and recently did have my first mermaid photo shoot. I'm sure there are plenty of people on here who can give you some great tips and advice more than me, since I'm just starting down that path myself, but go for it
    Everyone's advice on this thread has been very helpful!

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    you know what i love about mermaid models? they dont conform to the actual "model" label. Mermaids are a mystical creature that have eluded humans for centeries...so why should they be the tall, skinny no-boob models (no offense intended for no-boobed mers)

    mermaids are mystical and beautiful in their own right and i think that photographers love that about us mers. My friend Abby is 5ft and has DD's she got me interested into the tails when we were younger. now (at 5ft dd's ) she has had more pictures taken of her on the beach and underwater than anyone i know all because the photographers are obsessed with her tail (she hand made). And more are asking her to ocme and get pictures done by them.

    Thats why i love being a mer....they dont conform to "model" label. so put on a smile, strike a pose. and get out there !!!!

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    It's a whole different ball game with mers xD

    I just don't understand how to approach a photographer and be like "Hey wanna take pictures of me in my tail for fun? I'm not interested in paying/buying prints thought"

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    Quote Originally Posted by iblondie View Post
    It's a whole different ball game with mers xD

    I just don't understand how to approach a photographer and be like "Hey wanna take pictures of me in my tail for fun? I'm not interested in paying/buying prints thought"
    Say you want to trade- your modeling is free if they give you the pics for free. Worst they can say is no, and not everyone will be a taker. Some people are more interested in being paid, even if it's to do birthday parties or senior portraits, then having a cool portfolio pic with a mermaid in it. Some are out there just becuase they love photography and don't care about the money as much, and those people are usually get really excited about doing a shoot that would be different.

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    Here is a photo that i got from my photographer. its a good photo and as winged said above... we are trading services. He wants to take pictures of kids underwater for parents (kids that have cancer) and i wanted pictures of me in my tail. so he offered a trade of me being a mermaid at events for kids with cancer and i get free pictures. I think its a fair trade. he gets exposure to a new set of customers and so do i as well as free photos.

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    Adella that's awesome! How did you come across him?

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    Lol from a forum on here. He's the only underwater photographer in Michigan. I basically asked him for his prices and hes the one that said he'd take my pictures for free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mer_Adella View Post
    Lol from a forum on here. He's the only underwater photographer in Michigan. I basically asked him for his prices and hes the one that said he'd take my pictures for free
    Ahhh so that worked out nicely! I just don't want to get sucked in to buying pictures for hundreds of dollars x-X I'll have to poke around for someone who will do it for free for an experience

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    Hey girl, I modeled for years. Nothing too too serious...it isn't really my gig...but I do at least one annual shoot to have something current in my portfolio, and I usually take up paid gigs when it doesn't conflict with work etc. I've done print, promotions, online work, runway and more. So if you have any questions, feel free to message me and I'll tell you anything you need to know that I can help you with. (I learned from my grandma who was a model in her day and tried my entire child life to "train me.")
    http://www.facebook.com/catz.tatz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyna View Post
    Hey girl, I modeled for years. Nothing too too serious...it isn't really my gig...but I do at least one annual shoot to have something current in my portfolio, and I usually take up paid gigs when it doesn't conflict with work etc. I've done print, promotions, online work, runway and more. So if you have any questions, feel free to message me and I'll tell you anything you need to know that I can help you with. (I learned from my grandma who was a model in her day and tried my entire child life to "train me.")
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    Thanks Lyna, how did you find your gigs?

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    I just got done with a photographer last weekend for a free shoot. He just sent me an email that says 'I'm too fat' and I only weight 115 pounds. AND it was in my mermaid tail. I mean... I can't really move well when I have it on and was really looking for some direction from him but he didn't give me any. Said my tail made me look fatter then normal and needed some tailoring. I guess he forgot that I told him it was a bit big on me...

    Safe to say I will probably never work with him again. Some of the photos where not even that good...

    Anyways! It's not hard to get free photoshoots if you can 'sell' yourself. That was my first 'professional' gig. He had some other harsh things to say, but just like models, photographers are a dime a dozen. Just keep doing shoots until you can find a photographer that clicks. That's what I'm looking for!

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