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  • Writer's pictureKamla-Kay McKenzie

Landing paid model casting calls

Have you ever browsed on Instagram, Facebook or even Craigslist and saw a post that stated something to the effect of "Models Wanted" or "Model Casting Call?"

A model casting call, or casting, is when a client has a project that they would like to shoot either for print, video or runway and they are in the process of selecting models, or "casting" models to best fit their vision.

Aspiring models often find themselves doing local fashion shows, modeling for individual private brands and attending events with the promise that they will get exposure to elevate their career.

While I am a fan of getting your feet wet and doing some things for free to gain experience, let's face it.

If your goal is to be a MODEL, you eventually want to be taken seriously by agents and clients and get PAID modeling work.

Although freelance modeling has it's benefits, aspiring models are best suited to take their career to the next level if they get agency signed as this opens more doors to getting legitimate castings and booking paid work with larger brands.

As an agency signed model, 99% of the casting calls that I attend are sent to me directly from one of my agencies.

The benefit to doing casting calls through your agency:

1. The agency is able to ensure that the client and project are reputable.

2. The location you are being sent to is typically verified as safe & for a legitimate casting.

3. Clients tend to pay more when they go through an agency versus when the job is just posted to a random site online.