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Modeling Contracts

Butternut

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Hey, I was wondering if any VIPs could help me out.

So, this agency I really liked wants to sign me, but their contract seems scary.

Basically I feel like I could lose money very quickly, since I have to pay 20% commission on any gross income (not net income), but I also pay for all my materials such as portfolio, comp cards, International call fees??, fax, 175$/year for my pic on the agency page (I think this is optional)...

Is this normal? They're not a big agency, most of their work is in my city.
I know a girl who works for them and she said she did a test shoot first but made the money back really fast, but still, I'm kinda worried.
 

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Does the agency start with an E? I knew a girl in high school who signed with them (over Ford). Not sure what happened but she's not modeling anymore. Actually from what I know, she didn't get much work either.
 

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Does the agency start with an E? I knew a girl in high school who signed with them (over Ford). Not sure what happened but she's not modeling anymore. Actually from what I know, she didn't get much work either.
Nah, I PM'd you the name. Their website is pretty shitty but when I was there they had a girl who had just come back from NYFW in the office (pretty sure she has several agencies though)
 

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Modelling is really difficult to make a profit even in top agencies. I do editorials for big magazines for $100 or sometimes nothing. My agency takes 20% and always charges about $100 for comp cards monthly and I have $300+ in annual fees. I am lucky to be doing well enough to not live in a model apartment but this is STICTLY because I am very, very good at crossing markets, most girls (even the ones in show packages) at my nice agency are in debt. The ones that aren't are married, line cooks, promoters, and bartenders. The top ten agencies take some 95% of the modeling jobs in NYC (and there are more than 50 agencies). If you can't get in there you need to look elsewhere for a compliment. :hmm:
 
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