Sometimes there comes a time in your modeling career when you feel like things have… plateaued. You’re no longer having modeling jobs thrown at you and you may feel like your modeling agency has forgotten you exist. Perhaps you’re even reconsidering whether you should even be with an agency at all. This is where we come in! We’ll help you weigh up all the pros and cons to agency reputation and you can decide for yourself whether you should stay, swap agencies or represent yourself.
Do you have a good relationship with your agent?
Having a close relationship with your agent will often make a big, big difference on the amount of modelling jobs you’re put forward for. Agents have a lot of work on their plate and familiar faces will come to mind quicker than those they have to go searching for. If you want to build a better relationship with your agent, pop in and visit every now and then! Drop in with a coffee for the team or a bunch of flowers to thank them for a great modelling job offer they found for you. Little gestures like this will go a long way to helping build a relationship that will result in more castings for you.
What rates are they charging you out at?
An extremely important point to consider is the rate at which you are being charged out at. Are you aware of what additional charges they are placing on top of your hourly rate? Agencies will often charge up to 20% agency service fee, plus 10% GST on top of your hourly rate.
There are two ways to look at this, depending on where you are in your career and what your agreement with your agency looks like. If you are in an exclusive agreement with your agency and are not able to look for modelling jobs outside of them, consider whether the amount of money you are making through working with the agency is comparable to the amount you could make on your own, freelancing. Is your agency offering you more work than you could find on your own? With websites like Blush Central, freelance models can find their own work regularly and set rates for themselves as they see fit.
You may feel that with the additional agency service fees being paid to the agency, the fees the client has to pay are too high, and therefore you are not getting as many jobs as you could as a freelancer.
As a freelancer you are also able to apply for the jobs you’d like to work on, at the times you want to do them and at a rate you feel is fair.
If you are more established in your career, you may be on the opposite side of the spectrum and feel that you could be paid higher rates with a new agency. In this situation, take the time to research what other models of similar capability are being paid at different agencies and use this as either a bargaining tool at your agency or as an opportunity to move on elsewhere.
Can you work on projects outside you agency?
Being tied down to an exclusive agreement can be seriously limiting if you’d like to be working constantly. If your agency is not providing enough work for you and you’d like to work more, ask if they would be open to working with you on a non-exclusive basis or ask yourself if you may be better off using a website like Blush Central to find continual work on your own.
It is important in this situation to also consider the credibility belonging to an agency offers to you when freelancing. Being an “agency represented” model is looked upon favourably in the industry as it signals you have been trained and are of a certain standard.
How many freelance opportunities around you match up to your agency work?
Before you make your decision, check out Blush Central to see how many jobs are around you that you’d like to do. You’ll likely be very surprised at just how much work you can find on your own, and as a perk you get to keep all your fees, without sacrificing any to an agency!
There is obviously quite a lot to consider when choosing whether to stay, swap or leave your modelling agency. The decision will be different for everyone but it is always great to know that there are other options out there if you are feeling like your career isn’t progressing at the rate you were hoping.
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