May bayad ba mag apply as model?
There are Agencies who charge the cost of making the set cards (photo portfolio) to their talents. Some agencies ask for the talent’s own set card. Most agencies, including the most popular, established and respected, do not ask for any fee whatsoever.
My POV, why pay when there are dozens and dozens of other agencies that are more professional, efficient and friendly and doesn’t charge their model a cent?
I was told by a talent scout that my child should undergo a workshop under their agency.
Some modeling agencies offer workshops for their talents. This is with fee. Again, ask your kid if he/she is interested, don’t force it on them. Modeling workshop, like other summer activities like sports or theater can greatly improve a child’s talent. Just make sure that the class is handled by an instructor with good background in acting and theater and a good workshop scope so your kid can benefit from it for his future. As of now, there is still a greater number of kids who appeared on TVCs who didn’t take any workshop than those who did. Besides, the talent will be given a workshop by the production agency the day before the commercial shooting. What we’re discussing here however, is workshop to improve a kid’s talent so he can be chosen for the project, not when he is already chosen.
Workshops does not guarantee that your child will get the part. It also doesn’t come cheap. It covers production cost (for after-training show or event), utilities, training fee, publicity fee, etc. My advice to first time stage parents is to give your child a feel of what this industry is. Do not commit to a workshop yet.Get any agency that does not offer workshop and no exclusivity. Your kid will still experience getting VTRd, attend go-sees and all. Practice makes perfect. Don’t expect that you’ll get the gold on your 1st, 2nd, even 3rd casting. Try coaching him yourself.
I’m a kuripot Mom so if you want my kuripot advice, do the workshop at home yourself. Record TVCs of kids and make your kid watch that and act the same on your own videocam and watch it together. Notice flaws, improve expressions and acting. I notice kasi na pare-pareho nalang ang pinagagawa sa kids on VTRs. Saying their name and age loudly for the camera, looking to the left (side view), and to the cam and smile, then to the right…Diff facial expressions, pretend drinking or eating and say “ummm,yummy” or sing and dance holding the product. This DIY workshop however, can not be compared to the expertise of a real workshop trainer and professionalism of those who are in the industry for many years.
After several VTRs and you think your good looking, talented son or daughter still has something that’s needed to work on which is beyond your coaching skills, then that’s the time to sign them up with an agency that offers workshop. Just make sure that the workshop is conducted by a credible acting coach or experienced production crew member. Remember, to say that your child is talented enough or not is one thing only you can tell. Not some agent who judge them on a low scale just so they can make money. To workshop or not to workshop? It’s your call.
Some agencies hold their own fashion shows and events. This is to give their own talent pool their needed exposure since the reality is, chance in getting your kid picked for a product endorsement on the national media is very slim. Producing an event costs a lot so this is where your workshop fee goes. To know if the fee yo are charged is too much, make your own research. Inquire workshop fees of real acting and modeling classes and compare. View this directory I made for Smart Parenting (note: 2015 directory is on it’s way)
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Am I being scammed?
Model wannabes even stage parents fall prey to scammers who asks for fee. So how can you tell if they are for real?
-get their calling card or proof (ID) that they are connected with an agency or TV network. Do not commit on the spot, don’t even give them your details or your child’s. Just say you’ll call them.
-verify with DTI or TV station if the agency or person claiming to be connected with the network is legitimate.
-fees (if any) will be discussed in their office, not in any venue, by phone/text or remittance.
-fees should cover workshop (if offered) or production of portfolio (setcards). It is your option should you want to undergo workshop, agree with their choice of photo studio or entirely choose a different agency.
-If you sense anything fishy, report it to the agency, TV station or police.