Random ramblings to newbie Model Mayhem models from someone who don’t know Jack

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Read http://www.newmodels.com twice. The book is available at Amazon. Then read this.

  • Don’t be an idiot. Remove all email addresses, AIM, MSN, and YM addresses from your profile or you will be bombarded with scam artists who want to do “webcam interviews” with you. You will be asked to get naked and your “interview” will end up on an amateur porn site.
  • No one will send you random unsolicited job offers to fly you to their State or Country with all expenses paid upfront. You are just not that hot. You need to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. If you are under 5′ 9″ living in a small market, you will not be offered high paying jobs to do non nude work. What is a high paying job? Any jobs that got your attention. The best way to avoid a scam is to learn how models are hired so you can spot bogus offers. This is NOT how models are hired:
  • How to spot a scam in two words: If you get a message that reads “Dear model”. That’s a scam. End of story.
  • Random offers from people you have never heard of using free emails accounts but claiming to be from an established company.
  • Prepaid jobs with cashier’s check asking you to wire back money. You are not hot enough to be prepaid and businesses do not do business using Western Union.
  • Any jobs offering to pay for you to travel from a smaller market to a larger market. Do you really think London has run out of models so they have to hire you from Iowa?
  • Any promises to get you into any major magazines or model for any designers you recognize.

Now go read this twice and save yourself some money. You can also check here for common scams perpetrated on the modeling and photography community.

  • Never post any self portraits or mirror pictures in your portfolio. It cost less than $20 and less than one week to get basic shots with a disposable camera. These are four must have basic pictures if you don’t have professional pictures. 1. Headshot-smiling 2. Headshot-not smiling 3. Half body shot in tight fitting clothes 4. Full body shot in a 2 piece swimsuit or swim trunks if male. Use minimal or no makeup with your hair tied back. Do not pose. Do not shoot from above. Stand against a white background outdoors in the shade if possible. Look here for some examples used by Elite.

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  • Random surfer

    some good info in a condescending tone.

  • Random surfer

    some good info in a condescending tone.

  • Just dropping by

    Excellent information that is useful for to me use. Thank you for taking the time to write it. I appreciate it.

  • Just dropping by

    Excellent information that is useful for to me use. Thank you for taking the time to write it. I appreciate it.

  • annarandom

    What a stupid waste of typing you have here. Shorter models and plus size models have just as much work now a days as the skinny crack head looking size zero girls. YES you can be a plus model.To just classify plus girls as “overweight” is ridiculous. Especially when you take a city like New York where modeling is major and the own population of New York has less than 20% of residents actually wearing a size zero. Overall it makes you looks like an idiot and although there are harsh realities in the modeling world its people like you that discourage young potential models just to ensure that you still have a spot on top.

  • annarandom

    What a stupid waste of typing you have here. Shorter models and plus size models have just as much work now a days as the skinny crack head looking size zero girls. YES you can be a plus model.To just classify plus girls as “overweight” is ridiculous. Especially when you take a city like New York where modeling is major and the own population of New York has less than 20% of residents actually wearing a size zero. Overall it makes you looks like an idiot and although there are harsh realities in the modeling world its people like you that discourage young potential models just to ensure that you still have a spot on top.

  • LR

    hey annarandom- reread the article. it doesn’t say plus sized models are overweight- it says that all overweight chicks aren’t plus sized models. huge difference. now you look like the idiot.

  • LR

    hey annarandom- reread the article. it doesn’t say plus sized models are overweight- it says that all overweight chicks aren’t plus sized models. huge difference. now you look like the idiot.

  • AnnaRandom? Bitch please.

  • AnnaRandom? Bitch please.

  • Bill Passer

    Hobbiest Photog here. Thanks for this, appreciated muchly. Nice to have this sort of info for myself and my models.

  • Bill Passer

    Hobbiest Photog here. Thanks for this, appreciated muchly. Nice to have this sort of info for myself and my models.

  • Nina Modi

    “I before E except after C unless you’re talking about your weird, feisty, foreign neighbor who seized the opportunity to pull off a heist in the name of seismic science for the good of society.”

    This is the funniest thing that I have read all day…

    Peace man, you are cool, ignore the negativity, we know that you are trying to help models…

    XOXO,

    Nina

  • Nina Modi

    “I before E except after C unless you’re talking about your weird, feisty, foreign neighbor who seized the opportunity to pull off a heist in the name of seismic science for the good of society.”

    This is the funniest thing that I have read all day…

    Peace man, you are cool, ignore the negativity, we know that you are trying to help models…

    XOXO,

    Nina

  • sakura

    This is quit interesting but what about people who want to do creative modeling instead of fashion modeling? I want to be an alternative model and do themes such as gothic horror, gothic Lolita and fair-tale themes. Mostly when people think of modeling they think of fashion industry. I actually tried Model Mayhem but they denied me. I wish they tell me why instead of telling me to figure it out myself. I did show a full body shot and a head shot that shows myself clearly but still I don’t know why the deny me. But still at the same time I found them accepting poor quality models who take pictures with their camera phone and even with a mirror shot and they said no mirror shot. And don’t get me started about the camera phone half naked shot. This is what I don’t get, why they accepted them and not someone who wants to be creative and have fun with costumes. I know it’s not my looks because I actually look better than some of the models they have especially the model who use pikura photo booth pictures. That one is just plain weird, stupid and cheap because it’s like $3 a set of sticker photos with a bunch of random junk like bubbles, stars, crowns and ribbon that you can add on you picture. What was Model Mayhem was thinking? And they can’t say it was because they change their standard on their website because these so call models are all recent members. Maybe they would like me better if I show myself half naked in a bikini just like over half of the members they have on their site.

  • sakura

    This is quit interesting but what about people who want to do creative modeling instead of fashion modeling? I want to be an alternative model and do themes such as gothic horror, gothic Lolita and fair-tale themes. Mostly when people think of modeling they think of fashion industry. I actually tried Model Mayhem but they denied me. I wish they tell me why instead of telling me to figure it out myself. I did show a full body shot and a head shot that shows myself clearly but still I don’t know why the deny me. But still at the same time I found them accepting poor quality models who take pictures with their camera phone and even with a mirror shot and they said no mirror shot. And don’t get me started about the camera phone half naked shot. This is what I don’t get, why they accepted them and not someone who wants to be creative and have fun with costumes. I know it’s not my looks because I actually look better than some of the models they have especially the model who use pikura photo booth pictures. That one is just plain weird, stupid and cheap because it’s like $3 a set of sticker photos with a bunch of random junk like bubbles, stars, crowns and ribbon that you can add on you picture. What was Model Mayhem was thinking? And they can’t say it was because they change their standard on their website because these so call models are all recent members. Maybe they would like me better if I show myself half naked in a bikini just like over half of the members they have on their site.

  • This post is informative and fun, despite the condescending tone. My condolences to annarandom and her misinformed view of modeling.
    Excellent post!

  • This post is informative and fun, despite the condescending tone. My condolences to annarandom and her misinformed view of modeling.
    Excellent post!

  • sarah

    How you know when a gencies likes you