Part of becoming a successful older female model is signing on with the right modeling agency. But before you put pen to paper and sign on with an agency, it’s important to ask the right questions. Here are a few essential questions you need to ask before signing with a modeling agency as an older female model.
What Does Your Typical Client Look Like?
An estimated 67% of job seekers say that diversity in a company is important to them. Diversity is important when you’re looking at a modeling agency, too! If a modeling agency is only taking on younger breakout models, then it might not be the right fit for you. As an older woman, you’ll want to work with a modeling agency that has experience working with female models over 50 years old. An agency that has more diversity in the age of its clientele is going to be a much better fit because they’ll be able to place you in age-appropriate work environments. A modeling agency that has no experience with older female models may not understand the kind of work that would benefit you most.
What Types of Jobs do You Book for Models?
The type of jobs a modeling agency books for its clients will tell you a lot about whether you’ll be a good fit or not. If you’re looking to do mostly editorial work and the agency you’re interviewing primarily books runway work, you’ll need to know before you sign on. It’s also a good idea to ask about the percentages of commercial work, print media exposure, and promotional work they provide. The agency’s answers to these questions will give you a better idea of whether you could have a good working relationship.
What Are the Commission Rates?
Financial obligations are just as important to discuss as what type of work the agency typically books. Before you sign on with an agency, it’s incredibly important to understand what kind of commission fees are involved. In many cases, agencies will deduct anywhere from 10% to 20% of what you make per shoot. While these rates may sometimes be negotiable, the most important thing is that you fully understand what to expect financially before you sign on.
Looking for a modeling agency as an older female model can be tough. Make sure you’re asking the right questions to find an agency that’s a great fit.