Scammers- Whole people Models
I’m Brandon and I am 23 years old from Cornwall. 6 months I ago I got scammed by a company called Whole people models, they are true scum bags and the word needs spreading.
I hadnt even thought about modelling, till a guy called Liam contacted me who was an apparant model booker at whole peoples models, we exchanged messages via facebook for a couple of days and he told me about loads of male models he helped and who are all earning loads of money while travelling etc it sounded ace if i am honest, I am 23 years old so earning good money while having fun is my idea of a perfect job. He said he he had job which would be perfect me and send me some info via facebook messenger, it looked like a client brief of job and contained the pay etc he said because i wasnt on whole peoples books i would need to pay a fee then he could get me this job, the fee was for £200 but i would then be on books and first job was in another three days time where i would earn £1500, so £200 didnt seem a big deal at the time. Liam said time was precious and i would need to pay cash into their account, so it was instant then i would get confirmation of job. I paid the fee the same day, then within hours the person i had been talking on facebook had disappared, no profile picture, nothing. i knew then i had been scammed by whole people models, i panicked and was gutted, i researched and couldnt find anything on them, i had well and truely been scammed out of £200 all because he filled my head with idea of being a famous modelling and earning loads. I am so embarassed i listened but whole people models said the right things, they are definately good at being liars and scammers. If anyone gets contact from whole people models, avoid them, they are liying, cheating, scam artists. I was foolish but i have learnt never believe what you get told before doing research, never trust someone who contacts you out of the blue and never just had over cash. I am out of £200 and i want others to be aware of these scamming companies. do you research!
All you need to know about Ur Models
Ur Models is a unique modelling platform which is now market leader. This service has been carefully created by industry experts and the service is free of charge! Ur Models is proud to work with hundreds of aspiring models every year and help them reach their goals of becoming a professional model.
The leading platform enables models to step into the industry with ease, confidence and knowledge and it also helps them establish if modelling is really for them and if it is what sector best suits their look and talents as there are so many areas within modelling.
Ur Models is dedicated to helping aspiring models and offer a honest, reliable service. What more could you ask for!?
Does Ur Models have a catch?
No, there is no catch… However, you should familiarise yourself with following to avoid any confusion or upset:
- If Ur Models decide to send you for a test shoot, the photography studio they book you into will take a security deposit. As it is a security this is fully refundable and it will be therefore returned to you, as long as you show up on the day. Its safe guard for Ur Models booking the studio time.
- The photography studio will try to sell you the photos from the test shoot, you do not have to buy them and there will be no pressure. You should keep in mind though, that if you seriously want a career in modelling you will need to get some professional photos at some point. You need to invest in your career to get the ultimate benefits.
- They are not an agency so cannot get you work, although they will do everything in their power to help you to find work and get signed to an agency, they provide a much needed service. The Ur Models website homepage does state honestly that they are not in fact a modelling agency. So always keep this in Mind.
Are they a Scam?
For any aspiring model you need to know about the industry and know what it takes to be successful, without direction from industry experts its hard to enter the modelling world and maintain success. Ur Models doesn’t work like an agency who want gain as much profit out of you as possible, instead they have created a platform designed by industry professionals that enables an aspiring model to move into the industry with knowledge, confidence and support, this in my eyes is very refreshing.
I of course was still very wary when i approach UR Models and this was purely based on horror stories you read online, it was hard to think they weren’t just trying to con me out of loads of money but when talking to them I immediately felt some confidence that they were just a way of gaining help. They said they cant make any gurantees but would work with me to create a portfolio with the help from new york fashion. They said both theirselves and NY would be honest if I had what it takes and if was successful would help find suitable agencies who would then get me work, it was obvious they just wanted to help.
There was a deposit that had to be paid straight away which made me very anxious and put some doubts in my head but as the whole process continued it was apparent that that deposit actually gets refunded off your package if you choose to go a head and if you don’t choose to do anything yu still get it back, so either way you don’t lose out and have a lot to gain. It was clear the initial deposit was to cover theirselves from booking studio time and be not showing up, it also show commitment from serious aspiring models.
The meeting and studio time itself was based in London, easy to get to and the moment I entered I felt comfortable and looked after, everyone who worked there was very professional and went out their way to help. Everyone was so great and set up professional, there was a full hair and make up department (Obviously not my area) and all the photographers I met with had so much knowledge on what poses to do, what makes a perfect picture etc After my shoot which was a great laugh and I really enjoyed they asked if I would like to buy a portfolio package and I have to say there was no pressure what so ever but they did explain the benefits of having a great portfolio as this is what you ultimately need to get paid work and that’s what I want! It was decision and I decided to buy a portfolio from the studio and I was so chuffed with result.
Ur models kept there promise and worked me after I had my portfolio, they pointed me in the right direction of agencies they best suited my modelling type and gave me contacts that have been so beneficial. Since that day with UR Models and New york I have thankfully broken into the industry and im already finding success.
Always have one foot in front of the competition
There is no truth in if you are naturally beautiful you will take a good photo, everyone is different and different looks come across in different ways on camera. Posing and learning techniques are imperative to taking a good photo, to reach perfection takes dedication and hard work. Practice really does make perfect! All models rely on posing to make the ultimate photo, so if you are serious about becoming the best read the below tips!
- Concentrating on your job at hand and the shot is very important but remember to know relay this in your body language or facial expressions, this will be picked up on camera and can come across tense or false. A good photo is a natural one. Holding your breath for poses is a big NO, NO! you will appear uneasy and look very odd UR models London can advise more on this
- Posture is everything- Keep your back straight, head up, tummy in and shoulders up. Slouching affects the end result and can make a model look awkward or distort a body part, which will make photo look weird. By having good posture you can change your size or shape speak to UR models London for a free model posing guide
- Symmetry- This old technique is officially out within the world of modelling. Creating angles and asymmetrical poses gives a photo more life, always be aware of what your body and different parts are doing.
- The Camera- Ok so the camera is obviously your goal but never look directly at it, it doesn’t look natural. Do different poses to create different end results, be creative and see what works for you and the client. You head and neck should remain in place but use your eyes to create a different look, look away from the camera. Also facial expressions that are natural to you make for a better photo.
- Sitting down- When sitting down for any shoot don’t see this as a break and slack off, in fact this position requires a lot more work. It’s important to put your weight in right place ie on the back of one thigh, rather distributing equally, this creates a slimming effect and stops certain areas coming across huge!
- Teeth- Show them off and make sure they are clean and white but don’t always show them or over use them. If you smile in each pose it shows lack of model ability and versatility and that’s a big negative for clients. Try different expressions like a frown, cute grin, a laugh, scowl and a pout. You facial expressions can make or break a pose, so work on them and practice!
- Research your industry and any job plus practicing is a must! Work hard and you will soon see the rewards! or call UR models london for free advice on modelling
Ur Models Testimonials
What people are saying about UR Models, real testimonials from their customers
“ I enjoyed every minute of my shoot that UR Models set up, it was fun and I felt like a proper model” – Sarah, 14
“ I was so anxious about attending the shoot but when arrived everyone one so friendly and immediately made me feel welcome and like I was supposed to be there. I had my hair and make up done by professionals and I can honestly say was the best I have ever looked! I highly recommend UR Models they have changed my life for the better” Natasha, 24
“ If I am honest I was a little sceptical about what UR Models could do for me in the beginning and that’s purely based on the horror stories you read online but as soon as I attended a shoot I can honestly say I had no doubt those people were professionals, they are awesome! “ – Liam, 26
“ I want to thank each and everyone one of the UR Models team, what a top bunch of people and they know literally everything about the modelling world, they gave me tips and advice and to be honest made me realise my potential, my doubts evaporated and I had full confidence in my decision to become a model” Graham, 32
“ I want to thank UR Models for all the help they gave my son, he had such a fun time at the photo shoot and they have helped us get paid work, amazing company and amazing people, thanks again’ Mary, Mum of Jacob 7
“ UR Models are the best!” Jane, 22
UR Models – Scam or real?
Is there really an UR Models Scam or it all as good as it seems to be?
Ok lets start this off with a positive as it deserves it, there is absolutely no UR Models scam and how do we know this? We investigated them personally, we went in to find out the truth and What we found was not only is there NO SCAM but they are probably one of the most honest companies in this sector out there, they want to help not hinder.
We sent one of team ‘under cover’ to find out the truth and experience what UR Models promise, our lovely team member found out they are completely honest and up front and there is no catch whatsoever. Their policies and help is stated right from the offset, so there are no surprises or disappointment down the line.
Their promise to help kick start your career is correct, they do just that even if you don’t purchase a portfolio from the studio (Which we didn’t for obvious reasons). When talking with UR Models they are very clear about the fact they are not a modelling agency they simply work to help you find work from agencies or to pursue on a freelance basis. So of course we booked in for a test shoot.
We were given a few options of making payment for our deposit either card, bank transfer or PayPal all obviously secure and traceable. We then attended our photo shoot, playing the part as a model wannabe, our team member had a great time and said all the staff were attentive and professional ( Thumbs up) We didn’t obviously purchase our test shoot images as we didn’t them, we were purely using this as a test to conclude what UR Models was all about. We were then given a full refund on the deposit we paid for our test shoot, it took three days for the bank to process it back but that’s standard and what a great service UR Models offer. And even though there was no exchanging of money or nothing purchased they still gave our colleague great advice and some agencies contacts, that shows they go above and beyond to help any model even when they are not gaining their selves.
So to conclude there is no scam whatsoever going on, they offer a free service and are dedicated to help aspiring models.
UR Models – Modelling agencies and how they work
Knowing how modelling agencies work will not only benefit your knowledge, help you crack into the industry but also give you all options then you can decide which is best for you.
UR Models often get asked What is an agency? They are a company who represents a model and works to get them paid work. They earn a commission from the job they get you on, so it’s in their best interest to work hard for you
UR Models Who do big agencies work with? They work with big budget advertising agencies and companies, this means more income for you and commission for them
UR Models What will they offer models? Agencies invest into the models and increasing there skills as this ultimately works for them and you. They will get you training, test shoots, portfolios, create you comp cards and printed material. They do all this by deducting it out of models final pay as well as their commission, so you both are equally investing
UR Models Who does the agency approach for work? They present you to designers, photographers, ad agencies and casting directors.
UR Models What are they responsible for? They book the jobs, they bill for the jobs and then pay the model. By them handling everything you as model gets the time to concentrate on the job at hand and developing your abilities.
What is an agencies business hours? They generally work 24 hours a day as the modelling world is not your typical 9-5 job, if they are not in office most agencies will have an operator or an out of hours service.
UR Models ‘Undercover’
UR Models Review – A step by step of our ‘Undercover’ experience of UR Models.
1) UR Models Review – Application & Website
Online application submitted via their website www.ur-models.co.uk
The website was very user friendly and easy to navigate, form to register was simple and easy to follow
2) UR Models Review – Phone Call, Emails, contact & Deposit.
The call after registering was very good, we learnt a lot and got to talk in depth with someone who seemed to know there job very well, which was refreshing. The rep was very friendly as well, they were easy to talk to. We were offered a modelling test shoot, which is used as a way of being assessed and seeing our modelling abilities. A deposit for this shoot was taken via my card for £50, this is just to safe guard both parties and not waste the photo studios time, We understood the need.
3) UR Models Review – Assessment Shoot
The assessment shoot was a lot of fun and the staff immediately built up a good rapport with me. They made the whole day a great experience and we definitely learnt a lot about the industry and what it was like to be in front of the camera. The professionalism was not as obvious as the competitors, but i couldn’t help but wonder if this gave them an edge… as in not trying too hard, so go over the top which can make you think they are trying to cover something up….
The portfolio that was put together for me was of an amazing standard. For obvious reasons I declined the purchase and was then refunded as promised my deposit. If you are serious about becoming model this is definitely a great service which enables you to get going with ease, a must for any model wannabe.
Over recent years and especially now Male modelling has become of the most lucrative segments in modelling, they are in huge demand and work is offered throughout fashion, skin care and products.
There are many areas within the Male modelling industry so the doors are open to a variety of male models, all ages, shapes and looks are considered.
Some areas of modelling have requirements such as High fashion and Catwalk, you would need to be a model of a certain look and meet height standards of between 5’11 – 6’2
Below are the areas of modelling Male models can go into:
- Fashion models (Clothing).
- High fashion models (Designer Clothing).
- Editorial (Magazines)
- Runway (Catwalk mostly for designers).
- Commercial (Adverts i.e. razor blades or health insurance).
- Catalogue (Online and mail order.)
- Promotional (Live male modeling work i.e. a trade show).
- Extras (For TV and film).
To be taken seriously in this industry you portfolio is must, any model needs this important tool to gain work and a reputation. So make sure the images you include are of a high standard, this is the first thing potential employers see before meeting you, so first impressions count. Show diversity as every client wants to see you can adapt to different visions. Also always get a model release form signed by a photographer this enables you to use photos as you wish.
If you are serious about becoming a male model and want the best shot at it then look at the below sites, they have all the info you need and are a great support when entering this daunting industry.
UR Models Review time….
Become a model website is Ur models they are a modelling platform that i’ve decided to register with , they have lots of info on the industry which is really great as its mind blowing confusing, when you get invited in for an interview you do a test shoot to find out whether or not you’ve been successful because modelling isn’t for everyone.
The Modelling experts asses all your test photos, they are completely honest with you about you modelling ability and if its right for you, if you are successful they discuss your best modelling type as there are so many and give you much needed contacts like agencies, casting directors etc they also
you are not made to buy anything but the option is there if you want it and all the packages that are on offer are great
Something else I found really reassuring as a mother myself is that if you are under the age of 18 you can only attend and register with a parent. I have my little ones appointment booked for two weeks time and I am fully aware of what to expect on the day as they are very clear at explaining everything
All I want for my child is to find success and happiness in modelling and I can finally say after so much research I have finally found the right company to help me.