Getting Scammed by Silver Models
My daughter is 12 years old and she always wanted to do modelling, So I decided to have a look into it. I came across Silver Models and registered with them, they phoned me back within 3 hours of me doing registration form and was really friendly and helpful. They said the best way to get my daughter Olivia into modelling was to attend a photo shoot which they would organise but for them to do all this and registered Olivia with their agency I needed to pay a fee of £300, they said they would then said me documents containing receipt of payment and booking of Studio. I reluctantly paid the fee it was a lot but i knew it meant a lot to my daughter, i paid via card and received the promised email within minutes so that made me relax. We attend the shoot and took our booking form but once the shoot was over I had the shock of my life, they asked me to pay the bill for shoot and for any images we wanted, the shoot was £500 and images £800, i knew i would be buying images but i thought Silver Models organised the shoot, the photo studio was very kind and allowed me to ring silver models. On calling silver models they explained that all the details was in documents they had sent and I had signed, in small print it said silver models take a payment for advice and organising of shoot but do not pay for any shot costs or booking of jobs, it was in the paperwork all along but in very small print. So I had been scammed on the phone they said much different and in documents said alot different, i was stupid to not have read paperwork but Silver models had been so helpful and had rung me several times with advice and support, i just didnt doubt doubt their honesty. They are liars, they cost me a fortune and really ruined what was a lovely day. DO NOT pay them anything or work with them, you are only paying for some basic phone advice and that is it, they do nothing to help you. Word of advice never pay anything without researching and always read any contracts!! There are some great modelling advice companies out there but Silver models is not one!
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.
We believe the key to success in the modelling industry is knowing it, having all information needed and know who to go to for help & work.
Criteria for Fashion Modelling with an agency:
- A top Fashion modelling agency must be located in one of the top fashion capitals, reason being is the most lucrative, prestigious modelling assignments can be found there. These are: London, New York, Milan, Parid, Tokyo, Sydney, Rome, LA, Prague, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Barcelona.
- Make sure the agency has a good reputation within the industry, they need to be well known to be of the best standard.
- That the fashion agency has provided models to the best in the business and for top fashion designers such as Gucci, Calvin Klein, Prada and Valentino.
- Some of the top fashion modelling agencies in the world: Elite Models, Ford Models, IMG Models, Marilyn agency, Models 1, One Management and NEXT models.
To get signed to one of the top Fashion modelling agencies takes a lot, it is not easy and their standards are high, we are talking Kate Moss standard. But you need to remember you are not limited to High Fashion modelling, there are a huge amount of sectors within this industry so you will find something great within modelling. Knowing where to start on discovering all areas is also confusing, so listen below are some services that will help you, using one these will give you the best chance of success.
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.
Advice and Guidance on getting Modelling Jobs
We firstly want to cover the myth that you can only getting modelling work through agencies, this not true at all and you need to remember this when entering the modelling world.
When you enter the world of modelling do NOT rely solely on agencies if you get signed to one, there are other options that could gain you huge rewards.
The secret to more work is UR Models – Freelance modelling!
There are hundreds and hundreds of freelance modelling job opportunities out there and anyone can apply for them on their own without agency help or direction. You will obviously need a portfolio to apply for any work and the more professional the better.
You can find modelling work via searching online, not to mention the numerous modelling sites out there that you can register too.
When you begin modelling the more exposure you get the better, so get as much work as possible!
If you are seriously considering becoming a model then we suggest contacting one of the following services which will be able to give you the best guidance and advice on getting your first modelling jobs.