How to apply to any Model Agency - The Model Course
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How to apply to any Model Agency - The Model Course

Successfully apply to any Model Agency in the world - learn valuable insights and stand out in your Model Application.
4.2 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
32 students enrolled
Created by Dara Donnelly
Last updated 9/2014
Price: $90
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will be able to properly apply to any model agent in the world
  • In this course, you will learn what makes an excellent application and how to stand out to an agent so they will actually reply and respond to your application
  • You will find out specifically how much you will/can earn as a model
  • You will see real-life Model interviews so you know exactly what to expect
  • You will find out why you do not need professional photographs to an agent, and detailed information on how to take these photographs yourself (including how to pose, what to wear).
  • You will learn how to use Social Media to your advantage (as well as what NOT to do!)
  • You will learn how to find and select the right agent for you
View Curriculum
  • No prerequisites - anyone can complete this course
  • You should have a willingness to be in the model industry

So you want to be a model? Great! This course will teach you all that you need to know in order to GET SIGNED by an agent. We tell you specifically how to stand out in your application, tell you why you will NEVER need professional photographs to apply and how to ensure that an agent actually notices and responds to your application!

This is a comprehensive video course that will take just under 5 hours to complete - although you can skip ahead to any section of the course at any time.

If you want to make the best impression to a model agent, or perhaps you've been applying to agents with no luck - then this course is for you! Written by industry professionals with over 30 years of experience, we tell you EXACTLY what makes a great application to an agent and how to start your modelling career.

You should take this course if you want to rapidly INCREASE your chances of getting signed to a modelling agency.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in applying to a model agent
  • People who have no idea how to apply properly to a model agent
  • People who want the edge when applying to an agent
  • You should NOT take this course if you are already signed to a model agency
  • People who have had no luck in applying to model agencies so far
  • People who want to kick-start their modelling career, anywhere in the world
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Curriculum For This Course
51 Lectures
My First Section
4 Lectures 13:03
  • Find out how this course is structured
  • Hear an important Message about this course
The Introduction to The Model Course

  • Find out how agents pick models
  • Understand how clients choose models – and why agents use exactly the same tactic
Preview 03:39

  • Find out about your host – Dara and why she is presenting this course to you!
  • Understand her interest in Modelling and why she is fully equipped to be the best person to tell you about the Modelling industry!
About your host - Dara

  • Ask yourself a BIG question
  • Find out what a Model Statement is
  • Find out what NOT to say to Model Agents
Why do you want to be a model?
The truth about the Modelling Industry
9 Lectures 48:17
  • Understand that modelling is going to be tough on your self-esteem
  • Make the decision – do you really want to be judged?
What you're really signing up for

  • PART 1
    What every parent should know
  • Should a parent turn up at a model interview for their child?
  • Parents are a reflection on their children
  • Modelling is a family decision
A Message for parents - Part 1


  • What every parent should know
  • Should a parent turn up at a model interview for their child?
  • Parents are a reflection on their children
  • Modelling is a family decision
A Message for Parents - Part 2

  • Find out about the most valuable part of your Model tool kit – your Model Book
  • Understand that it takes time to become successful because it takes time to fill up your model book
How long does it take to be successful?

  • Find out that you don’t have to look like a “traditional” model in order to be a successful working model
  • Understand why clients want someone with an unusual look
  • Look at real examples of working models you would never think were models!
What should a model look like?

  • Ever wondered about the height requirement? Find out exactly why there is a minimum.
  • Find out what you can do if you aren’t quite tall enough
Preview 05:36

  • Yes, the modelling industry is renowned for attracting controversy when it comes to weight – but we look at the new issue – HEALTH
The Weight Issue

  • Find out the three things that agent are looking for…that conveniently just happen to begin with the letter A!
  • If you know these three vital things before you apply, you will have the advantage!
Preview 05:25

  • So you live outside of a capital city, will this affect your career?
  • Why it matters that you should live where the work is
Does where I live matter?
4 Lectures 24:46
  • Ever wondered how money actually ends up in your bank account after doing a modelling job?
  • Find out the whole system of how everyone gets paid – including you!
How do I get paid?

  • Ever wondered how agents make money from this industry? We tell you how!
  • Find out why agents take a commission
  • Know why it is in the best interest of the agent to get you higher paid work
How do agents make their money?

  • Understand that different types of modelling attract different rates of pay – we tell you the difference between jobs and how much you could be paid for each
  • You’ll find out exactly how much you could make as a model
How much will I get paid?

  • As a model, you will need your own toolbox! Find out what you need.
  • Find out everything you will need to pay for in order to start your modelling career and why the responsibility is in your hands
Preview 07:45
The Categories of Modelling
3 Lectures 11:49
  • Before you apply to an agent, you need to figure out what type of model you want to be – so you can target the right agency.
  • We tell you the different categories of modelling so you can choose which one suits you best.
What type of Model am I?

  • Ever wondered what a plus size model actually is? We show you real examples of plus size models and how they still look like beautiful models!
What is a plus size model?

  • Do you think that commercial models are just models in commercials?!! We set the record straight…
  • We show you examples of what commercial models look like so you can get a clear idea!
What is a Commercial Model?
Social Media
2 Lectures 08:16
  • Before you apply to be a model, you need to wipe your social media slate clean of any incriminating evidence!
  • Hear a real-life example of how a video on YouTube cost someone a modelling opportunity
Social Media Mistakes

  • Model Agents and current successful models are all on social media – how can you use Social Media to your advantage to give you a better chance of getting signed?
Using social media to your advantage
Getting the Right Agent
2 Lectures 13:25
  • Find out how to choose an agency – the top questions you need to ask in order to determine how suitable the agency is for you
  • Get a free download of the spreadsheet we use in this video.
Six tips for choosing an agent

  • Find out about the common model agency scams – how to recognise them and how to avoid getting ripped off!
  • Make sure you are signing up to an actual agency and NOT a Model School or a photographer
  • There are plenty of scams out there, make sure you can recognise them – and don’t fall for flattery!!
Preview 05:52
Preparing to contact an Agent
2 Lectures 07:22
  • Did you know there are four ways to apply to an agent? Well…only three of them are truly effective – we tell you the top three ways!
The four ways to apply

  • Find out why taking accurate measurements is SO important
  • We demonstrate for you exactly how to take your measurements
Taking your measurements
Taking Photographs
7 Lectures 35:05
  • You absolutely DO NOT need professional photographs to apply to a model agent
  • In fact, getting professional photographs could harm your application if you get really cheap shots done
  • Any photographer or Model Course that tells you you need to get professional photographs done first is leading you astray
Preview 02:22

  • The whole point of taking photos to send into an agent is for them to see you clearly – so you need to wear clothes that will NOT DISTRACT them
  • See real-life examples of what you should wear in your photos
  • If possible, you should always try to wear swimwear/matching lingerie in your full body shot so that the agent can see your body clearly
What to wear in your photos

  • Learn the THREE THINGS that make the perfect pose for you full-body shot – both guys and girls
  • By learning these SIMPLE three things, you can look really natural and almost professional in your application photos
  • Download the examples that appear in this video for your quick reference
Posing for your photos

  • This entire course exists because of the bad choices people make when sending in application photographs to model agents
  • So many people are sabotaging their chance of ever becoming a model because they are sending in photographs like these
  • Please remember! This is a job interview! Your photographs need to be clear and appropriate!
  • You only have two seconds to make an impression – with photos like these, you can be assured that you will not be getting a call back!
What NOT to do in your photos

  • Probably the most IMPORTANT VIDEO in this course!! If you don’t know how to take a proper photo, then you’ll decrease your chances of getting signed!
  • Here are 3 TIPS that will turn your average photo into an application winner
  • Super easy, and so clear – these tips will really enhance your photo taking skills!
How to take excellent photos (at home)

  • Ever heard of a Polaroid or a Digital? Every single working model has to have a digital photo of themselves taken so that a client can see what they “really” look like.
  • To apply to a model agent, all you need is a RECENT, NATURAL, RAW photo of yourself – exactly like a model polaroid/digital – no professional photography! Just you, in some natural light with a good camera!
  • Make sure you take the time to take proper photographs of yourself – and if you copy the ones in this video, you will be giving an agent EXACTLY what they want!
Examples of the right photos to send

  • Are your photos too large to send? If you don’t resize your images to a suitable size it is possible that the agent’s email server will reject them!
  • If you don’t know how to resize images, this video will teach you…skip it if you are all over this stuff :o)
Resizing your photographs
5 Lectures 28:19
  • This is probably the most important message you will hear in this entire course!
  • Find out the MOST IMPORTANT part about applying to be a model – you’ll be surprised with what it is.
The most important part about applying

  • When applying online, there are some rules you need to follow – which mainly means IF THERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS, FOLLOW THEM!
  • If an agency has clearly told you how to apply to them, take the advice and DO AS THEY SAY. As soon as you try to bypass that online form, or turn up to their agency un announced, you are going to make the agent UNHAPPY – and that’s not what we want now is it?
  • Follow these tips and you will be able to successfully apply online without a hitch.
Applying Online

  • Ever wondered what happens at an Open Call? What it actually is?
  • We tell you what to expect and how you can be prepared.
Going to an Open Call

  • We tell you TEN TIPS to applying to a model search that has an online entry
  • We give you FIVE MORE TIPS on what to do when you physically turn up at a Model Search
  • Generally, a Model Search is done in association with a brand and an agency – so we put you inside the heads of both the agent and the client so you can see EXACTLY what they are looking for.
  • If you are about to enter into a Model Search Competition, this will definitely give you the edge.
Fifteen tips for Model Search Competitions

  • Calling an Agent can be a great, direct way to both introduce yourself and find out information
  • There are TEN THINGS you need to know before you pick up that phone though – so watch this video so you can make that phonecall a valuable one!
Ten tips for calling an Agent
The Interview
4 Lectures 14:41
  • So you’ve been called in for an interview! Brilliant! You can’t just rock up on the day and expect everything to go smoothly…so here are TEN THINGS to prepare and consider before you turn up.
  • You’ll need to watch this video at least one week before your interview so you can prepare everything you need in order to make the most amazing impression.
Before the Interview: Ten Tips

  • This is not the time to make a fashion statement!
  • What you wear to an interview must be functional – the agent must be able to see your body shape clearly, so nothing baggy!
  • IMPORTANT!!!!! Make sure you wear GOOD, MATCHING lingerie or swimwear under your clothes (or bring them with you) as you will no doubt be asked to strip down so the agent can see your body…don’t get caught in bad underwear!!
What to wear to your interview

  • What generally happens after an interview? How long will I have to wait to hear back?
  • If they see potential in you, but maybe you aren’t quite ready yet – make sure you ask for feedback.
After the interview

  • It is possible that you might get a “no” from an agent – or you might not even hear back at all. Here is what to do if that happens.
What to do if you get a "no"
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About the Instructor
Dara Donnelly
4.2 Average rating
11 Reviews
32 Students
1 Course
Presenter, Model Agent Expert

I have been exposed to the modelling industry since I was very young - my mother is a Model Agent, so I have the unique credibility of knowing exactly what it is like to be behind-the-scenes at a Model Agency, and more than anything I know EXACTLY what Agents want and what frustrates them. Most Agents do not have the time to tell you what I'm about to tell you, but I uncover everything I know about the industry!

My professional background is in Brand Strategy, Design, Web and Video Production and The Model Course is an example of all my powers combined!