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First modeling portfolio picture of a Tampa model on Tampa Bay Modeling. All portfolio photographs, unless otherwise noted, by C. A. Passinault, lead photographer for Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design, as well as Director of Tampa Bay Modeling. C. A. Passinault is a top photographer, as well as a modeling expert.Second model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Click on the image for an anecdote of the modeling shoot which produced this picture.In this third picture, you can see why the Tampa Bay area is one of the best in the world for modeling portfolio development work. Photograph by Tampa photographer C. A. Passinault.Image four of our online portfolio of another Tampa model. This photograph, if we are not mistaken, was taken on location in the Tampa Bay area. The best modeling portfolio photographs are location shots.This is another great picture. This is the fifth model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Pictures featured in our thumbnail array may not be the same as those of models which are in our featured model section, but often, they are one and the same.Unmatched in any Florida modeling market. The quality of this image is excellent! Photograph by C. A. Passinault, our resident photographer and modeling expert.Another top Tampa model gets their look on. The best models can obtain a wide range of looks, as you can see when you look at other pictures of this model!Is it any wonder why more and more companies and art directors are booking independent models without going through an agency? Proof that you can be a professional model, with a lucrative career, without being dependent upon an agency to find and book modeling jobs!Another awesome photograph of a Tampa model by modeling photographer C. A. Passinault, lead photographer Aurora PhotoArts, and director of Tampa Bay Modeling.For modeling portfolio work in the Tampa Bay area, nothing beats location work. Studio photography is not nearly as cost effective, or appropriate, for modeling portfolio work.Keep in mind that this picture, for a modeling portfolio, was taken by a qualified modeling portfolio photographer, C. A. Passinault, for a specialized, professional market, which is modeling. A wedding photographer or a portrait studio will not be able to give models what they need for an effective modeling portfolio, as you have to know what you are doing!This is the 12th picture in our Tampa Bay Modeling online portfolio. Yet another Tampa model shows a marketable look in their portfolio. The best models are capable of the most looks, and are not locked into a single look!Agency model or independent model? It doesnt matter, anymore, especially in Tampa Bay. Professional models like this one can be booked without going through an agency, saving both the model and the job agency fees.Modeling portfolios need at least six looks, and by looks, we mean different looks. A composite cards needs at least five, on average, with a headshot on the front, and four different looks on the back of the comp card. This Tampa model is demonstrating a marketable look right now, in this photography. Picture by C. A. Passinault.



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1d. Modeling Management and Agency Scams

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Modeling management scams are another common scam. They often advertise modeling jobs and career opportunities for models. Most modeling management companies are NOT modeling and talent agencies (ask them if you dare). If they are not a licensed modeling and talent agency in the state of Florida, they cannot make any money referring models to the jobs that they are advertising. How do they make their money? Well, they make their money by selling services and portfolios to models! Advertising a modeling job when you cannot legally follow through, by referring models to those jobs, with what you are advertising, and then turning around and selling things to the models who contact them in order to be considered for the modeling job is wrong! In our opinion, it is deceptive advertising, and deceptive trade practice, bait and switch, and fraud. It needs to be reported to the authorities.
We’ve never seen a modeling management company turn out to be legitimate. They ALL have been scams, taking money from models who are easily misled and giving them nothing of value in return. If the models do happen to book the job, it is one job which usually doesn’t pay what it should, and the model never makes their money back!
If the modeling management company IS a licensed modeling and talent agency, well, it’s a working conflict of interest, in our opinion. How is this, when so many modeling agencies claim to manage models and their career? Well, it’s because the model works FOR the models whom they represent. It’s not the other way around. Models do not work for modeling agencies, and they are not employed by them. An agency is a middleman which makes money by referring models to modeling jobs. A model is an independent contractor, and a self contained business, even if they are represented by an agency, and the agency works FOR the model. This means that the model is the boss of the agency, for practical purposes. Agencies managing models is a situation not unlike an employee trying to tell an employer what to do. What really makes it a conflict of interest when agencies manage models is that the agency does not exclusively work for the model (although, ironically, many agencies will try to get the model to sign an exclusive representation agreement, which traps the model into only working with that agency in their market), but also works for the competition of the model. Competition? Of course! Who do you think that the other models whom are represented by the agency are? All of the models are competing for the same modeling jobs! If an agency is managing a model and their modeling career, and telling them what to do when they are supposed to be working FOR the model, and they are also working for the competition of that model, which are other models which the agency represents, can you see why that is a conflict of interest?
In our opinion, it is a recipe or shady politics and manipulation. No wonder many model who allow agencies to control them allow themselves to be taken advantage of!
Keep it simple and avoid a scam. Never allow a modeling agency to manage your career. Only use the modeling agency one of many sources of modeling job leads, and nothing more! Better yet, make the agency work HARDER for you, and get the edge over the models who are competing against you, by finding and booking modeling jobs on your own! When the agency realizes that you are serious about finding and booking modeling work, and that you ARE booking modeling jobs on your own, they will work that much harder to refer you to the job first because they won’t want to get cut out of their commission!
Also, never, ever buy anything from a modeling agency, or from anyone whom the modeling agency refers you to for things such as portfolios and comp cards. The only sure way to avoid being scammed by an agency, and to make sure that they only make money by referring models into jobs, which is what they are supposed to do, is to get your modeling portfolio and composite cards before going to any agency!

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PUBLISHED 02/21/11

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