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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.


Thursday, October 19, 2006Tampa Bay model photographed at a Tampa Bay location during a model portfolio photography session by Tampa Bay photography company Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Bay Photography and Design. Photograph by modeling portfolio photographer Chris Passinault.


Our friends over at Independent Modeling have had a saying for a few years now. The saying goes that accountability is credibility. Time has proven their words to be true. Accountability for what you do and say really is professional credibility!
A Tampa Bay model and talent agency owner said in an interview that companies would not take models who tried to book work on their own without an agency seriously, because there was no one to hold them accountable if they were unprofessional. While she had a point, I would like to point out that regardless of agency participation or not that it is up to the model to be professional. What can an agency do to a model who flakes out? It is true that they can drop them from representation, but the facts are that such models will simply walk over to the next agency and do whatever it is they do all over again. The argument that agencies make models accountable for their action is an empty one. An agency can not enforce what a model does, especially when the agency works for the model. Most agencies compromise with models and will tolerate most of their unprofessional behavior as long as the model continues to make them money.
Will an agency GUARANTEE that a model will be professional and that there is no risk in booking them? Will they reimburse you for any lost costs and business caused by a model? I didn’t think so. Their argument is largely baseless. Life, business, and careers never have any guarantees, and if that is what you really want perhaps you should contact your insurance company.
If an agency is not in the position to make a model accountable for what they do, then who is? The answer is everyone in the industry, and this sets the stage for some points that I wish to make.
While some models can be unprofessional, most are not. Anyone worried about the professionalism of a model before they book them only needs to spend a few minutes evaluating the risks, and this is true regardless of if the model is agency represented or not. What is the track record of the model? How is their attitude? Do they have any references? Have they exhibited any behavior during their go-see interview that raised red flags and made a reference check a priority? What is your gut feeling?
It is basically a common sense thing. Why is a model a model? Well, to make money modeling! Don’t you think that a serious professional model who see’s modeling as a career is going to have a major incentive to do well so they can, at the very least, use you as a reference? Most models want to work with a booking more than once and get referred to more bookings, and the smart ones will be on their best behavior simply because they are in their career to make money by booking work and there is a lot of competition in this industry.
POINT: 99% of all models who have a solid work resume and who have obviously invested in a professional modeling portfolio and career tools such as composite cards are no more of a risk than any agency represented model. After all that hard work, it is in their best interest to do as well as they can. Consider the law of human nature; people will do what they believe to be in their best interest.
Sure, there are flaky models out there who have no business being in the industry or trying to book work. They don’t take a genius to spot, however. What are the red flags? Let’s see...... A portfolio full of amateur snap shots from TFP photographers is one (and this is one of many reasons why a model should NEVER attempt to build a portfolio with Time For Print-type free shoots, as most TFP photographers offering freebies are amateurs), and there are others. How about composite cards of poor pictures printed on a home printer? Another would be a model without a portfolio and maybe some web cam snapshots. If a model has not invested in their career, wouldn’t you think that they are misrepresenting themselves and that it would be a risk to book them?
If no career investment is made, the model has nothing to lose. Models who have nothing to lose are a higher risk than those who can demonstrate an investment into their career. This goes for photographers, too. If they haven't made a career investment and don't have a professional portfolio put together, they are a higher risk because they have nothing to lose.
The attitude that most agencies have that they are the only ones qualified to evaluate model risks is a false economy and it is unprofessional. As an art director or casting professional, how do you feel about agencies implying or outright stating that you are not able to figure out if a model is professional or not? If you were not qualified, you might as well allow the agency to decide who books the job or not. Just as agencies work for the models, agencies are also supposed to work for the businesses who need models. Why agencies have the “employer” attitude does not make sense, yet it is there. This is because to most in the modeling industry, the agency way is the only way to have a professional modeling career. If you want to be a professional model, then you MUST have agency representation and do what they tell you to do, even though they are supposed to be working for you. This is simply not true! Many professional models do well by booking work without an agency, and more models are discovering this every day. My opinion? Book work on your own AND accept representation by several agencies. Keep them in their place. A model and talent agency should be a source of modeling jobs and, while they may voice their opinions, they have no business managing the career of a model or telling you what to do. An agency is like a salesman. They are a source of leads, and they work for you. As a professional, would you allow someone working for you telling you what to do and acting like your employer? Would you compromise and accept the disrespect just to get a bone thrown to you every once in a while? What if those salespeople also worked for your competition? Wouldn’t you consider that to be a conflict of interest? What, do you think that agencies only represent one model? Look around. Don’t trust the advice of anyone who doesn’t have your interests in mind. The agency way worked in the day where contacts were hard to come by and communication was hampered by a lack of technology. Today, we have the Internet, and you can easily compete with any agency in booking your own work. While I do not think that agencies are extinct and they probably will never go away, one thing is clear. The agency way is no longer the only way, and in the future agency represented models will be a minority in the industry.
Accountability covers other areas, too. How many photographers, models, and make up artists lie, cheat, steal, and take short cuts in their career? Don’t you think that they should be held accountable for what they do?
We have been in meetings the past few weeks with Independent Modeling and other allies in our efforts to bring integrity to the modeling industry, and accountability was brought up a lot. Both Tampa Bay Modeling and Independent Modeling will be publishing free tools that will not only assist models in making others accountable for what they do, but additional tools for photographers and businesses who want to make each other accountable. These tools should be available before the end of the year.
I can’t wait.

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

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