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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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11/08/07 MODELING JOB SCAM ALERT- We have received many complaints about so-called model jobs advertised on the radio, in print, and on television advertising model and acting jobs for commercials, music videos, department store fashion shows, television castings, and other nonsense. These ads claim that no experience is necessary, and we can tell you that we don't know of a single legitimate business that will book an amateur with no proven track record, regardless of who is pushing them. If someone claims that a major department store is going to book, or has booked, inexperienced models into a fashion show, then they need to provide proof! Call up major department stores and ask them if they have any upcoming fashion shows in the works and if they will book amateur models into them - these shows cost money to produce and no reputable professional is going to risk their production by working with models who cannot demonstrate a professional work history. We also have reason to believe that many of these businesses are operating as model and talent agencies without a license, which is against Florida law and is a felony! We have never seen a single one of these "offers" turn out to be legitimate, and what happens here is that the aspiring model is "selected" and then pitched overpriced model portfolio photography, modeling classes, low-quality comp cards, actor headshot photography, and low-quality and overpriced actor headshots. Many model and acting schools have also jumped on this scam bandwagon. AVOID THESE ADVERTISED MODEL JOB SCAMS AND DON'T BECOME A VICTIM OF A GROWING MODEL SCAM!

Consideration for ANY model job must be done at no charge for it to be legitimate. Once booked, there should be no charge for photography sessions and training required for the job, as those should be a part of the booked job. Jobs that have models marketing photography sessions and training seminars that models have to pay for as a consideration requirement are unprofessional, unethical, and quite simply a deceptive trade practice that should be avoided and reported.

This is by far the most popular scam that con artists use on models. The "job" go see sounds promising at first, until the model is accepted to the go see and attends. That's when the model's composite cards, portfolio photographs, and promotion tools are criticized, and the go see turns into a sales pitch for services that they would have to pay for. The "job" never materializes. In some cases, the model scam tries to pressure the model into buying their services with the promise that they will book the job afterwards or will be "strongly considered" for the job. Model job scams are low risk for the people who do it because they are hard to prove, and these scams are known as "deceptive trade practices" by the FTC. Also known as a bait and switch operation. While it is true that models need photographs and tools to get work, using deception to get a sale is wrong. Additionally, models who do not have portfolio photographs and tools have no business trying to attend go sees and book work. If you do have a portfolio put together and composite cards, by all means attempt to book work, but if anyone tried to tell you that your tools are no good, SEEK A SECOND OPINION FROM SOMEONE WITH NO MOTIVE TO MAKE MONEY BY SELLING YOU SERVICES. If your model portfolio and composite cards were really no good, you would have never been considered for the job to begin with, and the invitation to the go see would have been deceptive. While these used to be low risk, Independent Modeling has developed some interesting tools that change this.

Scams listed here are not limited to models, and different types can be easily combined for new types of scams. If you cannot CLARIFY their intentions and VERIFY their references, go somewhere else to do business. It's professionally responsible to do so and lowers your risk. There are lots of great companies out there, like our advertisers and the companies in our resource sections, who are not scams. You owe it to your career to shop around and be selective.

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Many modeling job scams advertising modeling jobs make their money by selling overpriced services to people who are aspiring models and who fall for their advertising. These companies are so-called model management companies, or modeling consultants who don't actually refer models to real modeling jobs and promise to refer and place them with modeling agencies. See also Tampa Modeling Consultation Scams, Tampa Modeling Agency Placement Scams, and Tampa Model Management Scams for more information.

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