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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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By C. A. Passinault
Director, Tampa Bay Modeling
Lead Photographer and Designer, Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design

This article is a professional, educated opinion, and should not be taken as advice of any kind. Use at your own risk; anyone doing anything described on this site assumes complete liability.

Tampa Modeling Job Board
The Tampa Bay Modeling modeling job board is a listing of modeling jobs in the Tampa Bay area. No information about the modeling job offers is withheld, and there is no obligation to buy anything to use the modeling job board OR the Tampa Bay Modeling site.
Although we do advertise modeling portfolio and career development services on Tampa Bay Modeling, the fact that we do not bait models by withholding information about modeling job offers, and the fact that we do not require anyone to buy any services to use the modeling job board, means that we are NOT a modeling job scam. We are legitimate. If anyone requires you to buy something to be considered for a modeling job, walk away.

WARNING FOR ALL MODELS IN THE TAMPA BAY MARKET:
THE TAMPA BAY MARKET IS PLAGUED WITH MODELING JOB SCAMS, AND THIS KIND OF MODELING SCAM IS THE MOST COMMON ONE HERE!
WE HAVE NEVER, EVER FOUND A SINGLE MODELING JOB WHICH WAS ADVERTISED IN THE PAPER, ON THE RADIO, OR ON TELEVISION TURN OUT TO BE LEGITIMATE. THEY ALL HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE SCAMS! THIS INCLUDES ANY ADVERTISED MODELING JOB WHERE THE COMPANY ADVERTISING THE MODELING JOB HAS TO PAY OUT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY CONSISTENT WITH NORMAL ADVERTISING RATES. IF THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY DOING THE MODELING JOB THEMSELVES, THERE IS NO WAY THAT THEY CAN MAKE ANY MONEY REFERRING MODELS TO THOSE JOBS, BECAUSE, IN FLORIDA, YOU HAVE TO BE A LICENSED MODELING AND TALENT AGENCY TO MAKE ANY MONEY FINDING MODELING JOBS AND REFERRING MODELS TO THEM. IF THEY ARE DOING THE MODELING JOB, THERE ISN’T A SINGLE MODELING JOB THAT WE ARE AWARE OF WHICH WOULD BE COST-EFFECTIVE PAYING OUT A LOT OF MONEY ADVERTISING; THE COMPANY ADVERTISING THE MODELING JOB COULD NEVER MAKE BACK THE MONEY SPENT ON ADVERTISING. ADDITIONALLY, LEGITIMATE MODELING JOBS WHICH ARE LOOKING FOR MODELS CAN DO IT FOR LESS MONEY BY GOING THROUGH A MODELING AGENCY, OR EVEN LESS BY POSTING A MODELING JOB AD ON MODELING RESOURCE WEB SITE SUCH AS TAMPA BAY MODELING (IT IS FREE TO POST MODELING JOBS HERE, TOO!).
HOW DO THEY MAKE BACK THEIR MONEY? ALL MODELS MUST ASK THEMSELVES THIS!
COMPANIES WHICH PAY TO ADVERTISE MODELING JOBS MAKE BACK THEIR MONEY BY MAKING THE MODELS WHO RESPOND FOR CONSIDERATION PAY OF SERVICES, OR BUY SOMETHING. THIS IS DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING, BAIT AND SWITCH, AND IT IS A MODELING JOB SCAM. IT’S NOT WORTH RESPONDING TO, EITHER.
NEVER BY ANYTHING FROM ANYONE ADVERTISING A MODELING JOB! MAKE THEM CONSIDER YOU WITH NO OBLIGATION TO BUY ANYTHING!
SEE ALSO
TAMPA MODELING JOB SCAMS.

Models need to realize something about modeling jobs in the Tampa Bay area before they attempt to find and book them. The Tampa Bay area is a local modeling market, and not a secondary modeling market like Miami, or a primary modeling market like New York. As a result, the Tampa Bay modeling job market is a commercial modeling market, with the best work being catalog modeling (contrary to what some people of questionable ethics and questionable professional credibility claim, the Tampa Bay area is currently NOT a fashion market, which means that, unless it is a paid modeling job, that you’re not going to find many runway modeling or fashion editorial modeling jobs in this market. We might eventually get there, but it will be a while, and we’ll be sure to let you know when it happens). Since this is a weaker modeling job market, models need to realize that, as of early 2011, the most common type of modeling scam is a modeling job scam.
Modeling job scams can be done with real modeling jobs, or ones which are fake. These modeling jobs are advertised, often in the newspaper, on the radio, on Internet job web sites, and even on television. The modeling job is used as bait to get models and aspiring models to contact the business advertising the modeling job. The models are then sold services of low quality and high price, and are required to buy those services in order to be considered for the job.
What makes it a modeling scam is that they use deceptive advertising to trick people into contacting them. If the job is made up, it can be explained, after the model has paid for the services, that the job had either booked out, or that they are not right for it; the model being promised that the will be considered for the next modeling job, which never seems to come. If the modeling job is real, it often is not worth it, with low to no pay for the model, as well as high risk. Even if the modeling job is worthwhile, with fair to great pay, and low risk, the model being forced to buy something in order to be considered for the modeling job make it a scam, too.
There must never be any requirement to buy anything in order to be considered for ANY job, modeling or otherwise. This keeps it legitimate, and the model can be sure that the motivation of the company doing the modeling job is exactly as it is presented. Even if the model has no business trying to book a modeling job, and the model does not have the right modeling portfolio, composite cards, and other modeling tools to book a job, they still must be considered without being obligated to buy anything!
If models are in need of modeling portfolios, composite cards, and other modeling career tools, invest in those services from a legitimate professional, or a company, which is honest about what they are in business to do. Invest in those services from a company which does not advertise modeling jobs!
Additionally, many of these modeling job advertisements claim that no modeling experience is needed to book the modeling jobs. This is different from being considered. No legitimate modeling job is going to book a model who has no experience, or who can not demonstrate experience through a modeling portfolio, comp cards, and other modeling tools. Inexperienced models have no professional credibility!

PUBLISHED 02/12/11

UPDATED 12/10/11

 

   

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