How can I become a model?
Start by visiting our “employment” page. There are links to it near the top of most pages. Many modeling agencies charge substantial amounts of money to get an aspiring model started. NOT US!! It does not cost anything to get a profile established on our site. Often, we can even help with profile pictures and comp cards. Check out other sites for information on what to look for in an agency.
Why should I put up a profile on this site?
First, it won’t cost you anything, so you have nothing to lose! Second, when you do, we actively seek and find work for you. We are always contacting business, artists, schools, photographers, and other industry personnel to find you work. When you make money, we make money, so we have a vested interest in helping you succeed!
Do I have to have experience?
No. We welcome models of any experience level, including none! If you have no experience, we may recommend that you complete a few assignments at a reduced rate or even for trade (time for prints) in order to help you gain some experience.
Is travel required?
Yes. You will need either your own transportation or someone to drive you to bookings. If you travel outside the general area of your city, travel costs can be negotiated with the client at the time we confirm the booking.
Do I need a portfolio?
Yes. In order to be marketed either by us or by yourself, you will need an up to date, professional portfolio. A basic but versatile portfolio would have a casual head shot, styled head shot, body shot (conservative swimsuit or lingerie), a fashion shot (sexy), action shot, an editorial shot and even a catalogue shot.
Can I use my own pictures?
Yes. We will accept any professional looking, high resolution, copyright-released photos to create your profile on our site. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so they must be professional looking photos if you want to get bookings!
Do I have to sign a contract?
Yes. When we refer you to a client to work, you will be working as an independent contractor, not as an employee of Tip Top Modeling. As such, you will need to sign a standard independent contractor agreement. As an independent contractor, you will be responsible for your own taxes, liabilities, expenses, etc.. On the good side, you will be able to deduct certain expenses when you file your taxes at the end of each year. Please note that our contract is a “non-exclusive” contract, which means that you are free to accept work from others as well.
What if I don’t want to do nude work?
There are many, many genres of modeling, and only a few of them involve nudity. When we set up your profile, we specify the genres of modeling that you are willing to accept.
What if I don’t have traditional model looks?
Not every artist or photographer wants the typical model look. Sometimes, it’s quite the opposite. Art instructors often want very average looking people for their classes. Alternative modeling includes such categories as tattoos, piercings, gothic, punk, etc.. Don’t think there is no market for you just because you are different!
If you have additional questions that were not answered here, please feel free to call us at the number above, or use our contact us page (link above), where you can even ask a questions anonymously by not entering a return email address in the contact form provided.