Modeling Advice News
I have been doing a little updating on the site. I ended up
with three introductions to the model info section. I hope as
I develop out the rest of the material I can rewrite the introduction
to a single one. But new material is coming.
New Year Begins
Got snowed in for New Years day so it gave me a chance to
put a few hours of up keep on the site. I really hope I can get
some time to update the material on the site. The current material
just does not weight the material enough by industries. I am
seeing it is key to understand the industries in order to get
work and to keep from getting ripped off.
Still Busy Times
Boy does time fly when you are busy. About all I can say is
the Modeling Advice site is still up, most of the info on it
is still good though some is getting dated, most likely there
a number of dead links, and I still hope to get time to update
and add new material at some point when the shooting schedule
slows down. But for now I hope that the information you find
here is still useful.
It seems like it went from a lovely linger Summer of shooting
landscapes and scouting locations to a Fall of non-stop work.
This is the first weekend in a month where I am working 16 hour
days (all product, none using model). But photography is like
modeling, when the work is available you go for it. The Modeling
Advice site has continued on while I was away but I have not
had a chance to make any additions to it. I have been collecting
more information on the modeling business from photographers
and from an agent at a top commercial print agency in New York.
I am still looking for a chance to add some new material to the
site but for now I am keeping up with emails but have not had
a chance to update the photographer link page (I have dozen of
request for links piling up). Site traffic has grown to over
15,000 unique visitor.
Last Warm Days of Summer
I am enjoying the last nice weather of summer before our winter
rainy season starts. We have three months of nice weather and
nine months of rain so when the dry season is here you want to
spend all of it outdoors. The Modeling Advice site has been left
on its own for most of the summer. No major changes but constant
little additions being done. Site visitors numbers are holding
at about 13,500 so some folks are finding the site useful. I
have been gathering a lot of good material for the site. I hope
I will have time to work on some major additions and revision
once the rainy season arrives. And I do have some editorial topics
that I would like to get on my soup box and write. But for now
the Modeling Advice site and I are just finishing up the last
warm days of summer.
I had yet another business organization (Options Talent) threaten
to sue me unless I took down links to sites that had negative
information about then. This includes several major TV stations
who did investigative pieces on them. It is amazing how searches
and Internet listing companies get so excite about just a few
links. Anyway, I took down all of the links and information I
had on Options Talent from the Model Scam page. You will have
to find your links elsewhere. I am looking to start taking donation
for a legal defense fund if anyone has a few extra dollars around
and would like to help. Donations will help keep the Modeling
Advice site up and allow for free speech to stay alive in America.
Or if any is an ACLU type lawyer and would like to take on a
pro bono case let me know.
Speaking of lawsuits there was a monumental class action lawsuit
filed by former model against all of the top New York agencies.
This one is big. If the plaintiffs win this suit it will change
modeling as we know it. This suit would put an end to many practices
that have become "standard" and that I have question
the fairness of for many years (like double dipping). You can
down load a copy of the suit at Model
Scams.com. If you want to know how the modeling business
really works just read this lawsuit.
I have been taking part in a regional forum for models and
photographers this past month. It does seem to be good place
for models and photographers to find test shoots and to find
out about what is going on in the region. I do not know if all
regions have as active of a forum but if they do and you need
test shoots or more info you may want to check it out. I have
added a link to a forum directory on the model
link page. Be aware that these sites do post R rated material
(Jane would say X but she is pretty conservative). If you are
under 18 you should view these forum with you stage mom or stage
All of this going on. And I was hoping to spend the summer
Site action is slowing for the summer. I did some rewriting
on the Test Shoot page to reflect some new info about and how
to find test shoots. I have continued to add and up date links.
I was surprise to find that modeling books that were available
through Amazon.com a couple of years ago have gone out of print
or have to be purchase through other sources. This will make
getting information on model more difficult. I have been watching
some of the regional model/photographer forums and they seem
to be a good place to pick up TFP test shoots. The forum here
in the Northwest seams to be pretty active and would be a good
place for a beginning model to get photo shoots. I have added
links to some forums on the Link page.
No major changes to the site just on going updating and tweaking.
I am currently trying to work my way through all of the links
on the site to be sure they are all active. Site traffic has
continued to grow so I upgraded my hosting service this month
to handle the down load volume.
No Major News
Things have been quite around the site. I continue to do minor
copy updates, link updates and correct spelling errors as folks
point them out (thank you). Unique viewers number continue to
grow slowly and this month it looks like it may go over 12,000
unique visitors. This also is increasing band usage and cost.
Fortunately, some folks are buying portfolio case and books from
Amazon.com. This revenue is starting to cover hosting cost so
thank you to all who have purchased. The Photographers
page and Testshoots.com
are starting to pick up more. If you need photos check out these
sources. As always I hope to be adding more.
Thanks for stopping by.
More small update
I have gotten on my soup box and added a new editorial to
the My observation page. I have continued with small copy change,
new links, new photos, and other small updates. I am continuing
to work on small additions to the site and will post them as
I was sorry to see modelscams.com go dark this last week.
I hope they can find a way to get back on line.
Since my last site news I have been doing a lot of little
up dates here and there through out the site. Biggest change
has been some up dated material on the Portfolio page and yes
I now have portfolios to sell. After checking out about every
portfolio I could find a new one came on the market that I thought
was a great value and may not be easy to find locally. I have
also added a link to well researched article on Emodel.com/OptionsTalent.com.
I have also add new photos and on the working the camera section
all of the enlarged photos have info on light set-up and how
to work it.
Tid Bit News
Two little bits of info I came across in the general press.
One, someone did some research on the average height and weight
of Miss America from the beginning to now. They found that on
average Miss America has been getting thinner. In the last several
the average for Miss America is 5'6" and 110lbs. At that
weight she is considered malnourished by the World Heath Organization.
This is the same trend with fashion models. So you do not have
to be anorexic to be a fashion model you just have to look that
way. The second bit was that the demand for Supermodels is going
down along with their fees. It sounds like when they can get
work they are only making $5000 a day. Also the big name supermodels
that came out of the late 80's, early 90's are all going into
their 30s and about at the end of their careers. So just as the
field opens up for new supermodels no one wants them any more.
This maybe a new discouragement for wannabe models.
I have added a new section on Comp Cards (zed cards). This
has some general information on production and on different methods
of getting them printed. This is in the second draft phase so
I am sure there are still some grammer and spelling errors, but
it gives a starting point.
I have had questions about model releases and I have added
a new link from the Photos & Testshoots section to information
on the Model Release. I have also added editorials on why it
is had to find good test shoots todays. I am working on a major
new section on producing comp cards that I hope to put on the
A New Year
It is hard to believe that the Modeling Advice site has been
up for two years. Harder to believe through all of the ups and
downs and lack of time to work on the site it is still up. But
I am pressing ahead into a new year with my miss spelling and
bad grammar. I just added a string from the former bulletin on
model searches. I have been trying to get to that for almost
a year. I am currently working on a new section on the ways people
get started in modeling. This should be of interest to a large
number of visitors to the site. More for myself I am working
on a new in-depth section on design and production of comp cards.
This may be of more interest to those who have moved beyond the
question of "do I have what it takes to be a model"
to those looking to find work as a model. As always many other
ideas for additions to the site but I will have to see what the
shooting schedule will allow me to get to. I hope we all have
a great New Years and can move on from the events of 2001 (what
Aaron Marcus Talk
I got word that Aaron Marcus, the author of "How to Become
a Successful Commercial Model" will be giving a talk (3
PM) and book signing on Saturday, January 5th at the Book Star
(12136 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA - 818-505-6914). If you
are interested in commercial modeling and are in the area you
should stop in and get the inside scoop. Mr. Marcus will also
be doing a talk for actors earlier in the day. Find out exact
times at www.creativeactors.com.
Mr. Marcus has the only book on the market about commercial
modeling and is perhaps the only expert in this area to share
information on this often overlooked field of modeling.
I have added an example of a comp card and some thoughts on
what should be on a comp card to that section of the site. Also,
added a new obseration. Christmas ad projects swamped me in October
and November so I have had no time for major additions to the
The site stats have been restored and are starting to stablize.
The site is running with 6,500 to 7,000 unique visitors a month.
It is nice to see the site is visited and useful.
I was back in doing some model test shooting this month. I
hope to added some new photos to the site in coming months. I
look to include more comments with these photos to give more
insight into modeling and photographing models.
We are having an Indian Summer so I have not yet been driven
by the rains to return indoor to my computer. Once Oregon's gray
winter returns I will have time to work on the site.
Summer - a wonderful time for taking pictures and working
in the yard. It has not been a time for working on web sites.
Hopefully as the fall rains return I will have a chance to work
on the site. I am currently working on updating links and adding
links. And of course watching how the fall fashion season will
I this case no news is good news. Things have quieted down
and I am starting to get back to normal on the site. I have been
able to plug most of the holes in the dike and I have added some
editorials to the observation page. I am trying to find time
now to add some new content to the site. Time will tell.
Looks like this site is becoming a victim of its own success.
I have been informed by my host provider that I am going over
may 1 gig down load limited per month and they will start charging
me more (can't afford it). So I will be stream lining the graphics
and moving some of the content to Modeling Advice's sister site
Testshoots.com. Looks like I just can't keep away.
With the loss of several extras I had for this site, a quick
run in with a model search attorney, and a growing shooting schedule
I am going to park the site for a couple of months. I had intended
to ad more content but I am now going to let the site stand as
is for while.
I have been informed that the message board service I have
been using will shut down at the end of the month. All part of
the internet melt down going on. I have lost my broad band service
and will also loose my site static service soon. I hope I do
not loose my hosting service. I will try to find another posting
There was a little excitement around the site this
past week. I had a couple of calls from Model Search America.
For some reason they were trying to tie the Modeling Advice site
to the Model Scam America site. I have a link to that site but
there is no connection other then that. They had a problem with
the way Model Scam America was using their logo. In checking
on the Model Search America site they failed to use the internationally
recognized registered logo mark and as such putting their logo
out for public domain. So don't know if this was a legitimate
intellectual property problem or if they were just trying to
such down criticism of them. At any rate it should be an issue
with Model Search America and Model Scam America and not with
the Modeling Advice Site.
I avoided putting up any information on the Modeling Advice
site about the model searches for over a year just to try and
avoid this type of stuff. I have had many wannabes and their
parents make inquiry as to if I had any information on searches
and the volume of these inquiries reached a level that I felt
I need to say something. I finally put some information under
the Frequently Ask Questions part of the site. I personally have
no first hand experience with any of the model searches and I
do not know if they offer a service of value or not. In checking
with ProScout and Model Search America neither are operating
in the Northwest so I have no opportunity to check them out.
So I have provided on the site was comment of others who have
gone to these events and links to sites that individuals have
set up to comment on various model searches. I hope a wannabe
will study all of the information and points of view that are
available and decide for themselves if one of these searches
are of value to them.
Being a photographer, I of course I think the best way to
get started in modeling is with a photographer coach, but I am
slightly bias on this.
Best of luck,
The story continues with Model Search America. I have now
been contacted by their attorney about this issue. Model Search
America's attorney was seeking information on the Model Scam
America web site. I told him I know nothing about them. He suggested
that I should disassociate myself from them. When I asked if
he was giving me notice that I should remove the link to Model
Scam America site he said he was not telling me to take it down
or leave it up, it was my choice as to what to do. I believe
this is a free speech issue and having started as a photo journalist
20 plus years ago and feel my journalistic integrity threatened,
I have chosen to leave it up with a bunch qualifying statement
around it. As I recall from my Law and the Press class many years
ago at the U of O, that reporting on someone else libelous statements
is not considered liable. Hopefully, Homestead, the host of the
site, will buckle under and take the site down and we can go
back to our peace full worlds and believing free speech is protected
by the first amendment. But if 60 Minutes can buckle under to
the threat of lawsuits there is not much hope for the little
guy when push comes to shove.