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.... Or are they? Are fashion models needed now? Is there really a need for models to be booked into all these fashion shows that are supposedly being produced by so-called major department stores; stores who remain unnamed and which cannot be found? No experience necessary? These major department stores are going to book new models who don't have experience in their fashion shows? So, models are needed for a major department store fashion show? Models are needed for an upcoming calendar? Are there really that many modeling jobs with such a high volume that modeling agencies have to pay to advertise them? Are the businesses advertising these fashion show jobs real agencies, and, if not, how do they make their money if it is against the law to make money by referring models into the jobs that they are paying to advertise? What's the real deal here? Click the link to find out! Beware of modeling job scams! You will never have to pay for anything to be considered for a legitimate modeling job. To be eligible for a modeling job, you must be an experienced, professional model who already has a modeling portfolio, composite cards, and other modeling career tools. If you are an aspiring model who does not have the tools, you have no business trying to book a modeling job of any type. New models must invest in the proper modeling tools before they attempt to book any modeling job. If you do not have a modeling portfolio, check out our modeling career services. Please note that you are not obligated to pay for any services offered on this site in order to use our modeling job board or the Independent Modeling web site. Thank you.
UPDATE 09/23/10 - We have completed the layout and design work of the
new Independent Modeling site; you just can’t see it, yet - well,
maybe a small peek at the cover banner graphic (see above). We’re
just waiting for the new thumbnail array from the new Venus 3 Venus
Class Aurora PhotoArts sites at this point (although we will use
their thumbnails, our site design will be an entirely different design
class, a new Dominion Class, or upgraded Athena Class
site), and will put together the new site in a few days (we are going
to try to put it together this weekend, so that we can start contacting
companies and pushing the modeling job board - take THAT, agency bookers
- on Monday the 27th, although we could just take or sweet time, finalize
details, and roll everything out in October. The latter sounds better,
as anything rushed would have flaws, and no one wants that. We should
be ready to go on Monday the 27th, but we’ll take out time and build,
build, build, and then do a strong reboot in October!). Once Independent
Modeling is back up to speed, we will be using our format for a reboot
of Independent Acting, which will have an audition board formatted like
our modeling job board.
- Modeling Resource Site Updates. The new Independent Modeling web site
should be up and running up to speed next week. We will be using the thumbnail
image graphics which the new Aurora PhotoArts Venus 3 Venus Class sites
are using, and that’s what we are waiting on, although the design
of our new site will be different. Although an earlier post reported that
we will utilize the new Dominion Class site design, we are still finalizing
some details, as the new Dominion Class site may end up combining select
features from the Pioneer (Frontier Pop, Advanced Model), Athena (older
Independent Modeling site), Raptor (Tampa Bay Modeling), and Venus (Aurora
PhotoArts) class designs.
- New generation of modeling tools are on the way.
- Something big is coming, and we started it on Wednesday, August 18,
2010. Independent Modeling, Tampa Bay Modeling, Advanced Model, and Florida
Modeling Career will be working on a project, only identified at this
time as Project MD, which will launch in 2011, and change the face of
the Tampa modeling industry within two years. After that market is addressed,
we will go after the modeling industry as a whole.
NOTE TO OUR READERS:
As of August 18, 2010, we are working on a new, finalized Independent
Modeling site. This site will be a reboot of the Athena Class site, and
will be a combination of a Pioneer Class (Frontier Pop, Advanced
Model) and Venus Class (Aurora PhotoArts) site. It will be similar
to the current site, except the layout will be upgraded.
UPDATING - RISK ANALYSIS SYSTEM (RAS): PROFESSIONAL CREDIBILITY ASSESSMENT FOR MODELING JOBS SEEKING MODELS
PENDING - MODELING PAY VOUCHERS AND OTHER NEW TOOLS
PENDING - MODELING LETTERS (MAIL BAG) ON ADVANCED MODEL
PENDING - SECOND GENERATION MODELING SCAM ANALYSIS DATABASE WITH NEW SCAM-FIGHTING TOOLS AND A SCENARIO-BASED FRONT-END FOR ACTIVITY PATTERN ASSESSMENT.
Will there be a revolution in the modeling industry in 2010?
12/30/2009 / UPDATED 05/20/10 - Well, it's no secret.
Since Independent Modeling launched in 2001 as Tampa Bay Independent Model,
we’ve been working on the foundation for the next modeling industry,
trying out new ideas, and refining the ones that worked. Some ideas, such
as the Professional Modeling Industry Reference Bureau Database (PMB),
did not work very well, since it was a centralized database of opinions
and references. Others, such as our new Risk Analysis System (RAS), have
been proven to work, don’t rely upon a database, and are highly
effective. The RAS will prove to be highly effective against anyone who
does not invest in their career, too, and should cripple TFP used by new
models and photographers to build their portfolios, free online services,
social networking profiles used as business web sites, and portfolio networking
sites (If you want to build professional credibility, and want to book
work, you are going to have to invest in your career. If you don’t,
you will not be able to compete against professionals who have invested
in their careers, and we are going to make sure of it. If you don’t
invest in your career and use freebies, then free work is all that you’ll
be able to get; knock yourself out.). In its first two years, Independent
Modeling made a lot of progress, and grew. In 2003, the name of the site
became Independent Modeling, reflecting the domain name branding, and
this site had a lot of activity and updates until 2005.
ATTENTION ALL MODELS! Modeling job scams are on the rise, and they are dangerous! You have to have experience to book any modeling job. Anyone who advertises modeling jobs and claims that no experience is necessary either does not know what they are doing, or they are operating a modeling job scam. Either way, stay away!
Never, ever buy anything from anyone advertising a modeling job. You should be considered for the modeling job that they are advertising without an obligation, or pressure, to buy any service. Don't be scammed!
If you are not a professional model and have not invested in a modeling portfolio or composite cards, you have no business trying to book any modeling job. Do research and get your portfolio and comps from a professional photographer who is in the business of modeling portfolio photography, and who does not bait models into buying services with the promise of modeling jobs! Also, to avoid the possibility of a modeling scam, never work with a photographer who is referred to you by a modeling agency! Photographers are not modeling agencies (or agents), they cannot make money booking models into jobs, and no professional is going to work booking models into modeling jobs for free. Make sure that the photographer is honest about what they are selling, check their references, and make sure that you can trust them!
Modeling agency placement? Please! You can do this yourself, for free, as easily as opening up a phone book and contacting agencies (just get your modeling portfolio and composite cards, first, from a professional photographer who does not advertise, or offer, modeling jobs). A modeling agency is a modeling career middleman; do you want to add another middleman like the links in a chain, or go straight to the source of modeling jobs? Don't buy any service from any business advertising that they will refer you to modeling agencies. Modeling agencies are perceived as being a source of modeling jobs, so this is pretty much like a modeling job scam baiting in models with the promise of modeling jobs, and then selling them a service. Only deal with businesses who are honest about the services that they are actually selling!
INDEPENDENT MODELS HAVE THE ADVANTAGE IN MODELING
By Independent Modeling Director C. A. Passinault
Independent modeling is not Internet modeling. Agency models are limited.
The modeling agency way is no longer the only way in modeling.
The truth about modeling will set you free. The independent model has an advantage over models who choose to be limited and blindly led by modeling and talent agencies.
Published 04/16/09 - Revised 04/25/09
What exactly is an "Independent model"? What is modeling?
Those are good questions. We will start out by stating what Independent modeling is not. Independent modeling is NOT Internet modeling, and don't get confused about that. There is a big difference. Independent models are professional models who think for themselves, manage their own careers, and have a massive career advantage over the typical old-modeling industry model who allows themselves to be blindly led by a modeling and talent agency. Independent models are smarter, and highly respected, because they educate themselves on how the modeling industry used to work, and how it works today. Independent models are not dependent upon modeling agencies, or on the Internet, to book modeling jobs. Independent models know more on how to find modeling job leads than most modeling agency bookers, which isn't saying much because anyone can do what a booker does.
There is no difference between land-based (i.e. agency represented) and online models in the realm of the independent model. The Internet, much like modeling agencies, is but one of many sources of modeling job leads and modeling marketing available to the independent model. The independent model is not dependent on the Internet or modeling agencies to obtain modeling job leads and to book work, and can work their modeling careers without either one, if necessary. Independent models can manage their own careers, find modeling job leads, and book modeling jobs on their own even if there was not an Internet. The Internet, however, is a tool in their professional arsenal which makes their modeling career easier, but that modeling career is, by no means, dependent upon the Internet. Independent models could have managed their own modeling careers back in the 1960's if they had realized that they could, and a few did. Most models, unfortunately, were purposely kept ignorant by the modeling agencies and the old modeling industry, and as a result, they were dependent upon it and controlled by the people who were supposed to be working for them.
NO MORE! The back of the old modeling industry has been broken! Models have woken up, have declared their independence, and are no longer limited by modeling agencies and the old modeling industry.
Is Independent Modeling against modeling and talent agencies? Are independent models against modeling and talent agencies? Not at all. A professional modeling and talent agency is a legitimate part of the modeling industry, as long as they know their proper place and do not overstep their bounds. A modeling and talent agency only makes money by referring models into jobs. They work for the models, and not the other way around. A modeling and talent agency should never attempt to manage the careers of the model who they represent, and have no right to tell models what to do, as this is a working conflict of interest. How so? Modeling and talent agencies represent more than one model. They work for more than one model. Those models compete against each other for the same modeling jobs. It is a conflict of interest for a modeling agency to manage the careers of models who compete against each other, as it opens the door to manipulative practices and shady politics. How would you feel if you has a salesperson selling you, as well as your competition? Unacceptable? Of course it isn't acceptable! Yet, it was accepted for decades because models were brainwashed into thinking that going through a modeling agency was the only legitimate way to have a modeling career. We're too smart to accept that today, and so are you.
Modeling and talent
agencies work for the model who they represent, wether they are models
who choose to be dependent upon an agency, or the smarter independent
models. They should only be used as a source of modeling jobs, and nothing
more. Independent models are smart enough to obtain representation from
multiple modeling agencies, too, and do not allow themselves to be limited
by exclusive representation agreements. Independent models are also wise
enough to avoid modeling agency scams, photo mills, and other potential
conflicts of interest by shopping around for the tools that their modeling
careers require. They do not depend upon agency referals for photographers
and composite cards. Why? Because they cannot be sure if the agency is
making money by referring models to these services, and if that proves
to be the case, the agency may be more motivated to sell services to models
instead of finding them legitimate modeling job leads. So, the modeling
and talent agency states that they have all the contacts and that models
don't know what they are doing? Are you going to accept being insulted?
A modeling and talent agency is merely
a glorified temp agency. In the business world, temp agencies are looked
down on, and are not the primary way of landing a job lead or obtaining
a good job. Could you imagine the nerve of a temp agency if they told
business professionals that they did not know what they were doing, that
the only legitimate way to land a job was to go through them, and that
they would have to be referred to a resume service in order to get their
resumes done? Yes, it is a ridiculous scenario, but this is exactly how
the modeling industry has been operating for the past eighty years! The
modeling industry has been backwards in many ways for a long time because
of manipulative practices and people on power trips. The monopoly of the
modeling agency is one of the main reasons for the existence, and the
effectiveness, of modeling scams. For most modeling scams, the linchpin
of their operation, and the ultimate bait for them to lure aspiring models
in with, is the promise of referring them to modeling and talent agencies.
With the independent modeling movement in full force, and with many models
waking up and opening their eyes to managing their own modeling careers,
balance is finally being introduced to the modeling industry. Modeling
and talent agencies are being put in their proper place, as models no
longer allow them to manipulate them and to limit their modeling careers.
Modeling scams are finding it hard to lure in aspiring models, as more
and more people educate themselves before getting started in the modeling
industry. So, you'll refer models to modeling and talent agencies after
you take all their money and give them useless modeling portfolios and
composite cards? Big deal. We can find reputable modeling and talent agencies
on our own, thank you very much, after we shop around and find professionals
who can really give us the modeling portfolios and the composite cards
that we will need. Additionally, since modeling and talent agencies are
no longer the only way to work a modeling career, and they are only one
of many sources of modeling job leads, do you have anything useful to
pitch us that we already don't know?
Our modeling job board is now online. We still have lots to do, but are making a lot of progress. We are currently editing content, adding updated content, and are re mapping support files. Our modeling job board is very important to us, because it will help combat modeling job scams and undermine the leverage of modeling and talent agencies as the primary source of modeling job leads (although independent professional models are good at finding their own modeling job leads, and should never rely entirely upon a modeling job board or a modeling and talent agency for their job leads). We now have new checks and balances, concerning the modeling job leads on our modeling job board, to discourage our modeling job board from being misused by unethical modeling industry people, modeling and talent agencies, modeling and talent agency bookers, and modeling job scams. We have also begun contacting businesses who offer modeling jobs to have them post their modeling job leads on our modeling job board. These contact procedures submit additional information to modeling jobs so that they can help us combat, and undermine, modeling job scams. They will be checking the source of their modeling job posts in consideration of any model leads which their modeling job posts generate.
Our modeling job board is updated daily, and contains modeling job leads for models free of charge. There is no charge to utilize our modeling job board and modeling job resources, and it is provided with no obligation to buy any services or products. Because we do not manage models, we are not a modeling agency, and we cannot get paid for referring models to modeling jobs, all modeling job offers are presented as-is, with no guarantees. Models and parties offering modeling jobs assume all risks and potential liabilities, and waive Independent Modeling and our affiliates from all liability and claims of liability. Although Independent Modeling reserves the right to refuse posting any modeling job offer without reason, and we will not post any modeling job offers which are obvious modeling job scams, we will not assume any responsibility for any modeling job post lead published on our modeling job board. We have extensive articles, tutorials, and information for models on Independent Modeling. It is up to models to evaluate modeling jobs and to make sure that they are legitimate before responding to them. Independent Modeling reserves the right to post modeling job ads which are not actual modeling job offers (fake modeling job offers), and are used for helping models recognize and avoid modeling job scams (we will make sure that you know that the modeling job offer is a fake as soon as you read the description, which is accessed by clicking on the modeling job offer from the modeling job board). Independent Modeling will be posting made-up modeling job posts from time to time to help models avoid modeling job scams and to point out modeling job scams; in this capacity, our modeling job board will be an extension to our modeling scam analysis database, and will reference our modeling scam fighting resources.
On a lighter note, we are trying to get our modeling job board to a format exactly like the one described in C. A. Passinault's modeling series Born Beautiful, which was published under a pseudonym a few years ago on Independent Modeling. The new design on Independent Modeling supports that general format. We do not want to do a modeling version of Craigslist where anyone and everyone can spam a job board with shady job offers, or, just as bad, serve as a resource for modeling job scams which steal modeling job leads and then bait models into a modeling scam with the information. Our goal is to provide a modeling job board which is actually useful. At the present time, our modeling job resources already have top search engine performance, and our modeling web sites are easy to find, so we are now ready to get started.
Established September 4, 2001. Published and produced in Tampa, Florida. Modeling resource site director is modeling expert C. A. Passinault.
Independent Modeling - For models, photographers, and the businesses who book them. Affiliated with Independent Modeling.
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Tampa Bay Modeling - The world's best modeling resource site! Addressing the Tampa Bay region of Florida, this site specializes in making model portfolio photographers professionally accountable for what they do, helping models determine fair rates in the industry and finding the right deals, and fighting model scams. Affiliated with Independent Modeling.
Florida Modeling Career - Florida regional modeling resource web site. Affiliated with Independent Modeling.
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The agency way is no longer the only way of having a professional career as a model. There is no arguing against common-sense and proven business practices. Modern professional models think for themselves, network, and book work both as independent models and by using agencies as one of many sources of jobs. This is the future of the modeling industry.
This is an Athena Class modeling resource web site by Aurora PhotoArts, a Passinault.Com company. Athena Class 0001, commissioned 011213.1000 hrs.
Site layout, design, and web updates by webmaster C. A. Passinault and our team of professional independent models and industry contributors. This web site resource is dedicated to bringing balance and integrity to the modeling industry, and our mission is to help professional models, photographers, and the businesses who book them.
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