Model Boot Camp Classes: A Sham?
I have something that has bothered me for awhile and to make it worse, it doesn’t seem to bother anybody else or if it does, nobody seems to be speaking up against it. Have you ever heard of model ‘boot camp’ classes? They are essentially classes that are designed to teach aspiring models how to pose, walk and act like a model. They are often a one or two-day event and cost between €150-€350.
There are a couple of problems with this procedure and as someone who was once naive enough to go to them (I was 14), let me just point out a few reasons why they are so ridiculous.
- €350 for a couple of hours, no lunch or transport included. Are you joking?
- Money is paid upfront.
- The agency only ends up representing less than half of the girls that go to the classes and if they do not take you on, you just gave them ‘free money’.
- Realistically speaking, half of the girls that go to them have no future in the modelling industry (for example myself, I found out too late) but the agencies never have the courtesy to tell these girls beforehand. I mean you’re a model agent, it is your job to know your market and whether you will actually be able to find the model work. If you haven’t thought about this, then why are you taking the poor girl’s money?
- Half the information given is copied and pasted from the internet.
- Let us be realistic, you won’t be able to train someone who has never modelled before in a couple of hours – it is not possible.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you or your friend, daughter or sister wants to be a model, please don’t pay these agencies your money unless they show real interest in finding you work and they can prove it. Do your research and show them that you know what you are looking for and will not pay any fees until after your first gig that they found you. I know the agencies will make a case of time and venue and so on but we al know that €350 per head is not justifiable unless you plan on flying in Tyra Banks herself to teach your models how to ‘smize’ and look ‘fierce’.
A legitimate agency:
- Scouts their models themselves or only replies to applicants they know they can work with.
- Does not expect 15-year-olds to have that kind of money lying around.
- Trains and prepares their models for free and will only take money for polaroids and portfolio building.
Now, I’m not simply hating on the industry, I just think that it is a shame that a model should pay to be trained before the agency guarantees that she will be signed. Please tell me I’m not the only one with this view!
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