MODELING |Do you want to be a Model?

PHOTO: Robert Swinson

Photographer:Robert Swinson: Fashion Show Producer: Rose Marie Leo for Guido Lombardi/Ivan HO,: Model: Jasmine Chavez,:Designer: Alberto Sanchez,:Makeup-Christian Iles


We especially cater to the novice & semi-pro model. You will feel confident and eager to take your business to the next level. YES!! you will have your own business. That is why I am a “Model Mentor”. 

So, you want to be a Model. 

Many books and articles have been written on the “Principles of modeling”, and you can read them until the cows come home. I have found two (2) words which sums these book up, “Dedication & Perseverance.” Self discipline is a MUST if you want to become successful in the business of Modeling.

I have been extremely successful in helping models achieve their goals.

I offer ONE-ON-ONE, EXCLUSIVE coaching, answer your questions and putting you in touch with a real fashion designer who works with all types of models.

I have sessions that are available as a live video conference, or if preferred, via phone call.

Do do not delay.. Ask away!!!!

Tit for Tat….

Marketing– Become a Marketing coordinator, marketing manager and project manager, responsible for creating brand strategies, overseeing multi-media campaigns and managing client relationships. YOUR OWN.. You are the PRODUCT.

Freelancing– writing, graphic design and social media, business project management, accounting and web development.

Experiment with alternative work arrangements and keep your costs down while staying competitive.

marketing yourself, communicating with clients, coordinating projects, billing clients and paying your taxes. Understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Manage Your Time…

Work on multiple projects, competing deadlines, making scheduling and organization skills critical.
For those who have trouble juggling multiple projects at once, a better strategy might be to find one or two steady, long-term clients or get an Agent or Manager.

Set Reasonable Rates.. You are not a SUPERMODEL YET!!!

Don’t under-sell yourself either. T4P or Time for PRINTS… BLAH….. Don’t do it!!!! “Some freelancers put in more time than they’re billing,”.
“Be realistic about what you need to make to make it worth it.” 

Who am I?
2010 Fundraiser Event -inception to show, Fashion Show –Art & Culture Ctr. /Hollywood, Ramada Inn
2009 Fuquay-Varina High “Career Fair”
2008 Fashion Show-Voices For Children
2008 Miss South East Florida Teen Talent Judge
2007 Symposium- The Ritz-Carlton [Host]
2007 Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week [back end and talent]
2001 Boynton Beach Optimist Club, Talent Judge
MTTN, Inc., Marketing, Public Relations and Management Profit Contract work
Present Various clients.. I currently perform telephone consultation for e bay, Sales and Marketing
2009-present The House of Albert Fashions, North Carolina/Business Consultant
2008-2009 Liquidation Warehouse, Canada– Fashion Show/ Business Consultant. International
2007/2008 Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach, Viper Club of America SFR–Fashion Show(s), Palm Beach, FL
2002-2004, Marketing/public relations and promotions, West Palm Beach, FL
2002 Hot spots TV, co producer and Talent Management, Palm Beach, Florida
2002 Brown Press Photography, Talent Coordinator, Flushing, NY
2008 Cj Collezione-Business Consultant/Fashion shows, product development, PB, FL
1998 David Bridals–Fashion shows, Various Clients, Production
1996-1998 Perfect Wedding Guide Fashion show(s), Various locations, Florida
1996-1997 Fit for Life Health and Resort & Spa – Marketing/Public Relations, Pompano, Florida
1997 System One ATM– Marketing/Sales Manager, Placement of ATM’s , Miami, Florida
1997 The Grove at Turtle Run News Publisher, Coral Springs, Florida
1996 JL Promotions Director of Sales and Marketing, Dania, Florida
1996 Touch Miami–Sales/Public Relations, Coral Gables, Florida
1995-1996 Mirinka Cosmetic Creations–Marketing Public Relations, Aventura, Florida
1995 Aquatic Rehabilitation Center– Marketing/Public Relations, Hollywood, Florida
1994-1995 WSBH Radio- Marketing/Public Relations/Sales, SOBE, Florida
1992-1994 The Jewish Post of New York /Account sales, NY
1990-1993 Andrea Rose Fashions, NY-Show Productions, Product development, New York
1990 Picture Perfect Models owner, New York
Present E bay and all social media sites GURU
1997-present Notary Public at Large-State of Florida
2000-present President-Model and Talent Tactics Network, Inc.
2008 Business Advisory Council/ NRCC Washington DC
2007-2008 Vice Pres. International Independent Fashion Design Association
2000 Executive Director –Florida Medical Aesthetics Association, FL.,

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Country: United States

Asia: Would Travel
Europe: Would Travel
North America: Would Travel
South America: Would Travel
Africa: Would Travel


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Pro Status: Professional
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Paid Work: Only Jobs Over


The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Directors Guild of America

The Florida Motion Picture & Television Association

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Pictures Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada

Screen Actors Guild

Writers Guild of America – East
Represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new media industries East of the Mississippi

Writers Guild of America – West
Represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new media industries West of the Mississippi

Choosing a Union or Non Union Talent Agency- As a right-to-work state, Florida provides employers with a substantial degree of flexibility. While Florida should not be considered a non-union state, by state law employers have the right to hire anyone they choose, whether that person belongs to a union or not. At the same time, membership in a union cannot be a requirement for employment. The decision whether or not to join a union is up to individual employees. Union leaders eagerly support production and are known to be very flexible with visiting production companies. Production companies may hire, at their discretion, both union and non-union employees for the same production. Union members have the right to work as non union employees and many times will do so – but employers may still be asked to negotiate a contract with the union.

Union: Union agencies may not advertise.

SAG: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is a national labor union representing actors. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 actors in film, television, industrials, commercials and music videos. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. Please call the SAG South Region Office-305.670.7677 or visit (choose Resources-Agent Information) for more information.

AFTRA: The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a national labor union representing over 70,000 performers, journalists and other artists working in the entertainment and news media. Please visit for more information.

Non Union: Talent Agencies may advertise and have a different commission structure than SAG and AFTRA agencies. Most SAG agencies have a Non Union Division.



Actors and Models Actors need a 8 x 10 black and white or color head shot. Models will be advised by an agent what photographs will be needed depending on if you are a plus size model, a parts model (hands, legs, etc.), a runway model and/or print model. Don’t use “glamour” pictures.

Research your choices when selecting talent representation as they’re different agencies for the numerous industry careers. Some agencies only deal with models, some with both models and actors. Some even get more specific in specialty-type talent and only accept children or plus size models. Some agencies have a separate division for all of your choices; print, commercials, children’s, film entertainment, children’s parties’ events, etc.

Children, toddlers, and infants only require a snapshot with the following information on the back: Child’s name, D.O.B., eye color, hair color, size, parent’s names and phone numbers. You may choose to shoot professional pictures at your agent’s suggestion. (All entities working with children should be fingerprinted).

Extras only need snapshots. If your interest is to gain experience as an Extra Talent to then progress to a commercial actor you may choose to have professional photos taken.

Remember, modeling and acting are full-time jobs. Make sure before you attend a casting that you inquire about the Call Back Date and the Shoot Date. No sense in going to the casting if you cannot, upon being chosen, attend the call back or perform the job on the shoot date.

Visual Poise –Learn the models walk – Entrance into a room.

Wardrobe –How much do you invest each year on a new wardrobe? Your wardrobe should be an investment of good taste and individual style.

Make Up –There is no such thing as an unattractive person, only a person who does not know how to enhance oneself. We use only professional make up(available to students and public).

Hair Care— A hair expert will instruct you with a hair style that is right for you, your face and way of life.

Photo –Learn the fundamentals of posing and facial expressions– Once you have learned those fundamentals, you will always take a good photo.

Professional Make Up To help you look your best on the job, learn correct makeup application for all professional modeling, color film, black and white film, television, promotions, mannequin modeling, stage and photography. Only professional makeup is used in these fields.

Social Graces— It is important to always do the right thing, especially in etiquette. Good table manners say so much about you and make you a wanted guest. Also included is international etiquette and how to dress and behave in foreign countries.

Promotional Sales –It is not only important to sell yourself but also to sell a client’s product, including how to approach the public, improve knowledge of the product, and instigate sales.

Advanced Visual Poise For Fashion Modeling. Learn the grace and poise of professional models in your movements on the runway and off, as well as pivoting, coat modeling and market modeling.

Rules & Regulations Basic rules and behavior on jobs, working with others, care of clothing and business relations with clients.

Mannequin Modeling Also known as ‘Freeze’ modeling. Learn how to be so stationary that people are not sure that you are really real.

Reading Is your voice monotone? Can you read and look up to the audience at the same time? This prepares you to commentate for shows, TV commercials, and improves your speech.

Body Language –-Discussions on how you should sit – how others react. How to use your arms. Do you fold them across you body as if to say ‘show me?’

Auditions & Job Preparation Prepare for auditions and casting in class. Are you prepared to recite or place act on your own? What kind of wardrobe and appearance should be used for auditions, also what to be prepared for.

Professionalism Things to discuss and not to discuss on the job. Creating an image – from your first impression to attitudes.

Informal Modeling –Modeling in an informal setting, such as restaurants or functions – includes– description of clothing and the designer when a model is describing her outfit

Speech –Helping you to be aware of pronunciation of words and endings. Do you say ‘dinna’ or ‘dinner?’ ‘Goen’ or ‘going?’ We try to make you more aware and more careful of your speech.

Advanced Runway Techniques– Learn to move and model with different music and themes. Work as a team with many models on the runway. Advanced pivots and movements are taught. Mr. Albert is a personal friend of mine. If you need assistance with this.. Ask me for his number. (Palm Beach, Florida only)

Photography & Posing –-You must learn your own body style and movements when working as a professional. The photographers cannot train you. Learn how to move and show off your body lines and clothing movement.

Building A Portfolio— A portfolio is not something you ‘buy’ but a history of the model with different photo shots and tear sheets from jobs. You do need basic photos to start.

Bridal Shows –Techniques Includes bridal walk and how to handle long veils and trains without damage to gowns.

Business –Model vouchers and how the agency works for you, so that you understand payments, the rules of the agency and the models world from the business point of view. like how to keep records for deductions and expenses.


Accessories–Items, such as earrings, or handbags, which are used to enhance a wardrobe.

Advance–Money provided to a model prior to the completion of a contract. Often agencies will advance airfare or accommodations to a model as an incentive for that model to work with that agency.

Advertising Agency–A company, which oversees the direction of an ad campaign. Normally they are responsible for the hiring of photographers, producers, art directors, etc.

Agency–A company, which promotes models in exchange for a commission on the model’s earnings. Agencies usually develop their models by recommending quality photographers and helping to educate the model about the business.

Agency Fee–The fee an agency charges a client. This is different from the “Model’s Fee” which is the amount deducted from the model. An agency fee is usually added to the total billing of a job.

Agent–A person who helps arrange contracts and establishes contacts to aide in the promotion of models he/she represents. It should be noted that the agent works for the model and not the other way around.

Art Director–One who works on the set of a photo shoot to develop the overall image of the finished product.

Assignment–A job for which a model is hired. Also called a booking.

Beauty Shot–Generally a headshot, or close-up of a model, showing her/his true features. The makeup is very natural and light. The wardrobe is plain, and the background is simple and non-distractive.

Billing Form–Models use this to record the details of a particular job. Details include time started and finished, the client’s name, and associated costs.

Blocking–The portion of a fashion show rehearsal where runs are choreographed. It involves deciding where models will be placed on the ramp for aesthetic and lighting purposes.

Blow-up(noun) –An enlargement of a photograph to be used in a model’s portfolio.

Body Girl–A model that is promoted more for bookings that involve a stellar figure.

Book(verb) –To arrange for a model to do a particular job.

Book(noun) –A model’s portfolio.

Booker–An agency employee who negotiates rates and other details for models’ bookings.

Booking–An assignment or job related to modeling.

Booking Conditions–The provisions of a booking, which specify the terms under which the model will work. If a model is required in the booking conditions to work overtime or to wear lingerie, it often means the model will be paid more.

Booking-out (verb) –A model giving notice to her agency of times she is unavailable to work is said to be “booking-out” for that period.

Buyer–An employee of a store or boutique that is charged with purchasing clothing from designers. These clothes are then re-sold in their shops.

Buy-out–A lump-sum payment given by a client to a model/agency instead of residuals on an ongoing campaign.

Callback–A second chance, or occasionally, third time a model meets with prospective clients. Usually callbacks are a strong indication a model is getting serious consideration.

Casting–An interview/audition whereby models are viewed and considered for an upcoming assignment.

Casting Director–An individual charged with overseeing the selection process of a casting.

Catalog/Catalogue–A category of print modeling, which involves models displaying products with the goal of making the products desirable to consumers.

Cattle Call–A large scale casting where models are quickly reviewed and very little interaction occurs between those doing the casting and those being seen.

Catwalk–Another term for the runway used in fashion shows.

Character Model–Character Models can be found in all kinds of campaigns. Generally they either play they role of a well-known personality (such as Santa), or exude such personality that you can’t help but notice them. Being attractive is not a requirement for being a character model. Being memorable is.

Change Sheet–A large cloth put on the floor of a change room during a fashion show to protect clothes. It is also called a drop cloth because often during quick changes, clothes are dropped quickly so a new outfit can be put on.

Checker–The person backstage at a fashion show who checks the outfit and model prior to them entering the runway to make sure all the details have been attended to.

Check-In–The time each day (or possibly twice a day) when a model is expected to contact their agency. The agency then gives the model his/her daily agenda of castings, go-sees, etc.

Chromes–Another name for slides (photography).

Client–The person, group or company that hires models.

Closed Set–An area open only to those involved of the production of the image. Those usually allowed on set are the model, photographer, the photographer’s assistants, the art director and necessary stylists. Closed sets are primarily used for shoots requiring privacy.

Collection–A designer’s series of garments designed for a specific fashion season.

Commentary–The spoken part of a fashion show as it relates to the clothing, designers and other relevant connections to the show’s theme.

Commentator–The person who delivers the commentary at the fashion show.

Commercial–A division of modeling generally reserved for less of a high-fashion feel. It is usually more casual and relative to everyday living.

Commercial Print–The photographic use of a model’s image to promote a product or service.

Commission–The portion of a model’s earnings retained by their agent/agency. Try not to giveaway more than 20%.

Comp–A card or sheet featuring one model’s pictures. Usually a comp will show the model’s most marketable looks. Also called composites, comp cards, zed cards and sed cards.

Comp Card–A card featuring one model’s pictures. Usually a comp card will show the model’s most marketable looks. Also called composite, comp card, zed card and sed card.

Composite–A card or sheet featuring one model’s pictures. Usually a composite will show the model’s most marketable looks. Also called comps, comp cards, zed cards and sed cards.

Confirm/Confirmation–When a client and a Booker agree on terms, this is a confirmation. All the details are taken care of and the model is assigned to that particular job..

Conflict–This term refers to advertising campaigns that are similar in product or message. Usually clients will not want a model that has done a recent campaign for their competition. It is the client’s responsibility to inform an agency of the product and campaign. It is then the agencies responsibility to ensure there are no conflicts.

Contact–Another in a similar or related industry that may be a valuable resource.

Contact Sheet–A photo paper sheet that displays the images from a roll of film. It gives those selecting pictures a chance to preview the images before deciding which prints to blow-up. Also called proof sheets.

Contract–A signed agreement stating the conditions under which an arrangement will occur.

Day Rate–A price agreed to prior to a booking that encourages clients to hire a model for a specified period (usually 8 hours), at a price lower than the hourly rate.

Direct Booking–An arrangement in which the model is flown in for one booking.

Dress Rehearsal(noun) –A run-through of a fashion show before the actual event. Almost everything is done as though it was the real thing, including wearing the actual clothes from the show.

Dressers–Backstage assistants at a fashion show who ensure the proper care of clothing and assist the model in preparation.

Dressing Room(noun) –The backstage area of a fashion show where models prepare prior to the event, and get changed between sets.

Drop Cloth–A large cloth put on the floor of a change room during a fashion show to protect clothes. It is also called a drop cloth because often during quick changes, clothes are dropped quickly so a new outfit can be put on. Also known as a change sheet.

E-card/E-comp–A composite card designed specifically for marketing a model on the internet.

Editorial–A category of modeling or photography referring to projecting mood, opinion or storyline into pictures. The term editorial is very vague in definition.

Exclusive–An arrangement between a client and a model that specifies the model works only for that client, unless that client allows the model to work on other projects.

Expense Form–A sheet retained by models to keep track of relevant modeling expenses for tax purposes.

Extras–On-camera bystanders in a motion picture, commercial, or other visual media. Models often are hired in these roles to create a certain image for a scene/scenes.

Fashion Model–A model primarily used in the displaying of clothing and/or accessories.

Fashion District (noun) –An area of a city where fabric shops, designers, clothing boutiques and often modeling agencies are located.

Fashion Photographer–A photographer who is defined by his/her collection of work for models, magazines, catalogs or other fashion images.

Fashion Show–A staged show featuring models displaying clothing for the purpose of showcasing certain fashions.

Fashion Week–The week when the collections are shown in fashion markets. Larger markets often have fashion weeks in different seasons. The fall collections may be shown in the spring fashion weeks.

Fee–The amount agreed to be paid to a model for bookings.

Figure Model–A model hired because of a stellar or unique body. Figure models are primarily used to display swim wear, lingerie, active wear or other tight-fitting or revealing clothing.

Fit Model–A model around whom clothes are designed and/or constructed.

Fitness Model–A model with a well-toned, muscular body. These models are featured in such magazines as Muscle and Fitness, and Sports Magazines.

Fitting–A time prior to a booking when a model tries on fashions to ensure a proper fit.

Flat Rate–A fee established prior to a booking, irrespective of time and conditions.

Freelance–To seek out work without agency representation.

Full-length–A photo showing the model from head-to-toe.

Glossy–An 8×10 black and white photograph, generally of the model’s face only. It is used for marketing the model in acting roles.

Go-see–An meeting with those clients that regularly or occasionally cast (hire) models. As opposed to a casting, where a model meets a client for a specific job, this is more of an informal introduction with the intention of making a good impression on a client so that they might request the model for future work.

Guarantee–A minimum dollar amount an agency will assure a model will earn for modeling under that agency’s representation. Guarantees are most common in places like Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Hand Model–A model with exceptional hands, used for advertising such things as rings, cell phones or dish soap.

Haute Couture–High Fashion (French).

Head-sheet–A poster containing individual pictures of the models represented by a particular agency. Agencies send out their head-sheet to clients and other agencies as a marketing tool.

Head Shot–A tight shot of the model’s head & shoulders.

High Fashion–Upcoming trends and styles.

Hold–A request made by a client to an agency to reserve a model for an upcoming booking. If a model is held for a campaign, the agency will not commit the model to a conflicting campaign. If the booking does not work out, the model is then “released” from the hold.
Hostessing–A style of interactive modeling which requires the live model to draw attention to a particular product or display.

House Model–A model that works within a designer’s studio to display fashions to prospective customers.

Image–An impression usually of a visual nature, by which something is defined.

Image Girl–A model that is promoted more for campaign-style bookings.

Informal Modeling–A term that encompasses all the types of interactive, live modeling, such as hostessing, tearoom shows, or trunk shows.

Layout–The way in which photos, text, logos and other visual matter is presented on a printed sheet (magazines, catalogs, comp cards, headsheets, etc).

Leg Model–A model with exceptional legs used for advertising such things as nylons, footwear or shavers.

Line–A designer’s particular collection for a certain fashion season.

Loading–An additional amount paid to a model following the completion of a booking. The loading is paid for the use of the model’s image beyond the scope of the original campaign.

Location–In photography, meaning anywhere other than a studio.

Look Book–A designer’s promotional booklet to show off a season’s collection to buyers.

Loupe–A magnifying tool used to enlarge images on a contact sheet.

Major markets–Cities and regions where the majority of modeling work is done.

Mannequin–A common term in France for a fashion model.

Mannequin Modeling–Standing nearly still while displaying selected fashions as to give the impression of a store mannequin.

Market (noun)–Regions where a certain amount of work is done.

Market (verb)–To attempt to generate interest in.

Minibook/Mini-portfolio–A smaller version of the model’s portfolio which agencies send off to prospective clients in advance of a model’s travels.

Model–One whose image is seen as desirable and/or unique, and is contracted to draw attention to themselves and that which they are displaying.
Modeling Agency–An business that exists to promote models in exchange for a fee or commission.

Model’s Release–A form that is signed following the completion of a booking or photoshoot. The model signs this to allow the client the use of his/her image.

Model’s tote–A bag usually carried by models to their bookings containing tools required to complete the assignment. Items included may be Static Guard, a sewing kit, a makeup kit, extra shoes, and various kinds of undergarments.

Mother Agency–A Model designates one agency to be their “Mother Agency.” The mother agency helps develop the model and is charged with negotiating contracts with agencies in other markets on the model’s behalf.

New Face–A model just starting in the industry, or new to an agency.

Nude Model–A model that poses without clothes.

On location–Away from a photographer’s or client’s studio.

On set–At a photographer’s or client’s studio.

On stay–An extended period where a model stays in a market that is not their home, making themselves available to a variety of clients.

Open Call–The time an agency sets aside to meet with prospective models without scheduled appointments.

Option–A client’s request to “hold” a model for an upcoming campaign. A client may have first, second, third or lower options on models, depending on their campaign and which other clients have made earlier requests for the model.

Overtime–The time a model spends on the set beyond the negotiated period. Overtime normally requires a higher rate of pay.

Parts Model–A model that possesses something exceptional, such as hands, legs or teeth, which can be used for specialized types of advertising.

Petite Model–Generally regarded as models under 5’7″ (170 cm), and possessing a small frame.

Photo Movement–The process of moving from pose-to-pose in front of a camera.

Photo Session/Shoot–A scheduled time for the taking of photographs.

Plus-size Model–Generally regarded as models that wear a dress size of 10 or more, possessing a larger frame.

Portfolio–A book, containing a model’s best work from photo shoots or tear sheets. The portfolio is used to show to prospective clients, to showcase a model’s diversity and experience.

Potential–A term used in conjunction with evaluating a model’s ability to succeed.

Press Show–A fashion show put on by a designer to introduce media to their new line or collection.

Print–A photograph. The standard size to fit a model’s portfolio is 9″ x 12″.

Print Modeling–Any type of modeling related to the publishing of still photographs

Prêt-à-porter–Ready to wear. (French)

Proof Sheets–Another term for contact sheets.

Props–Items used in conjunction with a set to enhance to overall image of the picture.

Ramp–Another name for the runway used in fashion shows.

Rate–The amount decided between a model/agency and a client for the time a model spends. Rates may be based on any number of factors and conditions.

Release (noun)–A form that is signed following the completion of a booking or photoshoot. The model signs this to allow the client the use of his/her image.

Release (verb)–To free a model’s schedule from a prior commitment. An agency will put a model on hold for a prospective campaign/show, but will release the model if booking does not go ahead.

Reshoot–An additional photo shoot required because of unsatisfactory results the previous time.

Residuals–Additional money received by a model following the completion of an assignment. This money is paid based on how long the campaign runs, how often and where. Best to have an Entertainment Attorney review this before signing.

Resume–A sheet prepared to outline the model’s experience, qualifications, training and skills.

Runway–The area of the fashion show where models display the fashions. Generally the runway is an elevated stage. Also called a catwalk.

Roster–An agency’s list of models they represent.

Runway Modeling–Refers to the division of modeling involving the production and execution of fashion shows.

Sample Size–The size in which a designer constructs his or her original garment, usually to fit a model rather that the normal, buying public.

Scuba Book–A type of model’s portfolio.

Scout–One who is hired or contracted by an agency to seek out new faces. Often larger agencies will have former models living abroad do their scouting.

Season–A period of time for which particular designers plan their collections. The most common fashion seasons are fall and spring.

Sed Card–Another term for composite or comp card.

Semi-nude–Topless, or even completely naked, but without revealing too much to the camera. The model may be posed in such a way that not everything is revealed. Often seen in ads for body washes, leg waxes, bronzers, etc.

Sheer–See-through. A sheer garment still leaves visable that which it is covering.

Showroom–A room maintained by a design house to showcase their fashions.

Showroom Model–A model employed by a designer to stay in the showroom and display fashions to potential buyers/consumers.

Slides–A type of 35mm film housed in cardboard or plastic for standard sizing and durability.

Snapshots–A set of casual shots, usually requested by an agency to evaluate a model’s face and body-type. Often, certain poses are requested.

Specs/Speculatives–An assignment undertaken by a model and photographer, with the intention of selling the final product to a client. There is no guarantee of payment for either party. It is all speculation.

Specialty Model–Like a parts model — has a certain niche that makes the model more marketable in certain areas.

Spokesmodel–Usually an attractive and well-spoken individual contracted to work in public, telling about a particular product or service.

Spread–An ongoing (two-or more pages) feature in a magazine that follows a particular theme.

Starter–The person backstage at a fashion show who tells models when to enter the runway area, and thereby controls the flow and timing of the event.

Statistics–The physical variables of a model. Generally a female’s comp card will contain stats such as bust, waist and hip measurements, height, dress size, shoe size, hair color and eye color. A male will have height, jacket size, waist, inseam, shoe size, hair and eye color.

Stock Photography–Often, a photographer will hire a model to do stock shots. This means photographing the model with no particular project in mind. Make sure you read the release carefully. If one is not presented. Give the photographer one or ask for one.

Instead, the photos are put into a stock photography catalogue and clients, at any time, can purchase the photographs for whatever project they are dreaming up at that time. Stock photos are often used in corporate reports, political brochures, or on web sites that want to target a certain demographic, but don’t have the budget to shoot their own campaign. Models are generally paid poorly for such assignments, but may do well if they can negotiate a fee for each occasion the photos are used. It’s not unlikely a good set of stock photos will be picked up for a variety of projects in different areas.

Stylist–The person(s) on set who tend(s) to the model’s makeup, hair and wardrobe.

Swimsuit Model–A model with an attractive figure to model swimsuits. Height is not as important for swimsuit modeling as it is for fashion modeling.

Talent–The performing side of modeling, as in acting, singing or dancing.

Tears–Pages from magazines or other printed matter featuring the model’s image in circulation (as opposed to prints from photographers). Tears are used as proof that a model has experience and the ability to work well. Also called tear sheets.

Tear sheets–Pages from magazines or other printed matter featuring the model’s image in circulation (as opposed to prints from photographers). Tear sheets are used as proof that a model has experience and the ability to work well. Also called tears.

Tests/Tests hoots/Testing—Photo shoots that the model does to increase the amount of shots in his/her portfolio. Tests are normally done to give the model a different look than what can already be found in his/her book, thereby showcasing the model’s diversity.

Three-quarter length–A photograph consisting of the model’s head, torso, and any area below the waist, but above the ankles

Time-for-Prints (TFP)–An arrangement where a photographer agrees to give a certain amount of prints to a model in exchange for her time spent posing. Try not to do too much of this.. It is a waste of time and money. Always for some compensation for your time.

Tote–A bag usually carried by models to their bookings containing tools required to complete the assignment. Items included may be Static Guard, a sewing kit, a makeup kit, extra shoes, and various kinds of undergarments. (This is your “I got everything” bag.)

Trade Show–A show geared towards a certain segment of the population, containing booths and displays. Models are often hired as hostesses and spokesmodels as a way of attracting attention to one of competing displays.

Trunk Show–A collection from a single designer, which generally travels to selected stores that retail that designer’s clothes. Small-scale fashion shows are then presented right in the store, before the collection moves on.

Usage fees–Similar to residuals, in that models are paid extra depending on the amount of times their image is used in conjunction with an ad campaign.

Voucher–A form signed in triplicate at the completion of a booking. The voucher verifies the times and conditions of the completed booking. One copy is kept by the client, one by the model, and one by the agency. These forms are then used for billing purposes.

Wardrobe–A model’s collection of clothing.

Weather Permit–Conditions related to the weather that may affect a booking and payment for late cancellations.

Zed card–Another name for comp card or Zed card

GOOD LUCK IN YOU ENDEAVORS FOR WHAT EVER YOU CHOSE IN LIFE. IT WAS YOUR CHOICE. That is true freedom.  There is always stand-up too.

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