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What is a Comp Card?

Comp Card is short for Composite Card. It is also called Zed Card, Z Card, Sed Card, and Model Card. Whatever name you call it, it is the standard marketing tool that models use for promoting themselves. Its an all rolled into one calling card and business card. An effectively and professionally crafted comp card showcases the model’s best features to get that competitive edge. It is like a compressed portfolio, but much more inexpensive and easier to present at first time introductions.

Remember that the modeling industry is awash with models; hence, your comp card must be designed to attract and sustain attention. Your comp card should feature your most captivating photographs and provide important information, such as your current vital statistics and contact details. To stand out amidst competition, your comp card must have a collection of your best shots. An expertly designed comp card makes the initial connection even as the reader goes over just the written information. The reason why you need Comp Card Creations is to ensure that the first impression, is your best impression.

Provide us your latest photographs that should include one head shot and at least three full length body shots. Your comp card must show your best angles, but shouldn’t contain more than 5 photographs.  

How to become a Model?

Modeling is not only a glamorous career; it is also an economically rewarding one. No wonder, the industry is highly competitive. While models look like they are born with it, a big part of what you see on posters and magazines is a result of hard work. It does take a lot more effort than merely genetics to land that fascinating job.

Aspiring models might not recognize the need for it right away, but if there is something more important than inherent good looks, it is good health. A beautiful and healthy person has clear and glowing skin, lush and shiny hair, and a fit and lithe shape. Good health brightens up a person, and that is undeniably beautiful.

Your physique and height tell a lot about the areas of modeling that will bring forth the best in you. Consider what modeling type will present and show your best qualities and harmonize this with personal goals. Learn about fashion modeling, life modeling, and catalogue modeling. Explore how you will fit in any of these types.

Like any other aspects of life, knowing what you’ve got and recognizing your strength are the keys to modeling. Take a good look at yourself and identify your style. Then find a professional to capture your true modeling value into photographs. We can help you find the real pro in this field.

Modeling is indeed a career with multi-facets. You might have the looks, but to deserve the second look that will bring you to your dream job, you will need to be properly presented. The appropriate modeling agency will help you find your perfect fit. And if you haven’t found your modeling agency yet, there’s no reason to delay further. Begin with what all models start with, and that’s comp cards.

Modeling is a career. Like all jobs, it requires you to be professional, punctual, and well-mannered. You’ve worked so hard for the opportunity to be noticed. Don’t put to waste your lifelong work with one instance of discourtesy, dishonesty, or habitual tardiness. You will be marked by model agents and word will circulate. Know how to prioritize and organize your schedule. The information contained on your comp card and in your portfolio must all be true. Lying about your vital statistics or age will only cause disappointments for your clients and you.

The modeling career looks cool, fashionable and dazzling from the outside. But you know better than to think that it’s an easy job. It requires real input of standing and walking long hours, and rehearsing, performing, and looking good under pressure, especially for those modeling jobs involving TV work. Most modeling jobs, such as catwalk modeling, require younger models. But, as previously mentioned, modeling has many facets. It can be a lifetime job for some. Give your 100% and work hard at it. It will be worth your investment.

Looking for a Modeling Agency

How do you go about looking for the best modeling agency for you? You do not only invest money in modeling, you also invest time and talent. You certainly can’t afford to lose on those. A modeling agency is the bridge that helps you cross over from where you are now to your dream. Decide which bridge to cross wisely.  Make it your business to know how to do this without getting scammed. Here is a quick course on the DO’s and DON’Ts when you do your search.

Things you should never do:

1. You should never sign up with the first modeling agency that comes up. It is like shopping for clothes, you would like to find the perfect style and fit before deciding on a purchase.

2. Turn your alert level to “High” when the agency asks for an up front joining fee, scouting fee, or evaluation fee. Agencies earn an agreed percentage from projects they successfully negotiate for models. In no event should you “join” an agency that charges you to choose them.  

3. Don’t trust modeling agencies found in the back covers of magazines and back pages of tabloids and newspapers.

4. Don’t present yourself to modeling agencies donned with a modeling outfit and fully made up. Agencies would prefer seeing you in your natural form to see if you have the talent and appearance that they can build an image from. If you appear already “fully packaged,” it leaves them little space to work on and they may not see the essential “you.”

5. Know the terms that bind you in a contract. If you are unhappy about certain terms, by all means, do not affix your signature to it. You can ask for the particular term to be removed, ask for your attorney to look into it first, or steer clear from said contract.

6. Don’t believe claims by modeling agencies that guarantee you a job. The nature of a model’s work is unlike other occupational industries where jobs can be guaranteed. You will be booked for projects, but the first booking doesn’t normally come before several months of patiently waiting.

Things you should do:

1. Explicitly ask how much the agency earns out of contracts it negotiates for you. Modeling agencies usually earn a percentage of your earnings from jobs facilitated by them.

2. Ask about the past work of the agency. It is also correct to ask for clients and models they have worked with in the past. You may also request to see a sample photograph of models used by the agency. The sample will give you an idea of the professionalism this agency has in presenting the talents they manage.

3. Listen intently. If there is any aspect that you are not very clear about, inquire about it. Asking indicates your interest and sincerity on the job.

4. Use search engines and do due diligence in reading about the agency. If people were scammed, they are bound to talk about it. In this age, there is no reason for you to learn of a scamming agency the hard way. Just Google it!

5. Appear at your interview. Remember: No modeling agency worth something signs a contract without a face-to-face meeting with you first. If it does, you should be suspicious of it right away.

Sending your Comp Cards to an Modeling Agency

As mentioned earlier, comp cards are like compressed portfolio and business card designed cleverly as one. These cards do the work of making a marked impression of you as a model even before the first interview. After choosing the agencies that you believe will be able to represent you best, send your pertinent documents to signify your interest in joining their fleet.

The documents you need include the cover letter, your comprehensive resume, and your comp card.

Here are the steps involved.

1. Identify the modeling agencies that specialize on the aspect where you believe you have a good fit. Call or visit the website of the agency. Find out about important information, such as the name of booking agents and mailing address.

2. Write a cover letter that articulates in brief relevant information about you. It would be good to mention your skills and assets that correspond to the particular type of modeling you are interested in. Include your contact numbers and email address which the agent can use for setting up of an appointment.

3. Go over your resume. While you probably have a template, check for irrelevant information and exclude this. Double-check that you have reflected your correct and current vital statistics, age, weight, height, shoe size, eye color, and hair color. Customize the resume as much as possible. If the agency requires a particular experience and you have it, make sure it is reflected in the resume. If you don’t have it, then delete the section. Include modeling courses you have undertaken and references, too. Make sure to refer people who can speak well of you. There is no point referring names of people who may not remember you or remember you from a bad episode.

4. Mail your documents – the comp card, resume, and cover letter. Address it to the official name of the agency, to the attention of the booking agent’s name. If you do not know the name of the agent, it is correct to mail it to the attention of the “Booking Agent” or to the “Scouting Agent.”

These are just some helpful guides for you to remember as you take off towards fulfilling your dream in modeling. Best wishes!

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