Please Get More Specific

Guys, I keep getting the same questions every week. Can you critique my portfolio?

First of all, I haven't seen you in person, so I don't know what you really look like. All I can see is what your pictures make you look like. It would also be nice to know if these are your first pictures or if these pictures have been piling up over the years.

Basically, how long have you been modeling or trying to model?

So, I am just looking at photos trying to figure out what would sell you as a model. Help me help you by at least saying 'these are my first photos, what do you think?' or 'I have been modeling for X amount of years. What do you think of my portfolio?' Also, it helps if you would say if you have seen an agent and what they told you, whether it was good news or bad.

Knowing that information helps me so I have a better knowledge the type of direction you need from me. Regardless, I can tell from your pics and stats, if you are the fashion type or commercial type. Sometimes if I like someone so much I will say, 'why don't you have an agent?'

I will try to be more direct with my answers, more than an agent will. But you also need to be more direct.



Elyse Bigler (AM&T)

I am currently going to Southwestern University in Georgetown TX. I am studying pre-med. I am a VERYYYY determined person and have always been a "just do it" type of girl. I want to make sure I am doing all that I can to make my goals happen. I would LOVE any critiques or pointers. I will be in New York for most of July and therefore am also wondering if there is anything I can do to promote myself while I am there. (Of course I'll bring many copies of portfolios)

I also would love some help on getting agencies to still look at my portfolio past the first page where they see my height!

Thank you for the specific questions. You have a terrific commercial look and of course NY is a good place of you to go out and see agents. Right now you need to be doing your research.

Forget about going to any Fashion Agencies like Ford, Next, and Elite. You need to find TV/Commercial agencies to reach out to. Agencies like that won't be turned off by your height because you seem pretty and perky, at least that's what I get from your photos. In commercial modeling, it is all about personality.

Go to ModelWire's Fashion Directory and start going to agencies' websites. Find out what they are looking for: when are their open calls and if they take submissions. You may even want to call them and see if they will set up a meeting with you.

When you get back to Texas, start looking for agencies near your college. A lot more commercial agencies are popping up in Texas.




Please take a look at my portfolio and website. Let me know what you think. I'm looking for paid jobs but can't seem to find any. http://beretaybeauty.com/

Before you can get paid jobs, you need a decent portfolio. You are a long way from presenting yourself for paying jobs. You really need to test a lot more. I am not saying you are not right for this business, but your portfolio feels like you just started modeling. Though I was surprised you have a much wider variety of photos on your website's portfolio, make sure you share them on here. You should also start meeting with your local agencies, get their feedback and make sure they are Commercial agencies. Getting an agent is the key to getting paid jobs.



Khali Koleman

I am an up and coming model trying to work my way into the modeling industry. Is there is any advice you could give me based on my portfolio or any other tips you may have?

Also, do you think I have the look for modeling? What would be the best place as far as agencies go that I could go for? I'm from Philadelphia and a lot of people tell me there's not much here, so if I could ask for some guidance, it would be greatly appreciated.

At 5'9", you are considered more TV/Commercial than Fashion. There are quite a few commercial agencies in Philadelphia that you should check out, plus you are just a train ride away from NYC - so don't get down on your location.

As for your portfolio, I would eliminate all of those trying to be edgy photos. Especially this one:


You look scary for no reason.

You need a more conventional look - especially if you are trying to get representation. You have some nice and clean photos in your portfolio, like the photo I chose to introduce you with. Take more of photos like that.



Marina Santos

I am just starting in the business and there is still a lot I don't know. I want to get into "on camera commercial" and "hosting", but it has been very hard for me to find an agent/agency. Do you have any tips, advices or way you could help me take the next step in my career?

I like you and I think you have great Commercial look. You seem like you have a lot of energy, at least that's what I get from your portfolio. You live in NYC which is full of agents and managers that you should be seeing.

Have you gone out to any agencies? Let me know who have you met with in NYC. I would be very interested to know who has turned you down and who has given you some positive feedback. Please get back to I would like to help.


Heads up everyone, I will be taking the next two weeks off from the blog. Going to enjoy the holiday and rest.

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Have You Seen an Agent Yet?

There is a theme in this week's questions, and it is the question that I normally get; "Can you look over my portfolio?" I can look over your portfolio, but most importantly, have you seen an agent yet? Or better yet, have you tried calling them, scheduling an appointment, mailing them your portfolio or emailing them your portfolio?

I see a lot of people who claim they want to be models, but do nothing to make it happen, besides taking some photos of themselves. It takes a lot more than a handful of photographs to make it in this business. You need to see your local agents.

I stress local because every market is different and not every model can move to a major market like NYC or LA and make it. Start where you are. Seek out the advice of a local agency; see if you can branch out from there.



I would be interested in having you look at my portfolio. Any suggestions to book better work would be great!


Do you have an agent? You should!

Your look is very edgy/editorial and I love the pics you have in your book. You asked me, "how to book better work." My suggestion is for you to take some photos of yourself less edgy more commercial, if that is possible.

Whenever you are seeking representation, you don't want to pinhole yourself with one look. You want to show that you can appeal to both markets - especially in today's market. Clients tend to type cast and say, 'You are too editorial.' You have to prove that you are versatile, that you can adjust your look.

Nikki Stein

I am new into the modeling world- so if you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!


First of all, you have great eyes!

You have a great look for TV and commercial print modeling. You moving to LA in August puts you in a good place. Be aware that the competition is tough out there. You will need more of a variety of pics. You should be continually testing, adding and deleting from your book. Plus, you will have to work on your acting skills in order to compete in this market.



What's your advice for me? I would love to be a model, but the problem is I live in Tucson, AZ.


You have a good look, but you live outside of any major markets except for Phoenix. You need more photos - more fashion photos. Take some photos of yourself in suits and get out of those sneakers. If you want this career, then you need to hook up with some professionals on MWN and get going!


Ali Moss

Hi Joey, have a look at my portfolio. I would love your advice!


I can't believe you don't have an agent; you must have, you have a great look and your photos work!

The only ones I would possibly eliminate are the pics of you with all the other girls. They only show off your legs and you have better single shots that do that. Plus this portfolio is yours, so make the focus yourself.

I would also take out these:

Ali_2 Ali_3

You have three photos with that same dress and the same background and these two are not as strong as the other one.

You can leave this one in, but would say take it out.


Replace those photos with some new ones, of you in more sporty attire and throw some business attire in there in as well. Then get to LA and find an agent!


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Nobody Knows What It’s All About

Everyone thinks they can be a model or that they already are one. Even my four year daughter wants to be a model, but she and everyone else has no idea what it's all about. Instead, they get themselves to believe that they have it. It is not up to them to say they have it. It is up to an agent to say yes or no. If it is a no, they will say you're not right for them by saying, 'You're too commercial, too editorial, you're too this, or you're too that,' when they should say, you're not right for this business.

Obviously, if one agent says no, don't be discouraged - you need a few more opinions. It is in the eyes of an agent who tells you if you are in or not, and their eyes are dictated by the "business". All agents have an idea of whose going to make it and who's not. That's why you have to go to more than just one.

When starting out, you need to really ask yourself who you are, not who you think you are. See if you are really fit for this business. Everyone who is 5'1" thinks they are 5'9". Come on guys, let's be real! I am not saying that the real image of themselves could not work in this business, but their alter image is definitely not going to work, because no one else can see it.

Take a good look at yourself. See what your positives and your negatives are and work with that.


Robert Braggs III

Any advice you can give me based on my profile?


You have a good look, but you need more of a variety of photos in your portfolio. The photos you currently have could get you in the door of an agent in your local market, which is a good start. You also need to have more of a variety in your book. Show everyone how serious you are. Work with different photographers who are on MWN, show the agencies that you can work with multiple people and still get a great product.


Martina Andrews

I would love to get your input and advice on my portfolio and a good direction to go for my look and height.


You have a great commercial look for TV and print modeling. Your book looks really good. My only suggestion is your portfolio could use a little more every day type of shots. Get some business, tennis and some golf photos in there.

You have to want this and work at it, but I feel like you have what it takes.


Sierra Christensen

I would appreciate it if you could review my portfolio and give me some advice.


Sierra, you have a very nice look, more on the commercial side of modeling. What is great is that you already have a very good agent in Portland. Speak with your agent at Muse models - see if they can help you get more of a variety of photos in your portfolio. Ask them for some direction.

You should also personally team up with some professionals from MWN. The photos you have currently are all the same.



I am pursuing a modeling career. I have only had a little bit of experience with local photographers and a local online magazine. As you may notice once you have viewed my profile, I'm rather curvy. I would really love some feedback from you. Please look over my photos and give me some pointers. Truly appreciated!


ArieNess, you have what they call in the business an exotic look. Before you take any more pictures, make an appointment with a local agent in AZ, there are plenty there. See if there is a market for your look there. If there isn't a market in Phoenix for you, then you need to decide if you have what it takes in a major market and if you are willing to move for it.


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Meet our Featured Members for June 2011

Here are our picks for June's Featured Members!

I have gone into detail about what ModelWire Network and I look for when selecting our Featured Members, so I won't go into it again.

I just ask you to let me know if you feel the same way we do about these professionals, or if you feel we overlooked anyone. The ModelWire Network team and I ultimately pick out who we want to feature, but we love getting suggestions.

So message me or email support@modelwirenetwork.com about who you feel deserves to be on our Homepage, even if that person means you.


Lauren Jensen - Featured Model

Why Modeling?

I absolutely love fashion and what better way to be involved in it then to be a model! I also love the artistic side of modeling and the whole process from hair and makeup to the photographers picture editing.

Who is your favorite model of all time?

My favorite model would have to be Miranda Kerr. She's not only a sexy Victoria's Secret model but she can do super obscure high fashion ads and I think she's so naturally beautiful. I also really like how she's into helping the environment.

What do you look for when selecting a photographer to work with?

I usually make sure that they have a website and that it's of good recent work. In their email, it's important that they're nice and typed a thought out message and have some sort of idea/concept for the shoot.

What genre does your work focus on?

I like exploring all types of genres in modeling and fashion but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be more on the high fashion editorial side.

What is your personal style?

My personal style is laid back, but nice and thought out at the same time. I like finding cool pieces from thrift stores. Wearing legwarmers, riding boots, earth tone, and high waisted clothes. I would classify my style as urban chic.


Marisa Howenstine - Featured Photographer

Why photography?

I stumbled into photography while in my early 30's. I had an English degree and was in between jobs at the time. I took a few community college courses, hoping to find a subject that I felt passionate about, pursuing for a new career. Coming from a writing background, I took a photography class and was immediately drawn to photography's ability to tell a story in a single image. My photography reflects that; I strive to make provocative narrative with each image I shoot.

Who is your favorite photographer of all time?

Eugenio Recuenco -- I love his aesthetics, lighting, set design, wardrobe, models, and above all -- his story telling. His surrealistic, cinematic approach to photography is incredibly unique, and I respect the resources he draws from for imagery inspiration -- literature, film, art, etc. He is a master of research and pays incredible attention to detail, as reflected in his exquisite work.

What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?

Personality, first and foremost. They must have a unique look, but if their eyes are blank, I can't work with them. I particularly enjoy working with actors/actresses because my work has a narrative quality to it. Acting skills come in handy when modeling for me.

What kind of a camera/equipment do you use?

Canon 5D camera, Broncolor and Profoto strobes. I love light shaping accessories like grids, barndoors, Cinefoil, etc. One of my favorite lights to work with are the Broncolor light bars; they're great for edge lighting and creating dimension in the subjects you're shooting.

What is your personal style?

When doing production work, it's all about beat-up jeans, t-shirts, and worn-out boots. I'm not one to just stand on the sidelines and watch my crew work; I jump in and wallpaper sets if I have to -- whatever it takes to get the job done. While shooting, I love wearing clothing that reflects the tone of the shoot. For example, I shot an image based off a Greek mythological character and wore Grecian sandals and a toga-like dress on shoot day. During my off days, I love wearing funky clothes with an edge to them -- I'm always shopping at All Saints Spitalfields and often use their clothes for shoots.


Sabrina Ziomi - Featured Makeup Artist

Why makeup artist?

I became interested in makeup at a very early age, around 13 years old. I clearly remember my older sister applying makeup on me for the first time and been totally fascinated by the colors that up until then, I took for granted on other people. I suppose when I saw my subtle transformation it suddenly dawned on me that there was a whole new way to play with colors and textures. The crayons of my childhood had suddenly been replaced.

Who is your favorite makeup artist of all time?

Serge Lutens was one of the first makeup artists I remember being captivated by. Technically a perfectionist, he would do much more than just makeup, he would create the entire concept and later in his career, he would also photograph his wonderfully imaginative and distinct ideas.

What inspires you?

It might sound mundane, but art, in all its forms, has always been a source of inspiration to me. I see art in many forms, whether it's theater, ballet, the old Masters work or more contemporary modern urban art. A comic strip an object from a flea market or a swatch of beautiful fabric can send my mind on a journey of ideas.

What do you look for when selecting a model to work with?

Beauty, of course. But when there's that something in their eyes, that tells you that behind them, there is more.

What product can you not live without?

My favorite concealer palette; I can do a whole face with just that.


Michael Davis - Featured Hairstylist

Why hair styling?

I love being a hairdresser! It is creatively satisfying and because the industry is constantly changing it always feels new and fresh to me.

What inspires you?

I'm most inspired by any random wackiness I see on the street: it could be art, architecture or people.

What product can you not live without?

B&B Grooming Crème

What is your favorite project you have worked on?

The "Transformation of Asia" campaign for Vidal Sassoon and Proctor & Gamble in Korea.

What is your most embarrassing moment professionally?

I had this crazy vintage suit that I wore for some TV tapings. I had a vision and thought it was really cool - when I showed up with my suit I realized immediately what a fashion disaster it was. It was too late to change and I had to go ahead and do the shows with this multi-colored sharkskin disco suit on. It was totally embarrassing. Talk to me in 5 years from now and I might think it's cool again; time has a way of changing perspective.


Kelly Love - Featured Wardrobe Stylist

Why wardrobe stylist?

I always get told that "I can only pull the craziest looks together." Styling came natural to me since I was a kid at 9 years old. I remember going into stores and making outfits for people without even working there. I mean I was a kid and I really enjoyed different patterns and fabrics. I'm definitely more of a visual person.

What inspires you?

My all time inspiration is my mother. She's a designer of clothing, jewelry and accessories. She keeps me on my toes.

What is your favorite store to shop at?

I'm a thrift store shopper all day, everyday.

What is your personal style?

I'm the kind of girl who either sets her outfits a night before or the girl who rolls out of bed and throws on the first things she sees. How I dress is solely how I feel the day of. Most of the time I'm a mix and match type of girl. Polka dots and leopard prints can always complement each other as long as you know how to work it.

What genre does your work focus on?

I dab into anything and everything. I'm about being an artist and making sure I allow myself to get creative. Creating boundaries for yourself artistically is the worst thing anyone can do to themselves.

What is your favorite band or song of all time?

Hands down The Smashing Pumpkins


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“Making It” Takes More than Connections

I get asked a lot (in fact one member even asked me this week), "Do you have a connection for me?"

Yes, I have connections, but that doesn't mean a whole lot.

Connections may get you an appointment earlier than you would have on your own, but as soon as that office door is opened, it is all up to you. You either have what they want or you don't.

There a lot of people with connections, but it takes a lot more than connections to be a model. You have to prove that yourself.


Andia Winslow

As a newcomer to the industry, I am curious as to how I might best engage agencies as I am an atypical model - professional athlete. I also live in smaller market, Phoenix, AZ, that is not amenable to my look. I am African-American (mixed) with "natural hair" and I have a tri-athlete build. I am willing to travel for representation and casting opportunities.


First of all, have you contacted the agents in Phoenix? That's the best place for you to start. If you can't work there, then it may not work for you in a bigger market like LA. You will be competing against a much larger number of people. It is always best to start off smaller and from there move into to something larger.

Your pictures do not really do you justice - you need a head shot. You need more shots of you showing off your athletic ability. Like some tennis photos! I love this photo of you:


That really showcases who you are. Forget about those high fashion pics - more casual clothes please.



I feel like a chicken with its head cut off falling into these agency scam traps. Sometimes I feel like I don't know what's real and what's fake. I want an agency that is legit. I tried Ford and Nous and Next, but apparently, I am too commercial for them.


Kenmar, your portfolio is a commercial book. That is the reason Ford, Next and Nous said no is because, they are all fashion agencies.

And I have to agree with them, you have a good look for commercial modeling. You live in Los Angeles, so start taking some acting classes and start approaching those commercial agencies, there are a ton out there.

Make sure that before you meet with an agency and defiantly before you EVER sign with them, you research them. Find out who they represent. Do they have successful working models? What do people say about them? Because they are a ton of places that will just take your money, but only a legitimate agency will get you work. Look on ModelWire's fashion directory and contact the commercial agencies on there.




I would much appreciate you could comment on my port and give some advice. I just started modeling and I am not agency represented. I am seeking a representation, but I do not know how to start? I need your help.


With your height being at 5'3" you need to focus on only approaching commercial print agencies.

If you haven't already, you should start taking some acting classes, commercial modeling goes hand-in-hand with acting.

While you are working on getting an agent, you need to be constantly working on your book. You do have enough photos in your portfolio to start calling/approaching agencies in NYC, but you need to always be updating. Plus, you could use more lifestyle photos. Use MWN to find some contacts and start working with them.



I was wondering if you have connections that could help get me any modeling gigs or agencies to represent me.


First, you need more pictures in your portfolio. Connect with some professionals on MWN.

Second, connections can speed things up for you getting an appointment, but it can't get you the job or the agent. You will only get things if you are right for them.

Third, you need to fill out your About Me section. Help yourself look serious about your career.


Did you know that you can credit each other on your photos posted on ModelWire Network?

Make sure you are all doing this; I want to see who is working the most!


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