Thursday, March 19, 2015

Social Media MAYHEM...

I have to post about this topic as I have spent 34 years in this business and social media has REALLY been the blessing and the BAIN of this business. I have a news flash for everyone: Just because you want to be a model doesn't mean you can or should be one. I know that sounds really awful but it is the truth. There are many things that I am not right this minute because I am not good at them. So I found something that I could do and did it. Just because people who don't know the business TOLD you that you should do something and you WANT to do it doesn't mean you can. Just because now you can set up accounts where you can actually collect money to help fund your dream doesn't mean you can still make it come true. 
The reason that so many people don't make it in this business is this business is BRUTAL. Not necessarily here in Upstate NY but in NYC and LA it can be especially tough. Every city has their type- do your homework (and know where the good info comes from). NOTE- if you are 5'6 you will not be a runway model in NYC. (I don't make the news- I just report it) If you want to share a story about ONE girl you heard about upon a time- great....we have all heard that story. It is not the real deal. 
Syracuse and upstate has a look- and it is MUCH easier to model here. Keep it simple- Pretty, healthy, no height requirement. age 5-85. 
If my poor eyes have to behold anymore HORRENDOUS "model" photos on social media I just don't know what I will do. First- if you are already a professional model with an agent stop posting all over social media. Just S.T.O.P. Your agent is putting your photos out there where they need to be seen- they will get you work.That is their job. Ok- if you get a really great new head shot and you want to share- that's fun. :)  If you are NOT a professional model- try to get an agent. That is how you get work. I heard a {not professional}"model" once say she put her photos everywhere so that someone from VOGUE would see them and hire her. I have no words. (and these photos were awful beyond human comprehension)
If you wish to get an agent you get one with GOOD photos- NOT photos of yourself looking ghoulish (to show your "versatility"- um, no) or 90% naked draped over a produce cart (to show your "sexiness, versatility and love of vegetables"- um no, no.) or photos of yourself consistently looking angry. (no one has ever called this agency and asked me for an ANGRY model. No and no.) If a photographer asks you do some of this silliness say NO. Ask them why they want it and what it will do to get you WORK and what kind of work that will be? If he or she looks at you with a blank look you have your answer....


This is real information from someone who knows. Like it or not this is information that you can make money on. The people that work for me DO. 

Thank you for your indulgence. :)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Did you know....

I thought I would take a moment to give a little FYI about AMS
Did you know? Every new AMS Model goes through a free 2 hour orientation/training session with us? AMS is a model management company that makes our money when our models get work by taking a commission. The only fee is an initial 95.00 to cover photo editing for the model's web page, access to our weekly private casting notices and our admin fees. It cost more than 95.00 to process one new model. AMS accepts less than 20% of all applicants because we only take people for whom we think there is work for in the upstate market. We don't make money from talent photos, we don't require portfolios, classes or comp cards (we actually have a template we provide to our models for FREE to bring to auditions!) Professional Modeling in upstate NY is an opportunity to have a little fun and make a little money....you don't have to get dirty and we aren't splitting the atom,..and it shouldn't cost you a mortgage payment to get started. :)
I have blogged and spoken publicly many times about how it shouldn't cost you a lot of money to start modeling. There are things you MUST have- you must have photos. Period, end of discussion. They must be GOOD photos. A terrific head shot is a must and don't skimp out on this. But if it cost you more than 300.00 for a photo package and you MUST buy it with classes or other things then think twice. Always do your due diligence when it comes to spending a lot of money (on anything :) but especially things as nebulous as getting modeling work. No one should be making you promises. All I can ever promise anyone is that I have the clients and I will do my best and that I KNOW the market already and my track record speaks for itself.
When something sounds too good to be true it usually is. If it sounds ridiculous...run.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Do you know how to like a professional?

This is actually from our AMS Models Facebook page and I am making a post out of it as it was viewed over 1500 times.
Are you submitting to an agency like a PROFESSIONAL? I am constantly surprised by the way people email us or they FB message us (WRONG!) about wanting to be a model. First- in the 15 years I have been an agent less than 10 people have gone on to be BIG things and I have rep'd 1000's. That is the reality no matter what you have been reading. The best you can hope for here is that you can make some ...cool pocket cash. So if you are going around town or FB bragging and calling yourself a big time model that's like being the tallest guy in a hobbit movie. Get over yourself. It is Upstate NY. Have fun, make a little money, be HUMBLE and be realistic ,
If you wouldn't send the correspondence to a potential employer in that fashion don't send it to us in that fashion. So that means use capital letters. (Yup, stretch that pinky finger over to the shift button), give us your NAME (so we know what to call you), your phone, your address (so we know you aren't submitting from the Ukraine) and current photos. (just so you know, I have been doing this for over 30 years. I know a shot from the 80's when I see one, and please NO SELFIES! Also-If there are bathroom fixtures in your photo you can keep them as well) You should use complete sentences and NO Profanity. (I wish I didn't have to include that last thing and I can't even tell you why I must- its just too unbelievable) FYI- the proper way to submit to this agency unless we ask for direct submissions is to go to our on line app on our web page. Happy submitting!
Additional comment based on a question: They asked how models are supposed to find info when they are lied to....and who trains them?
First this is largely an etiquette issue and transcends this industry. Professionalism is professionalism. ALSO there is a LOT of good info out there and a lot of bad. JUST LIKE ANYTHING ELSE. Often people want to believe what they want to hear not the truth. Research! There is no substitute. We live in a world of Google and YouTube. ..you should have started when I did! Lol. There is so much info at your fingertips but if you are gathering from non - credible sources you are subjecting yourself to scammers and bad info. I spend1.5 to 2 hours (for free) with every new model I take into AMS MODELS. Knowledge equals power and confidence.
This is also mostly for models vs actors. Acting is a craft and you must train and have a special skill set. ACTORS in my industry bring something extra as the standards are much higher. (I tip my hat to you...)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Tips for actors....4 free things you can start doing NOW to improve.

These are some great tips from Cathy Reinking a Casting Director from LA. I thought I would pass them along. She brings up some very important points like the fact that you need to be very comfortable in front of the camera to do well at auditions and like any other job/craft you have to work at it EVERYDAY.