How do I get started?
You can start by e-mailing a small photo (under 1 MB) to us with a letter stating your measurements, age, tel # or e-mail and your goals in this industry... or, drop by during our model open call on Wednesdays (new faces) or Thursdays (established)
How do I choose the right agency for me?
This industry, like many, is riddled with good and bad companies, so it's a difficult decision to make. When choosing the right agency, you must rely on their experience and connections and examine the success level of their models/actors and the clients the agency works with. You also should feel comfortable with the agency's bookers.
What are the requirements?
Typically, a female fashion model is 5' 8" to 5' 11" tall, size 3-6, and approximately 15 to 25 years of age. Male fashion models are 6' 0" to 6' 2" tall, jacket size 40 to 42, and approximately 18 to 28 years of age. There are, of course, exceptions but these are the general guidelines. Fashion models work internationally and locally in runways shows, showroom modelling, editorial and fashion print (such as magazines, advertising, and some catalogs), and many also do TV commercials.
Female Petite models are generally 5' 5" to 5' 7", ages 15-25 and used in commercial & fashion print and catalog.
Commercial models, females or males, can be of any age and any size and have more of a "real people" look for everyday product and service advertising.
Actors can be any age and size.
All of the above should be fit, have clear skin, healthy hair and good teeth.
Fulcher Agency represents kids starting at 5 years and most important to us is that they are not shy, can take direction, and have a great personality!
Do I have to spend a lot of money to be a model or actor?
Models & Actors are considered self employed and independent contractors. New models/actors are, in essence, starting their own business. When you are opening a new business, you must invest in that business for it to succeed... Photos, comp cards, casting website subscriptions, training (actors), etc...
If an agency really likes me, shouldn't they pay for everything?
This is a common misconception. Unless the agency is run by wealthy, kindhearted financiers, that won't happen! Many agencies have LOANED the funds for photos, training, comps and other materials in the past, only to get stiffed by the very same people they tried to help. Agencies are not banks and therefore should not be expected to loan money.
If a model/actor is serious about being in the business, need to be aware and responsible for their expenses.
Do I have to have a portfolio?
In order for any agency to start marketing you as a model, you will need a few good pictures in a portfolio. A portfolio is a model's book that is built up over time, not in one day! For fashion models in particular, it is a lengthy and expensive procedure called testing but is necessary to stay competitive and working. You start one with your first test shoot from a fashion photographer and slowly add to your book with more testing and tear sheets, over time (models print work that is 'torn' from magazines and catalogs they have done).
Prices for photo shoots vary depending on the photographer's fee you're shooting with, how many looks are included, if styling is included (hair stylist & make-up artist), and cost of enlargements.
Actors need copies of at least one professional 8x10 headshot. This headshot can be used for years, provided the actor's look doesn't change. Most actor's will also have a few other shots (business, casual, etc) to show versatility. Prices also vary (as per above).
Do I have to take training to become a model?
No, not for commercial modeling. For fashion modelling, also no... but it helps! Proper training can be a vital advantage in any highly competitive field and most clients do not want to work with total beginners. For runways shows, if the model doesn't know a proper walk, they will not get booked.
What about for acting?
Actors should always take training and usually do so all of duration of their career... especially if they want to remain competitive in the industry. Most top movie stars still train with acting coaches & dialogue coaches for upcoming roles and to improve their craft.
Fulcher Agency is a PRINCIPAL agency, so all our actors must have some sort of related training/workshops on their resumes.
Warning signs to look out for when selecting an agency:
"We can guarantee you work."
"We can do photo shoot right here, in-house" (shoots are done at a professional photographer's studio)
"You're exactly what we're looking for."
Kids do NOT need portfolios! One or two good quality shots will do.
Agencies NOT recommended by ACTRA: