Being a modeling agent organically means that you will meet interesting people along your career path. This can easily become overwhelming, especially when dealing with models. In this post, we will highlight some important strategies that will make your job a lot easier.
Whenever meeting new models it’s important to show them your personality. This way, you as a modeling agent can help create a professional relationship with the models. As a result, the models will feel more comfortable with you, once they get to see who you are.
Make small talk
We’re not saying that you should get up close and personal, but small talk is key. It ensures your clients that you care about them and are invested in their well-being. However, you should draw the line and not get overly personal because this can be deemed as inappropriate.
Get to business
Before signing any new models try and sit with them to discuss what their goals are. This way you will be able to properly guide them and help them achieve their goals.
Another great activity that agents can to do with new models is to get them to write down what their strengths and weaknesses are. Knowing their strong points along with their week points can help a lot, especially when helping them get gigs.
Dealing with models can be tough at times, especially if they’re not delivering. When this happens it’s a good idea to give models some guidance to help them improve. Having difficult conversations is never an easy task, but all ensure that all criticism is constructive.
Know how to approach issues
After talking about constructive criticism we should highlight the importance of knowing how to deal with issues. Profanity and unkind words should never be used when guiding models; this can easily affect their well-being and confidence. Part of being a modeling agent requires you to uplift and help out your models when they are going through a tough time.
While honesty is the best policy, always know how to talk to and approach problems.
Modeling agent issues- Dealing with difficult models
Undoubtedly some models may be harder to work with than others. It can easily become frustrating when dealing with difficult models that are downright unreasonable at the time. Here are a few tips that can help when dealing with difficult models:
Understanding their needs
Before getting annoyed, try and sit down and have a conversation to understand what their needs are. This will give you a clearer view of what their concerns are. Communication can change everything and can help out a lot when trying to reason with people in general. Use this tip whenever you have to deal with difficult clients.
Make them feel comfortable
Sometimes it’s important to make people, in general, feel comfortable. Try getting your client their favorite beverage when having meetings. These small acts will ease up the relationship and help them feel more secure.
Being a modeling agent requires you to work alongside clients. Get a clear idea of what they want and help them get to it. At times it might be unreasonable things, which can become an issue- our advice, improvise.
Dealing with inappropriate behavior
Inappropriate behavior should never be tolerated under any circumstances. Always keep things professional and if you are in an uncomfortable situation, its best to remove yourself from it. If a model conducts you in an inappropriate manner it best to stop working with them.
With that being said, agents too should always be appropriate. Making passes at models is a completely unacceptable thing and should never ever happen.
Our last words of advice
As a modeling agent, you have a responsibility to your clients and this should never be taken for granted. Always communicate and help whenever you can. Treat your clients well and you will reap the benefits and build a great reputation for yourself, which is ultimate. Most importantly, enjoy what you do!