Nicole Haakinson, Actor and Teen Model
“I’ll just walk in and see if they like me!”
Walking into an agency cold is similar to just sending in a snapshot in that the odds for success are definitely not in your favor and most likely this move will end your career attempt before you even get started. Sure, every agent has their success stories about the girl who just walked in the door and swept them off their feet, but I can assure you that this situation is few and far in-between. Let’s look closer…
Let’s say you’re a 15 year old, brunette female model hopeful and you walk into an agency without an appointment and without pictures. The receptionist sees you walk in and stops you in your tracks with “…sorry we’re only looking for blonds.” Or, “…the agent is not in now, please leave a picture and we’ll call you if we’re interested.”
You say, “…but I don’t have a picture to leave…”
And then the receptionist responds curtly…”oh well, sorry,” or some other dismissal rhetoric that they may come up with. In reality, the receptionist is not the decision maker but was told that the agent is not to be bothered because she is busy booking talent or swamped going through an in-box full of snapshots. Of course, no return calls are ever made to our model type simply because the right person didn’t get the information. As a result, our model hopeful gets discouraged and a potential career is dashed before it could even get started. Of course, this is rather simplistic but you get the idea. Now let’s turn things around…
Nicole’s Full Length Sitting
Our brunette model type has her portfolio shot at Empire West Studios (EWS). She is trained on how to make exciting, energy driven photographs that show agents what they need to see in order to make a decision. She is also counseled on agency protocol with over 47 years of combined Empire West experience. We then produce and design her portfolio to showcase her talent to impress these agents. At the same time she e-mails her photos with a cover letter to the same agents. Cross-marketing, so to speak. Once interest has been established, our young ingenue has proven that she can model better than most before she even walks through the door and she has an appointment to see the interested agents. She’ll need to sell herself in person but her EWS portfolio will do most of the talking! Which way would you rather do it?
Only go into a prospective agent’s office professionally prepared with a great portfolio and with an appointment if you really want results. So visit our website at http://www.EmpireWestStudios.com and call 480-303-9359 to set up your free consultation.
Nicole’s Full Length Montage
No matter what you’ve read or have been told, don’t send in snapshots to prospective agents! You may end your career before you even start. Sarah Harris from British Vogue writes,
“Suddenly everyone wants to be a model. Storm’s inbox currently totals some 2,000 snapshots of hopefuls of which 10 will be called into the office, most of whom won’t be signed (via this process, an average of three girls are taken on by Storm every year). This gig is aneedle-in-a-haystack opportunity.”
Marketing 101 dictates that you need to separate yourself from the snapshot pack to get real results…not just get lost in the shuffle. Even if you do get an agent with a snapshot, you’ll still need to spend up to a year or more “testing” with photographers who are just learning themselves and if you don’t pull your book together in a timely manner the agency may lose interest and drop you. The best approach, if you meet the physical and/or talent qualifications, is to get professional photos of yourself made in a candid and natural style from an accomplished Model & Talent Photography studio and then approach the agencies “client ready.”
Taryn Bentler Model, 3/4 Shot
Empire West Studios specializes in outstanding Model & Talent Photography for Children, Teens, and Adults. Our method of shooting is a non-contrived, action packed, studio based style that we call Performance Photography which focuses on movement and expression and is designed to show off a model or actor’s talent. For additional information and to see samples of our work, please visit our website at http://www.EmpireWestStudios.com. We’ll be glad to go over everything with you when you call 480-303-9359 to set up your free consultation. You’ll save yourself time, money and stress and have that WOW factor edge that will make the agents ask “Where’ve you been all this time!”
Taryn Bentler Model, Full-Length
We are very excited to hear from Deane Diez, one of our recent clients, about his current work. He states:
“I’ve done some pictures for sports wear (in Utah and New Mexico) and an industrial film for a ‘how to’ picture…Your action pictures of me, got me the still photo gigs.”
This is a testament to the Performance Photography that Empire West Studios uses to make outstanding model and talent photos. Performance Photography focuses on movement and expression to create photos that show off a model or actor’s talent. These unique photos are designed to help you stand out from the competition and get noticed by agents and industry insiders. With clientele ranging from New York to Los Angeles, Empire West Studios in Tempe, AZ is regarded as one of the best Model & Talent Photography studios in the nation. If you’d like to learn more about how to get your career started, please visit our website, http://www.EmpireWestStudios.com, then call today at 480-303-9359 for your FREE consultation.
Model and Talent Tip #6:
Why are Great Photos so important? Simply because Great Photos are the keys that open the door for you! Usually they are the first thing decision makers see before calling you in for an interview or audition and they must have the ability to immediately separate you from hundreds of other photos that they’re sifting through. And, if your photos aren’t impressive, you won’t get called in and you won’t have the opportunity to sell yourself with your talent or unique abilities. At Empire West, we make sure that you have everything you need to achieve success.
Taryn’s 3 page “Flash Mob at the Mall” montage is designed to capture an agent’s attention. Portfolios should attract attention and be entertaining to the viewer.
Nicole Haakinson, Actor and Teen Model
The days of the smiling commercial headshot as the sole ammo in a working actor’s strategic casting arsenal are long gone. A commercial headshot is typically smiling for a reason …it’s to sell products and services in the form of TV commercials. Thus the name. However, if your interests lie a little deeper in the TV/Film domain or in Theatre (say drama, comedy, stage) you will need to beef up your headshot arsenal in order to compete for the best roles. Martin Scorsese, the great director, said in an Interview magazine article…
“Sometimes a person comes in to meet with you about a picture and there hair is very long and they’ve got a beard, and you make the leap yourself and say, ‘OK, the hair is cut and the beard is off…Gee if they could just have helped us out a little by coming in looking a little bit like what the tone of the picture is.”
The buzz words here are, “…if they could just have helped us out a little…” The point is this, it is very difficult for a casting director, director, producer, etc to cast a dramatic role by looking at a smiling commercial headshot with commercial lighting. Marketing 101 says…Make it easy for them to choose you! You’ll need a series of headshots “in-character” for the types of roles that you want to play. In addition, the lighting and the wardrobe had better set the mood. At Empire West Studios all of our actors are “in-character” for their specialty roles with the lighting and wardrobe designed to complement. So, take a look below. We even shoot actor’s full lengths in-character, making knock out montages, twin sets and film strips to get the agents talking, smiling and signing! And yes…we do take pride in our smiling commercial headshots.
When we first heard about the Mission: Small Business $250,000 Grant opportunity from Chase Bank and Living Social we knew this was for us. However, in order to qualify, we had to acquire 250 votes by June 30th from people like you who believe in supporting Small Business. And YOU certainly came through! Indeed, with YOUR help, Empire West Studios qualified a full day ahead of time!
We broke through 250 on Friday at 5:30 PM. By the deadline on Saturday, June 30th, we had a final tally of 257 votes. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to say…THANK YOU. With the help of our supporters, Facebook fans, Twitter Followers, friends and family we reached our goal. The actual $250,000 grants will be awarded to 12 businesses in September but each business had to qualify to be even considered. Because of YOUR HELP and very hard work, Empire West Studios will be considered. Because of YOU we’re in it to WIN it!