Actor Headshots VS Model Portraits

I hear a lot of people mix up these definitions so I thought I’d clear up the misunderstanding…

          Only Actors get headshots done. Models do not.

          However, both Models and Actors can have portraits done. 

Headshots are different from portraits because they show what roles you can play, they are either straight on or at a slight facial angle, they’re always chest to head, never just neck up, and they have a different function than portraits. Also, casting directors for acting will look at an Actor’s headshot along with their résumé. Whereas, casting directors for modeling will look at either you in person, your digitals, your portfolio (which includes portraits) or any combination of those items.

Portraits showcase beauty.

Headshots show what acting roles you could play.

(Or if your in business / real estate, simply what you look like with a trustworthy expression)

*Check out the “Headshots” highlight on my Instagram to see example Actor headshots!

My Actor headshot is the one in the denim, my Model portrait is the image in the black tank.

How to Choose an Acting Coach

A good Acting coach can really make a huge difference in your Acting career and development. 

But in the words of a Voiceover coach I once had “some coaches never want to let you go”. 

It is important to choose someone who is more interested in your development and willing to part without issue instead of someone who wants to keep you as a cash-cow. 

Before choosing an Acting coach ask yourself the following questions:

1) Do they have a plan over the next number of weeks, or do they have no plan with no concrete end?

2) Is working with this person going to help me develop my reel?

3) Am I being led by their low prices or by what they have to offer me?

4) Do I ever feel gaslighted when speaking to them?

5) Are they willing to do a trial session?

6) What skills do they have and what skills do they not have?

7) How can their skills help me?

8) Do they have any negative Google reviews?

9) What do others who’ve studied under them say?

10) Am I being lef by their popularity or by our chemistry?

11) How do they accept payment?

Why I Started Over & Joined a Mother Agent

Victoria Pousada Kreindler's profile on Curv Management NY (an agency dedicated to the development of Curve Models based in New York).

I am so excited to announce that I just joined Curv Management NY

Before I was signed non-exclusively to multiple agencies. But I recently made the decision to basically restart my modeling career under the guidance of a mother agency. Why did I do this?

1) I wasn’t booking, for over 8 months, despite doing TFPs, paying for Test Shoots, keeping my digitals, and applying for modeling jobs through casting websites and being signed to multiple agencies.

2) I didn’t feel the agencies I was signed with had the connections I wanted/needed as a Curve Model seeking high fashion jobs.

3) I never had a Mother Agent before, I just sort of jumped into modeling, so I felt like I had a lack of knowledge about the industry and understanding of where I’d fit in.

4) After meeting my agent for the 1st time I had already gotten a hardcore lesson on what I was doing wrong. 

      a) I didn’t know even half of the curve brands she mentioned

      b) I was always told I’d do well in commercial, so I thought I had a commercial look. But I don’t. In her words, I’m “classically beautiful with an editorial look”

      c) I had no 9 month plan

      d) I had no plan that included venturing to L.A 

      e) I sort of knew, but didn’t 100% know what markets I would succeed in (L.A, Miami, and London)

I knew that a mother agency had knowledge I didn’t. I knew they would manage my career far more than many typical modeling agencies would. And I knew what I was doing for the past year wasn’t working. 

My biggest regret about my Modeling career is that I started off applying to modeling agencies without first applying to mother agencies. It left me so vulnerable to modeling schools and coaches and left my education about the industry wholly up to me and my google/instagram/tiktok searches.

So, I know I sound like a broken record but, I truly believe that all new and aspiring Models should start off by joining a Mother Agency!

You will save a lot of time. 

You’ll save a lot of money because you won’t be misusing your time at Modeling schools and with Model Coaches. 

You’ll be placed internationally. 

You have a higher chance of building a long-lasting career. 

At this point, I’ve only been with my Mother Agent for less than a week and already she… 

1. Built my profile

2. Communicated with me our 9 month plan

3. Taught me about Curve Brands

4. Put me in the agency’s Instagram feed

5. Submitted me to 2 major brand castings

6. Sent my images to the printer to print my comp card

7. Ordered me a branded Model Portfolio book and printed images

8. Set up a meeting with me for next week to come into the office for digitals

9. Sent me a celebrity photographer to do a test shoot with and their price (we’ll discuss the moodboard during our meeting next week)

10. Is working cooperatively with my Commercial Acting agent in L.A

11. Sent me a welcome packet with a giant list of Modeling Dos & Don’ts and Modeling Terms

List of Modeling Agencies


  • Ophelia 
  • Ethos
  • Liz J
  • DMM Management
  • Jones Model Management 
  • Spirit
  • Yanii Models
  • Zodiac Management
  • Curv Management NY
  • Ursula
  • The FState


  • Long Island Models
  • Ef Model Management
  • Bicoastal Management
  • Bella Agency
  • Ursula 
  • CESD Talent Agency
  • Abbey Lynn BK
  • The Btwn
  • Maggie Agency (MA)
  • New Icon
  • No Agency
  • Dreamland
  • Fenton Models
  • IPM
  • Women 360
  • Ford
  • Q Models
  • We Speak
  • Heroes
  • Vie Agency
  • JMB
  • Take 3 Talent
  • Dot Models
  • IPM
  • Dorothy Combs
  • APM
  • Role Models
  • LA Model Management
  • Mavrick Artists Agency
  • Rage Models
  • Natural Models
  • Firm Model & Talent
  • Photogenics
  • DTO Models
  • Storm LA
  • Locke LA
  • Freedom Models
  • Brand Models
  • Lemon Lime
  • Dragon Fly
  • Lovestone
  • Two Management 
  • Minelli
  • Off Shore
  • WeSpeak


  • Louisa 
  • One
  • DNA
  • TRUE
  • Off Shore
  • Click Models
  • Fenton
  • Women Mgmt

Example Model Rates

The reason Models don’t publish their rates is because they change quickly as the Model becomes more developed/experienced. And they change greatly depending on the client. There is also a fair amount of negotiating that goes into the rates of individual jobs.

But this doesn’t help new freelance Models figure out how much they should charge and it contributes to the outbreak of Models, Instagram Models, and Brand Ambassadors being low-balled today.

I remember on my 1st go-see with a major denim brand -that I procured on my own- I was just starting out and was signed to a scam agency and wasn’t taught what my rates should be. When I told the designer I charged $150 flat rate an hour her exact response was, “you can charge more”. My lack of experience was made evident then and in the end it contributed to why I didn’t book the job.

There is a recent phenomenon of Brand Ambassadors, Models, and Instagram Models charging too little as a result of brands low-balling them due to the creation of Brand Ambassadors.

Even though Models and Brand Ambassadors are different professions; which overlap within the profession of Instagram modeling, they all are being low-balled. And they all deserve to be paid more.

Many Models complain that because Brand Ambassadors will work for less, they flooded the market and made brands uninterested in paying high rates for Models when they can save basically their entire budget on Brand Ambassadors. And this happened because it is a profession that the public can quickly get into. And the general public is unaware of Model rates. 

I propose a solution of teaching Brand Ambassadors, Instagram Models, and Models to charge more! If they can’t afford you, that’s it. Move on. This is the only way to reset the market and to get everyone paid what they deserve!

So to help, here are some EXAMPLE rates for a NEW (has worked for less than a year) FREELANCE Model working in NEW YORK. 

(These rates are not definite and should be viewed as a general example rather than an end all be all)

☆ When figuring out your rates you need to take into account your…

1. Years of Experience

2. Whether your signed or freelance

3. Location

These are example rates I found through a YouTube video. Do your research and Google more example Model rates. There’s hella stuff on YouTube!

(These rates are not definite and should be viewed as a general example rather than an end all be all)

An influencer told me this is how much she charges per post and I derived this formula for how much to charge a brand per feed post through her rates.

(These rates are not definite and should be viewed as a general example rather than an end all be all)

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