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

https://www.curvmanagement.com/copy-of-bella-muller-book-2


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

MOTHER AGENCIES

  • Ophelia 
  • Ethos
  • Liz J
  • DMM Management
  • Nomad MGMT
  • Jones Model Management 
  • Spirit
  • Yanii Models
  • Zodiac Management


NEW YORK

  • Ohavana (NY & UK)
  • Long Island Models
  • Cleri Models
  • Ramona’s
  • Ef Model Management
  • Bicoastal Management
  • Bella Agency
  • Ursula 
  • CESD Talent Agency
  • Abbey Lynn BK
  • The Btwn
  • Maggie Agency (MA)
  • EMG
  • New Icon
  • No Agency
  • Dreamland
  • Fenton Models
  • Crawford Models
  • New York Models Mgmt 
  • STATE
  • Marilyn
  • Funny Face
  • Stetts
  • JAG
  • IPM
  • Women 360
  • Ford
  • Q Models
  • We Speak
  • Heroes
  • Vie Agency
  • JMB
  • Take 3 Talent
  • Dot Models
  • IPM
  • Dorothy Combs
  • Muse
  • Curv
  • APM
  • Role Models


NEW JERSEY 

  • Glitter Talent NJ
  • Meredith NJ


LOS ANGELES 

  • 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


PENNSYLVANIA

  • Reinhard (PA)


WASHINGTON

  • Heffner Mgmt (Seattle)


FLORIDA

  • Slate Models & Talent
  • Talent Direct
  • CGM Miami
  • The Source Miami
  • Benz Models (Tampa)
  • Front Mgmt (Miami)


WORLDWIDE AGENCIES

  • IMG
  • Louisa 
  • NEXT
  • Wilhelmina
  • 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)


List of Scam Modeling Agencies

I am so sick of being approached by scam agencies!

So I decided to compile a list of scam agencies which I will continue to add to. 


These agencies are scams because they require you to pay to join their roster, whether they use the excuse of website fees or modeling classes, and they also sell photoshoot packages (which they use as another way to make money). 


Website fees are not legit because, think about it, why does it cost $300 a year to pay to be on a website that someone else made and probably only pays about $30 annually -including their domain name- to maintain?


Modeling classes and coaching are a scam because the agency will teach about the business and the lingo and how to walk before they send their models to runway shows. 


Don’t believe me? Check out this YouTube video of HOW TO WALK LIKE A SUPERMODEL! (WITH NAOMI & GIGI!) By Loic Prigent

Gigi Hadid never got “coached”, Naomi Campbell learned how to walk from her mom, and at the 19:30 mark in the film we see Elite Paris models being taught how walk at their agency. 

And let’s not forget the whole point of a Mother Agency is to train and develop Models then get them signed to Modeling Agencies, for free!

And if you’re freelance and plan to stay freelance, all the info you need on the industry is available on the internet, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and in books. You just have to do your research. Or ask working Models questions!


Before you sign up for Modeling classes, ask yourselves, can I name a single supermodel who ever took modeling classes or had a model coach?


List of Scam Modeling “Agencies”

1. Barbizon - requires modeling classes

2. MMG - make you pay website fees & they make money off their photoshoot packages

3. Westhaven Management - website fees

4. Hannah Noelle - website fees

5. Couture Models NY (AKA Couture Inc NY AKA Couture Modeling NY) - they make money off their photoshoot packages

6. Country Girl Management - requires modeling classes

7. John Casablancas Models & Talent CT (AKA JC Models) - requires modeling classes

8. La Crème - modeling classes

9. Model Scouts - they’re not an agency but what they do is charge you to have them submit you to Modeling Agencies, something you can do yourself for free on every agency website. Furthermore, Mother Agents also do this for free. 


☆ If you have any more scam agencies to add to the list Dm me on my Instagram @VictoriaPousadaKreindler

☆ Also never pay for casting calls. Casting calls are free. Period.


Models.com is a great resource to find agencies that aren’t scams. Not all legit agencies are listed on their, and your experience with any agency will vary depending on which agent you get. But, not a single agency vetted by Models.com will ever charge you a dime for joining their roster!


☆ Click here for a Guide to Spotting Model Scams

☆ And click here to Report Modeling Scams to the FTC

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