Q: How do I meet with an agent?

Carolyn's holds open calls for all PROFESSIONAL models and/or talent every Wednesday at our Mississauga Location between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
Please bring your 8x10 & Resume and/or Portfolio Book.
New Models & talent with no experience must book an appointment to meet with an agent. To book an appointment please call 905-542-8885 or email carolyn@carolynsonline.com
If you are interested in getting your baby into modelling please come to our open call every Wednesday at our Mississauga office at 1:00pm. There is no need to email, just show up for the meeting.

Q: Do I have what it takes?

A: A model must no longer look a specific way in order to succeed. Looks can range from character to cutie. As lifestyles change, so do the trends in advertising, television commercials, print ads and fashion. Socioeconomic trends plays an important role in determining which looks will be in demand. Model & Talent Agents decide who to represent based on their clients current demands. Judging an individual's potential for success can be difficult in this field. Often more important than any other physical feature is attitude, personality and a sparkle from within. This will inspire decision makers to book the appropriate model/talent. Everyone has their own look which makes them unique. The modelling field is very diversified and utilizes people of many different looks and talents. Persistence and professionalism are the keys to success.

Q: Do I have to take a course to become a model?

A: No but it helps! Professional training can be a vital advantage in any highly competitive field and most clients do not want to book a total beginner. Besides, the skills and knowledge acquired during training can be applied to any other pursuit or endeavor.

Q: What do Carolyn's Specialty Wokrshops and Courses Offer?

A: Carolyn's offers a variety of new and exciting workshops. these workshops will help you gain the confidence and knowledge you need to succeed in this industry. For a full list and explanation of all workshops & courses Carolyn's offers click here.

Q: Do I need to spend lots of money to be a model in Canada?

A: Models are self employed and work as independent contractors. You are starting your own business, therefore like any business you must invest for your business to succeed.

Q: People tell me “if an agency likes you they should pay for everything” Is this true?

A: This is a common misconception. If an agency decides to advance funds to a model for photos, housing etc, it is a LOAN. The models must pay this back whether the model works or not. If a model develops a track record of continual bookings and income, agencies may advance some funds. Carolyn's does not advance money to any new models.

Q: I really want to be in the catalogues

Catalogue houses use professional models that have developed to a professional level. Catalogue houses do not have time to waste training new models.

Q: Do I have to have a portfolio?

A: A portfolio is a model's book that is built up over time, not in one day. In order for any agency to start marketing you, you will need a least a few good pictures. For fashion models in particular, it is a lengthy and expensive procedure but is necessary to stay competitive and working. For some models, particularly those seeking work in television, fashion shows & promotions, A portfolio may not always be required. However it is proof of a models experience.

Q: Why do I need a portfolio?

A portfolio is crucial! Not having a portfolio for a go see/open call is like going to a job interview without a resume. A portfolio will aid you in receiving jobs because it demonstrates your capabilities and potentials.

Q: What should I put in my portfolio if I am just starting in this business?

A: You should have a couple of photos if your just starting. This should include a head shot (close up shot of your face), Full length body & a 3/4 Length shot (from head to hips). When you are selecting photos try to keep in mind different looks, i.e.: a casual look, a polished look, a current/trendy look. This will demonstrate to a client that you are versatile.

Q: What are Signs of a Scam?

A: Be cautious if an agency tells you any of these things listed below.
- "We can guarantee you work"
- "You are exactly what were looking for"
- "Babies require professional pictures or portfolios."

Q: What questions should I ask before registering with an agency?

A: -What associations is it members of?
-What jobs/contracts have the models/talent received?
-Do agents and bookers from major agencies around the world visit looking for new talent?
-Is there any type of administration fee?
-What percentage is their commission on bookings?
You should feel comfortable with who represents you

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