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Laurens Antoine

While you probably know Laurens Antoine as one of the world’s leading celebrity magazine photographers, but that alone wouldn't qualify someone to lecture on getting work, signed or published. In his 25 plus years in fashion and publishing Laurens has also worked as a brand manager, creative director, PR director and more. He has produced countless ads that have included the casting and hiring of talent and Laurens is currently in charge of casting for one of the world's largest magazines. Laurens has helped over 1000 models get signed, published, and begin or better their careers. Be it a tear sheet, or images from a CAT-Shoot, no book or modeling portfolio is complete without a Laurens Antoine image in it! Laurens Antoine has not set their biography yet

Model agency contractWe all make mistakes. Choosing the wrong agency is a big one to make. You may have signed a contract saying you agree to be exclusively represented by an agency you later find out isn't really all that great, or not getting you enough work. Now what do you do?

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Model photographer Megan FoxWhen it was first discovered that Megan Fox was going to top the FHM Sexiest Woman in the World list, we hoped the story would have legs. Megan was gorgeous, really gorgeous! But not the super celebrity she has become.

There's no question that being named the sexiest woman in the world by FHM helped propel her career. Here's how it happened.....

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Model portfolio SharonaSharona Maria first shot with us in March of 2011. Soon after she was signed by Otto Models and at one of her very first auditions she landed a job with Canon as the face for their 2012 launch of their higher end professional cameras.

Based in San Diego, Sharona has also served as a test subject in our studio for new makeup artists. Expect to hear more about her soon!

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Note: Before reading about positioning, please read the blog “The Genres of Modeling”.

Modeling agency get signed chartIt doesn't need to be said that only a handful of aspiring models ever become truly successful professional models, it's a low percentage. However, one of the reasons so many fail isn't that they aren't qualified. It's that they fail to position themselves correctly.

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Model portfolio BrookeOne of our all time favorite models, Brooke Mangum will be featured in a summer edition of WWE Magazine as a WWE Sexy Superfan. We can't show you the exact picture until she's published but we'll put one up from her recent CAT-Shoot at the Los Penn Preserve in February.

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model portfolio photographer AtlantisCelebrity shoots commonly cost $50,000 to produce. Here's a look at a shoot that's not just bigger, longer and more expensive, but also a whole lot more fun.

20 models, 4 days, all on Paradise Island.

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Posted by on in Just for Models (Educational)

There are many genres of female models. Understanding where you fit can have a huge effect on your success. This post is a prelude to “Positioning: Why so many gorgeous models don't reach their potential".

We'll explain the difference, and many of the qualifications needed for:

  • Fashion models
  • Commercial models
  • And other popular genres including promotional/amateur; fitness, teen/junior and even adult models.

 

Chasing a career or representation outside of a qualified genre is the #1 mistake made by most models.

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Model portfolio polaroidA common misconception amongst models is that you need a big book (or modeling portfolio) to get signed. Who promotes this notion? Photographers that want to make money of course.

The truth is that if you are qualified, pictures aren't necessary to get signed to a fashion agency. It's different for commercial agencies, but even in that case pictures you get from photographers are only helpful to an extent.

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empty rackA popular subject amongst photographers is how to store and secure all the images you've taken. Until not too long ago, we stored data on a rack server and backed it up in very messy ways. Not anymore.

To the left you can see our network rack with the gaping hole created by pulling out two rows of 20 - 24 drives. What have we done with all the data?

The cost of storage has come down allowing almost anyone to have inexpensive and secure ways to manage data. We're going to explain how we do it, and also offer up a less expensive alternative.

 

 

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Questions about model releases are some of the most common we get from aspiring talent. Many professional models ask these questions as well when working outside of their agencies. Over time we’ve come to learn that most models know less than they should about these documents, and how surprised they are when they learn what rights they have really given the person at the other end of the contract.

Know what you are signing, getting in return, and don't give away rights or income you may not need to.

 

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