A common mistake is too many unpublished images. Before you get signed you get Googled. Here are things that can work against you:
- A lot of activity on amateur modeling websites.
- A big portfolio of unpublished "modeling" images.
- Flyers of you "hosting" nightclub events, or doing fashion shows at them.
- Showing up on too many hobby photographer websites or profiles.
Why? Major brands don't like talent in their ads appearing in lesser works. Neither do model agencies. Shooting outside of commercial shoots breeds bad habits and understandings. And if you sign a model release you can't even control where it appears.
Bad exposure is worst than no exposure. Even if you got paid for it.