Modelling? Don't give up your day job

Modelling scams are out there, preying on innocent hopefuls and those seeking that extra bit of income. If you've ever been WFH and tempted by those ads on social media, read on...

Picture this: you’re working from home, and you take a break and browse social media. An ad for a modelling agency appears as you scroll. ‘All ages and sizes accepted, no experience necessary’, says the ad, and you’re intrigued right away. Your mind winds back to that time someone showered you with the compliment: “You could be a model”. And you begin to wonder - with the ad in front of you, and with a head full of dreams - if you could still do it, if you still have it.

And let’s face it, the extra money would be nice, and all you have to do is look pretty/handsome/cool/debonair/whatever. Easy money, right?

Well maybe, if the agency is reputable that is. Because if you do believe that you can supplement your wage by using your looks, your style or whatever unique characteristic you may possess, you first of all need to use your eyes and your head to work out if this agency or company is the real deal, or whether your dream of being the face of a campaign will be shattered by fraudsters.

This blog is not suggesting all modelling ads are fraudulent. What we’re trying to get across here is that modelling scams do exist, and there are a few things to look out for if you want to pursue a route into modelling, either as an aside from your existing job or as a new direction.

Is the agency or company reputable Reputable agencies or companies are highly selective and work to a code of ethics. If you see an ad on social media that looks too good to be true, it’s likely that it is indeed too good to be true, and what they’re offering is either not legitimate or they’re not giving you the full story. A professional company will use methods such as contacting an agency or a portfolio-hosting website. A modelling agency will only work with trustworthy companies that they have formed a relationship with. Always verify the agency's credentials and reputation.

Research, research, research Before you commit to anything, research the agency/company. Go on their official website and social media channels; read reviews and comments, and don’t be afraid to question their motives via their official communications channels. Make sure the agency possesses a true license by checking it