Most girls have thought about what their wedding dress would be like, whether you want the big white wedding or something simpler, the most important factor is……the dress!!
The wedding industry is huge! There are so many suppliers all over the world who are all fighting to get their product or service recognised and noticed. Whether it be wedding venues, cars, caterers or jewelers, they all need a model bridal couple to promote their brand and stand out above the rest.
Models Direct have provided lots of models to pose as couples for bridal shoots, we have even had a couple of our own Models Direct weddings!! When a client contacts the team at Models Direct looking for a suitable couple to promote their brand, they may have specific requirements in mind, the couple need to look genuine and work as a couple. Factors to consider may be ethnicity, age, gender and location – Models Direct like to offer diversity and options when they propose a selection of models to a client, so it’s then down to the client to match make!
In any industry you’ll find technical terms and jargon. The world of modelling agencies is no different. As a successful model it’s good to have grasp on the lingo so that when you arrive at a modelling job you’ll impress the client.
We’ve had fun in the Models Direct office testing each other on these.
How many do you know?
ADVERTISING – you see it everywhere, packaging, national press, magazines, billboards, point of sale, displays, hoardings, posters, it’s a growing industry.
AGENT – Models Direct.
ASSIGNMENT – paid work, it could be fashion, promotion, film, TV, photographic etc.
BEAUTY WORK – cosmetic, hair, makeup, etc.
BOARD – National Selection Panel at Models Direct.
BOOK – another word for a portfolio, showing pictures of you working as a model.
BOOKER – your Model Coordinator, who handles everything to do with your modelling with us.
BOOKING – a client has booked you!
BOOKING OUT – whenever a model is on holiday or unavailable.
BUY-OUT – when a client pays extra to use a photograph in certain media and/or in particular territories.
CALL BACK – a second casting, also know as a recall
CAMPAIGN – a programme of effort on behalf of a client by an advertising agency using models.
CASTING – where clients audition models before selecting who they want
CATALOGUE – mail order to fashion stores, large catalogues employ models for every edition. Men, Women and Children.
CATWALK – the walkway, usually raised, on which models show the latest fashions.
CIRCULATION CHART – a printed version of the picture we send electronically to client.
CLIENT – the photographer, advertising agent or film producer who agrees with Models Direct a model and our fee.
COMMERCIALS – advertising work to appear on television or the big screen.
COMMERCIAL OR PROMOTIONAL WORK – advertising, catalogue or other work selling a product. Commercial style work is usually photographed in a less creative way than editorial style photography.
CONTACT SHEETS – a photographic sheet of small prints that are easier to choose from than negatives.
COURSES – teaching catwalk, posing, photographic technique, confidence, makeup and hair.
DAY RATE – the fee we charge for a full days work.
EDITORIAL – refers to the covers, fashion and beauty pages of magazines and newspapers. Highly prestigious yet poorly paid, once a model has appeared in a cover of say Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan or Company, it can lead to major advertising campaigns.
FAMILY MODELLING – a modelling job where a real family is required.
FITTINGS AND SIZINGS – Clothing manufacturers need models to check the size and fit before production. Fashion work, especially with children sometimes requires a fitting before the assignment to save time and any problems with sizes.
GO-SEES – informal appointment for a model to show their portfolio.
HEAD SHOT – a close up photograph of a models face or head and shoulders.
IMAGE – a photograph. Our quarterly modelling magazine
INFORMAL MODELLING – Usually done in a showroom or exhibition also called ‘couture style’.
LOCATION – an assignment that takes place anywhere outside a studio.
MODELS DIRECT – National Modelling Agency for Men, Women and Children.
MODEL RELEASE – a form that has to be signed by the model after a photographic assignment, sometimes called a voucher.
MOTHER AGENT – the agency a model first joins.
OPTION – provisional booking placing a model on standby.
PARTS MODELLING – work for hands, legs, feet and other body parts.
PHOTO SESSION – a photographic shoot.
POINT OF SALE – photographs that are used on display in a shop, such as posters and showcards, to help promote the clothes or product.
PORTFOLIO – a models collection of photographs showing the widest variety of looks.
PRINTS – individual photographs.
PROMOTIONS – helping to promote or sell a product, it could be at an exhibition, a high street, or a big sporting event such as the Grand Prix, nationally or internationally, normally handing out items such as leaflets, balloons, champagne or using personality to socialise etc.
RUNWAY – modern catwalk.
SCOUT – finding talent on behalf of an agency.
SHOOT – a photographic session.
SHOWROOM – fashion companies and designers present their collections using house models and clothes are custom made.
SHOWROOM SEASON – the buying season which can be anything from two to eight weeks and takes place twice a year.
SHOWS – the international designers twice yearly Collections. Shopping malls, department and chain stores. Special events, conventions, fashion trade exhibitions and live magazine shows.
SNAPSHOTS – family photographs and informal pictures.
STATISTICS – a models body measurements, height, eye and hair colour, we send with pictures to clients.
TEARSHEET – a published page from a magazine or newspaper.
TESTS – an unpaid photoshoot. The purpose is for the model to get photographs for their book. Photographer, makeup artists, fashion and hair stylists also need to test.
TRANSPARENCY – a colour negative from a shoot where colour film was used.
TRIP – an assignment abroad.
VIDEO – models are often used to produce corporate, demonstration, promotional and in-house sales videos.
www.modelsdirect.com – where the modelling world meets.
The Models Direct team were pretty excited to see blue skies and the sunshine this morning, makes Monday’s that little bit easier!!
The Spring and Summer months bring lots of exciting new developments at Models Direct Head Office, the assignments team are buzzing as outside shoots and filming schedules are confirmed and some lovely new faces join the books!
It’s stating the obvious, but the modelling and talent industry is incredibly competitive, however the Models Direct team have successfully matched models to clients for over 28 years now! – So we know what we’re looking for!
If you are thinking of making an application to a modelling agency, it’s really important to consider the following points giving yourself the best possible chance of being noticed and being offered a contract of representation.
Think it’s safe to say Models Direct male model Tyler was pretty pleased to have been selected for two assignments in one week! Making new friends while on set!
Andy, Tyler and Sinead were selected to feature in a web video for a construction recruitment company in Portsmouth, the Models Direct team were delighted to see such a great selection of behind the scenes pics and their feedback on Facebook, sounds like they all got on so well!!
“2 events with models direct in 1 week!? Dayyummm! Must be doing something right! Again had a great shoot and met some lovely people! Can’t wait for my next assignment!” – Tyler Winchcombe
“We have done a total of 5 shoots now for Models Direct and have always enjoyed our experience and making memories with our beautiful family!”
It doesn’t get much better than being given the opportunity to spend time with your family and getting paid for doing so….that’s exactly what the ‘Friend’ family have now done for the 5th time!!
It’s a known saying in the industry to never work with animals, but when they are this cute – who could resist!!
Animals are used alot in advertising and Models Direct are proud to represent a variety of different Starpets!
You can imagine how delighted the team were here at Models Direct to be able to offer these super cute puppies the assignment of a lifetime!! They were to star in the latest campaign for Lancome alongside model Taylor Hill – AMAZING!!
Getting paid to travel the world is a thing of dreams for most people, but it is possible with Models Direct!
“Told only that if successful the shoot would take place in Finland and and that the client a major film industry producer were willing to pay my full travel expenses and fee, I had to find out what it was all about.” – LUKE
Being an international agency the Models Direct Assignments team get enquiries from companies and production agencies all over the world, looking to source the ideal model for their latest campaign.