Recently there’s been some interesting articles in the media about modelling, what it takes to be a model and the expectations of models today in what is an incredibly competitive, driven and controversial industry….. with 28yrs experience Models Direct are now having their say!
There are lots of differences between fashion modelling and commercial modelling, however there are many similarities too. Trends and fashions come and go and this is the same for the type of models clients and designers are looking to book too. Clients will be looking for models who have the appropriate look, shape or character to portray their product/service in the most productive and effective way and appeal to their consumer. A model is someone the consumer aspires to be, so therefore great consideration is taken by a client when booking models for their latest campaign.
One of our newest model families on the Models Direct’s books gives us an insight into their experience so far…
“Our experience with Models Direct has been so positive so far! We initially came into contact through my sister in law (and business partner) who was chosen to be a part of a shoot for a huge global tech company. Our whole family ended up being involved and from start to finish the whole process was so enjoyable and professional. The shoot was over two days and was so well organised and we were so looked after that it didn’t even feel like work! It was so fun!
Models Direct were really thorough but also really approachable and friendly, I was so grateful to be a part of such a huge campaign and my daughter Ava had a wonderful day!
A few weeks later our family then got offered to do a video shoot for Yale’s new home security system. The shoot was such a pleasure to be a part of, the house was AMAZING and super child friendly with loads of toys that the girls could play with (which made it so much easier) and the team were so down to earth and friendly. They made us feel so relaxed and comfortable and it all went so quickly!
From both our experiences I could only say positive things about Models Direct. Working with young children on photo shoots can sometimes be so stressful, but everything was really well thought out on both occasions and I would definitely recommend to other families looking to work in the industry.”
With family modelling at an all time high, the demand for ‘real’ family models is in demand – so Models Direct were keen to hear from Rebecca who along with her husband and 3 children have just completed their 7th assignment with us!
“Working as a modelling family is a mixture of excitement and apprehension. As any mum knows if your going anywhere with your children you want them to be on there best behaviour.
This is no different on a photo shoot, so when your asking 3 of your children to stand up straight, smile, look happy continuously while taking direction from the photograph as well it can be challenging.
Luckily, we work with Models Direct and have always been so well looked after, from lunches being put on for the children, to overnight accommodation, to letting the children have 15 minutes time out so they can chill, go on there iPad etc.
We have now had 7 assignments and I can’t believe how lucky we are my son says its all down to his fantastic good looks.
When I first signed up to Models Direct I was a little skeptical hearing stories of people paying thousands of pounds for pictures to be done because the agency they had chosen had asked them to do so then signing a 3-year deal and not getting a single job. When I spoke to Molly for the first time from the Models Direct agency she immediately put my mind at easy, she said she only needed photos that we had taken ourselves, nice natural photos work the best, so the client can get a real feel for who you are and how you look in front of a camera. I told my children if we were lucky enough to get 1 job we would be extremely lucky.
Here we are several years later and now on our 8th job. We have managed to do so much with are extra money that has come in from our job, just little things like being able to spoil the kids a little, to a weekend away for the family to now having our garden landscaped and having a hot tub fitted.
My husband and I are so proud of our children and though it’s hard days working, keeping up with the photograph and the clients needs . We now would never look back and look forward to the next 7 assignments.” – Rebecca Friend
“This was the first commercial set that I’ve been on and boy was it a movie!”
Being an extra can be a very exciting role to be selected for whether it be to appear in film, theatre or TV!
Most TV dramas, films, commercials, campaigns, music videos and theatre productions will include extras in some way. It could be a crowd scene that requires lots of additional people, a walk on part (non speaking) or a large scene, battle, party, street, public place that needs to appear full and busy – all these people have been booked as extra’s!
Models Direct often receive enquiries from production companies looking to book extras, they generally don’t have very specific requirements and acting experience is not always necessary. The client may need a particular age group, look, gender or ethnicity depending on the project, so the Models Direct team will source the ideal people.
Commercial Modelling/Fashion Modelling – What’s the difference??
The modelling industry can be incredibly daunting and with lots of new phrases, information and options been thrown at you how are you supposed to know ‘IF’ and ‘WHERE’ you might fit in the modelling world!
When someone is referred to as a ‘Model’ it can mean several different things and this is sometimes very confusing for people who are new to the industry or uninformed.
The team at Models Direct are often asked “What is the difference between a Commercial model and a Fashion model, the answer, there is a big difference, which I will now explain;
The demand for animals in advertising is big and growing all the time! With only seconds to capture your audience’s attention, a witty comment or a cute animal works well!
We have all seen animals used in commercials for lots of different brands and high street stores. Buster the Boxer in the John Lewis Christmas commercial, McDonalds, Perina Dog Food, Whiskers…..the list goes on!
What could be better than spending the day having fun, getting messy outdoors with your family and being paid for it??
That’s exactly what our model family ‘The Burtons’ were selected for! The Models Direct Assignments team were contacted by a production company who were filming a promotional video for the NSPCC’s latest campaign, the #Messathon looking for a model family to star in the video.
The Burton family were successfully selected and had to spend the day outdoors, getting messy and having fun while being filmed – what a lovely day! AND they were paid for it!