The 6 Questions You Should Ask Before Signing a Modeling Contract:
· The contract should outline what fees the agency will deduct or collect from the model. It is important that you have all of the information on what you are responsible for beforehand. Examples include photo shoots, workshops, comp cards and the standard agency commission is 20%. Avoid companies that ask for more than 20%”
· Make sure the agency is licensed by The Department of Labor because that means the agency has met their standards and the contract is approved by them. It also means that background checks have been performed and the company is financially sound.
· Review the length of the contract and termination clause. Most agencies ask for a 1-3 year term and require you to cancel 90 days prior to the end of the term or it will automatically renew.
· Look for how an agency can dismiss you and review that closely for items that you don’t think you can agree to.
· Sign with an agency that has an office in the market you live in. Avoid companies that are not local to your area because they are not licensed in your area. And, should a problem arise it will be difficult for you to pursue any legal action against them.
· And above all else, if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.