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A list of modeling terms courtesy of OLM THE AGENCY

 

A

Abroad  -places outside of the United States where you can go to model, such as London,Paris, Milan, Tokyo. 

Accessories  - fashionable items that you wear to complement clothing,such as jewelry, belts, pocketbooks, hats and scarves. 

Account Executive - an employee from an advertising agency who is in charge of the advertising of an account/a product. 

 EXAMPLE: John Doe is the Account Executive for Hyatt Hotels. Jane Smith is in charge of the at&t account.

Advance   - a sum of money paid to you by your agent on behalf of an   advertising  company that wishes to book you for a job. This is usually   paid in  advance of your working to secure your services particularly  if  you are  in demand as a top model. 

Advertising    - the action of getting the word out or letting the public know about  a  product or service. The formats are print, TV spots and radio. 

Advertising Agency  - creates advertising campaigns for companies &selects/hires models. 

Example: BBDO Advertising Agency in Atlanta, GA creates advertisements for at&t.

AFTRA   - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is   a union for  performers that establishes specific fees for different   types of  performances and protects the model's or Actress's rights. 

Age Range  - the ages that a model can portray (usually a 5 to 7 year span). 

Agency  (modeling agency) -   an establishment that does business on behalf of  the model, such as  booking jobs and collecting payment for the model  for a fee(usually   10-20% of the dollar amount collected).

Agent  - a person who works for an agency or who has a privately held business to book models. 

Appointment Book  - a calendar or date book used to record bookings, 

go-sees or any other business activities. You may also use this book to keep a record of your expenses for tax purposes. 

Art Director  - the artist who creates the layout for ads, illustrates models poses. 

Assignment   - this is the same thing as a booking or modeling job    whereby a  model is paid for services performed - runway, print, trade   shows and  other types of employment associated with modeling. 

Audition     - this is a trial performance which is given to show the casting    directors how well you are qualified for the job. Similar to a casting    call but not private.

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B

 Backdrop  - background used in a photographers’ studio. 

Beauty Shots   - pictures that are taken from the shoulders up, featuring the hair, the skin,

the eyes, the smile and the makeup. Also referred to as head-shots. 

Black and White Photo   - a picture that is taken specifically to produce black, white and  gray images. Usually black and white photos are suggested for acting  head shots. 

Blocking  - the actual physical movements by actress in any scene. 

Blow-Up  - enlargement photo from a negative or slide. 


Book (photo-wise)- a collection of photographs and tears a model uses to promote herself. Also called a portfolio.

Booking  - a job assignment

Book Out  - when you tell your agency that you are unavailable to work for certain day(s): for example, a vacation or another job. 

Booker  - person at agency who sets appointments for models. 


Booking - job assignment. 


Breakdown Service  - a professional listing available only to agencies that lists movies, film, TV, and stage projects with the types of Actress being cast. 


Buyer  - retail store employee who purchases clothing from the manufacturer; models show the line of clothing to store buyers. 


Buy-out    - when a client arranges a one-time payment or flat fee for a  commercial instead of paying residuals for the job. This means that you  will not get paid every time the commercial plays - the fee should be  quite substantial. 

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