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- Created 2012-02-27
has changed the face of the modeling industry significantly by increasing accessibility. Aspiring models are drawn to online modeling sites, where they have an opportunity to post biographies and photos in hopes of being discovered by a top
, as well as increase their recognition as artists.
By definition modeling is a profession that is based on intermediates to connect the actual talents with the relative job projects. Although the fact that an actual face-to-face evaluation is needed to determine if the candidates are right for the job, it was soon realized that the Internet could help in minimizing part of the costs incurred during the castings. Most of today’s modeling agencies use their own website to demonstrate their models to their clients, this has led to even larger third party modeling websites that have accumulated large databases of talent profiles.
Internet modeling sites boast benefits like the ability to be “discovered” through self-marketing, without actually visiting the agencies or going to conventions.
Drawbacks of these sites are the possibility of scams and exploitation. Also, many major modeling agencies say they typically do not search online portfolio hosting websites to recruit new models since they receive plenty of submissions on a daily basis.
However, there are
sites dedicated to
s and actors. These sites act as a way for people in the industry to share advice and network with others in the industry as well as showcase their photos. Some of these sites operate like
, but they are dedicated to the modeling and/or acting industries; photographers and talent scouts as well as models and actors are able to create profiles.
An important distinction among modeling networking sites is whether they allow adult or sex content provider companies to become members. In most cases modeling sites that allow members from the adult industry have a slightly differentiated member base that makes them less interesting for credible agencies and fashion companies.
Internet modeling websites exist in most countries, each focusing on their local fashion and modeling market.
There are countless sites on the Web that cater to this industry. Most of them cost money and claim to “submit your photos for review by top talent scouts.” In many cases a model must pay out-of-pocket for travel to conventions, hotel stays, and on-site photo shoots in which no further contracts or profits are guaranteed.
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