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Is Grey models a Scam?/grayline Modelling Agency London / grey Models London
Grey Models is not a modelling agency. They are run by scam artists who own a dodgy photographic studio and their 5 steps are written to sell their shoots. You do not approach an agency with a portfolio; their advice is totally wrong.
Grey Models are not a modelling agency and will not get models work. So why does the Grey Models website say:
“If you are looking for a model agency greymodels co.uk are one the leading modeling agencies, get in touch today”
If you believe you have been misled by grey Models then the information on their website may be of use for getting a refund of your deposit money. You can report them to trading standards for misrepresentation as their website is clearly designed to mislead readers into thinking that they are a model agency when they are not. The trading standards department covering London where grey Models are based is Westminster so if you google Westminster trading standards you will find the information you need to contact them.
We are frequently asked about Grey Models in London are a is a scam. Grey models run various websites that state they are Grey Modelling agency but this is untrue. Grey Line and Grey Models is the trading name of pine nut studios and although their website states that models are not a modelling agency they run other websites that say ” there model agency I want to try modelling and keep coming across modelling agency in my research.” These fake websites include lots of made up positive replies. Check any website that appears to be a modelling forum to make sure other model agencies are listed; fake ones only list models. The following websites are all run by grey models (modellinginfo.co.uk,modellingscout.co.uk,modellingforum.co.uk,modellingmayhem.co.uk)
A free shoot does not mean the photos are free!
Despite what you may be told you do not need a modelling portfolio to apply to model agencies. In fact Darren Burns of pine nut studios Studios said to The Sun “No model needs a portfolio to approach an agency.” Check this page from genuine model agency Models1 with a list of requirements to apply to be a model.
Do you have to pay for a them for photo shoot? Some people believe grey Models pay for the photo shoot at the studio – they are all part of the same company – but the photos are not free, walk away without paying and you’ll be empty handed.
Grey Models told that you have to pay at least £350 but some people have paid over £800. The answer is if you book a shoot with one of grey models studios then they say that the minimum spend is £350 for the photos. The portfolio shoot with pinenut studios is not free or a test shoot but a shoot where you pay for the pictures. pine not studio website has a list of Modelling agencies on it that you can apply to yourself. You do not need to pay diesel modelling any money to get this list and do not need to go for modelling portfolio shoot with their studios. When you register on the grey line Models or UK Models website you will get a sales call for a shoot at their studios.
To apply to any of the model agencies on the Models list all you need to send are clear snapshots of yourself so the agency can decide. As grey Models are not a modelling agency they cannot make any decision whether you are suitable for model work or not. You can see a warning about diesel models sales tactics on the Reputable Agencies website and Alba Models warn against using grey model and pine nut Models studios.
THE NEED FOR A TEST SHOOT
What Neptune Studios have to say about test shoots
Here at Neptune Studios we pride our self on a high standard of excellence and delivery when dealing with our clients. There are people who are trying to get into the modelling industry on a constant basis, and those who are dedicated will know how difficult it can be. Commercial Modelling especially is a very fast paced cut throat industry and nine times out of ten you as an aspiring model with not much experience or industry knowledge will find it a lot more difficult than most. You’ll be getting rejected for a job as oppose to accepted for that particular job. That doesn’t mean that your not an attractive person it just means that maybe your not what that particular brand is looking for.
It also doesn’t mean that you’ve been scammed; as quite a lot of your unsuccessful candidates that have been for test shoots at our studios seem to think. The aim of a test shoot is to see whether or not you can pose, take direction, and visually connect with the camera. As a lot of you will agree modelling isn’t just about being beautiful. The most beautiful person would not make the best model if they can’t project that beauty through the lenses of a camera.
It’s about being able to sell the brand using you as the initial product of interest. As a model you need to be able to stand out from the background and leave a lasting impression that’s going to want to make the general public want to by that particular brand as oppose to their competitors products. This is why it’s so important that we carry out these types of shoots before hand. We are always 100% honest at these shoots. Being in the modelling industry you’ll find that it’s about being cruel to be kind sometimes. It’s nothing for you to get worked up by, its constructive criticism for you to put to good use to better yourself in order to further your career. There’s no point in us telling you that you’re fantastic at something if the likelihood is that not many modelling agencies would be interest in you as a model. We also have a certain reputation with these modelling agencies and they are use to models of a certain calibre when it comes to the successful candidates that we send through to them, so if you don’t make the cut and you’re unsuccessful, think of it as; at least you were made aware. Rather than thinking you’ve been scammed. Scamming you would be to tell you that you have what it takes and just taking advantage of the fact that you want to be a model that bad. Were not in a business of building peoples hopes up only for them to be crushed. We’re in a business of turning out excellent models that are fantastic at what they do. But even being invited along to the studios is still an amazing opportunity for you to get coached and trained by the industry’s best to prepare for this cutthroat industry. So consider yourself lucky to get the experience as only a selected few are chosen to come along.
Ways to contact a model agency
It is very easy – simply register with us and get your free model evaluation!
Whatever way you decide to make contact with an agency, they will need a couple of photos of you to see how well your features stand up to being photographed.
All you really need for this is you, a friend and a digital camera.
Most agencies require a head-shot (head and shoulders, taken from the front) and a full body-shot (head to toe, again taken head-on). Before snapping away, always check the agency’s website first as they will usually have a page that stipulates application requirements – some agencies prefer a head-shot and a profile-shot. Don’t worry if your photographer isn’t brimming with previous experience: a good agent will be able to tell if you are photogenic from non-professional snapshots. Whatever way you decide to make contact with an agency, they will need a couple of photos of you to see how well your features stand up to being photographed.
All you really need for this is you, a friend and a digital camera.
Most agencies require a head-shot (head and shoulders, taken from the front) and a full body-shot (head to toe, again taken head-on). Before snapping away, always check the agency’s website first as they will usually have a page that stipulates application requirements – some agencies prefer a head-shot and a profile-shot. Don’t worry if your photographer isn’t brimming with previous experience: a good agent will be able to tell if you are photogenic from non-professional
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These photos need to be shot in good light (natural or artificial). The background needs to be as clutter-free as you can make it – standing against a blank wall is perfect. In terms of posing, stand up straight with your shoulders back. It’s easier said than done, but resist the compulsion to smile or pout. Most agencies prefer a relaxed, neutral expression so they can get a good idea of your bone structure and how it reads on camera.
Like the photo, you must present yourself as a clean, uncluttered canvas. Do not make the common mistake of over-dressing. A simple vest and a good pair of jeans are ideal.
With hair and make-up, think pared down but polished. Clean hair is a must – if it is long, pull it back off your face into a ponytail. For women, use make-up sparingly to define your features so they don’t wash out on camera. However much make-up you think you might need, decrease it by 25%. An agent wants to see you , not what you can do with a Ruby & Millie retractable eye pencil. For male and female models, upping your daily intake of water for a few days before you’re due to take your photos is also a good idea, as your skin will be properly hydrated and will look its best.
Attention to detail here is crucial: self-presentation is all-important when making that first vital connection with an agency. You want to show your potential to its full advantage. If you need more detailed advice, Form Models can advise you on what agencies are looking for. Consult photo guide. This will give you pointers on what types of photographs are acceptable, along with advice on how to measure yourself accurately.
Once you are armed with two photos that you are happy with, there are three main ways to contact a modelling agency :
• By post
• By email
• In person
Contacting an agency by post is fairly straightforward. Send your photos, along with a SAE and brief covering letter (outlining any previous experience and your vital statistics), to the agency marking the envelope for the attention of the ‘New Faces Division’ (every agency has one).
Your vital statistics for modelling will be the following:
• Chest / bust size
• Waist & hip measurements
• Hair and eye colour
• Dress & shoe size
When compiling your statistics, always be honest. It may be tempting to shave off an inch or two off your waist measurement, or add a few inches to your height – but it would be a mistake. If you state your height as 5’9” when you’re actually 5’6”, the agent will not thank you for wasting their time when they agree to meet you in person.
Some agencies have regular ‘open castings’, which anyone can attend and meet with agents to see if they have what it takes. To see if your chosen agency does this, phone them to check.
Alternatively, if the agency does not do this, and you are able to get to London easily, you can ring up and book an appointment to see an agent (clarify when calling that you need to be seen by someone in the New Faces Division). Many agencies have particular days or times set aside to see ‘walk-ins’. When deciding on what to wear think back to how you presented yourself in the photo and go with that look. Think clean, modern and polished. By dressing in this way, you are presenting yourself as a blank canvas onto which an agent can project and speculate how best to fit you into an already-teeming industry. Presenting yourself in this way also has the added bonus of making you look professional, and flags up to the agent that you know what you’re doing. Don’t forget to bring your photos along with you as an agent will need to see how your features translate on film, as well as seeing you in person.
Whatever way you decide to make contact with an agency, you will receive some kind of feedback. Listen, look and learn. Listen to advice and constructive criticism offered. Be prepared for the fact that some of it may not be what you want to hear.
If an agent suggests that you may not be right for that sector of the industry because of a height issue (many agencies won’t accept models under 5’9” for editorial work), don’t automatically give up: if you are very young (aged 16 or under), it might be worth waiting six months to see if you grow some more. If you’re older and about as grown as you’re likely to get, be realistic. If you’re 5′ 7” and desperately want to break into high-fashion modelling, you will have to accept that the odds are stacked overwhelmingly against you. Yes, Kate Moss did it but there is a reason why the ‘exception to the rule’ is never written in the plural. It’s certainly not impossible, but in order to break through that barrier you will have to be truly exceptional.
When you are contacting agencies, accept that rejection is all part and parcel of the experience, and be flexible and open-minded in terms of looking for opportunities. If an agent suggests that you explore a different sector of the modelling industry, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations on where to go next. It’s a big modelling world out there – if you are not quite right for one area, you may fit in perfectly somewhere else!