One of the main reasons people enter the model world is because of the lifestyle. This includes the glamour, popularity and more importantly, the compensation. Like every industry though, there are levels to it. The levels are mainly dictated by your experience and success. Starting out as an amateur never guarantees your ideal pay. Everyone aims for the highest pay possible but it takes time – time you may not want to be patient enough to wait for either. Getting paid as a model is something some do not see until years later after starting their career. It all depends on how much your look and what you have to offer is demanded.
Which Models Make Good Money?
Once you reach a certain point of success in your career, you will start to see substantial income. This will let you know you now have a solid and legit career in this industry. Usually bookings (photo shoots) are designed to pay a flat rate hourly or some pay in set amounts. This all depends on the company or agency you are getting paid by. Supermodels and high fashion models get paid the highest amounts and are usually very popular because they endorse a brand. They can get paid up to $20,000 or more for a shoot, show or appearance. Remember that there are many parts to the modeling industry and compensation in each one may vary!
What Is The Lowest Amount A Model Can Get Paid?
Your best bet is to rack up on TFP (Time for Prints) shoots to gain experience – which after time, will hopefully land you some paid bookings. Paid bookings are presented when it is known that the model can deliver. Usually starting out, your first few paying gigs will be between $100-$250 an hour or per shoot. This is not bad at all, however, getting a paid gig every so often is not enough to support most lifestyles. This is why most models model part time and work another profession to support their lifestyle.
Freelance or Agency?
A lot of people register with agencies to guarantee bookings (especially paid gigs) but some can find that it is just the same as being freelance. You can take advantage of being a free agent if you know how to properly market yourself and you are good at what you do. This means no fees. You pocket all the money you rightfully earn. You just have to know the resources available to make this happen. Once you master that, your career is literally in your hands. It is best to take the proper precaution and steps to getting your career on the right track from the get go.