the modeling industry is always evolving and the internet continues to provide new opportunities for models. below is an a-z guide to help you navigate your way through this industry and expand your knowledge with a modern glossary of common modeling terms and phrases.

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agent — a person who acts on behalf of the model.

aspiring model — a person who ambitiously aims to become a model.

audition — sample performance for a talent opportunity.


booking out — designated time a model is unavailable for work.

booker — someone within the agency who books jobs, schedules appointments and assignments for models. Also known as Model Booker.

boutique agency — a small agency that represents a select group of models.

behind the scenes — an area that isn’t seen in final production. bts

book — a model’s portfolio.


call back — a request for the model to make a second appearance before final hiring decision.

call sheet — schedule for assignment. includes location and contact to important members of the production team.

call time — the given time for the model to be on set and ready to work.

casting — request to see a model based off of their picture.

casting director —a person responsible for booking models for the client.

cat Walk — also know as a fashion runway.

commission — a percentage of earnings taken from the model’s pay.

composite — or comp card is an 8.5″ x 5.5″ card featuring a model’s images, statistics and contact information.


day rate — daily pay rate requested by the model for a full 8 hours of work.

digitals — images documenting the model’s current features and style.


fitting — a session prior to booking for the model to try on wardrobe.

freelance model — a model who doesn’t rely on an agency.


go-see — a meeting for the client to see the model(s) in person.


market — different categories or geographical locations where a model is assigned.

as the industry changes,

the terminology changes. this list is updated often to keep up with any changes.

(coming soon march 2019: pdf download)


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