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.
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