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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Open Calls at Reputable Modeling Agencies (This post has 50,138 views)

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood talent manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “My Haunted House,” and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels, and many more. Prior to being a manager and a talent agent at Burn Down Entertainment, Wright assisted many high profile managers, agents, and publicists. For 20 years she was a recording artist, actor, and music producer, and is now the author of five books called, “Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager.” Wright teaches the business of acting all over the country and is on the faculty of schools including the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina and LA Acting Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
 Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.

Open Calls at Reputable Modeling Agencies 
Are you interested in becoming Model?  I have compiled a list of some of the top modeling agents in Los Angeles to give you the days and times they have OPEN CALLS. An open call is a time specified by an agency for any prospective models (or those interested in becoming models) to show up and be considered for future work.

No. If you are just starting out, agencies don't expect you to  have professional pictures. But they do want to see if you are photogenic. Therefore:

1. Bring photos that are simple, nice headshots, smiling that show energy!
2. Bring a headshot, a full body shot, 
3. If you have pics in a bathing suit or fitness shot bring those.
4. Photos should be headshot size 8x10, or compcard size, or print 5x7 if possible.
If you don't have a portfolio, put your photos in a professional looking manilla envelope. If you have a portfolio REMEMBER TO BRING IT! Even though many bookers do not require a complete portfolio, others will look at your book during the interview.

Are unfortunate but they exist so be careful. NEVER give anyone money upfront! Legit modeling agencies do not charge up front fees for any reason. If you are asked for money up front, simply walk away. An example of a modeling scam is when an agency claims to have work but they are really trying to sell photoshoots and modeling courses to aspiring models. A legit agency will only make a profit from agency commission off the work they book for you.

Once you have signed with a legit agency, you will likely be given a list of reputable photographers they work with and asked to shoot with one of them to get new pictures. This is standard. The cost will be between $300-$500. Your agent will choose shots from the session and have it compiled into  a ZED CARD, which is a compilation of 4-6 photos of you with different looks. Although a lot is done digitally these days, many agencies still use ZED CARDS. As a model, your pictures are your top priority. It is the one thing you should be willing to spend extra on. If your pictures aren't great, nothing else matters. 

Models attending open calls be on time. Wear a minimum of makeup. Dress to impress. Leave your problems at the door! Meaning, come with a beautiful personality and warm smile.

When an agency asks you to mail your photos, send your BEST three photos.  One full body, one great headshot, and bathing suit or athletic wear. Photos should be headshot size 8x10, or compcard size, or print 5x7 if possible. Be sure to send the photos "ATTENTION" whichever department you are wishing to work for. Example..."Attn: Women Division or Youth Division." Do not expect to get your photos back.


8564 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly hills, California
Phone: 310.854.0088
            General Inquiries:
            No open calls. Website & mail submissions only.
9057 Nemo Street West Hollywood, CA 90069
            Phone: 310 246-0800
            Open calls:
            Thursdays 3-4
345 North Maple Drive, Suite 397 Beverly Hills, CA 90210
            Phone: 310 274-9395 
            No open calls. Website & mail submissions only.
1.   A serious interest in modeling, females age 14-22.
2.   Girls 14-15 years old, 5’7 – 6’0 tall.
3.   Girls 16-22 years old, 5’9 to 6’0 tall.
4.   You must ave parental consent if you are under 18 years old.
8826 Burton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90211
            Phone: 310 276-8100
            Open Call for Women
Thursdays 4-5
Ages 12-25
Height 5’7-5’11
Bring snapshots with you. Professional pictures not necessary.
7700 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 323 436-7700 323 436-7777
             Open Call:
                  Monday and Wednesday 3-4 pm
                  Bring in snap shots.
                  Women: ages 13-24 years old, 5’8-6’0
8447 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 301 Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: 323 782-0010
Open Call:
Tuesdays 11-Noon
8618 w 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310 205-2888
Open Call:

Tuesdays 10 am – 11 am
Accepting photo submissions by email for:
Women: 5’8-5’11 // 14 yrs. – 22 yrs
Men: 5’11-6’2 // 16 yrs- 22 yrs
9378 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310 Beverly Hills, CA 90212
   Phone: 310 601-2530

No open calls. Website and mail submissions only. 

            Accepting photo submissions by email for:
            Girls 14 to 15 years old, height 5'7" to 5'11"
            Girls 16 to 22 years old, height 5'9" to 5'11"
            Men 15 to 35 years old, height 5" to 6'3"     

           117 N. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048
           Phone: 310 385-6900

            Open Calls 
                      Tuesday thru Thursday 3-4PM 

IMPORTANT: To the best of our knowledge this information is accurate, however, remember to call BEFORE you attend any open call just to confirm their days and times. Some of the days and time on our list may have changed, as occasionally agencies change the days and times of their open calls, so... confirm BEFORE you make the trip there!





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Hopefully this will get you started following your dreams or helping your children. Modeling and acting is a great profession and a lot of hard work. But anything you dream of is worth working hard for! If you liked this information and found it helpful leave a comment! I love to hear from new people. 


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Wendy Alane Wright
Talent Manager, WAW Entertainment
Acting Career Coach
Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager
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