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What Are The Fees And Commissions That Modeling Agencies Charge Their Models And Do Models Really Need A Modeling Agency?

Many potential models often wonder what modeling agencies actually do for their models and supermodels and if it is really necessary for models to be represented by a modeling agency. Many young women also wonder what modeling agencies charge for their services and if they will actually be able to afford the fees and commissions that their modeling agency will charge them for their services. Thus, ZARZAR MODELING AGENCY known throughout the world as simply ZARZAR MODELS brings to you the answers to one of the most common modeling questions asked by potential new models: do I really need a modeling agency and how much will it cost me to have a modeling agency represent me throughout my modeling career?

The way agencies make money, and this goes for all legitimate agencies around the world, is that they charge the model a fee, normally around 20%, and the client, normally around 20%.

An example would be a client books a model for $1,000 per day. The model goes and works for the 8 hours. The agency then adds 20% to the $1,000 and bills the client for $1,200. The client pays and then the agency pays the model $1,000 minus 20% or $800. So here’s a question: if the agency charges the model 20% and the client 20% what percent does the agency earn on a booking? Is it 40%? – wrong. The entire invoice was $1,200 remember? And the agency earns $400 ($200 from the model and client each). So if you divide $400 by $1,200 you get approximately 33% which is how much an agency earns on a normal booking.

There are also no guarantees since in many cases an agency will work days, or even weeks, with a client on a booking only to have the client cancel it at the last minute, meaning the agency worked all those days or weeks for 33% of $0. That means zero or nothing for the arithmetically challenged.

Now to answer the more difficult question: do models really need a modeling agency? This question is actually a lot easier to answer than the previous modeling question regarding modeling fees charged by modeling agencies. The answer is simple: simply look around at the images above and below (those beautiful magazine covers filled with extremely successful supermodels for the rare few who missed them while reading this article). Finally, for those that still don't get it (arithmetically challenged again) we have a modeling formula for them: totally unknown female model (and usually clueless about the inner workings of the fashion modeling industry) + world class modeling agency = sexy supermodels on world class magazine covers for the lucky few that make the cut. Add the modeling advise, guidance, training, and thousands of other advantages to having a modeling agency represent you and you may actually wonder why they charge so little for their services.

One final thought...If an agency (or multiple agencies) take you from $0 to $25,000,000.00 (that is $25 million United States Dollars for the arithmetically challenged) in annual earnings as Forbes reported for Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, do you really believe that such level of outstanding modeling performance would have been achieved without a modeling agency or agencies? Think about it for a moment: a client wants to lower his or her expenses as much as possible. You and your agency want to earn as much as possible, so the question is this: if your agency makes more money when you make more money, and if they are highly skilled in the negotiating table, would you prefer to handle the contracts or would you prefer to leave it to the professionals from your mother agency?

ZARZAR MODELS is one of the top female modeling agencies in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills representing women in print editorials, high fashion runway, film, television commercials, and promotions. The agency has as partners fashion modeling agencies in major fashion cities such as San Francisco, Miami, New York, London, Paris, Milan, and Sao Paulo Brazil and recruits and represents models throughout the world through its global fashion and modeling network.