Q&A: Sunshine Productions Modeling Agency in Arlington, TX?

Question by Dieuestamour: Sunshine Productions Modeling Agency in Arlington, TX?
Hello. I know females including my daughter that are interested in joining Sunshine Productions Modeling Agency. Has anyone ever heard of it, had any experience with them and is it legit?


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Answer by KG
Since they are selling you a portfolio with their in-house photographer & selling classes up front, it sounds more like a modeling “school” rather than an “agency.”

Best “education” on how to get into modeling & the modeling world: www.newmodels.com or www.exploremodeling.com. Both sites explain how the modeling world REALLY works and how to get into modeling. Educate yourself so you don’t get scammed. Also check out: http://carinaecasting.com/site/index.php/tag/model-call/.

FYI – you don’t need a portfolio or modeling school in order to submit photos to an agency. Any agency who wants to sign you will know exactly what kinds of photos they want in order to promote you. Do NOT listen to anyone who says you need a portfolio or modeling school in order to get started! I had nothing when my agency accepted me. When they signed me, they told me what types of photos they needed (“Commercial/lifestyle”), gave me a list of photographers in the area who did that type of photography, and I had to get photos taken for my comp card (model’s business card which has photos on it). I didn’t have to use any of the photographers on the list, I was free to go to any photographer I wanted as long as they knew how to do commercial photography. If an “agency” sends you to use their in-house photographer & don’t give you the option to shop around for a different photographer, then it is what we in the industry call a “porfolio mill” since they make money off hopeful models wanting to break into the industry.

On the other hand, if your daughter just wants to gain self-confidence about herself, then sometimes those schools can be a lot of fun (even if they are expensive). But just know that a modeling school is not a way into the modeling world, and many of the Pros in the industry (high-fashion photographers & agencies) actually frown on schools like this. 😉 Best of luck.

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