Finding models to work with

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  1. leejt1986

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    Pretty simple question, how do you get in contact with models to work with if you dont have your own business? I've talked with friends and family about it, and i've also posted an ad on Craigslist.

    Any advice?
     
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    Have you tried the 'usual' sites...'Model Mayhem', 'One Model Place' etc?
     
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    would that be better than craigslist?
     
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    Craigslist is a classified add, I don't know how many experienced or aspiring models would be perusing it, looking for a modeling gig.

    Those sites are specifically there for the purpose of finding models, photographers, make-up artists etc.

    So yes, I'd say that they are better.

    Probably not as good as just calling up a modeling agency, but at least with those sites, you can find models who might be willing to work for free/print.
     
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    Craiglist has an unusual number of flakes and no-talent-hacks. My vote is for MM. I don't know why but I HATE OMP.
     
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    I believe you need to look at MM again. It sure has its share of flakes and no-talent-hacks. Of course, since there are photos, you can eliminate them more easily. :D

    The problem with MM for someone just starting (at least for some people here it seemed to be a problem) is that you have to have some photos to post before you can become a member.

    I used craigslist once and got plenty of calls but, depending on your level, you may just want to start with friends. Learn lighting and posing with them then find yourself some better models.
     
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    I am using friends and people i know.

    i created myself an account and MM and will be using it really soon.

    i also kidnap them on the streets and hide them in my trunk.
     
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    When it comes to models I generally use people I know. Or I have had friends of friends approach me as well.

    I know some other photographers that are around my age that I 'trade' modeling with. I model for them if they will model for me. I personally find that arrangement the easiest, and perhaps the most fun.

    From what I have heard, MM is the best as far as sites go. Craigslist I would stay away from...
     
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    :thumbup:

    Although I'm not quite sure why they have to be around your age... :D
     
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    I've never -- ever -- had any luck with Model Mayhem, a very frustrating experience. You'd be lucky to get any response at all. In the last 12 months I've photographed 22 male and female models and all 22 of them came from Craigslist.
     
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    Friends and family are a good start--though family is tricky.

    I have a number of friends on MM, and they have gotten some great work through the site and have made some great contacts for getting quick headshots and the like out.

    The biggest thing is that you have to put yourself out there and see what you can get. Modeling sites you have a general clue...CL is the seedy and can be questionable at times, but you have to weed out the good from the bad no matter where you cull models from.
     
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    I agree there are plenty of those types on MM as well. I just think they're easier to screen out than CraigsList.
     

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