1. Make sure your on time, if you cannot, be let the Photographer or agency know. Punctuality is very important.”safety tip”: If you are not taking anyone with you to the shoot, let someone know where you are and with whom.
2. Always go prepared :- ie clothing changes, don’t always think that they will have everything that is needed for the shoot.
3. Always take your own make-up, even if they has told you there will be a make-up artist there. Always think of the could be’s.
4. Get references, as many as you can. That would include other models and/or assignments that the photographer has had. Check and double check be sure that a legitimate photographer is doing the same with you. Never take anything for granted.
5. Get phone numbers and addresses if possible, if they are hesitant. You might want to rethink.
6. Make sure that you know exactly what the shoot consists of never feel pressured to do anything that you feel uncomfortable doing.
7. Always take along enough “cash” for cab fare etc. In case the photographer cannot provide adequate transportation. Most will!
8. Keep in mind that modelling is a business, not a personal venture. You need to be prepared to negotiate with prospective employers, regarding everything from pay to content. Don’t just drop out of contact because you don’t like what’s offered – either negotiate or say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” You never know, the employer you turn down could well have your dream job later – and if you treat him or her rudely or with disrespect, you’ll likely miss out.
9. Don’t ever do anything that you might regret later. What you do today can affect your career later down the road. “If you pose for a photo that you cannot show your family and friends, and be proud of it, it wasn’t worth doing”.
10. If you have a verbal or signed agreement on travelling expenses etc, make sure that it is followed up on.