The BBC reports this morning that modelling agencies would be banned from charging upfront fees, under government plans to be announced later today.
Even though a “cooling off” period had been introduced last year, aspiring models are still being exploited by unscrupulous agencies. New plans would outlaw upfront fees.
This new legislation is a welcome move, which confirms what readers of my models guide have known for years already:
Do not join an agency if you are expected to pay a fee (e.g. for joining, membership or to have a portfolio produced) – so-called upfront fees. Reputable agencies never charge their models any fees. They make their money from finding paid work for you and taking a commission.
My fear is that some so-called agencies will now simply find new ways of charging models, e.g. for test shots or producing portfolios, which also should not happen.
Read more about becoming a model and avoiding the scams in Wolf’s Models Guide.