Ok, let’s start with the basics.
What is a model contract?
It is an agreement that both parties, the model and the agency must agree to before marketing the model. There are many terms and conditions included in the agreement, such as:
How the model’s income will be divided between the model and the agency.
Contract duration (automatic renewal or not)
Behavior and etiquette of the model.
Occasionally taxes, model expenses.
Mainly, there are 4 different types of contracts that are offered to models by almost all agencies and they include:
- exclusive contract
You will be managed exclusively by your agency and will not be free to work with any other agency for the duration of your contract. Therefore, it is crucial that models clarify each contract information before signing on the dotted line and make sure it is a legitimate agency you are signing with.
- non-exclusive contract
With this contract, you can search for your own jobs without the need to go through your agency and all the profits obtained belong solely to you. In addition, you can also sign non-exclusive contracts with other agencies as long as you inform their agencies. This is the contract we would highly recommend to models as it allows them the freedom to pursue their own jobs and also a great opportunity for them to engage and build relationships with many, widening their connections.
- one time contract
This contract is highly recommended for those models who cannot commit to long-term contracts or be managed by any agency due to busy schedules or heavy responsibilities. This contract is only signed for a single job. Once the model has completed her work and meets all contract responsibilities, the model will be paid. If you don’t receive a paycheck after completing a job, you can file a lawsuit against the company for breach of contract.
- Parent agency agreement
This contract allows one’s parent agency to earn commissions from the model, even if he or she is signed to consecutive agencies. A parent modeling agency is the first agency you started with as a model. The mother agencies function as its shield, they promote it to the international market. Therefore, any agreements regarding the model’s career with international agencies will be made between both parties, her mother agency and the subsequent agency. Your parent agency will then deduct a small percentage of your earnings for your efforts. Although you will not earn as much as certain models, you can be sure that you are well protected by your agency while getting plenty of exposure in the industry.
To close this out, it’s important to know every detail of the contracts you’re being offered, as you don’t want to simply commit your career into the wrong hands. My best wishes!