If you are a sponsored model with us this service is free.
For non sponsored models that would like to take advantage of our all markets submission service.
- We will create a cover letter for you.
- We will create a featured profile on our website.
- We will submit to the markets, directors and booking agents we feel will best suite your look and skill set.
The fee for the submission service is very reasonable. Contact us to learn more.
What we will need for your successful submissions;
- Any tear sheets you have (optional(
- Any Digital Composite Cards you have. (optional)
- A headshot or full body shot
- Our edited agent cover letter with your details
- A profile on our site filled out with your details https://motivomodels.com/become-a-model/
Example Agent cover letter;
123 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
Home : 415-555-0000 Cell: 415-555-0000
Dear Mr. Barone,
I’m writing to apply for the Fashion Model position with your agency. I have ten years of modeling experience with a wide variety of clientele and campaigns. Currently as a fashion model I am spending the majority of my time working on a magazine layout for a major cosmetics brand.
My versatility lends itself well to various modeling needs. I am a high-energy model who strives to maintain a positive attitude and freshness throughout long shoots which I believe is an asset for anyone in this industry. I possess a unique look that stands out from the crowd but I can adapt to various moods and styles. Previous employers have praised me for my work ethic and positive attitude as well as for my modeling performance. I’m confident I can meet your needs on this campaign and that I can deliver the dramatic look you’re after.
My head shot and credentials as a fashion model speak for themselves. However I would love to meet with you in person to demonstrate my fit for this position. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email and I thank you for your time.
How to Submit Yourself to an Agency
The new year has almost arrived, and I am doubling down on my efforts to provide you with the kind of inside information that might make all the difference in your career. There are so many advice books for actors, and most of them are written by people who have no business giving advice to anyone. At least here, you know you’re getting the straight dope from the real deal.
Now, I’m sure you made a list of resolutions last week, and maybe finding an agent was at the top of that list. Or maybe finding a new agent was your goal. Either way, I’d like to kick off 2019 with some basic guidance on how to send out a submission to someone like me.
My office, along with the rest of the industry, is closed for 2 weeks during christmas. But you know what? During that time, I receive on average 50-100 email submissions and 10-20 hard-copy submissions. I’m not sure what the logic behind them was, but I deleted and threw out every single one. I would never want to represent a person who can’t enjoy the holidays without focusing on representation.
But when I get back to work after the holidays, I look at every submission that comes
my way because it’s been my experience that every now and then, there’s a nugget of gold inside that mountain of mediocrity. And signing that nugget is a big part of my job. So here are a few tips on how to make yours shine.
The subject heading in your email should be simple but enticing. “Actor seeking representation” is a bore. “Just got great reviews!” is better. “Referred to you by [insert casting director’s name]” is best.
You can also have a little fun. I received one submission right before the holidays that said, “Did you see ‘Manchester by the Sea’?” When I opened it, the actor explained how moved he was by the film and how he aspired to be that good.
The attachments should also be simple. I’ve had actors send me as many as 10 head shots. What is that about? Limit it to three. And a PDF of your resume is fine.
As for the email itself, please don’t send me your life story. I receive gargantuan emails all the time that seem to go on forever. One or two paragraphs are plenty.
Mentioning a referral is always a good idea, but here’s the thing: You could be lying. I have no way of knowing. So the referral isn’t really worth much unless the person in question gets in touch with me directly.
And if you’re sending me an old-school hard-copy submission, please don’t include a flash drive with your reel on it. There’s no way in hell I’m going to plug that thing into my computer. I don’t know you, and the drive could have a worm or a virus or some other digital disease.
Yes, this is basic stuff, but you’d be surprised by how many models and actors get it wrong. And one more thing: Always put yourself on the receiving end and consider what kind of submission you’d like to get. That way of thinking, along with my advice, should help your submission stand out from the avalanche of need I receive on a daily basis.
Casting Categories Explained
COMMERCIALS / SAG:A television commercial that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the Screen Actors Guild. Non-union actors are frequently hired for SAG commercials, thus securing union status. All talent considered for these projects.
COMMERCIALS / NON-SAG:A commercial either with AFTRA or non-union status. All are eligible.
DANCE / LIVE SHOWS:All appropriate talent eligible.
DANCE / FILMED or RECORDED:Appropriate ability and union requirements apply.
EPISODIC TV / PILOTS:A single episode of a television series produced for the purpose of selling a series to a network and securing a broadcast slot. Union and non-union talent eligible.
EPISODIC TV / SAG:A television program that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the Screen Actors Guild – a program shot on film – i.e. CSI, Cold Case, Malcolm in the Middle, etc. Only SAG members are eligible.
EPISODIC TV / AFTRA:A television program that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – a program recorded on videotape – i.e. soap operas, some sit-coms. AFTRA is an open union – all are eligible for AFTRA projects but must join union if cast.
EPISODIC TV / NON-UNION:While SAG and AFTRA talent are urged not to apply, all appropriate talent is considered.
FEATURE FILM / SAG:A film for theatrical or home viewing distribution that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the Screen Actors Guild. Non-union actors are occasionally hired for SAG films, thus securing union status. All talent considered for these projects.
FEATURE FILM / NON-SAG:While SAG members are urged not to apply, all appropriate talent is considered.
FEATURE FILM / STUDENT FILMS:A film produced at a college or film school. While SAG restrictions apply, all talent is considered.
FEATURE FILM / SHORT FILM PROJECTS:A film or video project whose final length will be less than 75 minutes. SAG restrictions apply, but all are considered.
FEATURE FILM / DOCUMENTARIES:SAG restrictions apply, but all are considered.
INFOMERCIALS:A ½ to 1-hour paid advertising program. AFTRA restrictions apply, but all are considered.
INDUSTRIAL & TRAINING FILMS / UNION:Non-broadcast films or videos produced by companies or organizations. Union restrictions apply.
INTERNET:Projects intended for internet use, only. No union restrictions apply.
INDUSTRIAL & TRAINING FILMS / NON-UNION:Non-broadcast films or videos produced by companies or organizations. Union restrictions apply to union members, but all are considered.
MODELING / RUNWAY:Fashion modeling for live events. All appropriate talent considered.
MODELING / HAIR & COSMETICS:Shows featuring hairstyles and make-up products. All appropriate talent considered.
MODELING / PRINT:Advertising and catalog use, billboards, brochures, etc. All appropriate talent considered.
MUSIC VIDEOS:No union restrictions apply. All appropriate talent considered.
THEATRE / UNION:Live theatrical presentations whose casting falls under the jurisdiction of Actor’s Equity Association. Non AEA members are eligible to audition, but at later times than union members.
THEATRE / NON-UNION:Live theatrical presentations that do not fall under the casting jurisdiction of AEA. All appropriate talent considered.
TRADE SHOWS-LIVE EVENTS-PROMOTIONAL MODELING:Various live events. All appropriate talent considered.
VOICE-OVER / UNION:Voice only use for TV, radio, industrials, etc. SAG & AFTRA restrictions apply.
VOICE-OVER / NON-UNION:Voice only use for TV, radio, industrials, etc. SAG & AFTRA restrictions do not apply. Union members urged not to apply, but all appropriate talent considered.