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Are you an exceptionally good looking man, who has been told that you would be a great model for magazines, catalogs, etc.?  Much of the publicity for models usually will go to women, but there is a certainly a healthy and booming market out there for male models who want to step into the modeling industry.

If you are one of these individuals, and you want to be a model, it can be a highly lucrative career, but it is very important that you’re well informed of scams that might come your way. Wherever there is money to be made, there is also a scammer looking to take advantage. In order to avoid the hassle and keep your modeling career on the right path, it is recommended that you adhere to the following tips.Scams & the 411

1. Big Pay – Little Work.
Fairly obvious but worth saying, everyone would like to make as much money as they can for as little work as possible. Bottom line: it’s called efficiency, not greed. Maximizing it will ensure that you earn more for every bit of effort that you put into something. Many male modeling job scams will promise the world and make it seem absolutely too good to be true. If the tone of an ad is that acceptance is easy, or that you will somehow have jobs the next day, then you need to be leery and ask lots of questions. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is, and you can get discouraged if you find yourself taken advantage of.

2. Pay to Work – NO!
Many so called “agents” will make it sound as if they can work wonders for your career, but they require a great deal from you in way of monetary expenses before they actually deliver any results. As a general rule for any industry, you should never pay be able to work for someone (agency or not) specifically. Attaining a certificate or degree of education from a college, university or accredited institution is one thing. Paying someone money to get a modeling gig for photos, representation or otherwise is an outright scam. Stay as far away as possible.

3. Do Your Research
If the ad seems legitimate, you should still log on to third party sites and see what others are saying about the modeling agency granting you the opportunity. If someone has been done wrong or scammed by this group, it will not take long for you to find them on the Internet. However, you should be careful with this aspect. Just because someone has made an enemy, that doesn’t necessarily mean it was their fault. It is important to check with the Better Business Bureau if you have any remaining questions about someone’s reputation.

In the end, its best to reflect on what you’ve been told and your own spirit. Not everyone is a model. While you may be good-looking or take a great photo, who’s encouraging you?  Are you truly model material?  Often times, applicants answer that their mother or other relative has told them they have a great look. Ask yourself, beyond family, does this ring true?  In your own heart, you most of all, know if you possess what it takes to be a model.

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