Don't work for free
Know your worth as a model, and decline working for free. Working for free hurts all models in this industry and makes it more difficult to demand reasonable pay in the future. Respect your time and energy invested with any project you accept. Gaining the respect and appreciation within the modeling community opens up more opportunities in the future.
Imagine asking a doctor to work for free. What kind of a response should you expect? “I promise to tag you in Instagram.” Yeah, free work doesn't fly with professionals. You're not expected to give your talents away for free either. Being photogenic is a gift, own it. Your worth as a model/talent brings value.
Stepping up and saying “No” to free work can be a scary proposition, but it’s necessary in this business. Be confident and kindly refer the client to your agent.
Testing with a photographer or a creative collaboration is different... we'll talk about that next!
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