A few quick tips for getting your selfie on — for requests and castings.

The inside of my car — a notoriously good spot for selfie lighting. The car windows put a nice filter on the light. That’s why you see so many IG photos of girls in their cars ;)

How many times a day as a model do you get asked to send in current selfies for possible jobs (with NO filters??) Let’s be realistic, living in the world of FaceApp etc — it’s difficult not to want to do some editing here and there. Hey, it’s just a tweak, right?

But there’s a reason clients are asking for something natural and real. Tech savvy apps like AGENT have built-in tools for selfies that clients love because it creates consistency and reliability for them. Now…


We’ve all been there. Agonizing over whether or not to accept the dreaded “small gig.” Will something bigger or better come along? Is it worth the traffic, gas money and 25-minute parking space hunt? Or the 8 block trek through the rain to a crowded subway ride, armpits in your face? Is this job a potential “in” towards a future ongoing relationship? A much-needed opportunity to meet a new client? Could you really use the extra $100 this month? Do you want to turn it down and have lunch with a friend instead but feel annoyingly obligated to accept every…


There’s much to be said for the rise of “The Freelancer” in today’s digital marketplace. Constant developments in technology are providing independents direct access and avenues to work with businesses on their own that didn’t exist even just five years ago. Since the onset of the pandemic, more options for remote work and flexible hours are increasingly being valued by workers over the traditional steady nine to five office job. Technology is also continuing to increase efficiencies in transactions among business parties, proceeding to cut out the proverbial ‘middleman’ in order to save on costs and streamline overall efficiencies within…


Rates have always been a hot topic when it comes to the business of modeling. There’s never been any formal standard or guideline regarding the payment of models in the industry. In fact, models have historically just been thankful to get paid at all, as collecting money from clients or agencies is often a nightmare. Further, because work is relatively scarce, many professional models decide to take certain bookings at perhaps a lower rate than what they are used to, simply to fill their schedule and make ends meet. …


By Laila Elise

With the year we’ve all been having, it seems like there’s nothing certain or concrete anymore. Nobody knows what to expect. Everything is changing so rapidly it can be quite challenging to keep up with the pace — especially for impacted industries like modeling and entertainment.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Aldo Serrano from Into the Forest who has a tremendous amount of experience in the production process — from casting to directing to photography, editing, and filmmaking — in order to get a better understanding of the marketplace these days…

Laila Elise

A career model for 15 years, I've seen everything there is to see in the business. I am now a full time writer/author who enjoys constantly learning new things.

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