Look over the Government minimum pay rates, it's a good guide. If you have gone through training, spent time and money to gain the experience and perfected your skills, then it's time you be a model and get paid like one. See: FAIR PAY FOR MODELS
Join a good agency who should get you paid fairly, and beware of jobs you find offering $30 per hour then have you wondering why you got out of bed to spend money on that taxi. You also need to remember there are different rates for different jobs. I know many good models that wont accept less than $50ph (with a minimum of 3), but will be open to negotiate their rate a touch if it's a simple and full day job. Higher end freelance models often command $100ph for basic jobs, and remember bigger commercial campaigns and TVC's should be double and more.
There was uproar recently when Kylie Minogue or her management sought unpaid dancers to gain "EXPOSURE" for a video clip and Logie awards performance. Same problem - different genre. Kylie and the team got hammered then agreed to pay the fair rates... $1200 for some who spent all day at the shoot.
Kylie dancers article: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/dance/kylies-logie-commotion-over-pa...
Dont be fooled, there is benefit in exposure from some media if your name accompanies the images, and it's great to help charity, but generally speaking if they make money and you dont, you need to look in the mirror, cos you might be fading away soon.
It's worth confronting this exploitation by commercial business, I have seen some back right down and think twice. Together we can get fairness back into this industry. We use the hashtag #fairpayformodels on social media and so should you.
Have you seen how top models are treated like celebrities. Mid range models get treated very special too. Know your value as a person and dont get walked over. This will give you confidence, have them not treat you like an amateur, and also keep you and the industy going a long time... ok, maybe in luxury as a size 10.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WORTH?? Share your thoughts below.
- by Dean Marzolla