How Modeling Agencies Work….

I have been asked so many times on how to start in the modeling business.  Yes I’m a photographer but let me give you a little background.  I was a model represented by Elite Models & Wilhelmina in Miami and NEXT & Ford in Los Angeles.  I know how the “big boys” work and I know how the local small agencies can be complete ripoffs.

How and agency makes it’s money.  Let’s say you are with Ford Models and a client wants to hire you to model their next ad campaign. To keep the numbers easy, let’s say the job pays $1000.  The client will have to pay Ford  20%-25% (Agency fee) of that $1000.  After the job is done, you get a check but not for $1000, because the agency will take out 20%-25% of your check as well.  So the agency basically just made $500 of the $1000.  Make sense?    And let’s not forget you will have to pay taxes on your check, which is roughly 30%  This means you just made $595 on a $1000.  Now just divide how many hours your worked on the job and you will get your hourly amount.

Professional Models are real working people, not just someone calling themselves a model. This means they make their income from modeling, making it a real business.  What does it cost??  When I was in Miami, I paid between $400-$700 for photos from professional photographers that my agency recommended.  But they allowed you to work with whoever you wanted to.

Small local agencies…..  I have seen this so many times on how these agencies (if you really want to call them that) rip people off.  Here in Louisville there isn’t a huge market for models.  Now there is work but not enough for an agency to justify having over 500 models to their roaster.  During peak season in Miami which runs from January to around May, agencies Like Elite, Ford, NEXT, and other have about 100 female models and 50 or so male models.  Now keep in mind this is peak season in a city that is booming with advertising jobs for models.  Now ask yourself why an agency in Louisville takes in model after model in a city that doesn’t have anything compared to Miami or Los Angeles.???

How do these small agencies their money ?  The same way I mentioned above with the %%, but these people will charge you over $1000 for photos….. they require you to take “classes” on how to model, which isn’t free.  They typically charge over $1000 for that as well.  This means anyone can be a model as long as you’re willing to pay the money.  There are also other things you will have to pay…..  Want to be seen by clients? The agency  will want you to pay a monthly fee and then there are different packages for that as well.   There is an agency in Louisville that needs $33,000 a month to stay afloat…. pay salaries, overhead etc.  This is why they take in so many models, but I can tell you that 90% of those models will not ever see work or ever make back the money they spent to be a model….which you should never need to pay anyway.

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More Strength then you’ll ever know

Erin Gentry is one of my very best friends.  She motivates people, she is always wanting to give and help wherever she can.  But what you don’t know or even notice is something she doesn’t talk about.  I had asked her during her shoot, if she would mind if I wrote about it.

Behind all this fitness…. the diets, the hard work she puts into life everyday,  Life was almost taken away from her 6 years ago.  Take a look at her picture and look right below her navel… see it?  That scar isn’t just there from something simple.  Erin is a Ovarian Cancer survivor.  At 30 years old she had 3 malignant tumors  removed that weighed 11lbs.  She had to have emergency surgery that nearly took her life and then underwent a full hysterectomy.  You would never know by looking at her today where she was 6 years ago.  She is a true motivation in every sense of the word…. a true survivor and such an awesome friend.

Treat everyday as a gift, treat people as you would want to be treated….  and always look at life knowing that you are part of a much larger picture.

 

Kevin Talley

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A return to my blog……

It’s been a long time that I’ve written in my blog…. most people don’t know but I had and still have a passion for helping people “create change” in their lives. In October of 2010 I did my last speaking engagement at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills titled.. “Creating Change.” My mother had just passed way 3 months earlier from brain cancer. To this day, I don’t even know how I was able to put a sentence together at that event as my emotions were all over the place.
Someone, just the other night, had commented on one of my blogs post from 3 years ago. It brought back a lot of memories of a direction I thought I was going to follow. Photography was not even an option or a thought at that time. I had only done it as a hobby, not even that. But there something to be said when we are able to make a new choice and choose a new direction outside our comfort zone. Public speaking to me was something I had loved but had fallen out of that path. Not because I didn’t want to… I had new doors opening that I needed to realize.
We all make choices that will impact how we live our lives everyday, even if we decided to smile at a passing stranger.
Where were you 5 years ago?? Where are you now? It’s a great idea to reflect on these past times and future hopes so re can realign ourselves in such a way to make a positive difference.

Photography for me has been such an outlet for things I had inside of me that I wasn’t even aware of. I do my best to keep my own little world to myself and wish people great success and help them if I’m able. Most of us never look “inward” for help, where most, if not all, the answers lay. We need to surround yourself with good people and good actions…. this will only benefit you because we become our surroundings. So everyday you need to take a look at what, and who you are surrounding yourself with.
True friends will never judge you or talk bad about you and you should do the same in return. You don’t need to walk on top of people in order to get somewhere… true friends will pick you up and carry you.
Find your happy place and be content knowing that you will always draw a following of friends, a group that will talk about you and others that for some reason just not like you at all. It’s how some people interpret information because they are not happy in their current circumstance. When you know these types of people are out there, you can ready yourself on not your actions… but your reactions. Your reactions will speak volumes of the person your are and how people will perceive you.
Like Mother Teresa once said…. “It was always between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

Keeping life in-focus.

Kevin Talley

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Your wall comes crumbling down….

We all have them and the ironic thing is we are the ones who built them…..  WALLS.  Of course I’m not talking about a construction of a home, I’m talking about every obstacle we face everyday.

An interesting fact is we seem to blame our obstacles on other people.  Relationships, money, jobs, friends etc.  But you have to admit, we have all had the “gut instinct” that tells us to move on, or to change direction, but we don’t listen most of the time.

So how do we knock down these walls?  First step is the biggest, and I already mentioned it.  You need to take credit for putting your labor hard-hat on and laying down the bricks.  Each one of these bricks have the same ingredients…   fear, hate, doubt, disassociation with others, the feeling of being alone.  Each brick was made with your own intentions and you feed it cement (your energy) everyday. Acknowledgment is the number one step you need to take.  

Taking down these walls takes a lot of work, after all, you put a lot of cement on it.  You have to learn to re-think how you think,  how you react to others, learn to trust, learn to love and to stop feeling alone.  The great thing is when you start have these traits come into play, it acts like a huge sledge hammer.  The more you change your emotional actions and thoughts, the sledge hammer gets larger and soon turns into a wreaking ball.

Remember this…. life flows in one direction.  When you go against the flow, you are fighting, swimming, and struggling with life.  You just have to “let things be” and learn to create a new outlook on life.  You built it, you created it, and you can take down as well.

Start swinging !

Keeping Life in-Focus,

Kevin Talley    The Tall Guy With The Camera.

http://www.KevinTalleyPhoto.com 

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YOU DID IT !

YOU DID IT !

There really isn’t a such thing as “failure”. Failure is only a way of learning how to accomplish your dreams and see things through. Without failure, you cannot succeed in anything you do.
Feel safe know that you are in the right place an the right time for everything to happen when it’s meant to. But never, ever give up on what you have inside of you…. your dreams and goals are real to you.

Keeping Life In-Focus,
Kevin Talley… Tall Guy With The Camera

Surpassing you own expectations….

We all have dreams we want accomplish.  This can only be done in one way……   stepping outside your comfort zone.  But even with that, there are smaller sub “zones” you must go through as well.  The most important one  “Failure”.  Yes, failure is a key component to success and you can research this for yourself.  So I’m going to skip the novel and get right to the climax and ending of this book.  

You can have all the best ideas in the word but if you do not have the emotion drive behind it to push forward your dreams and goals, they will not happen.  Drive to finish something you started says a lot about you.  Without drive it would be a pretty boring world, filled with re-runs of Hee Haw and Love Boat.  

Self-talk is another huge, if not the top element.  It’s how we speak to ourselves in our minds.  “I’m not good enough.”  “Why even bother?”  “No one will like it.”   “I hate……   ”    The words we speak about ourselves are either incredibly uplifting, or severally damaging.  The interesting part is that we are in complete control of it….  just like we are of other habits like eating, smoking, drinking, and lifestyle choices.  I’ve said this is previous blogs but I want to repeat it….  “We become our surroundings.”   Make sure you read that and write it down.  Consider it a life rule if you will.  If you hang out with party people…. you become that.  Hang out with people who gossip… you become that.    Are you getting this yet ?

Another HUGE component,  emotion baggage.  One of the most difficult things to drop off at the door, is our feelings of hurt from the past.  If you were in a relationship where you were emotionally hurt, cheated on, etc…  your mind puts “relationships”  in a category of “Relationships = pain”.   Make sense?  So when you keep your mind on that equation…. you will actually find more of what you don’t want… more pain.  Instead you have to re-train how you think.  Maybe the reason the other person that hurt you in the relationship was hurt themselves and brought their baggage to you.  So can you see how it’s almost like a virus ?  It spreads like an emotional flu.  The cure??  Realize that you are always going to go through difficult times, but you will always come out to see the light.  You just have to have faith. !   God did’t bring you this far just to let you fall.

Keeping Life In-Focus…

Kevin Talley   Tall Guy With The Camera.

http://www.KevinTalleyPhoto.com

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Cracks in YOUR Camelot……

No matter a certain situation or circumstance, two people will not view them with the same pair of eyes.  A situation that one person may seem as harmless, another can feel fearful or threatened and certain emotions bubble up that remind us to put up our guard.  The only thing we can really do is learn how to control our reaction, our response.  Which if you are threatened, (emotions, feelings, etc.) your reaction may not be the one you wish it could have been several hours later after you had time to think about it.  

But what if you’re the person that might have caused the “situation” to happen, even though you may not even realize it?  The same rules apply….   there are different eyes and thoughts circling the situation and you can only react in a way where you do not push matters or cause an even worse reaction from the other person.   Take time to analyze everything, but do it in a way where you show care and not harshness.  

More then likely, everything will simmer down before you know it and your reactions may have put you in an uncomfortable spot.  But if you recognize this soon in, you will not feel like you’re hiding in a corner waiting for permission to sit down.  The easiest thing we can do is just “let it go.”  Easier said then done?  Yes, but with practice it will become a lot easier and then a second nature.

I was reading about an exercise that Tony Robbins did with 2 other people.  They were told to watch a video and then tell how it made them feel.  Each one of them had a different response.  Tony said it made him angry…. another said he was boiling and the last one said….  “That seemed a little harsh.”   Tony liked how this guy responded and thought about if we too were to look at situations that made him angry and change the view point.  “Change what you look at, and what you look at changes.”

Learn to control your emotions and you will have mastered yourself.   Me,… I’m still in school learning this lesson.

 

Keeping Life In-Focus…

Kevin Talley       The Tall Guy with the Camera

http://www.KevinTalleyPhoto.com 

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If you don’t have anything nice to say……….

I found out over the weekend a very nasty email went out about me, my intentions with people, and my work as a photographer.
I have NEVER had someone go out of their way to try and ruin my name, my work, and my beliefs.
Instead of replying in anger or let it consume my thoughts, I decided to let go of it and with that, I put it in the words of Mother Teresa….

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Words from my friends…..

  • Carole Diamond-Smith I am so sorry Kevin. I don’t understand the ignorance and stupidity of some people. You are a good person and I agree with Dana. Taking the high road is the best way to go. It is not worth your time to try to comprehend why this individual committed such a foolish, disgraceful act. Always wishing u the best Kevin!
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  • Lee Ham Parker Let it go
  • Cathey Harris And… I have to remember, all the time that people will fail you . God never does.
  • Cathey Harris God forward Kevin, shine your light!
  • Camille McManus I have had to indure the same… it is hard to let it go but the right thing to do. may i say i am proud of you…. not that you need that from me or anyone.
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  • Sherry Fitchpatrick-Riles Allow me to add…only those that have/have done/are trying to do are hated by those who don’t and never will!
  • Tammy Cantu Keep up the beautiful work!!!!
  • Hummingbird Jewel I do believe we should shut down our reactions and do the opposite … It creates a vortex of sorts light repels darkness. Having said that there was once a Tibetan guru priest a “Lama” he prohibited recordings of his ceremonies. One man would not resp…See More
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  • Kelly Montgomery Haters are gonna hate…
  • Kelly Montgomery Some people just can’t stand the thought of others successes
  • Cathey Harris I would not give them anymore credit or time…and move away from them and this.
  • Sherry Hess Cook You are one of the best photographers I have ever met and one of the nicest people. .so sorry. …
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  • Candy Chieppo Your work is beautiful, you’re talent inspiring and breathtaking, you are a good person. The rest? Is simply NOISE….
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  • Jayne Tillman Love the words you shared of mother Teresa. I have my own version…..Karma.
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  • Ardie Pearce You are a wonderfully beautiful person, inside and out. You exude kindness, are a professional, and extremely talented. You keep doing what your doing, chances are nobody listens to whoever spreading gossip anyway. Chin up my friend.
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  • Lee Ann Helm Hardin And never allow one mean spirited person or hateful words to steal your joy
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  • Teresa Carter I’m really sorry that happened to you and I have always loved those quotes. It was a nice reminder today so thank you.
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  • Erin Hogan Very mature response. Well said.
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  • Jennifer Cannon Dearest Kevin…I am sorry this happened…but I am more proud of your reaction. Your knowledge of positive response is your greatest worth. Thanks for posting this..I know sometimes it’s even a hard decision to post it…but you did anyway. I am grateful for that because it reminds me of what I need to do in situations like this…thanks for being an example.
  • Janet Quinton Cunningham Hey honey, your work speaks for itself, and it’s beautiful and you know for the bad press someone has tried to pin on you, you get 10x the true, great recommendations daily. You are an awesome person and your response reflects just that as their negative comments reflect who they are.
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  • Vickie Sherill Good for you! You’re the n
    Better person 😊
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  • Lorinda Hern How bizarre…? Don’t sweat it – the people who matter know what they have in you. Usually actions like this are driven by envy. All you can do is pity them, really.
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  • Colleen M. Griffith Very inspirational post Kevin! Kudos to you for your role modeling here… this is an approach I’m going to make an effort at adopting myself.
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  • Betty Wilson As someone else said, beautiful words of Mother Theresa. There are always people(assholes) in the world who are jealous or envious of others accomplishments because of their own failures or inability to succeed in anything they try to do, so they just try & tear other people down. So you handsome. & sweet hunk of a man whom I have not met, & friend of my sons, just consider the source.
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  • Carol Vincent ‘ We are more then Conquers we are Over Comers in this life” STAY STRON .
  • Susan Vought Gullotta So sorry that happened to you. People can be so cruel. Unfortunately things like that happen when people are jealous of others. What they do not realize is that putting other people down or speaking negative about them does not make themselves better or change who they are. Nor does it change what you are. It is a waste of emotion.
  • Suzanne Beams Wise Mother Theresa!
  • Nicole Marie Pyle Humans can be so ugly, yet so beautiful as you so perfectly capture in your photographs. You have “haters”, that means you are pretty much famous;) I for one, can’t wait to see your gallery showing! Just keep on, keepin’on! (Joe Dirt) lol
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  • Nikki Cassady Waits Thanks for this, Kevin Talley-Photography. I needed to have those words today and it has helped tremendously
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  • John W. Rectenwald Hang in there Kevin. When people are hating on you, it usually means your doing something right. They hate to see others succeed because they have given up on their own dreams.
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  • Missy Keller That person has dreams of stealing someone’s hopes and dreams. Your a perfect guy and they’re imprefect and want to bring u down. What an idiot. I’m sorry….
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  • Shannon Culver Such a shame. People work so hard to build up their own life, and with one evil word, it can crumble in an instant. Haters will always hate. That’s what they do. Destruction and wreckage is what they offer. That’s why it’s so important to keep your mind and heart pure from evil intention.
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  • Teresa Kay Brister Williams People are horrible these days…Mother Teresa said it best…
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  • Brittany Cassady Weis · 4 mutual friends

    This is exactly what needed to hear right now. Thank you so much for your inspirational post!!
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  • Andrue J Devine Haters gonna hate regardless.
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  • Robyn Ford my favorite poem… you must be making people nervous….
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  • Katie McLaughlin People never cease to amaze me. I, for one, think you are wonderful. I love my engagement pictures, can’t wait for you to shoot my wedding, and am so happy for your gallery grand opening that you’ve been working so hard for!
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  • Kim Kelley So sorry to hear that , you are a wonderful photographer as well as person and you will succeed!!
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  • Vesna VB People, sadly, have nothing better to do. EVER!!! Don’t pay attention to any of it. Let them live with their ignorance, alone, in their own misery. Never let that bring you down or consume your thought, ever.
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  • Tanya Greenberg Kevin, you are the most honest and amazing person, shame on that person to create such commotion! I’ve known you for over 15 years and you are as you stand, honest, loving, true and a friend that I want forever!
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  • Amy Cassady · Friends with Nikki Cassady Waits

    There is only one Judge snd He is watching us all…
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  • Emily McClain Siler Karma!  You are amazingly sweet person and a great photographer.
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  • Cher Beilfuss Mitchell the Evil one is always trying to discourage us from moving forward and doing God’s will. you must be on the right path!
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  • David Moore People can be mean. But, just look at all the support you have from this one post. You gotta be doing something right. Haters gonna hate. Merry Christmas my friend.
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  • Gigi Belmonico You SO rock Kevin. The End. 😊XOXOGigi
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  • Inga Richter Ultimately, most everyone has nice and pleasant sides as well as some ugly sides. That is what makes us human. Your friends will be the ones that build their opinions on their own experience with you and not some email.
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  • Tony Shuler Rise above
  • Joyce Bristow Amen Kevin…
  • Staci Lyon I haven’t met you, but I’m a huge fan of your photography and I look forward to shooting with you. Don’t let other peoples jealous insecurities stop you from your art.
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    • Connie Mallet Spot on Kevin!….I LOVE these words….The best form of “revenge” is to move on and touch many more hearts with your work and passion….and let Karma do it’s thing….. xx
    • Vina Von Bliss when you’re out there doing your gift as a vocation, someone somewhere will get triggered.. and it will have nothing to do wit you/us. keep shining and beaming the joy in your photography, kevin. you inspire many more than the haters. big hugs xo
    • Contessa Morgan Pantoja That was the BEST thing I’ve read in some time, Kevin and an EXCELLENT way to begin my day! Thank-you Don’t let others, especially manifested through their own insecurities and jealousy, bring you down! Everything I’ve ever read from you is motivating, compassionate …. and loving. Keep on!
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    • Jeri Lynn Kenney I am always amazed at the lengths people will go to to defame someone’s name out of jealousy. Luckily it is so common these days that people see through it. I pity the person who is so obsessed with you that they would do that…what a scary stalker type. Be careful.
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    • Aurora Lipnitzky The best response is to ignore them. It shows that they didn’t get to you, their actions are futile.
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    • Aurora Lipnitzky I always listen to people, not what others say about people.
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    • Mitzi Hanna I love Mother Teresa’s writings and I like my friend Kevin
    • Tom OConnor · Friends with Angie Fenton

      @ Kevin- you did the right thing–nothing negative ever hit my site. Think you are still highly respected as a person and for your talents. A good friend of mine, Derek Anderson, Sr- says “Never Allow Someone’s Opinion of You to Become YOUR REALITY “. I have that saved on my phone and practice it daily. God Bless you and ignore those eaten up with jealousy .
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Believing in YOU

Believing in YOU

Believing in yourself, not allowing others to hurt your dreams, always moving to become a better person then you were the day before. Knowing that you are a part of a much grander picture then you could ever imagine and teaching others is how we learn to ……fly! -KT

What happened to normal ?

The last 10 minutes of the movie Tombstone, Doc Holiday (played by Val Kilmer) is on his death bed with his best friend Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russel).  Wyatt was telling Doc that everything in his life just wasn’t right.  He just wanted to live a normal life.  Doc replied to him..  “There is no normal life, there is just life.  So go live it.”  Words to live by.

The one biggest thing we can all do to better ourselves is learn how to react to what we call problems.  We will always go through life with difficult circumstances but its how we learn to overcome our response, relearning basic understandings of life itself.  We can’t control a person or a problem, but we can respond to it in a different and positive way.  Over the last several months I have been living by the rule “Everything (good and what we perceive is bad) happens for a reason.”  But truly living this rule took and is taking a lot of work.  Picture a glass of water that is nearly full. There is no more room in the glass for fresh water.  So you have to pour out the old water in order to make room for the new.  This is what you have to do in order to move forward on so many levels in your life.

You have to let go and just allow it to happen naturally.  Doing less, will give you more of what your looking for…  but you have to stay on your goal and keep doing things to improve yourself and your ability to get you where you want to be.

As most of my blogs, I tend to ramble about how to create change in your life.  This blog is no different.  I just want to put ideas out there, ones I know that work.  Let go and just allow.  Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams…. and don’t give up.

Keeping Life in-Focus.

Kevin Talley   The Tall Guy With The Camera

http://www.KevinTalleyPhoto.com

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