Advance - a sum of money paid to you by your agent on behalf of an advertising company that wishes to book you for a job. This is usually paid in advance of your working to secure your services particularly if you are in demand as a top model.
Agency (modeling agency) - an establishment that does business on behalf of the model, such as booking jobs and collecting payment for the model for a fee(usually 10-20% of the dollar amount collected).
Buy-out - when a client arranges a one-time payment or flat fee for a commercial instead of paying residuals for the job. This means that you will not get paid every time the commercial plays - the fee should be quite substantial.
Cattle Call - this type of audition where hundreds of models will show up to be viewed by casting directors or photographers. Usually new models are sent by their agents so that they can be introduced.
Character Model - a model who is not necessarily a beauty, but who may have strong interesting facial features and selling attributes for specific products. Some jobs require models with an everyday look, such as a truck driver, mechanic, grocery clerk, school teacher, cleaning person, appliance repair person, and so on. Also called commercial modeling.
Print Modeling - This refers to model photographed to promote a product on billboards, buses, magazines and newspapers. This type of modeling can be divided into two prime sections- editorial modeling and Product Advertising. Print advertisements is when a model is used to advertise a product or service. No need to use the word "commercial" in it as 'commercial modeling' since all printed work is commercialized.
Composite Card/Comp Card - card with 3-5 photos of the model and their height, eye and hair color and size information to promote and distribute to prospective clients. Currently, postcard-size (6x8) is popular. One side contains a head shot, the other side several small photographs together with information about the model. This gets you work on a stronger basis than a portfolio.
Contact Sheet- also called proof sheet and index sheet.This is a contact print of negatives on 8-by-10-inch photographic paper. Theseimages are the same size as the negatives, and require use of a magnificationglass to evaluate them.
Convention Modeling- also called trade show modeling. Theseshows use mostly female models to demonstrate products and answer questions.You must look professional and believable to be a convention model!
Editorial Modeling - a model is booked to give a visual concept for what an article in a publication is talking about. Images in the non-advertisement sections of the fashion magazines, such as Glamour, Vogue, or Seventeen, are good examples of this type of modeling.The physical requirements are less stringent than for High Fashion Modeling, but the pay rate is considerably less. Many more models are needed for Editorial Modeling, Editorial experience opens the door to other modeling bookings.
Fashion Show - invited audience, stage, music; models walk down runway to show designer clothing often in a local way. Specifications for a model to be in a fashion show are not often required to be tall & thin. A general audience can see the fashion show. Sometimes local fashion shows are held inside of nightclubs. The pay frequently isn't as much as runway shows.
Fetish - fetish photography is adult in nature but not always sexually explicit, and generally centers around a main theme. It tends to be photographed in harsh light and extreme settings, and often includes the use of props.Examples include bondage, leather, feet, etc.
Figure Modeling - generally considered more artistic work, usually involving some degree of nudity. Figure models work with artists for photography, painting, or sculpture. Figure work is often done anonymously,that is the model is not readily identifiable in the final work. The focus of the work is usually the body or body parts, and how they interact with light and textures. Also called Illustration Modeling or an Artist's Model.
Fit Modeling- modeling the original sample garment to test for sizing -clients choose a model whose measurements match the sample size exactly. This is basically done to find any flaws within the garment before it is mass produced.
High Fashion Modeling- high fashion modeling is the modeling of designer clothes, either at fashion shows or in publications. Sometimes, the modeling of jewelry and cosmetics falls into this category. The models are hired through agencies. Of course, the advertisers' expectations also run high. The agencies choose models with a proven track record for this type of modeling.
Hold - when the agency puts you "on hold" for a job, it means the client is seriously considering you and wants you to keep the time available for them first (if anything else comes up for that time, you must notify the agency before accepting another job).
Open Call - casting when the client sees all models suitable for the type requested. Also refers to a specific day and time of the week when an agency sees new models that does not have a pre-arranged appointment.
Print work - photography taken for catalogs, books, brochures, ads for magazines or newspapers, magazine covers, commercial photography for household products, business products and services, glamour products.
Sample - a piece of clothing from a line that is specifically created for a shoot or a fashion show. Many samples are one of kind pieces that are produced before the line is created. Samples are sometimes marked with permanent ink or have defects so that they cannot be resold.
Stock Photographer - one whose work is not for a specific client or job, but whose photos get listed in a general catalog by number for any client to select (for example, a photo of a talking on a mobile phone and the photo is purchased by a phone company client to be
Stylist - a person who supplies a model's wardrobe & accessories.
Tear Sheet - a page containing the model's image removed from a publication, usually a catalog or magazine. This sheet is usually added to the model's portfolio.
Zed Card- card with 1-2 photos of model and their height, eye and hair color and size information to promote and distribute to prospective clients. Currently, business card-size is popular or a little larger. One side contains a headshot and the other side contains information about the model.