Breaking up from a modeling agency is always a hard thing to do. Whether you’ve been there for 3 years or 3 months it’s never easy to cut ties to explore other markets. However, there comes a time where you feel like you need to move on to better places or other markets. Whatever the reasons may be, switching agencies it’s a really important step and you need to be sure you’re doing it for the right reasons and doing it in the right legal way.
Reasons Why You’re Switching Agencies
Your agency is no longer working for you. If your agent has dropped you off the radar or they have stopped working for your career then we think it’s time for a serious talk with your agent to find out what’s really going on. There are periods when the business may be slow but if you are not receiving any bookings at all then it’s most likely due to the fact that they stopped submitting you as the right fit for the job.
Your agency has the wrong clients for you.
Another reason why you want to switch agencies can be its clients. Let’s say you are a runway model but your agency favors the commercial jobs. Goes without saying that you will never get as many bookings as you would like.
Your agency no longer supports your career goals.
An agency should design a plan to accomplish the goals you set for your modeling career and if that isn’t the case with this one then none of you is going to be happy. However, we suggest you re-evaluate your goals once again to understand whether they are truly archivable and whether your agency is aware of them.
You don’t get along with your agent.
Agents aren’t your best friends and you only need to have a professional relationship with them. If you’re uncomfortable with your agents or you’re lacking communication with him then it may be the right time to move on.
Nobody wants to work in an unprofessional organization and modeling agencies are the same. You should move on when your agency it’s well known for losing its clients or models.
A better opportunity has come up.
People are always on the lookout for something better. If another agency that has better payments, terms or better clients wants you then it may be what you’ve been looking for. We suggest you do your homework and research about the new agency before you rush into signing with them immediately.
Why You Shouldn’t Switch Agencies
It has a bigger name.
As always just because it’s bigger doesn’t mean it’s better. While being part of an elite agency may sound good that doesn’t meet it’s the best for your career. Elite agencies tend to have many models and you’re always in competition with some of the biggest names in the industry. This sort of environment isn’t always the best for your career especially if you’re new into the industry. We suggest you stay in a smaller agency unless you’re experienced enough to hit the big modeling houses.
Before switching the agencies.
Switching agencies it’s perfectly fine however you need to make sure that your agency is aware of your concerns. You should try to solve any issue you have with them before you leave in a rush. Sometimes a serious talk it’s all it’s needed to fix many problems in the modeling industry. It’s worth trying to speak just so you leave without regret.
If you communicate your concerns to your agency or tried to work it out and it didn’t then you should move on. However, here are some things you need to know before leaving your current agency. Read what your modeling contract says. You probably can’t leave directly and need to give a notice beforehand. We suggest you consult a lawyer over your contract termination.