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What are some modelling agencies that are free to join?

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Examples of agencies with no joining fees include Elite Models, IMG Models, New York Models, Wilhelmina and Ford Models. However, most agencies in large markets, such as New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, are typically free to join, and also have no registration or administration fees. However, modeling agencies that are totally free do not exist, as models are typically responsible for startup fees at some point in their career.

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Agencies in large markets generally initially cover startup expenses for a model, including first test shots, composite cards, website fees and rent. However, the modeling agency typically requires the model to pay back these startup costs with income she earns from bookings completed through her agency. The modeling agency often automatically deducts a certain amount from the model's pay check to pay for these expenses.

Agencies in smaller markets, or markets outside of New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, typically require a model to pay registration, administration and joining fees. Smaller market agencies may also require the model to pay for all startup costs, and request that a model take a modeling course, such as a workshop or training program, though the course is not legally required. However, real modeling agencies usually charge reasonable joining fees, such as a couple hundred dollars, as of 2015. Agencies that charge large joining fees that range in the thousands are potential scams.

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