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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 10y

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Modelling in China

I'm interested to know the first hand experiences of expats who've worked as models in China (of Asia in general).

I'm in Beijing now with intentions of heading to SHanghai. I'm not an exceptionally tall guy (only 173cm), but that's ok because I'm not interested in RUNWAY modelling.

My question relates to Photographic modelling and the like (clothing, underwear, magazine, advertising etc...)

Anyways, I don't have a professional model's portfolio (I simply have pictures).

What is a model portfolio anyways (does it mean the difference between finding and not finding work). I mean aren't picture attachments and a quick email enough to convince Chinese modelling agencies that you're attractive and bodily-abled enough to model?

If not, is getting this portfolio worth it? How much does it cost and what does it entail? Can I use it internationally after I leave China too?

I know I sound dense but I'm just trying to gather information and do my homework.

How much are models in Beijing or Shanghai paid? WHat kind of non-runway work do they find? Is it legit or a waste of time?

I've been invited for a meeting with some agency working out of an office building near SOHO in Beijing. What can i expect from them (what do Chinese modelling agencies want). Is it anything like English teaching?

Ok, that was a joke.

Please share your Asian (China) modelling experiences here. Thanks again in advance...

2. Posted by Melburnean (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

dear mr model,
I think you need to work out whether you want to be a professional model or just doing it for a bit of pocket money?
You will find that if you do your homework on the "net" and locate all the agencies you can then with your existing photos get then blown up to A4 size.
Then send to the agencies prior to your arrival in shaghia, then when you get there go and see every one of them until you get a positive response,dont pay any money to them to join the books as they say,or to get extra photos done it will cost you a fortune.

Use your own intincts and see how you go from there.

I hope this helps you out/ good luck :]

3. Posted by Melburnean (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

dear mr model,
I think you need to work out whether you want to be a professional model or just doing it for a bit of pocket money?
You will find that if you do your homework on the "net" and locate all the agencies you can ,then with your existing photos get then blown up to A4 size. Colour and b+w
Then send to the agencies prior to your arrival in shaghia, then when you get there go and see every one of them until you get a positive response,dont pay any money to them to join the books as they say,or to get extra photos done it will cost you a fortune.

Use your own intincts and see how you go from there.

I hope this helps you out/ good luck :]

and remember you get what you pay for!!!