BBC News: Top model agencies agencies fined £1.5m for price-fixing

Top model agencies agencies fined £1.5m for price-fixing –

Frankly all I could honetly say when I read this and its related articles about how much (or less) models were being paid these days I was all like:  haha haha haha yea. 

Well the industry has done it to its self.. hiking prices (like any business) to make more profit while paying their talent less and less. 

I’ve read some agency contracts (recently) and am horrified at the terms and conditions therein that work against the photographer but more so the talent. 

Even in the independent model pool (where I hire from) models are hiking their prices up .. and then moan when I  offer them a lower hourly rate and remind them that there’s a lot more models out there now looking for work and that does t just change what you can charge but also the level of professionalism that’s available. 

I’ve hired more talented professional models for less money than I’ve gotten with ones that demand a higher rate.  

Now I get the cost of living and all that.. but for the most part (I assume) these models (local talent) don’t declare to the tax department (all) their earnings .. so hey when your not having to pay 20% tax.. that makes a difference. 

 International models who travel around (I prefer to work with them) charge what seems to be fair rates and come with a wealth of experience to boot .. often I’m finding local less experienced talent are trying to charge the same or even more sometimes.. 

The core differences being I’d rather pay higher rates for professional international models that actually know what they are doing and turn up on time than I would to pay less and hire some local talent whom proves to be flakes .. can’t communicate or don’t turn up..

Now, to be fair, I have had the pleasure of working with some absolutely lovely people (talent) locally .. though mayhap not as experienced as some of the international models … certainly making up  for it by being super awesome to work with and amazing all round people in general. 

To those models and talent, I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart and look forward to working with you again. 
So yes there’s some ranting in there about the lack of common sense and politeness and professionalism but lol who cares. . This is my blog after all 🙂  
have a happy sunday 🙂 

BTW my websites getting updated.. shuffling images around , deleting some, adding new ..  and also added a “upcoming shoots” page for any models interested in any of ideas in development stuff..

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