The agent is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.
1. IMG Models wants to know what kind of timeline is present before you are scooped up by another agency.
2.IMG Models wants to know how discerning you are with your applications.
4. IMG Models wants to hear that they are your top choice.
You can certainly discuss your agency search but avoid giving too many details. Give the agent enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.
IMG Models Interview Questions
Are you applying to other agencies?
The agent is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.
"I recently started my search and have uncovered some quality agents; however, IMG Models is the agency I am most enthusiastic about."
"I am applying to other agencies. It is important to me that I gain formal representation as soon as possible; however, I am using discernment. I am very pleased with the opportunity to be here today and look forward to learning more about IMG Models."
What sparked your initial interest in modeling?
Answer this question in a way that will help IMG Models get to know you better. Your resume is an excellent introduction to your background; however, the best way to get to know you is to ask more personal questions and get to know what sparked your interest in modeling in the first place. Have a memorable story prepared so that the agent remembers you. Try to keep it short and to the point, but still enjoyable.
"I grew up watching very tall, thin models on television, seeing them in magazines, and on advertisements. It wasn't until I was 17 years old that I realized there was a real need for curvy models who did not look like the typical model we see every day. I started building a portfolio with local photographers and sending my pics out to agencies. My inspiration continued by watching models like Ashley Graham and Hunter McGrady. I believe curvy models have a strong voice in helping girls with their body image issues and I am passionate about being part of that movement."
"My initial interest in modeling came after I completed my first fitness competition. I had professional photos taken for the competition and loved how great I felt! I decided to try out for a few sports modeling gigs, and successfully landed a few of them. I enjoy expressing my sporty side and look forward to the opportunities to come!"
How do you build rapport with your clients?
When IMG Models places you with a client, they expect you to represent their agency every minute. The agent would like to know your methods when it comes to getting to know your clients and building trust with them. When you have a great relationship with clients, you will be more successful in your work as a model and more likely to be asked to return.
Some ways that you can build rapport with your clients include:
- Do what you say that you will
- Ask them questions about the direction they want you to take
- Use the same jargon and industry terms they use
- Set clear expectations, on both sides, from the start
- Remember their names
- Show your extensive knowledge base in the industry and on their product specifically
- Always be presentable in looks and actions
"To build client rapport, I ensure always to do what I say that I will. My clients need to be able to rely on me and feel 100% confident that I will deliver over and above their expectations at all times. Rest assured, I will represent IMG in the best light, at all times."
"I believe the number one rule of modeling and client rapport should be to have a keen memory. Remember your clients' names, important dates, which upcoming events they have going on, and more. When you remember details, it shows that you care. This approach has never failed me."
Have you ever broken agency rules to make a client happy?
IMG Models has rules in place for the safety of their models. Breaking the rules, or even bending them, can get you blacklisted from an agency. Often, agents are okay with bending the rules slightly to make a client happy, but it has to be the agent's call. Discuss how you would handle the situation if a client were to ask you to break a rule on the job.
"I have been trained to know that agency rules and client policy are there for a reason. If I were not sure what to do or were asked to break or bend a rule, I would call my agent right away, to discuss the situation."
"My current agency is pretty strict with their policies, so I do not bend to make a client happy, but I will escalate the query and let my agent make the call."
What has been your favorite modeling gig so far, and why?
Models often see a great variety in the gigs they book, and IMG Models wants to know more about the types of jobs that are most exciting for you. Perhaps you particularly enjoy lifestyle shoots, or maybe high-fashion is your thing. Whatever you choose to discuss, be sure to have images available in your portfolio so that the talent agent or casting director can have a visual.
"I brought images today from my favorite photo shoot. A few months ago I was invited to model for a local couture wedding dress designer who was crafting a lookbook. The pieces were magnificent! What I enjoyed most about this opportunity was that I learned a great deal about moving in layered garments, and a lot about modeling for the bridal industry. I walked away with great pay, a more diverse portfolio, and new knowledge."
"My favorite modeling job was the very first one I ever booked, for an athleisure clothing line. I grew up playing sports, so this shoot was right up my alley when the photographer needed actions shots. I brought a few of the most dynamic images for you, today."
What do you feel your modeling portfolio is lacking?
This question is similar to 'What are your weaknesses?', a question you would hear in a traditional interview. Every model, no matter how experienced, can do a thing or two to improve their portfolio. Perhaps you need more variety in your photos, you have a lack of experience with professional photographers, or maybe you feel your portfolio is too one-dimensional. Whatever you think you are lacking, be sure also to come prepared to discuss with IMG Models what you will do to improve on this factor.
"Looking at my portfolio as a whole, many of my photos are from 3-4 years ago, when I first started my modeling career. Admittedly, my portfolio could use a refresher. I have already booked a shoot with two local photographers with recently published work. These shoots will add some needed variety to my book."
"I am new to modeling and have collaborated with some photographers; however, I feel that my portfolio could contain more body shots and variety, overall. I have started to seek out photographers in my area who have more experience and knowledge when it comes to the aspects that I should cover in my portfolio, and I am eager to receive feedback from IMG Models after our meeting today."
If you could teach me about any topic, unrelated to your modeling career, what would you choose?
IMG Models would like to know more about your passions and get to know you, outside of your resume. Choose a topic that you are very knowledgeable about and be sure that your passion comes through. You could choose a sport, a genre of movie, a book that has recently inspired you, music, cooking, or dance. Anything!
"Great question! If I could teach you about any topic, I would teach you about overcoming fears in public speaking. I have been a ToastMaster's member for two years now and have learned a great deal on the topic of public speaking and being a spokesmodel. Having used to be afraid of public speaking, and knowing that it is one of the most common human fears, I love to share my story of overcoming this fear."
"I have recently been diving into 'The 4-Hour Workweek', by Tim Ferriss. It's all about maximizing your opportunities using the time that you have. I love to teach these concepts to anyone who will listen. The basics include automation, defining your objectives, and eliminating distractions."
How would you describe your personality?
IMG Models would like to know how you see yourself. Personality and character are two very different things. The agent is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. Your answer should include buzzwords such as extroverted, energetic, and confident.
"I describe my personality as outgoing, adaptable, and capable of fitting into a multitude of situations. I can take on challenges and new types of modeling jobs, to stretch me as a person and gain new experiences."
"Great question! I describe my personality as exuberant, inventive, and intuitive. I have an uncanny ability to understand my clients' needs and a keen ability to build rapport with them."
What type of career are you working toward, as a model?
There are many areas of modeling in which you can specialize. Perhaps you want to work in high fashion, strutting haute couture down the runway. Maybe lifestyle modeling is more for you with shoots for catalogs and mainstream magazines. Perhaps you want to focus on editorials, shooting high-resolution images, and editorials for fashion magazines. Wherever you see your career going, be sure to express this to IMG clearly.
"I have been very interested in swimsuit and lingerie modeling for a couple of years now. This category is where I have found the most success, and I would like to stick with it. My big goal is to land a contract with a well-known swimsuit label, and have the opportunity to travel to exotic locations for oceanside shoots."
"I am working toward a career as a lifestyle spokesmodel. What this means to me is that I model for body image friendly brands that emphasize health and sport rather than waist size. Some of my favorite brands include Nike and Lululemon so it would be a dream to model for them."
Are you available to travel? Are there any restrictions in your schedule?
IMG would like to know the types of jobs they can book you for, and to which locations you can commit. If there are restrictions to your schedule or travel, you need to be entirely upfront in the interview. Keep yourself as flexible as possible, since a lot of modeling jobs are last-minute bookings!
"I try to be as flexible as I can, which has often opened me up to last minute bookings where other models have not been able to pull through with their original commitment. As far as travel, I have a valid passport and am ready and willing to go where a client will have me!"
"Though the summer months, June through August, I can travel at any time and to any location. I am a student from September to May; however, I am available most evenings and weekends during those months."
What are your 3 favorite forms of entertainment?
The interviewer would like to know the types of media and entertainment that you enjoy consuming regularly. Talk to the interviewer about your favorite forms of entertainment and be sure to include why they are your favorite.
"My favorite forms of entertainment have always been reality tv, podcasts, and celebrity-based news. I have always wanted to become a gossip columnist and find that these forms of entertainment spark my creativity and keep me informed on trends in the media."
"There are so many great forms of entertainment media available. I am more traditional and would say that my favorite forms still include print media, documentaries, and podcasts that focus on economics and business."
How do you prevent stress from your personal life entering your professional life?
One of the most significant problems between agents and their models is that outside influences, and stressors, begin to affect work performance and outcomes. Assure the agent that you understand the importance of keeping your cool, and your focus, while on a job. Discuss the action that you take to ensure professionalism is present at all times.
"When I have a healthy balance in my personal life and responsibilities, I am much better at handling work-related stress. I keep very organized and draw boundaries well. Rest assured, I do not bring my personal life to work with me."
"I get a workout in every morning before I do anything else. This morning workout is a great stress reliever and assurance that I go to every job with a clear mind."
What have you done to build up your modeling network?
In the modeling industry, networking is a big key to success. The more casting directors, photographers, agents, and fellow models you know the higher your chances of landing lucrative opportunities.
Discuss the steps that you have taken to build your career, and your network, within the modeling industry. Your examples could include coursework you've completed, events and promos you go to, or even your volunteer work.
"To build up my modeling network I always ask for the contact information of those that I connect with on shoots. I also have an online portfolio with a blog which keeps me connected to hundreds of models in the area. If there is a local event drumming up a lot of attention, I will go and am sure to be social. You never know who you will meet!"
"Instagram has been a unique place for me to build up my model network. I have met many quality clients, photographers, and models on that platform. Lastly, I lean on the relationships I have with other models that I meet on shoots."
What are you reading right now?
It's essential to IMG Models that they bring very well-rounded people onto their talent roster. Do you feed your mind regularly? What kind of literature do you prefer and why? Talk to the agent about a book that you are currently reading. If you are not currently reading a book - talk about one that has impacted you the most.
"Currently I am reading 'Ego is the Enemy' by Ryan Holiday. It is a book about ambition, resilience, and success. I feel that every model should read it - it comes highly recommended."
"I recently decided that I need to learn more about the art of minimalism which is so prevalent in media, design, and fashion at the moment. I am reading 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up.' It's a book on the Japanese art of decluttering. It's quite an incredible book so far!"
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Agencies and clients will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their agency. Talk to the agent about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements, ensuring that you show respect for these contracts.
"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the need for confidentiality and take those factors very seriously. I have never broken the trust of my agent or a client."
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
Do you know anyone who models for IMG?
How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
How would you handle working for a client who was a poor communicator?
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
What type of representation are you looking for?
Where have you trained?
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
With many modeling agencies to choose from, why did you apply at IMG Models?
In your opinion, what is the most influential form of media today?
What do you think is holding you back in your modeling career?
Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies and interests?
Even the most talented models face rejection. How do you handle rejection or negative feedback?
What advice would you give to a fellow model who was stressed out?
As a model, name for me one skill you are working to improve.
The modeling industry is fast moving and ever-changing. How do you stay on top of changes and trends?