Saturday, February 6, 2010

Are you giving your jobs away?

I have heard some pretty interesting stories lately from well intentioned models.
One model had been working for a client for a few years as their in house model. This position was a few times a week, and afforded her the free time to keep her days flexible to add in new opportunities.
One day the client expressed that they needed another model "just in case". Well, our well intentioned model went and told her friend about the job. She did not tell her friend to call the agency first, she simply handed the job over to her friend with good intentions. By skipping the step of referring her friend to her agent, created an uncomfortable situation for everyone.
The problem is that often your intentions are not in line with another person.

Once her friend got into the company, they decided that they wanted the " new" girl and the original model was let go. She is now wondering where she went wrong? Of course we all want to help others, but do we want to lose our jobs in the process? Not only did she lose her job, but she cost the agency a job as well.

From an agency point of view, if the model would have referred her friend to us first, we would have been able to at least call the client and see what needs were to be filled. This is often a call that a model herself cannot make, and with this information we would have been able to prepare the original model and find other opportunities for her with the knowledge that they were looking to replace her.
She also would have had the option of whether to put her friendship on the line by referring someone close to her to take her job.
Some models feel like they want to help their friends, but I can assure you that you will be helping your friends much more by referring them to your agency who has multiple jobs, over one job that you are going to lose in the process.
I have been booking for many years, and I see this all of the time. I have also seen friendships break up over these instances.
We know it is competitive, so keep your business to yourself, or ask your agency what to do.
We are here to help.
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