So you want to get into modelling? I did too when I was about 16, so I set about sourcing local photographers to work with and build a portfolio. In 3 years, I did a few TFP (time for print) shoots, a couple of published fashion editorials for a local magazine, and a handful of catwalk shows – mainly for charity. Not really the model life I had hoped for. When I was 19, I was approach by an “agency”. I was ecstatic! A three year contract with an assigned talent coordinator, an agency who had worked with numerous big, household and high-street brands, and they were looking at me! The only thing was I had to pay around £200 for “representation and admin fees” upfront to cover the three year period. “That’s not too bad if I’m going to earn from it” I thought. Wrong. Fast forward 3 years, my contract has ended, and I didn’t receive a single phone call from them, let alone an assignment.