Like a Mother, a Mother Agent is there to protect the Model and guide her career. A Mother Agent works for the model. In most cases, the Mother Agent is the person who originally finds or scouts you and then when you are ready, promotes you to agencies worldwide in the hopes to be SIGNED!
A Mother Agent does not charge the model money upfront. They make money when the Model makes money! In most markets, agencies take 20% commission from the models earnings as a service fee. The agency then pays the Mother Agent half of that, or 10%, of the fee that the agency is already deducting. It does not cost the model any additional money then they would have already been charged.
To be a successful Model, you will need to be placed and travel all over the world with different agencies. Having multiple agencies in different markets with different opinions can get very confusing. So a model needs a main person to oversee all of these agencies and that person is usually your Mother Agent. We are separate from an agency and are there to work on your behalf and help keep you and your agencies on the right track and organized!
Here are some, but not all, things a Mother Agent will do on behalf of the model:
Unfortunately, a Mother Agent can not guarantee that you will find an agency as sometimes the belief a scout has in a girl is not always seen by others. But you can be guaranteed that if a Mother Agent believes in you and signs you, they will work hard to get you placed with the right people that believe in you the same way!
SIGNED's founder, Erin Scimeca, worked for 23 years in New York City scouting for some of the top agencies in the business and bringing some of the big names in modeling to New York. She has traveled all over the world and worked with many of the top agencies in all the main markets in modeling. She has worked with Mother Agents from the US to Holland to Russia and has first hand knowledge of how a successful Model is made. The knowledge she has gained sitting on a booking board will make all the difference in scouting and developing the new faces for SIGNED. Erin also has close relationships and contacts at most of the main high fashion agencies all around the globe, especially considering the fact that she regularly traveled to Europe for Fashion week twice a year. She has already "mothered" over 100 models in her career and therefore has more know-how than most to be Mother Agent to her own models!