It is a known fact that models have to travel a lot and long distances for various works. New models always ask who’s the one that pays for all this traveling, and there isn’t an exact answer to that question. It depends on the agency that hires you, on the client, and on the model itself. Here are the four scenarios in that models are involved in traveling expenses.
At times a client will ask for a direct booking for a specific job that they want to be made. Usually, direct booking is used by clients that want to make a job quickly. The agency representing the model will always negotiate for the client to cover all travel expenses and accommodation to meals. In some scenarios, the client will offer more money for the job while requiring the model to cover the traveling expenses. This is rare, and mother agencies won’t usually agree.
Working in markets outside your country
Typically this is a scenario for the Asian markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, etc. While traveling abroad, you will need to be under contract and have your visa and permits in order before you travel. The Asina market usually is preferred by new models because of the money that they can make. Agencies will have to cover all expenses from the accommodation, airline tickets, and extra money to spend. Keep in mind that these expenses are paid in advance, and if you don’t make as much money, you will have to pay the agency back. This means that the agency will make money no matter what.
Being under contract with another agency
If a modeling agency signs a contract to represent you in another market, they most likely will advance some expenses. There was a time where modeling agencies will pay for airline tickets and accommodation, but nowadays, that isn’t likely to happen. Usually, these agencies will offer apartments that agencies own while deducting the rent from your pay.
Traveling for an interview for an agency
In the scenario that you are traveling to meet an agent or to participate in an event, you are expected to cover your travel expenses. If the agency has requested you based on the photos you have submitted, you will have to cover the expenses. It’s not uncommon for agencies to reach out to potential models from local markets, and in most cases, the expenses are worth it, especially in the cases where they get to represent you in the future. In some instances, agencies interested in representing you might advance some payment for traveling to understand that you will pay them back after you start booking.
Like most things in business, expenses are negotiable. While some agencies are willing to pay for travel and accommodation, some might not. An excellent way to get your costs covered is to have the right mother agency that always makes sure that you get the best jobs possible, and the best ones cover travel, accommodation, and meals.