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The Internet has changed the face of the modeling industry significantly by increasing accessibility. Aspiring models are drawn to Internet modeling sites, where they have an opportunity to post biographies and photos in hopes of being discovered by a top modeling agency, increasing their recognition as artists, and finding paid modeling work.
Modeling is a profession that relies on intermediates to connect the talents with the relative job projects. Although the fact that an actual face-to-face evaluation is needed to determine if the candidates are right for the job, it was soon realized that the Internet could help in minimizing part of the costs incurred during the castings. Most of today's modeling agencies use their own website to demonstrate their models to their clients, this has led to even larger third party modeling websites that have accumulated large databases of talent profiles.
Internet modeling sites boast benefits like the ability to be "discovered" through self-marketing, without actually visiting the agencies or going to conventions. Drawbacks of these sites are the possibility of scams and exploitation. Also, many major modeling agencies say they typically do not search online portfolio hosting websites to recruit new models since they receive plenty of submissions on a daily basis.
However, there are social networking sites dedicated to models and actors. These sites act as a way for people in the industry to share advice and network with others in the industry as well as showcase their photos. Some of these sites operate like MySpace, but they are dedicated to the modeling and/or acting industries; photographers and talent scouts as well as models and actors are able to create profiles. An important distinction among modeling networking sites is whether they allow adult or sex content provider companies to become members. In most cases modeling sites that allow members from the adult industry have a slightly differentiated member base that makes them less interesting for credible agencies and fashion companies.
Internet modeling websites exist in most countries, some focusing on specific segments of the modeling marketplace.
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