Casting agent: Do you have a Comp card?

Model: Who? What? Why? Where?

 

Who?

Models. If you are a model or looking to get into modelling, you’ll want a comp card.

 

What? 

It stands for Composite Card.

It should have your name, age, height, hair colour, eye colour, measurements (Bust-Waist-Hips), dress size, shoe size, one headshot, 4 of your best images, and the all-important contact details.

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Why?

It is a models business card. Essential to send in to casting agents, agencies, clients as it gives them what they need to know about you in a professional, clear and succinct way. It  makes it very easy for agents and bookers to keep on file for future reference if you didn’t get the specific casting you applied for.

 

Where?

You should have a hard copy version for in-person castings, and an electronic version that is easily e-mailable. Always keep a few hard copies with you as you never know when or where you may meet a potential client. Keep the electronic version on your phone as well as laptop or tablet so that you can e-mail it quickly if needed.

 


Measurement tips

  • Always use standard format of Bust-Waist-Hips. Inches are standard but it is now more common to also give metric measurements. Never instead of but as well as.
  • Not sure where to measure? Bust = not your full bra size but just the under-bust measurement. Waist = narrowest part of your natural waistline. Hips = not the hip bone, but in line with the fullest part of your bottom. If you measure in line with your hip bone, it may not be at the fullest part, and when you’re booked (especially important re fashion shows) the clothes may not fit.
  • Re-measure at least every 6 months, but every 3 months is much more accurate
  • Don’t lie! Not about your height or your other stats. You’ll get caught out on it and blacklisted with that casting agent for sure. Forget those dreams of you dazzling them with your presence if you can just get seen… no. It won’t work.

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Comp card tips

  • Comp card should be double-sided.
  • Industry standard size for comp cards is  8.5″ x 5.5″
  • Headshot, details and stats on one side.
  • 4 portfolio images on the other side. Any more and they’ll be too small to see the detail. Remember, less is more.
  • Use your strongest 4 photos.
  • Showcase your versatilityDon’t just choose your ‘prettiest’ images. Show variety. A mixture of full body, half body and head & shoulder shots is recommended.
  • Use a clear, professional looking font. No cursive styles or anything elaborate. Simple means easy to read.
  • Get them printed professionally on decent card stock and not thin ‘leaflet-type’ card.
  • Don’t get too many printed, as you will need to update at least twice a year as your stats change or as your portfolio strengthens.

For some great examples of online comp cards, check out BAME Models [Select one of the models and then click on the comp card option for a downloadable pdf comp card for that model.]