Over the last year I've had a number of friends pop out of the wood work and ask how I got started. Well first and foremost Id like to point out that the old cliché that says, "I'll just go down to the corner of Main or to the mall and get discovered." is totally bogus! Believe it or not you're going to have to do some honest work to create a need for your modeling services. Contrary to the statement above, most models are not discovered on the street corner; they were "discovered" by making contacts.
In this modern world even getting an agent requires you to have made some contacts before they’ll even take you seriously and in my opinion if you’re able to do that it makes the need for an agent pointless.
A problem you're going to have with the "no agent" angle is regardless of how much dedication and persistence, however you want to work with a big name studio...oops! Most of them don't look at new girls without an agent! .... but why?
Legal guarantee and recourse? No, I don't think so.
Studios are falling for a new cliché that people without an agent are going unprofessional. On November 17th Kick Ass Pictures in LA tweeted a complaint that they had requested twenty three go sees in a period of four days and only three of the girls showed up. Yea, all of these girls had agents.
Hmmm, must have been a bad day for cars, alarms or some other lame excuse.... After all their agency signed... they're everything all of us amateurs dream of being... right?
Sorry. Not quite.
If the girl has the look then you should check her track record NOT her agency. The reason that photographers and clients hire professional models is because they have the look, but also because they have proven to show the characteristics of a good model. By developing these attributes and bringing them to EVERY shoot.
That is how a model should be critiqued as a professional, not by who represents her. She represents her.
No one cares more about a models name then the model!