Male Models: How To Get Scouted

Aitor Mateo Q Management NYC
Aitor Mateo from Q Management NYC, Image courtesy of Q Management.

Fashionista sat down for an interview with the director of Face Men at Q Management, Kate Krause to discuss insider information on aspiring male models. Who knows you can be the next Sean O’ Pry: Here are a few highlights:

How do you find your models?

We probably have 150-200 walk-ins per year, and out of the walk-ins we will probably only take on two, if that. So that’s why I think scouting is so important because with the knowledge a booker has — what’s in demand, what their clients want, what kind of guys are in season, what kind of look is now — you can go out and you can find that. And if you see someone and you stop them, it’s kind of gratifying doing that yourself and developing them, so I kind of prefer that. Apart from that, we do occasionally take on international [scouts], and sometimes we get boys moving from other agencies who weren’t happy and they come in to see us because they’re on the outlook for a different agency.

Bart Grein for Q Management NYC
Striking eyes. Bart Greit. Image courtesy of Q Management NYC

Do the different agencies look for different types of guys?

Not completely, but I think every agent has their own specific taste and what angle they want to go down. I think it really depends on the agent overseeing everything and what their taste and what their direction is. But more or less you’re going to get the crossover. You’re going to get the commercial boys in the agency because they make money, and you’re going to have the editorial boys, so more or less it’s the same

Double Trouble. Marcos Gomez Patriota. Image Courtesy of Q Management NYC.
Double Trouble. Marcos Gomez Patriota. Image Courtesy of Q Management NYC.

How do you approach these guys?

I have a one-liner I used for years, and it’s quite daunting, but I’ve gotten used to it because I’ve done it so much: I go up to them and I say “Have you ever thought about modeling?” Most of the time they’ll say no, and I’ll say “Well, I think you have a really good look and I’m from Q,” and then get into the whole spiel of who we are, what we do. I tell them the perks — like traveling and you can get a lot of money from it — and that’s when they start to get interested. Then I’ll round it up by saying, “This is my card, can I take a few Polaroids of you now? You can have a little think about it, read about us on our website, let me know if you’re interested. Either I’ll contact you or you’ll contact me,” and that’s how we leave it. And nine times out of 10 I get them to come into the agency.

David Sanz Q Management NYC
David Sanz. Image courtesy of Q Management NYC

Do male models get into any more trouble than female models because they’re a little bit older? 

It’s very, very important to keep their feet on the ground because I think that this career can be long-lived, but it also can be short-lived, and it’s so important to be grounded and to also realize there’s a lot of other models out there that you’re competing with and clients like a down-to-earth boy. They don’t like a boy that’s going to start acting like Naomi Campbell and throw their weight around and not show up for a job.

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Doing our jobs as stylists, conventionally-gorgeous male model isn’t what we’re looking – unless we’re doing an underwear shoot.  Most of the time, We’re looking for that unique facial features that will make us and readers glance twice when we browse through pages of a magazine. Attitude helps tremendously, we couldn’t count how many times we reject models that we were initially interested in just because we couldn’t seem to find their personalities during casting.  

Be bubbly, be personable, be human. Good-looking can sometimes be intimidating to a few good folks.