Some questions we commonly receive regarding bookings are
- Why don’t I see any bookings on the job board
- Why am I not receiving updates
- Why don’t I ever get chosen
This may get a bit lengthy but let’s dive into the booking process to answer your questions and see if there may be anything you are unknowingly doing that is inhibiting your ability to get booked.
- You are not registered
Are you registered with Untamed? It may seem like a simple concept but some people are used to doing bookings on other sites and may not understand our booking process. In the beginning we booked talent through email and text messages but we quickly learned that this process left huge margins of error. Communication would lag and lots of important information could easily be lost or forgotten. It created a chaotic experience for our talent, booking team, and clients alike. Needless to say, we no longer accept talent resumes/availability or do bookings that way.
Even if you have worked with us in the past and used a different process you still need to migrate to the booking site or you will stop receiving bookings and job notifications. If you are emailing us, commenting on our social media posts, calling or texting asking for gigs, etc. you will not get booked. You will receive an automated response telling you to upload your resume and contact info to our booking site.
You can read more about how to use our site at the link below
Currently, talent can ONLY be booked through our booking site/app. It keeps all you’re events in one place, keeps creates fast and easy mobile communication, and allows us to make electronic payments so we can pay you (who doesn’t love that?!) So first and foremost you need to make sure you have your resume posted on our booking site here
- Your profile
Our booking agents are looking for talent that best fits the client needs and that they have confidence in to do the job and to do a good job. Many agents will overlook a candidate if they have an incomplete profile. If you cannot take 5 minutes to complete your profile how do they know you will follow through all the steps the client needs for you to work their event? Make sure you have updated photos and at least 3 work experiences. If you have not worked 3 events you can list volunteer work, hobbies/special skills like bar tending, event d, seamstress work etc. The descriptions don’t have to be long but they should highlight your achievements. IMPORTANT NOTE! Make sure your location and contact information is up to date! We cannot pay you or send you job notifications if we do not have the correct information.
- Your conduct
Our agents CAN make private notes on your profile for other booking agents to read in the future. If you are scheduled to work an event and you no-call/no show or cancel at the last minute that WILL be listed in your notes. That can keep you from getting bookings in the future. Client complaints, improper behavior at events, bad attitudes, etc. can really hold you back. It is very important to make sure you remain professional and reliable. While negative notes can be made on your profile positive notes can be added as well. Client compliments, team lead compliments, and other positive highlights can be added to notes on your profile, which will enhance your bookings substantially. 9 times out of 10 a client or booking agent will choose talent with positive notes over any other talent and they’ll do it time and time again because they know they are getting someone who is hardworking and reliable.
- Your photos
Your photos are your first impression. Make sure you have at least 3-5 on your profile and that they are good quality and well lit. Professional photos are preferred but a good selfie can go a long way if it’s done correctly. Make sure you don’t have a lot of background clutter in your photos and that you don’t have group shots (the only exception to that is if you are posting event photos). Make sure they are well lit and not grainy. They need to be current so that when you show up at the event you look like your photo.
We suggest using a head shot for your default photo so that your face stands out when the client is looking at thumbnails of the interested talent pool. Full body shots may be too small to show any detail and may get overlooked. We also suggest a good candid/selfie shot so clients can see what you actually look like without a bunch of filters and photo shop (Kissing face, duck lips, and snap filters are discouraged because they look amateur and unprofessional).
Next we recommend candid shots of you working an event (even better if it shows client logos and uniforms). Last we suggest a full body or three quarter shot. Keep it professional and don’t pose overly provocatively. Business casual shots usually do well. Fitness attire is a great way to show physique without taking it to a trashy level. For women we have noticed clients also seem to gravitate to black cocktail dresses. It can be sexy but if it’s shot in a well lit (white background or outdoor) area it still gets passed off as classy. Bikni shots are ok but we suggest keeping them tasteful. Nude, implied nude, overly sexual, or adult photos are not allowed. Your profile will be hidden and no clients will see it until approved photos have been uploaded. IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot update your photos for you so you will need to delete or upload photos appropriately and we cannot rotate or crop them for you. If you see your headshot is posted sideways that is how it will show to clients as well. You will need to rotate that because we cannot.
- Your skills
If you have any skills or certifications we suggest updating or adding them because clients and booking agents are looking for talent that best fits the skills the client outlined in their request. If a food handlers permit is required for a certain event and you have one but don’t list it we will never know and you can lose the gig to someone who did post it. If you are not getting bookings it could be because your skills weren’t as much of a match as someone else’s. Don’t get discouraged, just make sure you keep adding/updating and keep applying.
- Your work history
You don’t have to have event experience to get selected for gigs but it is a plus. Clients and booking agents will look at any work history you have and check notes to see if you have any misconduct like cancellations, no shows, bad attitude, etc. If your work history is less than great you can always work to get it improved and back on track by doing some volunteer work with Untamed at their monthly charity events or by taking third party marketing bookings and getting good reviews.
- Your pay rate
We allow talent to set their own rate on their profile. This gives clients an idea of who fits their event requirements and budget. We do not want models to undervalue themselves but if you are not receiving any job offerings in your pay rate we do suggest doing some research to see where you fall based on what other local models are charging. If your rate is set way higher than what the average client is paying you will not see listings. As a personal tip our models tend to set their rate lower (toward the lower end of the minimum they will accept) so that they get notified about more job postings. They are not obligated to take them but it gives them the opportunity to see what is available and then decide if that’s what they want to take or not.
We want to get our talent the best pay possible but talent needs to evaluate and understand their worth. We have come across talent in the past that thinks the job is just about being attractive. They feel they should be paid larger amounts because they feel they are more attractive than the average. Unfortunately that is not how we work. While booking agents and clients are looking for attractive talent in part, the bigger picture is that they need someone outgoing who is not afraid to approach others and enthusiastically represent their brand and talk about their product or services. Models with experience, sales people with experience, and influencers with a large following are all in high demand. Because they are highly sought after clients will pay more to hire them. On the flip side a model with no event experience, that cannot hold a job in her personal life, acts unprofessionally, has no following, is shy and unapproachable, or has a diva attitude because she has done TONS of TFP shoots she arranged on mm or fb will not get many bookings (if any at all). Sit down and look over your resume/skills along with your following and think of your work history and level of professionalism. We don’t want models to low ball themselves and get paid less than they deserve but talent must also be realistic on their rates and the value they bring to the table when deciding what their rate is.
- Your location
This is important. A majority of our bookings are entered into our site as private events. This means that they will not show on our job board and talent will only see it if they are invited. (public events are open to anyone and can be seen by all on our job board. We don’t post them often because it tends to cause a bit of unnecessary work. Examples like talent applying for a gig in Colorado when they live in Florida. They won’t get hired but that creates a lot of unnecessary weeding our booking agents have to do to find eligible talent.) The private event invites are sent automatically to nearby talent and then added individually by our booking agents to talent further than 25 miles that fit the criteria. Our site is set to send auto invites to talent that are within a 25 mile radius of the event address our booking agents enter in when they create the job overview. If you are outside of that radius you will not see the booking on our job board. You will only receive an invite if the agent invites you personally based on the client needs and your listed skills. If invited you will receive an invite via email or phone notification on the app.
- Response time
We send out event invites as soon as we get the job posted (but usually not any earlier than a month before the event). Talent will have time to review and decide if they would like to apply to the event or not and most times the overview will have a date listed for when the interested/available talent will be chosen by the client. This usually happens a week or 2 before the event but sometimes we get a last minute booking and have to fast track everything. If it is getting close to event time chances are talent is being selected and you will need to be quick to apply. Certain jobs (especially higher paying ones) get filled quickly so the sooner you apply the better chance you have.
It is also very important to respond to agents quickly if you are contacted via messenger or email. Sometimes they will need to verify information with you and if they don’t hear back from you relatively quickly they will move on to someone else.
- Your conduct toward our booking agents
Harassing our booking agents never ends well. Sometimes talent wants to fast track things so they submit on multiple platforms or get on messenger and message the booking agent all day long trying to get chosen. This is unprofessional and could lead to notes being added to your profile about it. It’s completely ok to reach out to agents if you have questions about event details or requirements or to clear up any schedule changes you may run into.
We just ask talent to be courteous and professional when working with our booking agents. Keep in mind that they are staffing multiple events nationwide and have many phone calls, texts, and emails coming in daily.
- Ability to follow directions
Nothing will get you overlooked faster than not following directions. Clients are very particular about their events and what they need. If they have made specific requests and those are ignored they will not want to work with you again. So read job overviews thoroughly and complete steps as directed. Inability to do so can lead to problems that could prevent you from getting hired, cost you future events, and even delay getting paid (like if you forget to update your contact information and we have no way to send you money)
- Your paperwork
Certain paperwork needs to be completed before you can work any events with us. If you have not completed your tax forms, independent contractor agreement, contact info, etc. please do so or you will not get booked. IMPORTANT NOTE: We understand that many of you are new and have not completed your paperwork yet so you can wait until you get booked for your first event and it will not affect your ability to be chosen for bookings or to work as long as it is completed before the start date of your first booking.
- Your application time
As stated earlier, many higher paying and fun gigs get staffed quickly so make sure you jump on it quickly and apply to events you are interested in or you may miss out.
- Your social media conduct and following
Clients and booking agents are looking for professionals so they will check social media from time to time if they are having a hard time choosing between talent candidates. They want to see how you conduct yourself online and what kind of following you have. While social media pages are yours to do with as you please we do suggest keeping posts conservative and professional or making your personal page private and creating a fan page for your modeling where you can post things that might appeal more to clients.
Influencers are very highly sought after right now and clients see followers as a direct correlation to your ability to network and interact with people (namely their future customers). They don’t always look at social media pages but when they have multiple talent candidates that are a good fit and they are having a hard time choosing one they tend to choose the ones with a larger following. At Untamed we value our influencers and have a program called Social Club that our talent can join to be linked up specifically with influencer marketing gigs and can get them a higher paid rate for all other Untamed events that they participate in.
- Patience and persistence
We get bookings nationwide and the more we do the more that we grow and add to our job board. With so many great options it can be hard for us to choose the right talent because so many people would be great for each spot. Unfortunately we currently get hundreds of applications to gigs that only need a handful of models so we can’t choose everyone. We match our talent to our job overview and we do like to choose people we have worked with in the past that we know are reliable or people that we see applying time and time again. So be patient with us. Your day will come and you can show us how amazing you are and get some notes added that will help you continue to get booked again and again. Until then just be persistent and keep applying. You can go through this checklist to enhance your chances of getting booked (with us and with others) and if you are still having a hard time you can reach out through the messaging on the app/site and ask a booking agent to go over your profile and give you some personalized tips (this may take a while because our agents are always slammed with bookings but they are also happy to help.)
That’s our checklist. It’s pretty lengthy but if you made it through the whole thing (congratulations) and have implemented everything you should be getting booked in no time!