Below are some safety tips that may, if strictly followed and accompanied by common sense, help you as a freelance model avoid a dangerous situation.
- When looking for a photographer, if the individual or company has an online presence, check to see what kind of modeling they represent and how professional their work looks.
- Always ask for and check professional references.
- Be suspicious of extravagant claims that promise great pay with no experience necessary.
- If meeting for the first time, make sure it's in a neutral public location and notify a friend or family member of where you are going.
- ALWAYS bring a chaperone with you to all non-public meetings.
- Do not give out personal information or accept a friend request on your social networking profile until you have determined the legitimacy of the individual or company.
- Do not be persuaded into posing in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable no matter how great the money is.
- Prior to the photo shoot you may be asked to sign a model release. This is common and required for most photo shoots. Make sure that you understand what you are signing and don't be afraid to negotiate and ask questions. If you're uncomfortable, ask that it be amended or don't do the photo shoot. You should review the model release during the initial meeting with the photographer.