Modelling in Australia
Updated, June 2005
Information Provided by Platform Model Management
Aside from beautiful Bondi Beach, what makes modelling in Australia so desirable? How about the fact that Australia has more fashion magazines per capita than any other nation on the planet. With Australian editions of Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Madison, Shop til you Drop, Culture, Yen, Russh and many others, models have excellent opportunities to earn valuable tear sheets.
High-paying catalogue work is shot primarily for Japanese and Korean clients. A thriving swimsuit industry also provides generous catalogue work.
Retailers' fashion shows are most common in February/March and August/September. The Australian collections are featured in May.
Sydney is a place to seriously consider for models wishing to work in Asia. Many scouts from Asian agencies come to Sydney, making it a great place to get exposure. The possibility of an advance on airfare is greater if agencies only have to arrange travel from Sydney.
Platform requires models to stay on for a minimum of two (preferably three) months. If you are 18-30 years old and carry a passport for Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand or Japan, you MUST apply for a 12-month working holiday visa.
Platform suggests models bring at least $500.00 to sustain them until payments from bookings begin. The agency pays the second Friday after the completion of bookings, and deducts a twenty per cent (20%) commission.
The harsh Australian sun makes a compact umbrella and a cap or hat a necessity.
Keep in mind the Australian seasons are opposite to those of the Northern Hemisphere.