Your Promo Career Questions Answered

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A promotional model is a person hired to directly interact with consumers in order increase demand for a product, service, brand, or concept. As a Promotional Model, you must have product knowledge, since you are the consumer's connection to the product or service. You must present this information to the customer in a friendly, upbeat and professional manner.
A Promotional Model goes by many different titles. You may be referred to as a Brand Ambassador, Product Demonstrator, Spokes-model, Host, or Crowd-Gatherer. Your duties will differ depending on the type of job or event you work.
Make sure that if you sign a contract with a promotional modeling agency, you are signing a Non-Exclusive Talent Agreement. Most agencies won't ask you to sign an "Exclusive," but read the fine print on all contracts. It is not in your best interest to sign a contract that is exclusive. An exclusive contract may drastically limit your amount of work. Feel free to work with multiple agencies as long as you haven't agreed otherwise.
Each agency will ask you to sign a Talent Agreement. A Talent Agreement spells out the terms of the contract, which may include, but are not limited to, length of employment, payment, fees, liability, and exclusivity. Please read every agreement before you sign.
You must submit a copy of your Social Security number to the accounting department of each agency. By law, the agencies are required to use the card to verify your identity and legal work status.
The government requires the hiring agency to do their due diligence in verifying your identity.
All jobs pay differently. There are many factors that determine the pay scale of a job. For example, a promotional model who is hired to hand out free beverage samples at a fair might earn between $12 and $16 per hour, whereas a model who is hired to demonstrate a new computer could expect to earn between $16 and $25 per hour. The higher paying job requires the model to have been formally trained to share extensive knowledge about the product. Also, some companies have the budget to pay more than others. Geography can also play a huge part in determining the pay scale. For example, an event in a big city such as New York City or Miami might pay more than an event in a small town.
The amount of time that it takes to get paid after working a promo job may differ from one event to another. This may even be true for different jobs from the same staffing agency. Oftentimes, the agency must wait to be compensated by the client (the brand who is sponsoring the event) before they can pay the promotional models. Each client has a different payment schedule. Many pay 30-45 days after the event. Others pay within 2 weeks. It is important to know the payment schedule prior to the event and to keep in touch with the staffing agency if the initial payment due date passes. If a check is late, you should always be courteous when calling the agency. Oftentimes the lateness is the result of a simple accounting error or incomplete paperwork.
Agencies often require you to submit a timesheet. Timesheets may be collected in person or emailed to the agency. Always make sure the hours you work are accounted for in writing. Important information such as your name, Social Security number, date and location of the event, as well as the amount of hours and set hourly pay should be included on your time sheet. Always confirm that the agency has received the timesheet. If there is a sign-in sheet at the event location, you may not have to submit a timesheet. Some agencies require both a sign-in sheet and a timesheet. Always ask in order to be sure.
Per diem, ("per day" in Latin), is a daily allowance that is paid to you by an agency if you are working a specified amount of miles away from your residence. Your per diem covers hotels, food, and other miscellaneous travel expenses. Remember, when filing your taxes per diem is like cash and is not be taxable.
If you had a positive experience with an agency you should let them know. Express your interest in working with the agency in the future. If they are impressed with your work, they will usually ask you back. It is always a good idea to keep a record of agencies and promotional models with whom you have worked. Remember, the connections you make could lead to future work.
As an independent contractor, you are only contracted to work one specific job. You are not the agency's full time employee. This means that you can work for as many agencies as you wish. As an independent contractor, you are responsible for paying your own taxes and obtaining your own benefits. There are state and government resources that supply health benefits to independent contractors.
An agency will not take taxes out of your paycheck because you are hired as an independent contractor. It is your responsibility to pay your own taxes and file the correct government forms such as a 1099.
A 1099 is a United States tax form used for, among other purposes, reporting payments made to independent contractors. When you are paid using the form 1099, all money earned is paid on an untaxed basis. The agency will not take out income tax for the event worked. It is then your responsibility to file and pay the appropriate taxes. Please refer to the IRS website (http://www.irs.gov) for more information on this topic.
It depends on the agency. Some agencies are glad to pay for parking. Other agencies do not have parking costs in their budget. You should always ask the agency about their parking policy before committing to a job. Ask for a confirmation in writing. Many agencies will email out a job confirmation with all the details laid out, include their parking compensation policy.
The initial person who hired you over the phone is in charge of hiring for the event. The onsite manager is in charge those who are working the event. He or she is the person you should be listening to while at the event. The onsite manager is usually in communication with the agency. Sometimes he/she is given last minute changes during the event and will provide you with new instructions. Those changes are normal and sometimes necessary in the fluctuating, fast past promotional world. Most of the time you won't see what goes on behind the scenes, and therefore may not understand the changes.
Provide your name, email, best contact phone number, and any appropriate measurements, such as your height. You may want to include your completed education, special skills and management experience (if any) that you have. The most important part of a promotional resume is a list all of the past promotions you have worked. Make sure to include the date(s) you worked, the time frame, your responsibilities and the market (location) where you were working. Do not list the agency you worked for, only the product or company you were promoting.
The photos that you submit to agencies represent you. They are very important, because they are the only impression an agency has of you until you are hired for a job. That said, if you don't already have professional headshots, you may submit clear, attractive, and recent snapshots of yourself. Let the photos show you in your best light. Never submit a photo of yourself drunk in a bar with your friends.
Work hard! People will notice when you work hard and are reliable. Always show up on time and arrive properly dressed. Research the product or company before working an event. Know your contact person at the agency. Complete all paperwork on time and in full. Act like a leader without bossing people around. If problems occur, help out as much as you can. Your managers will remember your dedication and appreciate all the help you gave them.
It may be an honest mistake. Clerical errors are easy to make, so don't jump to conclusions and immediately threaten the agency with a lawsuit. Call them up and let them know that you didn't receive your check. They will tell you whether or not it has been sent. Most agencies can send you a new check if you didn't receive the first one. Every agency is different. Keep notes of each time you call the agency, who you speak to, and what they say. If thirty days have gone by and the agency hasn't responded, call again. Never go to their client directly. If the agency learns that you have spoken to a client directly, you will seriously jeopardize your reputation as a promotional model. As a last resort, if you still have not gotten paid, legal action is appropriate.