F.A.Q.



Answers


Is Everyone Accepted? 

A: No, everyone is not. In order to keep our standards high and our reputation of excellence with the modeling agents and casting directors a selection process is used. It may be in the form of an             audition or interview with a member school or agency of MAAI.


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How can I attend the next MAAI?    

Competitor:
You have taken the first step by viewing our web site. Next, fill out either the Want to Attend? or the ¿Quiere Asistir? form. Make sure to mark if you are a model, actor, dancer, or singer and fill out the information accordingly. Your information will be given to an MAAI member located you and you will be contacted.
Si usted quisiera usar Español, favor vea la forma numero tres.

Schools / Agencies / Managers:
If you are an owner or director of a modeling school, talent agency, or talent manager fill out theMAAI Membership form. You will be contacted by our membership committee who will be able to answer your questions.

Scouts / Casting Directors / Managers:
If you would like to scout our models and talent by attending the coming MAAI Convention, please complete the Scout Our Talent form. You will be contacted by one of our members to help with your arrangements.


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Do you need experience? 

A: No. An MAAI member will prepare you for the competitions.


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Can I use my own portfolio of photos? 

A: Often you can. This is determined by your director or the member who is preparing you. Photos need to be current (not over one year old). If you are over 21, haven't changed your hair style, and still look like your photos, you can usually go two years before a new portfolio is needed. Your director will make that decision.


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How much does it cost? 

A: The cost of competing in the MAAI Convention and Showcase depends on variables. Will you be flying to the convention or driving and sharing expenses? Will you attend with family members, sharing the room cost? Will you attend and share a room with other models and talent from an MAAI Member’s school or agency? How many of the Optional competitions will you enter? Will you work to obtain cash sponsorships from your extended family, friends, and local businesses? (MAAI provides a Sponsorship form in the Directors’ Manual – ask your school or agency for the form.)
Members may provide a package cost for the event with training and updated portfolios (with or without transportation), divided into affordable monthly payment plans. Please contact an MAAI Member for details.


 
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What if I am not called for a special interview with an agent? Will I still get to see them?  

A: Most Definitely. You may choose to spend time with all the agents on Go See Day. You will receive a list of agents in attendance and what they want. All you have to do is find their table and speak with them. This is your opportunity to show them your portfolio, give them a comp card, and sell yourself by letting that special personality shine through.


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How many agents attemd MAAI? 
 
A: Each Convention is arranged and guided by the MAAI Board of Directors. They choose from hundreds of agents, reps, talent scouts, and firms to provide representation across the board for MAAI models and talent. Each year there are domestic and foreign agents scouting for their particular clients. Models and talent will enjoy intensive exposure to influential people in the industry during the competitions and at the Showcase and Call Backs session.

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What does an agent look for? 

A: Several things. First, a great smile and personality is uber important. Second is attitude; they look   for determination and hard workers. Third, a model can have a great look or just one that the agent knows he can sell to his clients.


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Is there anything else I should know about the MAAI? 

A: The 2018 Convention and Showcase will be held June 27 – June 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Miss Hemisphere joined us in 2017 and MAAI is looking forward to their participation in 2018 with even more opportunities for models and talent; Scholarships, Prizes, and Awards! The Awards Banquet, near the close of the event, is included in your registration package. You can invite family and friends to join you at the Awards Banquet. Parties, special events, and seminars will be held throughout Convention, at no additional cost, to celebrate new friendships, opportunities, and contracts.


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What does Not-For-Profit mean? 

A: It means MAAI is not a profit-making business like other conventions. School and agency dues support MAAI. Those elected to the Board and Executive Board are volunteers voted in by the general membership. They devote countless hours throughout the year planning each upcoming Convention. The members of MAAI believe in the ethical treatment of models and talent in the industry and in education. They want to help people, such as yourself, to get started on life goals. MAAI was the first Convention of its kind in 1960. Others have followed, but never equaled MAAI!


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What makes the MAAI convention different from all the rest?  


A:  MAAI is the founder of the modern model and talent convention concept with 58 years of knowledge and expertise. There are several things MAAI offers which make it unique:

Not-for-Profit status means we are not a proprietary corporation.  MAAI does not survive to               make a profit.
MAAI invites celebrities and soap stars so you can have your photo taken and speak with them.
Our elegant surroundings.
Scholarship awards program.
Exclusivity - we are not an overcrowded cattle call.


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Will I have time to sight see or will I be busy the whole time?  

A:  Yes, you will have time to sightsee in Miami and the surrounding areas. We encourage your family and your friends to attend with you. Miami is a great place for visiting with many attractions nearby. 


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