TFCD: An Insider Secret For Building a Stellar Modeling Portfolio for Free

There are many aspiring models out there, but only so many modeling jobs available. One way to rise above your competition is to be able to present a stellar portfolio. Unfortunately, the professional photography sessions you need to accomplish this can be prohibitively expensive. So should you give up your dreams that modeling may be one of money making ideas perfectly suited for you?

Well, don’t give up your modeling ambitions yet. It turns out that there is a way to build your portfolio for free. The method used by insiders to circumvent portfolio costs is through a practice known as TFCD–and it can work for you too.

What is TFCD?

TFCD stands for “Time for CD.” It’s also known as TFP (Time for Prints), TFDL (Time for Downloads) or, most simply TF. It’s a practice in which models pose for photographers in return for free photos from the session- either or a CD or prints or available for download. Both parties benefit. The photographer gets a model for no cost, and the model gets his or her portfolio-quality shots for free. Win-win.

Choosing a Photographer

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Models Beware: How to Spot Modeling Scams

Modeling is one of the most ‘cool’ money making ideas that we cover. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most scammer infested. If you are naive, this is a difficult field to survive. Even before you realize what happened, you can get caught up in a scam. You can avoid being a victim if you know what to look for.

Scams usually start by a scam artists approaching you with compliments followed by a sentence such as, “Have you ever thought about a modeling career?”  While there are some who do pay you this compliment and genuinely mean it, there are others who do it with the sole intention of scamming you. Generally, with the above compliment, they will also hand you a business card and if you call them, they know that you can easily be manipulated. Remember the episode in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ where Robert gets “discovered”?

Signs you are being scammed

If someone does hand you a business card and you cannot resist the invitation, be on the lookout for signs that to may be getting scammed. When you walk into a modeling agency, if see many others who are there for the same reason as you, ask them how they found out about this ‘opportunity’ – was it a talent screening call, or were they all invited to call up and then asked to come in? Do they have similar stories as you of being ‘discovered’?

When you arrive, if you find that everyone working there is pushy about everything from registering to taking one of the many offers they have available, you should start thinking that there may be an ulterior motive involved. Another red flag is if they try to sell you a spot in an acting or modeling class, offer you a screen test, or even a photo shoot; but it will cost you a lot of money.

Protecting yourself

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How to Get Started in Modeling on a Shoe String Budget

Modeling is a fun career that can also be extremely profitable – once you get established, that is. There are many money making ideas today but none as glamorous as modeling. But the downside is, if you are not careful, your initial expenses could easily balloon out of control. Use the pointers below to get started in a modeling career on a shoe string budget.


Hire a photographer to take pictures of you. Search for a photographer that is reasonable in pricing; possibly just starting out in his or her own career. Some photographers will work with models who are just getting started and may not have the money to pay for all the photos. They use an exchange program called Time for Prints, or TFP if you are looking for pictures in print or Time for CD, or TFCD if you are going to have your prints transferred to a CD. There is no money required with this type of exchange program. The photographer gets the experience and his or her name out there and you get photos that you can add to your portfolio. Sometimes the photographer may use a photo to advertise their services, which could be great publicity for you as well.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Turn Your Good (or NOT!) Looks into Big Bucks?

Considering a career in modeling is something that passes almost everyone’s mind at some point in their life. Of all the money making ideas, this is probably one of the most glamorous. With the right qualifications (which are not limited to just dashing good looks!), you could be making a decent income from modeling, either part time or full time. And if things go your way, this could easily be the path for making big bucks. This guide offers you insight to determine if this is the right option for you.

Initial Investment

Before you begin modeling, you need to build up your portfolio. Your first task will be to arrange a photo shoot. Your photos will be the best way to display your best to clients that are hiring. Have a few body shots and one headshot. Once your photos are in, choose your favorite photos from the session and print a few 8×10 photos. You may also choose a page with several poses printed on it. Each small photo will display your picture in a variety of poses and outfits. Some agencies will request that you leave photos with them when you inquire about a modeling position. You want these photos done by a professional. You can print your resume on the back of the photos in order to promote yourself better.

A photo shoot can cost anywhere from $200 and up. This will vary, depending on the photographer, where you want to go for the shoot, and if they provide hair and make-up designers for the shoot. The more experience a photographer has, the more they can and will charge. If you locate a new photographer, they may trade services with you in order to promote their business and give you the photos you need for your modeling portfolio. This may be a good option to consider if you are very tight on cash for the initial investment. Be sure to inspect the pictures with a very critical eye, since they will be the determining factor of whether you land a gig or not.

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