Models, ladies, gentlemen... I think everyone should follow their dreams, and I encourage it!!! However let me explain how you might be getting scammed with these Magazine Cover Contes... and a lot of the other online contests.
#1) A vast majority of online contests are rigged and a winner is picked by someone involved with the contest before it even starts, or the pick from the applicants but continue to tell you VOTING WILL MAKE YOU WIN. Sometimes the company/photographer/magazine has good intentions. However, SOMETIMES they select a single, flirty, woman who is willing to shoot 1/2 naked or naked photos and travel with them for a week for winning the shoot.
Let's get this straight and out of the way. I personally shoot photos of naked models... I also travel with models and performers. So let's not try to point that out to prove me wrong for what I am saying here... I did say, some people have good intentions.
#2) Even if the people running the contest have good intentions and are not creepy.... You might be working for them for free with NO CHANCE OF WINNING...
If you want to make a magazine famous how do you do it for free without spending thousands on advertisements and marketing??? EASY!
You get 1,000+ "Models" / Girls who want to be or think they are models (some who have no chance at all in winning) to sign up, then PROMOTE THE HELL OUT OF YOUR MAGAZINE to "Win the contest" that is rigged... The end result is 1,000 women post on their facebook, instagram, websites, and drive HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS or MILLIONS of people to your website and facebook to "Vote For The Model" which makes your company more popular.
Over a few years females get FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) for not being a part of the contest so they join, this creates a sort of psychological frenzy where more and more women start to idolize the brand and this contest... which was pointless to start with.
You are basically working for the magazines / companies for FREE spending your time promoting their brand and making them millions of dollars.
#3) WHY IS THIS BAD? Aside from the fact that often models / djs / musicians / photographers enter these contests and put in hundreds of hours with NO CHANCE in really winning anything. It can also be psychologically draining and depressing when you don't win. I have heard over the last 13 years that entertainers feel "Let down" or "Not Good Enough" because they entered a dance contest, modeling contest, online contest, song remix contest etc... I always advise my clients that it's a GOOD idea to chase your dreams, just keep in mind what you are REALLY getting your self into with these contests. Maybe it's worth it to do for exposure, but don't let it get to you if you don't win.
#4) SOME CONTESTS ARE GOOD! I do them every now and then to drive traffic to my websites. I will work with a company we are doing marketing for (Such as a clothing company or beauty line) and give away free products to the person with the most VOTES... The difference is, we make sure the winners are announced publicly, you can do research to see who voted for them and that it's not rigged, and there is a BENEFIT for the people who win. Sometimes we will even give away discounts to those who enter the contest so everyone gets a benefit.
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