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One of the challenging aspects for aspiring models and actors is presenting themselves professionally to hiring agencies, casting directors and model coordinators.
Comp cards are the professional tool for exactly that purpose.
In the most basic language, a comp card (a.k.a. Zed card & Sed card) is a printed sheet that showcases 5-6 best portfolio photographs of the model, along with his / her vital statistics and full name.
Contact details of model / actor are not displayed, as the modeling agency will not be able to use them.
Modeling agencies always add their contact details in the comp card and share with their clients for portfolio shoots, product shoots as well as for television and web serials.
The typical size of a comp card is A5 size (148 x 210 mm / 5.8 x 8.3 in) printed back to back in color.
The paper used is typically a card of 240 to 300 GSM, so that the card can withstand the usage in multiple hands of agencies as well clients.
Matte finish is preferred compared to glossy version.
With dawn of digital printing, models and actors are no longer forced to get 500 or 1,000 copies of their comp card/s.
They can have a variety of comp cards for difference agencies with variety of looks. The most popular comp cards are feature glamour and fashion photographs of the models.
A good comp card should have the following elements:
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