Review - Getting yourself spotted from the get-go

New Faces is, as its name suggests, a virtual place to put your best face if you're an aspiring model looking to break into the highly competitive, and highly rewarding world of modeling.

International, accessible and tried and tested over time, is the quintessential Godfather of the online modeling portfolio service, and was the first of its kind to hit the digital highway in 1995. Since then it's gained ground and gravity as one of the most trusted one-stop modeling sites on the World Wide Web.

Founded by a top model, who was once a new face herself, the New Faces website invites models and industry pros to sign up, see and be seen. As a first base, offers models and actors a choice of four self-created portfolios: Basic, (free portfolio), or Silver, Platinum or Elite services: The latter three Premium services are available for sliding scale of reasonable monthly fees and encompass more details than the basic, improving visibility for new models and actors. Paid services also enable messaging between new faces and industry pros.

The New Faces site also offers tips and advice from pros, forums and networking services that enable models that are new to the game to get the low-down from fellow new and more experienced models, and those in the know from across the industry spectrum.

A handy casting calls and auditions section provides a run-down of who wants what and when, and a handy search engine to filter searches by casting type or location. The built in blog and news service offers anecdotes and advice from inside the industry, and provides entertaining reading. There's even an online store offering photo retouching, gift certificates and insiders' guides to modeling. is a complete and comprehensive a-z of the industry that offers a little virtual hand-holding for new faces that may be a little intrepid as they set out on the path to potential model stardom.

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