Occasionally I receive questions from concerned models and mothers who are unsure about joining a modeling school...
A modeling school is a school and they profit when you sign up for their classes. They will tend to tell most attractive people that they have talent-ability-looks that may get them work if they were to get some professional schooling. Its true that with pro schooling you are probably more likely to get work than if you had none, although that is not to say that you cannot get work without school.
The important thing to remember is that it is very hard to get good work consistently in this industry. The only way I see is if you are an absolutely drop dead knock out-sexy-ravishing-professional-intelligent- sweet and aggressive beauty of a person. Nothing less will do it.
If you are that type of person you will be picked up quickly. You may not need a school or even a portfolio. You need no experience or contacts. You just walk in to IMG and say "I wanna be famous". They may take you on.
The other side of the coin refers to the positive side of a company like Barbizon. They will give you an opportunity to attend the IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) Competition which is held twice per year in LA during the winter and in New York during July-August.This is a chance for you to be seen by some industry professionals. You will of course be only one of many talented / beautiful people wanting to be discovered.
Another positive side of a talent school - or discovery event is that you will actually get valuable professional experience. This could be important for you.
But lets not forget about the negatives either.