Model Comp Card: What It Is & Why You Need One

by - November 15, 2018

A comp card, also called a composite card, is an essential portfolio piece for any serious model. High-quality photos and a clean, sleek design will announce you as a professional and experienced model. Not every casting call will request a comp card, but better safe than sorry to have one ready to go in your portfolio! You may even have multiple comp cards that illustrate specific parts of the modeling or acting industry that you are interested in. If you are seeking agency representation, you need to have a professional and up-to-date comp card.



A comp card, also called a composite card, is an essential portfolio piece for any serious model. High-quality photos and a clean, sleek design will announce you as a professional and experienced model. Not every casting call will request a comp card, but better safe than sorry to have one ready to go in your portfolio! You may even have multiple comp cards that illustrate specific parts of the modeling or acting industry that you are interested in. If you are seeking agency representation, you need to have a professional and up-to-date comp card.

I did some Pinterest searches to check out the different layouts and required components before I designed my own in Adobe InDesign, and I'm attaching my blank design in this post if you want to make your own. If you'd like to download my InDesign template, scroll down to the link at the bottom of this post!

The most common card I saw is two-sided 8.5" x 5.5" card stock, with a great headshot on the front, your name, your agency, and then at least 4 other photos on the back and your measurements and statistics.

   

Your headshot is the most important photo on the card and should be your very best. Pick one that will make a great impression, is a high-res photo that will print well, and that doesn't involve a lot of editing. Think "natural;" it should show your look with very little makeup and styling.

Your next 4 photos should be striking and strong shots that show your experience, versatility, and the type of work you are seeking. Since I'm not seeking acting gigs, I selected photos that showed off my product modeling and my runway experience instead of lifestyle shots.

Statistics you should include on your model comp card:
  • Height
  • Bust (Chest for men)
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Inseam (men)
  • Shoe Size
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color

Want to make your own using the template?
8.5" x 11": Download InDesign File
8.5" x 5.5" 2up: Download Indesign File

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