Getting back to the point, people will be drawn to work with you. So making kick ass work will kick ass for you in the long run when it comes getting talent. No one is going to work with a photographer if they are not sold on their work. One female I approached to do a shoot, I showed her my portfolio and a particular photo stood out to her, she said quote “If you can make me look like that, I will shoot with you" It was a done deal, the hard part was done! If you have trouble approaching people, play it safe by saying something along the lines of. "You have a particular look that suits my style of photography" As you show examples of your work, casually ask "Would you be interested in doing some modeling, I would love to work with you" It's as simple as that. Also don't just simply give up so easily on people, some talent you may have to work hard at getting. Some people may play hard to get, some people are shy, some people are iffy and some people flat out are busy. Don't be afraid to follow up, and to check in periodically. If it makes you happy to know, It took me a little over a year and a half to work with this particular model. Talk about patience, never the less it was well worth the wait.
Speaking up has lead me to work with some great individuals. Three of the talents I approached and worked with got published!!!! The art of meeting a complete stranger and creating beautiful work with them is an amazing experience. Trust me, initially this was a bit challenging for me because I am a bit shy myself but you will see, the more you begin to actively practice this it will gradually become a breeze. Remember first impressions are everything you want to make that connection, if you can effectively do that while applying the tips your chances of working with that talent will be very likely!!!!!
1. Don't be scared to speak up: If you see someone you want to work with move on it don't let an opportunity get away from you, you never know where things my lead. The silent are left to be silent!!!!!
2. Be polite: I shouldn't have to speak too much on this, being polite will take you a long way!!!
3. Be honest/straight forward: Remember you are not only trying to attract possible candidates, but you are also building a reputation and relationship with the talent based off of trust. If people feel they can trust you chances are they will work with you.
4. Be prepared/be concise: Have what you want to say at the tip go your tongue, speak your peace and move along. Keep in mind less is more, people don't like to be inconvenienced!!!
5. Have a portfolio readily: Grab their attention by showing your work as you're conversing with the talent. It's a great way to stir up a conversation, (I typically use my phone as my portable portfolio)
6. Have business cards: Having business cards shows professionalism, and it is much quicker than writing your information down on a piece of paper. (A website is always a plus) convenience is key!