A lot of people want to be a model because it is glamorous and lucrative. Perhaps they want to be known in the modeling community. Modeling is highly competitive and the industry is riddled with rejection, but successful models spend their time doing what they enjoy. Learning what to expect when you enter the world of modeling will help you get ready to become a model.
Mastering the Basics of Modeling
1. Be healthy within. Eat and drink balanced meals, and do a variety of exercises. Getting a good body helps to make you look your best.
- Fitness matters. Try working with a teacher, who deals with models directly. Tell him about your goals for modeling, and how you want to look, and ask for a tailor-made exercise regime to support those goals.
- Eat well. You should consume nutritious foods, as well as large quantities of food, contrary to what some people tell you. The basics of your diet should be veggies, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and protein. There will be as much avoidance as possible of sugars, starches, hollow carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats.
- Be sure to be drinking plenty of water. Evite sodas (even vegan sodas), and limit the consumption of alcohol.
2. Keep your appearance on. Be vigilant about making yourself look safe and well-groomed. It’s also important what you wear, and how you carry yourself, but you should have a routine that supports your skin and hair health.
- Concentrate on keeping your skin clear and bright. Wash your face in the morning and in the evening, exfoliate once a week and try to wash off your makeup before going to sleep.
- Keep your hair healthy, and shiny. Many companies and managers like the “normal greasy look,” so if you choose to shower minimally, it may be okay.
3. Compare your expectations for modeling to your body type. Technically, that can be a model for anyone. Nonetheless, if you don’t fulfill those criteria, there may be extremely limited work available to you or you will have to compensate in certain areas (reliability, training, etc).
- A Plus-Size Model: When your body is large and curvy, you may be able to be a model of plus size.
- A Runway Model: Most women are at least 5’8 on the catwalk, and usually small-breasted. Men usually range between 5’11 and 6’2.
- A Print Model: Most female editorial models are at least 5’7 but the most significant characteristics for print models are a stunning face and great personality.
- An Underwear Model: This requires big breasts for women but small hips. That requires wide shoulders for men with slender waists.
- An Alternate Model: Several companies are recruiting alternate models: models who do not follow appearance, height, and weight “standards” in the industry. In addition, having a particular passion or cause to which you contribute will help open doors that can be closed due to a body characteristic that does not “suit industry norms”
- Other Modeling Types: If you don’t fit any of the descriptions of your face or body, maybe you can be a model of your foot, hair, or hand.
4. Start modeling conditions. If you don’t think that the runway or magazines are your places, look at other modeling types. Industries are using models for specific occasions or to advertise individual goods. For these modeling jobs, there are fewer body type restrictions and more emphasis on personality.
- An Advertising Model: Some businesses want their client base to connect directly with models that are typically appealing to promoting their brand with likable personalities. You may see these models promoting things like food, liquor, or new products in grocery stores, events, or clubs.
- A Spokesmodel: Spokesmodels are hired so that they are consistently associated with a particular brand. Contrary to popular thinking, spokesmodels need not always promote brand verbally.
- A Trade Show Model: Businesses or brands employ this type of model to advertise to visitors at a trade show tent or stand. Typically these models are not employed by the company but are hired for the event as “freelance” models.
5. Consider your “look.” The look you ‘re communicating can consist of both your body type and style. There’s more of a curvy look from California, a svelte and sophisticated look from New York, a waif-like European look and a boy- or girl-next-door look. Know what you’re fitted with but try to pull off other looks as well.
6. Place yourself up on the market. Learn from reading books, blogs, and modeling articles as much as you can. Reading quality guides, articles, and books will help you improve important skills (such as posing and posture) and better understand the workings of the industry (such as finding an agent).
- Renowned agencies also research that position model in high-profile locations, such as magazines and fashion shows.
7. Be prepared for a challenging route. The world of modeling is jam-packed with pretty faces. Being good looking is not a formula equating to success. The modeling industry is not just about looking great; just to get a shot, you have to meet the need for particular jobs. Modeling is for serious people who possess distinctive looks and features. Given that so many people are seeking to become models in today’s world, breaking into the industry is very difficult. Success comes only with perseverance and patience.
8. Do not care. You’ll need to get yourself promoted and look for chances to step up and show your skill. Standing back and being “polite” isn’t going to get you where you go. Let your personality show, be yourself, and have a positive attitude. If you don’t feel comfortable, fake it; modeling also often involves skill in acting!
Understanding Portfolios and Agencies
1. Only take photos for your portfolio. Professional-looking headshots should be included: shots from you up close without a lot of makeup and on a clear backdrop. Without much distraction in the photos, you should shoot them in nice natural light (but not direct sunlight). These are intended for organizations in a raw state to keep an eye on you. Consider a shot in the head, shot in the body, and shots in profile.
- In a portfolio, the most important thing to communicate is that you can present a range of “characters” and looks.
2. Consider having some pictures taken professionally. While professional photography can be costly, the difference between passing over and having an interview can be made. Speak of professional photography as an opportunity worth making in your career!
Get your favorite shots printed into 8x10s. Save these if you are prompted to leave a picture before or after an interview.
- Consider collecting them into a portfolio if you have enough decent professional pictures. Bring that portfolio to castings or agencies with you.
3. Take your measurements and be mindful of your numbers. This knowledge will help modeling agencies place you in the position. Knowing the details from the top of your head can make you look professional when you speak to an agency or potential client.
- Your height, weight, and shoe size are the most common measurements you’ll learn.
- Measurements of the clothes including dress size, thigh, waist, chest/bust, etc. should also be identified.
- Your personal stats include hair color, color of the eye, and skin tone information.
4. Check out a modeling agency. Nearly every major city has several modeling agencies and nearly every agency has “open-calls” where they are finding new talent.
- Bring in your pictures and/or portfolio. Make sure the measurements are (accurate) too.
- During an open call interview, you may be asked to walk or pose for a headshot or other images.
- When an agency rejects you, don’t get disheartened; sometimes an agency is searching for a variety of models, and right now you might just not match their model line up.
5. Stay on guard against scams. Consider looking at a modeling agency’s credibility before an open call or interview. Too many people aren’t familiar with the company and end up being conned.
- When meeting you no organization will ask you for more than $20. If you model, the firm will owe you a fee but shouldn’t get up a lot in front of you. If they ask you for hundreds of dollars before you do some job, then walk away.
1. Do not sign forms of consent without having your agent consulted. A customer may request that you sign paperwork or consent forms. Make sure to send a copy to share with your agent before you sign. You don’t want to sign a form that gives more power over your actions or images to a photographer or client than they should.
- Likewise, don’t sign a contract with an organization unless both the organization and the contract are valid. If you’re not sure if the contract is perfect, have a lawyer or an experienced model read it over for you.
- A good agent should be aware of your best interests. In any given contract she will help you handle the legal issues.
2. Be true to your measurements. It should not suggest you are more skinny than just having a gun. The stylist will have problems fitting you once there and the truth will come out. Because of word of mouth, you might theoretically lose future employment and you could find yourself without a career!
3. Be a pro, respectful, and courteous. Mind that you need to be careful even though you don’t work in an office. Be respectful of the people you deal with. You never know who they know, or what kind of a recommendation they could make of you. Always look down upon anybody. You may be a model, but that does not give you the right to be snooty, pompous, or affected.
- Always show up in time for any rendezvous or shoot. If you’re late or rude, you may be followed by your reputation and nobody will want to work with you.
- Stay organized. At the last minute, models are often called to places and have very busy days. If you want to succeed you need to be on top of things. Buying a work planner can be very helpful.
- Develop professional photographers’ relationships. You are making the photographer look nice and they’re going to make you look better. It’s a win-win situation so make sure to be respectful of photographers.
4. Treat modeling like regular work. Individuals who don’t take it seriously have low chances of succeeding in their modeling career. Realize that it’s harder than it looks and under all the glitz and glamor you see at fashion shows there’s a lot of work. Modeling is a full-time job that requires constant attention. It’s one week away and your career could be over.
- Understand that modeling has just a limited window of opportunity and you can never be able to return, even though you take a short break. Models typically only operate for a limited amount of time inside the company. When within the company you are popular you can be able to expand your career.
5. Confirm that a Make-up Artist (MUA) will be on-site or not. Often you are supposed to carry with you other items (such as base foundation) and if they don’t have a booked makeup artist, you need to plan accordingly. You may want to keep an emergency makeup kit with you so you can make your own, if necessary, even if there is an MUA to be present.
6. At work be creative. Photographers are keen to see you pose with various accessories and scenery in different poses. Changeability is important, so work for the camera and connect with the world around you Listen to the advice of the photographer, but don’t be afraid to try your own poses or attitude too. Similarly, runway coordinators want you to place your walk attitude or project a very particular emotion.