Can I be a model? This is a question that is asked almost regularly. The good in this question is that I’ll hear it from someone who is genuinely interested in modeling. Almost everyone wants a nice shoot that produces pretty pictures. Getting someone to take the next step isn’t easy to do.
A lot of people want to be a model because it’s glamorous, sexy, lucrative and you might want to be recognized in the modeling world. However, it’s an extremely competitive and grueling business that will more likely break you than make you. Here are some major truths about becoming a model, as well as some realistic advice to make it happen for you.
1 -Realize that there are qualities every model needs to have, depending on the type of model one wishes to become. Generally, any feature indicative of good health is a must – clear skin, a full head of hair, and overall symmetry. Other qualities such as height and weight depend on what you’re modeling. If you feel you aren’t quite there yet, consider working with a fitness trainer, especially someone who has a good reputation and experience with models. Tell them your modeling goals and how you aspire to look.
2-Decide what kind of model you’d like to be. Technically, anybody can be a model. However, do remember that if you don’t meet certain requirements, the work available to you will be incredibly limited, and you may have to compensate in other departments.
A Plus Size Model. If your body is full and curvaceous, you may be able to be a plus size model.
A CatWalk Model. If you’re tall (at the very least 5’7 for editorial & 5’8 for catwalk) and very skinny with a small breast size, you can be a catwalk model.
In Addition- There are catalog models, hand models, foot models, lingerie models, product models and a few more areas that may be suitable for a potential model. It is up to you to research and figure out where you belong.
Get some photos done. These may not have to be professional but they should be created for the purpose of showing your ability as a model. Although agencies say they are happy with snapshots, that doesn’t mean they want to see an out of focus shot of you out partying with your friends with a little note attached saying that you’re the one on the right! As a bare minimum, you will need one head shot and one body shot.
I have taken snapshots of a model and submitted them to an agency. There was little work put into these and she had on very little make up. She was hired simply because she fit the bill for what the agency wanted
Another model I coached had very few professional shoots but has the look desired for the type modeling she was focused on. She has moved to a larger market in the US and has made things happen for herself.
And another had gone all over the US to have different shoots done with photographers who have their own style. She, as a result is now established, has traveled all over the US and is doing exactly what she had set her sights on.
3-Get your favorites printed into 8x10s. Save these in case you are asked to leave a photograph anywhere before you have professional ones done. Don’t force these on people or try to hand them out. You’ll be better off waiting for the professional shots instead of taking risks with an amateur photo.
Professional photography, even if it is expensive, will give you a better idea of what kind of look you project. You will eventually need these photographs to snag an interview, so think of it as a worthwhile investment!
4-Look up the number of a reputable modeling agency. You can find these in your area chance for this photo. They’ll use this to compare to your head shot. They will ask you to walk and take your measurements, so be prepared for all of that as well. Learn to accept rejection or criticism politely. Thank the people for their time.
5-Be professional. Be polite and always turn up on time to any appointment or shoot. If you’re late or rude, word soon gets around and then nobody will want to work with you.
6-Be truthful about your measurements. Don’t say you’re skinnier than you are just to get a shoot. Once there, the stylist will have problems and you will get found out. Word will get around and you could find yourself without a career!
Treat modeling like a real job. Girls that don’t take it seriously have small chances of succeeding in their modeling career. Realize that it is harder than it appears and there’s a lot of work behind all that glitz and glamor at fashion shows.
7-Educate yourself. There is a lot you can learn from reading books and articles on modeling, such as this one http://www.modelmastery.com/how-to-become-a-model. Reading quality guides, articles, and books will both help you to improve important skills (like posing) and to better understand how the industry works (how to find an agent, etc.).
In part 2, Tips and Warnings!