You may have higher chances to become a model if you have a pretty face. However, this is not a requirement; most models are natural models. Any skills you can add to your arsenal will only help your potential career.
You can also enter modeling contests. However, make sure you check that these are being run by a reputable agency.
If, for whatever reason, you’ve decided signing with an agency isn’t right for you, you could consider going freelance. But be warned: the pay is usually considerably less and there are fewer safety precautions.
Get your parents’ permission if you’re under the age defined by your country as being an adult.
Some modeling schools are licensed by the Board of Education. However, whether or not they will teach you how to become a model is questionable, and some agencies even say that attending a modeling school can teach you bad habits that are hard to unlearn! They are also expensive.
Do not be fooled- Modeling schools are not agencies. There are a few locally that try to come across as being able to book you. I’ve heard stories for years about these schools that tell you that you’re accepted, then to come back for a second interview, only to take your money and tell you it didn’t work out.
Get a website. It helps spread the word that you’re out there and also serves as a place for your adoring fans.
Know your limits on style and nudity. If you don’t want to do glamor work or are uncomfortable doing full nudity, speak up and don’t let people push you past those limits. Also, consider where you want your career to go in the future. Sure, you may be comfortable doing glamor now, but what if you decide you want to do fashion or catalog work in the future? You might be discriminated against if they know you have done this line of work.
Have a portfolio – it helps when bringing to clients. Go to a Go-SEE, and go- see the clients
Show attitude and have fun!
Be careful when signing contracts. Some contracts may require you to model exclusively for a particular agency. A lot of releases (which are more like mini-contracts that are done for a single shoot), will emphasize the photographer’s right to an image, saying that they may do whatever they wish, but don’t mention the model’s rights. It is your image they are using, and you have a say in what is done with pictures taken of you. Make sure to discuss this before signing anything.
–Note: If you are too demanding of the photographer and it displays your lack of knowledge about modeling and copyright laws, you may be finding yourself another photographer. A release is just that. It should not contain contractual terms. It releases the photographer the right to use the images however they see fit. Releases are common and shouldn’t scare someone off.
Modeling is a tough business. Try not to be discouraged by rejections. Even top models still get rejected for about 70% of everything they are put forward for!
If you become one of the top models like Kate Moss, the people you work for might ask you to take drastic measures to stay a top model. For example, they might ask you to get nose jobs, liposuction, or have breast implants. And lose more weight… The pressure of modeling can cause a lot of long term mental health problems, including eating disorders. Don’t be afraid to speak to somebody if you think it is getting all too much. If you just can’t handle the pressure, it may be time to start thinking of a new profession. A job isn’t worth your health!
Be wary of any agency that asks for money up front. The majority of agencies get their money through commission- meaning they take a certain percentage of your pay for every job that you do. If you don’t work, then they don’t get paid. If you’ve already paid up, there’s no incentive for them to find you work. However, don’t dismiss everybody who asks you for up-front fees as a scam. If you are sure that they are an agency, listen carefully to what they are asking for the fees for. Bigger agencies in bigger markets will often pay for these for you or at least loan you the money, but smaller agencies or agencies in smaller markets can’t afford to do this. If the fees are to cover actual representation, this probably isn’t a good deal. Although there are some good agencies out there who work on this basis, the majority are nothing more than con artists. Find models who they represent, get in touch with them and ask them what they think of the representation they are getting.
If you are planning a photo shoot with a photographer you have met online, it is highly recommended that you research this photographer, check out things such as who they have worked with and for – and call somebody when you get to the shoot and when you leave the shoot.
Bringing an escort is not always the best thing to do. They are generally distractions and can take away the attention of the model during the shoot. Bringing an escort to a shoot doesn’t make you any more safe than it does the photographer. Escorts have also been known to steal from the photographer while in their homes and/or studios.
Almost all agencies will ask you to fill out a contract. Be sure to read through it thoroughly and make sure you know what every word means, even use a dictionary if you have to! Better know what you are signing for before you accept.
Always use reputable modelng agencies and never pay upfront fees, professional modeling agencies will pay to have you, and wont require you to pay anything. The exception here may be for Comp Cards.