Basics of Fashion Modeling

A lot of girls (and even some guys) want to be a model because it’s glamorous. However, it’s an extremely competitive and grueling business that will more likely break you than make you. Here are some cold, hard truths about becoming a model, as well as some realistic advice to make it happen.

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 modelling.

Decide what kind of model you would 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 (reliability, technique, etc).

You can be quite thin and toned yet still quite curvy to be an average model, or big and curvy to be a plus size model.

If you’re tall (at the very least 5’7) and very skinny but with a small breast size, you can be a catwalk model.

If you have large breasts but not very wide hips, you can be an underwear model.

If you don’t fit any of the face or body descriptions, perhaps you can be a foot, hair or hand model.

Get some photos done. These don’t 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 headshot and one body shot.

Get a website. It helps spread the word that you’re out there and also serves as a place for your adoring fans.

Look up the number of a reputable modelling agency. You can find these in your area phone book or by running a search on the Internet. Make an appointment. Be prepared. When you attend your appointment, they might ask you to pull certain faces like laughing, happy, sad, or seductive. Practice in front of a mirror beforehand. It may help to look at pictures of models in magazines to get an idea. They will ask you to walk and take your measurements, so be prepared for all of that as well.

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.

If going to an interview with an agency isn’t something you want to do right now or just doesn’t seem right for you, you can consider entering modelling 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.

Confirm whether or not there will be a make-up artist on site for any work you are doing. 99 times out of 100 there will be but there may be the odd occasion where you are required to do your own make-up. If there is a make-up artist, then arrive fresh faced.

Be aware of the fact that if you become one of the top models like Naomi Campbell; Tyra Banks 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.

Other models can be mean, but you’re still going to have to smile and hug them for the photos. Get your parents’ permission if you’re under 21.

It is recommended that you get some sort of training. Like doctors, lawyers, or any major profession a degree and certain amount of training to acquire proper skills is highly necessary. Fashion modelling books are a great resource to help you in becoming a model and to educate you on the business. Some modelling schools are licensed by the Board of Education.

However, whether or not they will teach you have to become a model is questionable and some agencies even say that attending a modelling school can teach you bad habits that are hard to unlearn! They are also expensive.

Be organized! Models often get called off places at the last minute and have very busy days. You need to be on top of things if you want to succeed. Buying a day-to-day planner can really help.

Modelling 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! Don’t let people get you down! Learn to accept rejection politely. Thank the people for their time.

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.

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.

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 that they represent get in touch with them and ask them what they think of the representation they are getting.

Know your limits on style and nudity. If you don’t want to do glamour 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 glamour now, but what if you decide you want to do fashion or catalogue work in the future? You might be discriminated against if they know you have done this line of work.

Be aware that the pressure of modelling 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!

If you are invited to a foreign country (i.e. Hong Kong, Macau etc.) for an audition or job, have enough funds to purchase a return ticket yourself. While legitimate jobs exist, there are many scams that provide one way tickets then trap young girls into prostitution rings when they cannot afford to go back home.

If you are planning a photo shoot with a photographer you have met online, it is highly recommended that you bring a chaperone to the shoot. It’s for your own safety, as you never know who is who online!

If you can’t bring a chaperon (because you are unable to find one or because the photographer doesn’t allow chaperons), make sure you do a background search on the photographer first- 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.Article Source:

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