- 31 Mar 2021
1. KNOW YOUR MARKET:
To become a model has to be one of your market of the most important steps. Okay, for starters, depending on the area you live in, some trends and looks are more popular than others. For example, runway modeling and fashion show modeling are not as widespread as commercial modeling for print opportunities such as magazines, newspapers, and store sales letters.
Also knowing your market will help you know what the agencies around you are looking for. Living in a suburban area, agencies don't look for that sleek, ultra-sexy look that looks like long hair or a small town-like makeup. In fact, the more natural look is actually preferred in suburban areas, while the more fashionable, sleek look is wanted in the city. If your look does not fit your market, then go to the area that does, or consider traveling back and forth to the area that does. Also know if you are auditioning for a market that is for petite size, plus size, certain clothing trends, or target markets like natural lifestyle, city trends, cosmetic companies, etc. Research, research, research!.
2. FIND A GOOD AGENCY:
The best thing you can do for yourself is to work for a good agency. Agencies should not ask for money from the front, or have a sketch in case anyone signed, which could mean that they later ran away with the earnings of the model. Get online and search the Better Business Bureau website to find a modeling agency you can trust. A good agency should understand your personal needs as a model, uplift you, and never take money from you. They should never put you in a dangerous or compromising position.
3. BE AWARE:
One of my top tips for becoming a model is what you will face. Know that girls' throats can be cut, the wrong agencies may ask you to sacrifice your morality, integrity, or trust to get some photos, and know that it can be very tiring. Also keep in mind that the idea of modeling is not to give you fame, but to create a certain desired look by photographers and companies.
You may be asked to cut or color your hair, wear an outfit you don't like, or spend endless hours traveling to the perfect photoshoot location for just one shot. You can be on the set anywhere for 8-12 hours or more. Find out ahead of time that the point of using the model is to make the right photo. Many photographers, agencies, and product campaigns put photo targets ahead of model needs.
4. KEEP YOUR VALUES:
Many girls who don’t intend on compromising their values end up doing so if they don’t know ahead of time just what their values are. Don't ever sacrifice yourself to be a model. The modeling world can be laced with drugs, alcohol, sex-trades, rape, greed, and more if you get in with the wrong crowd, which is easy to do when you're looking for a quick route to fame and fortune.
Never do anything it takes to get to the top. You’ll regret it later. Outside of local modeling gigs, most outlets for modeling lead to sketchy, compromising situations. Know your values and stick to your guns! On the other hand, the right agencies will honor your values and can lead you to a great career.
5. GET SOME PRACTICE:
Don't expect to walk into a modeling agency, rotate something and expect them to sign you. Asked 10-20 people of the day to unexpectedly meet with the agency's owners through the door anywhere. Agencies are extremely busy and usually, girls have to fill up with paperwork and submit photos for review.
They almost never see girls just walking. Know this ahead of time and do some practice behind your belt. If you are called to meet and greet, then you need to keep your look casual, yet walk confidently and not look fake. Practice, Practice, Practice!.
6. GET A GOOD HEADSHOT:
When it comes to the modeling industry, you won't get anywhere without a good headshot, to begin with. Do you know someone or is a photographer taking a natural headshot for you. No photo-touching, hardly any makeup, and simple hair should be the top three key points of your photo. I'm serious girls! Modeling agencies hate photoshopped photographs, makeup, fancy hairstyles, or overdone looks.
They want to see you in raw if you can change the different types of forms. Remember, you are as beautiful as you are, so let those agencies see you! Most importantly, no glamor shot photos!.
7. KNOW THE ODDS:
The modeling industry is one of the most difficult careers to obtain and maintain. Most models who are not modeling until the age of 22 almost guarantee that they will not get into the runway industry until they seek commercial modeling options, which I am actually more fond of anyway. You do not need to be a certain size to model, nor do you need to see a certain way.
All you need to know is what is the market you are in. If you don't look like a runway model, that's fine! Learn about everything you need to see in the context of the area you live in, which features your look, and how hard each specific outlet is for modeling, such as a commercial or a runway.
The most important thing you can do to be a model is to be yourself! Never make changes inside or outside to make someone else happy. Modeling can be a great way to gain confidence and can help you earn money for a regular day job. Never sacrifice yourself, your values , or your self-esteem to do so! This step will lead you to become a successful and happy model. Have you ever modeled or want to do it?.
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