Working as a model with modeling agencies can be great fun and is often hugely rewarding. It allows you to meet new people, learn how to relax in front of the camera and earn some extra money too. However, becoming a model is not as easy as we think it is. In the modeling industry, appearance is everything. Your appearance must conform to industry standards. For instance, female models should be 5’8” or taller and male models should be 5’11” or taller. Also, your weight must also be properly proportioned to your height. However, there are a few exceptions to weight standards, such as for plus-size modeling.
Learn how to become a model
- Research agencies in the area you want to model in. You can do this with the help of an internet search engine or browse through your phone book.
- While there are many agencies today now have websites, there are still other who you may have to call to find out what they want. Delve into the requirements they suggest and types of models they represent. Also, see what photos they want.
- Visit a photographer to get professional headshots taken. If you cannot afford or do not want to have photos taken professionally, have a friend take some pictures of you or use a passport photo booth for the head shot. Models need a variety of headshots, including closeup headshots, quarter-body shots, side profiles and full body shots. Your photographs must reveal your natural beauty. Keep the makeup to a minimum and avoid excessive photo retouching.
- Create a modeling resume. The resume should include your demographics, including height, weight, hair color, eye color, clothing sizes and shoe size. Include all modeling experience you have, whether it is professional experience or amateur. And explain, briefly, why you want to be a model and why you think you have what it takes.
- Apply for modeling jobs and make sure you do this the right way. Make sure to check with agencies before sending your application through e-mail because agencies receive a lot of junk email and some admit to losing new model applications due to cluttered inboxes. So you may also opt into the regular mail.
- Prepare for your interview if you get one. Practice your photo face in front of a mirror, practice your walk and flick through magazines to get some idea of how models pose.
- Every aspiring model must know how to accept rejection. If you’ve been rejected, then just repeat the process provided you wait a decent period between applications. Everyone should learn from their mistakes. Change your look. Tone up. Create online and printed versions of your portfolio. Freelance for some experience in-between applications. It may be necessary to do modeling work for free or for a low rate. This experience helps you to build your resume. Apply by mail instead of e-mail. Whatever you think may have held you back last time, change it this time!