Becoming a model can be an overwhelming task to undertake. Ambitious models often give up as they feel they are too short, not pretty enough or not the height required to do runway. These are unacceptable reasons to not pursue a career in modeling as there is a place for everyone in the modeling industry.
The number one question I am asked as a fashion photographer is “Where do I get started?” This article will cover the 7 steps you need to take in order to become a model. These steps may appear quite simple but many ambitious models do not put the time and effort required into taking them.
This is the first step that is often neglected. You think about how much you want to become a model but you do nothing to achieve your goal. Every single successful model put a huge amount of time and effort into developing their career and your success will require the same. Even 15 minutes a day to begin is a great place to start. The key is to put some effort into your modelling career on a reliable daily basis.
Most aspiring models make excuses about why they won’t make it as a model as opposed to reasons why they will make it. Be positive, aggressive and take what you deserve. The more you focus on why you will not make it the more failure will actually become a reality. Buy a whiteboard and write down 5 reasons why you should be a model. Leave this in your room so you see it daily to help inspire you.
The number one reason I hear aspiring models give up is they claim they are not tall enough for runway modeling. Runway is a small percentage of the industry and many effective models haven’t even stepped foot on one and this is not an excuse to avoid a modeling career. Plus sized modeling is all the rage today and there is actually a demand for women who are overweight yet carry their selves in a classy and confident way. As the population ages so does the demand for models of this demographic. Modeling is not just about the cover of Vogue but it is about appealing to the age group a company is using your photos to market to. The older market has brought a demand for models ages 35-65 as they are the decision makers and buyers for many households.
Top models all possess the ability to pose in a fierce manner. This is what separates the amateurs from the professionals. Google images are a great source for motivational images you can emulate. Simply type in “modeling poses for beginners” and you will have plenty of ideas to get you started. Use your mirror to make sure what you think you look like and how you actually look are in sync. Make sure your face, arms and legs are all involved for best results. Practice posing daily until it becomes second nature and flows naturally when you are posing for photography fans.
You need to have quality photos and experience before searching for an agent. The best place to find a photographer for your first shoots is at a local images school or college. They are always in desperate need of models and can often get you some amazing photos at no charge at all. It typically takes about 5 shoots until your photos start to become the quality needed to market yourself as a model.
Modeling scams run rampant through the modeling market and newer models are guaranteed to run across them. The most common scam is a long email stating how you have been hired for a gig in which they will pay you ahead of time. They send a check and ask you to forward a portion of that money to the make up artist or wardrobe stylist prior to the shoot. The shoot never happens and by the time you realize the check they sent you is no good, they have cashed yours.
Finding someone who is already a part of the industry can be a huge help to getting you started. Look for a modeling coach, school or local photographer who is willing to groom you for success. It’s hard to make it without the help of others. Be selective and be aware of false promises. Check sources and choose wisely as about 70% of the people you encounter will not have the best objectives.
Put all of these 7 steps on how to become a model into action and you will be off to a huge start. Follow them in order and do not give up. Accept rejection as it is part of modeling. Nothing worth having ever comes fast.