Is your lifelong dream to become a model? Do you have what it takes to be a model?
Modelling is an extremely competitive field and the modelling industry is filled with rejection. Becoming a model can be easy or difficult, depending on how you approach it and the people with whom you associate.
Knowing what to expect when entering the world of modelling can help you prepare to become a model. Here are expert tips that you need to know and follow to get started on your modelling career-
1. Get an Evaluation by Experienced Professionals
It is vital to get the evaluation of more than one modelling agent or scout because most of them specialize in just one particular area like editorial modelling or commercial modelling.
Just because one agent can’t represent you, doesn’t mean that another agent won’t. Getting the viewpoint of several different types of agents is the best way to find out if you have what it takes to be a model.
2. Take Headshots
When it comes to the modelling industry, you won’t get anywhere without a good headshot to get you started. It’s a common misbelieve that aspiring models should go all out and take the most glam headshots to present to scouts and agencies.
Have someone you know or a photographer take a natural headshot of you. Modelling agencies hate Photoshopped pictures or overdone looks. No photo-touching, no makeup, and simple hair should be the key points of your photo.
They want to see you in the raw to see if you could transform into a variety of looks. Remember, you're pretty just as you are, so let those agencies see you for you!
3. Choose Your Area or Modelling Type
The world of modelling has something for everyone. There are so many niches and specializations that you can find at least one that fits your look and personality.
Once you decide becoming a model is the right move for you, it’s time to choose which path you’ll take to get there. There’s a lot more to modelling than being ridiculously good looking.
Deciding what kind of model you want to become is an important step to take. Different types of modelling will have different model requirements, such as height, style, and clothing size. There are numerous types of models like fitness models, glamour models, alt models, plus models, runway models, editorial or commercial models. Decide where you would like to go.
4. Health and Fitness
Having a healthy body will help you look your best. Eat and drink healthy foods and exercise daily. Drink a lot of water and avoid sodas and alcohol.
Focussing on your fitness is important to become a model. Start working with a trainer who works specifically with models. Tell him about your modelling goals and how you want to look, and ask for a tailored exercise regimen that will support those goals.
You should also focus on eating right. Contrary to what some people believe, you should eat healthy foods, as well as healthy quantity of food. Veggies, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and proteins should make up the basics of your diet. Sugars, starches, empty carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats should be avoided as much as possible.
5. Maintain Your Appearance
You should have a routine that supports the health of your skin and hair. Focus on keeping your skin clear and glowing. Wash your face in the morning and at night, exfoliate once a week, and remember to wash your makeup off before you go to sleep.
Keep your hair shiny and healthy by following beauty regimes. What you wear and how you carry yourself is also important in this industry. Your aim should be to look healthy and well-groomed.
6. Get an Agent
Wondering what modelling agents actually do? Well, they match you with bookings and oversee your career. That being said, finding a reputable agency to take you is very important.
Agents and scouts can give you a headstart. Why? Because they are the ones that have all the contacts and clients. Meeting more modelling agents and clients can lead to new opportunities and connections. They are the ones who are going to promote you and get you booked for jobs.
You can email your photos to modelling agencies, send hard copies to their offices and attend open casting calls. Do some research to find reputable agencies that place models in high-profile places, such as magazines and fashion shows.
The more exposure you get through agents, scouts and clients, the higher the odds of you becoming successful in finding representation and ultimately booking jobs.
7. Educate Yourself About the Industry
Learn as much as you can from reading books, blogs, and articles about modelling. Reading quality guides, articles, and books will help you improve important skills like posing and posture and understand better how the industry works.
8. Take Modelling Classes
It is highly recommended that aspiring models enrol in modelling classes and workshops. Here they teach you proper auditioning skills and how to work around cameras on set. Models also get cast for small roles in commercials and TV shows, so acting is definitely a useful skill to master.
A model’s walk is the most important thing. Watch YouTube videos of the greats and practice your walk in the full length mirrors in your room or at the gym. Learn different styles of walks — from the 'Clydesdale clomp' to a Naomi Campbell-style strut — and find one that feels like *you* on your journey to becoming a model!
9. Be Prepared for a Difficult Road
The modelling world is jam-packed with pretty faces. Being good looking does not guarantee success in the modelling industry. This industry is not just about looking great, but to fit the need of specific jobs just in order to get a chance. It can be very challenging to get into the industry, but with patience and perseverance, success will follow.
Once you’ve got an idea about how to get into modelling that’s right for you, it’s time to go out there and explore! Find your light, your angles, and your stride. You’ve got this.