Modeling is not just a glamorous, lucrative and sexy job. It can be very grueling and competitive too, and requires hard work, networking, health and fitness and continuous care of yourself.
To become a model, you also need guidance about how to start in this field, so we bring you advice and tips about how to become a model.
Tips on How to Become a Model
When we say model, we instantly think about supermodels like Kate Moss and others – girls who are thin and tall. But that is not the complete picture. A model is anyone who displays and promotes a product, usually fashion clothes. Depending on the target demographic, a model can be a thin 18 year old girl or a large 42 year old man. There are child models who promote clothing for kids. Plus size models who promote plus size clothes and body parts models who promote skin care or hair care products. So if you are not a 5’8″ and 120 lbs girl, worry not, there still is a market and demand for you. Having decided your demographic, here are some tips that will help you become a model:
Make a Portfolio
This is perhaps your first step as a model – get some photographs done professionally, and make sure they highlight your strong points. Have multiple copies of these in case someone asks you for your photographs.
Contact a Modeling Agency
If they like your head shot or other photographs, they may call you in and take your measurements. If they select you to work for them, you can get steady work through them. You can also choose to work freelance, but it is harder to get work that way, especially for a new model.
Create a Model Website
Your model website should contain your photographs, portfolio, contact and name of your agent. Not only will it present a professional image, it will also spread the word about you and make you stand out in the crowd.
Be a Professional
As a model you will come in close contact with a lot of different people including makeup artists, photographers, set helpers and other crew. Remaining professional means you turn up for the job on time, and treat everyone well. Take it as a real job, and not just a part time gig.
How to Become a Model: Tips for Beginners
By James Shiny Smith
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