So, How Do You Become A Model?
If you have no experience and don’t even know if its right for you, where do you start? Researching how to become a model is a start and this 3 step guide will help you answer that question.
As the Nike slogan says “Just Do It”!
Knowing what a career in modelling really involves and what’s possible will help you tremendously along your way to becoming the next model superstar!
Here are 3 simple steps to help you become a model and get on the road to a successful career in modelling.
1. What type of Modelling do you want to do?
Look around and see what style of modelling suits you. Get to know your market. Research possible options that are open to you.
Are you tall enough, slim enough, what does your chosen market place require you to look like? If you are looking to be on a catwalk, can you actually walk the right way? By asking yourself questions like “do I want to become a catwalk model or a catalogue fashion model?” you will naturally narrow down your choices making it easier for you to find the right career path.
Do you have the right look? What are other models doing to create that look? Are they quirky or plain looking? Try to find a look that works for you and this will help you decide who to contact and who deals with this style of modelling.
Practice looking into a camera and try flirting with the lens. Sometimes this will help you get across your personality in the final photograph.
When I am asked “how to become a model” I say to people what type of modelling are they interested in? There are so many avenues to go down so here are some of the various modelling categories you can start to research;
- High Fashion
- TV Commercials
- Glamour Modelling
- Body Parts Modelling
2. Is Modelling a Career or hobby?
You have to realise modelling is a full time job and a career.
Becoming a professional model is not a part-time job or hobby. You will need to be serious and focused, so learning all aspects of what’s involved will help guide you in the right direction. You will need to become self-employed, learn marketing tactics, learn book-keeping and have a general understanding of business practices for the self-employed and small businesses.
This will keep you focused and in control of your future career.
Seriously ask yourself have you got the right attitude? Are you driven and self-motivated? Because you will need plenty of energy to travel at all hours to attend castings and still be on form. Turning up tired and moaning about how many hours you have been travelling will not put you, your agency or the photographer in a creative and professional frame of mind. This could jeopardise the photo shoot and your future career.
You can start by learning to market yourself on social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and maybe even your own website are great places to learn what looks people are liking and sharing. Follow other professional accounts to see how they are doing it. Study them and think about what is going make you stand out from the crowd? Create a personality behind the face. Maybe even create a video using your phone of you talking direct to the viewer showing your personality and upload it onto your website and other social media accounts.
Commitment here is key.
Once you have decided to go for it, go all out and push yourself. Contact everyone and let them know what you are doing. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?
They can only say no!
If they do, how will you react? How will you cope with rejection?
In this type of career you have to realise you are putting yourself out there in the firing line and some people can be brutally honest. They will not care if you are struggling to keep your head above water and are drowning in debt or on your last legs. All they want is what’s in it for them. They want you to perform and to turn up with a professional manner and get the job done, protecting them and their client relationship. Remember, it’s not personal it’s business!
So how are you going to cope with this sort of unfair and personal criticism?
Modelling for a living can be a hard career but it can also be a character building and rewarding career.
3. How to Find a Good Modelling Agency.
How do you know if a casting agent is right for you?
Do you know if you can trust them? Do they want money upfront to promote your career?
These are all questions you need to ask yourself. Take a look at The British Fashion Model Agents Association website for advice and further information.
Nearly all recognised and professional agencies arrange walk-in days where you turn up at their door and you are interviewed by a booker who will assess your skills and contrary to belief, most don’t require a professional portfolio of images. Just a few snap shots to see how you work and look in front of a camera. They will be looking to see how you express your personality in your images through your body language and creative abilities.
These types of photos are generally when you are most at ease and showing off your natural self.
For some aspiring models, popping into your local photography studio for a photo shoot may be beneficial. This practice will give you an idea of what is expected and you will learn how you work in front of a camera in a completely strange environment, one that is not just you and a selfie stick!
You must remember though, with a professional agency you will never be charged for a photo shoot. They will take a few simple studio lit shots to see how confident you are and whether they can sell you on to their clients.
So never trust an agency that offers to promote you for a fee upfront.
Always avoid scam modelling agencies!
Some photographers and modelling agencies advertise open events or casting calls in hotels and village halls. Once you go into that environment they will convince you to have a photo session or sign up on their books, and guess what, all this comes at a fee! Do not enter into any agreement with these people. Do not hand over your hard earned cash. No matter how convincing they may sound and no matter how positive they are about promoting your career, do not get involved.
You do not need to hand over money to genuine modelling agents. Whilst on this subject also be aware of the fact you will never ever be asked for personal information like banking details. Keep your wits about you and be confident in your abilities.
In Summary: To Learn How To Become A Model Requires Work
If you have followed all the advice so far on how to become a model you will already be on your way to becoming a professional model or at least understanding the market place and realising if it is a career for you or not.
If you would like to book a photo shoot, one that teaches the basics of modelling in front of a professional lens and studio lights, why not contact me in the Newton Abbot photography studio by clicking here.
Good luck and see you one the catwalk!