Many people find the idea of spending their time in front of the camera or on the catwalk exciting. However, it is not as simple as being good looking or having a particular look and just being found. You need to put some hard work into making your dream a reality. With that in mind, in the following post, we will discuss some important tips to help you kick start your modeling career.
Get a Professional and Honest Evaluation
Rather than just getting an evaluation by one professional modeling agency, you need to widen your net and seek out a few. This is because many modeling agencies specialize in particular fields and so while one might represent mainly child models, another will only hire petite or plus size models. Don’t let the fact that one agency has turned you down, make you feel that no others will. Look for the agency that best suits your look or the type of work you want to do.
Work At Getting As Much Exposure As You Can Possibly Get
As a general rule of thumb – the more exposure you get to advertisers, fashion labels, clients, scouts and agents, the higher the likelihood of you finding suitable representation, which will then lead to you getting booked for jobs. Most important in the beginning, is ensuring that you get exposure to scouts and agents, though, because they are the people with the clients and it is them who will handle your promotion and securing jobs for you.
Avoid Wasting Money On Pricey Head-shots and Photo-shoots
Your portfolio doesn’t need to be anything fancy at the beginning. So you don’t need to waste money on pricey photo-shoots. Most modeling scouts and agents are just looking to see simple pictures that show you at your best in simplistic makeup and normal clothing. You will find that if a professional is interested in taking you on they may advise you to invest in having professional photographs taken that suit the market you are best suited to working in and that fits with your own personal style. It is not unheard of for agencies and scouts to foot the bill for your photo-shoot, with the view to you paying it back when you start getting paid gigs.
Don’t Bother With Modeling School
You can’t really learn how to become a model. If you are particularly looking to work as a fashion model, whether you get any work or not depends on whether you have the particular look an agency is looking for. Basically, if you don’t, then you won’t get work and going to school will not change that.
Although they can be helpful for teaching you better hair and makeup techniques, style and poise; the best of the best should really only be referred to as finishing schools and not modeling schools because it’s really the same thing.
Work Only For Legitimate and Reputable Agencies
It can be hard to find modeling agencies that are above board and if you are knew to this world, it can be hard to tell who you should and shouldn’t trust. Don’t let that stop you or put you off, just exercise caution because as in any part of life, there are unscrupulous people who are just looking to take advantage of people and their dreams. On the plus side, there are also agencies out there like Professionally Pretty Modeling Agency, that are only looking to help the right models get the right jobs.