You’ve seen all of the hit new reality shows on television and on the Internet, and you know that you could be as big or bigger of a star as all of the contestants you’ve seen booted off the shows or even those who’ve won. But before you head off to the nearest modelling school or worldwide agency to tell them why you’re the next face of Vogue, there are some things you need to think about and prepare yourself for so that you know you have what it takes to take on this demanding career. Here are the top things that every aspiring model needs to know and think about before putting out her resume.
Get to know the market you want to model for and emulate the models within. You may not realize that not all models are created equal or do the same job. There are catwalk and fashion show models, commercial models, lingerie models, swimsuit models, plus-size models, the list goes on and on. Pick a market and prepare yourself for that job. Don’t forget to make sure that you pick a market for which you meet the general requirements, like height, clothing size and other accoutrements. Although being less than 5’8” won’t preclude you from walking the catwalk, being that tall will help you land the gig.
Get a portfolio that was done professionally. If you want to model, you’ll need a professional portfolio. That does not mean that your friend who is an aspiring photographer can create your portfolio. Take photos that match the market or markets you want to model for. As you land gigs, photos from professional job shoots will replace your original portfolio.
Full length shots are a necessity. Swimsuit shots help. Don’t forget your stats sheet! Look for reputable agencies and don’t get discouraged if you get turned down at first. Follow the instructions agencies give for submissions, attend casting calls, and keep going until you get your break.
Create your own opportunities. Not all modelling opportunities are paid, especially for people who are just starting out in the business. If you have the opportunity to model for charity, take it. Look for and join local modelling clubs, and talk to local stores about modelling their clothes for customers. You should never pay money to participate in a modelling opportunity. Remember that.
Make sure that modelling is what you really want. Although top-notch models make it look easy, modelling is a difficult career and it takes hard work and dedication. If you’re ready to put in the work it takes, then modelling may be the right career for you. Put your smile on and get to work.