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Agencies are always on the lookout for potential promotional models, so always keep your portfolio and yourself ready at all times
We hope this information
will help you to decide whether or not to try to become a model, or at
least to have some fun modeling just to go online! Models are needed in
almost every aspect of our lives. Both experienced and novice photographers
and artists hire models for testing, to get experience, or to build their
portfolios. Magazines, newspapers, billboards, catalogs, product literature
and TV commercials use models to show off or accentuate
merchandise or products
a kid showing off a toy or eating
a macho guy on a horse showing
off the new jeans, or
a pretty girl standing next
to a new car .
Agencies are constantly looking
for new faces to use in their ads. Then there's the really-big money world
of high fashion! Famous designers from around the world are
always looking for beautiful new faces and bodies to show off their new
lines of clothing.
The world of modeling
is really very very big. From simple ads, to covers or centerfolds of famous
magazines, there are literally thousands of opportunities for men, women
and children of ALL ages! And that includes seniors! Remember,
it wasn't a skinny, slightly dressed model that hollered: "Where's the
While most people have dreams
of becoming a glamorous high fashion model working for top designers, the
requirements are very strict (5'-9" minimum) and competition is
very intense. Less than one in ten-thousand every make it as a high fashion
model. However, that doesn't mean that you can't make a very comfortable
living and have a LOT of fun in other types of modeling!
If you have pretty eyes,
slender hands, great legs, or a size 5 foot, you can get very steady work
as a "parts" model. And what about the "housewife" making orange juice
or vacuuming a floor, or maybe the little kid playing with a new toy, or
the elderly gentleman pondering an insurance policy. These are "character"
models. Thousands of character models around the world earn several thousand
dollars a year posing for products or catalogs. Plus, many photographers
also hire models for fine art and figure studies, stock prints, etc
young or old,
skinny or "plus sized",
tall or petite,
black, white or polka dotted.
there is a spot for "YOUR"
!!!! First find it, then
get going !!!!
Becoming a model
can be as easy as submitting a composite of yourself. With the right photo
displayed where the most people can see it, you'll have a much better chance
of getting a high-paying job as a fashion, figure or character model, and
a composite is exactly the tool you need to start.
The most successful method
of beginning as a model is to go to a reputable photographer in your area,
and have him or her shoot your "PORTFOLIO" (usually 10 to
15 color 8 x10's), which you will then select the 5 best shots for your
"composite". A composite is simply an 8-1/2" x 11-1/2" sheet, folded in
half with 4 or 5 of your images, and the personal information about you.
The only mandatory thing about a composite, is that all the pictures should
be totally different. Different clothes, different hair (especially), different
makeup, and a complete different look or "feel".
Like a Photographic "Resume",
the pictures in your composite will show the agency the way you look and
photograph. What's more, they are precisely what the agency sends out to
clients that hire models! Some runway model agencies will tell you that
a portfolio or composite isn't really necessary - and that may be true
- FOR THEM!!! But walk into most agencies and the first thing they
will want to see is your composites and portfolio.
Unfortunately, the expense
is mandatory, and always up to the model. If you really want a career in
modeling, you'll have to put out money to make it happen. Without the composites
and portfolios, the agency will blow you off. They simply don't have time
to explain to every newcomer that walks in the door (and there are hundreds
every week), what he or she needs to do to get into modeling. But when
you walk into their office with a stack of composites and your portfolio
under your arm, they are MORE than happy to talk to you because they know
With your tools for success
completed, the rest is basically up to you. Regardless of how beautiful
you are, you'll never get anywhere as a model if you don't go out and try
to get hired. Stop into every agency in your area. Mail composites to those
agencies that aren't local to you. Make sure that people
who you are and what you can do!
TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
Avoid agencies that tell
you there is a "registration fee" to sign up with them. Reputable agencies
PAY YOU - not the other way around. Avoid agencies that say they are affiliated
with any modeling school. Chances are they are actually only a recruiting
office for the school, and will make NO EFFORT at all to help you find
work once you complete their school. DON'T TAKE A MODELING
SCHOOL COURSE! Talk to photographers and reputable agencies in
your area first. Most will tell you that the school isn't necessary for
the kinds of models they hire!
Talk with other working models,
or professional photographers that work in the modeling industry. There's
no better way to learn than from the people that have come before you.LEARN
TO HANDLE REJECTION !!! The hardest part of the modeling profession is
being able to take rejection. You must be thick-skinned when it comes to
model calls, casting calls or auditions. You will be rejected more times
that you will be hired, and this is totally normal due to the number of
people in the industry.
DON'T GIVE UP !!!
Once you start getting a few jobs, more people that do the hiring will
know about you and things will get much better! Remember that YOU ARE UNIQUE!
One thing we try hard to impress on all our models is to not be discouraged
if you walk into a modeling call and see dozens of beautiful people that
you think are much prettier than you are. Modeling is RARELY a beauty contest!!
The casting directors are looking for a specific LOOK - and you may be
exactly what they are looking for!
Introducing a fun NEW
way to start!
With the popularity and growth
of the Internet, online agencies are popping up everywhere! Now even beginners
can be assured of the kind of exposure that used to cost big money to get
- with Online Models Listings like the one we have here. You will most
often still have to produce your own photos for scanning, but a better
way is to seek services like ours !!!
get you online FAST, What do I need to do?
Getting online fast is EASY
!!! Simply submit our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM at our web site with
your Digital Image or for further inquiry email
We post only professionally done photography. Please DO NOT send school
pics or family snapshots. It doesn't do you (or us) any good to have people
think you're not serious about modeling - a model that is serious will
have many professional pics to show of herself.