There are so many models in this business some travel all over the world and become very successful, and others never make it out of the agency. Every person that wanted to become a model had dreams and visions of what they thought modeling was all about. Well, let me be the first to tell you, it’s not all fun and games. It takes time and effort to become a successful working model. I am going to give you a realistic and honest approach on how to get in the business and what to expect.
Every working model in Paris, Milan, or New York has a different story on how they were discovered in this industry. Some models were scouted on the street, in the mall, at a football game. Others, started out in a reputable school. Some submitted themselves by mail/email or attended open calls at an agency.
I personally, have found great models in development schools. Do I think they are great for everyone, “No”. Everything is not for everybody. If you know of a great reputable school—great, but check the school out, and review their curriculum, find out what they are going to teach you and what you will get out of it before you make a commitment. Some schools have produced AMAZING models and actors for example, Jessica Biel, Eva Longoria, Ashton Kutcher, Katie Holmes, and many, many more!!
Now, if you already know you want to model, and you want to submit photos it’s very simple. You should have someone take pictures of you with a digital camera in tasteful age appropriate swimwear with no make-up. The agent wants to know what you look like before the make-up and retouching. You should not get professional pictures done until you have already secured an agency. Once you are signed with an agency, they will direct you to great, reputable photographer’s. Your home digitals should be taken on a plain background, and with great natural lighting. Make sure you take full length (facing forward and profile shots) and facial shots, smiling and no smiling. If you decide you would like to attend an open call, please take the same home shots with you printed with your measurements on the back. Ladies: bust, waist, hips, shoe size, dress size, hair and eye color. Gentlemen: neck, waist, inseam, suit, shoe size, hair and eye color. Every open call has a different protocol. However, please remember that your first impression is EVERYTHING. If you aren’t feeling well or if you’re not up to it……DON’T GO! Your attitude and energy has to be exceptional. You are getting this one opportunity to meet a person that could possibly be the beginning of a beautiful long-lasting relationship. Agents want to see personality and a person that will be a pleasure to work with. Don’t answer questions with one word answers—but don’t talk the agent’s ear off either. Your attire should be fashionably and body conscious. If there’s potential interest in you, the agency may ask you to change into a swimsuit for them to take their own images. Be prepared and well groomed….. This is only the beginning and there are so many more tips to come. Stay tuned for me to tell you the sure fire way of losing not only a job…but also an agent.