“It’s a beautiful thing when a Career and a Passion come together!”
From catwalk to high-style boutique, the common perception of modeling fashion industry is Glamour and Indulgence. Indeed to many people especially nowadays, fashion modeling is much more than just an occupation, but a dream since childhood due to the utmost exposure of media.
Gone are those days when you could just rely on your luck to to get spotted, the chances of that happening are one-in-a-million today. Becoming a model involves discipline, efforts and perseverance. You need to plan, prepare and follow a strategy to stand out and get noticed.
Why would anyone want to become a model?
Do all those bright lights, runways and classy clothes and photos in magazines give you a thrill? Then you’re close in for an ego trip and a morale boost. Here are some reasons why becoming a model is a good idea.
Modeling is a great stepping stone:
Modeling is a great stepping stone for people who have a passion for fashion. A long career in modelling can help you build a great network of contacts which will come in handy should you want to go into any fashion related business in the future.
Modeling builds self confidence:
Modeling is perhaps one of the purest forms of the art of show-business. It’s business about showing up, being visible, appealing and assertive, and these things are achievable only with self confidence.
Modeling is lucrative:
Modeling , if managed well can turn out to be a very lucrative business venture. Under the right management, a model can land a single deal that can feed them for a whole year or even more. It’s all about having a strong brand backed by a competent and well connected management.
Modeling involves hard work:
Most people become models because they see only the glitz and glamour. Though it does become a part of their life once they succeed, but to keep in mind that it’s an art that involves a lot of hard work to make it worth.
As trends are always changing and clients are always demanding for things that push boundaries , there is always a feel of high pressure which keeps human mind sharp and on toes.
Also not to forget , success in life comes only after a basic foundation of hard work- a value that every serious human needs.
Modeling is a proper career:
Modeling is a whole career on its own and has a lot of scope in the industry. It requires a highly concentrated skill-set and the same level of dedication that other mainstream careers demand. There is way more fun and exposure in this industry than the other ones, because it contains more creativity and innovation.
Want to become a successful model? Go through a quick few tips!
“Remember your dreams are as hungry as your demons, make sure you’re feeding the right ones”.
Anyone who has ever watched America’s Next Top Model or India’s Next Top Model knows that modeling isn’t just all about glitzing and free designer clothes. It’s a tough job! If you think you have what it takes to conquer the photo-shoots and long hours under bright lights , read the guide below to find out how to become a model:
Educate yourself more about the industry:
Learn as much as you can from reading books, articles about modeling. Reading quality guides, articles, books will help you improve important skills (like posing and posture) and better understanding about your strengths.
Figure out your market:
The term “market” refers to various geographical locations in which models work and earn livings. The word market may also refer to the category your particular looks fall into such as fashion market , commercial market, plus market etc. An experienced agent can help guide you to the right market for your particular look.
Finding the right modeling agency:
Every fashion model needs a modeling agency. In order to get signed by a modeling agency one has to be well noticed first. Submit a few digitals of yourself to the agencies you’re interested in working with. Don’t fake or submit photoshopped images of yourself. Keep it simple and natural yet graceful because that is what the first impression that modeling agencies are looking for.
Investigate and analyze well about the modeling agencies before signing up with them:
Before submitting your portfolio to every other modeling agency to see how it works out , please do your research. Make a list of agencies first , and most importantly , find out about the agency legit? Is their business easily verified, do they have any bad reviews? What are the agency’s most recent campaigns? Are they working out with established brands and companies? Check out the guidelines mentioned on the agency’s website. Once you find the modeling agencies that you feel confident about , submit your digitals.
It’s a common misbelief that aspiring models should go all out and take the most glam headshots ever to present to scouts or agencies. Instead have a friend take a few photos of you in natural light with little to no makeup rocking simple hair and clothing and keeping it simple yet delightful. Capture different angles and various poses. Nobody has a 100% symmetrical face and therefore, it’s important for models to practice and make mirror your best buddy and learn what works out. Get confident on the camera. Your portfolio is like a resume to the modeling agencies give your best, don’t sell yourself short.
Learn to embrace rejection:
Mentally prepare yourself for “NO’s”. Yes, you must be able to handle having doors shut in your face without a second thought. Even the most stunning and successful models of today were told “NO”, in fact they were told NO, multiple times , many ways , by countless people. Rejection is part of the territory. The sooner you not only understand but accept the fact, the better off you will be. Start practising now, challenge yourself to shrug off any and all criticism you received by others. A good mental mantra to keep in mind when it come to rejection is: “Every NO, is just one NO, closer to a YES!”
Make yourself constantly look better:
Take care of your skin, hair, body and health.Like it or not, modeling is an aesthetically-driven industry, and beauty/appearance is undeniably important.Looking and feeling your best will only benefit you no matter how you look at it – professionally or personally. Having your beauty habits nailed down is absolutely a career advantage for any aspiring fashion model. A model who takes care of her appearance is much more of an asset than a lazy one with poor hygiene and no motivation to look her best.
If you do not fit the current fashion model requirements (height/weight), there are many other genres in the modeling industry that you can pursue instead. Just don’t disappoint yourself, always have a positive attitude.
Practice walking and posing:
Study and understand posing. Practice runway walking. What separates a pretty model from another pretty model is going to be their posing ability and their walk. Modeling is an art. The supermodels you see in gorgeous magazine photos did not just sit in front of a camera and get lucky when the photographer took a photo of them. They worked WITH the photographer to create a masterpiece. Both equally skilled in their respective trade, a model will use her posing, facial expressions, and artistic intuition to help create the photographer’s vision.Whether it’s binge-watching season upon season of America’s Next Top Model, scanning the pages of Vogue, watching YouTube tutorials, reading modeling books, or finding a favorite model to emulate just do your homework.
Be professional and commit to work:
Respect and courtesy will take you a LONG way in your modeling career!Be a professional through and through. Answer phone calls. Return voicemails and emails promptly. There is no excuse to be 30 minutes late to a meeting, casting call, photo shoot. If anything, you should always be 15 minutes EARLY. This will develop your planning and time management skills.
Modeling may seem easy and glamorous, but that is by no means the reality. It will take a lot of commitment on your part to make it as a successful fashion model. Are you prepared to maintain a diet, fitness, and beauty regimen, even when you are having a dry spell and not booking any work? Have you accepted that it may take years once signed to a modeling agency to garner success (if ever) while your agency develops you as a model? Are you willing to travel internationally on long trips, and be away from your significant other, family, friends, and the comforts of home for an extended period of time? Are you willing to work a completely unglamorous side-job when the bookings are slow? If your agency wants you to try a dramatic hairstyle change, are you flexible and open to it? This is not meant to scare you by any means – modeling CAN be fun, rewarding, exciting, and glamorous. Just make sure you are aware of the possibilities on both sides, good and bad, and you are ready to commit no matter what!
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Remember smiles are always in fashion. Stay positive and self motivated at all the circumstances. We really hope these tips for aspiring fashion models would be useful to you!
Best of luck on your modeling journey!