Being a model can be a daunting task to undertake. Aspiring models often give up because they feel they are too short, not pretty, or not tall enough to take the runway. This is an unacceptable reason not to pursue a career in modeling because there is a place for everyone in the modeling industry.
As a fashion photographer, the number one question asked of me is, “Where do I start?” This article will cover the seven steps you need to become a model. These steps may seem simple enough, but many aspiring models don’t put in the time and effort required to do them.
This is the first step that is often overlooked. You think about how much you want to be a model, but you do nothing to achieve your goal. Every successful model puts a lot of time and effort into developing their career, and your success will require the same. Even 15 minutes a day to start is a great place to start. The key is to work hard in your modeling career every day, consistently.
Stop Making Excuses.
Most aspiring models have reasons why they don’t model instead of reasons they will. Be positive, be aggressive, and take what you deserve. The more you focus on why you didn’t make it, the more failure it will become. Buy a whiteboard and write down five reasons you should be a model. Leave this in your bedroom, so you see it every day to help inspire you.
- Understand that your height, weight, and age are not constraints.
I hear aspiring models give up the number one reason they claim they aren’t tall enough for runway modeling. Runways are a small percentage of the industry, and many successful models have not even set foot in one. This is no reason to avoid a modeling career. Plus-size modeling is all the rage these days, and there is a demand for overweight women but carry themselves in a classy and confident manner. As the population ages, so does the need for this demographic model. Modeling is not just about Vogue covers but also about appealing to the company’s age group to market your photos. The older demographic has brought demand for models aged 35–65 as they are the decision-makers and buyers for many households.
- Begin to Practice Your Pose.
Top models can all pose fiercely, which separates amateurs from professionals. Google Images is a great resource for inspirational images that you can copy. Just type in “modeling poses for beginners,” and you’ll have plenty of ideas to get started. Use your mirror to determine what you look like and how you look in harmony. Make sure your face, arms, and legs are all involved for the best results; practice posing daily until it becomes a habit and flows naturally as you pose for the photographer.
- Before looking for an agent, find a photographer.
You must have quality photos and experience before looking for an agent. The best place to find a photographer for your first shoot is your local photography school or college. They are always in dire need of models and can often provide you with amazing photos for absolutely no cost. It usually takes about five shots for your pictures to start to be of the quality needed to market yourself as a model.
Modeling scams run rampant through the modeling industry, and newer models are guaranteed to be among them. The most common scams are lengthy emails stating how you’ve been hired for a show where they will pay you in advance. They send a check and ask you to pass some money on to the makeup artist or dress stylist before the shoot. The photoshoot never takes place, and by the time you realize the check they sent isn’t a good one, they’ve cashed you.
- Look for a mentor or coach.
Finding someone already a part of the industry can help you get started. Find a local modeling coach, school, or photographer willing to prepare you for success. It’s hard to make it without the help of others. Be selective and wary of false promises. Check references and choose wisely because about 70% of the people you meet will not have the best intentions.
Put all seven of these steps for modeling into action, and you’ll be off to a great start. Follow them in order, and don’t give up. Accept the rejection because it is part of the model. Nothing of value ever comes easily.