If you spent your last few summers watching re-runs of American’s Next Top Model, cat-walking down your driveway, and think you’ve got what it takes for intense shoots, you might want to consider becoming a model. Although modeling can generate a negative stigma with some people, in that it breeds eating disorders, body image issues, and focuses only on physical attributes, becoming a model and working as a model can also teach girls and young women self confidence, how to take care of themselves, and essential business and people skills that are needed with any job or career. Sure, modeling is a different type of path, and it is not reserved for everyone, but modeling is also a creative outlet. And, if you have a unique look and personality, why not let it shine and considering a path towards a modeling career. Whip out those cat heels and give us your best “smize”, because we are going to get you in the know on how to start modeling, today!
Different Types of Models: Choose Your Fit!
Being a good model means that you know how to work and present your body and personality in a certain way that it will shine through. Therefore, knowing yourself and what you have to work with is essential. When you start modeling, you should first determine what kind of model you want to be. Sol, let’s take a look at the different types of options you have when choosing to start a modeling career:
- Print Model: A print model is the most “conventional” looking model, which is around 5’7″ with a very picturesque and photogenic look.
- Plus Size Model: If you got the curves, don’t be shy! There are plenty of plus size models needed in the industry, and after all, their bodies are usually the most relatable to most women.
- Runway Model: These women know how to work the catwalk well. They are generally around 5’9″ and have small chests. It might look like their clothes just hang on them, but this is how it is. Men tend to be very tall and generally muscular at around 5’11” to 6’2″.
- Underwear Model: Try not to blush for this one! Women who work as underwear models have large chests and small hips, and men generally sport broad shoulder and slim and “washboard” stomachs.
- Promotional Models: If a business or a store is promoting a product, they are going to want the most personable and attractive people to represent their brand. Thus, for promotional models, likeable personalities and attractive features are desirable. These types of models can appear in places such as stores or on television ads.
- Trade Show Model: At a trade show, companies or brands are there to promote and advertise. Trade show models generally work as “freelance” or “contract” models, and will fit the description that the company wants to see.
How to Start Modeling
While you continue brainstorming the type of model that suits your body type, personality, and style best, we are going to get into the basics on how to start modeling. Kick off your heals (for now), and tune in!
Treat Your Body Well: While some might not think so, the best thing for a model to do is to take care of their body — which means fueling and hydrating yourself properly. After all, you and your body are the center of attention for your modeling career. Remember to:
- Take care of your skin. Keep it makeup free when you sleep.
- Keep your hair looking shiny and healthy. No matter what type of model you are, you do not want oily, greasy, or dirty looking hair.
- Exercise regularly. This will not only keep you feeling strong and fit, but you will also feel more confident with your body.
- Eat properly. There is no need to pick up extreme eating habits or dieting as a model. Simply eat healthy and in healthy amounts — just as anyone who takes care of their bodies would.
Choose Your Industry: As we mentioned before, there are various types of models in the modeling industry. Know your look and what you have to work with so that you can best choose the type of modeling fit for you.
Learn: Educate yourself on what it takes to be a model. Talk to other models or people who you know have been in the industry for awhile. Read articles, guides, and look at magazines to get an idea of what people want.
Snaps: Time to get yourself some professional shots! Portfolio snapshots always include an up-close shot of you without much makeup, and in a natural lighting. Take a few of these to get a better feel for what look you have to offer.
Professional Shots: We know you and your friends can probably take good pictures, but getting professional shots taken for your portfolio will help you stand out and give agencies your best look. Get professional shots printed in 8×10’s and include them in your portfolio when visiting agencies or attending castings.
Measurements: Your portfolio will also need to include your measurements.
- Basic Measurements: Height, weight, and shoe size.
- Clothing Measurements: Dress, hip, waist, and chest size.
- Personal: Hair color, eye color, and skin tone.
Agencies: Once you have your portfolio ready, you can begin visiting agencies and attending “open-calls”. We know you are going to be nervous at first, but the more you dive into them and immerse yourself in the industry, the more comfortable you will feel each time you attend. Remember to be careful with certain modeling agencies. If something does not feel right to you, or if they are asking for a lot of money from you — simply walk away.
Jobs: Congratulations! Once you have booked your first job, you can start testing out your skills, look, and talent in the modeling world. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you start working as a model:
- Be professional, and treat this job as you would any job you take. Be respectful with the people you are working with, and be polite.
- Being a model will often mean that your schedule will change or times will shift at the last minute. Make sure that you are organized and that you can adapt well to new situations.
- Get to know your photographers and the people photographing you. Knowing what looks they want you to achieve will help you create better and more desirable shots.
- Remember that even if modeling is a “hobby” for you, treat it as a real job. Be serious and professional about any line of work that you commit to.
It is important to remember that a large part of modeling is finding your own individual style, look, and pose. No two high-profile models look the same, and they tend to be very creative. Learn how to work with the camera and your photographer to try out different types of poses and work on channeling different emotions during your shoots. Have fun and be interactive with the camera!
Develop That Tough Skin!
Now that you have the 411 on how to become a model, it is time to start walking to walk — or practicing whatever it is that you need to do to begin your modeling career. As you begin, remember that modeling is a tough industry packed with beautiful faces. Just remember that you have a unique style and look that no one else can offer. Be yourself, and you will be super!