Have people always told you that you would be a perfect model or is it something you think you would be good at? Why wouldn’t you give it a try? If you’re wondering where to start and how to get your foot inside the door of the fashion world, I’m here to help you. Here are three useful tips for aspiring models!
#1 Choose the type of the modeling you would like to do. In modeling world, there are many different markets, so it’s important to pick the one that you’re most suitable for. In general catwalk models are tall (at least 5’8”), they have very few curves and they are really thin. While plus size models are as tall as catwalk models, they tend to wear over a size 10. Lingerie/swimsuit/glamour models commonly have small waist and larger chest. Models seen in TV commercials and catalogs, so-called commercial models, are usually a little shorter and they have various body types. So, it’s crucial to find an agency that will help you look for those modeling tasks that would embrace your own aesthetic.
#2 Create a model’s book. Every model needs a portfolio which includes photos and past work, because this is the first thing agents, designers and brands are looking at when determining whether they want to work with someone. As someone who’s just starting out modeling, you need a book, too. Don’t worry, it’s completely alright to have a sparse portfolio with only a few photos in the beginning. But, I recommend professional photography: with flattering lighting and a good camera. Also, your portfolio should include a page with basic facts, such as your height, your measurements, eye and hair color.
#3 Get in touch with several modeling agencies. Once again, it’s crucial to find the reputable agency that caters to the market you are interested in. Open casting calls organized by most agencies are an incredible opportunity for an aspiring model. Here you can bring in your portfolio and meet with casting agents. If they find you fit for their agency, they will offer you a contract. Some agencies prefer potential models to submit their book or photos via their mail or website, but it’s always better to go to a casting call.