Being a model is not all glitz and glamor; there is hard work involved, and models need to be disciplined as well. In addition, there are things that models must avoid in order to succeed in the business. Keep these in mind and you should be off to a good start.
1. Straighten out your priorities
You have to love modeling in general, because the work can be demanding and you need to work hard to make it big. This isn’t a game, so you need to know your priorities. Sure, there are tons of parties you will likely be attending, but that’s not all there is to it. Try not to be late to your meetings and gigs, and always call ahead if you have to cancel. You need to remember that this is a job first and foremost, and professionalism goes a long way towards attaining success. That said…
2. Never commit to anything you can’t keep
Again, this is about professionalism, but it’s also about going for what you want. Don’t commit to something if you know you’re not into it; otherwise, you’ll just be giving a lackluster performance or worse, you’ll be entering an agreement that you just might be sorry for later on.
3. Never take advise for granted
Sure, anyone can give you advice, but it’s important to hear people out, especially people who are directly involved with your job—like directors, agents, and models can give you useful information and direction to help you polish your craft and be the best model you can be. It’s not that you’ll just take everyone at their word, though; you should also filter the information and find out what you can really use in order to improve and make it big.
4. Never lose confidence – Never.
Things worth doing take time, and dreams aren’t fulfilled in a day. The same goes for your aspirations to make it big in the industry. If you encounter choppy waters when you’re starting out or if you get stuck in a rut even when you’ve already broken into the industry, you just need to persevere.
5. Never lose respect for others and for yourself
It is always important to respect others, from the CEO of your modeling agency to the casual onlooker. This will help you build a rapport and allow you to build your network. Most importantly, you should always respect yourself. You shouldn’t let the business turn you into something you don’t want to be. As long as you can keep your head high and your dignity intact, you’ll be fine.
There are so many things for models to avoid in order to make it big in the industry. We didn’t even include diet-related stuff on this list! Treat modeling as an endeavor you really want to be involved in, while keeping in mind that it is your chosen profession. When in doubt, you can always ask a mentor what would be the right thing to do and go from there. This way, when you do make it big, you know you took no shortcuts and walked the right path. God loves and blesses hard workers.