When you’re just starting out and trying to get into the modeling industry, chances are you’ve read some books or articles saying that attitude and personality are two of the most important things you can have, apart of course from the requisite physical attributes for this job.
Attitude and personality refer to the way you carry and conduct yourself. In particular, attitude points to how you approach this profession. It’s all about professionalism, commitment, and work ethic. Try to be early for meetings, auditions, castings, go-sees, and of course, be early for the actual gig. You signed up for it, and people turned to you for the job, so you should honor that commitment. Believe me when I say that you don’t want a bad rep when it comes to your attitude, especially when you’re just starting out.
Discipline is also a crucial part of attitude. Early on, it’s important for you to know about your bad habits so you can drop them or at least work on getting them out of your way. Conversely, you should also build upon any good habits you already have. Discipline involves a number of aspects of your life, including your health and physical well-being, your focus and concentration, and your work ethic.
You should also do your best to be patient. It’s not easy being a model, and it’s an uphill battle right from the get-go because of all the competition. Don’t sweat it—work hard, improve, and keep trying to maximize what you have. Success won’t be attained overnight, and this is true for most people trying to make it in modeling. If you stick with it and do what you’re supposed to do, it will pay off in the end.
When it comes to how you project something on the runway or in front of the camera, attitude and personality also come into play. Being able to showcase a variety of looks, emotions, and attitudes is the very definition of versatility—and this helps immensely when auditioning or trying to land a gig. A big part of this is confidence, and confidence is a big part of any successful model’s personality.
Personality also affects your relationship with the people around you, all the individuals involved in the gig. Do you have a good rapport with your peers or with the people you work with within the agency? Are you on good terms with stylists, make-up artists, personal assistants, and other people you come across during every gig? You’re not required to be perfect, but being decent to those around you will help you tremendously in the long run. As we know, it helps to have a big network.
When you think about it, attitude and personality are important aspects of an individual no matter which profession they’re in. The modeling industry is no exception, so if you want to end up on the right path, make sure you know what you need to have as far as these two qualities are concerned. It’s all about keeping it fresh, honest, staying professional, and working your talents in each and every gig you land. Put to good use the wonderful qualities that you have been blessed with.