The Step-by-Step Modeling Guide: Part 2
With our modeling guide’s first three steps already in the bag, here’s part two for those who are soldiering on and ready to work for their dreams. In part 1 we mentioned 1) deciding whether you have what it takes, 2) researching about the best agencies, and 3) contacting your top three agencies. These next couple of steps will complete the First Milestone – getting an agency.
Once you know the requirements of the top agencies you’re targeting as well as the items they’ll be needing to evaluate you, you need to actually produce the materials so you’ll be ready to blow their minds. Let’s take a closer look into each material and how you can get great ones.
~ How to get professional photos
The important thing here is to get pictures that are of top quality. Sometimes, agencies will be affiliated with professional photographers or studios already, so don’t hesitate to go for recommendations. Sometimes, they might even be able to throw in a considerable discount for professional services.
~ How to get raw photos
Taking raw photos is easy—you just need your trusty digital camera (or hey, maybe even an iPhone) and you’re good to go. You don’t have to have a proper setup as far as lighting et cetera are concerned; just snap some fanciful photos that show you in what is more or less your natural state. You can put on some slight makeup and maybe dress up a bit, but don’t forget the aim here is to show off your most natural look.
~ How to get measurements
Get a tape measure and measure away, taking note of the required measurements you got from contacting your preferred agencies. Make the tape measure hug your skin—but not too tight—so you’ll get accurate numbers.
~ How to get a portfolio
If you’re not keen on producing your own portfolio, you can always ask the agency if they can help you out with some options. In addition, you can try checking online services that can help you make a professionally crafted portfolio for a reasonable rate.
~ How to get composite cards
You can get comp card recommendations from the agency, as they might have particular types that they produce themselves. If not, going to a printing company isn’t a bad idea as long as you’re able to supervise. Make sure you have a strong headshot on the front of the composite card along with your name, then 3 to 4 pics at the back along with your measurements. That’s not the only way to approach the layout, and you’re free to play with it, but it’s the proven comp card formula.
5. Submit measurements and photos to agencies
~ Once your materials are ready, you can send them over to the agencies and wait for the response. If you get a call requesting for a personal appearance, take it as a good sign—they like you enough that they need to evaluate you further.
~ A negative response or, even worse, no response at all doesn’t mean you should quit. Try and get more (and better) photos and try again. If you still don’t get a favorable response, move on to the next agency on your list.
~ A ‘YES’ is definitely the ideal response. This means agency representation and the culmination of the First Milestone: landing your first modeling agency.
How To Become A Model Parts 1 and 2 make up your first real milestone: getting your first agency! Now that you’re done with the first set of steps, it’s on to the Second Milestone, Part 3, where we’ll tackle more preparation, getting that first gig, and more.
If you missed the previous steps check out How To Become A Model Part 1
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