Now that you’ve hurdled the all-important First Milestone—getting an agency—it’s time to step up your game. This time, the aim is to score your first gig, and we’ve come up with the steps to help you accomplish that goal. Ready for the ride? Let’s go!
1. Preparing for work (learn poses, the runway walk, your facial angles, etc.)
Practice and preparation makes for perfection, so you’ll need to make sure you’re fully capable of doing what will be required of you.
~ Study poses, walks, angles
There are many ways to study posing and runway walking. Apart from looking at magazines and watching actual fashion shows, you can also do some handy research through online resources. A quick Google search for “runway walks” and “modeling poses” should net you a wide variety of results. YouTube videos should be a great source of information as well. It’s important to keep on practicing so that you’ll be confident and comfortable with your walk or when you pose.
As for facial angles, you can best determine which angles are your strongest by carefully examining them on a mirror or reviewing photographs of yourself. Sometimes, people involved with shoots will also point out some good angles that you can use.
~ Portfolio preparation
By this time, you should already have a portfolio and your comp cards. If yes, see if you can still improve upon what it contains. If not, then better hurry and produce the stuff that the agency requires.
2. First casting
~ Once you put in the work and your agency does its part, you should be headed for your first casting in no time. Just wait for your rep to present you with the details of your casting: who, what, when, where, and why, along with all the stuff you will need, like what to bring and what you should wear.
~ Make sure you are punctual. Allot more time to prepare—after all, this is a big step. In addition, don’t forget to have a time allowance in case you encounter heavy traffic and other similar setbacks.
~ Never forget to bring your portfolio and your comp cards. If it’s possible, you might want to enlist the aid of your agency to help you stay organized.
3. Dealing with rejection
Another important note is to temper your expectations. The sheer number of models vying for a slot already makes the odds a mess. Also, specific details needed by the people doing the casting—like a certain feature, a particular look, etc.—will influence who gets the job.
In case you don’t get the part, don’t fret. There will be plenty more opportunities to come as long as you stick to your work ethic and practice.
Do these steps and you are on your way. There are two more steps in the Second Milestone of landing your first modeling job, but we’ll cover those in the next part, part 4, of this series so you can properly digest the steps above. Stay focused and keep working on your craft and you’ll be fine. Watch out for the next installment! God Bless!
If you missed the any of the previous steps, check out How To Become A Model Part 2