The modeling industry can be a tough place to try make a living. Many designers, agents, clients, and photographers have no problem pointing out your flaws or imperfections, and if they don’t like what they see, they move on to the next model. Unfortunately, the modeling industry is a very shallow industry and furthermore, rejection is inevitable. But that is only a problem for those who don’t know how to deal with it.
As we know, rejection is a big part of modeling. You have to have thick skin to work in this market because for every job you cast for you are competing against numerous, sometimes hundreds, of other models. No matter how really really ridiculously good looking you are there will always be let-downs and rejection. Even supermodels such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have to compete with other supermodels and don’t get every job! Rejection is everywhere, whether it be friends or family who don’t believe in you yet, photographers looking for something else you don’t have, or agencies who don’t see your true potential, you just have to stay determined, stay focused, and don’t take it personal.
The truth is, you have to be able to listen to people point out your flaws and imperfections, while not breaking down and crying. You MUST be comfortable with who you are. But remember, this is only their perspective. Nobody is perfect. You can find something wrong with everyone in the universe because beauty is subjective. What may be considered beautiful/handsome to one individual may be average to another. Never forget that you are beautiful regardless of what they think and that no one is perfect.
Just because a photographer or client doesn’t like your look for a specific job doesn’t mean that you aren’t perfect for the next one. Stay determined and keep trying. Remember, the modeling industry is shallow. Rejection from agencies, photographers, clients, and sometimes even people close to you is inevitable. Also, know you are not the only one trying hard to make modeling happen for you. For every modeling job out there, there are 1000 models trying to get it. This is another reason why rejection is so common in modeling, much competition. To help deal with rejection: keep a thick skin, know you are beautiful/handsome regardless of what they think, stay determined, and maintain an “I can do it” attitude. Do all this and you will be more than fine.