Every model has the dream of traveling and modeling for not only the country they live in, but to eventually travel the world. They dream of modeling in all the major cities for all the high-end names and designers. But how do you get started? The answer may not be what you were thinking. It may not be as hard as it seems.
So how could traveling the world as a model not be that hard? Is there a secret way to get going and bypass much of the headache and pain associated with becoming a successful, professional model? Well, Yes. There are actual agencies that take care of this for you (of course you still need to be a good model to start with). Often times called placement agencies, these agencies have established relationships with agencies in other cities around the world. It usually works like this: a model will apply to one of these placement agencies just like they would apply to any other modeling agency. If accepted (the agency will let you know if you have what it takes or not, check out Characteristics of an International Model), the placement agency will begin to send your info and stats to foreign agencies across the world. It comes down to the foreign agency that needs a model with your build. They have to want your look and not already have someone who fits it. Once and if a foreign agency is interested, they will begin talks with your placement agency (which will later be known as your Mother agency). A model will likely have to send more measurements and perhaps a video so that the foreign agency can decipher if the model is worth spending the time and money on. If all goes well, that model will soon be on their way to a new city for a few weeks, or up to a few months (check out What to expect as an international model). One of my favorite placement agencies is CommenceQuest in New York City.
The best way to get going is to search a few international placement agencies and find out which ones have the best connections. One great aspect to placement agencies is that you typically do not have to live near them (unless they act as a local agency as well). Their job is to place you in cities and industries around the world. You may live in Kansas but have a placement agency in NY. This is unlike regular modeling where you will likely need to be close to your agency for castings/auditions and jobs etc.
Of course there is more to understanding what it takes to modeling internationally, but this blog was written for one purpose, to inform models of how to do it. If you are a beginner model or have been modeling for a while, it may be a good idea to try some international modeling. This is a great way to gain experience and exposure as well as connections in the modeling world. Give it a shot and see if you have what it takes to be an international model. You will never know unless you try. Good luck!