As we know, in the beginning, models need all the help they can get. They have high hopes but little credibility. They dream of being supermodels, but no way to show that they are good for it. One of the best things a new model can do is shoot continuously; until they have the portfolio and experience they need to grow in the modeling industry.
Of course all of this goes without saying, nevertheless, it is that important. New models should try their best to find and perform photo shoots as often as they can. The sooner and more often they shoot, the faster they will gain credibility. This will help them attain the strong and diverse photos needed for a strong portfolio, as well as the experience to impress future clients, which can lead to repeat jobs.
New models should look for photographers doing test shoots as this will save them some money (See What are Test Shoots?). They will also want to bite the bullet and pay a little money to shoot with professional photographers as people are more likely to get strong shots when payment is involved (people work harder for money). This will also help them get diversity in their portfolio. Always make friends with as many photographers as you can and offer to help out on future shoots. If new models do all these things, they will have numerous photo shoots under their belt and subsequently, become a much better model.
So remember, if you are a newer model, or just starting out, shoot as often as you can. This will only give you credibility by improving your portfolio and giving you that much-needed experience that clients are looking for. Find photographers doing test shoots, pay for some professional photographs, and make friends with every photographer you come into contact with. This will help you go from a beginner model, to an established model sooner than you can imagine.