Have you ever wanted to break into modeling, but just didn’t know what to do or where to start? Well, you’re in luck—here’s a reliable step-by-step breakdown of how to model that can help jumpstart your career. The key here is to focus on each step, as each one is vital and must be completed before moving on to the next.
There are many steps to become a successful model. In Part 1, we’ll be discussing the first three.
1. Decide if you are model material or not? The Honest Truth…
The first and most crucial step is to ask yourself whether or not you have what it takes to legitimately be a model, and whether or not you’re willing to give modeling your all. Know the basics about what’s expected of models in terms of the requirements (physical, financial, mental) and ask yourself, “Do I really have what it takes to do this?”
Then, if you feel that you fit the bill, commit to it. This profession, same as with others, requires commitment, and you need to have the right amount of resolve and determination in order to break through and succeed.
2. Research the best agencies in your area
Find out all you can about the agencies in your area, so you can determine which ones are the best and thus are the most ideal agencies to which you’ll be submitting your profile. They don’t have to be the most recognizable agencies name-wise, but knowing that they provide a good amount of decent work for the models under them, and that the models get treated properly, is important.
Think of it as how job-seekers normally would research on a prospective employer so that they know what they’re getting into and if the company will take care of them.
3. Pick 3 agencies and contact them
Narrow down your options to the top three and drop them a line, either via phone or through email. The objective here is to learn about their detailed requirements. Make sure you get hold of the following information:
* Do you need professional photos or raw photos, or do you need both? Professional photos are those done with professional photographers, with quality that’s print-ready and have been edited already. Raw photos are more basic photos you yourself could have taken, unedited and featuring a more natural-looking you. Find out whether head-shots or body-shots are the preferred types as well.
* What are the required/prescribed measurements?
* Is a portfolio needed? A portfolio is a case, usually measuring 9×12, that has a collection of your modeling pictures.
* Do you need to have a composite card? Comp cards are the business cards of models, featuring your strongest photos, including a main headshot on the front, and more strong photos plus your measurements on the back.
That does it for Part 1.
Still with us? Good! Do these steps and you’re well on your way to starting your modeling career. We’ll discuss the next steps in the next post, Part 2.