How To Become A Model: Part 1

How to become a model part 1The Step-by-Step Modeling Guide.

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:

what do composite cards, zed cards, look like?

Example Composite Card Back

* 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.

Modeling Headshot examples

Example Headshot and Comp Card Front

* 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.


  • Serafina

    Reply Reply June 26, 2014

    Hi thank you for this modelling tips. I finds it very helpful since am a starter in the modelling industry. Can’t wait to get the modellin guide part 2. Very insightful!!!

  • Janell diaz

    Reply Reply February 7, 2017

    Where is part 2 ? I’m really interested in keep reading this article of how to put your foot in the modeling business

  • katrina

    Reply Reply April 15, 2017

    I am 33 but look way younger. I get carded all the time and people think I’m in my 20’s. I am 5’5, 34-26-34. Am I too short and old to try to model? I have always wanted to, and am always told I look like a model. I just don’t know if I should try at my age because most models seem to be 16-21.
    Any advice is very much apreciated.

  • lovely mir

    Reply Reply July 30, 2017

    I want too be model please text me on my wtsup 03363317434

  • Jack

    Reply Reply November 6, 2017

    My name is Isaac Kamei… And i’m 19 years old….
    It has been my dream to become a modeler… But i’m afraid of my height….since i’m not tall enough.. By the way my height is 5’6…..
    But i dont kno weather i’ll be eligible to become a modeler…..
    So, please give me a clue how to become a modeler…..

  • Anushka

    Reply Reply January 3, 2018

    Awsmm for a starter 👍👌

  • Josie powell

    Reply Reply May 7, 2019

    Hi I’m 15 and 5’9". My waist is 26inches and I have long hair and I’ve always wanted to be a model

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