How to become a runway model

So many people dream of becoming runway models, but only a select few get to make this dream a reality. While there is no surefire road to success, you have to accomplish certain things as you make your way into the modeling industry.

So, if you’re interested in becoming a runway, model, here are some simplified steps that you can follow.


As with any endeavor, preparation is key. First off, you should make sure that you’re committed to becoming a model, as this is not a one-day process. Do you really want to make this your career? Are you willing to work to reach your goals?

Preparation includes a number of tasks, such as the following:
– Determining whether you have the right set of physical tools and measurements for modeling
– Working on runway skills
– Researching what agencies in your area are looking for
– Completing required items such as photos, comp cards, and portfolios

Getting booked

Once you’ve prepared what the agencies require, you will need to actually get agencies to take you on as a model. Narrow down your list to a select few so you can focus your efforts on these options. Submit your requirements soon as you have them and wait to hear back from the agencies.

There are now two things that could happen: you either get a YES or you get a NO. In case of the latter scenario, don’t hesitate to work on what might be weak in your portfolio and re-submit an improved collection. If you still don’t get a YES, check out other agencies.

Once you get a YES, though, you have your foot in the door. You will be represented and are a step closer to your dream of becoming a runway model. This, however, is only the beginning.

Gaining experience

Once an agency snaps you up, you might be subjected to training and be enrolled in workshops. Embrace these as they are great opportunities to learn and gain experience. They will prepare you for actual runway work, and you might even get a chance to learn from the pros.

It’s all about learning the ropes. From how you strut your stuff on the runway to the poses and facial expressions you make as you pause in front of the adoring crowd, you’ll learn the nuances and best practices of the job.

Getting that first runway gig

Now it’s all about applying what you’ve learned and getting some real-life modeling work! Your agency might be ready to upgrade your prospect status and send some casting calls your way. Don’t hesitate to try anything as long as you’re comfortable with the themes—the important thing is to score your first gig.

Even if you get rejected multiple times, just keep working at your craft and take your lessons learned and apply them so you always improve. Sooner rather than later, you’ll get your first modeling job and become a full-fledged runway model.

Once you start getting runway gigs, make sure you keep learning and working to improve, so you can become the best model you can be. Build meaningful relationships with relevant people and agencies and consistently do a good job, and you’ll be a household name in no time!


  • Samuel Fong

    Reply Reply October 26, 2016

    Hi,i am 19 this year with height of 180cm, I dream to become a male runway model but I am worry that I am too short for that. Is my height acceptable in this industry?

  • Julienne Shaina

    Reply Reply February 22, 2018

    Hi I’m 12 years olds and I want to become a model

  • Cynthia Anagwu

    Reply Reply August 11, 2018

    Hi, I am Cynthia and becoming a runway model is totally my dream.

  • Cynthia Anagwu

    Reply Reply August 11, 2018

    Hi, I am Cynthia, I am 14 and becoming a runway model is totally my dream.

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