How to Become a Model
Thinking about a career in modeling? Here’s what you need to know to get on the track to supermodel status.
The world of modeling has something for everyone. There are so many niches and specializations that you can find at least one that fits your look and personality. Once you decide to become a model is the right move, it’s time to choose the path you take to get there. There’s a lot more to being a model than being really, really, ridiculously beautiful.
Modeling Career Paths
these are the different modelling career available now
- Fashion (editorial) model
- Runway Model
- Swimsuit & Lingerie Model
- Commercial Model
- Fitness Model
Prefered Physical Characteristics of Models
HEIGHT – Women: minimum 5’6″ Men: minimum 5’11”
AGE – While age isn’t a factor, I’d like to point out that a few Indian women, such as Michelle Tung, have started as late as the age of 26; however, a young woman should be between the ages of 15 and 22. A man must be between the ages of 18 and 25.
WEIGHT- There is no such thing as a perfect weight! A model, on the other hand, must be slim and proportioned. A magazine can choose a slim silhouette or a more curvaceous look depending on the trend or the market. Regardless, the value of proportion cannot be overstated. A slim-wasted woman with long legs would always be more photogenic than a taller woman with a wider torso and heavier legs. Male models, on the other hand, must be athletic and muscular. but shouldn’t look like bodybuilders. Again, proportion is the key factor.
Take Care of Yourself – Physical characteristics that indicate good health are important.
Maintain the skin’s clarity and radiance.
Hair that is shiny and healthy is important.
Fitness is crucial. Working with a model-specific trainer could be a good idea. Tell them about your modeling ambitions and how you want to appear. Choose the kind of model you want to be. In theory, anybody can be a model. However, keep in mind that if you don’t meet those criteria, the work you can do may be severely limited, and you will have to make up for it in other areas (reliability, technique, etc).
- A Plus-Size Model:
You could be able to pose as a plus size model if your body is full and curvy.
- A Runway Model
A Runway Model is a woman who stands at least 5’8 inches tall, is very thin, and has a small breast size. The average height of a man is between 5’11 and 6’2.
- A Print Model:
Most editorial female models are at least 5’7″, but for print models, a pretty face with a strong personality is necessary.
- For a woman to be an underwear model,
she must have big breasts but slim hips. This necessitates broad shoulders but slim waistlines for men.
Some Special Modeling Techniques:
If you don’t suit any of the face or body types, consider modeling your feet, hair, or hands. Consider your “look”. There is more of a curvy California look, a svelte New York look, a waif-like European look, a girl next door, swimsuit or lingerie (usually requires the bust to fill out the suits and a very thin waist)… Know what you’re equipped with, but also work to pull off other looks.
Educate yourself. There is a lot you can learn from reading books and articles on modeling. Reading quality guides, articles, and books will both help you to improve important skills (like posing) and to better understand how the industry works (how to find an agent, etc.). Recognize that it will be difficult. The modeling industry is brimming with beautiful people. Simply because you are beautiful does not guarantee that you will be popular as a model. It’s not all about looking good when it comes to modeling. Just to get a shot, you must match the desire or need of specific jobs. Modeling is only for serious individuals with distinct looks and personalities. Since there are so many people attempting to become models in today’s world, breaking through will be extremely difficult and will only be achieved through persistence and perseverance.
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Build Your Modeling Portfolio
Once you know your angles and postures, it’s time for a photographer. Remember to contact the photographer to understand the process and how they are going to fire. In order to get your face out there, you’ll need more than just some selfies and party photos taken from your iPhone. You will need to construct a modelling portfolio. Portfolio standards have changed significantly over the last few years and you want to make sure your portfolio is professional and polite.
There are two types of portfolios that you will be responsible for managing. The first is a traditional paper purse. That’s like your resumé. You’ll take her with you to every audition in person. It should feature your best 8 to 12 frames, and be presented in a portfolio case with a brief catalogue of your modeling experience.
The second one is the portfolio website online. This technique is the place where you can truly show the magnitude of your experience and versatility. Building a robust portfolio can be a lengthy process, but shows casting agents what you bring to the table and what you can do for them. It should evolve as experience becomes available.
Watch or create some videos. This does not mean clear shots of you and your relatives, but rather close shots against you without much make-up and against a simple background. You should photograph them in natural light with little or no distraction. These are agencies to see you in your natural state. Consider taking a headshot, a physical shot, and a profile shot. Consider hiring a professional photographer. Even if it’s expensive, professional photography will give you a better idea of how you paint. Consider investing in these images in the future, as you will need them for interviews.
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When you are working
Be professional, polite, and respectful. Stay on time for every appointment or shoot. If you are late or rude, the word will spread easily, and no one will want to work with you. Organize yourself. Models are always called at the last minute and have very busy days. If you want to excel, you must stay on top. Investing in a daily planner can be very rewarding.
Confirm if a make-up artist (MUA) will be on hand for any work you’re doing. You may be required to carry such items (such as base foundation), and you must plan accordingly if they do not have a makeup artist scheduled.
Be honest about your measurements. Don’t pretend to be slimmer than you are just to get a photoshoot. The stylist will have issues until you arrive, and you will be discovered. Word will spread, and you can find yourself without a job!
Treat modeling as if it were full-time work. Girls who don’t take modeling seriously have a slim chance of succeeding in the industry. Recognize that it is more difficult than it sounds and that there is a lot of effort that goes into the glitz and glitter of fashion shows. Modeling is a full-time job that necessitates constant focus. Your career could be over in a week if you miss it. Recognize that modeling has a tiny window of time, and even if you take a break, you can not be able to return. Be creative on shoots. Photographers want to see you pose in different works, work for the camera, and associate with the world around you. Runway organizers want you to put attitude in your walk (or very specific emotion).