Last time, we already discuss the tips on how to be a model. Understanding Portfolios and Agencies is the next thing to learn in your journey to become a model. So here are some tips from Wikihow to prepare your portfolio and secure your first modeling job.
You should include professional-looking headshots
A close-up shot without a lot of makeup and on a plain background. You should shoot them in nice natural light (but not direct sunlight) without a lot of distraction in the photos. These are meant for agencies to get a look at you in a raw state. Consider a headshot, a body shot, and profile shots. The most important thing to communicate in a portfolio is that you are able to present a range of “characters” and looks.
Consider getting some professional photos taken
Professional photography can be expensive. But it can make the difference between being passed over and getting an interview. Think of it as a good investment in your career.
• Get your best professional shots printed into 8x10s, then save these in case you are asked to leave your photo after an interview.
• If you have enough good professional photos then compile it to a portfolio and bring this portfolio in castings or agencies.
Take your measurements and know your stats.
Knowing your own information will help you look professional when you are speaking with an agency or potential client. The basic measurements to know are your height, weight, and shoe size. You should also know your clothing measurements such as dress size, hip, waist, chest/bust, etc as well as your personal stats include information such as hair color, eye color, and skin tone.
Visit a modeling agency.
Almost every major city has multiple modeling agencies, and almost every agency has “open-calls” where they look for new talent.
• Bring your photographs and/or portfolio. Be sure to have your (accurate) measurements as well.
You may be asked to walk or pose for a headshot or other photos during an open call interview.
• If an agency rejects you, don’t get disheartened; often an agency is looking for a diverse set of models, so you may just not fit their model lineup right now.
Be truthful about your measurements.
Don’t say you’re skinnier than you are just to get a shoot. Once there, the stylist will have problems fitting you and the truth will come out. You could potentially lose future jobs due to word of mouth, and you could find yourself without a career!
Be professional, polite, and courteous.
Remember that, even though you’re not working in an office, you need to be professional. Treat the people you work with respectfully. You never know who they know or what sort of a recommendation they might give of you. Never look down on anyone. You may be a model, but that doesn’t give you the right to be snooty, affected, or pompous.
• Always show up on time to an appointment or shoot. If you’re late or rude, your reputation may precede you and nobody will want to work with you.
• Be organized. Models often get called to places at the last minute and have very busy days. You need to be on top of things if you want to succeed. Buying a day-to-day planner can really help.
• Develop professional relationships with photographers. You help the photographer look great, and they will help you look great. It’s a win-win situation, so be sure to treat photographers with respect.
Treat modeling like a real job.
Individuals who don’t take it seriously have small chances of succeeding in their modeling career. Realize that it is harder than it appears and there’s a lot of work behind all the glitz and glamour you see at fashion shows. Modeling is a full-time occupation that requires constant attention. One week away from it and your career can be over.
• Understand that modeling has only a small window of opportunity, and even if you take a short break, you may never be able to return. Models usually only work in the business for a limited amount of time. If you become famous inside of the business, you may be able to extend your career.
Be creative on the job.
Photographers want to see you pose in various poses with different props and backdrop. Changeability is key, so work for the camera and interact with the world around yourself. Listen to the photographer’s recommendations, but don’t be afraid to try your own poses or attitude as well. Similarly, runway coordinators want you to put attitude in your walk or to project a very specific emotion.