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by • January 17, 2016 • Modeling, Photography, PortraitsComments (0)793

Becoming a model: This is a really highly competitive business!

Rachel Leathers Model: Charlottesville, VA

Rachel Leathers
Model: Charlottesville, VA

I found this comment from a model , named just Carmen:

She wrote, “During my modeling days I did not have a choice on what jobs I took on- fashion, editorial, commercial and so on. I realized early on I had a knack for landing TV commercials and focused on improving my casting skills, but on a day-to-day, I did any job thrown my way. The only thing I steered clear from was blatantly nude modeling; however, that being said, some BIG jobs require next to nothing on the job in order to get the right shot. It’s important to be flexible and assertive at the same time.
Another note to point out, all aspiring models need to go to each agency during walk-in hours (usually in the morning between 10-12). This way they have to either accept or deny you in person. It’s easy to ignore an email, but it’s harder to ignore the person. You will never be asked to pay. An agency that accepts you will organize a test shoot with a photographer and those photos will be the start of your portfolio until you’ve done enough replacement work.
The business is fierce and there’s one thing aspiring models need to know: YOU CAN ONLY BE SO PRETTY!

Karla Aramayo Model: Harrisonburg, VA

Karla Aramayo
Model: Harrisonburg, VA

I was one of the smaller models in my day and did very well. I would say as a rule, height matters, but at the same time there are exceptions to the rule. It’s nothing personal, it’s only because samples made are slightly larger and longer than the final product; however, that being said, there is duct tape, bull-dog clips, and camera angles for a reason. So unless you have a dream to walk down the runway, someone who is 5’5″ can have a very lucrative career.
At the end of the day, it’s a very small world and you see the same faces, so it’s important to be polite and consistent, otherwise casting directors will not call you back.

Karla Aramayo Model: Harrisonburg, VA

Karla Aramayo
Model: Harrisonburg, VA

The basic guide says:

Know the type of modeling you want to do.
Prints focuses on magazine photo shoots while runway models are all about catwalk for labels. Other options are swimsuit or catalogue model. Plus size modeling has made an impact int he recent years too. No matter which area you choose most models start at the very minimum height of 5’7″ but closer to 6.0″ is preferred.

Find the right Agency.
Now that you have figured out what type of modeling you want to do you have to look for an agency that specializes in the field.
Check for an agency that is local to your area or within driving distance, during your research check what models do they represent? what type of jobs do they book? Complaints against the company online?
Remember that there are scammers out there looking to take advantage of aspiring talents.

Kimbrely Morris Model: Staunton , VA

Kimbrely Morris
Model: Staunton , VA

Take the right photos.
Most agencies have forms online where you can upload your photos and stats, stats include your height, measurements and weight. They also want to see how you look so get your professional shoot done.
Simple digital photos are what most agencies require, headshots and full bodies nothing photoshoped, they want to see how you really look.
Wear no makeup, and a simple tank top and pants or leggings. Take the photo in natural light so people can see your features.
You will see a response usually within 4 weeks.

Some agencies will do open calls, where they will see aspiring models from the street.
Bring always your digitals or past professional work printed out.
Keep your stiling minimal they already know what they are looking for.
You may be told you are not what they want and get a callback later

Rachel Leathers Model: Charlottesville, VA

Rachel Leathers
Model: Charlottesville, VA

Think ahead.

Finally if you are lucky enough to get signed, you should know all the difficulties that come with the job.
Traveling can take you away from home a lot.
Rejecttion is also something specially at the beginning of your career.
Even if signed some models have par-time jobs.
Always have a backup plan
If you manage to make it you will have a world of opportunities.
Think ahead always and have a business mind at the end you are the product.

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