6 effective tips on How to become a model
October 28, 2017
Modelling… Many of us think of Catwalk-models, super tall and slender. But they are just some part of the model industry. The modeling market is vast, so it is not just high fashion. It ranges from editorials, commercials, TV Commercials and even body parts. The world of modeling is more than just being tall and pretty.
Fashion and modeling have revolutionized throughout the years: Back in the days, it is a MUST for a model to be tall, slender and good looking. Now, having reached the 21st century, we can see models vary from all heights, size, color, features, and nationalities. Unique features that weren’t well accepted back then like thick eyebrows, rare skin pigmentation and albinism are now taking the world by storm. Food for thought for those who felt like not being “good enough to be a model”.
Every model has their story, on how they have discovered or the countless emails they’ve sent to modeling agencies in hopes to be invited for castings and the numerous times they failed to book shows before being where they are today – a successful model. No model started their journey easy, although it seems like they’ve never known how it feels to ‘start tough’.
So here are 6 effective tips on how to become a model.
1. Prepare for it
It is extremely important to know thoroughly about modeling. Prepare on what to expect in the industry and know the type of modeling you would like to do. Look up for an agency that you’d like to work with and make sure they’re legit and not out on the run for your money.
2. Know what you’re signing up for
Once you’re offered a contract or anything that needs your valuable signature. Read the terms and conditions carefully as you do not want to sign up for something you’re uncomfortable with!
3. Be yourself
After signing a contract, you’d probably spend a lot of time thinking on how to impress your future clients. Don’t waste your time doing that, because the only way to impress your clients is to truly be yourself! Appearance is one thing, but clients do want to pick a beauty with great personality. Here’s another tip. When you attend castings, clients would have a conversation with you to dig up some basic information from you so they can know you more than just a model. Always keep it simple whenever attend castings! Wear something body fitting so clients can estimate your size and wear minimal makeup! No falsies and thick eyeliner for you, ladies! All of these are so your clients can have a more accurate image of you in their products.
4. ‘Niceness’ goes a long way
Always be nice to everyone you meet throughout your journey! There will be models who are mean and snobbish. So you got to stand out by being the opposite! Treat everyone with respect. Treat people like how you would want to be treated. The world is round, so whatever you do, it will eventually come back to you. So, be nice and smile!
5. ‘Be like water’
Every client, shoot and shows is different from another. Take everything you do as a learning experience. Moreover, it gives you more exposure as well. So you will be even better prepared as times goes by. Every model would tell you that.
6. Live a healthy lifestyle
Most importantly yet many models neglect that. As you know, many models starve themselves and suffer from eating disorders so they could be skinny enough to fit into more clothes or to even impress designers. Don’t be one of those models! Instead of starving yourself, eat healthily, hit the gym or sweat it out on the court! It’s better to be lean and maybe a little muscular than to be unhealthily thin. Many countries have banned recruitment of ultra-thin models. According to Reuters, the French legislature voted for a bill Friday the declares: “The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labor.” So if you want to still land jobs and impress clients, quickly hit the gym and work for that Victoria Secret model body! Get a personal trainer if you need to! And last but not least get sufficient sleep and avoid cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol.
Know that being a successful model is no overnight work. It takes a lot of precious time, dedication and hard work. You will face all sorts of criticism throughout your modeling journey, so don’t take it too much to heart and most of all don’t let it affect your emotions. Because it can be seen in the end product. Stay positive and take everything as a learning experience! Don’t call it quits so easily. Remember your dreams, goals you’ve set for yourself. Note that, there will never be ‘the best model’. Because trends are always changing and fashion constantly revolutionizing, just be sure to keep yourself in your best game and you are ready to embark the journey to model-dom.