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Monday, February 12, 2007
Piercings & Tattoos in Modeling
For those of you who want to model and have body piercings and tattoos, be cautious, as these can make or break a potential modeling career.
If you don't have any tattoos or piercings other than your ears, you may not want to rush to get them if you want to model. When you sign with an agency, they will ask you what piercings or markings you currently have on your body. Most ideally would like just your ears to be pierced.
If you have your belly pierced or you have numerous ear piercings, an agent may tell you to take them out while out on shoots or going for auditions. If you don't mind the possibility of your piercings closing up, this shouldn't be a problem. But if it is, then you may not be a happy camper.
Tattoos will usually hurt more than help your modeling career, unless you're into commercial/print modeling, where you can cater to this specific type of audience. You may not get as much work but there are clients out there who need models with real tattoos. If you have a small one that isn't so noticeable, my best advice is to learn how to use makeup to cover it up.
Dermablend is an excellent corrective makeup and coverup line that's not too expensive and comes in various shades to match your skin tone. However, don't lie and not mention it to your agent. Be honest upfront and when they ask to see it, make sure to mention that you know how coverup your tattoos for shoots. If you're sleeved (tattoos that cover your whole arm like the sleeve of a shirt) or you have really big, noticeable or multiple tattoos, you may not have a great chance at getting representation.
Many agents are just not willing to spend the time or money on a makeup artist to completely cover all your tattoos. They can easily opt for the next model hopeful who looks just like you but without the markings and piercings. Just something to keep in mind.
It's one thing to have personal expression through piercings or tattoos but you also need to realize that your agent is trying to fit you into the right categories to market you to. It's not so much of a sacrifice but just realize that once you get representation, you need to be mindful of more than you normally would regarding tattoos and piercings. If you really want to pursue modeling, then hold off. If you already have these markings and piercings, then don't add anymore unless your agent approves it.