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Friday, May 14, 2010

Answering a Reader Question #80

Lizz Wrote:

after reading your blog i felt a little more at-ease with the discesion ive made to put my foot in the modeling/acting business. i am currently,14,still a freshman. but its my ultimate goal to somehow get involved in this business. ive only modeled for a hair show, so i have absolutley no experience, but im fairly photogenic, do you have ANY advice at all, for me? it would be greatly appreciated. Signed, lizz 

Hey, Lizz! The good news is that you're still very young and have plenty of time to get your foot in the door. Even though you've only done one hair show that counts as experience so you technically don't have "any" experience...you have "some" experience, which may not seem like a big deal but it goes to show that you have actually participated in modeling in some shape or form, which is always a plus.

My best piece of advice for you is to first research the requirements in order to find out which type of modeling you actually qualify for. If you are between 5'5" - 5'7" then you can do commercial/print modeling. If you are 5'8" or taller, then go for fashion/runway/editorial modeling. However, you also mentioned acting. In this case you will want to look into talent agencies and not modeling agencies. Talent agents have people that do both acting and modeling. Having this kind of agent will allow you to be submitted for both types of work. It is not necessary to have one agency for each type. One talent agent will take charge of finding you work in both fields and you'll only have to deal with one contract, which is very convenient. For acting, however, you will want to receive training. Participate in drama classes, theater and sign up for acting classes--these all count as experience and training that will make you more marketable to a talent agency. Unlike modeling, which can be easily taught to inexperienced models, talent agencies want their new actors to have some form of training or experience. Even if you haven't done any acting before, don't let this stop you from submitting to a talent agency. If you get signed for modeling, tell your agent that you are interested in acting as well and see what feedback or instructions they have to offer so that they can begin sending you to auditions for acting gigs.

If you need assistance finding legitimate and reputable agencies in your area, drop me an email (daniadenise@gmail.com) and I'll be more than happy to help you out. Good luck!

Answering a Reader Question #79

Marla Wrote:

And speaking of height; in the morning, after getting up, I'm 5'6.5" - but until the evening, a person can shrink up to an inch, until the spinal discs can "relax" and soak up moisture during the night again.

When exactly do model agencies want one to measure one's height? Or haven't they ever considered this phenomenon?

I'm sure some folks at modeling agencies are aware of this but the truth is that they more than likely won't care or take that into consideration. If you're shorter than their height requirement, that's all they will focus on. The height you are when you walk into the modeling agency is the height they will use to determine whether you fit their requirements or not. Sad, but true.

Answering a Reader Question #78

Marla Wrote:

I guess the main reason why I'm confused is because I always hear that a tall model is important because of the designer's sample sizes. But the "commercial fashion" beyond the runway, in catalogues or at the mall is made for women with an average size of approximately 5'5" to 5'7", right? Or am I mistaken here?

So, are high fashion sizes different or do the designers want the whole focus on the dress (as opposed to how a dress looks worn) which is easier if you're really tall and really skinny and in effect a human hanger? 

 Hey, Marla...good questions, thanks for asking them! Commercial fashion is geared more towards the actual consumer. That being said, companies that specialize in commercial fashion lines use "fit models" to tailor the size and the way it is supposed to look on the women that will more than likely be buying their clothes (and the sizes for fit models is usually much larger than the sample sizes high fashion designers would use). When it comes to using models to wear the clothes in catalogs and other advertisements/publications, they still stick to fairly smaller sizes BUT the height requirement is not like it is for high fashion.

The sizes for high fashion and commercial fashion do differ and while they do still want the models that advertise the clothes to be slightly taller than the average female consumer, they don't necessarily want them to possess the whole "human hanger" effect like they do for high fashion. Many commercial fashion models in larger markets appear slim but in a healthier way compared to the models on the catwalk. Commercial fashion and high fashion are two completely different markets so it is important to distinguish the differences and the caliber of the people that will actually be purchasing those clothing styles.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Answering a Reader Question #77

Marla Wrote:

Hello again! I've been wondering, what is the height requirement for commercial fashion? Can one really do it at less than 5'7"? I thought jobs for down-to-earth catalogues and things like that still went to more commercial looking fashion models as opposed to commercial print models. 

Hey, Marla! Great question. Commercial fashion is a subcategory of commercial/print and according to industry standards, the preferred height range for female models in this field is between 5'5"-5'7". So yes, print models do mainly get submitted for catalogs and other similar print work for commercial fashion. However, this is mostly the case for medium to smaller modeling markets. The larger markets (NYC, LA, etc.) have recently started submitting their fashion girls for commercial fashion, although they must possess more "commercial" features and a mainstream look that would appeal to consumers.

Model hopefuls that want to do commercial fashion in particular should not only fall within the height range I mentioned above but be on the slimmer side (not necessarily catwalk slim, though)--after all, there is fashion involved--but even though the clothes aren't on the haute couture level, models are still required to work with sample sizes. The strength of a model's agency, in addition to their location, will play a huge factor in booking these kinds of gigs.