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Friday, February 10, 2012
Answering a Reader Question #312
Hello there, I read this article (Inexperienced Models) and found it really helpful. I've been thinking about possibly getting into modeling, and have an upcoming (as the company called it) "on the spot test shoot interview" that I'll be making an appointment for. I was just wondering what to expect and what ways other than practicing in front of a mirror can help? Modeling is something I've been really getting interested in and am wanting to get off on the right foot. Thanks for your help!
Kelsey from California
Hey, Kelsey! Spot test shoots are very informal and are designed to give the agency an idea of how you are in front of the camera, as well as a chance to interview you to see what your personality is like. Not all test shoots are the same, so you'll want to make sure to find out what outfits they want you to bring (it may be just 1 or 2) and if you'll need to be responsible for your makeup and hair or if they'll provide those services for you. I would guess that it'll be a casual type of shoot since it is just a test. But again, not all agencies set up their test shoots the same way so I can't tell you for sure exactly what they'll have you do. But think of it as a mini photoshoot.
Aside from practicing full body poses in the mirror, you'll also want to use the mirror to practice your facial expressions. There is more to this aspect than pouting. A lot of mistakes I see with newer models is that they have great, dynamic poses but they have the same expression on their face the entire time. Learn how to be comfortable with not just a serious, smoldering stare but also portraying emotions, such as happiness, laughing, etc.
Since you're doing a spot test shoot, it won't last too long like a full photoshoot. Make sure you listen to the photographer and follow any instruction/direction he/she may provide. That is first and foremost. Chances are they won't leave everything up to you so if they give you an idea or pose to start with, go with it and take things from there.
It's also helpful to memorize what I like to call "signature poses." These are basically poses that you know flatter your figure and will photograph well. Memorizing about 10 of these and knowing how to do it without using a mirror for reference is a great starting point for when you get to your test shoot. Think of them as "warm up" poses. The last thing you want is to get stuck trying to think of how to pose during the shoot itself. Don't be afraid to pose naturally, where it doesn't feel like you're posing at all. Not every pose you strike in front of the camera has to be some high fashion, couture type of dramatic pose.