In any model's career, the portfolio is going to play a major role. However, many professional models also have actual resumes they use to submit to gigs. Why would clients care about looking at a resume when they could easily just review a model's portfolio?
For one thing, a resume is oftentimes a much more direct way for a client to see exactly what type of work a model has done. Browsing through a physical portfolio book or looking at an online portfolio is convenient but sometimes clients want to know the name of the photographer, project, client or assignment the model has done work for. The pictures don't always list this info, especially if it isn't a recognizable tearsheet.
A resume is a more organized and structured way of obtaining this information. Agency represented models may or may not have a resume put together for them but freelance models can greatly benefit from having this additional document to present when submitting to jobs.
There are no hard and fast rules as to how a modeling resume should look and an online search will turn up templates/samples that can be used for reference. However, the main information that should appear at the top of the resume should include the following:
- Model's Name
- Full Stats & Measurements
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Official Modeling Website (if applicable...I would recommend NOT listing your Facebook profile link)
- Runway/Fashion Shows
- Online/Digital Work
Under each category, bullets or some similar format should be used to list each specific gig worked (I would avoid using paragraphs or trying to explain in sentence format what you've done). It's hard to explain but to get a better understanding of what I'm describing, click the link below to view my own modeling resume:
Dania Denise Official Resume
It is important that each bulleted item has basic information to describe each work experience. For example, if you're filling out the Runway/Fashion Shows section, this info should be included: Name of the Show, Your Role and the Name of the Production Company or Venue Where the Show Took Place. So on the resume it would appear like this (fictional example):
- 2012 Lee Designs Fashion Show - Runway Model - Lee Designs
New to modeling and don't have any experience at all? Then it's safe to say you won't have a resume to submit and that's okay. If you explain in your submission that you're new, the client will understand. However, if you've done test shoots, those do count as experience and can be used as a starter resume.
New models in this situation will still want to have the same information at the top of their resume (see bulleted list above). For the body, they can simply use the category heading "Photoshoots," followed by a bulleted list of the name of the photographer and the name of the type of shoot.
For example, say you did a test shoot as a new model with a local photographer and you wore outfits that were casual. This info would appear on your resume as:
- Causal Wear Shoot - [Insert Photographer Name Here]
Just as a model needs to update a portfolio as new photos get added, it is also important to remember to add any new gigs to the resume. Unlike portfolios, where older pictures should be removed, older modeling experiences don't need to be removed from a resume--simply add the newer gigs on top and make sure the older bulleted items are on the bottom.
Do not add the dates you did each gig that appears on your resume. This info isn't necessary. At most, you can include the year but only if it applies to the work experience you're listing, such as a fashion show (i.e. Winter 2012 Season).
Adding your headshot is optional but helpful. I find that putting my headshot at the top is great for helping clients associate a name with a face. Don't make the photo huge, though.