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Friday, May 26, 2017

Models, Technology & Communication

Okay, if you know anything about me, you know that I'm professional to a fault.

What I love about having my blog, mentoring, coaching and consulting is that it gives me the chance to educate the next wave of models on how to practice the good habits (not develop bad ones) and understand the importance that their polished and professional approach will be to the success of their modeling goals.

Technology has taken over our lives and social media, love it or hate it, is a part of our daily routine. This includes doing business. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to network and do business using today's innovations.

Just because social media is everywhere and just because it's easy doesn't mean you can be lazy or rely too heavily on it. Failing to exercise proper communication methods, not caring about excessive typos and treating potential clients or professional contacts as some random person in your social media world is a quick way to derail any approach to a sensible career.

EMAIL STILL REIGNS SUPREME

I don't care what anyone says, the majority of professionals in the modeling industry want you to contact them via email!

Even if they have an IG, FB Page, Snap, etc., their business email address is the best place to start if you want to reach out to network, submit to a casting, etc.

DM (direct messaging for those of you still getting familiar with social media) through Instagram or Facebook profile/page is an option but if you want to be taken seriously--and have your message checked in a timely manner--make your first contact through the email address.

Can't find the email address for whatever reason? Then you can contact them via DM to ask what is the best method of communication and go from there. If they prefer DM instead of email then that's fine but if you are contacting someone for the first time (i.e. a model looking for a photographer to test shoot with, a makeup artist, stylist/designer, client), their email address is going to be the way to get your foot in the door with building rapport.

WHY EMAIL?

Although most people check their social media profiles regularly, business people always check their emails. Social media is prone to being weird and sometimes notifications don't get sent and it can be annoying to have to take out the extra time to check multiple accounts manually to make sure you're not missing a message.

Professionals in the modeling industry know their time is valuable and the most straightforward way to guarantee your message will be seen is to shoot over an email.

It's essentially foolproof and doesn't require pesky requirements like sending a friend request. Regardless of who you are, if you know the email address, you can send a message. Simple as that.

Again, if the person in question that you want to contact states their preference for a non-email method of communicating, then follow what they say but in general you can't go wrong with email.

ACT PROFESSIONAL IN ALL ASPECTS

It's perfectly fine to "like" and comment on a person's social media profile, such as a photographer, designer, makeup artist, etc. But it's not a good look to post gibberish, a bunch of emojis or typo riddled comments. This is a quick way to get an eye roll and not be taken seriously.

Professionals in the modeling industry already have enough people likely competing for their attention and acting anything less than mature and professional won't encourage them to want to engage with you further.

IT ISN'T TOO MUCH TO ASK TO KNOW HOW TO TYPE SENTENCES PROPERLY!

My biggest pet peeve with social media is that it's made people lazy when it comes to grammar and communicating with one another. Please realize that modeling is a business. Time is money. It's a harsh industry. If you don't care enough to craft an email or even a text that doesn't take several people to decipher, don't bother trying to step up your game.

When sending a message to someone you don't know, it is NOT okay to start the message/email with "Hey," "Yo," "What's up," etc., etc. It's rude and disrespectful (and if you don't think so, I'm sorry to say that you're not possessing the correct business mindset). Trust me when I say this lack of proper salutation will not make a good first impression. Even if the rest of the message is fine, it's not a good start.

Care enough about what you write to proofread it before you send it. Read it out loud and see if it makes sense. If it doesn't or if you know you want to tweak a sentence or two, do it. Never send a business related email or inquiry unless you feel confident it reads properly and professionally.

Do you just suck at writing and can't spell anything correctly to save your life? There are a lot of people that fall under that category. That's when you ask for help from someone you know is a whiz at that kind of thing. Ask for assistance writing the message and don't be afraid to accept help when it's offered. It's in your best interest and can only help you, not hurt you.

Don't rely on spellcheck alone. That's writing 101. Not sure how something is spelled or the use of a certain word or phrase? Look it up! That's what Google is for (or whatever search engine you prefer). If you can look up memes and YouTube videos, you can look up relevant info related to business correspondence.

SKYPE

Being able to speak to someone using Skype is a convenient way to handle business when emailing or talking on the phone won't suffice. It's also a good way to play it safe when it comes to making sure you know who you are talking to. While public face-to-face meetings are ideal, Skype and other services like it are the next best thing.

Similar to email, stay professional. Find a spot in your home or other location that isn't too noisy or distracting. You don't have to wear a suit or anything but don't look sloppy. You only have to worry about your top half so stay comfy in sweatpants if you want but throw on a decent, clean top. Make sure there isn't anything in your background that's unsightly (i.e. open closet door with clutter and clothes spilling out or posters/wall art that may be offensive or inappropriate).

Present yourself as put together and professional and the business contact on the other end will be able to focus on your conversation, not other distractions.

Also make sure you have a good connection to have a fairly smooth Skype meeting and test drive the program in advance if you've never used it before or not enough to be familiar with the features. You don't want to test drive the experience using a real conversation that could be important to your modeling endeavors.

RECOGNIZE BUSINESS HOURS

Even if the people you want to connect with in the modeling industry are not technically working in an office M-F from 9-5pm, you still need to respect the fact that they have a life outside of work (even workaholics have down times when they don't want to be bothered).

Email and DM is convenient in the sense that you can send a message any day, any time and they will respond at their earliest convenience.

But when it comes to Skyping/Face time or Messenger calling and regular calls/text messages, follow the unwritten rule of avoiding these methods of contact after 5pm. Even if the person is working, it's professional courtesy to not blow up someone's phone in the evening when they may be having dinner, spending time with their family, relaxing or focusing on work projects with deadlines.

Face timing or calling someone on Messenger over and over is not only annoying, it's a guaranteed way to ensure they won't ever want to pick up. If you call once and they don't pick up, don't call right back. I can't tell you how many times I've witnessed this--and have been on the receiving end. It drives me nuts. Clearly, that person is unavailable so take the hint.

If you need to contact that person regarding something specific, such as a photographer you're working on a shoot with or if you can't make it to a casting or other type of emergency situation, that's acceptable but if you just want to talk or have questions that you know can wait until the next day, play it safe and don't reach for that phone. Send an email instead or wait until the next morning when they're likely just starting the day and are in a position to have a conversation.

See why I favor emails so much? :-)

BE PATIENT

Some people respond quickly to emails and other modes of business communication, while others may take a few hours or a day to get back. Keep in mind that if you are reaching out to them, you're on their time and need to respect their schedule. Don't get eager and send a follow up message to ask if they got it. Chances are they did and they'll get back to you at their earliest convenience.

If a few days passes, wait it out. In the business world, it's ideal to give at least 2-3 days for a person to get back to your email before following up, if it's not a time sensitive matter. And if you do end up following up, don't be rude about it.

Be polite. It's called "tact." Your approach is everything. Instead of saying, "Hey, did you get my email?" or "Just checking why you haven't responded yet?" say something along the lines of, "Hello, I wanted to follow up and see if you received my email I sent a few days ago? I wanted to make sure it didn't go to your spam folder or anything. I'm looking forward to your reply. Thank you!" Short and sweet.

Are people flakey? Sure! This can include so-called "professionals" in the modeling industry. However, that doesn't mean that you need to be unprofessional as a result. If the person you're trying to network with isn't acting professionally and hasn't been good about their own communication skills, chances are this isn't someone you need to make the effort to want to work with.

If you've been corresponding with someone for a short time and they've always been really responsive and then suddenly they're taking a bit longer to reply back, give them some space, not grief. They are probably doing that thing called, you know, working...living...that kind of thing. Stuff comes up. Put it in perspective before you take a brief absence of response as some sort of personal insult.

You'll recognize a solid professional connection with you see it and in that sense, it should push you to be even more diligent about how you present yourself when reaching out to build what hopefully will be a beneficial and positive working relationship to further your modeling career.

***I didn't cover the method of talking on the phone because I sure hope you know enough about phone etiquette to know how speak properly to another human being. If not, well, I don't know what to tell you but getting into modeling probably shouldn't be a priority if you can't even hold a solid phone convo, haha***

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How to Get Published in a Magazine as a Model

The wonderful thing about our technology driven world is it has completely changed the face of the modeling industry.

From modeling agencies to how clients find new faces, the industry has learned to grow and adapt to the times. This includes magazines.

Getting published in a magazine as a model is one of the most coveted goals, as it should be. In the past it was much more challenging to figure out how to get into a magazine, especially for female and male models not represented by an agency and/or didn't meet the physical requirements (aka "the height factor") to be considered for modeling jobs in the fashion category.

But that has now all changed thanks to technology and the Internet. There are more magazines out there than you can shake a stick at and that means even more opportunities to get published, both in hard copy and digitally. That being said, where do you begin your journey towards appearing in a magazine?

START SEARCHING

Facebook - If you do a search on Facebook for "Fashion Magazines," the search results will turn up a score of magazine titles/profiles. The first category that will come up in the search results is "Pages" for those magazines.

Visit each one and "Like" the page. The next step is to go through the FB page of each publication to learn more about them, what they represent, the type of photography/models they look for and what their website is to really dive into what they're all about.

Instagram - If you do a search on IG for "Fashion Magazines" or "Magazine," the profiles of various publications will also pop up for you to explore. Follow, comment and "Like" the posts of the publications you are interested in potentially appearing in.

Like FB Pages, on IG you want to see if they list their website link and visit that in addition to whatever activity you do on their Instagram profile. Because IG is visual, the magazine may not have a ton of info listed, such as how to submit your photos for publication, which is why locating the website is important.

FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT

Do not--I repeat DO NOT--contact magazine publications and ask how to be a model for them! This is a big no-no. Why? Because they specifically put submission information/instructions/guidelines on their websites and social media pages that literally tell you how to submit.

If you've read enough of my blog posts, you already know that I'm going to say the following: good models follow directions.

It doesn't matter if you think you're going to be the next supermodel or even if you have tons of experience. Follow the rules like everyone else because magazines aren't going to chase anybody who isn't a bona fide celebrity status individual. They have plenty of people submitting to them so they're not going to go out of their way to hold your hand and explain to you what can easily be found on their site(s).

Being lazy or thinking everything will come to you is a surefire way to not get results.

The website will list in detail exactly what you need to give them, how they want the photos formatted, etc. If you don't follow it to a tee, your submission will be rejected.

PLAN IT OUT

The thing to know about magazines is that each issue has its own theme. It is very important that you pay attention to submission guidelines when it comes to what they're looking for. If one publication is planning on an issue focused on bridal fashion, you shouldn't send them photos that are haute couture, goth or some other theme. There's nothing they can do with those images so they won't be published anytime soon, if at all.

If you have a specific look you want to shoot and are committed to that, then look specifically for publications that are either actively looking for the theme you want to shoot for or that tend to be based soley on that theme (i.e. bridal magazines tend to focus only on bridal looks or variations of it).

Once you know what the publications are looking for, that will make it much easier to plan the next step, which is to...

PUT YOUR TEAM TOGETHER

The easiest way to get into a magazine is to have a photographer reach out to you with an offer to work together to get a submission to submit to a publication and go from there.

Don't have an offer on the table and are starting from square one? Then you'll want to start looking for the following people:

1) Photographer
2) Makeup Artist
3) Hair Stylist 
4) Wardrobe Stylist/Designer

Because magazines take themselves very seriously, you have to step up your game when it comes to the team you plan on working with for the submission. The odds of getting published will be high if you're working with professionals who have shot for magazines before or that do high quality work, which will be evident upon reviewing their portfolios.

This is where knowing how to network will come into play. If you have modeling experience already and have done a couple of shoots, you'll likely have a couple of people in mind to reach out to so do it. Let them know you want to submit to magazines, let them know which ones specifically and briefly tell them what you have in mind for the look/theme. Then go from there and make it happen.

Are you a complete newbie who doesn't have any kind of network established and aren't represented by an agency? Then you're going to need to step back just a bit and start doing test shoots with photographers in order to start gaining that on camera experience, build a solid portfolio and connect with people who will want to work with you on such a project since they've worked with you before. While not impossible, it will be harder to be taken seriously when you reach out to professionals if you have zero experience and no work to share for reference (duck-face selfies on IG do not count!).

What if you have an agency already? Well, chances are they're doing what they can behind the scenes to get you those opportunities. But it doesn't hurt to take things into your own hands and put together your own team to submit to publications if that's a goal you have. Your agent likely won't feel that you doing so is a threat to anything they're doing so let them know what you have planned and go for it. Chances are, they'll be cool with it and tell you to update them if you get chosen for publication.

PICK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WISELY

In most instances--not all--it is the photographer who will end up submitting the photos to the magazine. They're the ones who retouch the selected photos and will format everything according to the stated guidelines established by the publication. Having the photographer take care of that part of the process will be much less stressful for you as a model, especially if you're not tech savvy or good at that kind of thing.

As long as you're working with someone who is professional, does quality work, has a good reputation and has submitted to magazines (or had their work published), the fruit of your labors will be in good hands and will reach the powers that be at the publication with no issues.

NOW WHAT HAPPENS?

You wait. And wait. And wait. Hopefully, not for too long. Do NOT email/call or post on the magazine's profiles to ask if they got your submission, if they liked it, when will they make a decision, etc.

You did the hard work and now the harder part is seeing if they'll chose it for their upcoming issue. If it does get picked, believe me, you will be notified.

FOLLOW THE RULES ALL THE WAY THROUGH

Just as it's crucial to put the submission together according to what the magazine is looking for, it's just as important to follow through with what happens after the photos have been sent. I blogged previously about how vital it is to not share any photos from the shoot, including selfies and BTS flicks because if you do, magazines will consider it "published" and will automatically reject your submission.

If you're required to sign a contract or agreement of some type from the magazine if your submission gets chosen for publication, honor everything you're signing to--especially not posting images related to the shoot itself. It's okay to share that you'll be appearing in a magazine and what month the issue will come out but leave the visual aspect of photos out of it.

Keep a lid on things and be patient. The wait will be well worth the reward of then being able to share not only your selfies and BTS pictures but the actual images from the magazine itself.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Regardless of whether you have modeling experience or not, are repped by a modeling agent or not, if you want to be in a magazine, there are certain steps that need to be followed and if you do what you're supposed to, your submission will be on its way to hopefully getting selected for publication.

Because each magazine has its own set of guidelines for submission, I made sure to talk in more generalized terms for common situations. That's why you need to do your research and pick the magazine's you're interested in wisely.

FYI: magazines don't pay models to shoot for their publication. The tearsheets that you'll receive as a result are the compensation. Additionally, the team you work with to put together the submission will also be donating their time and expertise so don't get ahead of yourself and expect a photographer to pay you to be a part of the submission (there may be some cases where there is pay but not usually so don't expect it). 

Submitting to magazines are labors of love and everyone has to be on the same page in knowing that by investing their time and efforts, they are working towards an end result everyone will be proud of and benefit from greatly.

And while I'm on the subject, support the publication by purchasing a hard copy of the magazine. You may get a free copy or free digital version to download and that's great for use in an online portfolio for digital tearsheets but don't demand that the magazine gives you a free hard copy (or several) if it isn't offered as part of the deal. 

Encourage friends and family to buy the hard copies, too, if they want to show support. A magazine can only thrive if it has the money to keep things running. Put your money where your mouth is and contribute to the folks responsible for giving you the opportunity to be published. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Child Modeling: The Sometimes Harsh Reality

I believe in not beating around the bush and while you could consider me Paula Abdul on American Idol when it comes to giving reality checks with a smile, the fact of the matter is that the modeling industry as a whole can be harsh.

Of course, you probably already knew that but it is important to really understand that getting into modeling eventually puts you in the belly of the beast. And it doesn't matter if you're young or old. In the case of child models and their parents, grasping the reality of the competitive nature that comes with this territory is essential to building the thick skin needed to get through and keep your eyes on the prize.

So I wanted to do this post to address the parents of child models--namely, newbies. I have to do these reality checks from time to time as a form of tough love. Oftentimes, it isn't just models who have stars in their eyes.

Parents want their kids to succeed in life, and if modeling is one of those goals, what I'm going to say has to be said and if you take it personal or take offense, that's not my intention but believe me, it'll be better coming from me and will ease the blow in case you don't get the results you're expecting entering your child into the modeling biz:

Your Kid May Be Cute But...There's a LOT of Cute Kids Out There

There. I said it. Are you mad? Well, if you are, you better get over it because the modeling industry isn't going to care about your feelings...much.

If you thought modeling as a teen or adult was hard, the competition is even tougher for child models. The industry contains no shortage of amazingly cute, adorable, precious, striking and (*using a Zoolander voice*) really, really, really ridiculously good looking children of all ages, sizes and ethnicities.

Does that mean your kid couldn't stand out? If he/she has what it takes and is seen by an agency as the "total package," your child will certainly stand out but it's vital to know going in that your son/daughter will be one of many cute faces in the beginning of your modeling journey.

Teach Your Child Confidence--Not Ego

Nothing is worse than a child model who KNOWS they are perfect and can do no wrong because that's what their parents grew up telling them. There is a difference between being confident and being arrogant.

Young children are so impressionable and as they grow and develop, it is important for parents to instill a sense of confidence in themselves but also the humility it takes to know that while they are special, they may not always get what they want. What is valuable to teach them is that as long as they are the best version of themselves, that is what matters most.

Egos breed brats (sorry but it has to be said) and you don't want to be the parent of "that kid" who is throwing temper tantrums or has a meltdown at a casting or job if things don't go their way. You also don't want to be that parent who has to deal with hours of pep talks and trying to drag your kid out of bed and on to the next casting every single time they don't book a job.

There will be rejection and hurt feelings (that's normal, especially for children) BUT if you explain to your son/daughter how and why these things happen as they relate to being in the industry, they will develop a sense of confidence and the thick skin needed to continue being amazing and perform well in their castings regardless of whether or not they end up getting the gig.

Rejection is a Part of All Child Models' Careers, Too

Placing your child on a pedestal will only set them up for a painful landing and a sore bottom the first time they get rejected from a modeling assignment. I've said it before but modeling is one of those rare career choices where rejection is a part of the job description.

No child model (or grown up model, for that matter) books every single job they submit to. Make sure your son/daughter knows that even if they do their best, there is a chance that they may not get chosen and that it is okay because there will be other opportunities.

Serving as a positive support system and giving tips about what could be improved on (if there were some mistakes made)--instead of a lecture critiquing everything--will help your child recover from each rejection and be better prepared for the next casting they attend.

When your child is able to grasp that they will get some jobs and not others, over time they will come to know that it is just a part of the territory and not a reflection of their talents or who they are as a person. That's where growth happens and child models truly become comfortable in their own skin if this is truly the path meant for them to continue to pursue.

Every Parent Wants the Same Thing You Want for Your Child

The competition is fierce and it won't change. When you and your child show up to castings, you'll be one of many. It'll be chaos and you might be wondering how your kid will possibly stand out. Welcome to the modeling world! The more castings you attend, this type of environment will become the norm.

Even if your child makes it to the next round and the pool of models gets smaller, the level of competition will still be high. Remember that each parent there wants the same thing you do: for their child to get the job.

Don't be discouraged by the volume of competition out there. It is common and to be expected. Keep your confidence in your child high, their spirits up and they'll perform to the best of their ability each time. It's a numbers game so know that just because you're one of many people present, you have to attend as many castings as you can to increase the odds that your son/daughter has the opportunity to shine in front of clients and snag those handful of gigs that will keep their career on an upward trajectory.

No One Owes You an Explanation, So Don't Expect One

Time is money and agencies and clients alike don't have the time, budget or resources to address every single person that has a question, concern or complaint. If your child doesn't get chosen for a job, the casting director/client won't take the time to explain why or what your child could do differently.

Remember, the modeling industry isn't like other industries. It's a unique beast all its own and it plays by its own rules. If you want to stay in the game, you have to play by their rules, too. Sometimes you may get lucky and receive insight from somebody who is able to share a few kernels of wisdom with you but it is a business and as you go through the motions, you'll gain that "on the job" training and knowledge naturally and won't require as much hand holding.

If you plan to make a stink or tell off somebody because they won't give you answers or a breakdown of why your child didn't get the job (or some other fairly trivial issue that really isn't that big of a deal in the greater scheme of things), you'll quickly get a bad reputation for being difficult and no one will want to work with you. Don't do that to your child so take things in stride and keep it moving.

Agencies Have Other Models, Too

Getting agency representation for your child is a huge step in the right direction but just know that because you've got an agent doesn't mean it'll be easy street from that point on. They'll do the legwork and tell you where to be and when, as well as guide you, but they aren't your personal agent who will cater to your every need and whim.

Agencies will do what they can to get your child opportunities but there will be slow moments and dry spells. Totally normal and to be expected. When the work starts to pour in, it's great but there are moments when nothing may come through the pipeline for weeks.

It's good to keep open communication with your agent from time to time to check in and see where things are at but don't bombard their phone line or inbox. Don't make demands or criticize them for not doing their job. They are doing their job for your child and all the other people on their roster.

A modeling agency works with you, not for you so respect that partnership and make inquiries where appropriate. Being considerate of the things they have to be in charge of and letting them do what they do best will foster a good working relationship moving forward. If they're worth their salt as an agency, they'll keep you in the loop to the best of their ability.

Are You Still Reading This?

If you've made it to this part of the post and are still optimistic enough to move forward with getting your child into the industry, congratulations--you've already started to build that thick skin you're going to need to get the ball rolling!

Press on and with common sense, time and experience, you and your child will be able to navigate the modeling world and hopefully create a memorable and unique life experience for your son/daughter with opportunities not everyone is fortunate enough to see to fruition.

BTW: the advice/insight I've written about are for the most commonplace situations for parents trying to get their child into modeling. 

Of course there are exceptions to the rule and extreme circumstances where these things wouldn't apply but those odds are fairly low so please understand that the information in this post is to be applied to "typical" scenarios.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Branding & Modeling Pt VI: Dos & Don'ts

I had originally put the title of this blog post as, "Branding & Modeling Pt VI: Common Sense + Tips" but decided to change the second half to "Dos & Don'ts" simply because I felt it would be easier to organize the tips I want to share and make it easier for my readers to reference...so here we go!

This is the last entry in this latest mini blog post series related to the concept of "Branding" when it comes to the modeling industry.

Chances are I'll continue to do new posts in the future related to the subject but hopefully this collection has helped some of you get a better understanding of why Branding continues to be so important, even for models.

If you've read the previous 5 posts, the dos and don'ts listed below will make much more sense to you so I encourage that you go back and read those in order first before diving right into this post if you haven't done so already.

***FYI: I'll be adding updated Dos & Don'ts to this list as they come up so don't consider this the set in stone version***

DO: Post Regularly

1-2 times a month isn't gonna cut it. Period. Think of yourself as a commodity (for lack of a better metaphor). People will always want you if they see you around. When you go away for too long, people will wonder and then quickly forget. Start off with one post every other day if you have a schedule that doesn't allow for more frequency.

DON'T: Over Do It With the Posting

Sounds contradictory to what I just wrote above, right? As the post before this one discussed in detail, think about quality of the content you put out. Don't feel pressured to post 5-10 times a day.

DO: Focus on Quality Over Quantity

You want each post to get as many likes and interactions as possible. A few likes for each post (regardless of how many you put out daily) isn't as impressive as hundreds of likes on selectively engaging and cool content published to your profiles. Plus, if you post so many times throughout the day on a daily basis you will find yourself running out of relevant content sooner than later.

DON'T: Forget to Return the Favor

Engage with your followers and people who interact with your posts across the social media platforms you're on. Like their comments, respond back with a quick, "Thank you" and let folks know you see them and appreciate that they're out there supporting you. Reply to messages and follow back, comment and like other people's stuff. It's a two-way street so make an effort.

DO: Take Advantage of Reposting Apps

Anytime someone posts a project, event or other occasion that involves you and your modeling career, repost it. There's nothing wrong with creating your own post about that same thing (as you should be doing) but reposting gives you that additional content to share with your followers.

Reposting apps not only do the work for you, it allows you to automatically give credit and exposure to the original poster, including their captions and hashtags (keeping the person's original captions and hashtags is optional when using reposting apps but I encourage including it, especially if the OP has a lot of shoutouts to people to give credit, including people you may not know or were aware of).

DON'T: Forget to Include Videos

A picture's worth a thousand words but adding video to your social media is a wonderfully effective way of engaging people with your brand and the activities happening in your modeling career in real-time. Keep it short and sweet and stay professional (no cursing or bad behavior). Keep it on target and related to your modeling and your followers will love you for it.

DO: Use Hashtags (Wisely!)

Love 'em or hate 'em, hashtags are the gateway to being found on various social media sites. If you want to be taken seriously as a model and promote your brand, you'll need to learn to love hashtags. Doing a post on Instagram or Twitter and not putting at least 1-2 hashtags will get you lost in the mix. Never post a picture without a caption, either. Always have some kind of text accompany your posts. Don't make people have to figure it out, even if it seems obvious. At the same time, don't go too crazy with listing hashtags (although it may happen from time to time). Hashtag with care.

DON'T: Forget to Give Credit Where Credit is Due

Models don't do it all by themselves. Anytime you're posting about projects, behind-the-scenes, gigs, whatever, take the time to properly credit the people involved (makeup artist, photographer, publication, etc, etc.). If you don't know their social media handle, ask them, or use a hashtag instead. Put a link to their website or profile.

Some form of acknowledgement of the team that helps make your post possible should be a priority. If it's just you posting a selfie for fun, then obviously this doesn't apply but for posts related specifically to the happenings in your modeling career, you need to give credit where credit is due. This alone goes a long way in professional courtesy and showing others that you value the time and efforts of those who helped make that experience a reality for you to share with the world.