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There is more to the modeling world than the media lets on. If you want to find out what it really takes and how to manage your modeling career, then you've come to the right place! This blog is dedicated to the aspiring and already established models who live to defy the standards and stereotypes in order to make a place for themselves in this crazy industry.

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Where Do You Start in Modeling?

Since this is one of the most commonly asked questions I receive, I decided to make the post I did about this topic as one of the main pages for the blog. I wrote this post some time ago and I'm sure it can be difficult for readers to search through all of the stuff I've written to find it so I'm hoping that making it a main page will help people get the answers to this question in a much easier way. So here you go!
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So you want to model but don't know where to begin? The process can be somewhat time consuming, but definitely not impossible.

Figure It Out

The first place to start is to figure out what part of the modeling industry you want to pursue. This includes fashion/runway, commercial/print, petite or plus-size. Then you have to research the requirements (which you can find on my post titled "The Different Types of Modeling") to see where you fit in. And be realistic--if you're short and know you aren't going to grow any taller, then go for the commercial/print industry. If you know you'll grow taller but not right away, try out for both commercial/print and fashion/runway and see what happens.

If you're a female and between 5'5"-5'7" then you're ideal for commercial/print.
If you're a female and between 5'8"-6'0" then you're ideal for fashion/runway/editorial.
If you're a male and between 5'11"-6'3" then you're ideal for fashion/runway/editorial.
If you're a male and are 5'10" or shorter then you're ideal for commercial/print.

***These height requirements aren't absolute but are typically the norm for large markets like New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Medium size to smaller markets may be more flexible with the height for female and male models but it is important to check the agency websites to find out exactly what the requirements are for each one.***

Cast The Net

Once you know where you fit in, it's time to make a list of the proper agencies that represent the type of modeling you're trying out for. It's helpful to start locally and work your way outwards. If you live in a small town or a state that isn't a hot spot, you may have more of a challenge in starting your modeling career. The common rule of thumb is to look for agencies that are no more than a two hour's drive from where you live.

Narrow It Down

After making a list of the potential agencies that you feel you'd make a good match with, go to their website (if they have one) and look up the guidelines for submitting pictures. Better yet, note if they have open casting calls so you can meet with them in person. This is the best way to introduce yourself instead of being just another photo submission in a huge pile in their office. Lay out which ones you'll submit photos to, either via email or snail mail, and the ones you'll go to in person.

***If you're concerned about photos or if you've never done a shoot before, don't stress. Agencies welcome snapshots and photos taken by your parents or friend. As long as they meet the requirements listed in the guidelines, don't worry about going out to hire a photographer.***

Put Your Snapshots Together

The keyword here is "snapshots." New and inexperienced models DO NOT need a portfolio, headshot, comp card or professional portfolio filled with glossy photographs. 9 times out of 10 it says directly on agency websites that they want non professional, digital snapshots with no makeup. Below are examples of snapshots agencies look for:



Models with experience that have had agencies before are allowed to submit their professional materials and photos. However, it helps to also have snapshots available so the agencies know exactly what your current look is.

Get Started

Now it's time to pound the pavement. This can be the trying part of the whole process because it involves a lot of rejection and waiting. Be sure to have your list handy and make notes of the ones you were rejected from, which ones said to come back at a later date and so on. Many agencies will allow you to resubmit or come back to another open casting call after six months to a year.

Only through careful research and consideration, waiting and patience, can you make it into the business. You may get signed right away or it may take a while. Just remember that you're not the only person applying and it does take some time for agencies and their staff to go through photo after photo until someone jumps out at them so be patient. It took only a few weeks for me to get signed by my first agent, but when I decided to find better representation, it took almost a year for my current agent to interview and sign me.

58 comments:

Lisa said...

If you're a female who is 5'8" with measurements that are 36-28-38, for example, would you be suitable for commercial print instead of fashion/runway/editorial?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lisa! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #550," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

I'm 5'7.5" and appear very tall and slim My measurements are 34 25 35 and weight is 120. I am 14. I am caucasian but have exotic eyes, from russian jewish heritage. Would I automatically be dismissed at an open call because of that half inch in height? for say runway or high fashion modeling.
Thanks, Beth

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Beth! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #559," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I've been thinking about starting to do modeling lately. But I'm already 21. Isn't it too late to start a modeling career? And also I am 6'3" ..are there any agencies that would hire a model this tall?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #568," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Lizzy said...

So I've been scouted by this agency and I'm going in for test shots soon. I'm fine in front of a camera...although I've never modeled before. I'm not sure what to actually do. How to move or anything. What ways to move. Does the photographer generally help you along with this? Motivate your movement?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm 5'3 and appear very curvy, Not fat curvy, kim kardashian curvy. My measurements are 34 23 40 and weight is 125. I am 18. I am African American but look hispanic. Would I automatically be dismissed at an open call because of my weight and height in any market.
Thanks, Dez.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lizzy! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #573," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Dez! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #574," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

I'm 16 and I want to model using a nickname. How do I do that?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #577," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

What agents do you Think is good for kids

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #581," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm 15 an I've been interested in modelling. I'm 5'7 but I look taller then my height. My measurements are 34-27-31 but I'm trying to slim down in the waist a bit. I'm also half black and half white which supposedly makes me appear more exotic haha. Do I even have a shot in the industry? Or should I just look into another field of fashion/modelling? Be completely honest! :) Thanks so much

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #585," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hello!
My name is Katie and I am 13. I have always wanted to be a model (as many of these girls and guys on this site)! I guess modeling comes naturally, but are there any tips? I really want to get a resume started!
I also was wondering what the "normal" measurements were for models at Ford or Elite. Or are there "normal" measurements? Right now I am 5'8 and 125 pounds, do you think that would pass? Thank you SO much!

nef said...

if you have tattoos what should you do about them

Dania Denise said...

Hi, nef!

Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about this subject that should help you out:

Piercings & Tattoos in Modeling

http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2007/02/some-things-to-keep-in-mind.html

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Katie! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #592," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Lexi said...

Hi, if I want to model what's the max hips agencies would accept for fashion/runway/editorial? Because I'm 5'8 and 16 so hopefully still growing but my measurements are 34-26-38 and I wouldn't be able to slim my hips down more because it's my bone that's big, though I'm between the sizes 2-4 US and Tyra Banks is a size 4. Do you think agencies would turn me away?
Thanks so much!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lexi! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #597," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Aoibhinn. Can I just say I love your blog! :)

I am 13 this year and would love to be a model. I weigh 45 pounds and I am about 5'3". I am a UK size 8 and US size 6 I think. I also have braces.

Would my braces and young age be a problem? Also, what type of modeling should I try? Thank you :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Aoibhinn! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #599," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi! What is a mother agency? And for 5'7 will I be able to do runway? Thanks!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #610," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Ive wanted to be a model since I was a little girl. I'm 5'5 around 108 lbs and I live in California. What's the best way for me to get started without having to pay any money? And what kind of modeling would fit me best? Thanks!(:

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

The answers to your questions are listed in this blog post you commented on. Make sure to go back and reread it. It breaks down the different height ranges and what type of modeling matches it.

The steps I also mentioned in the post about taking snapshots and submitting them directly to modeling agencies is the free and cost-effective way to get into modeling without spending any money.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I live in Brussels. I'm 15, brown hair, 175cm. Last summer, I was scouted and went to meet with the agent. She said they would get back to us, here we are one year later and no word. Would it be completely unprofessional and desperate to send her an email. She seemed to be worried about my height back then but I have now grown. I don't know what to do, but I would really like to model someday.
Thank you for your help!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #652," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

hi, dania i am 15 my dad is 6'3'' my mom is 5'11'' and my brothers are 6'3'' and my sister is 5'9 bt me im 5'6 n my mom told me that ill be 5'8 by 18 n i was just wondering because of what she said do you think i could do high fashion and editorial n im also planing on going overseas when im 19 to model n i wont have my parents with me but probably a best friend do you think thats a good idea?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #654," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania! My name is Jordan and I am totally confused on this whole comp card thing! I have my First open call with an agency this tuesday and I don't won't to be/ seem unprepared because I don't have a comp card. I have never modeled. I have prepared a modeling bag with things in it just in case. such as bobby pins, hair ties etc. I also have a portfolio but it is blank. I have taken really good senior pictures(professional) but I didn't know if I should bring those. Do I need a comp card by Tuesday? What all is suppose to go on it? Is it pictures? I've read on some sites its pictures and info and other places I've heard just its becoming strictly digital now! Helllppp! I don't want this to be a huge deciding factor between me signing to an agency
-Thanks

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Jordan!

If you carefully read the post, it says very clearly the following:

"New and inexperienced models DO NOT need a portfolio, headshot, comp card or professional portfolio filled with glossy photographs. 9 times out of 10 it says directly on agency websites that they want non professional, digital snapshots with no makeup."

So you don't need a portfolio or comp card. Agencies won't expect this of you because you're new. All they need are regular digital snapshots similar to the photo references I included in the post.

If you want to also bring your senior pictures, that's fine but regular snapshots will be all you need.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania,

I have been signed with an agency for 2 years and havn't gotten a job. Agents tell me I should be getting jobs, but I'm not. Does this mean the modeling industry is not for me? I am thinking about giving up.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #667," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

How do I get my daughter into modeling and what can I do as her mom to make sure she get noticed.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #668," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I've been thinking about starting to do modeling lately. But I'm already 23. Isn't it too late to start a modeling career? And also I am 6'1" ..are there any agencies that would hire a model this tall?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #678," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Jenny Colomy said...

Hi Dania, my name is Jenny. I am 13 and I have never modeled in anything and have no experience but I really want to be a model. Where should I start if I'm around 5'8" and interested in commercial or magazine modeling?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Jenny! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #680," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hello i read your blog and its so interesting I want to be a model but the problem is that im from Paraguay hmm and i want to go the US to try in agency but i dont have the Visa to work as a model because here in my country i dont modeling because the agencies are not high fashiob do you think that even i dont have the visa a agency can hire me ? Thank you sou much

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #685," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

lynnell conley said...

Hi denise, what if you are 26 yrs old. but i pass and get mistaken for 18- 20 yrs old. 5'5 and weights about 90lbs measurements are 34-21-31. yes, im very slim. (which i hate) :( but i still want to know is it too late to try to still model, please let me know if it is too late for me???? please recommend me to some good modeling agencies in san fransisco? how do i get started? whats the first step? am i too old? or way too skinny? please? please ? please? help!!!! i greatly appreciate it

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lynnell! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #686," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Waverly said...

hi! I go to college and will still be in college for 2 more years. If I am interested in going to a few agencies open calls, should i go to agencies near my college town or near my home town? (my college town and home town are 10 hours apart)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Waverly! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #690," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hello Dania!
Firstly, congratulation about Jennifer! You must be so proud!

Secondly, I was wondering about some type of modelling. I dont really know how to word this question but here we go. For online clothing stores (formal dresses, just normal clothing shop etc), people who model for the storew, are they high fashion model or commercial and print model? Some people are tall but some people are pretty small. If I want to do something like that, what type of modelling do I submit myself as?

Please let me know if you dont understand my question! Sorry for not being clear abiut it :L

Thanks in advance! :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #703," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Sage Kirk said...

Hi, I'm interested in starting a modelling career. I don't have any photos.. where can I start? Also I'm not the slimmest.. is there a certain weight requirement?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Sage! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #714," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Mark Chen said...

hi Im male and 6‘0 (183cm) tall. I want to be a fashion model. All the rules say that it will be fine if you are taller then 5’11, but when I check all the active male models now they are all above 185cm. So am I short for being a male model?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Mark Chen! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #718," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hey, im Lexie and ive been interested in modeling for a while but when you go to the casting calls do you wear makeup or not?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lexie! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #729," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Sharib Jawaid said...

hey its sharib i live in india i am 5'9'' i want to become a freelancer model so, what should i do? plzzz tell a suitable and comfortable method ..like tell me a website so i upload my pics and become a freenlancer model ..seriously i dont have enough money to pay.. so,plz thank you :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Sharib! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #743," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!