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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.

The Internet is going to be the best way to find out this information. Do a search for modeling agencies according to your city/state (i.e. "Los Angeles modeling agencies," "Austin modeling agencies," etc.).

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 if you want to be a FASHION/RUNWAY/EDITORIAL MALE/FEMALE MODEL:



Below are examples of snapshots agencies look for if you want to be a COMMERCIAL/PRINT MALE/FEMALE MODEL:
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.

Make sure you follow each agency website's submission guidelines accordingly. They don't all ask for the same things so you may need to send some agencies more images and info, while others may ask for less.
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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 (it can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks on average for an agency to respond back...2-4 weeks for the really efficient agencies).

Patience is going to be a very important part of this process. 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.

123 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!

Bob Pardue - Model Physical Requirements said...

Well said! As a photographer I've found through the years that most girls make modeling complicated when it's fairly simple.

Notice I said "simple" not easy. I'm glad you took the time to list some of the guidelines for new faces and hope you continue this blog.

Best,
Bob Pardue

Anonymous said...

Hi! If I send my photos on one agency site and they contact me. Will i be given a choice of signing an exclusive or non- exclusive agreement?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #763," 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 have been invited by a modeling agency for a walk in after submitting photos of myself to them. However I have never modeled before or been to a modeling agency, is it expected to bring a portfolio? And if i haven't done anything professional before do i need to still take photos with me?
Thanks!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #764," 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,Dania! I am so glad I found your blog! I have a question which bugs me:most agencies say they prefer models between 5'9-6'(I am refering to female models)but I have noticed that pretty much all the models are listed at 5'10,which I have read is the ideal height for a runway/editorial fashion model.So,my questions are:is 5'9 or 5'9.5 too short for runway or editorial modeling and are really all the models 5'10 or the rumor which says that they round up or down their height is true?Thank you!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #771," 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,Dania!Great blog!
My questions is the following one:I have read in some places that a model's inseam should be AT LEAST half of her height.And that most models have an inseam of 36 or 37 inches which sounds very long.Is this true?Thank you.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #775," 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,Dania!At the agency,do they measure inseam from crotch to ankle or from crotch to ground?Thank you!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

For the inseam, they measure from just beneath the crotch area to the bottom of the ankle. :-)

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Ryan Green said...

Hi there!
I was wondering if you could help me.
I've never had the confidence to enter the modeling industry but now something within me is constantly telling me too.

However, when I took my measurements I realised I am literally 2cm off 5'11'' whilst bare foot but when wearing shoes or boots I actually go over the 5'11''. Could you please advise me on whether I am still able to enter the fashion model industry? Also, I've had a little concern with some other measurements, I found that my chest size is actually 32 inches and I am concerned with whether that is too small? I am very thin and it is almost impossible for me to gain muscle mass or ''fat''.

Thanks,
Ryan :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've always wanted to try modeling since i was about 13. I am now 19 and about 5'5''and weigh about 109. I have very long legs and have always been told I should try out modeling just don't really know how to get started and is it too late?? Help me out!! thanks :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Ryan Green! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #778," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #779," 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!

Keni Wilson said...

Hi, Dania!
I am 18 and am looking to pursue a career in modeling. Recently I've lost 18 pounds by committing to a vegan diet and a good workout plan. I was measuring at 40-34-43 and am currently measuring at 37-32-39. I am also 5"11. I am committed to being a model but I have no idea where to start. I currently live in Clearwater, FL. I want to reach out to agencies when I lose a little more weight but I don't know where to start. I don't know how to determine if an agency is a scam or if they are the real deal. Can you help?

Beatriz said...

Hi! I'm 17 and 5'1. I'm an aspiring model and I was wondering what type of modeling I fit into? I am also economically unstable are there any economic friendly agencies available and I'm from California, San Diego

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Keni! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #793," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Beatriz! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #794," 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!

Lauren Amoroso said...

Hi! I'm 15 and 5'5 but I think I'll grow a few more inches, maaaybe... I'm an aspiring model and my measurements are 34-25-34 I was wondering what category I would probably fit into and if you knew any good agencies in the San Francisco area?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lauren Amoroso! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #800," 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 do I have to be truthful with my age? I know lying is wrong but it is required when signing a contract I say my real age and do they ask for ID?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #803," 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'm 15 and 5'10. I would love to start modeling but I still don't really know where to start. I haven't modeled before, should I apply to an agency now or get some experience first?

Anonymous said...

Hello!
I want to model and am wondering if in the future, I could possibly be a high fashion/runway model. I'm around 5'8 in height and am definitely not done growing (I have the size 10 shoes to prove it). Also they say that your both arm length is the same as your actual height. My arms measure out to 5'10 instead of 5'8. I know that information is questionable but I will hopefully have the height and also the weight requirements. Could I be a fashion model?

S D tiwari said...

hi....
I want to become a model how can I start this . I am 6'1.5''
please tell me what can I do.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous (July 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM)! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #806," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous (July 10, 2015 at 11:14 AM)! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #807," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, S D tiwari!

Please re-read the post. "Where Do You Start in Modeling," lays out the steps you need to do in order to get started.

magen a. said...

Hi Dania,

I wanted some advice on if I would still have a chance in commercial modeling at my age? I am 26 standing at 5"10. I know I am to old for high fashion but this has been on my heart since I was younger but my family was not to supportive of the venture and did not let me pursue it when I was younger. I don't have very little experience with modeling but have done a few shoots when I was younger. I would like to get into this fashion/entertainment industry preferably as model but not sure if that would be an ideal career with such a late start. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Magen

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Magen! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #818," 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!

Katreena Jones said...

Hello, Dania Densie. My name is Katreena. For my portfolio for modeling, can I got to a poritrat place to get my portfolio done ? Or do I have to get my pictures taken by a photographer for my portfolio? This is my first time doing a portfolio and I'm 26.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Katreena Jones! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #823," 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!

Alyson A. said...

Hi, Thanks for posting up so much information.
I have to admit that I am feeling a bit discouraged... you only mentioned those with heights of 5'5" or higher. Does that mean those of us that are shorter have no hope?
I actually feel like I have height and age against me. I'm 28, but I look younger, most people tend to go very round in the eyes when they find out.
I've always been interested in modeling, but being 5'1" and 28, should I give it up?

Jennifer Silva said...

Hi, I just wanted to tell you this is my first time on your blog and it really did help me in a way. the thing is I live in a small town and well, I'm actually 5.5 and I'm 15. what can I do to start my modeling career? I just want to start out small so later on I can go into the city and go a step higher. I am very slim but still fit I work out as much as I can, I was just hoping if u could give me any advise, to start out here in my small town??

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Alyson! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #827," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Jennifer Silva! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #828," 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!

Liza said...

Hi Dania, thank you so much for sharing these insights! I applyed to some agencies in Germany and it helped me a lot (I found a good representation). Cheers, Liza.

Harvey Lynch said...

Hello Ms Denise I`m going to start following your Blog I hope you`ll follow mine

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania, I'm Really interested in becoming a model it has been a passion of mine since I was young. Do you thing I could still be a fashion/runway/editorial model if I were to dress modestly (no lingerie, bikinis, crop tops and such)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #842," 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 Dania!
I live near London in the UK and have wished to be a model since I was young, as its a true dream of mine! I'm 5,9 (if anything, just over) and have 16" thighs - but I'm a size 8 clothing wise? Is this okay? What type of modelling would I be suited to and how shall I get started?
Thanks so much!

Girl with the Red Ribbon x

Naeema Patel said...

Hye, I am 5.4 and i love modeling is it possible for me with this height to do modeling ?

Riley Quinn said...

Hi, I'm interested in becoming a model. What would you call the modeling in online surf shops like O'Neill and Roxy. That would be my dream. Where do I start? I live in San Luis Obispo which is a small town and I'm not sure if we have big agencies, but I'm willing to travel.

Unknown said...

Should you put your child in a modeling school? And will they guarantee them a job

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Girl with the Red Ribbon! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #860," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Naeema Patel! The short answer is, "Yes, it is possible to pursue modeling at 5'4"."

You are one inch shy of the minimum requirement for commercial/print but a lot of print agencies make exceptions for models that are 5'4" so I would recommend that you do an online search for commercial/print agencies within a 2 hour's drive from the city/state where you live.

The agency websites will list any requirements/criteria that needs to be met by potential models, as well as information/instructions on how to submit yourself for consideration.

Best of luck!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Riley Quinn! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #862," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Unknown! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #867," 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!

Nisha Minj said...

Hi..I want to become but don't know how....?? Can u help me...my height 5'3 and color dark....I love modelling I really want to be a model

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Nisha Minj!

If you read the post you have commented on, it tells you step-by-step how to go about becoming a model, including the height range and types of modeling that go with them. You will likely want to aim for commercial/print because of your height. If you are under 18 years of age, then you could also do teen modeling.

Please re-read the post and you'll have a better idea of where to start.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I am completely inexperienced in modeling and I have a 9-5 job not to mention I am 30 years old; however I have a young looking face. I have always been pretty top heavy with a slight hourglass shape. My weight fluctuates and based on my research I currently would be considered curvy/plus size. I assume because of my height (5'4/5'5) and weight (185 lbs) I would best suit the commercial/print side, but am I waaaay to old to start? How do I pick the right agency or know if the agency is legit?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #872," 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!

Tyler Wright said...

Hey Dania ,
My name is Tyler and I am 16 and I live in Oakland California. I always wanted to become a model but i never knew how. It's not really many modeling opportunities in Oakland so I have no clue we're to start. I don't have the money to pay for a photographer so i cant yet submit my pictures to an agencies I need help with starting my career can you help me ?

Tyler

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Tyler Wright! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #876," 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 don't have any experience ..
But I have the ideal body for Runway modelling .
I don't know where to start because I'm living in the Caribbean and all the top agencies are in America ,London and Paris.
Please advice me

Anonymous said...

Hi Diana,

I'm Taylor and I live around Jefferson City, Missouri. I would like to become a model but have no experience and am already 18. I'm also 5'8 and thin but I have a small tattoo on my shoulder blade. Is there any hope for me?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #878," 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!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Taylor! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #881," 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!

Angie Shipp said...

Hey! So I have always wanted to model! I would still like to if possible but now I do a lot of traveling with my Fiance for work, I am never constantly in one place for longer than 1 Month. Is this still possible for me to do? If so where do I start? I have some good pictures but they are not professionally done and I don't have a lot of money to put into building a portfolio. I am fairly new at this, I haven't put much thought into pursuing my interest into modeling until recently so I don't really know much. I can use all the information I can get! I am not really sure where to look for information.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Angie Shipp! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #900," 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 Dania! Firstly, I just want to say how much I appreciate your blog, and your honesty with your readers. THANK YOU! Secondly, I'm feeling pretty discouraged. I have modeled before, in a smaller city with a lesser known agency, and got told quite a bit that I could be really successful if I really worked for it. I'm tall, have clear skin, long hair, big eyes, and fulfill height/weight requirements. I've submitted correct digitals to agencies here in LA, where I live, and get rejected at every corner. I've even reached out to those agencies and asked for feedback, and here nothing back. Since getting rejected, I've tried to identify my flaws, (big nose? small lips? not skinny enough? Not unique enough?), but I'm feeling so in the dark! I would LOVE your raw and honest feedback about why no agency will sign me.... I'm even willing to share photos with you! I'm desperate for answers. Thanks so much.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Thank you for being a reader of my blog, I truly appreciate you! I'm sorry that you're stressing about these latest developments in your modeling career but rest assured, many models have gone through--or are going through--what you're experiencing.

I'd be more than happy to give you my feedback. Feel free to send your photos to my direct email: daniadenise@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully figuring this out!

Courtney said...

Hey!
So I recently became interested in modeling and was wondering if you could give me advice on some things. I am a senior in college about to graduate and I have two tattoos. Do modeling agencies prefer models to not have tattoos? Both of mine are small and could be hidden if need be. Also, I was thinking about going in the direction of a promotional model like a Budweiser girl. I am 5'4 and a size 6 because I have natural curvy hips and a bubble butt. Do you think that is a good route to go?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Courtney! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #915," 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!