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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
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.
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