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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Entering Modeling Contests

Modeling contests are a fun way of trying to break into modeling, whether you're new to it or not. Of course there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to searching and submitting yourself to them.

You can find modeling contests online through search engines like Google, although the results will be so numerous, it can be confusing. You can also try looking for modeling contest info at online modeling communities like Models.com or ModelMayhem.com. Sometimes the people who are putting on the contests advertise on sites like those in order to get models to enter.

Regardless of how you find out about them, be sure that you only enter modeling contests that you qualify for and be sure to read all the contest rules. There may be things listed in the fine print that aren't stated up front elsewhere. Many also have age requirements. Most will be 18+. Unfortunately, teen model contests are pretty rare but if you look hard enough, I'm sure you'll find them.

When submitting your photos to any modeling contest, be sure they are top quality and professional. This isn't the time and place for pictures taken on your cameraphone. No Myspace type photos, either. Many modeling contests will disqualify you if you have photos posted that aren't professional. This is a contest after all so present yourself in the best way possible.

Also take into account the theme of the contest. Is it a swimwear competition? Sports wear? Glamour? The type of contest you want to enter will determine what types of pictures you should upload. Only choose the ones that fit the contest.

Nowadays many modeling contests require participation from their online viewers, which may involve getting votes. If this is the type of contest you are interested in entering, be sure to be ready to work! Many of the models in these contests have no problems getting hundreds to thousands of votes a day so you'll have to be prepared to work just as hard if not harder to get the right amount of votes to advance you throughout your competition.

Some contests offer promotional materials such as online banners that you can put on your Myspace pages, websites, forums and anywhere else you want to plug them. Use these resources since they are there to help you...not to mention free! Think of all your friends and family when it comes to asking for votes. Be sure to let them know the basic rules and how they can vote. You'd be surprised how many votes you can lose because people aren't sure where to go, what to do and how to vote.

Note if there is an entrance fee or not. Obviously, the ones where you don't have to pay will be your best bet. Why spend money if you don't have to? Also be sure to note what the prizes are for winning. Don't enter a contest with a prize that you may either not want or can't win. What do I mean by that? For example, many modeling contests offer modeling contracts with agencies or particular companies.

If you have agency representation, your agent may not allow you to sign such a contract, which would be an awful waste of time and effort if you won. So review the prize details and make sure that if you do win the contest, there will be no issues with your agent. Of course if you are freelance and/or don't have an agent to deal with, then you are in the clear! Many modeling contests are put on to specifically search for new and undiscovered talent.

While entering contests can be fun, also remember the reality of it all: there are hundreds if not thousands of other contestants who all want the same thing you do. Even though winning a modeling contest isn't impossible it isn't easy or a sure thing, either, so keep that in mind.

Stay positive, follow the rules and cross your fingers and you may just win!

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