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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Rejection is a Part of Model Life

This isn't a perfect world and we don't always get what we want. Unfortunately, the same is also true for modeling. There could be the greatest event you want to try out for and you give it your best...and you don't get it. While it can be a crushing feeling, it is a part of the territory.

For newer models, it can be very frustrating and damaging to the ego to be turned down for a gig, whether you have an agency representing you or if you're doing on your own through freelance. Even the well-known models don't get all of the jobs, surprisingly.

I just want to tell you that it's okay to not book everything you try out for. You do win some, and lose some. The best thing to do instead of getting down about it, is to pick yourself up and keep it moving. There are other gigs out there that you can go for and there is no shortage of projects that need models. Sometimes you may go through a bad streak where you may not book a gig for weeks or even months. Even though it really sucks, it is a part of the process.

If you have reason to believe that it may be something you're doing or not doing, sit down and evaluate yourself and what you've done in the past. Maybe there is a bad habit you aren't aware of or maybe you need to do more to show your personality either in front of the camera or when you're talking with clients.

BUT don't overanalyze yourself too much or you'll go nuts! Constructive criticism is better than bashing. There have been wonderful castings that I've attended that would have been huge for my resume and portfolio that I ended up not getting. I get down about it for maybe 10 minutes and then I shake myself out of it and go on with my day.

It takes some time to master but getting over rejection or multiple rejections takes having a thick skin and lots of self confidence. For each gig I didn't get, I ended up getting a different one that was just as good--if not better--than the last. Things do happen for a reason so don't feel like you're a bad model if you aren't booking every casting you get sent to or try out for.

As with anything else, rejection is a part of the industry. With all the competition out there, it's unrealistic to imagine that we can all book the great gigs so stick to what works for you and as long as you try your best each time, that's all that matters.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

This is really encouraging - thanks for sharing your experiences with us!