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Monday, June 9, 2008

Answering a Reader Question #6

Ki-Ki Wrote:

After reading your blog I found it very helpful. Currently, I am a 19 year old college student in the Philadelphia area. I want to do modeling as a way to earn extra money. I have even had plenty of comments from people I know and dont know about modeling. This also inspired me to look into it. I have no experience and not exactly sure how the modeling thing works. But, I can get serious about it and make it work. Thus, would it be a good move for me to get some really good pictures taken and just go to an creditable agency or is it another way to go about this?????????

Hi, Ki-Ki! To answer your question, you do not need professional photos at this point to snag an agency. However, if you want to do test shoots to see if this is something you really want to get involved in, feel free to do so. Just make sure you network with legit and pro photographers.

That being said, if you do want to find a good agent in your area to get you work, all you'll need are basic snapshots. These should be clear, good quality and can be taken with a regular digital camera. I've added some photos for reference...don't feel like you need to copy exactly what's in the photo. Mostly use it for reference in the way the person is posed and how the shot is taken. The minimum shots agencies look for are:

1) headshot: from the shoulders up or a tighter shot. Make sure you're looking straight at the camera. No makeup and wear your hair naturally as long as it is out of your face. Do one headshot with no smile and one with a nice and genuine smile.


2) 3/4 body shot: this is usually shot from the thigh-up. It helps to wear an age appropriate swimsuit that is a solid color and complements your skin tone. No logos or brand names on the clothing in any of these photos. The 3/4 pose isn't a profile but your torso should be turned slightly away from the camera. It helps to put your hand on your hip.

Example (the girl on the right is doing the ideal 3/4 pose):

3) full body shot: include your feet. Wear a swimsuit for this as well. No shoes or socks. Stand up straight but comfortable (no stiffness) with your arms resting comfortably at your sides. You can choose to smile or not smile.


Most agencies will state on their websites exactly what type of photos they are looking for so that helps, too.

The bottom line: get these basic shots done and then start looking for local, legit modeling agencies. Steer clear of anyone who claims you need to pay for any up front fees BEFORE offering you a contract and also avoid modeling schools and organizations trying to get you to pay for classes. You're better off dealing with the actual agency themselves. If you need help finding agencies, send me an email and I can get you a list of ones you can check out.

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