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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Answering a Reader Question #103

Ruth Wrote: 

Hi! I'd really love to start modeling, but I have 2 problems, I'm 12 and I have braces. I am 5'8, weigh 130, have brown hair and blue eyes and I'm peitite I guess you'd call it. Do you have any suggestions to help me get started? 

Hi, Ruth! If you are interested in modeling your best bet is to find an agency to represent you. You are still very young so you have plenty of time to pursue this type of career. Your height is perfect for fashion, runway and editorial modeling. For now do not let your braces prevent you from getting started. Each agency has its own preference so send in your photos or attend open casting calls and see what kind of feedback you get.

Some agencies may only be interested in representing you after you've gotten your braces off, while others may be fine with taking you as you are now. The only way to find out is to put yourself out there.

At this point, you can start looking online for agencies in your city/state that either represent teen models and/or fashion models. Because of your age you can be marketed for both types of modeling, although most agencies that sign new fashion models do so when they are at least 13 years of age. You don't need to worry about professional photos or putting together a portfolio. Agencies prefer to have non professional, digital snapshots, especially for new/inexperienced models.

If you need help finding legit agencies to submit to, shoot me a personal email (you can find it on my Blogger profile page) and I'll help you find the right ones to contact.

Best of luck to you!

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