Skip to main content

About a Model's Diary: How It All Began

Did I know that with my first post on my blog back in 2007, I would find myself becoming one of the Internet's go-to people for all things related to modeling? Nope! Believe it or not, I have one of my old jobs to thank for the creation of Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary.

Back in 2007 I found myself working for an online company as an editor/writer. One of my duties was to participate in online forums in order to identify trends in fashion, beauty and skin care. Teen Vogue was one site where I found myself spending the majority of my time.

What caught my eye were the numerous posts about modeling. What boggled my mind, however, was the sheer amount of total crap that was being fed to these girls...90% of what I read was just simply not true. Using my experience in modeling, I began to actively post answer after answer to as many threads as I could, in the attempt to clarify a lot of the misconceptions and misinformation. But I saw that it wasn't enough.

I don't quite remember how I came across Blogspot but one day I got inspired to start my own blog so that I could put out the information I felt would be the most useful to new, aspiring and even established models. Before I knew it, I had way too much to talk about and it turned out that people ended up caring about what I was writing. Eventually, I started receiving emails from model hopefuls from around the globe, asking for assistance with starting their careers and I knew I had something really amazing.

Today, my blog has over 500 subscribers (and growing!) and I've helped dozens of models find agencies to sign with or helped guide them in their freelance careers. I love what I do and for as long as I have a passion for the modeling industry, I will continue to devote my time and efforts to this blog and helping others reach their goals.

Popular posts from this blog

Modeling & Pay Rates: How Much Should You Charge?

(This post is more targeted towards freelance models and not those with agency representation, although it may apply to those that have an agent but continue to find their own work.) A part of being a successful model is making money from the jobs that you book. However, being a freelance model comes with many challenges--figuring out what you should charge is one of them. I will say upfront that there are no established black and white rules when it comes to pay rates. Each modeling job is different, each client is different and budgets vary. Ultimately the factors that should influence what you charge should be the amount of experience you have, the strength of the images in your portfolio and the client's budget/needs. Not every client is going to pay what you want to charge. There may be times when you will be skipped over for charging too much or taken advantage of for charging too little. It's going to happen so be prepared for it and do not take it personally. It

Modeling and Weight

One of the first things I hear potential models ask is what the weight requirement for modeling is. Sometimes that is the main issue they worry about when it comes to pursuing modeling. Let me tell you right now that weight should NOT be one of those concerns. Obviously, the height requirement reigns supreme when measuring up to the modeling standards sought out by agencies. If you meet the height requirements--whether it's for fashion and runway or commercial/print--that is the first step towards starting on the path to modeling. How much you weigh shouldn't be your biggest fear. It is rare that anyone can look at someone and say, "Oh, my gosh, he/she looks like they are 5 pounds over our weight requirement!" It just isn't realistic. If you look at many modeling agency websites, they clearly list the age and height requirements--rarely, if at all do they list any weight restrictions. The general rule of thumb when it comes to weight is that for models who

What Are Male Models Supposed to Look Like?

The modeling world is filled with women. That's never been a secret and sadly, that often means male models fall by the wayside. There are successful male models in all categories across the industry but the fact that the modeling business revolves around women can make it challenging for newbies to figure out how to pursue their goals of male modeling. It is important to know that because there are different types of modeling categories out there, that means there are also different types of male models. They aren't all supposed to look alike and what ends up being in demand does change every year. Let's break down the common attributes that come with male modeling in various popular categories, shall we? THE MALE FASHION/RUNWAY/EDITORIAL MODEL These are the typical types of models most of us tend to think of when it comes to men in modeling. What is important to know and understand if you're an aspiring male model is that agencies have all different looks