How to start Modeling? How to become a Model?
In order to become a model you must follow some basic modeling guidelines and meet certain modeling requirements.
All models must have
an organized portfolio that includes several modeling photos displaying model's features and ability to
pose. Most models begin by shooting with modeling photographers in order to collect photos and start their modeling portfolio. Once modeling portfolio is created model can start submitting to local modeling agencies and applying for modeling jobs.
First, search for modeling auditions and modeling jobs in
your area. If you live in a small town, your best opportunity
is to audition in a nearby city. Modeling agencies hold go-sees
and open casting calls for models periodically. Every major
city has modeling agencies affiliated with the modeling industry and the local modeling market.
Your success as a model in the entertainment industry at first
relies on your connections, ability to network, self-promote, and market yourself a model. Your main job as a model is to apply for modeling jobs on daily basis. Once you become a more established model your manager or modeling agency will be booking the majority of your modeling jobs. Most models have multiple website memberships where they are able to apply for modeling jobs.
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Next Step: Create a Modeling Portfolio or Model Profile
All models must mail out a professional
portfolio package (comp card, headshot, ZED card) to casting
directors and agencies.
Models are required to go through
various photo shoots and create a modeling portfolio. Putting
together a portfolio is an absolute MUST for every aspiring
model! The portfolio should include a number of photos and
Comp Cards or ZED cards are popular types of modeling
portfolios, and usually contain 4-7 body poses. Some established
photographers have reliable connections, which could lead
to a modeling job right away. Your resume must include your
current contact information, your height, size, weight, measurements,
previous training and recent work.
Professionals hire based
on your modeling exposure and experience. The key to your
success is to select a well-established photographer who can
capture your best features to help create a more exotic look.
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Next Step: Search for Modeling Agencies and Managers
You need to select an agent or
manager--whichever is right for you. You can do so by simply
sending out your picture and resume to all the agents/managers
in your area. They will call you back if they are impressed
with your picture and interested in representing you. Every
major city has well-established talent agencies and management
firms. Contact a few different agencies/managers and find
out what they require. The key to success is retaining an
agent/manager who is well-established and experienced! Ask
for references and credentials before signing any contracts.
We advise you to work under a non-exclusive 1-2 year contract
in order to make certain your agent/manager performs professionally.
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Next Step: Search for Modeling Schools
Modeling might seem easy. Although
your physical appearance is the first characteristic casting
agents consider, models with training and experience are the
most sought after. Taking modeling classes from a professional
school will train you to improve your existing skills. It
will also help you learn guidelines for your auditions. Having
a professional portfolio and gaining some basic instructions
is important if you are considering modeling as a full-time
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