How to become a model ?

A lot of girls and guys want to be a model because it's glamorous. However, it's an extremely competitive and grueling business. Here are some advices for becoming a model. Realize that there are qualities every model needs to have, depending on the type of model one wishes to become. Generally, any feature indicative of good health is a must-clear skin, a full head of hair, and overall symmetry. Other qualities such as height and weight depend on what you're modeling.

1. Decide what kind of model you'd like to be. Technically, anybody can be a model.

  • You can be quite thin and toned yet still quite curvy to be an average model, or big and curvy to be a plus size model.
  • If you're tall (at the very least 5'8) and very skinny but with a small breast size, you can be a catwalk model.
  • If you have large breasts but not very wide hips, you can be an underwear model.
  • If you have large breasts and bottom with slightly wide hips, you can be a booty girl.
  • If you don't fit any of the face or body descriptions, perhaps you can be a foot, hair or hand model.

2. Get some photos done. These don't have to be professional but they should be created for the purpose of showing your ability as a model. As a bare minimum, you will need one headshot and one body shot.

3. Get a website. It helps spread the word that you're out there and also serves as a place for your adoring fans.

4. Look up the number of a reputable modeling agency.

5. Be prepared. When you attend your appointment, they might ask you to pull certain faces like laughing, happy, sad, or seductive. They will ask you to walk and take your measurements, so be prepared for all of that as well.

6. Be polite and always turn up on time to any appointment or shoot. If you're late or rude, word soon gets around and then nobody will want to work with you.

  • Be aware of the fact that if you become one of the top models the people you work for might ask you to take drastic measures to stay a top model. For example, they might ask you to get nose jobs, liposuction, or have breast implants. And lose more weight...
  • Other models can be mean, but you're still going to have to smile and hug them for the photos. Get along well with them.
  • Get your parents' permission if you're less than 21.
  • It is recommended that you get some sort of training. Some modeling schools are licensed by the Board of Education. However, whether or not they will teach you have to become a model is questionable .
  • Be organized! Models often get called off places at the last minute and have very busy days. You need to be on top of things if you want to succeed.
  • Modeling is a tough business. Try not to be discouraged by rejections. Even top models still get rejected for about 70% of everything they are put forward for!
  • Learn to accept rejection politely. Thank the people for their time.
  • Be truthful about your measurements.
  • Be wary of any agency that asks for money up front. The majority of agencies get their money through commission- meaning they take a certain percentage of your pay for every job that you do.
  • Know your limits on style and nudity. If you don't want to do glamour work or are uncomfortable doing full nudity, speak up and don't let people push you past those limits.
  • Be aware that the pressure of modeling can cause a lot of long term mental health problems, including eating disorders. Don't be afraid to speak to somebody if you think it is getting all too much.
  • If you are invited to a foreign country for an audition or job, have enough funds to purchase a return ticket yourself. While legitimate jobs exist, there are many scams that provide one way tickets then trap young girls into prostitution rings when they cannot afford to go back home.
  • If you are planning a photo shoot with a photographer you have met online, it is highly recommended that you bring a chaperon to the shoot. It's for your own safety, as you never know who is who online!
  • At least three good head shots and several full body shots wearing different outfits, in different poses, and don't forget to add a b&w picture as well to send into agencies.
  • Confidence will play the largest per cent of what you will need, all the head shots and poses won't mean a thing if you don't believe in yourself.

Child Modelling

If your child is a confident individual, has an outgoing personality style and doesn't mind posing for photo shoots, then you may just have the makings of a child model in your family. Make sure that he /she has an inclination towards the same. Under any condition do not thrust modeling on him/her.

  1. Ensure that your child is interested and willing in trying this out. It is not fair to push a child who lacks interest and will later display a lot of resentment towards you for this.
  2. Take photographs of your child. Get a clear smile shot, a head shot and a full length photograph. The child's size, height, date of birth and contact information are to be kept handy.
  3. Contact modeling agencies that represent children.
  4. Prepare your child. The agency will conduct an interview to see if he or she is suitable for any jobs. Consider giving your child public speaking, modeling, art or dance lessons, as these will help to improve his or her self-esteem.
  5. Work with your child in front of a camera at home to see how he or she reacts around that equipment.
  6. Make sure that you have enough time to go to castings, interviews, photo shoots etc . The child's regular curriculum might be affected. Be prepared for this.
  7. Be sure not to push your child too much; a little motivation is fine but forcing an unhappy child to do this is counterproductive.

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