Saturday, April 24, 2010

I want to become a model, but I don't know where to start. Does anyone have any suggestions,ideas,connections?

I'm 5'8, slim, pretty, exoctic features, African- American: light brown skin, brown hair, dark brown eyes, and 18 yrs. old.

If anyone knows of anything to help me, your help would be greatly appreciated. I've been told a lot that I should try modeling, but so far I've been focused on school. Modeling and fashion is my passion but I'm not sure how to get started in the fashion industry... Help please

I want to become a model, but I don't know where to start. Does anyone have any suggestions,ideas,connections?
Your too short to be a fashion model by most standards but I would still give it a shot! Look up the modeling agencies in your area and ask if they have open calls or if you can send in your pic. Keep in mind- NO legitimate modeling agency will ask you to pay money to them. If they want you to do classes or give them money for pictures- run! There will probably be lots of agencies like this when you do your search. Also, NY and LA are hotspots for modeling so if you're close to there, you might want to make a trip.
Reply:I would suggest doing your home work 1st, find places online where models and photographers and other professionals in the business hang out, Try to make a few model friends with models that have experience that can answer questions about the business for you, provide your practical and advice from experience.

Do a web search or go to your local library and find any information on how to get started as a model and begin to learn the game, as modeling is much much more than "me pretty take my picture"

The more you learn from info online and published info the quicker you will learn what to be wary of and what to avoid.

Be prepared to handle rejection and not let that phase you or end your interest just keep pounding the pavement because modeling is competitive and with 1,000's upon 1,000's of models out there it is not easy to do as it may seem and yes many girls are told "they should be a model" when in fact maybe they should not's easy to be the cutest girl in your local sphere but when you try to enter the world of modeling you will find you will not be prettiest girl in the place and may not get noticed like you may be use among your friends or area.

Success as a model may never be because of your personal efforts to be successful but may be pure luck and being in the right place at the right time.

Models like Cindy Crawford who wasn't even thinking of being a model at the time, I think was something like 16 and working after school or something like that in a corn field in Illinois when a photographer spotted her by chance and the rest is history, and that story in different forms can be heard from many top models in one variation or other on how they became a model, naturally your not tall enough for fashion modeling or runway but there are other areas girls like you based on your looks and body may have success in.

If your serous you really need to find a professional photographer in your area that you are willing to pay to start a portfolio for you or one that may be willing to do a TFP or time for prints shoot with you..once you have a portfolio you can then start submitting your photo's to agencies, modeling contest/competitions, create promotional pages on model directory type websites that may get you noticed , work or just more contacts with photographer to help keep expanding your portfolio and possible referral for projects they may be aware of you might try for etc etc.


1 comment:

  1. Make sure you get a variety of different looks such as swimwear, catalogue and lingerie, you get the idea, also get a couple of black and white shots in there. Avoid using pictures of the same shot.

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