There are many benefits to a career as a model. The biggest benefits certainly include skills that can help you be more confident and give you poise. What is more, this job provides an opportunity to travel to interesting places and meet some of the most fascinating people, plus the salary is good.
Not to mention how you can experience many great things and acquire great reputation. However, this profession is very competitive and you should know how to become a model and gain a great reputation that will bring you success.
What Does a Model Do?
As a model, you are using your physical appearance in order to help companies advertise their products or help artists display and even create their art. Also, you may get a chance to work with photographers in order to create fashion images and pictures or even walk down the runway displaying the latest fashion designers’ creations.
When it comes to the salary, in the US models make around $23 per hour on average. Female models in this profession tend to make more money than male ones, but this is due to the fact that simply there are more female models and the competition is much higher. Plus, the amount of money you will make will depend on your experience and reputation. And if you have a great agent they can provide you well-paying jobs.
Decide What Kind of Model You Want to Be
As you already know, there are various types of models. You can be a runaway, print, hand, plus-size, and many other types of models. There are also ones who do not fall into any conventional modeling standard, and there are really many options when it comes to choosing this career. So, before you start, make sure to see what are your virtues and what characteristics you can utilize and decide what kind of model you want to become.
Practice at Home
Even before you find an agent, or start your career, you can start practicing at home immediately. You can find various videos of professional models only and study how they move, pose, what they do with their bodies, and how they act in front of a camera overall. Imitate them and learn from them as much as you can. You can even craft your own runaway walk and all you need is a full-length mirror.
Another thing you can start at home right away is paying attention to your diet and start exercising. This is important because certain types of modeling will require a certain weight range and muscle tone. Plus, this career is extremely demanding, so you will want to acquire a healthy lifestyle.
Build a Strong Photograph Portfolio
You start small and use photographs taken by your friends. You don’t need to immediately hire a professional. Have your friends take full-body photos of you and head-shots of you wearing simpler makeup and make sure the background is plain. This will help agents or clients determine if you are a model they are looking for. You can even look for some amateur or startup photographers who will help you get a professional photo but have them use your photos to advertise themselves in exchange. Also, don’t forget to have a good range of photos in your portfolio that can show your versatility in poses, locations, how you wear clothes, makeup, etc.
Find an Agent
You can try and get clients on your own, but most clients like hiring their models through agencies. So, in order to successfully start your career, you should try and find an agent. You can visit a local agency if there is one, or you can look for a model agency in London or any other closer city. Once you find an agency, make sure to bring your portfolio and be prepared for an audition. Also, write down your body statistics, such as height, weight, eye color, and shoe size. If the agency is satisfied and wants to hire you, they will probably pay for you to go to a professional photographer.
Take up Some Classes
There are various modeling schools and courses that can help you learn more about the industry. Also, they will help you learn how to perform and photo shoots and how to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. But, you don’t necessarily need to attend a modeling school in order to become a model. You can simply take up classes that can help you nail photo shoots and improve your skills, such as acting and dancing.
As you can see being a model is not an easy career. However, it brings many great benefits to your life and experiences. If you do want to become a model, remember to keep a good diet, healthy lifestyle, and to really invest in your modeling skills. Once you’re prepared you can look for an agent and do your best.