Got What it Takes to be a Model?

July 8, 2013 by adilkaya  
Published in Shopping

Modelling is like every other service.

It comes down to supply and demand. If you’ve got something in your looks, that some client advertiser wants to showcase; then you can get paid for putting yourself in front of the camera. The rest is just logistics; getting yourself to the right marketplace at the right time.

For some, this can happen by lucky accidental discovery but for most you have to work at it. This means that would-be models need tenacity and energy, on top of a marketable asset(s). The androgynous super thin catwalk models of London, New York and Paris are simply the most visible tip of the iceberg of the modelling profession. Leading fashion designers and fashion houses tell us that this kind of model best display their ideas. But it isn’t necessary to look like this to make a good living in modelling.

So the starting point for all models is a realistic appraisal of your assets. Good modelling agencies will do this for you and they are used to telling young people exactly how they see them. It isn’t personal and it isn’t an insult to be rejected for any particular modelling assignment. It simply means you are not what the client is looking for. Would-be models must have a strong sense of their own self-worth and a thick skin. There will be more rejections than there are engagements. As the Godfather says; ‘it’s business, not personal’.

Remember too that you do not have to look like Kate Moss or have the body of Elle McPherson to make it big in modelling. Many people do well modelling just their feet, their eyes, their cleavage, their ‘6 pack’, or whatever. When you discover what your modelling marketing asset is, you have to look after it. You must take care of yourself.

Would-be models take a professional mindful approach to life. This means eating healthy food, mostly plants and exercising regularly. If an advertiser wants your clear baby blues for a photo-shoot in the morning. A night on the booze will kill your golden goose, in less time than it takes to say ‘bottoms up’.

Every modelling assignment is a unique interaction between you the model and all the people behind the camera. They are looking to do the best job they can for their clients. Would-be models have to be organised and reliable. Turning up late, or not at all for appointments, will mean a very short modelling career. Coming  late from lunch, not listening to instructions or doing your own thing, is a sure way to get a poor reputation.

It does not take many incidents find yourself being rejected out of hand for suitable assignments. Would-be models have to be good with people and this invariably means being a skilled empathic listener. Picking up on all the unspoken messages and often vague ideas of the art directors. You are part of team and there is no ‘I’ in team. Try visiting this website and reading more about being a model. You can join the online forum and interact with others that want to be a mode and feel they have what it takes!

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