How to Become A Model

How to Become a Model – Part 1

This is a (3) part series on how to get into the glamorous and lucrative world of Modeling. This article will help new Models and aspiring Models save valuable time and money on your path to a successful Modeling career.

Step 1: Decide what kind of model.

The modeling lifestyle can be extremely satisfying, but it takes hard work, dedication, and a positive work ethic if you’re going to survive. One of the 1st things to decide is what type of model you would like to become. In theory, anyone can be a model, but the honest truth is you must meet certain requirements to get a lot of work and higher paying jobs.

If your figure is curvy and you’re not very tall or thin, then is it realistic to pursue a career as a Catwalk Model? The answer is – probably not. So before you do anything else, be honest with yourself, and decide what qualities you have and what type of modeling your best suited for. And remember, some qualities can be changed. If for example your 5’9” tall, have smaller sized breasts, but are a little overweight, then working with a personal trainer and modifying your diet will help reach your goals as a runway model.

Here is a short list of modeling categories to consider.

* Catwalk Model – Very thin, at least 5’8” tall, a small breast size.

* Plus Size Model – Full and curvy body type, larger breast size.

* Underwear Model – Larger breasts, not wide hips, physically fit.

* Fitness Model – In excellent physical condition, lean, muscular and look great in bikini.

*Body part Model – Hands, feet, legs, abs, etc.

Step 2: Get some photos taken.

Your initial photos don’t have to be taken by a professional, but the higher quality the better your modeling portfolio will be. Digital camera technology has improved significantly and you can buy a 14-megapixel camera for around $300 dollars. At a minimum, you should have some headshots and full body shots to submit to Modeling Agencies.

It’s also helpful to join some of the free modeling networks on the Internet. Model Mayhem, for example, is a great source for beginner, freelance, and amateur models. You can make connections with photographers, make-up artists and other models. Some professional photographers may agree to a “TFP” arrangement (trade for print) so no money changes hands and you build your portfolio.  Sooner or later, you’re going to need professional photos when you contact reputable agencies for work.

That’s it for now, stay tuned for Part 2 in this series on how to Become A Model.


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