What It Takes?
Career in modelling can offer fantastic opportunities to travel the world, meet diverse & interesting people and generate a good income.
But before starting out, it’s important to be aware that today modelling is a highly competitive industry where, however good your look, success can only be achieved with certain vital ingredients: dedication, a professional approach, a good company and a bit of luck. Models must work hard to look their best – a healthy diet, regular exercise and general TLC are all essential. What you wear is also important. But looking great is only half the job.
Being professional is a must. This means turning up on time, having a positive attitude and generally getting along with everyone at the casting or on the shoot. If you can do all this, your chances of a good career will increase enormously.
Remember that competition for work is fierce and standards today are higher than ever. If all this seems daunting, don’t forget that the LION SHIELD TEAM is here to give advice and guidance on all aspects of our models careers, including healthy eating, personal care, health & safety & managing your finances. The below guide will show you a proper path towards successful modelling career.
The below article contains following points :
- Decide type of model you want to be.
- Do research about your model type
- Prepare Yourself : Develop your skills.
- Build your profile/portfolio
- Get maximum exposure : build your social profile
- Find a professional modelling agency
- Stay professional: manage your work
- Maintain yourself : Take care of your needs.
- Accept rejection : never let your pride down.
A Step By Step Guide To Start Career As Successful Model By Professional And Experts.
Decide A Type of model you want to be:
To start a profession as a model, you need to be sure about which type of modelling or category of modelling is best suited for you. As this could confuse you, either you can go with one specific category you’re most interested in or we suggest experimenting yourself and trying out multiple categories, as you’re new to this field you don’t know which category of modelling can offer you the best opportunities. After some experiences you will find the one best suited.
Now let’s have look at different categories of modelling world : Fashion (Editorial) Model, Fashion (Catalog) Model, Commercial Model, Promotional Model, Parts Model, Print Models, Fit Model, Fitness Model, Glamour Model, Swimsuit and Lingerie Model, Petite Model, Plus-Size Model and Runway Model. Checkout our detail article on “Types of Models”
Do research about your model type:
You might have got surprised by just how many different types of modelling choices you have. Some models may go with a single type, others may consider multiple types. As it’s completely depends upon individuals liking, capability and experiences.
Once you founded your “type” or “types” of modelling that best suits you, start doing some detailed research on them. You will come across various related info on the internet today. We recommend you to take an advice from other models who have experience in related fields, surely they will tell you the actual ground reality and share some of their experiences. All this data will help you to choose the right path to begin a successful modelling career.
Prepare Yourself : Develope your skills:
Excellent skills combined with confidence is what cou need to be a successful model for a long run. We don’t recommend you to join modelling classes as those are not really necessary, they will just teach you some breakthroughs which can also be learned by yourself at home. Watch some related videos on YouTube, also you can practice with our detail posing guide. This will surely save some bucks for you, which you can further invest for buying a camera for building your social profile. Following are some set of skills you can work on while preparing yourself.
A. Build good communication skills.
B. Get use too for facing camera.
C. Daily workout : Gym, Yoga, Zumba etc.
D. Eat good to look good, plan your diet and maintain yourself.
E. Keep smiling face, pleasing personality is always welcomed.
F. Be polite to everyone, this will help you build a good relations in industry.
4. Build your profile/portfolio:
Most of the beginner’s models think clicking good photographs by a professional photographer can increase their chances of getting selected by casting members or agents, that’s simply not the fact. All they ask for your natural shots so, don’t spend money on expensive photoshoot at first instance.
For building effective profile/portfolio we recommend click some natural shots, those must include head shot, side shot, profile shot and complete body shot. Thereafter you can add some professional photos but, only show them if they ask for it so, having those with you is always good.
Now begin by noting your body measurements those must include height, weight, bust, Chest (for man), waist, hips, skin colour, hair colour, hair length and shoe size.
Once you get your photos and body measurement data prepare a proper pdf, comp card. Don’t forget to mention your contact details as those will require to connect with you whenever they need. Now you are ready to share your profile/portfolio to leading modelling agencies, casting members and agents.
5. Get maximum exposure : build your social profile:
A modelling career is all about exposure, feel free to represent and market yourself on social media platforms. Talent agents, casting members are always in search of new aspiring faces and in most cases they find them on social platforms. Therefore your social presence is much more effective and crucial.
When we say build your social profile this means keep every related things professional. At first instance target Instagram and Facebook, those are huge social platforms. Thereafter follow below steps.
A. Creat a business profile
B. Write professional bio: Mention your aim and profession, Email ID, Also can add contact or WhatsApp number.
C. Upload those photos you had clicked for your portfolio also add some professional photographs to make your profile eye catching. Note, don’t upload any selfie’s, random photos with your friends etc.
6. find a professional model agency:
When you begin your search for a modelling agency you might end up with so many choices. Almost every major cities have multiple modelling agencies and you can connect them, most agencies has “open calls”. Before you select and finalise agency. Follow the below major steps, so you won’t regret you choice.
A. Find some info related to your interested agency: explore their website, Instagram, Facebook handles. Their you can find their recent works.
B. Connect agency by “Open Call”. Tell them about yourself and request for a meet. Here, they may ask you to send your portfolio before a meet. Make sure to send it and wait for their return call.
C. Once they call you for meet go with every essentials like Self ID, Portfolio which must contain photographs, detail and accurate measurements.
D. Feel free to talk and show them your passion and confidence towards modelling. They may ask you for a pose or walk. Here, your practice will certainly bring a good impact and increase chances of getting selected.E. If they did not select you, don’t get disappointed. They may have different or specific taste of selecting a model and you might not fit in there. So, continue your search.