If you are interested from being a part-time model to a full-time model, this section is for you. Becoming a model takes time, effort and determination not alone, Motivation too. know what you are getting yourself into, do a little research before you make the leap. make sure you understand the hardships and accept them so you are not wasting your time and others in the profession. With the right attitude and the right knowledge, may you become successful.
Find a Photographer:
-Get an established portfolio, Some photographers will do trade work(common term TFCD/TFP), but that is when they only need new images to improve their portfolio as well. If you are not certain of what to ask, almost every model or talent start off their portfolio with standard head shots and maybe also throwing in a couple of full body shots as well as 1/4 and 1/2 body shots depending on the type of work you are trying to achieve. Always be cautious on to whom you are choosing, check the photographers work/website, quality over quantity, again that is my opinion. If you feel that you need an escort at the upcoming shoot, please do so for your own safety.
Choosing a Modeling/Talent Agency:
I am one person to believe that an agency get's paid when a model get's paid from a job and not upfront by the model when signing a contract. Modeling and Talent Agencies help assist, and guide you to finding modeling/acting gigs and NOT to be taken advantage of the model's investments. Like in any other job, consider this job as another interview...look your best, act your best, be your best but, just be yourself!
- Which agency is right for me? There are many agencies out there to choose from. Choosing the right agency can lead you to hastening your career towards your success. While choosing the wrong one can make a hole in your pockets and make you lose your interest. Find an agency that suits your profile, one that benefits you the most. For example, if you are 5'7" or above for females or 5'9" or above for males, you may consider runway, fashion, print and promotional work depending on the agencies criteria. Consider choosing a modeling agency that works directly within your best interest. Models who are under 5'7" are limited in the job field although, don't be discouraged by that small, tiny detail, in some cases...their are some jobs that are open to any criteria.
Like I said before, the agencies are their to help, assist, and guide you. Listen and take in what the agent has to say. After all, they are the professionals in their line of work. Just as the photographers are professionals in their line of work. A legit agency will mold you to become who you want to be and are there for your best interest.
- Your portfolio should consist of a a minimum of 12 professional photographs although, the more the better. In order to keep the agencies awake while viewing your portfolio, I suggest using different photographers from time to time. switching up on the photographers will increase the agencies best interest in your work ethics.
- What do agencies look for in a talent/model? Each photographer has their own unique style and concepts, it is better to explore them all to gain those different outcomes. Those who can become a "chameleon" when it comes to work may lead to more exposure. Confidence, having different photographers will improve your confidence in front of the camera and through person-to-person interviews. Determination, your portfolio is all your hard earned work and commitment to your career. Having a solid Portfolio will increase your chances of being booked for jobs through the agencies.