How to Become a Model: Part 1
So, you want to be a model? Perhaps you have dreams of walking the runways of Paris and Milan or opening a magazine and seeing your own face staring back at you. If you’re like a lot of other people who share this dream, you probably don’t have a clue as to how to get into the modeling business. This is where we come in! This is part 1 in our “How to Become a Model” series of blog posts.
Whether you want to be an IZON model or just have a few questions about the business, we’re here to help you. Before we go any further, there are a few key things that every potential model should know before they even think about submitting their pictures to an agency. And, by the way, that is the first step: submitting photos. Here are a few of the most important things to keep in mind:
Location, location, location
Depending on the market available, you may have to relocate to find work. For instance, IZON mostly provides work for commercial modeling (think advertising). That’s just the market that’s available to us here. If you’re dreaming about walking in the next Oscar de la Renta show, then you might have to rethink your location.
This is probably a given, but it’s very true. In the modeling world, height really is a big deal. Yes, Kate Moss is an exception, but not everyone can be Kate Moss. For fashion models: Females need to be at least 5’9 and no taller than 6 feet. Males should be at least 6’and no taller than 6’2.5. Commercial models can be a little shorter. Females can be 5’6 and guys can be 5’10. If they are ethnic, the height can even be less in a commercial market.
Have thick skin
Confidence is the one thing that every model needs. Rejection is an everyday part of the business and shouldn’t be taken personally. Sometimes you may not have the right “look” a client wants, but that’s ok. The “look” is all based on the client’s vision and has nothing to do with you. It could be the clothing color or cut and they need a certain look to model it. It could be that they are trying to match a guy and girl together and need certain heights to make it look right on camera. Or, as often is the case in our market, the client needs to build a family and the models need to look related.
Check your bad attitude at the door
Attitude and personality are huge factors when it comes to finding work. No one wants to work with someone with a sour attitude. Always keep a professional attitude, arrive on time and treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect. Agents, bookers and clients are paying attention. People have been rejected simply from their nasty attitude in the lobby while they were waiting to be seen.
These are just a few qualities that anyone should have if they’re thinking about getting into the modeling business. Our next blog post will be about submitting pictures to agencies and specifically what IZON is looking for. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an update!