The modelling industry is highly complex and fast-paced, and you can feel confused and overwhelmed when you first step into it. A lot of models give up in the very initial stages merely because they find it hard to navigate the scene, and don’t see any immediate results. If you feel like you are working very hard, but aren’t seeing obvious results, all you need is a little patience and perseverance. Things in the modelling industry hardly ever work out immediately, and your big break may still be around the corner. Meanwhile, we bring you a few of the most common mistakes that people make at the start of their modelling career and the way you can avoid them.
When you first begin your journey as a model, it is easy to get carried away with the number of different things you can do. It may seem like a good idea to splurge on classes and expensive modelling photoshoots. While modelling classes are an excellent way to network and make connections in the industry, they are in no way a necessity for any modelling career. Moreover, expensive photoshoots with professional photographers, studio lights, and extensive makeup and costumes are not a necessity when you are first stepping into the industry. Modelling agencies and scouts look more at things like bone structure, posture, and your ability to work your angles well, which do not require such professional setups.
The way that you begin your communications with potential agencies can say a lot about how you will behave if they do enter into a contract with you. Making a good first impression is very important, but it is also equally important to maintain that impression. Always have excellent lines of communication, and maintain professionalism. It is better to be early for meetings than late and to send emails before the deadline. Excuses or lapses, especially in the initial stages, will be certain black marks on your reports. Make sure your communication also sounds professional at all times, by keeping emails crisp, to the point, and very polite.
While professional shoots are not a necessity, some models tend to take their portfolio too casually and send out hastily clicked photos to agencies. This is a big mistake since most agents use these to make their entire hiring decision, and the snapshots or digitals are your entire resume. Making sure your photographs are in focus, well shot, and highlight your best features, is a definite prerequisite.
We cannot stress enough on the importance of putting yourself out there as much as possible when you start your modelling career. Get as much exposure and as many scouts as possible, and send out your portfolio to anyone who may be interested. Remember that there is a specific market which will work for you, but you are not in charge of that decision. Until you find your place, keep experimenting with an open mind and without any reservations.
Some models tend to give up on their modelling dreams very early on simply because they don’t see immediate results. Keep in mind that it is a competitive industry, and there are always opportunities waiting to be found. If you feel like you are working hard but don’t seem to be succeeding, consider talking to more people in the industry, increasing your networking skills, and sending out your modelling portfolio to more agencies. Widening your scope is very important, and something that a lot of models tend to miss. It is important to stay open-minded and unbiased throughout your modelling career. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket and place too many expectations on specific agencies or scouts, and try your luck everywhere.
Hopefully, these tips will help you gain more confidence as a person who is just starting in the modelling industry. Good luck and keep persevering!
Modelling is not an easy feat for anyone. There are some strict specifications, there is constant scrutiny, there is a lot of pressure to maintain looks and external perfection, and there is the need to continually stay on your toes so that you don’t miss any opportunities. Aside from all the castings, fitting, and time management, there is also the need to manage one’s body and skin. Of course, most makeup artists will significantly alter your features in the end, but there are shoots which require fresh faces, and there are agencies who demand un-touched images for portfolios. Keeping all this in mind, here are a few tips which can help you maintain ramp-ready skin, always.
Sleep and hydration:
One tip which cannot be emphasized on enough is getting sufficient amounts of sleep. A good 6-8 hours can go a long way towards making you look fresh and happy. The right amount of sleep is also essential to ensure that your health is maintained. Secondly: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Have lots of Vegetables, fruits and drink plenty of water. It is an incredibly overused piece of advice, but it sure works. Hydrated skin looks much better than dry, flaky skin with dark circles and stress lines.
Make sure you wash your face regularly, with a good cleanser. Skimping out on this part can have very adverse effects in the long run. Face masks, washes, and packs are your best friend. Don’t hesitate to splurge a little in these areas.
Moreover, remember to moisturize regularly, and use sunscreens and creams liberally. Check labels before buying any products. Some skincare products in the market contain chemicals and elements which may do more harm than good. It is essential to do your research, have a thorough understanding of your skin type, and work accordingly. Visit a dermatologist or contact experts if you’re unsure about what works best for you.
No face is perfect, and it may take a little experimentation and hard work to figure out your best aspects. The best models are those who have put in the effort of figuring out how their faces look when viewed from different angles. Modelling agencies will always prefer models who are well-aware of their own body and features and the best ways to work them since it reduces the work of the photographers and trainers. Moreover, make sure you figure out specific basic makeup skills that can highlight your best features. It is an added talent which you can add to your portfolio.
While some models may find that their best angles involve a smolder or moody looks, a smile often goes a long way towards boosting your portfolio. Make sure you take good care of your tooth, lips, and your facial hair. As you age, it is also a good idea to invest in anti-wrinkle creams that will boost your appearance. Teeth whitening is also an excellent way to brighten up your face quickly. Use toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss liberally. The bottom line is that your teeth are an essential part of your face and it helps to have them bright and sparkly. Smiles make you seem approachable and friendly, which will have a direct impact on how your clients perceive you. It won’t hurt your fan-following either!
Although most modelling agencies employ people for the specific purpose of handling hair and hairstyles, It helps if you have an idea about it too. Your initial appearance can be significantly boosted by simply focusing on your hair, making sure it is washed and conditioned regularly, investing in good hair products, and keeping up-to-date about the various trends that are popular in the market. There may be some experimenting required to find the cut and style that suits you the most. Consult with a few experts, and get their opinions. The way that you wish to portray yourself is also dependent on your hairstyle. Some styles convey brashness and confidence; others convey softness. Remember to switch it up often so that you keep your image interesting. Most importantly, your hair must always be clean and easily manageable so that your overall picture is well-maintained.
There you go! Try them out and let us know if these tips helped you. Go out into the world feeling confident about your modelling face!
Modeling is an industry that seems so warm and inviting but the reality is somewhat in contrast to the impression it creates. The real struggle is overcoming certain norms being followed from times immemorial, like having a good height, fair complexion, zero figure etc. One couldn’t even think of considering modeling if he/she was less than 5’8” back in the 20th century. Now the situation is tilting, for good. Professionals are open to break the barriers of narrow thinking and prevalent stereotypes. Stereotypes which serve no purpose and only hamper most of the aspiring models to refrain from this career, often to the loss of this industry only. Now with the industry witnessing this shift in traditions, it is getting serious and highly competitive. People from all sections of the society and having exceptional looks, with respect to the standard norms followed earlier, are finding their stand and even carving out a niche for themselves.Presentation matters a lot in today’s times. It reflects upon your concern for catering to every single little detail. Even a dismal picture or even such a situation can be turned around to look visually stunning and pleasing if presented like that. Not only in case of photographs do presentation matters but also in case of things like home decor, websites, physical attributes etc. Making a regular routine stuff really appealing is not a child’s play. One needs to have the required skills and the perfect understanding of what goes best with something to attract acknowledgement and appreciation ultimately. Mastering this art definitely requires effort. Same goes with fitness. It matters how you present your body, maintain it, tone it to look appealing. How to highlight your strengths is the key to succeed in the modeling industry. Let’s take a look on some of the tips to lose weight fast.
- Fasting diet – models drink a lot of water and try not to eat past 5 p.m.; so, if you try not to eat too late and eat your meals earlier in the day so you have enough energy to conserve for the rest of your daily activities, that will prove to be great.
- Low carbs – a diet high in low calorie vegetables like celery or salads, beans of that nature, some fruits etc. Often cutting out on red meat, chicken is beneficial. If you want seafood, you can opt for salmon, once in a while. Eat more fibers and proteins, but less carbohydrates. Proteins will make you feel full for longer and lessen cravings.
- Cut out the sugar – if you go on a sugar restrictive diet for a couple of days, you’ll notice that you have a lot of energy and you tend to lose weight quickly. At first you are going to have a relapse, sort of, from the sugar. Having headaches, getting jitters might happen if you go without sugar for a couple of days but that is not at all a warning sign as ultimately you’ll feel a surge in your energy level and will make you less dependent on needing sugar for energy.
- Apple cider vinegar – it has acetic acid which is good for losing weight. Drink apple cider vinegar and water in the morning. Take a tiny cup of apple cider vinegar and dilute that with some water. It helps you speed up your metabolism for the day. It helps you burn fat and also stops body fat from building up.
- Lemon – take a small lemon and squeeze it into a cup of water and drink it first thing in the morning, before you even have your first meal. This also helps you kick up your metabolism and allow you to burn fat with all your daily activities. Lemon water helps the body to absorb nutrients it needs to burn fat into energy and stop weight gain.
- Safflower oil – it actually helps you burn belly fat. So, by taking safflower oil you break down the fat. It makes it easier for you to burn that fat with your daily routine.
- Green tea – replace your regular tea/coffee with green tea. Green tea has a range of antioxidants that help the body break down foods and help in losing weight. The catechins in green tea are very good for burning fat because they are free fat from fat cells. They also fight free radicals and stop diseases. You can drink 3-4 cups of green tea in a day.
- Exercise – if you really want to lose weight in a healthy way, there’s no way to escape from regular exercise and activity. Doing a mix of mild and hard physical activity will help you lose weight and control it. Also, it helps lessen stress and raise your energy, mood and sleep quality. It lowers the risk of chronic diseases as well.
- Cut down on white flour – don’t eat things made with white flour like white bread, cookies, muffins, pizzas, hotdogs, burgers, pasta and other foods like that. Choose whole grain and healthier forms of these foods.
- Virgin coconut oil – use this oil in your diet. It is easy to digest, good for your health and also helps your body break down materials faster.
Apart from these, some useful tips might also prove to be a boon for your weight loss regime. Some of them are,
- Choose fresh fruit juice instead of packaged fruit juices.
- Eat smaller meals more often.
- Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast.
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day to help your body wash out toxins.
- Get proper sleep and relaxation is very important for weight loss. In fact, not getting quality sleep affects your hunger.
It needs to be understood, however, that losing weight is not confined to following a fad diet and exercising once in a while. It needs proper planning and a lot of determination. So a well thought of plan, keeping in mind your body type and various other factors will definitely help you get that perfect body.
Modelling is all about confidence and grace, not everyone can do modelling. It requires both mental and physical strength. Many of the girls want to become a model just because they have been hearing since their childhood that they are capable of becoming a model. Well, that is not the only thing that you need to become a super model. There are many other aspects that the modelling agencies consider before they hire you.
Today, thousands of girls and boys across the world want to walk the ramp just like their role models. Let us tell you that walking a runway is not as easy it seems on screen. You need to walk the runway in such a way that you own the runway. There are many things that you need to consider before hitting the runway.
Does anyone of you seriously want to become a famous runway model? Do you want to know what it takes to become a runway model? How your models walk the runway? Little secret moves of your role models? If the answer to all the question above is yes, keep reading as in this article we will reveal the tips on how to walk a runway like a supermodel.
Let us head towards our walking lessons
1. Observe Your Role Model
Before you start practicing the runway walk, it is very much essential that you observe the professional and successful models. You can watch and observe them in person at a fashion week or you can take help from the YouTube videos. Just observe how they walk, what do they do with their face when they walk, how they place their feet when they walk, how they pose, etc. Just observe every possible detail and when you think you have enough knowledge with you, start practicing.
2. Eyes Straight Ahead
After watching your favourite model walking the runway, start practicing your walk with your eyes straight ahead. You have to keep your eyes straight ahead so that you do not get distracted by anyone in the audience. You might have noticed that doing so makes the model look classy. If you are not sure of your walk, just a quick down glance at your runway is enough to see if there any obstacles on your way.
3. Head Up
With your eyes straight ahead, it is also necessary that you keep your head and chin pointed straight forward. The models on the runway move their head only when they have to pose or turn backwards. Walking with your head pointed straight forwards defines you as a strong person and that with head downwards will portray you as a weak and depressed person. This makes your personality stand out, whatever happens hold your head up high.
4. Lose the Mouth Tension
When you keep your eyes, chin, and head straight forward, there occurs a tension on your mouth. To loosen this tension, all you need to do is part your lips or you can keep your lips closed but your jaw relaxed with your teeth not touching your mouth. Losing the mouth tension will loosen your whole body tension and will depict you as a relaxed person. The smiling of a model depends on the instructions given by the fashion designer for whom the models are walking the runway. As you are practicing it for yourself, you decide if you want to smile or not.
5. Straight Posture
When you are walking the runway as a model, your posture plays a very important role. Why only the models, everyone in the world should have a better and straight posture. If you do not have a straight posture, start working on it. Try sitting and standing in a straight posture. You can also work on your posture by sitting on a yoga ball for 15 minutes a day or walking with a book placed on top of your head.
6. Arms Swing Naturally
When you are walking, let your arms swing naturally along your side. Never walk the ramp like a robot, loosen your arms and keep your palms relaxed and natural. Also, do not sway your arms like a windmill, just let them sway in a natural manner. Depending what you are wearing, you can place the palms inside one or both the pockets.
As you may have noticed the professional models on the ramp, their toes always point straight ahead. In the same manner, you should also point your toes straight ahead and not point your toes inwards or outwards. If you have toes pointed inwards or outwards, you need to practice and work hard to make them point straight. You can easily do this if you want to achieve your dream to become a model.
8. Hip Sway
As you are practicing the walk, also keep a check on your hip sway. Your hip sway should be normal and not forceful or over exaggerating. A slight sway is feminine and graceful. For the male models, they do not need any hip sway. For them the normal straight posture walk is enough.
9. Walk the Tightrope
Walking the tightrope simply means bringing your legs together while walking. While practicing just pretend that you are walking on a tightrope placing one foot in front of the other. If you are facing issue with this, you can draw a straight line using a colored tape and practice on it.
10. Strike A Pose with Confidence
When the supper models walk the runway, they strike a pose when they come in front of the runway stage. You also try to practice the walk and end it with a pose by leaning on one hip. Your pose should be classy, confident and should be defining your personality.
These are few tips from us but, at the end what matters is your confidence, style and dedication to become a successful and famous runway model. If you want to know more about the topic, do visit this blog by thetalko. Also, if you have any such amazing runway tips do share with us in the comment section below.
Many of us secretly envy about the glamorous world of modelling; few of us even love and want to live the life of a professional model. But, all that glitters is not gold in the modelling industry. Just like the other professions, modelling also requires hard work, dedication and a great amount of strength (mentally as well as physically). Being a professional model is not an easy task, there are many advantages and disadvantages.
A lot of people say a lot of things said about the modelling industry. In this article, we will see about all the myths about being a professional model, whether they are actually true or not. Just like the two sides of the coin, being a professional model also has myths and truths.
Let us have a look at the list of myths of being a model
You have to be tall to be a professional model
Everybody might have heard this while growing up. If you are a tall individual, people would appreciate and say that ‘you would look great as a model’. But, if you are a shorter individual and wish to perceive modelling as a career then, people would ask you to back out because of your height. Well, it is true that to become a model your height should be 5’8 and above but the one with lesser height can also hit the ramp.
One of the biggest examples would be ‘Dia Mirza’, who is only 5’5 and was crowned as ‘Miss Asia Pacific’ in 2000. A runway model has to fit certain specific requirements but modelling is a huge industry. There are other types of modelling where height is not considered such a big factor.
You have to be Skinny
Whenever we think of “Professional models”, the first thing that hits our head is a tall and skinny woman dressed glamorously, walking the ramp. While there are few of us who usually believe that you need to be a bag of bones in order to become a model. This is the myth that should be busted as soon as possible.
If you look back into time, you will notice that none of them actually fit into the ‘requirements’ of being a professional model. Nowadays, the world is speaking of seeing the “real woman” as models. And for a matter of change, they are getting what they want. There are many curvy women who are not size zero and are gaining a lot of popularity and fame.
You have to be young to be a model
At the age of 21, you might have heard that you are now useless for the modelling industry. The fashion industry is always looking for models between the age of 16-20 and once you are 21 it is time for the new models to take your place. These are all false things that people make on their own.
As now, the modelling industry is welcoming women of all sizes, it is also looking for women who will appeal to all demographics. There is enough demand for older models in the fashion industries like such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and even high fashion. So, if you are 25 years old and dreaming to become a model, you can give it a shot.
You have to be prepared with a professional portfolio
If you are someone who wants to become a model, the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of registering to a modelling agency is that you would need a professional portfolio of yourself. This is so not true, all you need to have is a portfolio of clear pictures of yourself. The pictures that will help the modelling agencies to determine your features and ratio to find out if you would make a good model or not.
You do not need to worry about spending a lot of money on a portfolio rather you can ask a friend of yours who owns a DSLR camera to click clear and beautiful pictures of yours. The requirement of the pictures varies from agency to agency.
You can barely eat proper food
One of the dark and negative sides of being a professional model is that you do not get to eat things you love. You have to follow strict diets, say no to carbs, bread, potatoes, and soft drinks. And you have to eat time-to-time to maintain that hourglass figure that everyone craves for.
False! False! False! Surprised? Well, yes that is not true. Being a professional model requires long hours of standing, sitting, posing in tiring positions, working under bright spotlights, and staying in the same pose for hours on end. There are no specific working hours and the schedule can turn even the strongest person feel weak and tired.
Professional models have a normal body like us human beings and tend to feel tired, hungry or even passing out at photo shoots sometimes if they don’t maintain a proper nutrition. So, let us inform you that the professional models also eat just like us but they just maintain a more healthy diet due to the requirements of their work.
You must have a “Perfect” face
When few of us see a model on the big screen, we always notice their perfect eyebrows, high cheekbones, full eyes and lips, a perfect nose, etc. Then you turn to look at yourself in the mirror and magnify all your flaws. Almost, everyone is under the impression that you have to be perfect to enter the modelling industry.
In reality, if you see there are many models with flaws who are hitting the top position with their flaws. The fashion industry is famous for its ability to make anything look glamorous and attractive. There exists no such thing as a perfect face in the field of professional modelling. You just need to confidently showcase your natural features and just make things work.
These are few myths of being a professional model which should be debunked as soon as possible. Modelling is not for everyone, but you can definitely make it work for yourself if you can just be yourself. We you wish to know about more such myths, do visit this blog. Also, do let us know your views about this blog in the comment section below.