Have high hopes of becoming a fashion or fashion photography model? Unsure about how to achieve it? Struggling with competition and gaining contacts? These are common problems that people in the fashion industry face, especially at the start of their careers. Some models may take years to gain traction in the industry while others may never make it. It is highly unpredictable, but here are some basic things that can get you started on your way to recognition.
Despite the many controversies and the new changes levels of acceptance about body types and beauty, fashion remains a fairly competitive and rigid field. There are still numerous restrictions in height, weight and body types for employment. A number of these may be genetically dependent which lies beyond your control, so it helps to take care in the places you can. Pay extra attention to skin and hair, to hygiene and glow. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and drink a good amount of water. A few consistent steps can go a long way towards improving your natural looks. Most importantly, be incredibly confident about yourself. A major part of your external impression depends on how you feel about yourself on the inside.
A major part of your modelling career will focus on your posture and the way that you walk and hold yourself. The way you hold yourself can go a long way towards improving your appearance. A number of agencies are instantly attracted to models who show confidence and style. Irrespective of how nervous you feel, always put on a smile, keep your chin up, and strut with confidence.
Every model needs an agency to guide and back them. Like every other industry, the fashion industry has its own share of fraudulent parties playing the game. Don’t get disheartened by this, simply make sure you put in a good amount of research before approaching an agency. There is a good chance that you will start out with the smaller, less visible ones. Over the years, as your work spreads out and gets more attention, you will automatically gain the attention of the bigger ones. Most models have a few dream agencies they approach right away, but don’t feel hurt or rejected if they don’t accept you immediately. The fashion industry is one of patience and perseverance.
The first thing most modelling agencies will look at is your previous work and your portfolio. Make sure you have a set of incredible photographs, in a variety of types, before you begin applying and approaching agencies. A lot of your job depends on how good you look in photos and how you hold yourself in photoshoots. In recent times, it is also a good idea to have an online modelling portfolio with your best works. Remember to update it regularly, give important information about yourself, and market yourself to the best of your abilities. You may even gain clients without the help of an agency if your portfolio gains massive attention. This also includes having a good social media presence. A number of models gather most of their following from their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. It is always a good idea to make sure your profiles are active and well-made so that potential clients can also approach you through those channels.
The modelling industry is one that has intense competition. You must be on your toes constantly so that you do not miss any opportunities. Remember that you are never too good or too well-established to answer calls and e-mails as soon as possible. Make sure you sound respectful, interested, and excited. Do not ever show disdain or dislike in any of your communications. Don’t fail to show up for meetings, and never let your hair down until all your work has been done and dusted. Since reputation is a big deal in this industry, it helps if you guard yours with great care. There are a ton of models out there, and most clients and agencies won’t look twice before dropping an unprofessional one for another.
With all these basics in mind, get going! Let your modelling dreams take shape and don’t forget to let us know If these were helpful!