TIP 1: Give Yourself Time to Grow
There are a few basic requirements like height and size that
must be considered to become a successful model, but don't let that deter you
if you don't quite measure up! Depending on your age, there's a good chance
you're still growing, so you can develop your skills in front of the camera as
a junior model.
TIP 2: Let Your Personality Shine
Having the right height and size as a model will definitely
attract a booker, however also possessing a strong character, look, and
personality can aid in getting you signed by an agency. Don't underestimate how
important personality plays in being a top model.
TIP 3: Keep an Open Mind
The modelling industry offers more than just high-fashion
editorial and runway work. You can carve out a full-time career doing beauty,
fitness, and commercial work, which typically compensates more than editorial
TIP 4: Branch Out from Modelling
You may try modelling out and discover that you have talents
for acting or hosting. Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and now Naomi Campbell with her
Face reality show are great examples of creative who used their modelling experience to expand
into other areas of entertainment.
TIP 5: Stay in School
You should set goals for yourself. If you get scouted in
high school or college, keep school a priority. Modelling won't last forever so
it's important to have a plan B.
TIP 6: Brace Yourself for Rejection
Don't take anything personally. Those who generally succeed
are able to handle continuous rejection. There are a number of top models who
heard plenty of no's before they developed a full thriving modelling career.
Persistence and determination can go a long way in this industry.
TIP 7: Do Your Research
One of the biggest mistakes young models make today is not
being prepared, which is unprofessional. Know the top modelling agencies and
avoid scams from bogus bookers that ask you to pay for photos or modelling
classes. If a legitimate agency is interested in you they will help you in your
development as model, as well as build up a portfolio for you. Most top
agencies have what we call ‘go sees' or open casting calls. When meeting a
booker for the first time, don't get overly dressed up, go with a clean face
with little to no makeup, and keep your outfit and hair simple. The agent wants
to see the true you. Also, be on time!
TIP 8: Study Magazines
If it is your first shoot or test shoot, or you are trying
to break into modelling on your own, look at magazines, fashion catalogues, and
advertisements for reference points on movement and poses. That way you appear
effortless and unrehearsed in front of the camera.
TIP 9: Confidence is Key
Allow yourself to open up in front of the camera. As a
fashion photographer, I love to shoot a model that is secure and not self
conscious. Being confident, having the ability to move freely, and giving a
range of expressions is key to getting that great shot.
TIP 10: Spend Time in Front of the Mirror
Practice your expressions in front of the mirror. You might
feel strange, but it will help.
TIP 11: Health First
Being a professional model means taking care of yourself,
which includes a healthy diet, lifestyle, and proper sleep. Don't depend on
Photoshop to "fix" you. Photographers and clients still want to see a
girl who has great hair and a glowing complexion.
TIP 12: Keep a Positive Attitude
Finally, be a joy to shoot and work with. Attitude can be
left at the door. Having a professional work ethic is needed to succeed. A lot
of work as a model will come from repeat bookings and regular clients. Leave a
shoot with everyone wanting to work with you again. In the fashion biz, it
doesn't take long for word of mouth to make or break you.