I get a lot of inquiries from people wanting to model. I am not an expert, only a lover of fashion and photography. I wanted to take the time to answer a few questions and to lay out the criteria I look for in a potential model.
Q: I want to be a model, what advice would you give me?
A: With anything, research is the first step to purse before investing any money into any “new” venture. Modeling has become an overly used word by any and everybody. Because of the abundance of internet models and people that just like to take pictures, there is a series of questions that I present to weed out those that are not serious about modeling verses those that just love the camera. I always ask the Who, What, Where, Why, and How questions. Not necessarily in that order.
· Why modeling?
· Who is your inspiration in the industry?
· Where have you done your research as to where you fit into the industry?
· What is your motivation behind wanting to be a model?
· What type of modeling are you interested in?
· How are you prepared for the investment to becoming a model?
I used the word, investment. Of course, that is usually used in monetary terms. In this case it is used in monetary terms as well as physical, mental, and good ol’fashioned blood, sweat, and tears.
Are you willing to pay your dues?
What do you need to invest in potentially? Photography, model coaching, dance class, theater, aestheticians, dentistry, wardrobe, hair, and make-up artists.
I am not suggesting that everyone that wants to become a model will have to do all of the above, but they can do more help than harm. A simple Google search will yield thousands of websites and blogs that can steer you in the direction required for you to get the best information possible. From a photographer standpoint, I can suggest the following…
1. A great attitude goes a long way.
2. Personality shows in your images, so have one!
3. Only shoot with photographers whose work you love and will benefit your goal of becoming a successful model in the genre that you desire to be in.
4. Be on time and don’t flake!
5. Learn what a model bag is, what it should contain, and be ready for anything!
6. Grooming is important and that means nose and ear hair too…EWWWWW!
7. Ask lots of questions! Never assume anything. Ask how you should prepare your hair, nails, toes, and skin. It could make or break what we are able to do in our shoot.
8. Great skin and teeth are important! We magnify images and can see everything! And I mean EVERYTHING!
9. Stay fit! Whether plus or standard sizing…..keep that body in shape!
If you have any other questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with Question for the Goddess in the subject line.