Modelmode :: my journey through fashion modeling











{November 5, 2008}   Break into modeling, a few tips
America's Next Top Model Whitney

America's Next Top Model Winner Whitney

Here is a reprint of a really cool modeling article from the modeling blog.

It’s called 7 tips to break into modeling.

7 Tips to help you break into modeling

Before you even start the journey towards your new career, you better do your research and find out all there is to know about the career you want.

Most people are familiar with fashion modeling, but few are familiar with the dozens of other types of models and modeling jobs that make up the majority of paid modeling work.

Do your homework

Learn about the different types of models and try to figure out where you fit in. Be objective and realistic. Know your measurements and figure out what kind of modeling suits you best.

If you are of average height, then focus on work that may be geared towards your height. Many girls dream of being high fashion runway models, but most do not have the height needed to be successful. You may be the most beautiful 5’2” goddess around, but at 5’2”, your gorgeous face will not be enough to land a gig on designer runways during fashion week. Always be honest and realistic about your chances. The last thing you want to do is put a lot of time and effort into something that is non-attainable… So focus on what is attainable and to do that you must do your research.

Find your fit

Once you start researching the modeling field, you will begin to see different modeling opportunities. If you have a very athletic physique, you may be perfect for fitness modeling. If you are very curvy and have a more voluptuous shape, you may want to look into plus size modeling. If you have amazing hands, legs or feet, you may look into parts modeling. Remember, no matter what type of modeling it is, you must match the physical requirements such as height, weight, good skin, good hair, good teeth, being fit, etc..

Get another opinion

Once you find the modeling niche you wish to explore, try to get a second opinion. If you know any experts or agents, ask them for their opinion and what type of modeling they believe you may be well suited for.

Your self image may be skewed. Many girls believe they are a plus size when they are not and vice versa.

Make Sure you are photogenic

This may be a bit obvious but there are many girls who look stunning in person, yet can not translate that to film, just like there are many girls who seem plain, yet take stunning pictures.

Get an Agent

Once you’ve identified the type of modeling you are suited for, you should be able to find an agent that specializes or represents your niche.

Confidence, persistence and thick skin are your keys to success

As you pursue your new career, you will most likely find a great deal of rejection and even some criticism. You need to be able to take rejection without breaking into tears. Keep in mind that there are many models going after the same jobs and you will be rejected many more times than accepted. You must have a good deal of confidence in yourself and the drive and determination to keep going. Be persistent, eventually you will begin getting the jobs you want.

Network

As you begin your career, you will meet other models, agents and photographers. Networking is a great way to find out about upcoming jobs and industry events. People will often choose someone they already know to work with rather than someone new, especially, if you are charming and a pleasure to be around. The more people you meet and talk to, the greater your chances are of getting work.

 

And never get taken in by a modeling Scam



Alexandra MichaelI saw a post the other day about Alexandra Micheal and her speaking out against the fashion designers who are putting extreme pressure on the models to be unhealthfully thin in order to be able to work.

She told her story on a TV show, The Today show I believe, and how she was pressured to lose 30lbs by constantly being asked to lose a pound here and a pound there. After some time those pounds added up and she was down at 102 lbs and 5’9″… thats finally when they loved her look and she became the perfect fashion model. The problem with being the image of fashion perfection is that her hair began to fall out in clumps as her body ate itself in starvation.

That seems to be the time she realized she could not lose anymore weight because her career would be meaningless if she died.

Here is part of the thin model article from the modeling blog

When she started modeling, she was 5′ 9″ and 130 lbs. That is by no means skinny-model-thumb.JPGoverweight, that is actually thin. As her career took off and she found herself traveling for fashion shows, designers kept asking her to lose a few pounds. A few pounds for this show, a few more for that one and on and on. Finally, she realized she was 102 lbs. and losing her hair at 18.

“My kind of wake-up call was I was on a plane from Paris to Texas, which is where I’m from,” Michael told TODAY’s Ann Curry Wednesday in New York. “I ran my fingers through my hair and when I took my hand away, there was a dry, brittle clump of hair in my hand.”

I know many shows and some designers have taken a stand against anorexia but many others still are under the impression that the only way their clothing will look good is if it displayed on a walking hanger so that there is no possibility that a small curve in the body may cause an unflattering crease in the clothing.

The problem arises when regular teen girls buy those clothes and realize it does not look the same on them as it does on the fashion model and begin a string of diets so they too can have that just hung-on, crease less look.

Alexandra gained a few pounds and at 108 lbs., only a few more than the 102 she was previously(hair falling out weight), she was unable to get work in Paris as designers told her she was just too fat! 5’9″ and 108lbs? The look the designers are going for only seems to work in high fashion and clothing that covers most of the body. I just can not see how this super skinny anorexia look is appealing when more skin is exposed such as a swim suit. This picture below of a well known supermodel is very disturbing.

Here is Tyra Banks on the cover of Sports Illustrated from some years back, Tyra Looks great.

Its kind of sad that to model clothing some designers expect you to have one foot in the grave (and look it) or else. The designers must feel that the lack of body shape and the squareness of the bones makes the girls a walking hanger and the designers clothing looks flawless when hung with nothing underneath substantial enough to  give the clothes any other shape. Thats too bad. I mean clothes are there to be worn and not simply hung. Maybe the designers thinking is a bit reversed. Should it not be the woman who gives the clothing its shape and not the clothing giving shape to a walking stick that has none of her own. I guess when every model is a stick and identical, then they have no worries about fit. Fitting the model is as simple as hanging up the dress on a hanger.



Tips for Creating a Modeling Portfolio

 

  • If you are trying to get your portfolio done with the sole aim of getting signed to an agency, think twice. The majority of agencies will ask you to do a portfolio shoot upon signing anyway, so this could very well mean paying twice!
  • In the first instance, it may be worthwhile approaching agencies with snapshot headshots and bodyshots. If this gets you nowhere, then consider paying a professional.
  • When you are getting dressed, make sure all your clothes are on properly – as in no twisted straps, no buttons done up through the wrong holes…
  • Remember – your portfolio is not a photo album! If a photo doesn’t “sell” you, don’t keep it because you have develop sentimental value towards it.
  • Ideally, you should aim to have photos no older than a year in your portfolio. This may mean having to get your modeling portfolio re-shot again, so be prepared!
  • It’s a good idea to keep spare copies of the photos in your portfolio in a safe place. You’ll avoid major panics if you should lose your modeling portfolio if you do this.

Be Careful…

  model headshot
  • Unless you are amazingly good at applying your own make-up, hire a make-up artist for the shoot. It is an additional expense but you don’t want to shell out on expensive photos only to have them ruined by poor make-up.
  • Don’t assume that the photographer charging you the most must therefore be the best. On the other hand, also remember that you get what you pay for. Strike a balance!!
  • Practicing modeling may feel weird at first but it is a must! What you think looks good in your head may not work out in real life…and you want to know that before you head to the photoshoot!
  • Be aware of tanning before the shoot as tan lines can create problems.
  • Be aware that many photographers and make-up artists will have cancellation policies. As a rule of thumb, if you cancel within 48 hours of the starting time of the shoot, you will have to pay at least some, usually all, of the fee.

Article content provided by wikiHow.com – The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit. 



You always hear about people getting approached in a mall, in a parking lot, in a restaurant or theater… the pick-up line is always the same… hey! you have a great look, can I get you into modeling, here is my card.

What to do next? probably turn around and run.

Here is a modeling article from http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/services/model.shtm

Its a long read and pretty much tells us everything we already know… but hey, people still fall for the 20k in modeling school to get a 50 dollar job routine. The article talks about what you need such as good headshots and portfolio and what you can live without in the modeling world.

In the age of the internet, a really good bet is being your own acting agent. There are great sites that charge a small monthly fee to give you access to the auditions and casting database.

The way these companies work is they do all the legwork for you in finding and compiling lists of every casting call and audition available on the planet, then matching the auditions to clients. They have 100’s of people who update the database on an hourly basis sometimes. That is what the fee is for!

Many people expect these types of services for free… but, you can not employ hundreds of people to update audition lists and match them to clients for free now can you? The fees are minimal, 15 to 50 dollars depending on the services and its well worth it if you are serious about finding the right auditions for you.

Without these services, it would take the average person 100’s of hours in research to figure out where to get the audition information from… then a few hours daily looking. In my book, my time is worth money and I will gladly let someone email me lists of castings to me then have to spend 100’s of hours looking myself.

Auditions.com

Exploretalent.com

modeling.net

all have great services for actors and models that are serious about finding work. The monthly fees are reasonable and castings that match your requirements get mailed to you daily or weekly, you also have the capability to search the database extensively.

If you sign up with any of the services above, you will get an online portfolio that gives you more exposure to casting agents and directors who use their talent profiles to fill roles. Exploretalent.com is the biggest online audition, casting and talent database by far boasting 1.5 million profiles.



et cetera