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{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

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{June 18, 2008}   Helena Christensen

The supermodel, Helena Christensen does an interview and gives her tips on how to survive the fashion industry. This interview was done when she was in Cairo, Egypt.

Helena is probably the most famous Danish model ever and has appeared in numerous TV commercials, magazine covers and print ads.  She is also known for some of her personal relationships, especially that with Michael Hutchence.

Helena Christensen was born in Copenhagen on 25th December 1968. Her mother is Peruvian and her father is Danish. She walked into the public eye in 1986 through declared the title of Miss Denmark at the age of 18, and showing her nation at the Miss Universe show. She went away from her residence to continue her profession as modeling in Paris.



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…

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  • 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.

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