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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



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.



So do you? here is an article I found about becoming a successful fashion model and the physical requirements needed to get the job.

Now remember, the following are guidelines for fashion and runway modeling. There are many other types of modeling such as promotional modeling, parts modeling, hair and makeup modeling and commercial modeling. The height requirement does not always apply to those. Also, check out the casting calls modeling sections.

Either way and regardless of height and body type, if you want to be a model of any kind you should probably be in the best possible shape you can.

But here is a short checklist I found for fashion modeling.

Virtual physical exam for models

Once you begin to see yourself as a successful model you’ll start doing the things to make it happen. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it does require work but so does working a 9-5 job.

So, now that you’re visualizing yourself as a successful model, let’s get to some basics you must know …

The Physical Requirements of Modeling

If you plan to model, especially as a high fashion or runway model, you need the following physical attributes …

a) You need to be at least 5’8″ tall or taller

b) Your body weight and proportions need to flatter your height

c) You need to have a good skin complexion without lots of pimples or blemishes

d) Your hair should be in good shape (no excessive split-ends or over-dying damage)

e) Your teeth should be well taken care of, straight and white (a dynamite smile)
Look closely in the mirror and be honest with yourself. We all have limitations. Some of these things listed above you can work to improve and some (like height) you were born with.

Even if you don’t have all these model attributes. There are other opportunities in modeling not mentioned in this article by Bob Pardue (www.bobpardue.com). So Don’t Give up Hope!



Behind the scenes of Andrew Christian’s appearance on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency TV Show, featuring models Dominique Sharpe and Danny Nunez posing by the pool. Janice seems to be all about the underwear models. Actually, the show has many, many episodes of male underwear models at work and at play.



Yep, its not easy being a supermodel and walking down a slick, slippery catwalk in 6 inch stilettos. This is a compilation video of some very embarrassing stilleto moments and runway spills on the shiny slick fashion catwalks around the world. Check out the model in the giant white… I am not even sure what it is… getup, I can’t believe she did not fall in that. wow, painful to watch. And, there is another runway spill there in the video that looks like a baseball player sliding into home, yikes. Yep, fashion may in fact hurt…your butt that is.

This video also contains a short interview with Ms. Jay Alexander, from ANTM America’s Next Top Model and famous runway coach giving his 2 cents.

famous fashion runway models falling moments.



Cindy JosephAt 54 Cindy Joseph is as popular as ever appearing in countless ad campaigns and even her own fitness video. This mother of 2, 50+ fashion model did not get her start in her teens like many top fashion models, rather, she started her modeling career in her late 40’s by actually being “discovered” by an agent. Yes, at 49 Cindy got discovered when a casting agent approached her about doing a ad campaign for the young, hip and trendy, D&G. What seemed like a joke to her at first became her second career and this gray haired fashion model now commands top prices for her time.

The following is from a CNN article about older fashion models and fashion icons.

The French expression “woman of a certain age” refers to middle-age, and the French — and Europeans in general — have long appreciated the beauty of older women.

Cindy Joseph from catalog sundanceBut as 53-year-old Streep said that day: “America doesn’t reward people of my age, either in day-to-day life or for their performances.”

Those words resonated with her fans back home — getting older has a bad rap in the United States, especially if you’re a woman.

“As human beings we all want to be valued,” says former makeup artist Cindy Joseph. “But the sad truth is that women are judged based on their looks, and in this age-obsessed society our value goes down as our age goes up.”

Which is why Joseph thought “it was a joke” when a casting agent approached her on an East Village street in Manhattan nearly three years ago, asking if she wanted to model for an upcoming campaign for Dolce & Gabbana, the hip couture fashion house.

For one thing, Cindy, a single mother of two, was 49 at the time and ready to retire from the fashion business. Twenty-three years of painting some of the most famous faces in L.A., New York, Paris, and beyond had been fun, but the Seattle, Washington, native was ready to swap city living for a life “in the wilderness somewhere out West.”

But in truth, the biggest roadblock to modeling was the little voice inside her head.

“Like everybody else, I suffered from all the prejudices about what a model should look like,” she laughs. “I was not 18 years old. I wasn’t 6 feet tall. And I wasn’t really, really skinny.” A perfect size 6, Cindy is 5-feet-7-inches tall and her weight ranges between 125 to 130 pounds.

But the creative team at Dolce & Gabbana saw things differently and hired a stunned Joseph for the gig.

Once the ad was published, the new “it” girl came to the attention of Patty Sicular and Janet Rohan of Ford Models in New York City — legendary home of supermodels. The two signed her to an exclusive contract just two days after their first meeting.

Looking back, Sicular, co-director of the Ford’s celebrity and classic division, recalls, “Cindy only defied convention in terms of her height ” — two inches shy of Ford’s minimum height requirement — “and her decision to begin modeling about 25 years later than the usual starting age. But knew we could get herKristen Mcenamy givenchy model booked.”

Those instincts proved correct.

“O, The Oprah Magazine” was one of the first to feature Cindy in its pages. Before long, she was hired for lucrative print and TV ads for such companies as Lincoln Navigator, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Hush Puppies and Verizon Wireless.

Joseph’s look was seen as strong, contemporary, confident and authentic. But most important: Consumers reacted to her image positively, proving that she had what it takes to move merchandise for clients. Her career took off — and today she commands a rate of up to $25,000 for a day’s work.

you can read more of the Cindy Joseph story and other gray haired fashion models in the CNN older beauty article.

Other gray haired high fashion models are Carmen, who has been modeling for 50 years and Kristen McMenamy who recently modeled for Givenchy strutting her long natural gray hair down the catwalk.

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From youtube we get Tyra Banks flipping out… again. Everyone has probably seen Tyra Banks giving her famous “you must listen to me…cuz I know” emotional lectures to aspiring models on her show America’s Next Top Model, but here is Miss Tyra getting emotional in a lecture to Naomi Campbell. Naomi just kinda sits there starring at her.

It seems the two have an ongoing feud and Tyra Banks blames Naomi for things that happened in her career. It seems, Tyra may believe that had Naomi not been born, she may have been the Only black supermodel, hence, had a few more hit TV shows.

Tyra Banks confronts Naomi Campbell on one of her two hit television shows to bitch about Campbell trying to destroy her career.



Model Kamilia Wawrzynia falls on the runway.

This video is just too funny, I can’t help but laugh at this poor runway model who falls not once… but twice during the fashion show. Now, the model is carrying a large flower watering can. Or, thats what the thing looks like, and is wearing very high heels. The combination of the two may have been too much for her balance.

This poor girl struggles to get out gracefully of her first runway spill, takes a few steps, wobbles on the high heels, and falls flat on her butt. I feel for her, that must be what modeling nightmares are made of !

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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.



Well Tyra Banks does for one on her Top Modeling show, America’s Next Top Model. I’ve watched the show for many seasons now and have heard her lecture many a top model wanna be about making sure the face always look pretty no matter what crazy thing the body may be doing.

Tyra may need to give herself that same lecture.



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