Modeling can be more than a dream, it can become your reality with hard work and dedication. However, the problem is not with sustaining a career in entertainment, it is first figuring out how to get started that is an issue for many models. So the question remains, how can you become a model without any experience or training? This article will cover 4 industry tips to streamline the process of becoming a model in the 21st century.
Tip 1: Focus on Building Your Book First
Many models simply think that getting started as a model is easy; apply to every and any modeling agency as possible to get signed. While this may work for a very select few, for 95% of models looking to get started, you will instantly be shown the door without a portfolio. Why is that you may ask? A model may look great in person, but without evidence that you are actually photogenic or bookable, an agency will not invest in a new face talent unless they actually pose a shot at booking.
Researching photographers when starting is the best bet to get signed to an agency. Reputable photographers do not come cheap; market rate in New York city is typically $600+ per look with a 4 look portfolio being the standard. You can find more affordable solutions however this should not compromise quality.
Finding a photographer that can showcase your look is key. In-studio shoots are fine for commercial talent (those under 5’6 as a female and under 6’0 feet for males) however outdoor shoots are preferable as natural lighting is always the best. Studio shoots can hide flaws and modeling agencies want to see fresh faced models.
Tip 2: Master your Interview Skills
While your look gets you in the door, your personality is what sells you to a modeling agency. When arriving to a casting call, audition or gig, arrive on time– not too early, with your book (aka portfolio) ready. Showing photographs on a phone is not professional as agencies see dozens of talent at one time and shows that you are not a serious talent. Guests, unless you are under the age of 18, are typically not allowed at a casting call. Always dress the part with the focus being on your face, not the clothing. Flashy clothing and those with logos should be avoided. Keep hair clean and for female models, keep makeup simple. Avoid bright colors and keep jewelry to a minimum at a casting call.
Tip 3: Find Casting Calls
Finding casting calls as a model is one of the more difficult tasks as they are not typically posted publicly. The reason for this is that modeling casting calls and jobs are very size specific. While there are many public castings, it can be time consuming and costly to access.
Tip 4: Get the Help of a Professional
Becoming a model can be done on your own however just like building a house, you should seek the help of a professional. Talent marketing companies such as Latitude Talent Studios differ then an agency and help models get started in entertainment. Latitude connects talent to the tools and resources for success. With industry tools, videos, a roster of over 100+ modeling agencies and updated casting calls for their talent allow a streamline, reputable process for models and actors of all experience levels.