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How to become a Model

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Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it. Vogue Modelling…. Models are photographed or filmed for promotional purposes, to help promote a product, brand or service. There are many different types of modelling, ranging from promotional, corporate and commercial through to fashion modelling on catwalks and in catalogues. There’s even body part modelling, perfect for those with nice hands/hair/feet/all of the above. Although duties may vary, typical activities for a model will generally include:
  • Arriving well in advance for shoots
  • Working with photographers, stylists and make-up artists to get the right look
  • Posing for photographs
  • Displaying clothing, accessories and products
  • Attending castings and checking in with their agency
  • Maintaining a portfolio of work

Don’t listen to Madonna. There’s a lot more to being a model than simply turning up and looking good. It takes an enormous amount of hard work and discipline to make it in the industry. If you can’t work for long hours and maintain a great attitude, this may not be for you. However, you should never lose site of the fact that your body is your most valuable asset. For this reason, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping your appearance immaculate should always be a priority. Even body part models. Hands don’t manicure themselves… Other necessary attributes include:
  • Being completely comfortable in front of the camera
  • Confidence
  • Versatility
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • The ability to take constructive criticism or rejection
  • Mental and physical endurance

"Some people think being a model is all about the glitz and glamour. In reality, only a small amount of people ever get to this level. When you’re just starting out, being a model is all about casting calls, long days and rejection. You have to be incredibly think-skinned, and completely comfortable with yourself to keep your confidence up. However, all the hard work pays off when you finally see the finished product. I was on the side of a bus once. My family still talk about it."

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