WHAT IT TAKES
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TELL FROM A SMALL PICTURE IF I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
Yes and No. Many agencies claim they can tell in their normal screening process if you may have what it takes. However, most would-be models send bad pictures or they may look good but not meet the agency’s needs at that time. In any case if the picture passes first inspection you may get an interview.
Try sending your information to a number of agencies. One agency may have their fill of blue eyed blonds where another may take a different view. This is where the ‘Talent Register’ helps as it puts forth your information quickly into the professional community so that it can be seen by numerous talent seekers.
To be a professional model basically comes down to three things:
- Having the look and talent that someone needs (generally the client) bad enough for the project that they are working on at that time that they will
Pay you for your time.
- Making life easier for the art director and the photographer so they will want to work with you and not through you out of the studio.
- Making sure the client, photographer, and art director know you exist and want to work.
Professional modeling starts with the client’s need and their willingness to pay. Modeling without paying clients is just a hobby or someone trying to rip you off. Having the right look and talent is what you inherited genetically and there is not much you can do to change that. The rest is where being a professional model comes in – knowing what to do and how to market yourself. When a project calls for someone attractive to stand next to a new product, the person who can constantly look good in front of the camera, show the emotional expression that is needed on cue, show up on time and leave on time and in so many other ways make the shot go quickly, efficiently, and successfully, is the person who will get the job. That is also the person who gets asked back the next time. The part after the genetics is what makes a professional model and leads to a career in modeling. This is also the person who will deliver what the client needs and is why the get the job instead of pulling someone off the street.
To appear in person
This refers to the effect you can have by making a personal appearance.
You can facilitate your chances by the “go and see” process making personal calls on advertising agencies, graphic design and some public relations firms. You must then try to set up an appointment or failing that just walk in the front door. Manufacturers and retailers who are heavy users of models will sometimes hire freelance models to fill their needs.
Doing the rounds is at the beginning rather than the end of the marketing cycle. Once they have moved from your composite to your portfolio they may wish to take a look at you. You may meet with them individually or attend what is termed “A cattle call” where they view several people all at the same time.
A good stage Mom
Now we will consider the value of a good ‘Stage Mom’ (many of whom get considerable unnecessary flack). There are bad stage mom’s – bossy, interfering, and overbearing trying to live their lost ambitions through their children.
A good stage mom learns the business, helps keep things organized, watches out for scams, helps avoid dangerous situations, provides transportation, helps with training, encourages practice, provides emotional support and at the start of the career provides the financial backing. And for all of this they are happy to melt into the background and let their son or daughter move into center stage and become the star.
WHAT ARE THE HEIGHT AND SIZE REQUIREMENTS FOR A HIGH FASHION MODEL?
This is the most frequently asked question. The general guidelines for women are height 5’9” to 6’, around size 6, 34B-24-34, and 14-21 years of age. For men the guidelines are height around 6’, size 40R. There are exceptions to this. There are petite sizes and plus sizes. These particulars do not apply to the Commercial, Glamour or Acting markets. These particulars only are important if you are thinking of high fashion and applying in the large cities.
WHAT ABOUT MODELS WHO SPECIALIZE IN JUST PARTS OF THE BODY?
Experienced photographers will confirm that many models who may have photogenic faces and bodies do not necessarily have photogenic hands and feet. You will find that Jewelry photographers look for good hands, a nice neck, and photogenic ears. As with hands, good ears are hard to find as they must have the right shape and pierced for only one earring.