The modelling industry is very competitive. Every day new models emerge onto the scene. You have to show the industry what you're capable of doing by showing them that you're different to the rest. What you are about to read will guide you to becoming a model.
First things first, educate yourself. You need to know what the industry is looking for.
Read fashion magazines to get an idea of what the latest trends are, such as makeup, fashion, hair, etc. Look at how the models pose with their body and facial expressions. Practice in front of a mirror or with a camera so you can analyse your best angles and signature look.
Being in the modelling industry isn’t just about looking good. You have to be able to adjust and adapt to the main description of the job. Know what type of modelling you want to do and what your limits are.
A portfolio is a modelling CV. This can be either digital or print. It is the most important tool for getting successful work. It shows the directors what you are capable of doing and your experience. Its makes an impression of the type of model you are.
This is the first thing the directors see before they invite you down for a casting. Without a decent portfolio, it is less likely that you will get many castings so it is important to try and get as much experience as possible. You need to build up an impressive portfolio with quality images.
Your portfolio should be able to demonstrate your ability to portray a range of personalities and characters. There should be a range of images from headshots to full-length body shots, some with makeup and some with little to no makeup. Your clothing in the images should show a variety of looks from minimal clothing to fully clothed. This will allow them to see your figure clearer and have a vision of how you will look.
Create a Z-Card that you're willing to exchange whilst networking. Z-Cards are model’s version of a business card.
Your Z-Card should include around 4 different images that show a variety of your looks. This could be a headshot, full-length shot, mid-shot and a creative look. Your statistics should be added to the card i.e. your age, height, size, as well as your contact details or your agencies contact details if you have one.
Your Z-Card is a great way to have others remember whom you are for when they are looking for a model. It is also a good way to give someone an insight to what you are able to do without having to carry your portfolio everywhere with you.
As a model, you should know your measurements. Companies will always ask you, so it is vital that you take them down. The following statistics should be noted:
- Shoe size
- Dress Size
Be truthful about your measurements otherwise this could cause problems if there is no time for fittings. You will not look your best in the clothing, which will look bad on the designer. They could end up deciding not to use you for the work and may not hire you again in the future.
I hope you found this helpful!