In order to be a model, you have to look like a model. Your skin should be glowing so eat lots of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water. You don’t want to turn up at your booking with bad skin. If you haven’t got a routine, think about starting one. It should include a facial wash, toner, exfoliating and moisturising. You should attend the job with a clean, bare face and freshly washed hair. Shave or wax at least 3 days before the shoot. This will allow time for any skin irritations to soothe and not show up in photos. Nails should be painted nude, clear or a French manicure unless told otherwise.

Hygiene is a key factor so look clean and smell fresh. People get very close and personal so you want to smell your best. Do not chew gum, it is best if you have a mint or use mouthwash instead.

Be professional and polite at all times. Nobody likes working with a difficult person so treat everyone with respect. You never know whom they may know or what type of recommendation they will give you. Here are a few tips on how to be professional:

·         BE ON TIME! It costs a lot of time and money to organise a photo shoot or show so every minute you are late, the more money it costs them. People talk so you do not want to give them something negative to talk about. If you are going to be late, give at least an hour notice. If you are unable to attend, give at least 72hrs notice.

·         Build relationships – Whether it is with the hairstylist, photographer, makeup artist, etc, its beneficial to build relationships. By listening to instructions, being polite and helping others work look great, you have a good chance of working with team members again.

·         Be organised – Don’t forget to bring your model’s bag (as discussed in the next section “What’s In Your Bag”) with all the correct essentials. Always think ahead when you have been booked, such as when to wash your hair, shave, get your nails done, etc. Carry a diary with you so you can schedule these beauty treatments, future bookings or preparations that need to be done beforehand like travel.

·         Shoots can last for hours, so always have items to keep you busy and comfortable. You don’t want your negative emotions to show in the pictures so always try to be enthusiastic.

·         Always thank the team! Take your z-card and write a thank you message to those involved so that they remember you for future bookings.

You need to be unique and creative. Don’t be like anyone else but yourself. The artistic team want to see some creativity and a range of emotions. You need to be able to adapt to your surroundings and work with the resources available. Stand out from other models so that you can be noticed.

Take food and drink with you in case the shoot is not catered. Just remember not to eat, drink or smoke whilst in the clothes you are modelling in otherwise you will be held responsible for any damages. Try and avoid sitting down too much in clothing that can easily crease such as satin or linen. This will take time to be ironed and will not look presentable in photos.