If you’ve decided you want to pursue a career as a model, you’re in for a lot of hard work and stress. To get anything in this life, you’re going to have to work for it. It’s not as simple as just wanting it and getting it. You’ll have to put the effort in. And because of the nature of the modeling industry you’re going to get knocked back, a lot. Someone once said ‘not only is it acceptable to fail, it’s par for the course.’ And it’s very true especially when becoming a model. You have to fail to eventually succeed. The trick is to learn and grow from every failure and use that to achieve success. (Image by Andrew Evans/PRPhotos.com)
You’re going to have to look after yourself and your body if you’re serious about modeling. This means you’ll need to diet and exercise as much as you can. You should focus on beauty treatment like going to the spa for skin treatments. You need to make sure your hair, makeup and nails look fantastic as much as possible too.
The key to success in any business or industry is networking. This is even more the case in the entertainment industry. You need to get out there and make a name for yourself as a model. And you need to build up an impressive portfolio full of work. Try to network through modeling site like ModelMayhem.com that connect photographers and models. You can interact with other people who are interested in getting into the industry. You never know the kind of success you can achieve if you collaborate with people. You should never underestimate the importance of networking for your career. The relationships you build up now might be instrumental to the future success of your modeling career.
When you’ve developed a portfolio of work and you feel you’re ready it’s time to start contacting agencies. You might want to have several ways of doing this, so you’ve got communication and exposure on different levels. Make sure your portfolio is as fabulous and professional as it can be before approaching agencies. You might want to do some research, as various agencies in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills will be looking for different models. If you get to the stage where you’re invited in for an interview, you’ll need to be aware of the process involved so you can prepare.
Be Thick Skinned
They say you need to be thick-skinned in business. Well, in the modeling industry you’ll need skin a meter thick. This is a competitive and highly difficult industry to succeed in. You’ll be faced with opposition from all sides. You might even be on the receiving end of some nastiness. But you need to keep the end game in mind. You’ve also got to prepare for disappointment. Anything that’s artistic or creative is always going to have people with differing opinions. Don’t be disheartened when you get rejected. It’s going to happen. That’s an absolute. You just need to persevere and get through the bad stuff to get to the good stuff.
You need to remember that the entertainment industry is highly competitive. It can be a vicious and unpleasant place to be at times. So you need to have your wits about you, and you need to be determined. Have a look at the tips and ideas in this post and try to keep these in mind as you embark on your modeling career journey.