Modeling Tips, How To Become A Model

Modelling Quick Tip
When doing a photoshoot and wearing wardrobe that has been given to you by the wardrobe stylist DO NOT RIP OFF/REMOVE THE PRICE TAGS! Oftentimes, stylists end up returning the merchandise after the shoot since they know the outfits won\'t be used again so it\'s important that the garments go back to the store the same way they came out. If a tag is bothering you, ask permission first to see if it\'s okay to remove it. If not, just deal with it for the time-being. You might get lucky and work with a stylist that has a device that can reattach the tags after they\'ve been removed...in that situation, then it\'s okay to take them off BUT still ask permission first! This will make the stylist\'s job much easier and keep you on their good side.
How do I approach an agency?
The oldest way to go about it is to visit them. Book an appointment ahead of time by phone. Bring at least 2 pictures. They don't have to be professional pictures. A head shot, natural and clear. Also a full length shot that somewhat reveals your figure, a clingy dress , swimsuit, figure flattering clothes or other tight fittings garments should be worn. Forget about baggy clothes! It will tip off viewers that you have something to hide. Ask lots of questions. A sk to see what work their models are currently doing? Ask for names and phone number of clients and call them to verify the information, be concerned if they promise you work right away or promise you high salaries. If they don't allow you time to think about it or if they use pressure techniques to sign the contract, be concerned. They should not ask for money up-front for classes or training. Be concerned if the they claim to be looking for ordinary people. Reputed agencies/coordinators might have open interviews during the week, give them a call and find out.
The Comp Card
You'll definately need one of these. A comp card is what your modelling agency will use to market you. What is a comp card? A composite card (sometimes called a ZED) is a model's business card. In most cases, your comp card is your one and only opportunity to make a good first impression. With that in mind it is important that the images on your card are your absolute best and nothing less. Additionally, the printing and reproduction quality is extremely important. Poor reproduction makes your images look bad and as a result - makes you look bad. Besides a great head-shot, the comp card will have other photos that show your experience, your versatility, range, and what type of work you are seeking. For best results all of the photos should be the highest quality you can obtain at your stage in your modeling career. Make sure the you have them printed on rigid card that will withstand a bit of wear and tear.
Be careful! Do NOT have a modeling agency print your comp card. If you do - they will put their logo on it. You are going to want to sign with as many agencies as possible if you are serious about getting work. Comp card printing can get expensive - print them yourself and give each agency copies - they have stickers that they can put on them with their contact information and you will save money.
Where do I start
You'll need a modeling portfolio, I'm sure you'll all know what one of those is but for those that don't it's basically a selection of pictures showing yourself in different outfits and poses. The standard size for the photos is 9 by 12 inches and you'll need around 10 - 12 photos. Make sure you focus on quality rather than quantity, remember, you're only as good as your worst photo. Make sure your portfolio has a selection of both head shots and full body shots. Make sure you get a variety of different looks such as swimwear, catalogue and lingerie, you get the idea, also get a couple of black and white shots in there. Avoid using pictures of the same shot.
It can be very advantageous to have photographs from different photographers in a portfolio. This will show the versatility in terms of styles and it will prove that a model can work with a variety of different people. Obviously, the cost of hiring different photographers for a portfolio is prohibitive, but there are many excellent photographers out there who will do prints for time - and of course many more bad ones. If you research what's on offer well, it can be an excellent alternative. Before going ahead with a photo session ask to look at the photographers portfolio to see if you like his style of photography. No doubt if you go to the photographers studio to book the appointment he will have examples of his work on display anyway. If you've never done modelling before this will also be an excellent practice run for you. Avoid photographers wanting to take nude shots, if possible take a friend with you to the shoot.
Tips for Photographers
Always respect a model and he/she will respect you..
Tips for Taking Digital Pictures of Yourself 1) Read instructions carefully. Each client wants something different. Take note of what poses they ask for and make sure you only give them what they want. 2) Use a tripod. Even though the images aren’t being taken by a pro photographer, that doesn’t mean you can submit Myspace-esque photos. That’s totally unacceptable, regardless of how good you are at taking pictures in a mirror or holding up the camera in your face. If you don’t have a tripod, ask around and see if you can borrow one from a friend or family member. Tripods are easy to use and will help greatly. 3) Pay attention to detail. Your photos should be properly centered and taken in an area with good lighting. If indoors, pose against a plain white wall or similar background. Remove all distracting items and make sure only you appear in the pictures. When taking full body photos do not cut off your feet or your head. Again, pay attention to detail. 4) Take more than one picture per pose. Give yourself a few versions to choose from by taking 2-3 pictures of each requested pose. Preview each image taken in your camera and delete any that don’t look good. Only submit crisp, clear images. No blurriness. 5) Wear what the client asks you to wear. If no such information is given, ask before taking the pictures.
Our Top Modeling tips
Always be on time, if you cannot, be let the Photographer know. Punctuality is very important."safety tip": If you are not taking anyone with you to the shoot, let someone know where you are and with whom. And be sure to tell the photographer that someone knows where you are.
When it comes to traditional hard copy modeling portfolios, your photos should be printed on paper that is all the same size. 8\"x10\" is the most widely used. Your portfolio shouldn\'t have images that are a combination of different sizes like 5\"x7\", 4\"x6\", 8\"x10\" and so on. That would be a portfolio I\'d call a \"hot mess!\"

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