Common modeling questions, tips and advice
While you're getting ready for a modeling convention, read these tips that will help you be at your best during the Convention. Make sure to check out the links for more advice from the insiders.
1. Remember - you only have one chance to make a first impression. Be prepared!
2. Be ready to answer a famous question "Tell me about yourself," and know when to stop talking.
3. Make sure you look terrific, but don't overdo it. Don't overdress, but also don't be overly "casual," even when you travel.
4. Don't assume you can or should wear the latest trends in fashion.
5. Keep your Victoria's Secret a secret…wear your lingerie under your clothes.
6. Remember that it is not chic or smart to smoke.
7. Drinking alcohol before an audition is not smart either.
8. Don't take your pet to an audition even if the little darling fits in your purse.
9. Don't chew gum…ever!
10. Don't use your cell-phone when you are in a meeting, waiting for an appointment or in a restaurant. And when you are on your cell, keep your voice down!
11. Never ever use your cell phone at an audition!
12. Don't tell people how tired or "stressed" you are. The entertainment business needs energy!
13. Read a classic book, study a language and take lessons in a sport you've never done before. And make sure you know what's going on in the world around you, be it environmental issues, politics or arts.
14. Exercise, be flexible and strong, but don't build too much bulk.
15. Take dance and singing lessons, even if you're a model.
16. Realize that not everyone will remember your name (until you're very famous), so be ready to reintroduce yourself.
17. Always be on time, don't make excuses, and don't "apologize" for your performance.
18. Don't put anything on your resume that is not true. Models: don't lie about your height or size.
19. Learn to listen! You're not learning when you're doing the talking. Learning to take directions is an important part of being a successful performer.
20. Learn that criticism from a professional should be listened to and acted upon.
21. Make sure you warm up before your performance.
22. Remember - your reputation follows you for years and years: ask yourself if you'd mind having those photos and a story in one of the tell-all publications.
23. Be polite and kind to everyone: that receptionist or assistant can quickly sink you!
24. You have to realize that becoming a star doesn't happen overnight and takes incredible passion, work and time!
25. Don't try to be anyone else but YOU!
What does it take to become a professional model?
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 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 though you out of their 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 with out 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 shoot 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 we use them and not just pull someone off the street.
Guide lines for what it takes to be a model.
Well, all the above is fine but does not give much to go on, so do you have what it takes to be a model? The first thing you have to consider is what type of model do you want be? If you are trying for high fashion modeling, the runways of Paris, the cover of Vogue, etc., the requirements are very strict. If you are hoping to do commercial modeling (such as product or lifestyle) the requirements are much broader. If you want to be a glamour, or pin-up model, this area has its own set of requirements.
First thing to understand
All modeling, except for some glamour, is client driven. There is no need for a model (or for that matter, a photographer) until a client has something to sell (a product, service, or idea) or in the case of editorial an idea to convey. At this point, the client becomes willing to part with the dollars (the money stream) to accomplish his/her sales or editorial goals and a model is hired. It is the size of the potential sales' goals and the model's importance in those goals that determines how much a model is paid (hourly fees. usage, etc.). Some types of glamour and stock lifestyle modeling can work differently as the photo itself has a value and the buyer can be found later. So, when we look at different types of modeling we are looking at different classes of clients. As an example, the Fashion Industry is dependent on using models in its advertising, promotion, and sales material. In certain top fashion market cities this can lead to many job possibilities and high fees. So when considering a modeling career you must start by looking at the different types of modeling being demanded by clients, the requirements for a given type of modeling and if your physical, talent and personality are right for that type of modeling.
Skin care is very important to get your male or female modeling career of the ground quickly.
The reason being, that if you don't have pimple free skin, it will put a halt on your modeling career from starting immediately.
Go to your doctor if you have problem skin. Don't waste your time by over the counter skin products. Nine out of ten times they just make it worse.
When I had pimples, I struggled with them for a few years, before I finally decided to go to my doctor for his opinion. He gave me a prescription for the product and within 2 weeks of use my skin was completely clear! I took it for another 6 months. Now I never have to worry about my skin again!
Definitely get any problem skin out of the way as soon as possible.
Exercise to me is the most important part of being a model (male or female). Its a constant battle between other models of whose body is the best!
When it comes to exercise, education is the most important part to your efforts being futile or worth while.
I studied every book, magazine and bodybuilder I could to find out what to do to get the perfect body. Because if I am doing it all wrong it won't work anyway.
My suggestion to you is to start buying books and magazines on fitness and then start up a basic workout from what you learned.