Becoming A Model

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Intro: It takes more than good looks to become a model. What do you need to know in order to get into this fascinating career choice?

If you dream of becoming a model, then you better get ready for some hard work. It isn’t easy to get into the modeling business and the competition is often fierce. Understanding the world of modeling is the first step to succeeding in your goal.

Different Types of Modeling

Since several different types of modeling are available, it is a good strategy to pick the style that best fits your style or needs. At least a dozen different types of modeling opportunities are available, but not all of them are going to be appropriate for any one individual. The following categories apply to both males and females.

Fashion Model

The primary task of fashion models is to promote clothing, footwear, and accessories for a particular client. Fashion models fall into a wide assortment of body physiques from petite to plus size.

Runway Model

Runway models fall under the category of fashion models so they have the same task, but not the same body requirements. Runway models need long legs and must be able to wear the specific clothing sizes that appear in the fashion show. Their primary job is to walk the runway at a fashion show.

High Fashion Model

High fashion models generally work for a specific designer or house of fashion. A particular physique, facial structure, and size (including body measurements and weight) are generally required to get into this line of work. Individuals who work in this category are generally in their teens or early twenties.

Glamour Model

For a glamour model, it is all about the body since the focus is on body physique and appearance. Glamour models typically pose nude or in swimsuits.

Showroom Model

A subcategory of fashion modeling, showroom modeling involves working at open events to display certain fashions, footwear, or accessories. Typical events include boutique openings and fashion extravaganzas.

Promotional Model

Promotional models work at trade shows and conventions. This type of model might actually be promoting a product rather than clothing and accessories. Therefore, they must also know how to promote the product in question by demonstrating how to use it or answering questions posed by potential customers.

Catalogue Model

Working solely for companies who utilize catalogues to market their fashion designs and accessories, catalogue models must meet the body size and physique for the targeted customer base.

Editorial Model

An editorial model is a fashion model who works solely for a specific publication, print or online.

Commercial Print Model

Since the primary task of a commercial print model is to portray a specific facial expression in photographs destined for billboards, magazines, and newspapers, this type of model must be adept at making specific facial expressions.

Specialty Model

Not all models need their entire body to perform their job. Some models will display a particular type of product that only involves a certain part of the body such as the feet, hands, legs, or head.

Where to Find Work as a Model

In order to find work as a model, you should have a portfolio and a trustworthy agent or agency. Make sure that the modeling agent or agency that you choose is legitimate. If you choose a modeling agency, you should be assigned to a specific agent. This agent searches for work that is appropriate for you.

The best strategy to use when creating your portfolio is to hire a professional photographer who can take a series of photographs. Your portfolio should include a wide variety of poses and facial expressions.


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