Despite the glamour and hype
you have seen about the modelling profession, it's hard work! It's boring
(sometimes) and it can be tedious. Prepared to be constantly rejected, get ready
for some major ups and downs. Modelling is a lifestyle, not a 9-5 job. Not all
jobs pay well. Unless you are seriously committed about modelling, willing to
work at it on your own time, live a healthy life style, etc., you will not
succeed as a model.
Modelling is a very competitive business and there are loads of other people who
want to be models.
Here are a few steps to help you determine your
potential and give you an idea what it is all about.
What it takes to be a Professional
a professional model basically comes down to three basic 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 are
willing to 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 throw you out of their studio.
Making sure the client, photographer, and art director know you
exist and available for work.
All modelling, except for some glamour, is client driven. There is no
need for a model until a client has something to sell or in the case of
editorial, an idea to convey.
At this point, the client becomes willing to pay 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, which
determines how much a model will be paid (hourly fees. usage, etc.).
Some types of glamour and stock lifestyle modelling can work differently
as the photo itself has a value and it can be sold later.
So, when we look at different types of modelling, we are essentially
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 opportunities and top rates. So, when considering a modelling
career you must start by looking at the different types of modelling
being demanded by clients, the requirements for a given type of
modelling and if you’re physical, talent and personality are right for
that type of modelling.