How to Become a Model in the 21st Century


A lot of people enjoy modelling as something to do in addition to their current career. Nevertheless, there are those that want to take the step of turning their passion for modelling into a full-time job. This can be a big risk to take. After all, you aren’t guaranteed to have a constant flow of work. However, following the given advice below, you can be sure of a successful modeling career.

The first thing you need to do is choose your market. There are many different types of modeling and you need to know which one you are aiming for. Do you wish to be a commercial model? Or can you see yourself walking down the runway during a fashion week? Or, are you looking to take on the plus size industry? Perhaps you see yourself as a swimsuit/lingerie model? The choice is yours. Nonetheless, if you do want to be a runway model, you will typically need to be at least 5’8” and thin. On the other hand, commercial modelling is very much accepting of different shapes and sizes.

The next thing you also need to do is create your portfolio. The importance of this is something that cannot be overemphasized. Your portfolio will make or break you. It is the equivalent to a CV. Make sure you purchase a book that is of a high quality and has everything displayed neatly. Furthermore, diversity is the name of the game when it comes to generating a successful portfolio. You should consider making the most of a wide range of professionals, from high fashion photographers to corporate headshot photographers, so you can have a good mix of photos for all markets. Also, make sure you have headshots and full-length shots to showcase your face from different angles. Don’t include every photo shoot you have ever done, be extremely selective.


Once you have photos, you will also need to hunt down a good modelling agency. This is a decision that needs to be made with care. Spend time researching the different agencies out there and make sure the one you are considering has a good reputation. It should have a credible standing in the industry. Furthermore, past and present models should leave glowing reviews about the agency as well. It is important to make sure that the agency reflects who you are as a model. There is no point joining an agency which mainly consists of underwear models if your dream is to be on the catwalk.

Last but not least, never give up on your quest for more exposure and more experience. There is no such thing as too much in the industry. You should be networking all of the time and looking for better opportunities. When you first try and enter the world of modelling you cannot afford to be choosy. You may have to take whatever job  that comes your way. Nonetheless, be mindful of scams.

There is no denying that modelling, can sometimes be a difficult one because, you will be competing with so many others who have the same goal as you. Nevertheless, if you have the determination and zeal, you can achieve great success.

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