The modelling industry is super-competitive. If you want to make it as a model, you need to make sure you stand out – in the right way!
Casting professionals and agents are also incredibly busy, but by following the advice below you should be able to get their attention.
- Your portfolio showcases the work you’ve done as a model. It should include your measurements and contact details.
- Your portfolio needs to really sell your talent, so make sure you have a range of recently-taken, professional photos.
- Think digital: have back-ups of all your photos in case you need them again, or lose the originals.
- A comp card (composite card) is basically a big business card for models. A busy agent can glance at it, if they don’t have time to go through your entire portfolio.
- Your comp card should include your best headshot, a few other photos from your portfolio, your key measurements, and your contact details.
A photo shoot can be a great opportunity for a model, but there are a few potential pitfalls. Here are a few things to be aware of before you do a shoot:
- Show up 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Do your homework and figure out the exact location and how you’ll get there (and factor in traffic!).
- If you’re going to be late, call the photographer – or your agent, if you have one.
- Take along at least three suitable outfits. You might also need to do your hair and makeup in advance – check with the photographer beforehand.
- Always read any contract in full before signing, and make sure you understand it.
- Talk to the photographer about the shoot in advance, so that there are no surprises on the day.
- Be patient – photo shoots can take a while.
- Listen closely to the photographer and do what they ask.
- Don’t be critical of anything. They didn’t hire you to give negative feedback on clothing or styles.
- Take along your own food and drink to the shoot, in case they’re not provided.
- Try to relax – if you’re tense, it will show in the photos.
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